While running trip-boats has not always been the way to wealth on Irish waterways, we must always be alert to new business opportunities arising from changing circumstances. Brexit, the impending departure of HM Realm from the European Union may offer one such opportunity for a tourism-related business on the Shannon–Erne Waterway, perhaps around Aghalane.
The old bridge at Aghalane (OSI ~1840)
Here, scenic boat trips could be provided. Of course not everybody likes long boat trips, so there could be a market for short trips, perhaps from one side of the Woodford River (which here constitutes the Shannon–Erne Waterway) to the other.
The new bridge at Aghalane
Such trips could feature in package tours, including flights into Ireland, accommodation and leisure activities. But the Irish tourism board (whatever it’s called nowadays) needs to open up new markets: these tours might be attractive to our fellow-EU citizens from Eastern Europe.
There is another possibility for development here, combining economic growth with humanitarianism. Ireland could offer to open refugee camps in the area, thus sharing the burden with Calais, Greece, Italy and other places currently accommodating these unfortunates. This would not be entirely selfless: there would be a stimulus to the local economy from the construction and operation of the camps. Should demand for camps along waterways exceed supply, the re-opening of the Clones Sheugh could be considered.
I regret that the north side of the river is blank on the modern OSI map; that area is part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Posted in Ashore, Built heritage, Drainage, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Foreign parts, Historical matters, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Modern matters, Non-waterway, Operations, Passenger traffic, Politics, Restoration and rebuilding, Sea, Tourism, Ulster Canal, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged Aghalane, brexit, bridge, Clones sheugh, Northern Ireland, OSI, refugee, Shannon–Erne Waterway, tourism, Woodford River
Here is a little information about the steamer Cupid, which was owned or used by the contractor Bernard Mullins on the Shannon in the 1840s.
Posted in Built heritage, Charles Wye Williams, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Historical matters, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Irish inland waterways vessels, Operations, People, Politics, Scenery, Shannon, Sources, Steamers, waterways, Waterways management, Weather
Tagged Athlone, Bernard Mullins, bridge, contractor, Cupid, Limerick, Lough Ree, Samuel Cunard, Shannon, Shannon Commissioners, shannon estuary, steamer, transatlantic packets
Here is the sixth and final page on the sinking of the passage boat Longford on the Royal Canal on 25 November 1845. This page is about who was steering the boat and why the steerer was unable to avoid the accident.
The price of fifteen lives was 1p.
Posted in Canals, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Historical matters, Ireland, Irish inland waterways vessels, Operations, Passenger traffic, People, Restoration and rebuilding, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged boats, bridge, canal, Clonsilla, Dublin, Ireland, Longford, Operations, passage boat, porter, Porterstown, Royal Canal, Teeling, vessels, waterways
Here are the fourth and fifth pages [I split one long page] in the sequence of articles about the sinking of the passage boat Longford on the Royal Canal in 1845. They discuss some of the evidence of corporate incompetence and farcical laxity that may have persuaded the inquest jury to award a deodand against the vessel (and thus against the Royal Canal Company).
Amongst other gems, the footnotes explain what a crapper is.
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Tagged 1845, boats, bridge, canal, Clonsilla, crapper, deep sinking, Dublin, Ireland, lock, Longford, Operations, passage boat, Porterstown, Royal Canal, Samuel Draper, vessels, waterways