Tag Archives: Connacht Harbour

The Lion and the Lizard

They say the Lion and the Lizard keep
The courts where Jamshyd gloried and drank deep

(Edward FitzGerald The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam)

Emerald Star Portumna: boats were moored to finger jetties along this quay

Emerald Star dinghies

From the hearts of cranes

Several ports on the Shannon Navigation have old cranes (or parts thereof), most of them nicely painted. Their age may not be apparent, but it is possible that they date back to the days of the Shannon Commissioners in the 1840s; at least one of them may be even older than that.

This page shows photographs of those cranes I know of, and discusses their possible ages. But there is much that remains unknown, and readers may be able to cast light on some of the mysteries.