From the Freeman’s Journal of 5 December 1833:
The Broadstone, from The Tourist’s Illustrated Hand-Book for Ireland 3rd ed David Bryce, London 1854
UNPRECEDENTED SPEED ATTAINED IN TRAVELLING UPON THE ROYAL CANAL
The Court of Directors of the Royal Canal hereby give Notice, that the present Day-Boat will cease running on Friday, the 6th, and that an Iron-Boat, capable of conveying Seventy Passengers, will leave the Broadstone harbour, at Nine o’Clock, on the Morning of Saturday, the 7th inst, for Mullingar, where it will arrive at Five o’Clock in the Evening; and Notice is further given, that at Nine o’Clock upon each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, a Boat will leave Dublin for Mullingar, and return from thence at the same hour upon Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. By the foregoing arrangement a saving of three hours and a half will be effected. The Night-Boat will, for the present, continue to leave Dublin for Longford, each day, at Two o’Clock, and a Boat will depart from thence, for Dublin, each Morning, at Eleven o’Clock.
SAMUEL DRAPER, Secretary.
Royal Canal-house, 2d Dec., 1833.
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I’ve moved most of the original contents of this post to Ulster Canal 13.
I mentioned elsewhere that the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs is known to some people as Craggy Island. Wikipedia tells us that
The real Craggy Island seen from helicopter shots is Inisheer.
And we learn in today’s Irish Times that Craggy Island is helping to provide subsidised electric cars on the Aran Islands including Inisheer (Inis Oirr), the “real Craggy Island”.
In other news
My most recent email to the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs about the funding of the canal has not yet had a response.
My Freedom of Information request to the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs about the funding of the canal has been acknowledged.
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