The shortage of water for the Royal Canal has been covered a few times on these pages with pieces about its feeders in general, the Lough Owel feeder in particular and the proposed replacement supply from Lough Ennell. Last I heard, the Lough Ennell proposal had become a matter for Irish Water rather than for the local authority, which sent the whole thing back to the drawing-board but if, Gentle Reader, you have more recent information, do please leave a Comment below.
A recent post about the inadequacy of back-pumping from the Inny led to a discussion in the Comments, from which it became plain that the Lough Owel feeder was well below normal levels and that the water supply to Mullingar, never mind that to the canal, was seriously inadequate. I was prompted to suggest that one of these might be the best type of boat for the Royal.
But I see from the blatts that the seventh cavalry, in the shape of Irish Water (whistling Garryowen, of course), intends to take water from Lough Ree to supply Athlone, Mullingar and Moate.
Perhaps there will be some to spare for the Royal Canal.
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Tagged Garryowen, irish water, Lough Owel, Lough Ree, Mullingar, Royal Canal, Shannon, water
Jimmy Deenihan, minister for waterways and some other stuff, supporter of the Lartigue Monorail in Listowel, is known to have played two forms of football: rugby and Gaelic. His cricketing expertise is perhaps less well known but, in a written answer to four Dáil questions yesterday, he showed his mastery of the straight bat.
I was surprised to find Bernard Durkan [FG, Kildare North] referring to “traditional canal boat dwellers”. I suppose it depends on your timescales: in my view, anything that began after 1850 isn’t really traditional.
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Tagged barge, Barrow, boats, bridge, canal, cricket, department of arts heritage and the gaeltacht, Dublin, Gaelic, Garryowen, Grand Canal, Ireland, Jimmy Deenihan, Lartigue, liveaboards, lock, Operations, Royal Canal, rugby, vessels, water level, waterways, Waterways Ireland
On my page about PS Erin-go-Bragh I’ve provided a link to a performance of the song of that name. It would be wrong, therefore, to omit Garryowen. There is a “Fantasy on Dover Castle” by David Fanshawe, the African Sanctus chap, but I can’t find a free legal recording.
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Tagged David Fanshawe, Dick Gaughan, Dover Castle, Erin-go-Bragh, Garryowen, George Custer, paddle-steamer, Seventh Cavalry, song
His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant took a trip on the Shannon Estuary in July 1856 on the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company’s vessel Erin-go-Bragh. He was greeted by demonstrations of loyalty from the populace, had dejeuner on board off Scattery Island and heard an address from the proprietary, clergymen, merchants, traders and inhabitants of Kilrush, read to him by Colonel Vandeleur. Here is the Freeman’s Journal‘s account of the trip.
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Tagged boats, Brandon, caterer, Clare, Cratloe, Erin-go-Bragh, estuary, Fergus, Foynes, Garryowen, Goggin, Howard, Ireland, jetties, Kerry, Kilrush, Limerick, Lord Lieutenant, Monsell, Monteagle, Operations, quay, Scattery, Shannon, Stafford, steamer, Tervoe, Vandeleur, vessels, waterways
The SS John Randolph, described as “America’s first successful iron ship in commerce”, is commemorated by a historical marker in Savannah, Georgia, USA.
The John Randolph was one of the first six iron vessels built by Lairds of Birkenhead (later merged into Cammell Laird). The other five were built for use on the River Shannon.
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Tagged Birkenhead, boats, Charles Wye Williams, Clare, Dublin, estuary, Fergus, Garryowen, Georgia, Grand Canal, Ireland, iron, John Randolph, Killaloe, Lady Lansdowne, Laird, Limerick, lock, Lough Derg, Operations, Savannah, Shannon, steam, tug, vessels, waterways
I’ve already written about a Shannon lock at Athlone and a Grand Canal lock at Belmont. Now here’s a page about the sector lock leading into Kilrush marina on the Shannon estuary. Sector locks are relatively rare, but sector gates are being installed as flood defences at Spencer Dock, where the Royal Canal meets the River Liffey in Dublin, and are used at Limehouse lock on the Thames in London.
Interestingly, the Kilrush lock and the associated embankment solved problems that were identified by Commander William Mudge RN, Admiralty surveyor, in 1831: he was one of the three members of the Commission for the Improvement of the Navigation of the Shannon, and at that time the Shannon estuary steamers had to use Cappagh pier, outside Kilrush, because at low tide Kilrush had only a small creek running through it.
Nowadays, inland waterways boats going to sea often head for Kilrush, which is also one of the bases from which dolphin-watching trips are provided. There is a resident school of bottlenose dolphins in the estuary.
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Tagged boats, Charles Wye Williams, dolphins, ferry, Garryowen, Ireland, Kilrush, Limerick, lock, marina, Mudge, Operations, Poulnasherry, Scattery, sector gates, Shannon, steamer, turf, vessels, waterways, West Clare Railway