Tag Archives: Laois

Backtracking the Barrow trackway

Some time ago I put up a page about the Barrow trackway [towing-path]. For some reason, the page disappeared shortly afterwards. I have now recreated it; unless or until it disappears again, it is here.

The glory that was Greese

The River Greese is a tributary of the River Barrow, joining it below Maganey Lock. The photo is taken from the road on the west bank of the Barrow.

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The Greese joins the Barrow: the trackway passes over it on a bridge

You can locate it on the OSI map by zooming out from here; the extract below shows the confluence.


The confluence

My OSI logo and permit number for website

The missing canal at Abbeyleix

The Lakelands & Inland Waterways Strategic Plan 2010–2015, downloadable from the Waterways Ireland website, has an Appendix II headed “Infrastructure Investment Lakelands and Inland Waterways Area – Land and Waterbased” and a subheading “(1) LAND BASED INFRASTRUCTURE”. This has three columns:

  • Project Name
  • County
  • Cost.

An earlier note, on page 2, said:

For details of infrastructure support in the Lakelands & Inland Waterways area  See Appendix II.

That’s on a page headed “Achievements to Date” and with the introductory line “Key successes of the initiative up to the end of 2009 have included:”. We can assume, therefore, that the amounts listed in Appendix II are amounts that have already been spent, in some unspecified period ending in 2009. There is no measure of what was achieved.

Anyway, I was intrigued by the inclusion of these items for County Laois (Queen’s County):

  • Signposting Project for the Slieve Bloom Mountains – Laois/Offaly: Co. Laois/Co. Offaly: € 93,750
  • Abbeyleix HeritageTown Co. Laois € 42,315

I can see the justification for including a range of mountains amongst the lakelands and inland waterways, because the River Barrow rises in the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Admittedly it is not, at that point, generally considered to be navigable, but let us not strain at gnats.

But why is Abbeyleix included? What canal served it and where has it gone?

Whaddya mean, it’s in the constituency of Laois-Offaly? What could that have to do with it?