I mentioned McCanns, important Royal Canal carriers, here. The Dublin Mercantile Advertiser, and Weekly Price Current of 13 June 1845 mentioned the firm in another context. On 11 June 1845 the parliamentary committee on the Dublin and Mullingar railway examined H M Tuite, MP for Westmeath, on the subject. A Mr Callaghan appeared for Messrs McCann, “extensive carriers of the Royal Canal”, who opposed the proposed railway. He cross-examined Tuite who, in response to a Callaghan query, said
Since the canal has been under the management of Messrs McCann it has much improved in every respect; the goods are now punctually delivered at their destination.
It’s not clear what that means. Were McCanns managing the canal itself? Or were they effectively managing the general transport business thereon? Slater’s listing may imply that the Royal Canal Company carried (small) parcels pretty well everywhere but that McCanns dominated the general freight trade. At any rate, I would like to know more about McCanns.
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Tagged Company, McCann, MGWR, Royal Canal, Slater
From the Freeman’s Journal 3 October 1839:
Having made a contract with Mr Daniel O’Hara, of No 1, French-street, for the entire and exclusive Sale of all my Oysters, known by the name of Cullamore and Lissadill, and having made arrangement with Mr McCann, owner of the Fly Boats, for the speedy transmission of the Oysters from hence to Dublin, no disappointment can take place. The first cargo arrives THIS DAY, and sent per Order Twice a Week.
As to the quality, flavour, and size, these Oysters cannot be surpassed, and one trial will prove the excellence of them.
M W having taken unusual care of these Oysters, he recommends them as far superior to any that has hitherto been sent to Dublin.
MATTHEW WALSH, Glen-House, Sligo.
28th September, 1839.
D O’H begs to return thanks for past favours, and to say that he commences THIS DAY with that delicious dish, so much admired, Cow-heel and Tripe; Beef Steak, and Oyster Sauce, as usual.
All Malt Liquors of the best description.
Private rooms for large or small parties.
1, French-street, and 17, York-street, Sept 30, 1839.
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Tagged barge, boats, canal, Dublin, Ireland, McCann, Operations, oysters, Royal Canal, Sligo, waterways