Plane sailing: Boeing 767 travels up Shannon to new home
Link here (until it disappears behind a paywall).
That should read “… travels up (for certain values of ‘up’) …”.
This follows the IT‘s recent identification of the canal at Allenwood as the Royal Canal.
Ou sont les subeditors de yesteryear?
They’re not working for [HM] Independent, though, which recently produced this wonderful headline:
Beetle Dune: VW’s peon to the Baja bugs of yore will cost from £21,300
Perhaps it’s a comment on working conditions in the Mexican car industry.
Posted in Modern matters, Operations, Sea, shannon estuary
Tagged aerroplane, Dune, Enniscrone, Independent, Irish Times, Mexico, Moneypoint, newspapers, Shannon, shannon estuary, subeditors, Tarbert, VW
The Irish Times tells us that Endesa, a Spanish company, intends to sell its Irish operations. They include two water-side sites, at Great Island in Co Wexford and Tarbert in Co Kerry, as well as a near miss in Rhode, Co Offaly, and a fourth in Co Mayo.
The Great Island power station on the Suir opposite Cheekpoint
The Irish Times says that Endesa had intended to change Great Island and Tarbert from diesel to natural gas. The Tarbert project received planning permission in December 2010; the Irish Times report was probably inaccurate in suggesting that a submarine cable from Tarbert would supply the ESB generating station at Moneypoint which, being a generating station, would be able to generate its own.
The old Tarbert power station
However, I had heard that Tarbert might have received its natural gas from the proposed storage plant at Ballylongford, near Saleen Pier whence Trinity College turf was sent to Limerick. A pipe from Tarbert might have supplied Moneypoint. I don’t think construction has yet begun.
The old Tarbert power station was built on the site of the Tarbert battery, the largest of the six Shannon estuary batteries and the only one to mount seven guns.
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Tagged Ballylongford, battery, boats, Cheekpoint, ESB, Great Island, Ireland, Kilrush, Limerick, Moneypoint, Operations, quay, Saleen, Shannon, shannon estuary, Suir, Tarbert, turf, vessels, waterways
The Irish Times reports that:
AN BORD Pleanála has approved the application by Endesa Ireland, part of the Spanish energy company, to build a combined-cycle gas turbine power plant on the former ESB station at Tarbert, Co Kerry.
I presume that, when it says that “A submarine cable is to supply Moneypoint.” it means that a submarine pipe will do so: I imagine that the power station at Moneypoint is more likely to want gas than electricity from its rival across the estuary.
Tarbert is now the southern station for the ferries that cross the Shannon Estuary, but it has had a long history as an estuary port. Even before the first of the piers was built, Tarbert Roads provided a sheltered anchorage, and the estuary steamers adopted ingenious methods to get passengers and cargo from shore to steamer and vice versa.
Tarbert was also an important administrative centre and Tarbert Island (as was), which now houses piers and power station, had a Coast Guard station, a lighthouse, a signal mast and the largest of the six forts that guarded the Shannon Estuary. The ESB power station is built on the Ordnance Ground, right on top of the seven-gun battery, as you can see if you play with the Overlay feature on the Historic 6″ Ordnance Survey map.
Moneypoint had a large quarry; it may have been from there that Charles Wye Williams got the “marble” that he polished in the marble mill at Killaloe.
Saleen Pier at Ballylongford is covered here.
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Tagged Ballylongford, battery, boats, Clare, Coast Guard, ESB, ferry, flow, fort, Ireland, jetties, Kerry, Killaloe, Killimer, Kilrush, Limerick, marble mill, Moneypoint, Operations, ordnance ground, pier, quarry, quay, Saleen, Shannon, shannon estuary, Tarbert, vessels, waterways