Tag Archives: Offaly

The Underpants Gnomes and the Shincliffe Traveller

Here is an article from 1792 about the virtues of the River Shannon. It was written by an unidentified Traveller from Shincliffe, near Durham. It is interesting as an earlyish example of the Irish waterways cargo cult which, it has been pointed out to me, resembles the business plan of the underpants gnomes.

Mid Shannon Corridor Tourism subsidy

 

I have been trying for some time to find out whether anyone has taken advantage of the Mid-Shannon Corridor Tourism Infrastructure Investment Scheme. I sent this email to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in July 2011; I received no reply, so I have sent it again today.

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Your website’s list of contacts does not include an email address for the section of your department that deals with tourism [it still doesn’t, on 1 Novemebr 2011], so I would be grateful if you would pass this query to the appropriate person.

I have some questions about the Mid-Shannon Corridor Tourism Infrastructure Investment Scheme. I would be grateful if you could tell me how many applications for approval in principle have been received.

Could I have a list of the applicants and their proposals please?

How many applications have been approved?

Could I have a list of them please?

On how many projects has expenditure been incurred?

Could I have a list of them please?

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From the hearts of cranes

Several ports on the Shannon Navigation have old cranes (or parts thereof), most of them nicely painted. Their age may not be apparent, but it is possible that they date back to the days of the Shannon Commissioners in the 1840s; at least one of them may be even older than that.

This page shows photographs of those cranes I know of, and discusses their possible ages. But there is much that remains unknown, and readers may be able to cast light on some of the mysteries.