At the Police-office on this day, 64 boys, inmates of Mountkennett workhouse, were brought up for effecting an entrance into the stores of the Dublin Steam Packet Company, which are underneath the workhouse, and converting to their own use 432 bottles of porter [6¾ bottles each], the property of Mr Hurley.
Tralee Chronicle 3 August 1850 citing Limerick Chronicle 31 July 1850
The current issue of the Railway & Canal Historical Society‘s Journal contains an article on the sinking of the passage boat Longford on the Royal Canal in 1845 and the fifteen deaths that resulted. The story has also been told here, starting from this page.
Posted in Canals, Economic activities, Extant waterways, Historical matters, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Irish inland waterways vessels, Operations, Passenger traffic, People, Rail, Safety, Sources, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged Clonsilla, Longford, passage boat, porter, Royal Canal
Here is the sixth and final page on the sinking of the passage boat Longford on the Royal Canal on 25 November 1845. This page is about who was steering the boat and why the steerer was unable to avoid the accident.
The price of fifteen lives was 1p.
Posted in Canals, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Historical matters, Ireland, Irish inland waterways vessels, Operations, Passenger traffic, People, Restoration and rebuilding, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged boats, bridge, canal, Clonsilla, Dublin, Ireland, Longford, Operations, passage boat, porter, Porterstown, Royal Canal, Teeling, vessels, waterways
I spent today helping the skipper of a barge to carry a cargo of Guinness by water to Limerick, fifty years after the last Grand Canal Company commercial cargo, which was of Guinness to Limerick. (Actually, my help was minimal, confined mostly to acting as ballast, a role I fill very well, and taking 1,439 photographs.) There will be a ceremony at Dolan’s in Limerick tomorrow at the appropriate time.
Folk in other parts of the country may find it easier to undertake a pilgrimage to Uncle Arthur’s final resting place. Here are links to some maps:
– in relation to the Grand Canal
. Towards the top right of the page, you can see a little castle symbol, which is roughly where the graveyard is. Notice that the road to the right of the symbol has a sharp bend; the entrance to the graveyard is just north of that bend. It’s a narrow country road, so be careful
– in relation to the N7. The orientation is slightly different on the Google map
but you’ll recognise the shape of the area enclosed by the roads
– with the path into the graveyard on the OSI map
Posted in Ashore, Economic activities, Extant waterways, Industrial heritage, Irish waterways general, Non-waterway, Operations, Scenery
Tagged 1759, Ardclough, Arthur Guinness, Arthur's Day, boats, bridge, canal, Dolan's, Grand Canal, Guinness, Ireland, Ireland canals Grand Royal, Limerick, Operations, porter, Shannon, stout, Uncle Arthur, vessels, waterways
Uncle Arthur is resting at Ardclough, near the Grand Canal. His brewery is 250 years old this year, but he himself is sadly neglected — and suffering badly from thirst.
In recognition of his major contribution to the development and use of Irish waterways, a small ceremony was held recently at Ardclough, at which he was presented with a bottle of his finest product. This page records the event.