Tag Archives: sea-manure

The Deel navigation

The Deel linked the Co Limerick town of Askeaton to the south side of the Shannon Estuary. Here is a page about the navigation and some of its quays. Note that it is a long page with many maps and photos, although they’re all reduced in size to minimise the strain on tinterweb.

Mayo’s canal system

No, not the Belmullet Canal, nor the Cong Canal. James McParlan MD, in his Statistical Survey of the County of Mayo, with observations on the means of improvement; drawn up in the year 1801, for the consideration, and under the direction of The Dublin Society [printed by Graisberry and Campbell, Dublin in 1802 and available here courtesy of Messrs Google], after mentioning some lakes and navigable rivers, said:

Those are the only navigations or navigable rivers in this county, except the Marquis of Sligo‘s canal, which winds for several miles through his demesne; it serves for conveying sea and other manures to different parts of the demesne, for conveying among the fields turnips and green feeding, and for several purposes.

I have looked on the OSI 6″ maps [~1840] at the Browne estates listed on the Landed Estates Database, but I have found no sign of the canals. I didn’t know where to look, and the good marquis owned a lot of land, so I may have missed something; furthermore almost forty years elapsed between McParlan’s work and the publication of the OSI maps and the canals may have fallen out of use in that period. If anyone knows where they were, and whether any trace remains, I would be grateful for information.



The underwater underground canal

Some queries about the Ballykelly or Broharris Canal.

Not at all boring

A Shannon Commissioners quay that is not at all boring. Shipbuilding,
barges, mud: what’s not to like?

Knock knock …

Knock in Co Mayo is well known, having its own airport; Knock in Co Clare is less well known, though it has its own port. Here is a short account of its history, with some photographs, but more information would be welcome.

Three German officers …

… didn’t cross the Rine, which is a river in County Clare, flowing into the estuary of the River Fergus which, in turn, joins the estuary of the River Shannon. The Rine is also known as the Quin and the Ardsollus and its downstream end is called Latoon Creek, no doubt because it flows by the townlands of Latoon North (which is to the east) and Latoon South (to the west). There is a quay there, hidden under one of the three road-bridges that cross the Latoon side by side. Sea-manure (seaweed used for fertiliser) was landed there and Samuel Lewis tells us that fifty-ton lighters were used, but more information is needed about their operations.

Read about it here.

Nimmo’s non-existent harbour

Beginning a section about the piers, quays and harbours of the Shannon Estuary, especially those noticed in the mid-nineteenth century. At that time, and while the Shannon Commissioners were at work, the estuary was seen as a part of the river, just as Lough Derg was, although nowadays the Shannon Foynes Port Company controls the estuary and Waterways Ireland (and the ESB) the river upstream from Limerick.

Noel P Wilkins, in his recent biography of the engineer Alexander Nimmo (Irish Academic Press 2009), says that Kilbaha was the only place where Nimmo selected an unsuitable site for a harbour. Within a couple of years it had been abandoned and replaced by a pier.

Kilbaha is the westernmost harbour on the north side of the Shannon Estuary and the closest to Loop Head. It exported turf (peat) and imported sea-manures; it was also a pilot station. A lot of activity for a small place. Read about it here.