Thanks to Brian Simpson for this update on the continuing resurrection of St John’s Pill [river] in Waterford.
Waterford Council had new fencing erected by Fairybush Landscaping Ltd around Cherrymount bridge and around the slip area. The Council also recently opened a beautiful greenway for pedestrians and cyclists along the St John’s river right into Waterford City Centre.
Our slipway at Cherrymount bridge was being eroded by heavy rainfall and
strong currents when the canal was swollen.
The slipway fenced (but eroded)
In order to prevent further damage with the approach of autumn and winter, improvement works had to be carried out. With a low tide window for much of the day and a couple of dry days beforehand, Saturday 29 August 2015 was our perfect opportunity.
Men at work
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Chairman David Hayes [of David Hayes Engineering, Waterford] for organising the mixer, sand/gravel cement from Doyle Concrete …
… and the concrete slabs and capping from Boyce Mulrooney, scrap merchant, Tramore Road, Waterford.
All the committee members who donated bags of cement, tools, ideas, labour and teamwork.
Wade in the water
A great day was had and most importantly the slip is now much secure and pleasing to look at too.
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Tagged canal, fencing, greenway, river, slipway, St John's Pill, Suir, Waterford
If you own either of these boats, you might like to check your mooring lines.
Barrow Otter between the aqueducts
Small boat between the Robertstown slipway and Lowtown
Incidentally, the roadway between Robertstown and Lowtown is in dreadful condition.
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Tagged aqueduct, barge, Barrow, Barrow Otter, boats, bridge, canal, Grand Canal, Ireland, jetties, Kildare, Lowtown, Operations, Robertstown, Slate River, slipway, vessels, waterways, Waterways Ireland, White-eye feeder
Paul Quinn has very kindly sent on some recent photos of the work in progress at the Grand Canal Dock in Dublin. Two of the photos show the strengthening of Hanover Quay and the third shows the new slipway, which is now complete and in use. I’ve added the photos towards the end of the existing GCD page here.
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Tagged barge, boats, bridge, canal, Dublin, Grand Canal, Grand Canal Dock, Hanover Quay, Ireland, L & M Keating, Liffey, lock, Operations, Ringsend, slipway, waterways, Waterways Ireland
It’s a long way from Trinity College, Dublin to the pier at Saleen on Ballylongford Creek, on the south side of the Shannon Estuary. But the college owned large amounts of land in the area, including bogs, and turf was one of the cargoes exported from Ballylongford. There was a battery on Carrig Island at the mouth of the creek and a Coast Guard Station at Saleen Pier, which was built by the Commissioners for the Improvement of the Navigation of the Shannon. Read more about Saleen here.
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Tagged Ballylongford, battery, boats, bog, bollard, Carrig Island, Coast Guard, Commissioners, Front Square, goat, Ireland, jetties, Kerry, Kilrush, Limerick, lost, Operations, potatoes, Saleen, Saleen Pier, Shannon, slipway, Tarbert, TCD, tide, Trinity College Dublin, turf, vessels, water level, withy