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
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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.