According to Ruth Delany [Ruth Delany and Ian Bath Ireland’s Royal Canal 1789–2009 The Lilliput Press, Dublin 2010], the Royal Canal’s fast passenger-carrying fly-boats had neither toilets nor cooking facilities; the slower night-boats were better equipped.
So how did the fly-boat passengers relieve themselves?
Given that the boats travelled at six Irish miles per hour (about 12 km/h), any passenger who disembarked for the purpose would have found it difficult to catch up again. Yet standing on the notoriously unstable boats might have been difficult for the gentlemen, while the problems facing the ladies are not to be contemplated.
I don’t think that the india-rubber urinal had been invented by then. So what did they do?
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Er … sorry about the outbreak of headlineitis: it’s corresponding with journalists that does it.
The Tipperary Star reports (on paper, not on its website) that Tipperary County Council intends to issue “swipe cards for boating facilities along Lough Derg”. Michael Hayes, the engineer for Nenagh Municipal District Council, said that the cards were sold along the Shannon but that the revenue went to Waterways Ireland whereas the council bore all the costs. He is quoted as saying that “We are pursuing it to have them pay some of the costs”: another threat to WI’s budget.
Councillor Phyll Bugler said that it was “not acceptable” that shower and toilet blocks closed early, although she is not reported to have commented on the cost of having staff to clean the blocks late at night.
I suspect that Waterways Ireland’s income from the smart cards is minimal.
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Tagged block, boats, county council, Ireland, Lough Derg, Nenagh, Operations, Shannon, shower, smart card, Tipperary, toilet, vessels, waterways, Waterways Ireland