Tag Archives: Tullamore

More on WI’s non-houseboat policy

A year ago, in March 2011, I wrote about Waterways Ireland’s attempt to reorganise the liveaboard boats on the Grand Canal at Sallins. That attempt ultimately failed, and WI’s provision of houseboat moorings at Shannon Harbour was likewise unsuccessful: usually reliable sources tell me that two spaces have been allocated, but to non-residential boats.

Amongst the concentrations of boats parked on the Grand Canal (most of them disregarding the five-day rule), the proportions of residential boats are [I think: I know of no reliable statistics] higher at Hazelhatch and Sallins, both at the eastern end, rather lower at Lowtown and lowest at Tullamore and Shannon Harbour.

It seems that WI’s focus has shifted away from the residential boats, which it tried to tackle last year, to the non-residential boats: it has recently issued Marine Notices warning that the five-day rule will be enforced at hard-edged [ie the best] moorings on Tullamore’s “spur line” and between the 35th Lock and Griffith Bridge at Shannon Harbour. However, no notices have so far been issued about Lowtown, Sallins or Hazelhatch.

I think WI is right to separate the residential issue from the parking, but it will be interesting to see what is planned for the eastern end of the canal.

Incidentally, all of this smacks of Kremlinology, trying to deduce policy positions from minor clues, and is necessarily speculative. It would be really nice if WI published policy proposals on its website, invited comments and then formally promulgated the final policies.

 

Give Tullamore its due

In this post I quoted the Offaly Express report about the Tullamore Dew Heritasge Centre:

As part of a wider redevelopment of the area by Tullamore Town Council, visitors will approach the new Centre along a canal-side boardwalk from which they enter a reclaimed and renovated vintage barge which will house the ticket office and a presentation on the local history of the canal produced in association with Waterways Ireland.

I wondered where the barge would be tied.

It seems that some significant work is to be done, to judge by this Marine Notice from Waterways Ireland:

The Grand Canal

MARINE NOTICE 16/2012

Tullamore Canal Corridor Project – Preliminary Notice

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners that planned improvement works in the vicinity of the Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre in Tullamore will require the closure of the canal from 5 November 2012 until 4 March 2013.

Masters and owners are requested to take account of this closure should they have plans to cruise beyond Tullamore during this period.

Incidentally, I’m all in favour of anything that promotes the canal and sells Irish whiskey, but are all new heritage centres going to be marketing devices and shops?

 

Tullamore

The Offaly Express has a story about a new Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre, which includes this information:

As part of a wider redevelopment of the area by Tullamore Town Council, visitors will approach the new Centre along a canal-side boardwalk from which they enter a reclaimed and renovated vintage barge which will house the ticket office and a presentation on the local history of the canal produced in association with Waterways Ireland.

Always pleased to see barges being used, of course, but I’d like to know where it will be parked and how that will affect the usable width of the canal. I’m sure that was considered at planning stage, but I can’t find any documents on the ePlanning system so I’d welcome enlightenment from anyone who knows.