The Liffey Champion of 6 January 2018 reports on the cleaning up and uncovering of the second (and smaller) basin at the erstwhile Leixlip Spa, which was adjacent to the Royal Canal at Louisa Bridge in Leixlip.
The spa has a connection to the canal in that it was the building of the Royal Canal that led to the springs that feed the spa being uncovered. The spas were developed after this.
Long since disused, the larger basin was uncovered many years ago and the cleaning up of the second basin adds to the interest in this area, which already has the aquaduct over the Rye River Valley and a former canal cottage on the latter. There is also a spillover on the Dublin side of the aquaduct, carrying water away to the Rye River below.
As previously promised, I intended to provide an updated online map of Ireland’s railways, which could evolve into one that covers all industrial heritage features.
The previous map of Ireland on this site were 1:300000 scale. I have now uploaded maps at 1:200000 scale (65 in total) plus inset maps of key locations. The main index page is http://www.industrialheritageireland.info/Gazetteer/index.html
The next step is to link to individual pages from each location on each map (this will be done over the next year). In parallel, I am re-scanning my ex copyright maps at greater detail, which will allow me to produce 1:100000 maps, at which point, I will add rivers/canals to the maps also. This will be my 2018 project with a deadline for completion of 31 December 2018.
The BBC reports that Belgium is ending its telegram service after a run of 171 years.
As in Ireland, the rollout of the telegraph system, along which telegrams were sent, relied heavily on the rights of way created by railway lines spanning the country.
The Dundalk Democrat reports on the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in memory of Sir John MacNeill (responsible for a number of railway projects in Ireland) on a building on Jocelyn Street in Dundalk.
Now in its third year, the festival takes place on the weekend of 25/26 August 2018. Further details on the festival website.
Many years ago, the railway museum in Derry City, built on the site of the GNR(I) Foyle Road Station, was closed, apparently due to differences of opinion with Derry City Council.
The Derry Journal reports that the group that are taking over the building – “Destined” – have indicated that when the locomotive “Meenglas” is returned to the site in May 2018 (currently at the RPSI base in Whitehead, Co. Antrim), they would be open to the formation of a new Foyle Valley Railway Preservation Society.
The Guardian has a report on former windmills that have been adaptively reused as homes, that are currently for sale. Unfortunately, none in Ireland – 4 are in Britain and a fifth in France.
H/T to Cathal McCauley, University Librarian in Maynooth University for bringing this blogpost about an item in the Maynooth University collections about the Saddlers Guild to my attention.
The decommissioned lighthouse at Wicklow Head has been adaptively reused as short stay accommodation available through the Irish Landmark Trust.
Usually open to view on at least one day during Heritage Week, for anyone who was unable to make it to Wicklow for this, thejournal.ie have an article including a link to 360 degree photos of each floor in the lighthouse.