Per the Irish Independent, the investment plan to be announced by the Government today will include a LUAS for Cork. I wish to propose the name “Cork Area Rapid Transit” or “CART” for such a scheme.
According to media reports (Belfast Telegraph amongst others), Belfast Central Station is to be renamed “Lanyon Place”, thereby finally ending the lie that it is central to anywhere.
It only took them 42 years after the station opened and 23 years after the geographical central station in Belfast at Great Victoria Street reopened.
The Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society are handing over their collection to the Dublin City Archive, with the formal handover on 22nd February 2018 at 14:30 in the City library on Pearse Street.
TheJournal.ie reports on a case taken against Irish Rail for false imprisonment, which Irish Rail lost. The relevance of this case to industrial heritage is that the judgment appears to open the door to the taking of photographs at railway stations on the basis that they are a “public place”.
“He said a law stopping the taking of photographs in public places would engender more problems than it would cause and a prohibition by Irish Rail against photographs being taken in their stations would be a very bad rule if introduced and would give an impression of a cloak being drawn over fault.”
““I am of the view that a law restricting the use of photographs by disseminating them without consent of the subject for the purpose of causing harm or embarrassment would be a far better and more workable rule than one which barred the taking of photographs in a public place,” Judge Comerford said.”
I have saved a copy of this report onto my phone and will reference it anytime I happen to be taking photographs on either Irish Rail or the LUAS.
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.