History Locations


I came upon an entry in the NIAH database for 10 Euston Street, Greenore, which included the following statement:

” Built for the workers of the Great Northern Railway, which was completed in 1873″.

As the site includes an option to email suggested amendments, I did so, pointing out that the houses were built for the Dundalk Newry and Greenore Railway. I received the following response:

” Our records suggest that the workers’ houses on the east side of Euston Street were completed in 1872, which, strictly speaking, means that they were built by the Dundalk and Greenore Railway (D&GR) Company.  The company was renamed a year later to include Newry in the title. “

Point taken and in fairness to the NIAH, they have advised that they will be amending the record in due course to remove reference to the Great Northern Railway.


Mullingar signal cabin

RTE randomly provided this archive clip of the closure of Mullingar signal cabin in 2005 on their site today.

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South Kerry Greenway approved

RTE reports that An Bord Pleanála has approved the plans for the greenway along the bulk of the trackbed of the former Farranfore to Valentia Harbour railway in Kerry and associated compulsory purchase orders.

One wonders what the point in a greenway in a lockdown State is.


The architecture of the Great Northern Railway in Meath

Meath Archaeological and Historical Society are hosting an online (Zoom) talk on the above topic. The speaker, Siobhan Osgood, has researched the architecture of the GNR(I) extensively.

Registration for the talk is required – see the MAHS website for details.

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Bloody Sunday Bridge

RTE reports that the bridge over the Royal Canal at Russell Street/Jones’ Road in Dublin is to be renamed Bloody Sunday Bridge, in commemoration of the events of Bloody Sunday (21 November 1920) when the Black and Tans fired on attendees at a match in Croke Park.


Saved by a whale

I’m sure when the relevant authorities commissioned and installed an art work in Spijkenisse in The Netherlands, the sculpture (of a whale) playing a part in railway safety wasn’t part of the consideration.

Nonetheless, this is what happened when a Metro train overran its buffer stop and came to rest on the tail of the whale.

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Design proposal for Docklands mill building

I don’t know is this is a planning application or just an architectural proposal looking for a home, but I link to this proposal for a vertical extension to one of the historic mill buildings fronting onto Grand Canal Dock in Dublin.

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For the brave (or foolhardy)

Another railway cottage up for sale – however, it is a complete renovation job and comes with the caveat that electricity, water and septic tank are “on site” which doesn’t mean that they are connected.


The damn dams

The BBC have an interesting article about “how dams have reshaped our planet“.

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Brian J Goggin RIP

It is with great upset that I post to record the passing of one of Ireland’s greats in the area of industrial heritage research – Brian J Goggin, who has passed away due to cancer.

I first encountered Brian in his role as editor of the IWAI magazine, in which capacity, I had sent a photo to him for consideration for publication. This was of frogs swimming in frogspawn on the Royal Canal (reproduced below). I am happy to state that Brian published it.

Frogs in spawn, Royal Canal, Longford.
Frogs in Spawn, Royal Canal, Longford, 17 March 2004. Copyright Ewan Duffy

As time went by and the prospect of the Ulster Canal being “restored” reared its ugly head, I became what I thought was a lone voice in the wilderness in opposing such restoration. It was to my great (and pleasant surprise) that I found a bedfellow in opposing this waste of taxpayers’ money in Brian – a former President of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (and boat owner) no less!

Initially, I was unaware of Brian’s views about the Ulster Canal and, upon seeing him at the back of an IHAI AGM for the first time, I ignored him, thinking that he had been brought on board to bolster the IHAI stance of tacitly supporting restoration of the Ulster Canal.

Brian, being of a gregarious nature, unlike me, approached me at, I believe, the IHAI AGM in Belmont Mill in 2009 to compliment me on my website (an earlier version of this one) and from there, a friendship was formed. Over the years, Brian and I have exchanged emails back and forth about waterways and IH matters with many snippets of information passing between us (although, if I am to be honest, it was more information from Brian to me than vice versa).

Included in this collaboration was Brian generously offering me the chance to include my research into the bridges of the Royal Canal between the sea lock and Phibsborough in Dublin in a book that he was working on. This was subsequently published by the Railway and Canal Historical Society in 2014 as “The Royal Under the Railway: Ireland’s Royal Canal 1830 – 1899” – an 8 chapter work documenting previously unpublished historical matters about the Royal Canal (Chapter 7 was my contribution).

Like myself, Brian has maintained a website ( on which he has published his research (into the inland waterways and navigations of Ireland), the maintenance of which I hope can be secured and the information thereon – if not the site itself – transferred to another host, in order that it can be preserved for future use by others.

Ireland has lost the most significant researcher into the history of its inland waterways and navigations and I wish to extend my deepest condolences to his wife Anne and their children on their loss.

Ewan Duffy