The BBC has reported that the Greenore to Greencastle ferry is up and running, which should put paid to any plans for a bridge across Carlingford Lough in the short to medium term (although BREXIT would probably achieve the same effect).
industrialheritageireland.info wishes the operators of this ferry every success with their venture.
An Post have issued four new stamp designs, featuring Dundalk, Cork, Heuston and Bagenalstown Stations (see Journal.ie for details). There is an error in the Journal’s article in that the station at Dundalk featured on the stamp did not open until 1893 – the 1849 date is for the earlier D&BJR station which was to the south of the present station.
The Lisburn Star reports that work is underway on a new footbridge and lock on the River Lagan, which, according to the paper “is part of a larger programme of work to open up the Lagan Navigation, linking in with other reinvigorated waterway systems throughout Ireland and opening up the waterway, which first opened in 1763, to Lisburn and eventually Lough Neagh.”
I wonder how they plan to deal with the motorway? Mind you, as Jeffrey Donaldson is a patron of the Lagan Navigation Trust, perhaps this is where part of the DUP’s £1bn is going.
I was on an organised IH trip of Romania last year and one of the locations visited was Roșia Montană, a site of historic mining remains. The village was a former shadow of itself as a Canadian mining firm had commenced the process of buying out the villagers to establish a modern mine in the area.
Thus far, they have not succeeded in doing so and the Guardian reports that the Romanian authorities have slapped a $8.6m tax bill on the company after the latter lodged a compensation claim over the failure to be allowed commence mining.
We are all aware of the saying that such and such a person is rotating in their grave.
Whilst I am not sure what reason he would have to do so (although maybe the decline of the Irish railway network, notwithstanding the negative environmental impact of road traffic, would do it), the National Gallery in Dublin have undertaken a proxy for this and rotated his statue outside their building on Merrion Square by 90 degrees, such that it now faces Leinster Lawn.