The Guardian has an interesting article about sand mining in Asia. This is of indirect relevance to Ireland as this activity takes place on Lough Neagh, where it is getting environmentalists very worked up.
The Guardian has a photo gallery of abandoned power stations in Philadelphia which is worth a look.
The Irish Labour History Society are hosting the above talk on 15th March 2017 at 20:00 in the Cois Life Bar in Liberty Hall, Dublin 1. Following the talk, the Clé Club will be holding a “Working on the Railway” Night, with songs and tunes relating to this theme. There is a €5 charge for the latter event.
As a libertarian, I am in two minds about this one. On one hand, I hold the view that if someone wishes to kill themselves, not only should they be let but society should have a formal process to facilitate it. Having said that, society is a long way off such a policy and as such, back to the issue at hand and Limerick City and County Council’s assertion that lifebuoys cannot be placed on protected structures. My understanding of the inclusion of a structure on the Record of Protected Structures is that this just requires planning permission for alterations/additions.
Therefore, in the absence of a specific law/court case, I am inclined to call BS on the assertion of Limerick Council that lifebuoys cannot be placed on Sarsfield Bridge.
The Old Dublin Society have organised the above talk about the 1957 Dundrum railcar collision on 12th April 2017 @ 18:00 in the Dublin City Library on Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
The Guardian has an article about secret tunnels under Valetta on the island of Malta.
H/T to the Dublin Dockers Facebook page for this link to the RTE archive, with an extract from a 1994 programme (in Irish) about the dismantling of the gasometer on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin. The clip also contains scenes from the adjacent gas works and the former gasometers on South Lotts Road (now the Gasworks apartment complex).
The clip may be subject to territorial viewing restrictions.
The BBC has an article about plans to use an abandoned mine in Germany as a secure repository for the country’s nuclear waste.
Here in Ireland, plans to use the abandoned mine at Silvermines as a rubbish dump got locals all up in a tissy. I can only imagine what the reaction would be if we had nuclear waste to store.
I covered this issue previously in relation to another NT site where I was charged what I considered to be an exhorbitant charge to park at an out of town site with no other realistic means of getting there. The NT are now in the firing line in relation to recently initiated charges at the Levant Mine site in Cornwall.
Whislt I understand that heritage venues need to cover their costs, where there is no other realistic means of getting to a venue, to charge people to park there is killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.
I have completed the first phase of restoring the information on this site with the addition of a number of items in the railway section.