Roșia Montană mining firm hit with retaliatory fine

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.

A reference book to the Incorporated Railway Companies of Ireland 1847

I started reading this pdf version downloaded from Google (one of the millions that they have scanned) to see if there is any new nugget of information therein.

On the first page it states:

“In 1832, an Act for a line of 25 miles, called the Belfast and Cavehill, was obtained, which changed the title, in 1836, to the Ulster”.

With such a grievous error on the first page, I am not hopeful for the rest of the text.

Dargan rotated

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.

WIlliam Dargan Original Position
WIlliam Dargan Original Position
William Dargan Statue
William Dargan New Position


A boathouse is effectively a garage for a boat(s). Located at the water’s edge, such structures can be as large or small as is required for the effective storage and maintenance of the boat(s) using it. Given their waterside location, a former boathouse can make for an attractive residence if sympathetically converted.

In the grounds of Cong Castle, Lord Ardilaun (of the Guinness family) converted the first lock of the never opened Cong Canal into a boathouse. Ardilaun was something of a fan of boathouses as his estate at Saint Anne’s in Dublin also had one. There was also one on the lake at his brother’s country residence at Farmleigh.

Many boathouses are owned by the RNLI to facilitate their excellent work in assisting those in need of rescue at sea. These can be found all along the Irish coastline.

Catch Points

Historically, spring operated catch (or trap) points were installed on double track lines to derail runaway trains.

When a train passed over the points in the right direction, the points would move into line to allow safe passage, but if a train was travelling in the wrong direction, it would be derailed. Reduced freight traffic and reversible working on double track lines have resulted in the removal of catch points that fulfilled this role.

Their other use allows a train on a branch line to approach a junction and stop immediately before it, even when another train is running along the mainline as if the branch line train fails to stop, it will derail at the catch points, rather than foul the mainline. This facilitates the more efficient use of track at junctions and allows trains to operate more efficiently.