I am currently at the Heritage week talk in Waterville, Co. Kerry about the cable station in Waterville given by Dorothy and Amy Rudd.
I have generally been disappointed by HW talks this year but this mother and daughter combination gave an excellent presentation.
There is a Facebook page setup for updates on the ongoing research into this aspect of Ireland’s industrial heritage.
Notwithstanding having written an e-book about the Guinness Family in Dublin, I don’t drink (Guinness or any alcohol). The Daily Edge reports that a guerilla plaque has been affixed to a bench on Grattan Bridge, commemorating people who don’t like Guinness.
The BBC has an article about electricity in manufacturing and why it took time for manufacturers to switch over from steam power to electricity to power their factories.
CNN has a photographic feature about abandoned factories of Europe.
I have refrained from commenting on BREXIT as the impact on IH is not likely to be significant (killing off the Ulster Canal restoration aside).
However, this letter in the Belfast Telegraph is pure bunkum and a sign of collective madness having taken over the UK.
H/T to John Gibbons for bringing to my attention the following event:
Unveiling of plaque to William Dargan
You are also invited to special event at Portlaoise Railway Station on Fri. Aug 25th at 11.30 am for the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the 150th anniversary of William Dargan. He was a native of Co Laois, was the greatest entrepreneur and philanthropist in the 19th century. Among many of his projects he built most* of the country’s railway network. There is also a memorial garden and information panels being unveiled on the same occasion.
*I would have said a significant proportion but not most.
Whilst I am a fan of mine exploration, I prefer to be able to walk in and am not a fan of crawling, small holes or flooded levels.
The Guardian has a report on the use of robots to explore abandoned mines, with a view to identifying prospects for the reworking of old mines, using newer technology to extract ores that would previously not have been economic to do so.
There is currently a former railway level crossing cottage for sale in Donegal, in need of restoration.
You can stay in former lighthouses, railway cottages, mills and even a mine!
The latest addition to the range of IH related accommodation is a former crane in Copenhagen.
CNN has an article about the High Line in New York and the export of the underlying concept elsewhere in the world.