The Guardian has a report on former windmills that have been adaptively reused as homes, that are currently for sale. Unfortunately, none in Ireland – 4 are in Britain and a fifth in France.
H/T to Cathal McCauley, University Librarian in Maynooth University for bringing this blogpost about an item in the Maynooth University collections about the Saddlers Guild to my attention.
The decommissioned lighthouse at Wicklow Head has been adaptively reused as short stay accommodation available through the Irish Landmark Trust.
Usually open to view on at least one day during Heritage Week, for anyone who was unable to make it to Wicklow for this, thejournal.ie have an article including a link to 360 degree photos of each floor in the lighthouse.
Engineers Ireland are hosting a talk on the Newry & Armagh Railway in Belfast on 20th November 2017 at 17:30 in Queen’s University. See their website notice for details.
I am currently working on a project, which I hope to unveil on this website by the end of the year and whilst researching for same, I needed to look at the historic OS maps for Northern Ireland online.
Unlike the OSI, the NI historic maps are harder to find (tucked away in a corner of the NI Government web portal) and the user interface is not as user friendly as that of the OSI. However, where the OSNI kicks ass is that multiple versions of the 6″ map for any given area at different time frames are online.
I was aware from my railway studies that there had been a railway station in Coleraine west of the River Bann, which was the eastern terminus of the Londonderry & Coleraine Railway. This subsequently closed after a railway bridge over the Bann was built, allowing trains access to the east side of the river.
Whilst carrying out research for this project, I noticed that the first railway connection to connect the east and west banks of the Bann at Coleraine crossed over the line into this station and therefore would have created either a railway square crossing, or a railway over railway bridge – the former were very rare (2 cases on public railways and another 2 of an industrial railway crossing a public railway) and the latter not that common (about a dozen cases in Ireland of a public railway over a public railway).
Thanks to the OSNI maps on the NI Government Portal, I have been able to determine that this was another example of a railway bridge over a railway that had heretofore escaped my attention.
Unlike the OSI website, it is not possible to link directly to a specific location on the OSNI maps – however, upon accessing the link above, entering in the co-ordinates “284630,432860” in the X-Y coordinates box to the left of the map will bring you to the location in question