The BBC have an article examining the possibility of using the heat of groundwater in abandoned coalmines to heat homes/businesses. This looks at both the possibilities and the potential drawbacks.
Month: July 2021
Technically a monorail
I have seen videos on YouTube of systems in Europe involving a motorised chair on a single rail, which takes its user around a closed loop system at speed, as a form of entertainment.
I have never been on one, but with such a system now appearing on the island of Ireland (outside Belfast per the Irish Independent), I might get a chance.
Waterways Ireland Archive
WI have launched their online, digital archive, containing many historical documents from their archive collection.
The site can be accessed here.
Irish Distillers employee records
What looks like a good news story at first, turns out to be a bit of a damp squib.
Irish Distillers makes its pre-1937 employee records available to search online – so far so good. However, to do this, they have gotten into bed with Ancestry.com who have carried out the digitisation and as such, expect a return on their investment.
Access to the resource is available for free in July 2021, but will be commercialised after that.
North Kerry line greenway reopened
The Irish Independent reports on the reopening of the greenway along the former North Kerry line in Limerick, referring to it as previously being known as the “Great Southern Greenway” (sic).
This doesn’t do justice to those behind the former Great Southern Trail, who championed (and delivered) the idea of what we now call greenways long before anyone in Ireland knew what that term meant.
Further south, there appears to be little movement on the section of line in Kerry nor on the Fenit branch.