2nd Leixlip Spa basin uncovered

The Liffey Champion of 6 January 2018 reports on the cleaning up and uncovering of the second (and smaller) basin at the erstwhile Leixlip Spa, which was adjacent to the Royal Canal at Louisa Bridge in Leixlip.

The spa has a connection to the canal in that it was the building of the Royal Canal that led to the springs that feed the spa being uncovered. The spas were developed after this.

Long since disused, the larger basin was uncovered many years ago and the cleaning up of the second basin adds to the interest in this area, which already has the aquaduct over the Rye River Valley and a former canal cottage on the latter. There is also a spillover on the Dublin side of the aquaduct, carrying water away to the Rye River below.

Railway Map of Ireland

As previously promised, I intended to provide an updated online map of Ireland’s railways, which could evolve into one that covers all industrial heritage features.

The previous map of Ireland on this site were 1:300000 scale. I have now uploaded maps at 1:200000 scale (65 in total) plus inset maps of key locations. The main index page is http://www.industrialheritageireland.info/Gazetteer/index.html

The next step is to link to individual pages from each location on each map (this will be done over the next year). In parallel, I am re-scanning my ex copyright maps at greater detail, which will allow me to produce 1:100000 maps, at which point, I will add rivers/canals to the maps also. This will be my 2018 project with a deadline for completion of 31 December 2018.

Derry railway museum to reopen in 2018

Many years ago, the railway museum in Derry City, built on the site of the GNR(I) Foyle Road Station, was closed, apparently due to differences of opinion with Derry City Council.

The Derry Journal reports that the group that are taking over the building – “Destined” – have indicated that when the locomotive “Meenglas” is returned to the site in May 2018 (currently at the RPSI base in Whitehead, Co. Antrim), they would be open to the formation of a new Foyle Valley Railway Preservation Society.

Wicklow Head Lighthouse

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.