Given that the original canal was dead on arrival, you’d have thought it wouldn’t be that difficult to kill off the proposed “restoration” of the Ulster Canal, however, in the world of State funding, zombies thrive.
Having said that, the RoI Government do appear to be engaging in a clever switch and bait operation by supporting the development of a greenway along the towpath of the Ulster Canal, thereby delivering most of the benefits that were identified as coming from a “restoration” of the canal at a fraction of the cost.
That different sections can be developed without linking up initially is another advantage of a greenway over a canal, the latter having to be continuous in nature and thereby built in a pre determined order.
Northern Sound report that development of a second phase of greenway along the canal towpath was kicked off today.
On Friday 22 September at 7p.m. Newcastle West Library will host the launching of “Limerick & Kerry Railway: Twilight Years”: a personal chronicle by Liam O’Mahony of the railway operations and the personnel who worked for CIÉ in West Limerick/North Kerry from the 1950’s to the 1980’s.
H/T to John Gibbons for bringing this talk, organised by the Old Dublin Society, to my attention.
It is on at 18:00 in the Dublin City Library on Pearse Street on 13th September 2017.
The Dublin City Library on Pearse Street, Dublin, is hosting an exhibition using material from the Jacob’s factory archives, now in possession of the library. The exhibition runs from 8th September to 28th October 2017.
There is also a talk about Jacobs on 5th October 2017 at 1pm in the library.
Only down the road from the Iveagh Markets, Blackpitts was historically an area associated with industry in Dublin, due to the water supply serving the area. This blog post looks at the area in bit more detail.
The saga of the erstwhile Iveagh Markets continues with Dublin City Council voting to start the process to take the building back into public ownership, due to the failure of the developer to carry out the works for which planning permission was granted.
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.