Killing the Ulster Canal by stealth

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.

Dublin City Library – Exhibition on Jacob’s biscuit factory

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.

Friends of Waterville Cable Station

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.