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IH News 2021

RTE Home of the Year

Another entry in the RTE Home of the Year with an IH connection (one of the railway stations on the Shillelagh Branch in Co. Wicklow featured a few years ago).

This time, it is a former mill in Co. Down which has been converted to a private residence.

Whilst I understand the privacy concerns of the producers/entrants, I’d have thought that the whole point of converting an historic building is that you let it be known where it is (something more specific than “Co. Down”).

The same applied to the railway station entry referenced above, however, as all railway stations known to have existed are well documented, I was able to identify which station it was. This is less so in the case of mill buildings.

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Aran Island (ruined) lighthouse for sale

For those with deep pockets, a ruined lighthouse on Inis Mór, one of the Aran Islands in Galway, is up for sale with an asking price of €500,000!

I’m not sure what the Aran Islands have going for it that justifies such a price tag – even being first in line for government pork due to speaking a dead language doesn’t justify this.

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The Boris Burrow

Just a quick post to link to the Slugger O’Toole blog, which carries a guest post from Northern Irish railway enthusiast Andy Boal, debunking the possibility of a railway tunnel from Scotland to NI.

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Boyne Navigation restoration

In the first decade of this millennium, I was involved in the Boyne Navigation branch of the IWAI – taking an active part in restoration work parties on the 1st section of the Boyne Navigation – from the Sea Lock to Oldbridge.

For various reasons connected with the IWAI and not the Boyne Navigation branch, I let my membership of the IWAI lapse.

I note with interest that Meath County Council are proposing to establish a “Boyne Navigation” greenway and have proposed including the restoration of the navigation as part of this.

I wish the Boyne Navigation Branch of the IWAI well for its future in light of this.

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Ireland – the land of virtue signallers

In January, I noted the end of peat harvesting in Ireland.

What is the official solution to the needs of the horticulture industry going forward? Nothing but a word salad of deferral and delay in the hope that the problem disappears off the radar.

From the article in the Irish Independent linked to above:

“With boatloads of peat imports now arriving in Ireland – the first shipment from Scotland arrived this week – representatives said they will be forced to rely on peat alternatives from the Baltic States, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the UK over the coming months as there is no viable peat alternative in Ireland.”

So, in order to reduce Ireland’s carbon footprint, we stop the harvesting of a product in Ireland, in order to import the same product from elsewhere in the world, thereby increasing the global carbon footprint due to transport of the material to Ireland.

The English used to say (and be castigated for it) that the Irish were stupid. I think they had a point.

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Great Lighthouses of Ireland

The Connaught Telegraph is reporting that a second series of the successful RTE programme “Great Lighthouses of Ireland” has been commissioned and the producers are looking for those with a family connection to lighthouses in Ireland to come forward with their stories.

The producers can be contacted at david@inproduction.tv.

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Scotland to Northern Ireland Tunnel

In addition to the Boris bikes and the London cable car (but not the Garden Bridge, which was cancelled), the failed Prime Minister of the UK is edging closer to his Caligula moment with the proposals for a road/rail tunnel from Scotland to Northern Ireland.

It is rare that I find myself agreeing with Tory MPs, but on this one, I have to agree with Simon Hoare MP, who has suggested that trains in the tunnel could be hauled by unicorns and “overseen by stern, officious dodos”.

He continued “A PushMePullYou could be the senior guard and Puff the Magic Dragon the inspector.”

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Coalisland & East Tyrone: Historical Manufacturing Base of Mid Ulster

This is a link to a new website designed to provide information on the industrial heritage of the Coalisland/East Tyrone area.

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Rail line to Navan

The Meath Chronicle reports on a new assessment of a railway line to Navan.

As with most things in this country, there are so many layers of “government” and each expects some other layer to do the work but wants to be able to claim the credit when something eventually happens.

Let me give Meath County Council and its councillors some advice. You want a railway line to Navan? Then zone 1km each side of the existing trackbed from M3 Parkway to Navan for high density housing.

Better still? Establish SDZ zones in those areas and include financing for a railway line with the planning permission.

I’d also suggest approaching it in two phases. Zone sufficient land as far as the R125 outside Dunshaughlin, allowing for an extension of the line to “Dunshaughlin Parkway”, some 700m south of the original Drumree Station. This would serve as a station for Dunshaughlin and also allow for diversion of traffic off the M3 (see below).

A future extension to Navan would be easier to achieve if it only has to run from here to Navan and not M3 Parkway.

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Dungloe Road Stationmaster’s house?

When searching for something else, the following listing on MyHome.ie came up.

It raised red flags immediately as I knew this was not Dungloe Road Station in Donegal. The blurb states that it is the former stationmaster’s house and it is indeed located to the south of the former station complex. However, agents (as the L&BER called them) houses on the L&BER were generally two storey affairs such as was provided at Burtonport (demolished) or at others such as at Meenbannad and at Crolly Station.

I am not convinced that this is a former railway property.