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General

Out and about in Dublin

I spent yesterday riding the rails in Dublin – my first time on a train in over 2 years.

One of the things I noticed was this appalling act of virtue signalling (apologies for the poor quality – daylight was fading when I took this shot):

Facemask on train

For the benefit of the slow of learning, there are over 30 studies on the effectiveness of facemasks which show that they make no difference – even where properly applied in a medical setting, never mind when improperly applied and re-used as is the case amongst the sheep.

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History

Poolbeg Chimneys

RTE is running a series on their website called “100 buildings“, which is a select look at 100 Buildings of 20th Century Ireland.

One of the structures featured is the Poolbeg Chimneys in Dublin.

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IH News 2021 Locations

Cork – Macroom railway trackbed drone footage

There is drone footage on Youtube of the former Cork to Macroom railway trackbed visible again, due to low water levels in the reservoir beneath which it lies. What is interesting about the footage is that it was taken by Cork North-West TD Aindrias Moynihan (who said TDs aren’t good for something!)

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IH News 2021

Ulster Canal Greenway

The Anglo Celt reports that a public consultation on the next phase of the Ulster Canal Greenway – from Clones to Smithborough – is underway this week.

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IH News 2021

Connemara Railway

I found this link on Youtube, which is a video of a test train running on the Connemara Railway track at Maam Cross station in Co. Galway (located on the former Galway to Clifden line which closed in 1935).

The group behind the restoration have a website, but it is more of a running commentary than containing any overriding vision.

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IH News 2021

Waterford Greenway extension

RTE is reporting that work is to commence on an extension to the Waterford Greenway – at the Waterford City end of same.

This will extend the Greenway from Bilberry to Waterford City. Unfortunately, this will not re-use the former Suir railway bridge, which remains derelict and out of use.

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IH News 2021

Silvermines Hydro

The Irish Times (soft paywall) reports that planning permission will be sought in 2022 for a pumped storage power station at the former Silvermines complex in Co. Tipperary.

The proposed development (the 2nd pumped storage station in Ireland if built) has a website for the project – https://silvermineshydro.ie/.

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IH News 2021

Sir Gerry Robinson RIP

Many media outlets (including the DonegalDaily.com site) have reported that Sir Gerry Robinson has passed away.

Sir Gerry was a businessman and TV presenter as well as a well known railway enthusiast. To this extent, he built a narrow gauge railway in the grounds of his residence (Oakfield Park) in Co. Donegal, which is open to the public.

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General

Welcome to Kilcock

Industrialheritageireland.info has moved.

No longer living in beautiful Ballyfermot, I am now residing in Kilcock.

Royal Canal Harbour, Kilcock, Co. Kildare.
Royal Canal Harbour, Kilcock, Co. Kildare. Copyright Ewan Duffy 2021.
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IH News 2021

Glass production in Tyrone

The BBC has a video article about the revival of glass production in Co. Tyrone.