The BBC website has an article about a tunnel used by the Prince of Darkness Niccolò Machiavelli to pass unobserved from his residence in exile to a nearby tavern, where he could study human nature, feeding into his work “The Prince”.
The Guardian has an interesting article about a rope operated ferry capable of taking one car at a time across the Chaobai River in Hebei province in China.
There was a similar ferry in operation at Bannfoot in Co. Armagh, near the south western shore of Lough Neagh, up until 1979. The Belfast Telegraph has a brief article about the latter and McCutcheon’s Industrial Archaeology of Northern Ireland has a photo of the Bannfoot ferry in operation.
The Irish Examiner have a series of articles on their website in connection with the 100th anniversary of the Ford motor company in Ireland, some of which may be of interest to readers of this site.
The original mainline of the Grand Canal ran to Grand Canal Harbour, near the Guiness Brewery, in Dublin. What is nowadays the canal from Suir Road to the River Liffey at Grand Canal Dock was an afterthought. Since 2004, most of the bed of the former mainline from Suir Road eastwards has been occupied by the Red LUAS Line.
Adjacent to the bridge over the LUAS (canalbed) at Rialto, recent cutting back of adjacent overgrowth has revealed these two sets of steps from what would have been the towpath down to canal level.
H/T to the Dublin Dockers Facebook page for this link to the RTE archive, with an extract from a 1994 programme (in Irish) about the dismantling of the gasometer on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin. The clip also contains scenes from the adjacent gas works and the former gasometers on South Lotts Road (now the Gasworks apartment complex).
The clip may be subject to territorial viewing restrictions.