The Dundalk Democrat reports on the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in memory of Sir John MacNeill (responsible for a number of railway projects in Ireland) on a building on Jocelyn Street in Dundalk.
Many years ago, the railway museum in Derry City, built on the site of the GNR(I) Foyle Road Station, was closed, apparently due to differences of opinion with Derry City Council.
The Derry Journal reports that the group that are taking over the building – “Destined” – have indicated that when the locomotive “Meenglas” is returned to the site in May 2018 (currently at the RPSI base in Whitehead, Co. Antrim), they would be open to the formation of a new Foyle Valley Railway Preservation Society.
The Irish Independent reports on the opening of a hotel in the former Harland and Wolff offices in Belfast.
The Irish Independent has an article about the former Great Southern Railway Hotel in Killarney, which is reverting to its original Great Southern name.
The Cork, sorry, Irish Examiner has a hyperbolic article calling for the Iniscarra Dam to be named after Rena Buckley, who is apparently somebody in ladies GAA.
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.
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.
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.
I have refrained from commenting on BREXIT as the impact on IH is not likely to be significant (killing off the Ulster Canal restoration aside).
However, this letter in the Belfast Telegraph is pure bunkum and a sign of collective madness having taken over the UK.
There is currently a former railway level crossing cottage for sale in Donegal, in need of restoration.