The BBC has reported that the Greenore to Greencastle ferry is up and running, which should put paid to any plans for a bridge across Carlingford Lough in the short to medium term (although BREXIT would probably achieve the same effect).
industrialheritageireland.info wishes the operators of this ferry every success with their venture.
An Post have issued four new stamp designs, featuring Dundalk, Cork, Heuston and Bagenalstown Stations (see Journal.ie for details). There is an error in the Journal’s article in that the station at Dundalk featured on the stamp did not open until 1893 – the 1849 date is for the earlier D&BJR station which was to the south of the present station.
The Lisburn Star reports that work is underway on a new footbridge and lock on the River Lagan, which, according to the paper “is part of a larger programme of work to open up the Lagan Navigation, linking in with other reinvigorated waterway systems throughout Ireland and opening up the waterway, which first opened in 1763, to Lisburn and eventually Lough Neagh.”
I wonder how they plan to deal with the motorway? Mind you, as Jeffrey Donaldson is a patron of the Lagan Navigation Trust, perhaps this is where part of the DUP’s £1bn is going.
We are all aware of the saying that such and such a person is rotating in their grave.
Whilst I am not sure what reason he would have to do so (although maybe the decline of the Irish railway network, notwithstanding the negative environmental impact of road traffic, would do it), the National Gallery in Dublin have undertaken a proxy for this and rotated his statue outside their building on Merrion Square by 90 degrees, such that it now faces Leinster Lawn.
The BBC reports that the Gobbins Path in Antrim has reopened after storm damage repair. The path was originally built by the Belfast & Northern Counties Railway as a means of attracting tourists to the area, who would travel there by train.
The Slugger O’Toole blog has an excellent post about the DUP’s sweetheart deal to keep the Tories in power in the UK in relation to infrastructure in Northern Ireland. If you want the executive summary, just look at the maps in their post – it says everything that I could say about the tribal politics of HM Colony NI.