Piss ups to be allowed in breweries

According to RTE, that is. Apparently breweries/distilleries undertaking guided tours have not been permitted to sell alcohol to visitors, unless they had a full pub licence.

Legislation wending its way through the Oireachtas will allow such establishments to sell alcohol to visitors, provided that they have undertaken a tour of the facility beforehand.

“The Cut” in Banbridge hit again

It is not just Irish Rail that has a problem with bridge strikes. “The Cut” in Banbridge has been hit by another lorry, the fourth in the space of a year, according to the BBC.

Whilst I accept that the intelligence levels necessary to drive a truck are not going to be MENSA level, there is a level of stupidity that should get you put off the road and not knowing the height of your vehicle comes under that heading.

Four Railway Stations on new Irish Stamps

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.

New Lock for the Lagan

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.

Dargan rotated

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.

WIlliam Dargan Original Position
WIlliam Dargan Original Position
William Dargan Statue
William Dargan New Position