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 Irish Independent has a report on the new hotel to be opened in the old Harland and Wolff offices in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.
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.
Also known as Ballyglunin to you and me, the station building here has been let fall into disrepair in recent years, but apparently, a crowd funding has raised €30,000 to restore the building.
The Fermanagh Herald reports positive news – we don’t have to wait for Brexit to kill off the “restoration” of the Ulster Canal.
Waterways Ireland are now pushing ahead with the Ulster Canal greenway, which is the way of delivering most of the benefits of the “restoration” of the Ulster Canal, but at a far lower cost as it doesn’t involve restoring the canal.
Congratulations to the Irish Independent for writing a whole article about a former Co. Wicklow train station that was featured on RTE’s Home of the Year programme, without mentioning the station’s name/location.
The Irish Independent has an article about Ireland’s oldest working blacksmith Florrie O’Sullivan on its website.
Bet you didn’t know there was a Kells in Co. Kerry (nor that there is a Kells in Co. Antrim) in addition to the more well known one in Co. Meath, all three of which had railway stations at some point in their life (there is another Kells in Co. Kilkenny, plans for a railway to which did not succeed).
Enough about the railways – this post is about a competitor to the Carrick a rede rope bridge with the owners of Kells Bay House and Gardens having built a 112ft long rope bridge as part of the attractions in their estate. The bridge will be open to the public as part of the entrance fee to the gardens from 8th April 2017.
The BBC has reported on the opening of the James Ellis Bridge in Connswater, East Belfast. Ellis was an actor best known for his role in the 1960s “Z Car” series and was from the area.
As a libertarian, I am in two minds about this one. On one hand, I hold the view that if someone wishes to kill themselves, not only should they be let but society should have a formal process to facilitate it. Having said that, society is a long way off such a policy and as such, back to the issue at hand and Limerick City and County Council’s assertion that lifebuoys cannot be placed on protected structures. My understanding of the inclusion of a structure on the Record of Protected Structures is that this just requires planning permission for alterations/additions.
Therefore, in the absence of a specific law/court case, I am inclined to call BS on the assertion of Limerick Council that lifebuoys cannot be placed on Sarsfield Bridge.