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If you have deep pockets

there is a ruined windmill for auction in Kinvara, Co. Galway. The auctioneer has described it as a tide mill, however, the OS 25″ map records a windmill on the site and the conical nature of the building would suggest a windmill.

What is more interesting is on the other side of the inlet, the 25″ map marks a “sluice” into an empty field and sure enough, Google Streetview shows this (not part of the property for sale):

The auction takes place on 16th September 2022.

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Dublin Port Archive

The Irish Independent reports on the launch of the Dublin Port online archive, an initiative by the Dublin Port Company to digitise and make available online the company’s archival collection of photographs, maps, etc.

The collection can be accessed at https://www.dublinportarchive.com/

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Tractor wars

RTE reports that the BBC will be showing a documentary this autumn about the fall out between Harry Ferguson (inventor of the modern tractor and native of Northern Ireland) and the Ford motor company.

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Garrienderk bridge, Limerick

The Limerick Leader has an article in relation to Michael Collins (of Civil War fame) and how he was photographed near the townland of Garrienderk in Limerick, whilst inspecting damage done to the railway bridge there. This was some 2 days before he was murdered,

Locals have arranged to have a plaque commemorating the event created – where this plaque will be erected is not clear as it is quite substantial in size relative to the abutments of the overbridge.

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Consultation to rename Royal Canal bridge in Dublin

The Commemorations and Naming Committee of Dublin City Council have proposed that the bridge over the Royal Canal on Russell Street in Dublin be named “Bloody Sunday Bridge”, in recognition of the events that took place in Croke Park on Bloody Sunday, 1920.

Regulations require that a public consultation on this take place beforehand – this can be accessed at this link.

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Kilmainham Mill conservation

The Irish Independent reports that conservation work on the historic Kilmainham Mills in Dublin is getting underway, with a view to securing the building in advance of full restoration.

Dublin City Council are to be commended for the purchase of this site and its conservation.

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Contract signed for open air swimming pool

The Anglo Celt reports that the contract to restore part of the Ulster Canal build an open air swimming pool in Clones, has been signed. We are back at the madness of the final days of the Celtic Tiger.

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The Four Pots

Located in Kildare, between the Leinster Aquaduct and Digby Bridge, the Four Pots are unique in Ireland.

Built as an overflow for the Grand Canal, the circular design is reputed to have been built to facilitate a gradual deceleration of water from the canal to an adjacent stream, rather than a fast flow, which would potentially undermine the canal embankment.

KildareNow are reporting that Waterways Ireland are seeking conservation experts to undertake repairs to the structure. I hope that WI’s budget will allow for ongoing vegetation clearance from the structure once restored as otherwise, it will degenerate back into an overgrown state, as has happened in the past.

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Devon Road Station, Limerick

HT to Liam O’Mahony for sending me details of this former railway station for sale in Limerick, located on the former North Kerry railway line. Devon Road was located between Newcastlewest and Abbeyfeale.

At €380k, I think the market has peaked.

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You can’t have a railway station – have a plaque

Irish Rail are in the early stages of planning for DART South West and have, by all accounts, ruled out including a station in Ballyfermot, notwithstanding that such a thing would improve this area that is starting to gentrify.*

But don’t worry, in co-operation with Dublin City Council, they have permitted a plaque commemorating a civil war event to be placed on the bridge that, if the current plans come to pass, will need to be demolished to allow the DART, that won’t serve Ballyfermot, to be built.

* From 2018-2021, I lived in Ballyfermot (on the Kylemore Road about 750m from the Le Fanu Road bridge). Societal changes brought about by COVID saw me leave the area.