IH News 2022

Whitegate pier cafe reports on the adaptive re-use of an old pier in Whitegate, Co. Cork, as the foundations for a new purpose built cafe, the selling feature of same being that it will have sea views on three sides.

I’m not sure now is the time to be investing in cafes, with a major downturn in the economy on the way, however, I wish those behind this venture the best with their project.

Site Updates

Lagan Navigation

Last weekend was due to have been Heritage Open Days in Northern Ireland and I had booked to attend an event in Belfast as part of this.

As I also had a few stations on the Larne Line that I had not visited and photographed, I booked a B&B near Ballycarry with a view to using the excellent NIR Day Tracker (only available on Sundays) which allows all NIR network travel for the full day for £8.

Unfortunately, the event was cancelled due to an outporing of emotion over the passing of a person who, in a 1st world 21st century society, should not have the importance attached to her that she had.

As I had already booked my accommodation and train travel (up on Saturday and back on Sunday) I quickly drew up an alternative plan for Saturday, which took shape in the form of walking the Lagan Navigation from Lisburn back towards Belfast.

For various reasons, I only got from the point where the navigation disappeared under the M1 motorway back to Lambeg, however, I will be returning this weekend to walk from Lambeg back to Belfast.

In advance of posting the photos taken online, I have created a map of the Lagan Navigation (1st draft only) and this is online.

IH News 2022

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.


The County Donegal Remembered

CDRRL are holding the above titled talk in the Central Library, Derry, on 15th September 2022 at 18:30. The talk is open to all and is free.


Mail van robbery 1977

RTE have an interesting video clip about a 1977 robbery of mail vans in Sligo whilst leaving Sligo train station. One of the vans was crashed into a mine adit in Arigna and the contents searched for valuables outside the mine.

Site Updates

Royal Canal

In advance of starting to roll out a full map of the Royal Canal with inset maps at a larger scale, I have slightly refreshed the map that was on the site, which will act as the front page to the Royal Canal section of the site.

Site Updates

Waterford Station

I was in Waterford in July and took photographs of the station there, which I have now added to the site. This is the updated photo gallery page for Waterford Station.


The Dublin Transport Industry – the 11/90 Branch of National Vehicle Builders Union

As part of the Dublin Festival of History, the above titled talk will take place in Phibsboro Library on 26th September 2022 from 18:30 – 19:30.

The event is free but pre-booking is required – see here.

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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

Site Updates

Gazetteer Update

I have added a photo and photo gallery for each of the following Cork Stations:



Bandon West Cork

Blarney (Cork & Muskerry)


Crookstown Road




Fox’s Bridge




Saint Annes

Tower Bridge