75 arches to the Royal Canal

Not that you would necessarily know that they are there.

I am doing the final research and tidying up/proof reading of what I hope will be a publication on the Archaeology of Ireland’s Railways. In doing so, I came across a reference to the railway between Amiens Street (Connolly) Station and the Royal Canal in Dublin being carried on 75 arches, which was due to the fact that the land which the line crossed had only been reclaimed relatively recently at the time the line was built in the 1840s.

The thought struck me, if that area of the city were to be redeveloped for high density residential accommodation, the bringing back into public view of many of those arches would be quite an impressive display. As an example, when the site of the Dublin Gas Company on Barrow Street was redeveloped, a walkway at ground level was provided, which has opened out the arches carrying the former Dublin & Kingstown Railway (now the DART) to public view (see below)

Image from GoogleMaps StreetView.

Update 31072017 – H/T to Brian Goggin of irishwaterwayshistory.com for letting me know about an image which can be viewed online at the National Library of Ireland website which purports to show Dublin as it was in 1853. The railway line from Amiens Street northwards is in the top right of the image. The number of arches shown would appear to be subject to artistic licence and the absence of the Royal Canal makes it difficult to fully compare to the present day situation (the bay crossed at the extreme right of the image is where Fairview Park is now).

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.