Walking to the Grand Canal.
At lunchtime on the 11th of April we decided to go as far as the Grand canal and then come back, and we reckoned that it would take us no more then half an hour. We took lots of photos and even a short film of the swans gliding along in the canal.
The canal that we are talking about is the Grand Canal; there are two canals in Dublin the Royal and the Grand Canal. Find some more about the history of the Grand canal under the photos in this post.
This is the information we found on Wikipedia, if you want to read more about it click on this link.
The Grand Canal (Irish: An Chanáil Mhór) is the southernmost of a pair of canals that connect Dublin, in the east of Ireland, with the River Shannon in the west, via Tullamore and a number of other villages and towns, the two canals nearly encircling Dublin’s inner city. Its sister canal on the Northside of Dublin is the Royal Canal. The last working cargo barge passed through the Grand Canal in 1960.
It was a lovely walk, we were all chatting and looking at the ducks and swans in the water, the plants and a particulary intersting bird dipping his feet in the water.
There was a query about the kind of bird it was and afterwards I did an online search and decided we had seen a heron.
It took us a long time to get back to the centre. We turned back a bridge too far and ended up on Clanbrassil street, we saw Saint Patricks Catherdral in the distance, we still had the whole of Cork street to walk before we were back in Bru Chaiomhin and at out desks.
Here are our photos:
History of the Grand Canal
The idea of connecting Dublin to the Shannon was proposed as early as 1715.
The Corporation of Dublin realised that the canal could be used to improve the water supply to the city, but when the canal was filled, the banks gave way and the city didn’t obtain its water.
In 1772 the Grand Canal Company was established by a group of noblemen and merchants, including public subscription, but the official opening had to be delayed until April 1804. The whole work had cost in the region of £877,000 and it was some years before it began to make a profit.
This the long saga that prompted a rival venture, the Royal Canal, which started construction in 1790 and was finally opened in 1817 after the government had stepped in to resolve disputes between the two companies.