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Monasterevin Aquaduct with icicles

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Monasterevin Aquaduct with icicles
13 January, 2010 11:37
Do you remember the photo of the Monasterevin Aquaduct with icicles in 1962 in the "Photos of the month gallery" in December 2008?



"Monasterevan Aquaduct, winter 1962 - height of the freeze-up that winter with the icicles nearing the surface of the river in places. The then constant drip of leaking water between the stones of the bridge have since been stopped, and such a picture will never be seen again. Tom measured the ice thickness in the harbour at 8" that winter."
Photo Tom Kirby

I came across a similar one in the Todayfm photo gallery taken this winter.

http://www.todayfm.com/Libraries/Snow%20Photos/Monastereven%20viaduct.sflb

Tina
[www.wasserrausch.de]
When the wind of change blows, some build walls, others build windmills.
Re: Monasterevin Aquaduct with icicles
13 January, 2010 22:51
Great Pics Tina.
Re: Monasterevin Aquaduct with icicles
14 January, 2010 04:22
Very interesting picture, Tina, taken from upstream. Mine in 1962 was taken from downtream. It seems that the waterproofing carried out was only partially successful. and water still drips out under the arches.
In 1962 the icycles started well above the bottom arch stones, whereas now they all seem to be confined to underneath the arches.
Frankly, with all this suposed Global warming business I hadn't expected such a freeze-up again here in my lifetime. I now live in a boggy frost pocket not far from the Pollardstown Fen and last week on one night our max/minimum outside thermometer showed minus eighteen degrees !
Tom Kirby
RE: Re: Monasterevin Aquaduct with icicles
14 January, 2010 08:53
Tom,
Do you remember skating on the ice on the canal back then? Generally the school would be closed because the pipes had burst so we would all go up to the drawbridge and skate across the canal?
Boys would be boys!!!
Evan O'Keeffe,
Vinegar Hill
Re: RE: Re: Monasterevin Aquaduct with icicles
24 January, 2010 11:44
Yes, We could go onto the ice two winters in a row. '62/3 had 8" of clear ice on the canal, & 5" on the Liffey at Islandbridge (where we normally row)
The following year '63/4 we got 5" of ice at M'evan with a light coating of snow on it. During the freeze-up, the canal level dropped about an inch, imparting a concave shape the the ice covering.
We slid using FCA hob-nailed boots from the upper gate at Moore's lock, running on to the ice where the coping stones curved round and the canal got wider, obliquely upstream towards the junction with the Mountmellick branch.
After about 40 yards we encountered the slope approaching the far bank, and the slide curved gently away and guided us again obliquely across, curving once again out towards the far bank.
The slide was eventually measured at 128 yards long, with two gentle bends in it. Only those of us down on hunkers with the hob-nailed boots managed to complete the whole distance.
Alas the few photos taken of that slide perished in a fire in 1986.
No one had skates.

Tom Kirby
Re: Monasterevin Aquaduct with icicles
03 February, 2010 21:35
In my last post I mentioned that the Liffey at Islandbridge froze to 5" of ice in '62-3.

I have dug up a slide of same and scanned it in. It shows a 20-year-old me cycling on it at the old UCD boathouse, now Dublin Municipal Boat Club in January '63

Now there's a novel form of navigation !




Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/02/2010 21:45 by Thomas Kirby.
Re: Monasterevin Aquaduct with icicles
03 February, 2010 22:33
Hi Thomas,

thank you very much for the scanned photo. It seems to me that you have saved your sense of humour since then. Lovely!

Tina
[www.wasserrausch.de]
When the wind of change blows, some build walls, others build windmills.
Re: Re: Monasterevin Aquaduct with icicles
04 February, 2010 11:29
Slied appears badly degraded. I'm no expert but perhaps attached, after few
minutes adjustments, is a little better. (I know I'm going to regret this !)


Paul Mc Cann

On 3 February 2010 22:33, IWAI forum Tina wrote:

> Posted at: [www.iwai.ie]
> Tina wrote:
>
> Hi Thomas,
>
> thank you very much for the scanned photo. It seems to me that you have
> saved your sense of humour since then. Lovely!
>
Re: Re: Monasterevin Aquaduct with icicles
04 February, 2010 11:30
Whoops, Slide not slied

Paul Mc Cann

On 4 February 2010 11:29, Paul wrote:

> Slied appears badly degraded. I'm no expert but perhaps attached, after few
> minutes adjustments, is a little better. (I know I'm going to regret this !)
>
>
> Paul Mc Cann
>
>
> On 3 February 2010 22:33, IWAI forum Tina wrote:
>
>> Posted at: [www.iwai.ie]
>> Tina wrote:
>>
>> Hi Thomas,
>>
>> thank you very much for the scanned photo. It seems to me that you have
>> saved your sense of humour since then. Lovely!
>
Re: Monasterevin Aquaduct with icicles
04 February, 2010 13:32
OK Guys,

Here's my last unearthed slide of said '62-3 freeze-up at Monasterevan.
I crawled in under the East arch onto the concrete caisson and shot this one out SW. through the icycles. No human scale in pic., but the height of the arch over the water is about 15-16 feet (5m.), so many of the icycles are some 12 feet long and curved by the wind during the lengthening period.

I don't seem to be able to find your upgraded slide/pic., Paul.

Tom K.

Re: Re: Monasterevin Aquaduct with icicles
04 February, 2010 13:41
Paul,
Found your upgraded slide in the direct E-mail.
Thank you very much. It looks great. The original was woefully
underexposed (manual settings on cameras in those days) and I had brightened
it up a bit on my computer, but your adjustments are super.
How did you do it ?

Tom K.

On 4 February 2010 11:29, Paul wrote:

> Slied appears badly degraded. I'm no expert but perhaps attached, after few
> minutes adjustments, is a little better. (I know I'm going to regret this !)
>
>
>
> Paul Mc Cann
>
>
> On 3 February 2010 22:33, IWAI forum Tina wrote:
>
>> Posted at: [www.iwai.ie]
>> Tina wrote:
>>
>> Hi Thomas,
>>
>> thank you very much for the scanned photo. It seems to me that you have
>> saved your sense of humour since then. Lovely!
>
RE: Re: Monasterevin Aquaduct with icicles
04 February, 2010 14:35
Tom,
Love the trip down memory lane, but if "Raf" Jim Moore RIP had caught you, you would have been in big trouble. I was only a child then (10 years) but I well remember the canal and the drawbridge being frozen solid. We were to scared in the winter time to go under the arches either on "Tynan's side" or "Gordon's side" for fear of falling in, no bother in the summer time though. With your permission I will show those photos to some of my contacts back in Monasterevan just for a bit of nostalgia.
Evan O'Keeffe,
Vinegar Hill
Re: Re: Monasterevin Aquaduct with icicles
04 February, 2010 16:15
Evan,
In 1963 I was rising 21, and in my fourth year student in Dublin.....Grown
up.

Jim Moore was a 'member' of the fishing circle, who met in Paul Cullen's
shop to swap stories. He had a pole punt on the river, which appears in my
overall aqueduct pic. By then I was using my own rowing boat for fishing
during Easter and Summer hols., built by myself in 1969....He observed our
long slide in the making at 'his' lock with interest.
You probably know that his second son, Jimmo was tragically lost one dark
night off the downstream parapet of the bridge into the swollen river a
couple of years later. There's a cross on the railings at the spot ever
since.

Slide builders then included Patrick & William Lalor, sons of Paddy Lalor,
Chemist, Pat Boland, son of Tom, Publican, Drogheda Rd. also my brother
Michael, who also had FCA hob-nail boots. We were all students in Dublin at
the time.

Tom K.

On 4 February 2010 14:35, Evan O'Keeffe wrote:

> Tom,
> Love the trip down memory lane, but if "Raf" Jim Moore RIP had caught you,
> you would have been in big trouble. I was only a child then (10 years) but I
> well remember the canal and the drawbridge being frozen solid. We were to
> scared in the winter time to go under the arches either on "Tynan's side" or
> "Gordon's side" for fear of falling in, no bother in the summer time
> though. With your permission I will show those photos to some of my contacts
> back in Monasterevan just for a bit of nostalgia.
> Evan O'Keeffe,
> Vinegar Hill
>
RE: Re: Monasterevin Aquaduct with icicles
04 February, 2010 16:36
Tom,

You were the generation before us, I was a year older than your brother
John. Many the evening we all enjoyed on Sped Kavanagh's boat (taken without
his permission I might admit) but it got us all hooked on the river. Sped
never complained, sure we always returned it unharmed. I later heard from
his nephew Michael, who lived in the house with the archway beside Whelan's
shop that he kept the old boat in good repair because he knew we "borrowed"
it at times.

Jim Moore's grandson Joe (Peter's son) now operates the lock, two summers
ago we took the boat to Vickarstown for a trip, I was hoping to meet Peter
again but he wasn't around. Hoping to do the trip again this year, should be
interesting.

Evan



From: Thomas Kirby [mailto:tomkirby42[AG]gmail.com]
Sent: 04 February 2010 16:16
To: waterways[AG]iwai.ie
Subject: Re: [waterways] Re: Monasterevin Aquaduct with icicles



Evan,

In 1963 I was rising 21, and in my fourth year student in Dublin.....Grown
up.



Jim Moore was a 'member' of the fishing circle, who met in Paul Cullen's
shop to swap stories. He had a pole punt on the river, which appears in my
overall aqueduct pic. By then I was using my own rowing boat for fishing
during Easter and Summer hols., built by myself in 1969....He observed our
long slide in the making at 'his' lock with interest.

You probably know that his second son, Jimmo was tragically lost one dark
night off the downstream parapet of the bridge into the swollen river a
couple of years later. There's a cross on the railings at the spot ever
since.



Slide builders then included Patrick & William Lalor, sons of Paddy Lalor,
Chemist, Pat Boland, son of Tom, Publican, Drogheda Rd. also my brother
Michael, who also had FCA hob-nail boots. We were all students in Dublin at
the time.



Tom K.

On 4 February 2010 14:35, Evan O'Keeffe wrote:

Tom,
Love the trip down memory lane, but if "Raf" Jim Moore RIP had caught you,
you would have been in big trouble. I was only a child then (10 years) but I
well remember the canal and the drawbridge being frozen solid. We were to
scared in the winter time to go under the arches either on "Tynan's side" or
"Gordon's side" for fear of falling in, no bother in the summer time
though. With your permission I will show those photos to some of my contacts
back in Monasterevan just for a bit of nostalgia.
Evan O'Keeffe,
Vinegar H
Re: Re: Monasterevin Aquaduct with icicles
04 February, 2010 17:01
Evan,
Interesting. John is now stationed in Bristol with the AIB. His wife
Pauline also works there. Alas, they never had any children.
I sold a little 9' first boat to Pat Purcell, and I heard that Tony Finlay
chopped it in two one day with his speedboat !
John looked at my 13' X 5' boat in the shed at home long after I had
outgrown it and was in England full time. He began to cut it down smaller
in size for himself, but never completed the task, so the boat ended up as
junk.
The punt in my picture could well have been Sped's. They all looked vewry
similar.

Tom K.

On 4 February 2010 16:36, Evan O'Keeffe wrote:

> Tom,
>
> You were the generation before us, I was a year older than your brother
> John. Many the evening we all enjoyed on Sped Kavanagh?s boat (taken
> without his permission I might admit) but it got us all hooked on the river.
> Sped never complained, sure we always returned it unharmed. I later heard
> from his nephew Michael, who lived in the house with the archway beside
> Whelan?s shop that he kept the old boat in good repair because he knew we
> ?borrowed? it at times.
>
> Jim Moore?s grandson Joe (Peter?s son) now operates the lock, two summers
> ago we took the boat to Vickarstown for a trip, I was hoping to meet Peter
> again but he wasn?t around. Hoping to do the trip again this year, should be
> interesting.
>
> Evan
>
>
>
> *From:* Thomas Kirby [mailto:tomkirby42[AG]gmail.com]
> *Sent:* 04 February 2010 16:16
> *To:* waterways[AG]iwai.ie
> *Subject:* Re: [waterways] Re: Monasterevin Aquaduct with icicles
>
>
>
> Evan,
>
> In 1963 I was rising 21, and in my fourth year student in Dublin.....Grown
> up.
>
>
>
> Jim Moore was a 'member' of the fishing circle, who met in Paul Cullen's
> shop to swap stories. He had a pole punt on the river, which appears in my
> overall aqueduct pic. By then I was using my own rowing boat for fishing
> during Easter and Summer hols., built by myself in 1969....He observed our
> long slide in the making at 'his' lock with interest.
>
> You probably know that his second son, Jimmo was tragically lost one dark
> night off the downstream parapet of the bridge into the swollen river a
> couple of years later. There's a cross on the railings at the spot ever
> since.
>
>
>
> Slide builders then included Patrick & William Lalor, sons of Paddy Lalor,
> Chemist, Pat Boland, son of Tom, Publican, Drogheda Rd. also my brother
> Michael, who also had FCA hob-nail boots. We were all students in Dublin at
> the time.
>
>
>
> Tom K.
>
> On 4 February 2010 14:35, Evan O'Keeffe wrote:
>
> Tom,
> Love the trip down memory lane, but if "Raf" Jim Moore RIP had caught you,
> you would have been in big trouble. I was only a child then (10 years) but I
> well remember the canal and the drawbridge being frozen solid. We were to
> scared in the winter time to go under the arches either on "Tynan's side" or
> "Gordon's side" for fear of falling in, no bother in the summer time
> though. With your permission I will show those photos to some of my contacts
> back in Monasterevan just for a bit of nostalgia.
> Evan O'Keeffe,
> Vinegar Hi
Re: Re: Monasterevin Aquaduct with icicles
04 February, 2010 19:02
Just fidddled about a bit with the colour balance, contrast and levels.


Paul Mc Cann

On 4 February 2010 13:41, Thomas Kirby wrote:

> Paul,
> Found your upgraded slide in the direct E-mail.
> Thank you very much. It looks great. The original was woefully
> underexposed (manual settings on cameras in those days) and I had brightened
> it up a bit on my computer, but your adjustments are super.
> How did you do it ?
>
> Tom K.
>
> On 4 February 2010 11:29, Paul wrote:
>
>> Slied appears badly degraded. I'm no expert but perhaps attached, after
>> few minutes adjustments, is a little better. (I know I'm going to regret
>> this !)
>>
>>
>> Paul Mc Cann
>>
>>
>> On 3 February 2010 22:33, IWAI forum Tina wrote:
>>
>>> Posted at: [www.iwai.ie]
>>> Tina wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi Thomas,
>>>
>>> thank you very much for the scanned photo. It seems to me that you have
>>> saved your sense of humour since then. Lovely!
Re: Re: Monasterevin Aquaduct with icicles
26 December, 2010 11:06
Some recently taken photos of icicles at the Monasterevin Aquaduct. Some of the icicles extended all the way down and into the river.

Photos taken by Michael Carroll of Portarlington Co. Laois. [www.carmike.eu]









Copyright Michael Carroll, posted here with permission

Tina
[www.wasserrausch.de]
When the wind of change blows, some build walls, others build windmills.
Re: Monasterevin Aquaduct with icicles
26 December, 2010 20:58
Absolutely stunning pictures, Tina. It seems that the leaking problem wasn't solved after all. Certainly the recent freeze-up was a prolonged opportunity for these amazing icicles to build up.

living as I now do in Newbridge/Naas area I didn't venture down to Monasterevan to see them for myself.

I doubt if Ml.Carroll's pics will ever be surpassed.

Tom K.

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