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Is feidir linn! (Bridge lifts! The Rambler heads west on the Royal Canal)

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Is feidir linn! (Bridge lifts! The Rambler heads west on the Royal Canal)
09 June, 2011 14:38
Success at mid-day , relief all round.

Joe.






Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/06/2011 23:59 by Michael Slevin.
Re: Is feidir linn!
09 June, 2011 14:44
Well done all !!
Keep photos coming Joe.
Cathy
Re: Is feidir linn!
09 June, 2011 14:55
Thats a great sight .

Did the rest of the rally boats follow or do they think it wont break down any more ?

John .
Re: Is feidir linn!
09 June, 2011 16:15
Woo-hoo!
Are the remaining lifts going ahead as scheduled, or was this a temporary fix to liberate the ralliers?

Duncan
Re: Is feidir linn!
09 June, 2011 17:14
Well Done

The rambler Is looking Great

Coreibh
Re: Is feidir linn!
09 June, 2011 17:16
Rally going out Saturday week- the original next published lift date. Progress so far but slow.

Joe.


Re: Is feidir linn!
09 June, 2011 17:39
Thanks Joe,

I love the 2nd photo with TheRambler under tow - is that due to low water levels or just a recreation of times past as horses are banned on the towpath!
This is the first time since 1923 that Rambler has headed for the Shannon (with hope of getting there) - the last time was with Vincent Delany at the helm, father of IWAI founders Vincent and Alf Delany.
The HBA page on The Rambler is at [heritageboatassociation.ie]

For info, only "Ashford Star" escaped with the Rambler, the rest of the fleet is hoping to escape on the 18th.
/M
Re: Is feidir linn!
09 June, 2011 18:37
Thanks for such fascinating photos Joe. Great stuff. smiling smiley

OceanFroggie Noel Griffin
Re: Is feidir linn!
09 June, 2011 23:49
The long day has ended (10.30pm ) with the WI gentleman with us till the end. Full marks to the WI staff involved, the iarnrod bridge people who did that bridge and pulled a few ropes and the locals who did the same.



Ashford Star with Rambler behind, approach Lock 2 at Dorset St.



Competition?



Some fancy ropework.



Goodnight all,

Joe.
Re: Is feidir linn!
10 June, 2011 00:18
Great stuff Joseph. Did you know that The GAA had to lease the space over the railway line,.from Iarnrod E., to allow them to build the stand over the line.

PJ.
Re: Is feidir linn!
10 June, 2011 01:33
While we're all delighted that The Rambler has started its journey west, accompanied by Ashford Star, it has to be said that it really is pretty pathetic that a bridge with such basic mechanics has been allowed to close the navigation for four weeks - no more, since the rest of the fleet (now diminished) are not being allowed out until the 18th of June.
Since the bridge is now working, why not this coming weekend?
It really is quite pathetic.
Michael
Re: Is feidir linn!
10 June, 2011 08:10
Agree entirely Michael, and would have considered this issue a typical item for IWAI to lobby / campaign etc. etc. about . What attitude would our esteemed 'Delaneys' have taken. During the HBA week in Banagher a prominent photo was that one with the bridge man, policeman, and Mssrs. Delaney and O'Hanlon on another 'bridge issue'. We at times forget our roots, these people not only campaigned, they confronted the problem.

Joe.
Re: Is feidir linn!
10 June, 2011 11:40
Just to prove I don't do rants, a couple of early morning pics from 'auld triangle country' . Trip is settling down and going well.





This one to show how well northside swans are fed.


Re: Is feidir linn!
10 June, 2011 11:56
Well done Joe.Following progress with great interest.
I was looking at Ruth Delaney's book about The Royal last night. She had a piece in it about CIE and WI.
Apparently CIE wanted WI to indemnify them for anything that might happen on or in or near the bridge. That was probably 10 years ago. Nothing has changed since.
It's time a delegation went to see a minister.
How about IWAI chiefs??

PJ
Re: Is feidir linn!
10 June, 2011 12:43
Are RTE not documenting the progress of the Rambler or has this fallen through now because of the delays?
RE: Re: Is feidir linn!
10 June, 2011 13:12
Re: Is feidir linn!
10 June, 2011 18:22
Having been on the original attempt to free the spenser dock 13, there is a lot that needs to be done to actually open the dublin end of the Royal, The Sckeker bridge needs to open to remove the nonsene with teh tidal heights and the rail bridge needs to open more.

There a good bit to get the IWAIs teeth into. I feel a WI summti coming on.

Dave
Re: Is feidir linn! (Bridge lifts! The Rambler heads west on the Royal Canal)
12 June, 2011 20:51
Just a quick few to show progress, I was moving 4E over weekend so playing catch up. First shot is of everyone lending a hand at 'that bridge'.



This one of Des from WI who worked long and hard to make it happen.



Lastly at the RCAG boathouse at Confey enjoying a day off.


Re: Is feidir linn! (Bridge lifts! The Rambler heads west on the Royal Canal)
12 June, 2011 22:39
Yes indeed, last Thursday was one of those long, hard days on the canal. Fair play to the WI and Irish Rail staff on the ground who worked just as hard as the boat crews. Most of the problems were caused, either by, the Rambler's audacity at being just within the advertised maximum airdraft for navigation on the Royal or WI's failure to dredge the top end of the basin to sufficient depth to allow a maximum airdraft boat navigate under Sherriff St Bridge AND into the 1st Lock on the same day. The basin was closed to traffic from June of 2004 to April of 2010 to allow the sea-lock be reinstated.
We also need to actively query, how a navigation which was officially re-opened to through traffic in October 2010 is effectively closed to through traffic for 359 days in 2011. This assumes that the remainder of the railway bridge lifts actually happen...!!

M(W&W)F
Re: Is feidir linn! (Bridge lifts! The Rambler heads west on the Royal Canal)
16 June, 2011 12:25
Mick and others,

just a few quickies from my visit yesterday, Kilcock and on to 'Fureys' Moyvally. Last one with RCAG boat alongside, currently playing a blinder as camera boat. Goal for this evening is 'Hill of Downs', filming is going well.

Joe.





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