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Return of Barges to Liffey Planned

Posted by Colin Becker 
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Return of Barges to Liffey Planned
15 January, 2008 12:24
Greetings,

I see an article on p3 of todays Irish Times about a scheme to raise a
number of the old Guinness barges (the real ones, not the Grqand Canal
Company "M" boats which are often referred to as Guinness barges) from their
watery graves and refurbish them as trip boats for the Liffey. (The paper
says they were scuttled in the ocean but my understanding is that they are
actually sunk on Lough Neagh) The plan also includes construction of a
floating "street" at Ormond Quay.

It would be wonderful to see some of those iconic vessels returned to
service in some way. They were an integral part of Dublin "in the rare
ould times"

Best Wishes,

Colin Becker
Project/Development Officer, IWAI
"IWAI - The Voice of the Waterways"
RE: Return of Barges to Liffey Planned
15 January, 2008 15:21
I wonder what condition they would be in, and how much or the original would their be in a raised and refurbished one, might be more practical to build replicas.

Rgds
Bill> From: colin_becker[AG]iwai.ie> To: waterways[AG]iwai.ie; iwai-news[AG]iwai.ie> Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 12:24:41 +0000> Subject: [waterways] Return of Barges to Liffey Planned> > Greetings,> > I see an article on p3 of todays Irish Times about a scheme to raise a > number of the old Guinness barges (the real ones, not the Grqand Canal > Company "M" boats which are often referred to as Guinness barges) from their > watery graves and refurbish them as trip boats for the Liffey. (The paper > says they were scuttled in the ocean but my understanding is that they are > actually sunk on Lough Neagh) The plan also includes construction of a > floating "street" at Ormond Quay.> > It would be wonderful to see some of those iconic vessels returned to > service in some way. They were an integral part of Dublin "in the rare > ould times"> > Best Wishes,> > Colin Becker> Project/Development Officer, IWAI> "IWAI - The Voice of the Waterway
Re: Return of Barges to Liffey Planned
15 January, 2008 15:47
Trips on the Liffey sound wonderful but how far can you go ? Heuston and
back. Out to the lifting bridge and back ? Doesn't quite rank up there with
a trip around Notre Dame at night or the excellent canal cruises in
Amsterdam does it ?

Paul Mc Cann


On 15/01/2008, William Reid wrote:
>
> I wonder what condition they would be in, and how much or the original
> would their be in a raised and refurbished one, might be more practical to
> build replicas.
>
> Rgds
> Bill
>
> > From: colin_becker[AG]iwai.ie
> > To: waterways[AG]iwai.ie; iwai-news[AG]iwai.ie
> > Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 12:24:41 +0000
> > Subject: [waterways] Return of Barges to Liffey Planned
> >
> > Greetings,
> >
> > I see an article on p3 of todays Irish Times about a scheme to raise a
> > number of the old Guinness barges (the real ones, not the Grqand Canal
> > Company "M" boats which are often referred to as Guinness barges) from
> their
> > watery graves and refurbish them as trip boats for the Liffey. (The
> paper
> > says they were scuttled in the ocean but my understanding is that they
> are
> > actually sunk on Lough Neagh) The plan also includes construction of a
> > floating "street" at Ormond Quay.
> >
> > It would be wonderful to see some of those iconic vessels returned to
> > service in some way. They were an integral part of Dublin "in the rare
> > ould times"
> >
> > Best Wishes,
> >
> > Colin Becker
> > Project/Development Officer, IWAI
> > "IWAI - The Voice of the Waterways"
>
RE: Return of Barges to Liffey Planned
15 January, 2008 16:10
There is already a company offering trips on the liffey, at least there was two years ago [www.liffeyvoyage.ie], I brought the kids on it, they enjoyed it, but from my point of view there was not a lot to see except all the new construction developments....


Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 15:47:59 +0000From: tpmccann[AG]gmail.comTo: waterways[AG]iwai.ieSubject: Re: [waterways] Return of Barges to Liffey Planned
Trips on the Liffey sound wonderful but how far can you go ? Heuston and back. Out to the lifting bridge and back ? Doesn't quite rank up there with a trip around Notre Dame at night or the excellent canal cruises in Amsterdam does it ?

Paul Mc Cann
On 15/01/2008, William Reid wrote:

I wonder what condition they would be in, and how much or the original would their be in a raised and refurbished one, might be more practical to build replicas. RgdsBill> From: colin_becker[AG]iwai.ie> To: waterways[AG]iwai.ie; iwai-news[AG]iwai.ie> Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 12:24:41 +0000> Subject: [waterways] Return of Barges to Liffey Planned
> > Greetings,> > I see an article on p3 of todays Irish Times about a scheme to raise a > number of the old Guinness barges (the real ones, not the Grqand Canal > Company "M" boats which are often referred to as Guinness barges) from their > watery graves and refurbish them as trip boats for the Liffey. (The paper > says they were scuttled in the ocean but my understanding is that they are > actually sunk on Lough Neagh) The plan also includes construction of a > floating "street" at Ormond Quay.> > It would be wonderful to see some of those iconic vessels returned to > service in some way. They were an integral part of Dublin "in the rare > ould times"> > Best Wishes,> > Colin Becker> Project/Development Officer, IWAI> "IWAI - The Voice of the
Return of Barges to Liffey Planned
16 January, 2008 13:23
There was a mention of this plan (said to cost in the order of ?8 Million)
on RTE Radio1 early this morning

Mark Maguire
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056-7706720
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Re: Return of Barges to Liffey Planned
16 January, 2008 20:03
William wrote....

I wonder what condition they would be in, and how much or the original would
their be in a raised and refurbished one, might be more practical to build
replicas.

Colin>>>>I've seen a couple of them and they are pretty rough. Not past
redemption I would think but still pretty rough. My guess is that it would
be cheaper to build replicas, specially considering all the requirements
that DoT are going to impose on them for a passenger licence. It might
well be that from a historical point of view it would be better to raise the
boats and conserve them as floating exhibits, maybe even capable of moving
under their own power and build replicas for passenger carrying. I've been
on the fringes of a number of projects over the years to build passenger
vessels and it really is very difficult to get them certified.

Colin

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