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Floatels and a new query about Robertstown

Posted by Joseph B 
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Floatels and a new query about Robertstown
13 January, 2008 23:28
Late last year I enquired about the history of the Floatels. I was bowled over by the response, which has greatly
enlightened me about these boats. I recall going on a "Botel" in 1968 on the Netherlands waterways - that ship is still afloat but permanently moored and in use as a hotel in Amsterdam. Many thanks to all who have helped.

One remaining query about this - does anyone know what happened to Mr Kearsley/Kersley, and why (and exactly when) the business ended?

My other query is about the Robertstown Hotel. Website after website still lists this as still operating as a visitor centre, but it has of course been closed and, I gather, sold. It was standing intact last July, with planning approval to reopen it as a hotel, greatly extended. I am just wondering if anyone knows what is happening, and whether indeed any work has begun "on
the ground".

As always, I would be most grateful for any assistance.

Belated Happy New Year to everyone

Joseph Boughey
Merseyside
England
Re: Floatels and a new query about Robertstown
14 January, 2008 10:34
Hi Joseph,

I'm not exactly sure when the original "Floatels" ceased trading but it was
before I came onto the river in 1979 because the St. Patrick was alsready
well ensconced in Kilgarvan by then !

Mr. Kearsley appeared on the scene again a few years later operating the
original Shannon Princess but I don't know what became of him after that.

Colin
Re: Floatels and a new query about Robertstown
14 January, 2008 10:34
Hi Joseph,

I'm not exactly sure when the original "Floatels" ceased trading but it was
before I came onto the river in 1979 because the St. Patrick was alsready
well ensconced in Kilgarvan by then !

Mr. Kearsley appeared on the scene again a few years later operating the
original Shannon Princess but I don't know what became of him after that.

Colin
RE: Floatels and a new query about Robertstown
14 January, 2008 22:45
D. Johnson ADDRESS Coolree,
Robertstown,
Naas,
Co. Kildare
APPLICATION STATUS WITHDRAWN DECISION DUE
APPLICATION TYPE PERMISSION PLANNER TF
DEVELOPMENT
change of use of (i)a protected structure, ref B13-10 in the Co.
Development Plan to a hotel, consisting of 20 ensuite bedrooms, restaurant,
Bar/lounge, offices, stores, lift, Shafts and all ancillary accommodation
(ii) erection of a single etc... DEVELOPMENT ADDRESS Canal Hotel,
Robertstown,
Co. Kildare
RECEIVED DATE 22/12/2004 DEVELOPMENT TYPE COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT
INCOMPLETE RECEIVED DATE M.O. (DECISION) NO.
VALID APPLICATION DATE 23/12/2004 DECISION DATE
WITHDRAWN DATE 30/08/2006 DECISION CODE
GRANT DATE NO. CONDITIONS
EXPIRY DATE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY NO
AN BORD PL REF: F.I. REQUEST DATE 19/09/2005
APPEAL NOTIFICATION DATE F.I. RECEIVED DATE 23/08/2005
APPEAL DECISION DATE SIGNIFICANT INFORMATION


Joseph,
I got this on the Kildare County Council web site www.kildarecoco.ie
Paddy

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