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AJ's Royal Canal Life

Posted by AJ Vosse 
AJ's Royal Canal Life
19 July, 2011 08:04
Hi All,

I've posted the next section of my walks along the Royal Canal. The post, including photo's, can be found on the home page or together with all the other walks on my Royal Canal Life page. I've now covered the distance between Maynooth and (almost) Mulingar and hope to get the Dublin to Maynooth sections documented soon... when the weather makes our lives a little easier!winking smiley

I'll occationally update the thread... as a reminder that there are still a few souls out there that have to do the trek on foot... cool smiley Some of you lucky boaters may even get a glimpse of your fine vessels when you have a look...

Cheers for now, I hope you enjoy your visits to my blog,
AJ aka Vossie

[ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com]



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 19/07/2011 08:11 by AJ Vosse.
Re: AJ's Royal Canal Life
19 July, 2011 19:33
A bit of reading there Vossie. I'll get around to it when Katie and Holly give me a proper go on the laptop...LOL

M(W&W)F
Re: AJ's Royal Canal Life
26 July, 2011 07:51
Hi All,

I've included a post covering the section between the 12th Lock and Leixlip Confey... later in the week I'll do the next section as far as Maynooth. This section will include a few photo's of MH and Float 3 fighting the jungle... winking smiley

I hope you enjoy the walk...

Cheers,
AJ aka Vossie

[ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com]
Re: AJ's Royal Canal Life
26 July, 2011 15:46
Nice one Vossie, some excellent pics. A somewhat different perspective from crossing by boat, though the deep sinking was'nt as bad as I'd feared it might be. When you get to Louisa Bridge.....will you have a look and see if the blocks etc., are still in the water or have they been removed. A pic would be useful, if they're still there.

M(W&W)F

PS....MH...??, do you mean "MK and Float 3"
Re: Re: AJ's Royal Canal Life
26 July, 2011 15:50
Hi Mick,

No... I'll do that post on Thursday or Friday... I have a few specific
photo's for you!! Blocks and more blocks...

Thanks for having a look... and for your support!

Cheers for now,
Vossie,

PS - When are you moving further with your Darling?

On 26 July 2011 15:46, IWAI forum Mick Farrell wrote:

> Posted at: [www.iwai.ie]
> Mick Farrell wrote:
>
> Nice one Vossie, some excellent pics. A somewhat different perspective
> from crossing by boat, though the deep sinking was'nt as bad as I'd feared
> it might be. When you get to Louisa Bridge.....will you have a look and
> see if the blocks etc., are still in the water or have they been removed.
> A pic would be useful, if they're still there.
>
> M(W&W)F
>
> PS....MH...??, do you mean "MK and Float 3"
>
Re: Re: AJ's Royal Canal Life
26 July, 2011 16:06
Re old house at Kennans bridge.

The old ordinance survey shows a school which appears to be that house you
refer to. (West of the bridge )

[maps.osi.ie]

Paul Mc Cann

On 26 July 2011 15:46, IWAI forum Mick Farrell wrote:

> Posted at: [www.iwai.ie]
> Mick Farrell wrote:
>
> Nice one Vossie, some excellent pics. A somewhat different perspective
> from crossing by boat, though the deep sinking was'nt as bad as I'd feared
> it might be. When you get to Louisa Bridge.....will you have a look and
> see if the blocks etc., are still in the water or have they been removed.
> A pic would be useful, if they're still there.
>
> M(W&W)F
>
> PS....MH...??, do you mean "MK and Float 3"
>
Re: Re: AJ's Royal Canal Life
26 July, 2011 16:15
Thanks Paul, I'll have a look at the link... now you've given me a new toy
to play with! ;-)

On 26 July 2011 16:06, Paul Mc Cann wrote:

> Re old house at Kennans bridge.
>
> The old ordinance survey shows a school which appears to be that house you
> refer to. (West of the bridge )
>
> [maps.osi.ie]
>
> Paul Mc Cann
>
>
> On 26 July 2011 15:46, IWAI forum Mick Farrell wrote:
>
>> Posted at: [www.iwai.ie]
>> Mick Farrell wrote:
>>
>> Nice one Vossie, some excellent pics. A somewhat different perspective
>> from crossing by boat, though the deep sinking was'nt as bad as I'd feared
>> it might be. When you get to Louisa Bridge.....will you have a look and
>> see if the blocks etc., are still in the water or have they been removed.
>> A pic would be useful, if they're still there.
>>
>> M(W&W)F
>>
>> PS....MH...??, do you mean "MK and Float 3"
>
Re: Re: AJ's Royal Canal Life
26 July, 2011 16:39
Hi Vossie

Probably not till Friday. I'm hoping to get to Richmond Hbr by Monday. Unfortunately, the long stay in Dublin seriously depleted me "boating budget"....and an inability to resist rallys has'nt helped...LOL Like "Nead's Bridge, Needs Water"..."Mick's Pockets, Needs Money" What's the scrap value of wet blocks and stones at the moment...???

M(W&W)F




From: AJ Vosse
Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 3:50 PM
To: waterways[AG]iwai.ie
Subject: Re: [waterways] Re: AJ's Royal Canal Life


Hi Mick,

No... I'll do that post on Thursday or Friday... I have a few specific photo's for you!! Blocks and more blocks...

Thanks for having a look... and for your support!

Cheers for now,
Vossie,

PS - When are you moving further with your Darling?


On 26 July 2011 15:46, IWAI forum Mick Farrell wrote:

Posted at: [www.iwai.ie]
Mick Farrell wrote:

Nice one Vossie, some excellent pics. A somewhat different perspective from crossing by boat, though the deep sinking was'nt as bad as I'd feared it might be. When you get to Louisa Bridge.....will you have a look and see if the blocks etc., are still in the water or have they been removed. A pic would be useful, if they're still there.

M(W&W)F

PS....MH...??, do you mean "MK and Float 3"
Re: AJ's Royal Canal Life
26 July, 2011 18:24
Mick... if we salvage them block out from under that other bribge and sell momento's at the rallies... just a thought?? smiling bouncing smiley
Re: AJ's Royal Canal Life
26 July, 2011 23:50
Re old house at Kennans bridge.

The building is a Protected Structure with landmark status in the area. It was an old schoolhouse, going back to the time around 1850, just after the famine. The story goes that the parish priest wanted to build a school for the poor and destitute kids in the area but was refused land by the local landlord at Luttrellstown. To spite him, he bought land from the Royal Canal Company and erected the schoolhouse 3 storeys high so it would always be visible from the Luttrellstown Estate. , they say he (the priest) went on to curse the Luttrellstown estate! Don't know whether the story is true or not......its a bit of local folklore



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 27/07/2011 00:08 by CelticPrincess.
Re: AJ's Royal Canal Life
27 July, 2011 06:56
Thanks for the info... I think I may go back and have a look around, if that is allowed?

Cheers,
Vossie
Re: AJ's Royal Canal Life
01 August, 2011 07:58
Hi All,

I've eventually managed to complete the post about the Confey to Maynooth walk... featuring Mick Farrell's favourite water feature and Float 3, as she was then known...

Thanks for stopping by,

Cheers,
Vossie aka AJ

[ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com]
Re: AJ's Royal Canal Life
09 August, 2011 11:11
Morning Vossie,
good to see you are busy on the Royal stuff - keep up the 'good news' material [ who wants to know about tight bridges?] I am currently in deeper water on the Shannon but a couple or three of us had a major 'Royal' work -out in our heads over the weekend and the [W&W] Mick is spearheading a 'dig out' of rubble under a canal bridge near you. This is a plan for a month or two away so maybe we can involve a few locals / walkers ? BTW the 'Rambler Epic' is coming to our TV screens in October - will keep you posted.
Bye for now and tell young Jim Murray he needs to walk the banks a little to get rid of the 'barbie belt',

Joe.
Re: AJ's Royal Canal Life
09 August, 2011 15:38
Hi Joe,

Good to see you're keeping friend Mick occupied and out of mischief... must have had quite a sore head with all those deliberations.
I have now complete more the 48 miles of the RC walks... almost at Mullingar now. I hope to do a blog post later in the week about my walk from the Liffey to the 12th Lock... it was fun.
What are we going to do with Mick's rockery? Will some boating museum take it off our hands or will we have enough stone to build our own? smiling bouncing smiley
please let me know when the planned canal de-rocking session is going to happen... I need to watch from afar! Not volunteering to dip my toe into that cold water!! winking smiley

Cheers for now... enjoy your happy boating!

Vossie aka AJ
Re: AJ's Royal Canal Life
09 August, 2011 18:38
Thanks Vossie,

from this shot [ Mick's post ], it doesn't look like the stuff for rockeries !

Joe.


Re: AJ's Royal Canal Life
09 August, 2011 21:31
Joe/Vossie

Perhaps we could use the stone/blocks from under Louisa Br. to repair the low bank out near Mullingar...? Just like the good old days.....dig out the canal and build up the banks...!! Might make keeping enough water on the summit a bit easier and allow Neads Br. to be navigated without special arrangement.

M(W&W)F

PS Vossie...have'nt been in to see your latest musings yet, internet was very slow...!
Re: AJ's Royal Canal Life
10 August, 2011 17:04
[ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com]

Arrrgh....now I'm hungry...!!!

M(W&W)F

PS.....dont forget you promised me a barbie Vossie...!!!
Re: AJ's Royal Canal Life
10 August, 2011 19:31
What have you been up to?? On the food sites again?

Yes... I've fortgotten about the BBQ... only reason... I've forgotten about the offer of ONE... let's make it at least 2 or 3... for starters!

How about me doing a live blog bbq post from the good lady's deck? That rubber duck of yours is in the way... no, the roof!! Tea boy can keep us well supplied up there! And, should it rain... I know a bridge or two to park under... Louisa ring a bell??

Stay well Mick... we'll get the steak on the barby yet! I promise...
Re: AJ's Royal Canal Life
13 August, 2011 10:12
Hi All,

I've eventually managed to complete the section between the Liffey and the 12th Lock... today's blog post covers from the Liffey up to the 6th Lock...

[ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com]

I hope you enjoy the post... I enjoyed the walk... even the bit away from the canal past the Irish Rail land.

Fortunately the sun shone for all of this first section...
Cheers for now,
AJ aka Vossie
Re: Re: AJ's Royal Canal Life
13 August, 2011 11:17
ISTR that building was an old Ranks Mill. I see it was called the North City
Flour Mills on the older maps.

On frittering away another 1/2 hour or so on the O.S.I. site I see that that
long thin park that runs under the North Circular Road just west of the Joy
is actually based on the old canal route. I'd always assumed it was an old
rail line. Paging back and forth between the old maps and the Ortho images
one can see how the bones of the old canal route are still extant.

I've really enjoyed your rambles and your pictures. I know from experience
how difficult it can be to photograph the canal and its environment and not
end up with a series of long boring vistas consisting of water and banks.
You have managed to avoid this very well IMHO.

Paul Mc Cann

On 13 August 2011 10:12, IWAI forum AJ Vosse wrote:

> Posted at: [www.iwai.ie]
> AJ Vosse wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
> I've eventually managed to complete the section between the Liffey and the
> 12th Lock... today's blog post covers from the Liffey up to the 6th Lock...
>
> [ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com]
>
> I hope you enjoy the post... I enjoyed the walk... even the bit away from
> the canal past the Irish Rail land.
>
> Fortunately the sun shone for all of this first section...
> Cheers for now,
> AJ aka Vossie
>
>
>
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