Ireland » Royal Canal | Ireland
Goes north of Grand Canal into the upper Shannon
Royal Canal | Ireland: Characteristics & Overview
Rating of waterway
|Length of waterway:||145 km|
|Number of locks:||46|
|Lock dimensions:||21.00 x 3.90|
|Max. depth:||1.20||Max. headroom:||3.05|
|Degree of difficulty:||Some experience is an advantage|
|Requirements:||No license asked for hired boats|
|Character of waterway:||back to nature, old waterway, to be rediscovered|
|Profile of waterway:||Hardly ever used|
Waterway has access to:Grand Canal & Barrow Line | Ireland
Royal Canal | Ireland
is the northern link between Dublin, over Mulinar, to the Shannon. It has to surmount much more difficult grounds then the Grand Canal but this makes navigating it more interesting. Till 2010 the canal would be navigable all through again. The first boat hirers have already come too!
1789: Aid sought to build a canal from Dublin to Tarmonbarrx reviving the old plans. Parliament grants £66'000 to add the £134'000 promised by subsribers. The charter of the Royal Canal enrolled.
1812: Company's debt rises to £862'000 despite governement grants and loans amounting to £143'000. Parliament investigates into the company's affairs and discoussions about the line of the canal to the Shannon.
1817: Canal completet to the Shannon at Tarmonbarry.
1830's: Average annual tonnage carried 80'000 tons and 40'000 passengers.
1845: The entire consern is purchased ba the Midland Great Western Railway Company with a view to using the properity alongside the canal to lay a railway to the west.
1880's: Average tonnage reduced to 30'000 tons.
1939-1945: Brief revival of trade during the Emergency Years.
1951: Last bye-trader, James Leech of Killucan, ceased to oprate.
1974: The IWAI "Save the Royal Canal" campaign began and the Royal Canal Amenity Group was formed.
1986: Ownership transfered ti The Office of Public Works.
2000: Ownership transfered to Waterways Ireland.
2010: Main Line due to be reopened between Spencer Dock, Dublin and the River Shannon.
Royal Canal Boat Hirers
Royal Canal Cruisers
12th Lock, Castleknock - Dublin
Places of interest
Castletown House, Celbridge
Carton House, Maynooth
Maynooth Castle; Maynooth
Larchhill Arcadian Gardens, Larchil
Clonard Heritage Trail, Clonard
Mulligars Arts Centre, Mount Street, Mulligar
Belvedere House, Gardens & Parks, Mulligar
Corlea Trackways Visitor Center, Keenagh
Royal Canal Navigation Information
IWAI | Guide to the Royal Canal
Guide to the Royal Canal of Ireland Produced by the Waterways
with IWA Ireland. A spiral bound guidebook in the slim format similar to
Waterways World guides. Full details of the route, restored and under
restoration along with facilities available to the boater and walker.
2011. 74 pages. 140 x 297 mm. (SOFTBACK)
Ptize: € 9.90 | Booking