The Royal Under the Railway - Ireland's Royal Canal 1830-1899, by Brian J. Goggin
Published by the Railway and Canal Historical Society, 72 pages. Paperback (N5268)
From the rear side cover: A 120-foot-long steam-powered narrow boat, canal boats with onboard stabling, a floating bridge and a fleet of iron cattle-carrying boats with doors in their sides were all remarkable features of Ireland’s Royal Canal.
Ireland has two canals connecting Dublin to the river Shannon. The more northerly, the Royal Canal, was much less successful than its rival, the Grand, and was bought by the Midland Great Western Railway in 1845. It remained open, with declining traffic, for another hundred years; it closed in 1961 but reopened as a recreational waterway in 2010.
This book draws on online archives and information resources to supplement existing histories of the Royal Canal. It provides new information about engineering works, canal carrying and a surprising source of finance.