25 November-Barrow Canal

The River Barrow rises in the Slieve Bloom mountains in Co Laois flow south through Carlow and enters the sea at Waterford Harbour. 192km long it is the second longest river in Ireland. In the 18th century the Barrow was made navigable when 23 locks and short sections of canal were constructed along its course from Athy in Co Kildare to St Mullins in the south of Co Carlow. As a result the Barrow became an important transport and commercial route from the 1790’s to 1959. Although the canal system is closed to commercial traffic it is open to navigation by pleasure craft and is maintained by Waterways Ireland. The letter announcing the closure of the Barrow Canal to commercial traffic was issued by CIE in the year 1959 On This Day

River Barrow Carlow photo

 

Photo by Irish Typepad

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