Abandoned Canal Barge in Castleknock, Dublin

The pictures below are of an abandoned canal barge located near Navan Road Parkway Station in Dublin. It can be found on the Royal Canal between Ashtown and Castleknock. Sadly I was unable to find any further information about it however it seems to be more mechanical than for transport or leisure purposes.

I have found a description of the Royal Canal Way from IrishTrails.ie. As you can see, the canal was closed in 1961 and left abandoned for a long period. It has now found a second life as a leisure amenity -

Work began on the construction of the 146 km long Royal Canal, to connect Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, with the upper River Shannon in 1790, and the canal was completed in 1817. It operated in competition with the Grand Canal which ran an almost parallel route never more than 30 km to the south, and with the Grand, was made redundant by the advent of the railways in the mid-19th century. The canal was officially closed to all navigation in 1961, but like the Grand Canal, much of the Royal has been restored in recent decades, and the Royal Canal Way currently follows grassy towpaths, gravel and sometimes tarmac canal-side roads from the Dublin suburb of Ashtown 105 kilometres to the village of Abbeyshrule in County Longford. Some sections of tow path can be muddy. Further restoration will take the navigable canal and the walking route all the way to the Shannon. There is a good range of options for overnight accommodation along most of the route: it is, however, relatively easy to walk some sections and return to your starting point by public transport. Apart from the glorious, linear cordon of unspoilt countryside the route provides, there are a number of significant examples of late-eighteenth century industrial archaeology to admire along the way, including the Ryewater Aquaduct which takes the canal high over the Rye river, and which took six years to build.

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Category: Boat

Abandoned: Unknown

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  1. The Barge in photo above is owned by waterways Ireland and is used for dredging work on the canals

    1. Yes we've been told as much by Waterways Ireland since


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