Far from the Auld Triangle

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A very early one from Mr. O'Dea on what appears to have been a lovely sunny day as he strolled along the banks of the Royal Canal. Not sure when Brendan Behan, who was born 100 years ago and who wrote/made the song famous, was in the 'Joy but the sounds of the Auld Triangle, rung or sung, would have jarred with the peacefulness of the scene!

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection:James P. O'Dea

Date :Circa 1938

NLI Ref.: ODEA 1/54

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Christiane Ducrocq

    • 09/Feb/2023 09:10:52

    Vista su - Seen in: Flickr Global Vai a Flickr Global

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    • 09/Feb/2023 09:27:38

    Canalview! - July 2019 - goo.gl/maps/n5VHfwVm3ax7JWBL8 It's fun to go through the lock up the canal ...

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    Billy Quinn 1954

    • 09/Feb/2023 09:28:25

    The Royal Canal, Dublin

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    Billy Quinn 1954

    • 09/Feb/2023 09:35:00

    I hope you don't mind, I just reduced the contrast a bit, so you can see more detail. This was a childhood walk. Lovely description, by the way.

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    • 09/Feb/2023 09:58:44

    Sometimes flickr is amazing! In 2010 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/simon_view/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/simon_view/5129011123/

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 09/Feb/2023 10:03:30

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/mutter_fluffer Well done.

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    • 09/Feb/2023 11:21:55

    The Old Triangle was used by Brendan Behan in The Quare Fellow, but it was written by Dick Shannon.

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    Deirge (Del)

    • 09/Feb/2023 11:32:08

    So this is No. 11 Lock on the Royal Canal looking towards Mullingar, about 700m before the M50. The trees seem to have grown a little more since 1938. The waterway, dating from the 1790s seems clear in 1938 and again recently, but from memory in the 1960s much of the Royal Canal was covered by greenery and unnavigable. O'Dea's purposes are likely also in relation to the Dublin-Mullingar railway to the left where the telegraph poles can just be made out. That railway way built by the Midland Great Western Railway of Ireland opening through here circa 1847 who also took ownership of the canal and at least some passenger boat services on it (initially horse later steam) By 1938 the MGWR had merged into Great Southern Railways. Apparently there was a revival of some water traffic during The Emergency when there were fuel shortages with the last turf trader ceasing in 1951. The canal closed for navigation on 9 April 1961 with the Royal Canal Amenity Group formed in 1974 to save it. CIE gave up the canal to the Office of Public Works in 1978. Some content from (Shepherd 1994, pp 116/7/8) and apologies for any mistakes from skimming though the references.

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    O Mac

    • 09/Feb/2023 11:55:31

    Unusual to see a not square format O Dea.

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    Quite Adept

    • 09/Feb/2023 12:15:02

    This is a little odd in that two sets of lock gates are open. It is a staircase lock (thanks to https://www.flickr.com/photos/32162360@N00/ for the link to Google so I could see it on the satellite view) and has two chambers and three sets of gates. It would not normally have the two lower sets of gates open. Maybe some kind of maintenance work was being done.

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    Quite Adept

    • 09/Feb/2023 12:49:34

    Correction - all three sets are open, so there must have been maintenance being done.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 09/Feb/2023 15:54:13

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/quiteadept It may not be maintenance, it may just be abandoned. This would be just before the revival during the Emergency noted by https://www.flickr.com/photos/196366907@N03

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    • 09/Feb/2023 16:32:40

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/30369211@N00/ Thankfully now reopened all the way to the Shannon, thanks to the labour of local voluntary groups. That tow path on the left is now a greenway called the The Grand Canal Way and takes about 3 days to walk. There’s a tragic story associated with this path: “In May 1847, during the Great Famine, tenants of Major Denis Mahon, left his Strokestown Park estate in County Roscommon. The tenants, who would become known locally as the "Missing 1,490", had been offered a choice of emigration with assisted passage, starvation on their blighted potato farms or a place in the local workhouse. Weakened by starvation, the 1,490 walked for days along the towpaths of the Royal Canal to Dublin, where they were put on boats to Liverpool, and from there travelled to Grosse Île, Quebec on four "coffin ships" – cargo vessels that were also, ironically, loaded with grain from Ireland, and were unsuitable for passengers. It is estimated that half of the emigrants died before reaching Grosse Île. This was the largest single exodus of tenants during the Famine. Mahon was assassinated in November 1847, after news reached Roscommon about the fate of his former tenants” - Wikipedia

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    • 09/Feb/2023 23:44:26

    Google Earth Link earth.app.goo.gl/MhcLSR #googleearth