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17 May 2010




Heritage Boat Association

'Celebrating Ireland's Floating Heritage'

Fifty years after Canal Boat 51M carried the last commercial cargo from Dublin outbound to Limerick along the Grand Canal and River Shannon, the Heritage Boat Association (HBA) will re-create her historic voyage.
Waterways Ireland, who own the boat, have agreed to allow the HBA to re-create the final farewell to commercial canal traffic in Ireland. Boat details and pics here
On her last journey 51M’s cargo consisted of a consignment of Guinness for the Limerick depot and at the time their departure caused quite a stir with both the public and the press. Press photos of the occasion still exist including an Irish Times photo and we intend to re-create the exact photograph which we expect will again capture the imagination of the public and the press. See the link to the Irish Times archive Here
While the skipper on that historic voyage has since passed away, we will have his sons on board as part of the current crew. A flotilla of other surviving Heritage Canal Boats will escort 51M westward towards the Shannon.
It is expected that Dublin City Council and County Councils along her route will participate in a rolling media event across the country.
51M will depart from the Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre beside the new theatre in Grand Canal Basin on Wednesday 19th May at 2pm, and after a short stop at Mespil Road continue her ‘leaving of Dublin’ on Thursday May 20th departing at 1.30pm.
This would be a joint venture with the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (Dublin Branch). This same partnership was involved last year in a similar type event. See http://www.grandcrew.iwai.ie/ for details
Paul Martin
Heritage Boat Association www.heritageboatassociation.ie


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