has many miles of canals and navigable waterways,
the first in the country the Newry Canal
was begun in 1731, by 1850 there were 1,450 km (900 MI) of canals
in Ireland, carrying all manner of cargoes and passengers. Today
the canals are enjoyed by tourists and holiday makers, cruising
at a leisurely pace through the rural heartland of Ireland.
The concept of a canal is certainly not new,
the remains of a canal near Mandali in Iraq, date from 4000 BC.
The Grand Canal of China, connecting Tianjin City (Tientsin) and
Hangzhou (Hangchow), was begun in the 6th century BC (completed
ad 1327) and is still in use, it is 1,600 km (1,000 miles long)
Formed in 1998 as part of the Good Friday
agreement Waterways Ireland is responsible for all of Irelands inland
Visit their web site for more information
about canals in the whole of Ireland.
See our listings for Canal
holidays in Ireland.
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