Royal Canal Bicentenary

Royal Canal Longford; early 19th century

The Royal Canal Amenity Group are happy to announce a major celebration for the 200th Anniversary of the completion of the Royal Canal which took place at Richmond Harbour, Cloondara on May 26th 1817.

Our celebration will take place on Sat 27th May next at Richmond Harbour, Co Longford. A plaque marking the occasion will be unveiled followed by music, talks and exhibitions.

The project, which had commenced near Cross Guns, in Phibsboro, in 1790, took 27 years to complete, having been dogged by corruption and incompetence. The final stage (Coolnahay – Cloondara) was probably the only section which was efficiently and economically completed. The contractors (Henry, Mullins and Mc Mahon) probably lost money on this contract but went on to undertake a further major project at Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) Harbour

Famine Ship discharging in Liverpool

A group from the Famine Museum in Strokestown who are undertaking the 146km walk along the Royal Canal to Dublin will stop-off at Richmond Harbour during our celebration. The famine walk is to commemorate the tens of thousands of famine victims who made their way along the canal, in 1847 to board famine ships for England and America