Day-tripping on the Grand Canal
The Grand Canal and its Connections Photo: National Archives of Ireland, CSORP 1913, 14477

Day-tripping on the Grand Canal

Published: 21 July 1913

The Dublin and Irish District of the Institute of Journalists have held their annual excursion with a boat trip on the Grand Canal. Supported by both the Great Southern and Western Railway Company and the Grand Canal Company, the scribes and their friends were treated to a very pleasant day out: they were taken in saloon carriages to Sallins and from there, by motor boats, through some of the most picturesque of Kildare countryside.

At Landestown, there was a stopover for an open-air lunch on the demesne of Dr. R. O’Kelly, and more tea and refreshments would be served on board during the return trip. The fine weather added to the touring party’s enjoyment of the excursion, as did the guidance provided by senior officials from the Grand Canal Company. The canal itself enables almost unlimited water travel through this region, stretching as it does from the Barrow to Dromod and including almost 100 miles of the River Shannon.

The day was not entirely given over to food and frivolity, however.  The itinerary allowed for business to be mixed lightly with pleasure with time found to hold the half-yearly meeting of the Dublin and Irish District. Here, a vote of thanks was passed to the railway and Grand Canal Companies who had made available their facilities for the occasion, while special thanks were also extended to a number of individuals, among them newspaper proprietor, Mr. William Martin Murphy.

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