Above an old slabbed, stream outlet was uncovered in the past few days to reveal the workmanship of a former time and age.Quite a few such have emerged over the course of the transforming of the former towpath to a walking and cycling route.If form is repeated this will be slabbed in concrete followed by tarmacadam on top.
I'm pretty sure this stream has a name in Irish as well as in English but I doubt the mapping of such 'trivial' matters in the haste to finish the job.No archaeologist has preceded the tracking of the men and machines on this project no ecologist either as far as I know.All is not lost however as Fred Hamill,Industrial Archaeologist,and others have reported some years back,in a detailed way on the structures, plant and animal life along these banks.Others again like William's in his 'Men,Tides and Salmon' has drawn attention to the richness of the place names in Irish,still surviving today in the talk of fishermen and cots' men.I hope a 'map' of these features will form part of the information available to the general public...
The photo, top left shows the longest stretch of bank strengthening to date using baskets of stone enmeshed in wire.
Will these be 'greened' as work proceeds - let's hope so.
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