Dillon, Peter

The Cong Canal: Mystery of an Abandoned Waterway

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This book tells, for the first time, the full story of the events that led to the abandonment of the so-called dry canal at Cong, County Mayo. As famine raged in Ireland in the 1840s, the government organisation known as the Board of Works commenced work on a canal to link Lough Mask in County Mayo to Lough Corrib in County Galway. After six years of back-breaking toil by hundreds of starving labourers, the work was abruptly halted. The abandoned canal has remained an enigma for nearly two centuries. Now, following meticulous archive research, Peter Dillon has unravelled the mystery of the Cong Canal. In this authoritative well-written account, he sets out with outstanding clarity the technical details of the canal’s design and construction – and abandonment, and skilfully weaves the story into the background of a famine-stricken land, political intrigue and government inquiries.

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Format

Soft cover

Writer

Dillon, Peter

Publisher

Kenilworth & Collins

Publication Year

2023

ISBN

9780956118974

Language

English