Shannon Superhighway

1.6.

THE GALWAY CANAL

Shannon Navigation and Flood Relief Canal

The 10 kilometre long Galway Canal connects Shannonbridge with Esker Bridge and follows the line of the the old Grand Canal for part of it's route. It is designed for River Suck/Shannon flood relief and for ship Navigation to EU Waterways Class Va Standard.

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Galway Canal Route Plan
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Galway Canal Plan 1
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Galway Canal Plan 2
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Galway Canal Plan 3
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Galway Canal Plan 4
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Galway Canal Plan 5

Illustrations

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Galway Canal View towards Shannon Harbour
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Existing view west from Clonfert Bridge
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Proposed view west from Clonfert Bridge
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Proposed view from Shannonbridge Fort
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Photo from Shannonbridge Fort taken 4.3.2020 

Footnote 6.3.20 - Self-serving political incompetence, has not only allowed the flooding situation to intensify, but has led to a situation where the Lough Ree & the West Offaly Power Station (photo) are now scheduled for immediate closure with a loss of some 4,000 associated jobs. The politicspeak "Just Transition Fund" of some €11 million, will no-doubt, also be squandered on kickback-friendly local fixes, which completely ignore the real reason for the flooding problem and lack of job opportunities! These high carbon-emitting peat fired power stations, built at the enormous cost of €450 million a mere 16 years ago, could well be converted to Inland Ports. The sites could also be developed for hydrogen production & storage, utilizing locally generated wind and solar power as the energy source.

see: Existing Power Stations

© Ross Eccles - Infrastructural Concept Designer, Artist, Architect