The Grand Canal begins on the Southside of Dublin, Ireland. It continues on to the River Shannon with various branches, including a link to the River Barrow waterway at Athy. Until 1950 the Grand Canal Company had ownership of the canal the Transport Act, 1950 (http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1950_12.html) tranferred the canal to Córas Iompair Éireann. This situation continued until the Canals Act, 1986 (http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1986_3.html) transferred the canal to the Office of Public Works. Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, a new all-Ireland body called Waterways Ireland was established in 1999 and assumed responsibility for inland navigable waterways including the Grand Canal. The Southside of Dublin city is the area bounded to the north by the River Liffey, to the east by Dublin Bay and to the south and west by the M50 motorway. ... Dublins Hapenny Bridge. ... The River Shannon, Irelands longest river, divides the West of Ireland (mostly the province of Connaught) from the east and south (Leinster and most of Munster). ... The River Barrow is a river in Ireland, it is one of The Three Sisters, the other two sisters are the River Suir and the River Nore. ... Athy (Irish: Baile Átha Í) is in County Kildare, Ireland. ... Córas Iompair Éireann1 (CIÉ) (English: Irish Transport Company) is a statutory authority which is owned by the Irish Government, and since the enactment of Transport (Reorganisation of Córas Iompair Éireann) Act, 1986 CIÉ is the shareholding company of Bus Éireann - Irish Bus, Dublin Bus - Bus Atha Cliath and... The Office of Public Works (OPW) is responsible for Irish Government and historic buildings in the Republic of Ireland. ... The Belfast Agreement (also known as the Good Friday Agreement and, more rarely, as the Stormont Agreement) was signed in Belfast on April 10, 1998 by the British and Irish Governments and endorsed by most Northern Ireland political parties. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...
The other canal in Dublin is the Royal Canal on the Northside of the city. Dublins Hapenny Bridge. ... Picture of the Royal Canal near Mullingar taken in October 2004 The Royal Canal is a canal from the River Liffey at Dublin to the River Shannon in the Republic of Ireland. ... The Northside is the area bounded to the south by the River Liffey and to the east by Dublin Bay in Dublin, Ireland. ...
The Grand Canal: A History (http://www.sip.ie/sip070/A%20History%20of%20the%20Grand%20Canal.html)
Canals date from a period long before the Christian era and served as means of navigation and communication for the Assyrians, Egyptians, Hindus, and Chinese.
The remains of a canal near Mandalī, Iraq, date from about 4000 bc; the 1,900 km (1,200 mi) GrandCanal of China, connecting Beijing and Hangzhou, was constructed over a long period of time, largely in the 7th and 13th centuries AD, and is still in use.
The construction of the Erie Canal, started in 1817, marked the beginning of an era of canal building, which produced an aggregate of more than 7242 km (4500 mi) of canals (mostly in the Middle Atlantic and Central states) and was largely responsible for opening the American Midwest to settlement.
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