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Encyclopedia > Royal Canal of Ireland
Picture of the Royal Canal near Mullingar taken in October 2004
Picture of the Royal Canal near Mullingar taken in October 2004

The Royal Canal is a canal originally built for freight transportation from the River Liffey at Dublin to the River Shannon in the Republic of Ireland. The canal passes through Mullingar and Maynooth and has a spur to Longford. The canal is notable in that the Dublin - Mullingar railway line was built alongside the canal for much of the distance. The meandering route of the canal ensures a speed limiting curvature for the railway. The canal was bought by the Midland Great Western Railway to provide a route to the West of Ireland – the company at the time owned more canal route miles than railway! Today Waterways Ireland is responsible for the canal. Image File history File links Picture of the Royal Canal in Ireland taken by a casio digital camera File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Picture of the Royal Canal in Ireland taken by a casio digital camera File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Mullingar (Irish: An Muileann gCearr - The Crooked Mill) is the administrative centre of County Westmeath, Ireland and the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Meath. ... The River Liffey flows through Dublin, the capital city of the Republic of Ireland. ... Dublin (Irish: Baile Átha Cliath1),is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Ireland, located2 near the midpoint of Irelands east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey and at the centre of the Dublin region3. ... Mullingar (Irish: An Muileann gCearr - The Crooked Mill) is the administrative centre of County Westmeath, Ireland and the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Meath. ... Maynooth (Maigh Nuad in Irish) is a town located in County Kildare, Ireland. ... Longford (An Longfort in Irish) is the county town of County Longford in the Midlands of Ireland. ...


The other main canal in Ireland is the Grand Canal from Dublin's southside through the Midlands to the River Shannon. The Grand Canal begins on the Southside of Dublin, Ireland. ...


See also

The Grand Canal begins on the Southside of Dublin, Ireland. ... Rail services in Ireland are provided by Iarnród Éireann in the Republic of Ireland, and by Northern Ireland Railways in Northern Ireland. ...

External link

  • IWAI - Guide to the Royal Canal of Ireland

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The Royal Canal is a canal originally built for freight transportation from the River Liffey at Dublin to the River Shannon in the Republic of Ireland.
Mullingar (Irish: An Muileann gCearr - The Crooked Mill) is the administrative centre of County Westmeath, Ireland and the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Meath.
Longford (An Longfort in Irish) is the county town of County Longford in the Midlands of Ireland.
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