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Take a walk along the 200 year old "Grand Canal" when you want to escape from busy rushhour Dublin! It's nice, green and quiet there - even though it is located in the city centre! At the canal you find many benches to sit down for a picknick.... in the canal you find many nice old locks.
Just a little walk through the Georgian quarter in the southside of the city and you're there. My favourite walk combines this quarter, the canal and the area around the Dart Station "Grand Canal Dock" with its new and old industrial buildings.
Sitting on a bench beside the Grand Canal, one of his favourite spots, is a statue of the Dublin poet Patrick Kavanagh. For some reason I missed it on my first stop at the canal but he is hard to miss if you walk far enough along.
The Grand Canal is older than the Royal canal in the north of the city, having been built between 1756 and 1803. It hasn't been used commercially since the 1960s but its a nice area to walk along particularly between Leeson St Bridge and Mount St Bridge
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Walking the Waterways
The canal here is quite pretty - probably more so in summer. They unfortunately have quite a bad littler problem in Dublin - and a lot of it seems to end up in the canal. Despite the rubbish it is a haven for wildlife and we saw a few ducks and swans.
There hasn't been any waterway traffic here since the 60's but in summer there are tour boats. A 2 hour stroll along the tow-path will take you all the way to Killmainham Jail.... we took the bus.
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