After i got off the LUAS at Suir Road station i was surprised to see some locks right in front of me. They were part of the system on the grand Canal but the last working cargo barge passed through them in 1960. The Grand Canal stretches for 132 kilometers and has 43 locks, and construction started in 1756 and was completed in 1804. The canal links Grand Canal Dock in the river Liffey to the Shannon Harbour. Nowadays there is a 117 km trail by the side of the canal that takes 4-5 days to walk.
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
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.