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The Mountmellick Canal
written by Mary Ann Williams
original research by Fred Hamond and John Feehan


The Mountmellick Canal

"For more than a century, the Mountmellick Canal
flowed through the lives of people in Monasterevin,
Portarlington, Mountmellick and all points in between.
In its first years, the canal brought passengers, materials and coal to Kildare and Laois. Later its main cargoes were
flour, malt and porter. When the canal closed down in 1960, most people forgot about it.

Then slowly, steadily and silently, the man-made banks
of the Mountmellick Canal became one of the rarest
things in Ireland: a haven for wild nature."

—excerpt from The Mountmellick Canal



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