A Grand walk in the countryside

The Grand Canal Way offers a chance to appreciate man's ingenuity amid nature's beauty, writes Jasper Winn.

11th November, 2012
The Grand Canal connects Dublin with the Shannon via Tullamore and villages such as Sallins.

Imagine a transport system so efficient that bulked freight equal to many lorry loads can be pushed along, silently, using far less power than a modern small car.

Imagine a transport surface as smooth and friction-free as glass. Imagine a busy eco-friendly route that's a haven for wildlife. Well, you're not imagining the future, but remembering the past, and Ireland's Grand Canal during its heyday.

From its opening in 1804, the Grand Canal allowed easy...

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