President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins Commemorates Royal Canal 200th Anniversary
The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, will
commemorate the Royal Canal's 200th Anniversary in the presence of Waterways
Ireland, the Royal Canal Amenity Group and invited guests in Clondra, Co
Longford on the 27th May 2017. The event takes place on the anniversary of the day
when the canal was completed all the way to the Shannon in 1817.
The Royal Canal closed in 1950 and remained closed for 50
years. The extensive lobbying and volunteer work of the Royal Canal Amenity
Group and the work of Waterways Ireland staff and their predecessors in OPW was
rewarded in 2010 when the Canal was reopened to navigation.