Exactly two years ago I wrote a post about having “discovered” the royal canal. I signed off that post suggesting that I wanted to walk the other 140KM to see what else I could find on the route. Sadly in the intervening years I once again forgot about this walking route. I think the main problem is that I pass over these locks and bridges so often in my car that I think I already know them very well. This is a complete myth and this remains a part of by beloved city that I completely neglect.
A very short walk from Connelly train station allowed me to join the canal banks and visit one of the many locks that I passed on my short stroll.
If you are not familiar with canal locks these are effectively magical gates that allow you to raise and lower your barge in the water so that you can climb hills or inclines in the landscape. I am sure there are some very sound engineering principals behind how they operate but having seem them in action many times I still choose to believe that it is all done with magic.
The canal water by its very nature seems very still so as I set out to do my long exposures I got to have fun with the reflections in the water. It was also a real treat to be able to walk below Croke park.
Croke park is a massive Gaelic football stadium which if I can manage it will at some stage get a post all of its own.
One of my biggest surprises of the stroll was discovering a statue erected in the memory of the Irish play write, wit and all round scamp Brendan Behan. He is maybe best know for writing the lyrics to a famous Irish Ballad called “the auld triangle” but he has some quotes that I truly love.
“It’s not that the Irish are cynical. It’s rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.”
“I am a drinker with writing problems.”
I still have about 110KM of the canal to walk so lets see how far I can make it in the next two years. All these were shot on my new TerraPin Bijou Sidewinder 6X4.5 pinhole camera gifted to me by the creator Todd. I’m still learning this camera but am loving the results.
All shots as per below – exposure times are various.
Camera: terraPin Bijou Sidewinder 6X4.5
f-stop of f/167
50mm focal length
Film: Fomapan 100
Dev: Rodinal 1+50 9mins