Grand Canal Swimmers
by Paddy McCabe
Having taken over twenty five years to complete, the Grand Canal was officially opened in 1805. It extends from Ringsend at the port of Dublin to Shannon Harbour and covers a total of 82 miles with 43 locks. The canal has a long tradition of use by swimmers in the summer months. Very little documentation exists of this and the project was started in 1988 to correct that deficit.