- Websters Lock c.2006
- Source: J Farrell
- A barge being loaded at Shackelton's
Mills, pictured from the island at Websters Lock.
- Source: M. Purcell
- Source: M. Purcell
- Webster's Lock and the Barrow
- All demolished
- Source: Carlman
- The weir on the river Barrow after
- Image by Peter Walker
- Barrow Canal c.1900
- Source: eBay seller
- Carlow Weir and showing a
canal boat upstream of Websters Lock
from the 1948 edition of Carloviana.
- Sent in by Peter
- Section of Canal Boat JCKAS
1922-1928 Vol X P 7
Websters Lock c.1988
Source: eBay seller
Websters Lock on the river Barrow,
Carlow after the floods of 2009.
Image by Peter Walker
Websters Lock Gate looking back
at Graiguecullen Bridge: Source: ebay seller
- "The first gentle Shure that, making way
- By sweet Clonmell, adornes rich Waterford;
- The next, the stubborne Newre whose waters gray
- By faire Kilkenny and Rosseponte boord;
- The third, the goodly Barrow which doth hoord
- Great heaps of salmons in his deep bosome;
- All which, long sundred, doe at last accord
- To ioyne in one, ere to sea they come;
- So flowing all from one, all one at last
Spenser: "Faerie Queen"
Michael and Essie Webster, Lock House,
Michael and Essie Webster, Lock House, Graiguecullen
,have faced the onslaught of flooding from several sources over the past
number of weeks, as heavy rains continue to destroy their home. Three
generations of the Webster family have lived in the house which is over
100 years old.
“The flooding is coming from all angles,” explained the
couple’s daughter, Vonnie Bolton. “When I saw the devastation, I was
“The house is built on a mill race, which was never
closed in and when that floods, the water just bursts through the floor
boards of the house,” she explained.
“Also, all the rainwater from the new apartments built
to the back of them, flows down into their house. There is no adequate
drainage of this water and it flows down and lodges into a three deep
foot ridge that surrounds the house. That water is now seeping through
the walls, it can’t be good for the foundations.”
“The house hasn’t been flooded in five years, since the
Barrow was cleaned. Before that we knew if the Barrow reached 13ft 6ins
we were in trouble, but now at 12ft 6ins the flooding starts because of
the mill race and the developments at the back,” Vonnie adds.
“At 12ft 6 they could be flooded at least ten times a
year,” she fumed.
“Five rooms have been destroyed because of the flooding.
We spent hours trying to sweep out the muck and dirt, its terrible.”
“My father gave over 50 years service to the Board of
Works and now, in his retirement, he can’t live in peace.”
“They are two 80 year-olds who want to live in their own
home. Something will have to be done, the house will have to be made
waterproof,” Vonnie declared.
By Michael Godfrey The Nationalist Tuesday, January 12,
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