Waterways - The royal canal | DVD
Dick Warner, Ireland’s revered naturalist, writer and broadcaster, travels the Royal Canal celebrating its re-opening after more than half a century of dereliction. He journeys in Rambler, an original 70ft Royal Canal Tug Barge, built in 1878. The last time Rambler travelled the Royal Canal was 1923.
On this epic journey, Dick meets both experts and ordinary people who live along the canal banks, learning from them about its heritage, history and wildlife. However, Dick’s journey is also full of dramatic, unforeseen moments: Rambler is large and not very manoeuvrable and bringing her down the Royal Canal is a major challenge.
Dick discovers how the canal was constructed in the late 18th century as a major commercial venture. He also visits an Iron Age site and hears fascinating tales of whiskey production and consumption, famine emigration and the story of the Ribbonmen, a 19th century rural secret society. The series also showcases Ireland’s breathtaking natural heritage.