The Grand Canal that flows past the Jolly Angler was constructed during the 18th century - a busy time for canal building in Ireland. From the mouth of the River Liffey, the canal runs 131km to link up with the River Shannon, taking in 43 locks on the way.
It took 47 years to complete – that’s about 3 inches a day.
Following the canal from Lucan Bridge to Shannon Harbour by foot would typically take about five days.
Going the other way, the well maintained towpath is perfect for cycling, and takes only about 30 minutes to get into Dublin City – ask at reception about hiring bikes.
Photo © JP (cc-by-sa/2.0)
There are more stud farms in Kildare than any other county in Ireland, including the Irish National Stud, with three of the country’s busiest racecourses within 30 minutes of Lyons estate, making it arguably the centre of the Irish horse industry.
The Curragh Racecourse is the world-famous headquarters for thoroughbred flat racing, while Punchestown is the home of Irish jump racing. Naas Racecourse hosts both, with about 16 meetings a year.
How to get there - Car advised..
By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – just over half an hour from the cottage
Belfast Airport - approx 2 and half hours from house.
Shannon Airport - approx 2 and half hours from house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just over half an hour from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is also approx 2 and half hours from house.
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