Sunday morning with the weather still holding off we had a lovely guided walk along the banks of the canal. Hosted by Barry Walsh dressed in period costume, a local member of the Monasterevin Historical Society.
We learned all about the development of the canal and how it affected the expansion of the town which back in the 1700’s was just a small hamlet built around Moore abbey, home to the Earls of Drogheda.
An aqueduct built in 1826 carries the Grand Canal over the River Barrow and with it increased the prosperity of the town. Due to is location on both the canal and the river barrow,
Monasterevin is known for its unusually high number of bridges for such a small town, hence it also being known as the ‘Venice of Ireland’, from which the annual festival gets its name.