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Restoration work begins at lock on Newry Canal

By Nevin Farrell

The latest refurbishment work on the historic Newry Canal takes it a small step closer to vessels being able to travel 100 miles through Northern Ireland, all the way from Coleraine to Carlingford Lough.

The Newry Canal was the first canal to be built in the British Isles when it opened in 1742 but it fell into disrepair. The Newry & Portadown branch of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) has a long-term ambition to restore the entire canal.

That is still a long way off - but as part of the project diggers have moved in to carry out work near Portadown.

An IWAI spokesman said: "Two hundred years' worth of debris has been scooped out of Moneypenny's Lock in the past couple of days revealing beautiful brickwork."

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