GRAND CANAL DUBLIN
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History of the Grand Canal
1751 : Commissioners of Inland Navigation established.
1756 : Work began on the Grand Canal.
1763 : Three locks and 10 miles of canal dug from Clondalkin heading west.
1779 : Canal opened to traffic from Sallins.
1784 : Passage boat service to Robertstown.
1789 : Kildare Canal Company completed a branch canal to Naas.
1790 : Work finished on the circular line to Portabello in Dublin City.
1791 : Barrow Line to Athy completed.
1796 : Ringsend Docks completed.
1803 : Canal completed to the Shannon but problems delay the opening.
1804 : First trade boat passed through the canal from the Shannon.
1810 : Naas branch finished to Corbally.
1828 : Ballinasloe branch opened to traffic.
1831 : Mountmellick branch opened to traffic.
1834 : Fast fly boats commenced.
1835 : Kilbeggan branch opened to traffic.
1950 : C.I.E. take control of the canal from the Grand Canal Company.
1960 : Last cargo boat passes through the Grand Canal.