Wednesday, 23 September 2009


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Ireland has a wide variety of manhole covers, few of them very decorative, although many small water stop-valves have Celtic style designs, often with the word "uisce" (water, from which the English word whisky derives). Pont a Mousson has made few inroads here and Ireland is loyal to its main foundry, Cavanagh in Birr. However there are a number of English and Welsh suppliers, and, particularly in Ulster, foundries in Scotland, especially Kilmarnock just across the water.

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Bailieboro Foundry. Seen in Wexford

PKS Ballynahinch. Seen in Belfast

Meter, Belfast Water Works

Belfast Water Works, 4

Belfast City Council, Garden of Remembrance

Ulster Fondries, Belfast. Seen in Coleraine

Cavanagh Foundry, Birr

The Cavanagh Foundry in Birr with the splendid strapline on its factory is the main supplier of manhole covers in southern Ireland, its products seen across the country, including items commissioned by local authorities whose names also appear on the covers. Products include a series of covers named after ferocious beasts: Tiger, Panther, Scorpion etc and also a square cover with Celtic designs.

Cavanagh Foundry, Birr. Manhole covers awaiting delivery

Cavanagh Scorpion. Seen upended in Stradbally

Cavanagh. Decorative cover seen in Letterkenny and Cahir

Cavanagh Foundry, Birr. Seen in Wexford

J.Cavanagh & Sons Ltd, Birr, Beal tuile. Seen in Wexford

T.Thompson & Son, Carlow. Seen in Dunlavin
More covers to add

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