Broharris Canal

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Coordinates: 55°03′07″N 7°00′00″W / 55.052°N 7.000°W / 55.052; -7.000 The Broharris Canal is a canal situated in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.


The canal was constructed in the 1820s when a cut, some 3.2 km (2 mi) long on the south shore of Lough Foyle near Ballykelly was made in the direction of Limavady. As well as serving as a drainage channel, it was used for navigation, carrying goods brought from the Londonderry port and shellfish and kelp from the sand banks along the shore of the lough.[1]

The inhabitants of Limavady appealed for the building of a canal from Lough Foyle to the town. John Killaly was commissioned to produce a survey, and estimated the cost of construction at £12,000. Despite optimistic estimates of the volumes of traffic likely to use the waterway, plans for a horse-drawn tramway were proposed in the early 1830s, and the canal plan was quietly dropped.[2]

See also[edit]


  • Cumberlidge, Jane (2002). The Inland Waterways of Ireland. Imray Laurie Norie and Wilson. ISBN 978-0-85288-424-9.
  • Delany, Ruth (2004). Ireland's Inland Waterways. Appletree Press. ISBN 978-0-86281-824-1.


  1. ^ Delany 2004, p. 38
  2. ^ Cumberlidge 2002, p. 127

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