Dancing on the Waves: Romania's Orphans and the Grand Canal

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"The Grand Canal is a remarkable, 86-mile passageway from the heart of Dublin to the River Shannon. John set out to walk it, despite a dodgy knee, wrong shoes and lack of fitness. Initially he encountered the pollution and dangers of urban life, but on leaving the city he emerged into a world of hedgerows, wildflowers, birds and gems of architecture and engineering, with which he peppers this account of the Grand Canal Way." "A chance meeting with a Romanian youth at Portobello Bridge on his first morning turned this walk into something more - a
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"The Grand Canal is a remarkable, 86-mile passageway from the heart of Dublin to the River Shannon. John set out to walk it, despite a dodgy knee, wrong shoes and lack of fitness. Initially he encountered the pollution and dangers of urban life, but on leaving the city he emerged into a world of hedgerows, wildflowers, birds and gems of architecture and engineering, with which he peppers this account of the Grand Canal Way." "A chance meeting with a Romanian youth at Portobello Bridge on his first morning turned this walk into something more - a parallel reflection on his voluntary work in Romania's notorious state orphanage system. He remembers all the classic horrors: children with 'cot legs', transfusions of infected blood, a child's body handed over in a refuse sack." This 'warts and all' description of the canal ten years after the commitment of public funds to its preservation correspondingly charts the fate of the Romanian orphanage sector following the efforts of thousands of aid workers and millions of dollars.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781903464731
  • Publisher: Collins Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Ringsend to Ballyfermot 5
Ch. 2 Ballyfermot to Lucan 18
Ch. 3 Lucan to Lyons Estate 35
Ch. 4 Lyons Estate to Sallins 46
Ch. 5 Sallins to Allenwood 55
Ch. 6 Allenwood to Edenderry 74
Ch. 7 Edenderry to Daingean 91
Ch. 8 Daingean to Rahan 108
Ch. 9 Rahan to Silver River 130
Ch. 10 Silver River to Shannon Harbour 149
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