On 24th August 2017 a small delegation from the Lagan Navigation Trust, which is spearheading the restoration of the Lagan Navigation which passes through Moira, Co Down, visited the village of Moira, Leicestershire, to see the restored Ashby Canal. This visit was arranged by Moira Furnace Museum Trust and was a result of the positive publicity in the waterways press after the successful Moira Canal Festival earlier this year.
A presentation and talk was given to an invited audience by Brenda Turnbull, Chief Officer of the Lagan Navigation Trust. Brenda was supported by waterway enthusiasts Lady Daphne Trimble, and her husband Lord Trimble (former first minister of Northern Ireland, and Nobel Prize winner). After refreshments, the party and guests were given a short cruise on the Ashby Canal trip boat “Joseph Wilkes”.
The two Moiras share a connection – the Earl of Moira was born in Co Down, and it was his investments in the Ashby Woulds area that led to the building of Moira Furnace and the creation of the Leicestershire village which was named after the Northern Irish one.