Tributes paid on death of Royal Canal campaigner

Tributes have been paid to the man who led the campaign to revitalise the Royal Canal from Dublin through to the Shannonside region.

Dr Ian Bath passed away over the weekend, after decades of campaigning to re-open the canal in order to develop a unique tourist attraction.

The author and campaigner led the resistance to plans unveiled by the government in the 1970s that could have seen the Royal canal bulldozed to make way for a new national motorway.

Dr Bath, who was in his 90s passed away last Saturday and is widely seen as the father of the modern greenways and cycleway which run parallel to the Royal canal.

Matt Kennedy, chair of the Royal Canal Amenity Group, which was established by Dr Bath in 1974, described him as a visionary.