Any monotony that might have set in will be more than compensated for by the myriad of bridges and engineering features which are a legacy of Monasterevin’s halcyon days as a humming town which thrived on distillery and milling enterprises. Across the canal sitting amongst a new apartment development, the three-storey stone faced house which was once a canal hotel, still stands proudly on its quayside location. However Monasterevin’s gem is its lifting bridge - the largest and most elaborate of several examples on the Barrow waterways. Today it is lifted by electric motor but for nearly two centuries was cranked by hand as boat took precedence over road traffic. Watch out for the nearby ‘blind’ bridge: its blocked up arches are witness to the original line of the canal to the Barrow. The Barrow aqueduct - a structure rivaling the Leinster aqueduct on the main canal for its structural dignity, replaced it. Monasterevin has its roots in an ancient monastic community. In modern times its waterways and fine streets gave inspiration to many visitors such as the great tenor, John Count McCormack, who lived at Moore Abbey overlooking the Barrow in the 1920s. Canalside cottage near Monasterevin Approach to Monastervin 42 COUNTY KILDARE’S TOW PATH TRAILS