Kelly's Coal Yard
With no coal reserves of its own, Ulster has imported coal from England since the 17th century. By the end of the 19th century coal had largely replaced turf (peat) as the main fuel used in Ulster towns, and the local coal merchant's was an increasingly common feature.
Coal was imported through small ports all round the Irish coast. Improvements in shipping gradually made it more economical to import large amounts of coal through bigger ports and distribute it throughout the country by rail.
Replica, location of original: Carrickfergus, County Antrim
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