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Irish Boating Updates on Inland Waterways, Rivers, Canals and Holidays
The Double Ree 420 and 29er fleets approach a leeward mark on Lough Ree Yacht Club
Reigning all Ireland Junior sailing champion Chris Bateman swapped his local waters of Cork Harbour for Lough Ree Yacht Club's 'Double Ree' double-handed dinghy regatta last weekend and provides this report for Afloat On the last weekend of August 2020, Lough…
The 34th Lock on the Royal Canal at Balroe
Waterways Ireland advises masters and users of vessels on the Royal Canal that the inland waterway is closed between Balroe and Ballynacarrigy in Co Westmeath. Navigation will be prohibited between the 34th and 35th locks for the next two weeks…
After weeks of preparation to be COVID-compliant, Lough Ree Yacht Club's Quarter Millennial Regatta is finally under way with 25 Shannon One Designs and other classes racing
"The seas is for sailing and the lakes are for fishing". Quite. It's a gross over-simplification to put any analysis of the Irish public perception of our use of waterways into such crude terms. But we didn't get where we…
It’s a generational thing, provoking mixed feelings – former Lough Ree YC Commodore Alan Algeo looking decidedly mature and thoughtful at the 2019 Lough Ree YC Regatta Week with his daughter Naomi, then recently-elected as Shannon One Design Association Honorary Secretary.
Water-skiing is just about the only waterborne activity for which the Afloat.ie style-book permits the use of exclamation marks (or screamers as we call them in the trade, and there are much rougher words with crude canine associations, but we…
Delays To Bridge Lifts On Shannon Navigation Due To Roosky Jetty Works
Instream works to install floating jetties downstream of Roosky Bridge on the Shannon Navigation have begun this week and will continue until Wednesday 30 September. Waterways Ireland advises that delays to bridge lifts and lock operations on the inland waterway…
Lock 15 on the Shannon-Erne Waterway at Tirmactiernan
Waterways Ireland has announced the reopening of Lock 15 on the Shannon-Erne Waterway at Tirmactiernan in Co Leitrim as of Thursday 27 August after a temporary closure for safety reasons. The lock has been closed due to the high volume…
File image of Shannon Harbour
Waterways Ireland’s jetties have reopened at Clonmacnoise, Shannonbridge, Shannon Harbour and Banagher on the Shannon Navigation following the lifting of coronavirus restrictions on counties Laois and Offaly. Meanwhile, visiting moorings on the Grand and Royal Canals, Barrow Navigation and Barrow…
Notice Of Upcoming Waterway Closures On Lower Bann & Grand Canal
Waterways Ireland has given notice of upcoming closures on the Lower Bann in Co Antrim and the Grand Canal in Dublin. On-location filming will see the Lower Bann closed to all boat traffic from the downstream side of Portglenone Bridge…
‘Stories From The Waterside’ Celebrate Connections With Ireland’s Rivers, Lakes & Beaches
A unique collection of short stories celebrating individual connections with Ireland’s rivers, lakes and beaches has just been published. Stories from the Waterside is the result of a national story writing competition of the same name held in April and…
Towpath Closures For Blueway Works On Barrow Navigation
Waterways Ireland advises users of the Barrow Navigation that the towpath will be closed in two locations to facilitate works on the Barrow Blueway. The sections between Milltown Bridge, Athy and Ballymanus Bridge in Vicarstown, and between the 20th Lock…
File image of the inner harbour at Terryglass on Lough Derg
Claims of speeding RIBs and jet skis over the weekend have prompted a call for a no-wake notice for Terryglass Harbour on Lough Derg. One boater said the powered vessels caused “large wakes in very close proximity to moored cruisers…
Alan Algeo, former Commodore of Lough Ree YC, feels he has to dress properly when water-skiing on strange waters, and we’re assured that’s his Lough Ree YC tie he’s wearing while cutting a dash on Lough Derg, with the Tipperary Riviera looking its luscious best
Once a Commodore, always a Commodore. And though it’s quite some time since Alan Algeo was Commodore of Lough Ree Yacht Club, in this its Quarter Millennium Year he feels that the frustrations of the COVID-denial of the full celebrations…
The WI jetty at Clonmacnoise is among a number closed for two weeks under localised restrictions in Midlands counties
Waterways Ireland has closed a number of jetties and visitor moorings on its inland waterways in counties Laois, Offaly and Kildare due to the localised coronavirus restrictions imposed by the Government from yesterday evening, Friday 7 August. The affected jetties…
Barrow Blueway Works Now Set To Commence Next Week
Works on phase one of the Barrow Blueway are now set to commence this month after the original start date was pushed back by three weeks. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the scheme, when complete, will provide a multi-activity 46km…
The McKee's 'Mosquito' (above) offered assistance and stood by the casualty at a safe distance
Royal Ulster Yacht Club members John and Sally McKee played a crucial part in their motor cruiser in a dramatic incident on the Shannon waterway last Saturday. A private cruiser from Limerick was making a passage northwards on Lough Ree…
Enjoy a walk around Lough Key among the things to do in the new Shannon visitors’ directory
Waterways Ireland and Fáilte Ireland are encouraging staycationers to ‘make a break for it’ on the Shannon Navigation this summer. And the latter has compiled a list of all currently open places to eat along with things to see and…
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