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#inland – Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, announced the opening of the Shannon Blueway: Camlin Loop today with walkers and paddlers taking to the Shannon Blueway, in Clondra, Co Longford.
The Shannon Blueway is the first of its kind in Ireland where a myriad of recreational activities have been developed and bundled together as a single or multiple visitor experience and tourism proposition. Waterways Ireland has, using the wonderful waterway assets, developed and built a canoe trail looping from Clondra through Tarmonbarry back to Clondra. Longford County Council and Longford Tourism have also developed 16km of multi-activity trail adjacent to the Royal Canal from Clondra into Longford with plans to expand those trails.
At the official opening Minister Michael Ring TD said: "I am delighted to be launching this project here in Longford today. The Shannon Blueway: Camlin Loop has the potential to have a very positive impact on jobs and the regional economy. The Mayo Greenway, which is now in its 5th year of operation, has been a success and had contributed to increased economic activity in the region. With the market for off road adventure tourism growing here in Ireland and internationally, Longford is in a prime position to benefit from this trend. The launch of the Blueway will allow local businesses to capitalise on an increase in demand for transport, equipment hire, accommodation and entertainment. I would like to commend Waterways Ireland for this initiative, which I have no doubt will have a very positive impact on the region."

The Shannon Blueway is being delivered by Waterways Ireland in partnership with the Irish Sports Council, Canoeing Ireland, Longford County Council, Longford Tourism and Fáilte Ireland.

Mark Casey, Cathoirleach of Longford County Council stated "I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate Waterways Ireland and Longford County Council on the development of the Blueway product here in Longford. This 10km Loop along the Camlin River will provide both land and water based recreational opportunities for visitors, in turn boosting our tourism numbers, whilst providing the local community with access to our County's wonderful natural infrastructure. It will also serve to stimulate the local economy by providing opportunities for service providers and new businesses. Longford Tourism is to be commended for their efforts with this inaugural Longford Blueway Festival, which has already generated significant interest and gained support from local agencies and voluntary groups. It promises to be a wonderful weekend of activities for all and the Longford Blueway itself will be a key asset to the County going forward'.

The wider Shannon Blueway of which the Camlin Loop is part, is at the heart of access to 200km of paddling area on the Shannon and Royal Canal, walking and cycling are on the canal towpath to Longford and long distance trails to the East and Dublin
Chief Executive Dawn Livingstone confirmed that partnership was the key to delivering the Shannon Blueway "Waterways Ireland has invested significantly in creating world beating facilities and services on the Shannon Navigation. Through our partnership with the National Trails Office, Canoeing Union, Longford Tourism and Longford County Council an outstanding multi-activity product has been built in the Shannon Blueway which is now being packaged by clubs and communities for their recreational activities and companies and organisations for domestic and international tourists. Partnership is key to delivering the future of the Shannon Blueway further into Longford, and indeed into Roscommon and Westmeath."

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Fastnet Yacht Race 

This race is both a blue riband international yachting fixture and a biennial offshore pilgrimage that attracts crews from all walks of life:- from aspiring sailors to professional crews; all ages and all professions. Some are racing for charity, others for a personal challenge. For the world's top professional sailors, it is a 'must-do' race. For some, it will be their first-ever race, and for others, something they have competed in for over 50 years! The race attracts the most diverse fleet of yachts, from beautiful classic yachts to some of the fastest racing machines on the planet – and everything in between. The testing course passes eight famous landmarks along the route: The Needles, Portland Bill, Start Point, the Lizard, Land’s End, the Fastnet Rock, Bishop’s Rock off the Scillies and Plymouth breakwater (now Cherbourg for 2021 and 2023). After the start in Cowes, the fleet heads westward down The Solent, before exiting into the English Channel at Hurst Castle. The finish is in Plymouth, Devon via the Fastnet Rock, off the southern tip of Ireland.

  • The leg across the Celtic Sea to (and from) the Fastnet Rock is known to be unpredictable and challenging. The competitors are exposed to fast-moving Atlantic weather systems and the fleet often encounter tough conditions
  • Flawless decision-making, determination and total commitment are the essential requirements. Crews have to manage and anticipate the changing tidal and meteorological conditions imposed by the complex course
  • The symbol of the race is the Fastnet Rock, located off the southern coast of Ireland. Also known as the Teardrop of Ireland, the Rock marks an evocative turning point in the challenging race
  • Once sailors reach the Fastnet Rock, they are well over halfway to the finish in Plymouth.
  • The lighthouse first shone its light on New Year’s Day in 1854
    Fastnet Rock originally had six keepers (now unmanned), with four on the rock at a time with the other two on leave. Each man did four weeks on, two weeks off

At A Glance – Fastnet Race

  • The world's largest offshore yacht race
  • The biennial race is 605 nautical miles - Cowes, Fastnet Rock, Plymouth
  • A fleet of over 400 yachts regularly will take part
  • The international fleet is made up of over 26 countries
  • Multihull course record: 1 day, 8 hours, 48 minutes (2011, Banque Populaire V)
  • Monohull course record: 1 day, 18 hours, 39 minutes (2011, Volvo 70, Abu Dhabi)
  • Largest IRC Rated boat is the 100ft (30.48m) Scallywag 100 (HKG)
  • Some of the Smallest boats in the fleet are 30 footers
  • Rolex SA has been a longstanding sponsor of the race since 2001
  • The first race was in 1925 with 7 boats. The Royal Ocean Racing Club was set up as a result

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