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Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels and waterway users on the Shannon Navigation that the Rooskey Dry Dock facility is closed for use by the public from Monday 21 August until 1 August 2024 to facilitate upgrade works.

Published in Inland Waterways

Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels and waterways users on the Shannon Navigation that there will be diving activities taking place in the river around Tarmonbarry Bridge, lock and quay on Thursday 17 August.

The bridge and lock will remain open but delays may be expected. Masters of vessels can divert via the Camlin River if desired.

The cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways also advises that two additional temporary green markers have been placed on the east side of Long Island, south of Athlone, to prevent boating traffic veering off the main navigation channel.

Masters of vessels are requested to proceed with additional caution in the area as high-water levels and fast flows continue to exist.

Published in Inland Waterways

Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels on and users of the Shannon Navigation that Uisce Éireann will be installing an outfall downstream of Killaloe and Ballina from next Monday 21 August to the end of September.

A work barge will be launched from the carpark adjacent to the Waterways Ireland building in Killaloe and will operate south of the bridge adjacent to the Ballina wastewater treatment plant for the duration of the works.

The outfall will extend from the Ballina plant into the river for a distance of 90 metres.

Two temporary special markers will be installed to mark the limits of the in-river works area downstream of Killaloe and Ballina. A permanent navigation marker will be installed when the works are completed.

Masters of vessels should proceed with additional caution in the vicinity of the works, adds the cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways.

Published in Inland Waterways

Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels on the Shannon Navigation that Dromod Harbour in Co Leitrim will be without power supply on Wednesday 9 August due to a notified ESB power supply interruption from 9.30am to 4pm.

This planned power outage will affect the service block and pump-out facilities during this time, the cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways adds.

Published in Inland Waterways

A woman has died after a fire on a boat in Carrick-on-Shannon this morning (Monday 7 August).

RTÉ News reports that emergency services were alerted this morning to the blaze in the popular tourism destination on the Shannon Navigation.

According to the Irish Independent, the deceased was a highly respected female garda who was based in south Dublin.

Published in Inland Waterways

Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels on the Shannon Navigation that Connaught Harbour in Portumna will be closed from this Thursday 10 August for a period of one month to facilitate works in the area.

The area of closure will be from the inner wall of the slipway towards Connaught Harbour, the cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways adds.

Masters of vessels currently moored in Connaught Harbour are requested to remove their vessels from the harbour before Thursday 10 August. Vessels remaining in the harbour after this date will be removed by Waterways Ireland.

Published in Inland Waterways

Waterways Ireland wishes advises masters and owners of vessels on the Shannon Navigation of high water levels and fast flows throughout the inland waterway.

Masters of vessels and other water users should proceed with additional caution and bear the following in mind when on the water during high-water conditions:

  • Air draft is reduced under all bridges and power lines.
  • Water velocity is significantly increased.
  • Access to jetties can be difficult as gangways and pontoons are elevated.
  • Navigation markers, pontoons and jetties may be submerged.
  • Mooring lines should be checked regularly if it safe to do so.
Published in Inland Waterways

Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels on the Shannon Navigation that the in-river works for the construction of the Killaloe Bypass bridge continue to progress as planned.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the bridge is being constructed around 1km downstream of the current Killaloe–Ballina bridge.

Three bridge piers will be constructed in the navigation by December. The first 10 piles were installed on the east side of the river by early June with 10 more on the west side by late June.

Barges and piling moved from the west side to the centre of the river in early July and will be relocated to the west side of the navigation from Monday 7 August.

The crane barge will move to the east jetty and load out precast shells on Tuesday 8 August. It is intended to lift precast concrete shells into position on Wednesday 9, Thursday 10 and Friday 11 August. This is a heavy-lift operation and deemed high-risk work, requiring calm waters.

A buoyed navigation channel is being provided for 100 metres either side of the in river works, the cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways adds.

Masters of vessels are requested to proceed at slow speed (5 knots, no wash) with additional caution in the vicinity of the works and to follow the instructions of the safety boat crew as there are hazards such as steel piles and mooring lines to navigate.

Published in Inland Waterways

Waterways Ireland advises all masters on and users of the Shannon Navigation of mooring and navigation restrictions in Carrick-on-Shannon to facilitate the rowing club regatta on Sunday 6 August.

The regatta will be held on a 500-metre stretch of water immediately south of the town bridge commencing at 9am and finishing at around 6pm.

Craft wishing to make a through passage will be facilitated approximately every two hours during the regatta.

Masters should note that only vessels of an overall length of 6.8m (22ft) or less will be permitted on the floating jetties from next Wednesday 2 to Sunday 6 August. This is necessary in the interest of marine safety and to facilitate the laying of the competition course.

Vessels berthed from next Wednesday at 4pm will be required to remain in place until racing finishes on the Sunday, the cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways adds.

Masters are advised to proceed at slow speed and with due caution and to take note of advice from course marshals when passing through the area.

Published in Inland Waterways

Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels on the Shannon Navigation that high water levels exist from Athlone to Banagher, with the jetty downstream of the lock in Athlone currently under water.

Fast flows also exist from Athlone to Meelick. Masters of vessels are advised to navigate with additional caution, particularly when proceeding downstream, the cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways adds.

Published in Inland Waterways
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Robert Dickson & Sean Waddilove, Tokyo Olympic 49er Sailors 

Dublin dinghy sailors Robert Dickson of Howth Yacht Club and Sean Waddilove of Skerries Sailing Club achieved their goal of representing Ireland in the 49er class, almost six years to the day after first setting foot in a 49er skiff at their home club of Howth Yacht Club in County Dublin in 2015.

The voyage was a magnificent one becoming U23 World champions in 2018 before out sailing rivals double Olympian Ryan Seaton and Seafra Guilfoyle in some style for selection in Lanzarote in March 2021 to win the last European Olympic place for Tokyo.

Follow their progress here.