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Old 06-17-2015, 11:20 AM   #21
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Sounds like an awesome trip! Enjoy.
3 years ago we did a part of the Midi canal with another couple on a Leboat 42' Royal Mystique. We picked up the boat in Port Cassafrieres, cruised down to the Med. for the night then spent the rest of the week cruising to Homps. We had a wonderful time.
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Old 06-17-2015, 01:14 PM   #22
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Rustybarge please get in touch as we'll be passing Athlone next week and will stop to say Hello !
In the previous set of photo's there's an advert for 'Gertie's bar', getting 'Locked' is an Irish slang for completely drunk.
I hope the map attachment works as I've been trying to upload it to give you an idea of the geography of Ireland, our route is from Belturbet down the river Shannon to Killaloe, from there we go to Limerick and out of the Shannon river estuary into the Atlantic for our journey around the South West of Ireland.
We spent last night in the Leitrim Hotel marina and had a great night with free moorings, we highly recommend staying there if you are on a touring, fishing or boating holiday, they can be found at www.leitrimhotelmarina.com .
We're now in Carrick-on-Shannon and have a function to attend on Saturday with another boating group and the 2 other boats that escorted us will then leave on Sunday to return to Belturbet.
If any one has any questions about our trip,please feel free to ask and we'll be happy to answer them.
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Old 06-17-2015, 01:22 PM   #23
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Hello folivier.
I know your route exactly as we have some holiday property in the town of Vias beside Port Cassifiere. Did you go down the canal du Robine to Narbonne and Port La Nouvelle ? Port La Nouvelle is our normal canal exit point to the Med when were cruising to Spain, Monaco or Italy. We keep our Birchwood 33' in the town of Narbonne, once we reach there with our new boat 'Snow Mouse' we'll refurbish our Birchwood and put it for sale.
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Rustybarge please get in touch as we'll be passing Athlone next week and will stop to say Hello !
In the previous set of photo's there's an advert for 'Gertie's bar', getting 'Locked' is an Irish slang for completely drunk.
I hope the map attachment works as I've been trying to upload it to give you an idea of the geography of Ireland, our route is from Belturbet down the river Shannon to Killaloe, from there we go to Limerick and out of the Shannon river estuary into the Atlantic for our journey around the South West of Ireland.
We spent last night in the Leitrim Hotel marina and had a great night with free moorings, we highly recommend staying there if you are on a touring, fishing or boating holiday, they can be found at www.leitrimhotelmarina.com .
We're now in Carrick-on-Shannon and have a function to attend on Saturday with another boating group and the 2 other boats that escorted us will then leave on Sunday to return to Belturbet.
If any one has any questions about our trip,please feel free to ask and we'll be happy to answer them.
Hi IR,

You'll see my rustybarge (lol) just downstream of the white railway bridge on the west side of the river in Athlone. If you've passed the Athlone boat club ( rowing) you've gone to far !

Please just raft up, my little cat is normally beside the barge.

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Old 06-18-2015, 09:38 AM   #26
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OK Peter will see you Tues/Wed.
If anyone is interested in a boating holiday here in Ireland the following sites may be of help to you.
www.abc.com/boat best hire boat fleet in Ireland, based in Northern Ireland and highly recommended. Just mention the skipper of 'Sanity' you'll maybe get a discount.
www.manormarine.com another Northern Irish company with a high standard, your contact there is Chris.
www.emeraldstar.ie your contact in the Carrick-on Shannon base is John Beirne, I can't speak highly enough of him, he's extremely courteous and very helpful person who is the marina manager, mention my name and our boat 'Snow Mouse'.
For any one needing rare books sourced there's a great wee company in Carrick-on-Shannon called Trinity books and they can be found at www.trinityrarebooks.com.


Many of our American cousins have Irish connections and for this reason we add information which may prove helpful to them.
Carrick-on Shannon is one of the great boating centre's on the river Shannon and one of it's sons, Surgeon Mate Thomas Heazle Park, was the first Irishman to cross Africa and was a co/discoverer of the Mountains of the Moon.
He died in 1893 aged just 36.
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A correction to the previous post, Thomas Heazle Park was a surgeon general and is buried in Drumsna should any family wish to know.
We had a warm welcome from Rusty barge as we arrived in Athlone on the next leg of our journey.
The river Shannon is 244 miles long and falls only 60 feet in the first 150 miles, it's connected to the Erne Shannon link 32 miles, and Lough Erne a further 52 miles so there's plenty of scope for a cruising holiday.
Come and enjoy it, we can't guarantee the weather but the welcome will be warm.
As you may know from previous posts I was chairman of the Northern Ireland branch of the Inland Waterways association and like to think I played a constructive role in the campaigning to reopen a disused canal called the Ballinamore Ballyconnel canal. When it was upgraded and reopened for navigation it was renamed the Erne Shannon link.
I attach some photo's of the oldest pub in Ireland, founded in AD 900.
it was called 'The Three Blackamoors' thought to be named after some early coloured sailing crew in times before PC and one of Athlone marina.
Now called Sean's bar after a legendary gentleman called Sean Fitzsimmonds who did so much for the Inland waterways, he could also could hold a pint or two of Guinness and would then give a rendition of 'Carrickfergus' in his rich baritone voice. A real character and still sadly missed by us all.
A pint in there is obligatory for passing boat crews and the place to go for traditional music and a good nights 'craic', be careful though the Guinness upsets the internal GPS and navigating home could be fun.
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I am enjoying following your trip IR, wishing you calm waters and cold beers.
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Old 06-22-2015, 03:11 PM   #29
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Rambler-great to see and read the details of your trip. We hve a great friend who lives in Limerick near Shannon. We have thought (not in depth yet) of heading that way on our way across in a few years. Great to see first hand what it may be like.
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Your all welcome to come along with us in spirit, we've 2 more days cruising before we reach the big lock at Ardnacrusha hydro electric dam, then we'll be passing into tidal waters and through Limerick, we'll keep you posted as we go along subject to getting Wi-Fi.
THD, we'll be mooring at Sarsfield house mooring overnight as we pass Limerick if your friend wishes to come and say Hello they'll be welcome.
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THD, We're moored at Sarsfield House in Limerick city until Monday waiting for the weather to settle at sea, if your friend wishes to call and say 'Hello' come to the security gate and holler & we'll let them in.
We passed down the river Shannon and I attach photo's of an early Christian settlement at Clonmacnoise, peat moss(turf) harvested for the peat fired power station, Lough Derg and our passage through the lock at Ardnacrusha hydro electric dam. The Ardnacrusha dam was the deepest in Europe for many years, it was designed and built by a German company, has 4 turbines and in 1936 provided 86% of Ireland's electricity. It has 2 chambers, the first with a drop of 60 feet and the second chamber 40 feet. You can clearly see the cill of the middle gate in the photo's. We engaged a local pilot to guide us through the bridges as it's a wee bit tricky with the current from the turbines, offset bridges and a falling tide. i''ll post more pictures of Limerick when we explore the city.
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Rambler-looks like a fantastic trip. My friend Jim, who is from here in the PNW, works as a pilot/inspector for a large commercial aircraft lessor. He travels pretty much all over. He is in Istanbul now repossessing a couple of 767s from a Russian airline. His wife is from Limerick and is known affectionately to some of us here as "The Lovely Irish Lass". She can down well more than a pint of Guinness without losing her internal GPS! They are huge Munster Rugby fans. Keep the pictures coming and enjoy the trip!
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Here's a couple of photo's of Limerick city. if you wish to research more about this region and it's attractions www.discoverireland.ie
The photo's show our mooring, the white footbridge in the background is the exit from the river Shannon. The castle is King John's castle, you can also see the weir in the river separating the river from the tidal estuary.
The other photo is the last lock on the river Shannon out into tidal waters.
The weather seems to be giving us a small window so we'll push on down the estuary to the mouth of the river. From there we have to go South East 'around the corner' of Ireland's Atlantic coastline, it's not called 'The Wild Atlantic Coast' for nothing, we need to be super vigilant and take every opportunity to move into waters that are more sheltered by the landmass.
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Looking forward to the rest of the trip. I bet you'll get quite a following.
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We passed through the lock and as we were leaving we passed the commercial dock, scrap metal seems to be the main export. Further on down we passed Shannon Airport on our starboard side and some welcome American visitors arriving, Cead Mille Failte (A hundred thousand welcomes), a massive Aluminium works on our portside then entered the stretch of water that was used by flying boats at the beginning of transatlantic air passenger service, the seaplanes would land in the estuary and the passengers would then be ferried ashore to the hotel in the port of Foynes to spend the night while the plane was refuelled before continuing next day. An enterprising barman called Joe Sheridan realised that the passengers would often arrive cold and wet after the ferry from the seaplane and created a delicious hot warming drink to welcome his guests, Irish Coffee was born !
He later moved to Shannon airport when it opened for land based planes.
A photo of the port of Foynes today. Car ferry from Killiner.
I missed a photo of dolphins welcoming us, they were too fast for me to catch with the camera.
The best fishermen on the Shannon taking a rest on a navigation buoy.
An early Christian settlement on Slattery Island in the estuary.
We're now in the port of Kilrush Creek, the Atlantic weather is so capricious this year so we just have to wait for the right conditions for a safe passage, unfortunately it may take a week but the good news is that we can go dolphin watching.
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We're currently weather bound in Kilrush Creek marina along with 'Cool Running's' and MY 'Arthur' until we can get a suitable weather window for our next leg to Dingle. Fortunately we're in the company of a very experienced members of the Inland Waterways of Ireland Cruising Club, Paul Scannel & Mary off MY 'Arthur'. They've cruised this coast extensively and we're very grateful for their local knowledge of conditions along this South West coastline.
We just have to be patient until the right conditions appear, until then we'll enjoy the hospitality of Kilrush.
For tourists visiting there's lots to do, dolphin watching in the estuary, or a Trump golf course nearby, Tralee is a short car journey away if you are here at the time of the 'Rose of Tralee' festival you can be guaranteed a great time.
A well publicized restaurant in Kilrush is Crotty's, it's disappointing and not worth visiting, the best pint of Guinness in town is in Buggles bar and 2 good fish and chip shops nearby will give you far better value for your money.
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At last a small weather window, after 12 days of waiting we were able to go to Fenit (our secondary port). I attach some photo's for you.
Tomorrow the forecast is good again so we'll try for Dingle, to get there we must pass around a group of Islands called 'The Blaskets', they're just off the tip of the Killarney peninsula, the Spanish Armada came to grief there, I hope to hell we don't !
Were making our way (weather permitting) to a small port called Kilmore Quay, just before Rosslare, before crossing over the Irish sea to Wales.


The statue is of St Brendan who is reputed to have discovered America before Christopher Columbus.
The headland is Loop Head, next stop America !
The lifeboats are completely funded by public donations and bequests, this one's a Trent class and can do 25 knots for 250 miles.
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When you do all the engine checks and your passage plan you hope all will go well, it usually does, except the weather forecasters seemed to be having an off day !
We left Fenit Harbour for what was supposed to be a smooth passage to Dingle. It wasn't , it was lumpy, very lumpy ! 'Snow Mouse' handled herself well thank goodness.
We were passing down the coast parallel to the peninsula that some of you may know as the 'Ring of Kerry', a very popular tourist coach route.
Some other tourists a few centuries ago came by sailing ship from Spain to attack Great Britain, it wasn't their best idea.
The English commander, Sir Francis Drake caused havoc when he set his little fire ships amongst them as they beat upwind into the English channel, to escape they then went about and up the Irish sea right into an equinoctial gale, some vessels ran aground and were sunk off the Northern Ireland coast, others made it around the North of the island of Ireland and came down the West coast en route back to Spain.
Coincidentally it was a similar route we took yesterday, there are a group of islands called 'The Blasket Islands', (the larger island once supported a small community but they have all now left, we believe one lady spends the summer months there and popular for tourists to visit by boat).
Our passage was rough with overfalls and a wind that funnelled the sea through the sound, we got through safely, the Spanish Armada didn't.
I'll give further details of Dingle and the Spanish ships in a later post when we get better internet connection.
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