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July / August 2008 Trip

 

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Leaving the port of Holyhead.

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A fine wooden craft spotted on the north Shannon.

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Lanesborough power station.

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Lanesborough Harbour. Lough Ree
The next series of images are a photo navigation guide to cross Lough Ree, North to South.
The Lough Ree Shannon charts can be found on the IWAI website, here.

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After heading out of the "box" of markers, we head for the indistinct black drum buoy. Lough Ree.

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Rounding the black drum buoy. Lough Ree.

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The next pair of markers are close together. Lough Ree.

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Looking back at the red and black pair of markers. Lough Ree.

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Next we head to round the big black buoy. Lough Ree.

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Looking back at the black buoy. Lough Ree.

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Heading to pass round the next big red buoy. Lough Ree.

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Looking back at the red buoy. Lough Ree.

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Heading to pass by Goat, Little and Inchenagh Islands. Lough Ree.

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Heading to pass by Goat, Little and Inchenagh Islands. Lough Ree.

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Looking back at Goat, Little Islands. Lough Ree.

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Rounding Inchenagh Island. Lough Ree.

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Rounding the red buoy at the end of Inchenagh Islands. The big black buoy protecting Millstone Point is beyond the red buoy. Lough Ree.

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Coming up to Clawinch Island. Lough Ree.

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Big red buoy No 8, protecting Muckinsh Island. Lough Ree.

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Big red buoy No 7. Lough Ree.

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Big red buoy No 7. Lough Ree.

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Looking back at big red buoy No 7 and big red buoy No 8. Lough Ree.

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Looking back at big red buoy No 6. Lough Ree.

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Lough Ree.

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Big red buoy No 3. Lough Ree.

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The yellow warning buoys protecting the firing range. Lough Ree.

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Looking back at big red buoy No 2. Lough Ree.

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Looking back at big black buoy protecting Adelaide Rock. Lough Ree.

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Looking back at a yellow racing buoy and big red buoy No 1. Lough Ree.

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The exit from the lake. Lough Ree.

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Looking back at Big and Little Yellow Islands. Lough Ree.

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Looking back at Big and Little Yellow Islands. Lough Ree.

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Looking back at Lough Ree.

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We have just started up the River Suck.

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The River Suck Bord Na Mona railway bridge.

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River Suck.

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River Suck.

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River Suck Navigation. Coreen Ford.

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River Suck Navigation. The new cut round Coreen Ford.

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River Suck Navigation. Coreen Ford.

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River Suck Navigation. Coreen Ford.

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Ardcam Islands. River Suck Navigation.

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Ardcam Islands. River Suck Navigation.

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Ballinasloe.

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Ballinasloe. We thought that this was a good bit of public art by Ballinasloe Harbour. Cormorants abound on all the Shannon markers.

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Earnest in Ballinasloe Harbour.

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Earnest in Ballinasloe Harbour.

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Leaving  Ballinasloe Harbour. River Suck Navigation.

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Looking back at Ballinasloe. River Suck Navigation.

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Looking back at Ballinasloe. River Suck Navigation.

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Looking back at The new marina and restaurant on the outskirts of Ballinasloe. River Suck Navigation.

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Pollboy Lock. River Suck Navigation.

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Pollboy Lock. River Suck Navigation.

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Pollboy Lock. River Suck Navigation.

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Pollboy Lock. River Suck Navigation.

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Pollboy Lock. River Suck Navigation.

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Looking back at Pollboy Lock cut. River Suck Navigation.

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Alan Wynne, the lock keeper at Belmont Double Lock No 33 chats to Neil. Grand Canal, Shannon Line.

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Pollagh. Grand Canal, Shannon Line.

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Overnight stop above Lock No 29 at Ballycowan. Grand Canal, Shannon Line.

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Overnight stop above Lock No 29 at Ballycowan. Grand Canal, Shannon Line.

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Our first time stopping at Graiguenamangh. Barrow Navigation.

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New Ross.

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Approaches to Inistioge, the end of the tidal River Nore.

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Approaches to Inistioge, the end of the tidal River Nore.

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Inistioge Wharf, waiting for high water. Tidal River Nore.

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Inistioge, waiting for high water. Tidal River Nore.

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Inistioge. high water! Tidal River Nore.

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Early morning run up the Tidal River Barrow at high water.

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Early morning run up the Tidal River Barrow at high water. Ferrymountgarrett Bascule Bridge.

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The Steamer Hole Wharf at St Mullins. Tidal River Barrow.

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The Steamer Hole Wharf at St Mullins. Tidal River Barrow.

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St Mullins. Tidal River Barrow.

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St Mullins Tidal Lock. Tidal River Barrow.

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We catch the Barrow in mild flood. At this point we barely make any headway.

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There is a weir back there somewhere! River Barrow.

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Leighlinbridge. Castle and bridge. River Barrow.

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Above Leighlinbridge we catch the worst of the runoff. River Barrow.

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Athy Lock No 27. Barrow Line of the Grand Canal.

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Athy Lock No 27 from the old wharf. Barrow Line of the Grand Canal.

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At Monasterevin we nearly bump into the SS Titanic! Barrow Line of the Grand Canal.

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The ex-Canalways hire boat "Fisher King". This was the R&D boat Andrew at Woodworks fitted before Earnest. Lowtown have just given it a spiffing new paint job.

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The barge "Iron Lung". Grand Canal, Shannon Line.

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The barge "Iron Lung". Grand Canal, Shannon Line.

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The Grand Junction Canal mile post at Shannon Harbour. This spoof was presented by Tim Coughlan of Braunston Marina.

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At Dromaan Harbour we meet up with the Goggins and decide to enter the inner harbour...because we could! Lough Derg.

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Earnest in the inner harbour at Dromaan. Lough Derg.

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Threatening clouds over Dromaan. Lough Derg.

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Dromaan. Lough Derg.

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The mighty barge Knocknagow, we were en-route to Rossmore and the Woodford River. Lough Derg.

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The mighty barge Knocknagow. Lough Derg.

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Knocknagow on the Connor Hogan Jetty up the Woodford River.

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Ernest gets up the Woodford River, beyond the next bend.

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We explore further up the Woodford River, hoping to get to the first bridge. Much tree cutting ensues.

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Almost within sight of the bridge we come across a waterfall! Woodford River.

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Almost within sight of the bridge we come across a waterfall! Woodford River.

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M barge on the Shannon.

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Brilliant weather at Athlone. River Shannon Navigation.

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MB Snipe. Athlone. River Shannon Navigation.

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We have a day trip to the Lower Bann Navigation (see link), Giant's Causeway and the Antrim Coast

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Giant's Causeway

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Giant's Causeway

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Giant's Causeway

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Giant's Causeway

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Giant's Causeway

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Giant's Causeway

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Antrim Coast, rope bridge to Carrickarade Island

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Antrim Coast. Ahead is Rathlin Island and beyond the Mull Of Kintyre.

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Ailsa Craig.

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The Mull Of Kintyre in the distance.

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Antrim Coast. Cushenden.

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Looking back at Carnlough. Antrim Coast.

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Larne.

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Donegal Coast. Malin Beg bay.

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Donegal Coast. Ratlin O'Birne Island.

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Donegal Coast. Glen Head.

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Donegal, the wilds beyond Meenacross.

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Donegal, the wilds beyond Meenacross.

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Donegal, looking down to Loughros Bay.

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Donegal, Loughros Bay.

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Looking back up to Crockuna. Donegal.

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Donegal, Loughros Bay.

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Donegal Coast.

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