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Barge Maurice A Ireland, July / August.

Monday 22nd July 2013

Depart Riversdale 18:20, arrive below Castlefore Lock at 21:00 and tie up for the night.

Tuesday 23rd July 2013

09:00 start, as soon as the power came on for Castlefore Lock. Passed Keshcarrigan at 09:50. Straight in at Kilclare Top Lock (10:30) just as barge Mardler came out. As we went under Leitrim Bridge we spotted barge Hawthorn, so pulled up and moored for and hour (13:00 to 14:00) and had a chat with Giles and Jill about wheelhouse covers for Maurice A, also finally paid for dogbox cover Giles and Jill made for MA nearly a year ago! Passed Boyle River junction on the Shannon at 14:40, then moored up in very tight spot on Carrick Wharf, for Tesco shop, 15:10 to 16:10. We made Albert Lock OK, and moored up for the night on a quiet Carnadoe Quay, just below the bridge. (18:40)

Wednesday 24th July 2013

08:45 start from Carnadoe Quay. We carried on down the Shannon, making for Athlone, where we arrived at 18:40. We passed Lanesborough Bridge at 13:45 and Shirley did the "Lough Ree Challenge", navigation traditionally set to new TNC (Ireland) newcomers. Weather was a bit fresh, so a bit of up and downy at the end of the lake. Athlone was fairly packed, we tried mooring on the east bank town steps, but many Tesco trolleys spotted. Barge Baglady, recently over to Ireland from the Thames came to the rescue and we breasted up. Swift pint in Sean's Bar, then Pizza in the nearby Italian.

Thursday 25th July 2013

We unhitched from Baglady at 09:00, just as the hire boats were stirring and was the second boat in the waiting lock. After waiting for the lock to fill with boats, we departed at 09:30. Passed by the Clonmacnois stone rocket station at 11:05, Shannon Bridge at 12:00 and entrance to Shannon Harbour at 13:10. A dog and shopping stop at Banagher, in the cut out beyond the bridge, 13:35 to 14:05. We hung back and got the 17:30 swinging of Portumna Bridge, carrying on until 19:05, when we moored up on the wharf side mooring at Rossmore. Lough Derg was pretty still, so no movement during the night.

Friday 26th July 2013

Trundling off from Rossmore wharf (09:05) we took a very slow passage up the Woodford River. There was a fair few overhanging trees, but no problem with steerage, due to Schilling rudder on MA. There are two floating beer barrel makers up the Woodford river. The first was obviously protecting shallows on the inside of a bend. The second we knew to be off station, we assumed it was protecting the infamous "rock" on the outside of an incised sharp bend. Scraping the side of the barrel we missed the rock on the way up. Winding at the Conor Hogan Jetty was a bit difficult. A thinish dead tree trunk extended into the river in the pool before the bifurcation. Once past the dead tree we managed to get the stern into near the jetty, which had a small rowing boat moored in the centre. The rather tame current and a few blasts of bowthruster eventually bought the bow round (10:00). Retracing our steps down stream was some what faster, passing Rossmore at 10:35. We experimentally tried to find the large rock (great success!) being marked by the second off station beer barrel marker. We touched it dead centre on the keel with a resounding boing, travelling out of gear with barely any forward motion. Having marked the rock, we bowthrustered over and came passed the rock, scraping the barrel. It was perfect conditions in Lough Derg, sun and hardly any wind. We motored on to the new "canalside" floating pontoons at Killaloe, arriving at 14:10. These new pontoons have been placed against the thin wall separating the old Killaloe canal from the river. The old canal has been refurbished, the may old craft removed and the upstream entrance protected by a new single set of gates. These "Flow Gates" are operated by a WI card, using 5 units, apparently if you exit within 5 days the units are added back to your card. This would be a thinly disguised way of enforcing the 5 day mooring limit in the old canal. Yet another excellent meal and obligatory bottle of wine provided by SK and DK.

Saturday 27th July 2013

After a shop and explore we left Killaloe at 10:30 and went straight across the centre of the lake to have lunch in Mount Shannon Harbour (12:15 to 14:15). There was one tight spot left on the inside of the harbour wall, but the Hydraulic bowthruster made easy work of getting in. That after noon we carried on up that arm of the lake, getting to Scarriff Harbour at 15:40. The entrance walls were taken so we had to reverse into one of the "submarine pen" moorings. Some youths were attempting a "barbeque" (no food and no grille!), which was just an excuse for an annoying fire, a sudden shower soon put out the fire and dispersed the youths. NA decided to investigate the weed hatch on MA, as this had never been up since launch ( 20 x 13mm bolts) as this was thought to be the caused of the annoying "propshaft" rattle at greater speeds. This proved to be the case. The bottom section of the weed hatch was reseated with new rubber seals. A slot was cut in the side of the bottom baffle plate to ensure that the water level (essential for the propshaft rear bearing water input, which is taken from the weed hatch box) remains constant.

Sunday 28th July 2013

We left early at 06:55, as had agreed to meet the Goggins at Dromineer at 9:00. There was a short stop at the @@@@@@ Jetty, as DK wanted a quick explore of some lime kilns. As we got to the centre of the lake we espied Knocknagow ahead. After letting Knocknagow moor up on the outside of the Harbour wall we fitted in behind. Anne had to pick up Ian and Christian from Dublin Airport, plus a quick IKEA shop for some new bar stools for Knocknagow, so Brian gave us a guided tour of the refurbished Knocknagow, as well as sampling his polypin of real ale! We watched many Mirror dinghies exit the harbour, as it was the start of a week of international Mirror sailing competition. Anne retuned early, having made the IKEA stop before picking up Ian and Christian. We both set off in convoy, just as it had clouded over. Looking back there was an impressive black cloud over Dromineer and the red sailed Mirror race. Brian planned to get the first swinging of Potumna Bridge the next day, so we headed for a "secret" mooring, discovered by Giles and Jill on Barge Hawthorn. This secret mooring was in a small inlet, just after the four exit markers from Lough Derg, on the north bank. We waited for Brian to enter and moor up, then followed him in. This involved a fair bit of branch removal, from a couple of trees, seeing as were going to breast up to Knocknagow. After a slow passage, we managed to just breast up to Knocknagow. The crew of Knocknagow had deployed their new substantial gangplank and beaten a path to a nearby lane, so dog walking could be facilitated. That evening we helped Brian empty his polypin of ale.

Monday 29th July 2013

We exited the backwater at 09:20 and milled around waiting for the 09:45 Potumna Bridge swinging. We waved goodbye to the Goggins as we had to pay for our two bridge passages, setting off upstream at 10:00. We had a dog stop / provisioning at Banagher Barge mooring from 12:50 to 13:50. As DK had not been up the River Suck, we decided to do this, entering at 15:20. The level was really down, so there was plenty of headroom at the Bord na Mona narrow gauge railway bridge. Even though the level was down, we did not have any depth problems, except in the Poolboy bottom lock cut and when winding in Ballinasloe Basin, where we arrived at 17:45. We were moored on the long pontoon, right just beyond the walkway, as this proved to still be deep. We, and more particularly the two hire boats beyond (French and Germans) had trouble with marauding kids. DK eventually set them packing, after one kid asked "Do your dogs bite?" "Only when I tell them to!" was DK's remark. As the kids were hanging about the service block, we did not bother to go into town for a pint, after another excellent meal on board.

Tuesday 30th July 2013

An earlyish start at 08:33, as we wanted to catch Poolboy Lock opening and be the first boat through (09:07) No problem through all the twisty markered section, but an incoming cruiser spotted soon after. Suck junction with Shannon at 10:45, then a dog stop and quick peruse of Clonmacnois (11:50 to 12:15) We took it easy up to Athlone as we knew we would not make a locking before lunch time. We arrived at 13:50, but due to the inevitable delays at Athlone, did not exit the lock until 14:35. Fairly windy on Lough Ree. Having decided to go up the Lecarrow Branch, we were a bit miffed as a cruiser just beat us into the canal. We knew moorings were going to be a premium that late in the day. The moorings as you enter Lecarrow Basin were all taken, the end wall is now reserved for the pump out (and is VERY shallow on the offside end) Fortunately the cruiser in front moored up tight on the first bit of the wharf on the side and just left us room, to wind, with the bow on the wall (we still kicked up a lot of mud on the offside) and moor in front. (17:00) After we had moored the cruiser turned round just using the ropes. Yet again we did not venture up to the pub / general store.

Wednesday 31st July 2013

Another earlyish start (07:30) as the weather was OK, but looked as though it would blow up and we wanted to trundle straight across the lake and have breakfast in Barley Harbour. The second green marker protecting the Iniskulin@@@@@@@ Shoal did not seem to now exist, so after passing the big green, we just aimed straight for the end of the harbour breakwater. The depth gauge showed plenty of depth. This was not the case entering the harbour. We never found the large rock reported to be in the centre of the harbour and moored facing inwards, right behind the derelict yacht, which was the only other craft in Barley Harbour. Investigation showed that there were many large rocks about two foot below the surface on the bank side wharf (probably why had never found then in narrowboat Earnest) Our breakfast stop was from 08:30 to 09:30 and as we left it was just beginning to blow up. To avoid any unseen rocks we virtually winded on the spot and exited using exactly the same course as we entered. Lanesborough Bridge was passed at 10:50.We picked up a few slow hire boats and over took most, especially the idiot that tried to go wrong arch through the Bord na Mona Bridge. Owing to foul weather, slow operation and lunchtime, the whole Tarmonbarry lock and lift bridge experience lasted from 12:30 to 14:30! We did not have to wait long for Roosky Lock and we had amazingly got / kept ahead of the mass cruise exit from Tarmonbarry! We stopped at Roosky Wharf (16:15 to 16:55) for a food shop and 100 litres of diesel (114.60 Euro) as we wanted to check that the gauge was broken in the rear (propulsion) tank (it was, the level did not move off empty!) Still in constant light rain we entered the "Carnadoe Backwaters" (17:40)heading on to Kilglass, being the only (occupied) boat on the moorings (18:45).

Thursday 1st August 2013

We decided to try for Lough Allen that night, so left early at 07:30, arriving at Albert Lock, just as it opened ay 09:00. We passed through Carrick at 10:40 and started up the final section of the Shannon, from Leitrim, at 11:30. Turlough, one of the Lough Allen Canal lockies was about and we did not have to wait long to get through Battlebridge Lock. The first round arch (no towpath) is the lowest on the Lough Allen Canal and catches some barges out. Even with the pound weiring we passed under OK. Turlough got us through @@@@@@@@@@@@@@ Lock just before lunch and we exited at 13:15. We hung around at Drumshambo for a late lunch (14:00 to 15:45), Paddy Joe locked us down to Lough Allen after we got him on the radio intercom. We eventually moored up at an empty Spencer Harbour (17:15), the only boat about on the lake. It blew up in the evening, so all the Tip Top, zig zag barge fenders (which clunk against the hull) were taken up and we clamped  MA to the creating pontoons, deploying a pair of large inflatable donglers.

Friday 2nd August 2013

We left at 08:00 in pretty windy conditions. The wind direction had only just changed and once out on the lake, we had the wind / waves bow on. A good few of the larger waves were braking over the bow and hitting the front screen. We arrived at an empty waiting Drumshambo Lock (09:25), a request on the intercom had Turlough there in minutes, we exited Drumshambo Lock at 09:40. A quick passage down the canal, Turlough did @@@@@ Lock and a young lad was waiting at Battlebridge Lock. We passed onto the Shannon - Erne at 11:25. NA bough a couple of WI cards off the patroller at @@@@@@ Lock. Out onto the summit (Kilclare Top) at 13:55 and we moored up on Keshcarrigan wharf mooring (easy for the dogs) at 14:35. That afternoon NA investigated the rear diesel tank sender, after removing it and freeing the float from the drooping cork inspection hatch gasket, it now performs OK.

Saturday 3rd August 2013

Departed Keshcarrigan at 09:00 and stopped for mooring coffee break on the floaty jetty in Kiltybardan Lough. Back at Riversdale at 13:25.

The next couple of spare days we had days out, going to Donegal Town and beaches as well as Enniskillen, Shannon Pot.

 


Steve Nott's narrowboat Charnest ready to go back to England. Riversdale.


Maurice A at Carnadoe Wharf.


Maurice A at Carnadoe Wharf.


A bit up and downy on Lough Ree.


SK finishes the "Lough Ree Challenge".


MA breasted up to Baglady in Athlone.


MA breasted up to Baglady in Athlone.


Athlone.


Rossmore Wharf.


Sunset from Rossmore Wharf.


Conor Hogan Jetty, end of the Woodford River, off from Rossmore, Lough Derg.


Winding at Conor Hogan Jetty, end of the Woodford River.


Conor Hogan Jetty, end of the Woodford River.


The second off station barrel marker, it should  be a boat width to the right. Woodford River, looking upstream.


The second off station barrel marker, it should  be a boat width to the right. Woodford River, looking upstream.


Exiting Woodford River.


Exiting Woodford River, Rossmore on the left.


Killaloe, the new flow gates on the old Killaloe Canal.


Killaloe, the new flow gates on the old Killaloe Canal.


Killaloe, the new flow gates on the old Killaloe Canal.


Killaloe, the top entrance to the old Killaloe Canal.


Killaloe, the new flow gates on the old Killaloe Canal.


Killaloe, the new visitor mooring pontoons beside the old Killaloe Canal.


Killaloe, the new visitor mooring pontoons beside the old Killaloe Canal.


Killaloe, the new visitor mooring pontoons beside the old Killaloe Canal.


Killaloe Bridge. Shannon Navigation.


Killaloe Bridge. Shannon Navigation.


Killaloe Canal.


Killaloe Bridge. Shannon Navigation.


Killaloe, the new flow gates call out instructions for the old Killaloe Canal.


Killaloe, the new visitor mooring pontoons beside the old Killaloe Canal.


Killaloe, entering Lough Derg.


Float plane at Mount Shannon. Lough Derg.


The Goggin's mighty barge Knocknagow at Dromineer. Lough Derg.


Mirror dingy regatta at Dromineer. Lough Derg.


SK + DK + Jefferson + Neave.


Looking back at the black cloud enveloping Dromineer. Lough Derg.


Lough Derg.


Our "secret mooring" at Portumna.


Our "secret mooring" at Portumna.


Knocknagow exiting our backwater mooring at Portumna.


MA at the entrance to Portumna Harbour.


Portumna Bridge.


DK - Emerald Star Man.


The Bord na Mona Bridge on the River Suck.


The Bord na Mona Bridge on the River Suck - air draught.


The "Coreen Ford". River Suck.


River Suck - level down.


Leaving Ballinasloe Harbour. River Suck.


Leaving Ballinasloe Harbour. River Suck.


Ballinasloe. River Suck.


Looking back at Ballinasloe. River Suck.


Approaches to Poolboy Lock, Ballinasloe. River Suck.


Approaches to Poolboy Lock, Ballinasloe. River Suck.


Poolboy Lock, Ballinasloe. River Suck.


Poolboy Lock, Ballinasloe. River Suck.


Poolboy Lock, Ballinasloe. River Suck.


The new bypass road bridge over Poolboy Lock cut, Ballinasloe. River Suck.


Looking back at Poolboy Lock cut, Ballinasloe. River Suck.


The multi-markers section. River Suck.


Boathouse, showing varying water level. River Suck.


The "Coreen Ford". River Suck.


Exiting the new cut round the old "Coreen Ford". River Suck.


The last markered section. River Suck.


The air draught gauge for the Bord na Mona Bridge on the River Suck.


The Bord na Mona Bridge on the River Suck.


Shannon Bridge. River Shannon.


River Shannon, Four Counties Pile, Level down.


Downstream approach to Athlone Lock. River Shannon.


Lough Ree, turn left for Lecarrow.


About to enter the Lecarrow Canal.


Lecarrow Wharf.


Lecarrow Wharf.


Leaving Lecarrow Wharf.


Level down in Lough Ree / Lecarrow Canal.


Exiting the Lecarrow Canal.


Looking back at a narrowboat traversing the main channel down Lough Ree, as we cross over to Barley Harbour.


Barley Harbour, Lough Ree.


Barley Harbour, Lough Ree.


Neave and Jefferson. Barley Harbour, Lough Ree.


Abandoned yacht and MA. Barley Harbour, Lough Ree.


Jefferson. Barley Harbour, Lough Ree.


Barley Harbour, Lough Ree.


Exiting Barley Harbour, Lough Ree.


MA at Kilglass.


MA at Kilglass.


Kilglass.


Kilglass.


Carnadoe Backwaters.


Carnadoe Bridge.


Battlebridge, the Lough Allen Canal starts, just to the right.


Drumleague Lock. Lough Allen Canal


MA at Spencer Harbour, Lough Allen.


MA at Spencer Harbour, Lough Allen.


MA at Spencer Harbour, Lough Allen.


MA exiting Lough Allen.


MA exiting Lough Allen.


Shannon Sluices, exiting Lough Allen.


Ramada Hotel / Lough Allen Resort. Exiting Lough Allen.


Drumshambo Lock, exiting Lough Allen.


Acres Lake, Lough Allen Canal.


Battlebridge Lock. Lough Allen Canal.


Battlebridge Lock, side paddle. Lough Allen Canal.


Battlebridge Lock. Lough Allen Canal.


Battlebridge Lock. Lough Allen Canal.


Battlebridge Lock. Lough Allen Canal.


DK - resting.


Neave and Jefferson on Donegal Beach.


Jefferson and Neave on Donegal Beach.


Donegal.

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