Lanesborough to Dromod.
When you get great weather in Ireland you wouldn’t really want to be anywhere else. We untied from our berth in Hanley’s marina near Lanesborough and headed north along the beautiful river Shannon towards Dromod. Now Marion hasn’t drove the boat in quite a while and to be honest with you she needs to get back into practice.
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A lot of people get confused about how to use the locks on the river Shannon. That’s not surprising really because the hire boat companies don’t take you through a lock on your induction training. But you’ll be glad to know that there are very few locks on the river Shannon anyway. Like everything else in life there is a hard way and an easy way to to do it. But here are six tips on how to use the locks on the river Shannon the easy and hassle free way. Using a navigation lock on a canal or river is no different. But here are a few simple pointers to make your holiday a bit more enjoyable.
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Ireland’s river shannon is the longest river in Ireland and in all of the British Isles. But how did the river shannon gets name? This magnificent river flows majestically from its source at the Shannon Pot in county Cavan through eleven counties, dozens of lakes both large inland seas and many smaller lakes until it reaches the sea at Limerick city.
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On Ireland’s river Shannon we don’t always get weather like this, so when the sun does comes out we have a tendency to panic and try to make up for lost time. This explains why in Ireland on a sunny day you will see snowy white bodies glowing in the sun and soaking up as much cancerous radiation as their bodies will accept. Today was an exceptional day for a spin on the river so I made the trip up
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It was Marion who first set her eye on “Driftwood” a 10.5Mtr Drettmann DD yacht that had just been brought into Ireland on a truck to be sold into a growing boat market. She was called Staris at the time and at first I didn’t really like the look of her (the boat that is, not Marion.) I was very happy with our current boat and didn’t want to change. But those women folk know how to weave their magic on us men…
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We had booked Driftwood into the shed so we could start painting the boat. The painting is the easy bit, first I had to scrape off the old rubber non skid deck matting that had become torn and was starting to lift. I found that a
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I’ve mixed emotions about bringing Driftwood home to Ireland, but we had to make a decision one way or another. We’re both in Ireland full time and only getting out to the boat for two weeks twice a year if we’re lucky. Driftwood was becoming very neglected. Looking after a boat is expensive at the best of times but when it’s hundreds of miles away in another country it becomes even more difficult.
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After over 1,300 Klm of French canals and Rivers and over 750 locks we are nearing our winter moorings in Roanne.
Well do you know what? this year has been a fantastic experience we have cruised all over central France, up the Rhine as far as Basel in Switzerland and lots and lots in-between. Sadly now we are in the first week of October and we
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When we left Auxerre we left the Nivernais canal behind and joined the Yonne
river fully. (although occasionally there are some short lateral canals) Almost
immediately you notice that the locks have grown. Grown quite a bit really from
38 metres long to just over 107 meters long. This is to cater for the barge
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The river Yonne is at the northern end of the Nivernais canal. We left Clemecy behind and continued our descent towards the Yonne. The canal here is exceptionally beautiful and the lock keepers go to great lengths to make their
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After Chateau Thierry we headed to Epernay where I finally collected my bicycle trailer. Before entering the canal lateral a la Marne we stayed a night at Epernay because I wanted to continued up the river as far as the next bridge. This bridge marks the limit of navigation on this beautiful river.
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The river Marne is without doubt a beautiful cruising river. You can get to the river Marne just below Paris where the river Seine and the river Marne meet. The trip from Ferté sous Jouarre to Nogent l’Artaud on the River Marne is a lovely one and here is our account of it.
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