Jet Skies; love them or loath them?

It may help to love them more or loath them less if you understand the science behind their users: You see it’s all about sex. Read on and you’ll see why!

In Strokestown in Co Roscommon there is a large population of beautiful Peacocks. These magnificent birds wander about the town as if they own the place. But what a sight it is to see one of them displaying their full train of feathers.

It certainly is an impressive sight. And so it should be too, after all it is intended to impress. Not to impress you or me but to impress the female Peahens. You see the male Peacock is just trying to attract a mate.

So what has that to do with jet skis? Well maybe you’re starting to get the picture now. You see there is a very good reason why the young male jet skiers, doesn’t strut his stuff where he can’t be seen.

Oh no, Jet skiers almost always, don their tightfitting rubber suits, and display their skill wherever there is an audience. Like a marina, or just that quiet mooring that, up until now, you were enjoying. In much the same way as the Peacock only displays his train of feathers when there is a suitable female about.

As the Jet skier bounces about creating ever bigger and bigger splashes he is, (maybe on some subconscious level) trying to impress the female of his species.

If successful, the jet skier will mate with a suitable admirer and produce offspring that will themselves one day strut their stuff outside a marina on their own jet ski. 😉

Boating in Ireland

Boating in Ireland isn’t only for the summer months. Cruising the Shannon river in Ireland is always a haphazard affair when it comes to the weather. But boating on the river Shannon is one of the few holidays you can enjoy even in poor weather. So join us as we go boating in Ireland in autumn.

Virgin Media One & DBB

On Tuesday 27th-Sep-20 Virgin Media One contacted us to ask if they could use footage from the Driftwood Boat Blog in a feature they were doing on the Six O’Clock Show that evening. The feature was about the River Shannon and we were delighted to allow them to use the footage. We were also very honoured that they felt our video was up to TV standards and so we gave ourselves a wee pat on the back!!!

Shannon River Cruise to Royal Canal

A Shannon River Cruise to Richmond Harbour at the Royal Canal terminus. A chance to discover some new locations to explore the next time you go on a Shannon river cruise. The river Shannon is a boaters paradise with hundreds of little ‘off channel’ locations to discover. We’ll go through a number of Shannon River locks and a some smaller ones on the Royal Canal too. Join us on one of the best river Shannon cruises ever.

The Shannon Pot

The Shannon Pot in Co Cavan is not just the source of the river Shannon, it’s the source of many legends and stories too. People have visited the Shannon Pot since it was first discovered by ancient man. The Celts believed that the pot was a portal to the spirit world and that it was home to the “Salmon of Knowledge”. Even the River Shannon itself owes its name to this mystical place.

Shannon River Cruise to Kilglass Lough

Join us on a super Shannon River cruise to Kilglass Lough, one of the famed Carnadoe lakes. There is a narrow passage in the reeds on the western shore of Lough Boderg that leads you on a wonderful Shannon River cruise of discovery, filled with reed lined, un-spoilt natural beauty. This is a special place, reserved only for the boater who is prepared to take the time to go off the main Shannon River in search of timeless tranquillity. This is probably one of the best river cruises in Europe. So treat yourself by joining us on this River Shannon cruise to Kilglass Lough

River Shannon Boating to Lough Allen

A family holiday that takes in some River Shannon boating is hard to beat. This episode we’re cruising to Lough Allen one of the large lakes on the River Shannon. I’ve heard people say that you can’t rely on the weather, but a river Shannon boating holiday is one of the few holidays that you can enjoy even in poor weather. A day spent on a river Shannon cruise, and meandering this waterway, is the best relaxation you will ever get. So check this episode when the river Shannon is seen in the usual Irish weather! Hope you’ll enjoy, and maybe consider river Shannon holidays by boating, fishing or even camping for you and your family? thanks for watching.

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Lesser Seen Lough Key

An introduction to some lesser-seen Lough Key treats. Driftwood takes in some of the sites of this magnificent boating location at the northern end of the Shannon Navigation. Lough Key also has a caravan and camping park so even if you don’t have a boat it’s still very accessible.

Lough Key

Lough Key is at the northern end of the Shannon Navigation on the Boyle River. The lake has six public moorings and is probably one of the prettiest lakes on the whole system. With over thirty islands and several magical castles, Lough Key is simply a boaters paradise. Come along and join us on this short boat trip on one of Ireland’s greatest Cruising Ireland’s river Shannon in the sun, look at what you’re missing! Episode #2 https://youtu.be/M28bwZF9070 boating lakes.

Ten great Irish Boating Destinations

Just some of our favourite boating locations on the Irish waterways

10 Great Boating Destinations in Ireland. These are just some of our favourite Irish boating destinations here on the Irish inland waterways.

With the 2020 boating season in doubt here’s a chance to go boating on the river Shannon, Lough Erne as well as the Shannon Erne Waterway, without even leaving your armchair. So far boating 2020 is like no other boating year thus far, let’s all hope that it will improve soon and that everyone can get out and enjoy this great amenity in whatever way they choose.

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Cruising the French Canals

We don’t often put up videos about cruising the French canals, however, this is an exception in exceptional times. We are in lockdown in our house and can’t even visit the boat. But that’s a very small sacrifice compared to the sacrifice many of our health care workers are making. So hope this will be a small distraction for you, and please enjoy it.

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Coronavirus and the waterways in Ireland

Well, firstly we hope that you’re coping okay with the terrible coronavirus. Here in Ireland Marion & myself are in lockdown. All the waterways are closed to navigation, all pubs are closed. Travel is only permitted for essential work and for shopping for food and medicine. We can exercise up to 2Klm from our home only.

So making videos is challenging! But we will have one soon anyway. Thanks to everyone who has contacted us asking how we are, and yes we’re keeping fine. Make sure that you keep safe in this rapidly changing times.

H&M