Lost canal & lock on lough Key

There is an old canal & Lock off Lough Key that belonged to the Rockingham Estate. It was used to transport turf (peat) from the bog near Keel lake to the Rockingham Estate. Before I stumbled upon it I never realised that there was a lock chamber on the Rockingham Canal.

In addition to that there is also a small harbour at the end of the canal at what is now the Scouts Jamboree area. The lock measured 48 feet long and 14 feet wide approximately. One thing I noted was that there was no towpath beneath the super ornate bridge.

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Replacing the Lock Gates at Meelick Lock on the River Shannon. #34

Waterways Ireland are replacing the lock gates on this magnificent lock at Meelick on the River Shannon. And Waterways Ireland have taken the unprecedented step of allowing members of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland access to the site. This is a first and I hope the first step in the right direction, and maybe the next time they might go a step further and open a site to the general public.

After all there is not much point in preaching to the converted. I’d love to see a school tour visiting such a site, and it might ignite an appreciation of the wonderful waterways we have.

Take a look around our boat, a video boat tour. #33

Join us as we take a look around our boat “Driftwood” by way of a short video boat tour, sort of like a boat inspection! Driftwood is a Drettmann DD Yacht. She is a German built steel cruiser and she was constructed in 1981.

She is a six berth boat with two singles in the bow in what they call a V-berth. Then the galley table can fold down to form a double berth and finally there is a small double cabin in the aft that we use ourselves. However I always feel

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How much does a boat cost? The easy way to get into boating.

Want to know how much it costs to get into boating?

Not as much as you may think… Boating is affordable and in this video I’ll show you how anyone can manage to get on the water the easy way.

We started off with a small plywood day boat that we took our two children on a two week holiday on, not a great idea! That boat was called The Four of Us, although we all agreed very quickly that it wasn’t the boat for us.

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Christmas Day Swim in the River Shannon, brrrrr it’s cold

Every Christmas Day Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club organise a charity swim. For the past few years I joined in after all it’s a bit of a laugh. Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club do great work on the lake and further a field also. As well as providing back up to the local RNLI Lifeboat (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) they also provide support and take part in searches all over the island of Ireland.

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