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Cover: At Lowtown at the end of June, Robert Few told us that a group of hirers were just about to take out the narrowboat immediately ahead of us. It had two other boats outside it and had its stern to our bow so, knowing that hirers are not always the most skilful of boaters, I armed myself with a long pole and stood on our bow, ready to protect our boat from attack.
IWAI - Inland Waterways News
Autumn 2001 - Volume 28 Number 3
Table of Contents
Presidential Platform, Council Report May 2001
Waterways News: (223 kb)
Safety regulations (RoI), A bridge too low, Monitor, Erne 1, Peat power?, Monasterevan, Floating Swiss Army Knife, Foot and Mouth, Other winter closures, Upper Bann, New Harbours - Boyle - Ballinasloe
Navigation News: (388 kb)
Slaney Rally 2001, Shannon Rally 2001, Royal Canal round-up, Mullingar Rally, River Bann & Lough Neagh Association Rally 2001, Corrib Rally 2001
World Canals Conference (232 kb)
16-18 May 2001
Bats and Irish Waterways (179 kb)
Derg and Ree Catchment Monitoring
Design of Harbours (164 kb)
Limerick Navigation (172 kb)
Includes Wineport Winning Shot
Joe Mooney Summer School, Swans
Navigating the Shannon (119 kb)
Off the Beaten Track (107 kb)
The Basin in Blessington Street
I needn't have worried. The hirers went aboard, started up and immediately reversed out, curved neatly around our boat and the others behind it, reversed just over one boat's length down the Barrow Line, changed into forward gear, turned left at the junction and headed west, leaving me standing on the boat open-mouthed with admiration - and feeling a bit foolish.
Robert and Caroline Few explained that these were no ordinary hirers but former Grand Canal boatmen who hire a boat every year for a week. On the following weekend, we met them at Ballycommon.
From left to right:
· Murt Cronly (now 87) had done that neat bit of reversing; he is a first cousin of Essie Conroy, former Lowtown lockkeeper
· Peadar Boland, seen on board 36M in Through the Locks, who comes home from Leeds each year for the canal trip
· Peadar's sister Nancy
· Paddy McGrath, who until recently was working on a crane on the construction of the Abbey River weir in Limerick.
Speaking of Limerick, our cover photo in the last issue attracted much praise. It was taken by Liam Burke of Press 22 in Limerick.
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Michael O'Cionnaith and the Corrib Navigation
Round trip Shannon to Dublin
Heritage Boat Association Launch
Summer on the Waterways (208 kb)
A montage of memories
James McGarry, 1926-2001
Thanks for the photographs to:
Anon, David Beattie, Peadar Canavan, Brian Cassells, Ron Corry, Willie Donegan, Dessi Doyle, John Freeburn, Niall Galway, Anne Goggin, Paddy Hatton, Peter Howard, Conor Kelleher, Stefan Kupner, Charles Niessner, Conor Nolan, Pat Nolan, Eoin O'Brolchain, Crew of 76M, and Julie Redmond.