Boaters on Lough Derg were shocked today to realise that a key part of the lake’s infrastructure, the corner bollard at Dromaan, had gone missing.
There it was gone
“We didn’t know it was there until it was gone,” said a weeping cruiser-owner. “Without that bollard, the outer berth on the right-hand side is useless: you can’t tie a boat there. And the middle berth is useless too. Two whole berths gone. With so many other spaces taken by harbour-hoggers and abandoned vessels, we’ll end up tying off barges or something.”
Sergeant Pluck of Whitegate said: “Is it about a bicycle?” Later, Superintendent Clohessy, from Tipp, admitted that he was baffled. The theft of a bollard had not previously been recorded. It was, he said, a quare conundrum and a right pancake.
Waterways Ireland has not commented on the matter.