Tag Archives: water

Waterways users

What are waterways halting-sites or harbours used for? After some time spent on the Shannon–Erne Waterway, I can say that they’re not just for cruising boaters. Other users included:

  • sales reps (or other management types with their suit jackets on hangers in the back) needing cheap, clean loos on their journeys
  • local owners of jetskis and speedboats, launching for an evening run
  • anglers, both on shore and in boats
  • campers
  • campervanners seeking free, relatively secure overnight stops with good facilities
  • walkers and cyclists, including some long-distance chaps taking breaks
  • seekers after water.

At Ballyconnell, a chap drove down in an elderly tractor with three blue barrels on the back, filled up with water and drove away. He was followed by a couple in a 2011 Cavan-registered Renault Fluence, with six 2-litre plastic containers in the boot, who also filled up and drove off. [I have photos of both the tractor and the car.] When water is charged for by the amount used, Waterways Ireland may have to consider locking its taps.

 

 

Floods November 2009: kayaks at Curragour

One beneficial aspect of the floods is that there is lots of water for kayakists. Here are some pics taken at Curragour, on the Shannon in Limerick city, on 28 November 2009.