Welcome to Ireland’s only itinerant boat cover business, Barge Hawthorn: a sixty foot, wide beam Dutch style barge that is also home for Giles Byford and Jill Parkinson. Above you will find links to details of our business, a little information about who we are, a gallery of Jill’s artwork, and a few of the recipes she’s often asked for.
Please note: we live without a vehicle (just bicycles) and only work in the immediate vicinity of ‘Hawthorn’. Small jobs (upholstery or repairs) can be brought to us but larger covers will need to be planned into our journeys. We have no fixed itinerary as that would rather defeat the aims of our chosen lifestyle and our plans change at short notice. If you’d like to know where we are phone and email options to get hold of us are on the ‘Contact us’ page.