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Liveaboard life and general wanderings on the Irish Inland Waterways.

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Balloons over Lough Key

Posted by on in 2013

The hot air balloon festival at Drumshambo was something we considered going to but it turned out there was no need as they came to us.

Loughs Key and Ree

Posted by on in 2013

With a long standing commitment to our hull that we'd spend a week or so in Shannon Harbour making the rusty bits black again, we're heading downstream again. Though not without a few days on both Lough Key and Ree.


A Busy Summer.

Posted by on in 2012

A, largely photographic, catch up of the last few weeks. The summer finally arrived and with it numerous visitors and events. And yes, we are fine - the delay from posting blogs was a deliberate sabbatical.

Tagged in: Lough Key

Happy Families

Posted by on in 2010
With more family members joining us, we meet them in Lough Key for a couple of days of woodland retreat before heading on d

Returning South

Posted by on in 2009
We continue to journey south toward the Grand Canal and the winter. Leaving Garadice is a wrench but we soon stop in at Riversdale Barges, another haven of courtesy and welcome, before pausing at Ballyconnell in order to take on fuel. Kiltybarden Lough, with its jetty unattached to the mainland, proves an interesting spot for a night. We are joined by an American couple on a hire boat for a few nights on Lough Key.
Tagged in: Lough Key SEW

Lough Key

Posted by on in 2009
More offer of hospitality. The River Boyle and the wonder of Lough Key: it may not be the largest lump of water on the system but few beat it for beauty. We also have the good fortune to be advised where best to moor - advice we will be eternally grateful for. As we will the lift, offered and accepted, on a boat departing for Boyle, it saved us a long walk...
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