Barge Hawthorn

Unfortunately, due to unprecedented demand and our own desire to reduce the volume of work we take on, we have closed our books to new business in 2024.

Welcome to Ireland’s only barge based boat cover business, Barge Hawthorn: a sixty foot, wide beam Dutch style barge that is also home for Giles Byford and Jill Parkinson. 

While we spent a very happy decade touring and working on the Irish waterways since arriving here in 2009, we have now scaled down our working range and are now limited to Lough Ree and perhaps Banagher for some smaller jobs. If you’re from further afield and would like to enquire about work then we can accommodate some visiting boats.

We have been making covers for 25 years, use industry standard fabrics and fittings, are meticulous about the quality of threads, zips and sundries, and pride ourselves on doing the best possible job.