Either way, please feel free to download, copy or share them if they are of use to anyone that took part. Well done again to Athy Rowing and Canoeing club and a huge well done to everyone that took part. Great day out on the river!! For those, not involved or taking part in today races, here's what went on. A fantastic kayaking race, held today on the river Barrow and Grand canal.
Some participants took on the 42k challenge which involved paddling from Athy to Monasterevin via the Barrowline of the Grand canal, before portaging onto the river Barrow and racing back to the ARC club house in Athy town. Others took on the 21k race which started in Monasterevin, while more opted for the 10k from Dunrally bridge, outside Vicarstown.
On the road by The young hobbits stared at the door in vain for a while, and then made off, feeling that the day of the party would never come. Sir Walter Scott. Having met and enjoyed the lads company while fishing on Saturday it was nice to receive a positive report and accompanying images of their sojourn in south Co. Evidently it still appeared in the original Red Book, as it did in several of the copies and abstracts. But what exactly our relationship is can no longer be discovered. There was room and to spare for incomers, and ere long the Hobbits began to settle in ordered communities.
Both races, were on the Barrow, going with the flow back to Athy. Again, a huge well done is due to all involved in making this event happen. Great stuff. We'd a lovely ramble today starting on the river Barrow in Athy and taking the canal up to Churchtown in south west Kildare before heading across the border into Laois to do a lap of Kellyville lake in Ballintubbert.
Perfect day for snapping birds!! Renaming our Carlow boat. Please pick the one you like best. Many thanks. Setting out from Athy in county Kildare at 6am, I made my way up into the beautiful Wicklow mountains and into Larragh. My only stop on the road was to briefly take in the snow speckled scenery as I traversed the Wicklow Gap and to have a look at the Ballinagee river as it flows under the Ballinagee bridge before joining the Kings river. The mountains here contained the remains of the weekends snow with Carrignagunneen high above me and buried deep in the white stuff.
Here we spent the day harvesting willow for basket making. Depending on the size needed, two people can usually harvest up to in about 4 hours.
However, today we were also collecting larger willow poles for fencing and structure making. This is a much more time consuming process as the poles need to be stripped of all side shoots and branches. This evening after the two very hungry bellies were fed and watered, we set about making some traditional Irish willow baskets. Paddy is a master of the art and I like to think of myself as the apprentice. As the baskets began to take shape, two bottle of Aldi's fine Rioja kept us company. The work is now done, my basket is complete and the fire is blazing. Paddy is about to open another bottle!!
PS if you'd like to try you hand at basket making, check out www. With traditional March weather forecast, we left the boat moored and took to the van for a road trip following some of the loc al rivers in Kilkenny. A grey start to the day brought a mixed bag of blinding sunshine, hail, rain, snow, sleet and vivid blue skys as the late morning unfolded. We started in the city and journeyed north west, roughly following the river Nore. Here the river had broke it banks and stretched far and wide across the green fields. In places, the Nore cut a strong flow as it pushed further out into the surrounding countryside.
We parked on a dogleg bend and made our way up the moss covered steps to the Church and Castle of Three Castles. The graveyard was overgrown and the gate to the church, locked; but that didn't stop us snapping a few pic's. Picking back up the N78, we headed for Castlecomer, meeting the Dinin river at Dysart Bridge, just north of Julianstown, county Kilkenny.
The river, like the Nore was in a large flood and pumping water between the old pillars which looked like they once took a rail line. A couple of yards north on the N78, a second bridge spans another river joining the Dinin. On the maps I've looked at both rivers are marked as the Dinin river. However, both travel in completely different directions so I would be interested to hear from anyone local that might be able to shed light on the situation.
On google maps, the river flowing from Castlecomer is called the river Deen. But I wouldn't put much faith in google in this regard. We then made our way into Castlecomer for lunch and a local lady told me that she always knew the river as being the Comer river. We had a fantastic lunch in the Lime Tree restaurant and will certainly be back , and afterwards as we headed north out of the town, a pedestrian crossing the bridge near Castlecomer Discovery Park informed me that the river was just called the Dinan river.
He proceeded to spell it out to highlight that it is not spelled Dinin. It was back onto the google machine and we discovered this link and the map below, which explained things a little further. However, given the recent snow and lashings of rain, the Barrow is now in full flood. We've been checking out www.
Although, I think we could be waiting. So today, instead of the river, myself and the dogs decided to take a ramble around Kellyville lake at Ballintubert County Laois. This is one of our favourite spots as its full of birds and wildlife. The ducks are fed regularly and this bring in many varieties of birds to feed. Here are some of the shots I got today during both the sunshine and rain.
Far too cold for the river so we took a ramble around the lake.
However, these little fella's were glad to be home before the snow became too heavy. This week brought the news that we are now live on a couple of more tourist websites and directory websites. The first call came from Discover Ireland.
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