Oscar and his master Cliff made the newspapers this week. Here they are pictured at the “Float to the Fleadh” which was run as part of the Leinster Fleadh weekend in Bagenalstown, County Carlow recently. Many thanks to Michael O'Rourke on taking the pictures. As part of the weekend, boats and barges from all over Leinster, including counties Laois, Kildare, Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford made their way to the town for a weekend of music and fun. Having recently established the business, BoatTrips.ie, Cliff and Oscar were honoured to be invited to lead the procession in to town on the Friday morning of the weekend. Its fair to say, a fantastic weekend was had by all that attended and already plans are afoot to reunited in Bagenalstown next year for a boating regatta. Many thanks again to all involved for a great weekend.
Tired of the boating life, Oscar decided to hitch a lift with Waterways Ireland's local Lock Keeper, Billy O'Neill earlier today.
It was all go on the river today with barges and boats continually moving. Passengers on our boat trip were delighted to watch one of the barges from Barrowline Cruisers coming across the weir in Carlow town. It was being skippered by Philip Crean who owns Barrowline and knows the river like the back of his hand. Unfortunately we didn't get a chance for a chat and catch up but maybe next time on its return back up river.
Fantastic day on the river! We'd a number of trips throughout the day taking in the haunted lock at Bestfield. On our 12 noon tour, local amateur photographer Fergal Gleeson captured some excellent shots. Below are a small selection. I think they really highlight and capture the beauty of the river Barrow in Carlow. Many thanks again Fergal.
Wow! What a fantastic weekend we had at the Leinster Fleadh in Bagenalstown, County Carlow. A huge well done and congratulations must be given to the organizers and volunteers that made the weekend such a spectacular event. For ourselves at BoatTrips.ie the highlight of the weekend was the “Float to the Fleadh” which saw a procession of boats and barges enter the town via the river Barrow. All boats and barges carried musicians and singers as they left Leighlinbridge and headed for Muine Bheag. Here they moored up and were made very welcome throughout their four day stay. It was great to see boat owners from all over attending the event representing counties Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford, Laois, Carlow and Kildare to name a few. We even had a couple the traveled down the Grand Canal from Dublin. Over the weekend, we ran short tours up and down the Barrow navigation and managed to facilitate over 150 passengers. TG4 picked up on much of the business we were doing and we featured on the Nuacht on Sunday night. A special word of thanks must also go the the Barrow Tourism Association for their part in helping facilitate the barge and boat owners, especially laying on a beautiful BBQ for us all. The weekend certainly highlighted all there is to see and do in Carlow, particularly on the river Barrow. Many thanks again to all involved in staging the weekend and we look forward to returning to Muinebheag soon. Check out some of the fantastic pictures of the weekend below. All pic's taken by Jimmy Cahill.
About Oscar & Cliff
This is the blog of Oscar the boat dog and his human, Cliff Reid. Oscar and Cliff own and operate BoatTrips.ie and this is a diary of setting the company up and the adventures they are having messing about on boats, river and anything else.