IWAI Carrick-on-Shannon

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Dates for your diary.

To all Carrick Members,

Here’s hoping you got out and enjoyed the beautiful weather we have had
over the summer and stayed safe on the water.

*Just a reminder of the forthcoming events *being held by the branch and
provide dates for your diary.

– Carrick Cares Day – August 25th
– Branch Meeting – September 8th
– October Cruise in Company (End of Season – EOS) – 12-14th October

*August 25th* – Carrick / Waterways Ireland Cares Day – Lough Quay Forest
Park – *Volunteers still needed, *please contact us if you can spare some
time to help our very special guests experience the joys of the waterways
that we often take for granted.

*September 8th* – Branch Meeting @ 1pm – Bush Hotel
*September 8th *- Annual Bowling Challenge with Boyle Branch @6pm – Mulvey
Centre, Carrick

*October Cruise in Company *- Following suggestions from a number of
members to bring forward the end of season (EOS) rally we are amending
this years calendar.
The EOS rally will now take place on the 12th – 14th October. We shall meet
in the Bush Hotel on Friday evening for a get together and pub quiz. On
Saturday the fleet will cruise in company with activities during the day
and evening dinner. Full details will follow shortly.

*November 3rd* – Branch AGM – We hope to see as many members as possible
attend on the day and support the branch and the branch committee.

Kind Regards,

Trish Byron
IWAI Carrick-on-Shannon Branch Hon. Secretary
(M) 086 2154585

Shannon Boat Rally – Change of Itinerary – Friday 27th – Sun 29th

 To all members who have registered for the 2018 Shannon Boat Rally or for
those considering registering, please note the change of venue for the
opening nights. See attached letter from our Commodore Niamh Herraghty

Fri 27th                                      Ballyleague (Lanesborough)
Sat 28th and Sun 29th                Portrunny
Mon 30th and Tues 31st              Lough Ree Yacht Club
Wed 1st and Thurs 2nd               Shannonbridge
Fri 3rd                                        Fleet anchorage at Hot
Sat 4th and Sun 5th                    Athlone

Looking forward to seeing as many members as possible next weekend.

Kind Regards,

Trish Byron
IWAI Carrick-on-Shannon Branch Hon. Secretary
(M) 086 2154585

The June Bank Holiday weekend

The June Bank Holiday weekend CIC is being organised by the Morgan Family of Corry Lass.
Meeting in the Bush Hotel on Friday 1st June at 9pm. Saturday 2nd we will cruise to Drumsna where the fleet will remain for the weekend. Lots of exciting things to look forward to for all.
Please let us know if your intending to join us for that weekend.

Letter from Carrick Chairperson Jean Kennedy.

Hello to all our members*

I would like to introduce myself to the membership. My name is Jean
Kennedy and I was elected Chairperson of the Branch at our AGM in November.
It is both an honour and a privilege to serve such a great branch. You
will see myself and my husband Frank up and down the river during the
summer on The Norseman. Feel free to call over to say hello.

We have an array of events for the summer. We have already had two
outings, one to the Maritime museum in Dun Laoghaire and the other to Ram’s
Island, Lough Neagh, which is being renovated by one of our branches River
Bann Lough Neagh Association. What a hard working bunch of guys.

*This Saturday 28th April, at 11am the AGM of the Association is taking
place in our parish in the Leitrim Marina Hotel. It would be great if we
had a good showing. *So why not come and along and see what your
Association is up to. If you want to bring your boat up, there should be no
problem, you just need to notify the secretary.

On the June bank holiday weekend, Ciaran and Nuala Morgan from Corry Lass
will be hosting our Cruise in Company. I know from speaking to some of
our members that Cruise in Company is not always their cup of tea. But I
think if you gave it a try, you would find that you would enjoy it. If
you happen to be in the area, why not come over and say hello. There is
boating, music and meeting up with old friends and new.

Later in the year, we have the 58th Shannon Boat Rally. What a really
good holiday for the kids and the parents. It is the best craic you will
have for very little cost. Further information can be found at

The main event of the season is Carrick Cares Day which takes place on the
25th August 2018. This is when a very hard working bunch of people head for
Lough Key and give both their time and their boats to enable some very
special guests experience the waterways. If you want to help out or take
part, please contact Carrick@iwai.ie and Trish will point you in the right
direction. Please have a look at our website or Facebook for information
on this very worthwhile day.

We finish the season with our October Cruise in Company at the end of the
season. This is usually a very good reason to dress up in something silly
and frighten the children.

This is just a flavour of what the branch gets up to.The Association is
about looking after our waterways. There are hard-working people every
weekend out working opening up waterways that have been abandoned over the
years. An example of this, is the work is carried out by the Boyne
Navigation who are, lock by lock, opening up the Boyne River to navigation.
Another very worthwhile project is the Newry Canal, who have won numerous
awards for their work on the canal.

I do hope, if you have not done so, that you will renew your 2018
membership and help us support and finance these very worthwhile projects.

Yours Sincerely,

*Jean Kennedy*

*Chairperson, Carrick on Shannon Branch.*

Rams Island trip / Branch meeting in Lough Neagh

Weather looking good for the trip next weekend to Rams Island.

If you have not registered and do want to join us, please contact the branch secretary at Carrick@iwai.ie

For those of you who have registered, an email has been issued with directions on how to get to Sandy Bay Marina. If you have not received them, please contact me.

Trish Byron
IWAI Carrick-on-Shannon Branch Hon. Secretary