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WI selling off their surplus barges

Posted by Colin Becker 
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Re: WI selling off their surplus barges
27 January, 2014 23:15
Are the successful tenderers of the WI Barges known yet ?hot smiley
Re: WI selling off their surplus barges
12 February, 2014 10:07
'FOX' is now proudly owned by 12th Roscommon Scout group (Ballyboro Sea Scouts) as their new floating home.

Re: WI selling off their surplus barges
12 February, 2014 11:04
Yes, the 12th Roscommon Scout Troop which are based on the Shannon in Lanesborough / Ballyleague and Scouting Ireland are finalising a [u]licencing[/u] agreement with Waterways Ireland in relation to the 113B ( The Fox )

Someone in the troop got a bit over anxious with their (ownership) tag in their new year greeting on facebook.

The Scout Troops interest in the 113B ( The Fox ) stems back nearly four years ago, when the IWAI stopped off at Lanesborough / Ballyleague on their Annual Boat Rally.

Our Troop nearly ran the local supermarket dry of burgers when the Tidy Towns Committee and ourselves hosted the visiting boats. Joe Tracey of the 4E and other skippers of the Heritage Barges brought a number of Scouts on the next leg of the rally as far as Portrunny, a venture still talked about with fondness amongst our troop.

Following this, the Scouts approached Waterways Ireland in relation to their use of the Fox for the Scouting Community, as this barge was a very common sight in the locality and it had just been recently decommissioned.

As Lanesborough / Ballyleague is on the Shannon at the Northern End of Lough Ree, and only approximately 3 miles from the Royal Canal at Clondra, and the Shannon / Erne Waterway they felt that they were ideally situated to give the Fox a new home, for the use of Scouts throughout the whole Island of Ireland.

Ironically out of the 7 Scout Troops within their Scout County, 5 of the troops : Lanesborough / Ballyleague, Rooskey, Carrick on Shannon, Boyle and Ballinamore have direct access to the inland Waterways. Longford Town will hopefully have direct access to the Royal Canal further down the road.

The restoration of the 113B ( The Fox) by the Scouts will take place over the next 24 months, and will act as an Ambassadorial Barge for the Scouting movement as well as imparting the Heritage of our Inland Waterways throughout the whole Island.

Scouting Ireland would like to thank Dawn Livingstone, CEO of Waterways Ireland for granting the licence to us, otherwise the fate of the 113B would have been in the hands of the Gods.

Talks with RTE's Nationwide are taking place at present in relation to the programme featuring the restoration of the 113B for the Scouts, and we can see this as a very positive step in promoting and publicising the heritage that we have at our doorsteps.

Over the next 24 months we will keep you all informed of the progress in relation to the refurbishment of the 113B, and any technical assistance or otherwise from the IWAI would be most appreciated.

Yours in Scouting
Liam Kelly
Group Leader
12th Roscommon (Ballyboro) Scout Troop.
Re: WI selling off their surplus barges
12 February, 2014 11:58
[quote Liam Kelly]Yes, the 12th Roscommon Scout Troop which are based on the Shannon in Lanesborough / Ballyleague and Scouting Ireland are finalising a [u]licencing[/u] agreement with Waterways Ireland in relation to the 113B ( The Fox )

Someone in the troop got a bit over anxious with their (ownership) tag in their new year greeting on facebook.

The Scout Troops interest in the 113B ( The Fox ) stems back nearly four years ago, when the IWAI stopped off at Lanesborough / Ballyleague on their Annual Boat Rally.

Our Troop nearly ran the local supermarket dry of burgers when the Tidy Towns Committee and ourselves hosted the visiting boats. Joe Tracey of the 4E and other skippers of the Heritage Barges brought a number of Scouts on the next leg of the rally as far as Portrunny, a venture still talked about with fondness amongst our troop.

Following this, the Scouts approached Waterways Ireland in relation to their use of the Fox for the Scouting Community, as this barge was a very common sight in the locality and it had just been recently decommissioned.

As Lanesborough / Ballyleague is on the Shannon at the Northern End of Lough Ree, and only approximately 3 miles from the Royal Canal at Clondra, and the Shannon / Erne Waterway they felt that they were ideally situated to give the Fox a new home, for the use of Scouts throughout the whole Island of Ireland.

Ironically out of the 7 Scout Troops within their Scout County, 5 of the troops : Lanesborough / Ballyleague, Rooskey, Carrick on Shannon, Boyle and Ballinamore have direct access to the inland Waterways. Longford Town will hopefully have direct access to the Royal Canal further down the road.

The restoration of the 113B ( The Fox) by the Scouts will take place over the next 24 months, and will act as an Ambassadorial Barge for the Scouting movement as well as imparting the Heritage of our Inland Waterways throughout the whole Island.

Scouting Ireland would like to thank Dawn Livingstone, CEO of Waterways Ireland for granting the licence to us, otherwise the fate of the 113B would have been in the hands of the Gods.

Talks with RTE's Nationwide are taking place at present in relation to the programme featuring the restoration of the 113B for the Scouts, and we can see this as a very positive step in promoting and publicising the heritage that we have at our doorsteps.

Over the next 24 months we will keep you all informed of the progress in relation to the refurbishment of the 113B, and any technical assistance or otherwise from the IWAI would be most appreciated.

Yours in Scouting
Liam Kelly
Group Leader
12th Roscommon (Ballyboro) Scout Troop.[/quote]

Well done Liam.

John

Patrol Leader (Rtd.) 50th. Foxrock S.A.I. :-)
Re: WI selling off their surplus barges
12 February, 2014 13:04
John.

Thanks for your reply.

The association with the Scouts and the113B goes back over 60 years as can be seen by the snippet below that featured in Brian Goggins "Irish Waterways History"



David FitzPatrick | Thursday 2 June 2011 at 18:01

I was trhrilled to see photos of “Fox” formerly 113B.

In 1952 I was a member of the 20th Dublin Boy Scout Troop and one of twenty members who travelled the Barrow Navigation on 113B with Tom Hughes of Athy in command of the barge and John Tomkins and Roy Henley in charge of the scouts. As we journied along what I believe was the first post-war passage of the Barrow Navigation having left from the ninth lock and joined the Barrow at Monasterevan we took off on bikes to tour the surrounding countryside rejoining the boat later each day. A trip that has not been forgotten by those who took part and was remembered in song –

“113B – Oh what fun as we run down the river
113B -We’ll be sorry to say goodbye
(but we must go)
So dear friends farewell
In the end we were just like brothers
So here’s to Tom Hughes
Let us hope we’ll meet again
Some other time”

Unfortunately we never did and I have often wondered what became of 113B. Now I have some idea
Re: WI selling off their surplus barges
20 February, 2014 23:51
The restoration of the 113B (The Fox 2) received a boost this week with the announcement from the Heritage Council that it is allocating €7,000 towards the overall cost of restoration.
Re: WI selling off their surplus barges
21 February, 2014 00:48
Very well done Liam. Errmmm....would the Scouts in Dublin like to get involved with a slightly larger restoration......before it gets scrapped....??

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Naomh-Eanna-Trust/211241455563057

M(W&W)F
Re: WI selling off their surplus barges
21 February, 2014 01:12
[quote Mick Farrell]Very well done Liam. Errmmm....would the Scouts in Dublin like to get involved with a slightly larger restoration......before it gets scrapped....??

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Naomh-Eanna-Trust/211241455563057

M(W&W)F[/quote]

Now that could be some jamboree grinning smiley

On another note can someone tell me why these boats and barges are left to get in such a state along the waterways for so long before they are put up for sale.This is one old girl that tourist in the pub have to sit and look at and wonder like i did why was it left to get into this condition.


Re: WI selling off their surplus barges
25 February, 2014 16:24
Hi Fergal mmmh maybe because WI owns them ,nearly clipped the stern of her last year sticking out a bit,I think its taking the pss on the five day rule at this stage yawning smiley

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