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  • First published in 1949, Green & Silver by L.T.C. Rolt describes a journey through the inland waterways of Ireland. He takes us over the mighty Shannon from the upper limit of navigation at the little village of Battlebridge, near Leitrim down to Lough Derg of the islands and storms. With him we travel on the Grand Canal across the curlew-haunted solitude's of the great Bog of Allen down to Dublin's Ringsend Docks and returning to the Shannon via the majestic Royal Canal. Rolt in his inimitable style paints a picture of an Ireland that has all but disappeared and very different to the Ireland of today. The Royal Canal closed a few short years after his journey and fell into a state of neglect and decay. However as a result of the Trojan efforts of some very dedicated people, the Royal Canal reopened to navigation in late 2010. Once again it is possible to follow in the wake of Rolt and while the towns and villages of his day have changed greatly, the waterways have remained the same. While not everybody will have the time or resources to enjoy the pleasures of slow boat travel along these incredibly beautiful waterways, reading Green and Silver with its descriptive prose is an excellent substitute. It is the classic book of the Irish Waterways and will appeal to the armchair traveler, boater, social historian and anyone with an interest in the history off our Irish canals. This edition published 2015 by The Canal Bookshop with a forward by Tim Rolt. Soft Cover, 237pages 240x185x16mm
  • by Harry Rice "Being Personal Reminiscences, Traditions, History and Navigational Details about the River Shannon". Originally published in 1952, this edition is a reprint produced by Athlone Branch IWAI in 2002 with a foreword by Ruth Heard. Paperback, 234 pages, 215 x 135 x 19 mm
  • Driftwood: From the Shannon to the Marne - By Harry Sheehy This is the wonderful adventure story of a boat called Driftwood. It's not a trip to the North Pole or a climb to the peak of Mount Everest. This is the every man's adventure. It is within the of all of us to go on a voyage of this kind and it is that fact that makes Driftwood such a compelling read. After spending three years planning this trip the author grabs the bull by the horns and with no real idea what he is doing he points the sharp end of his boat out into the Atlantic Ocean. Some days things go well and some days they don't but every day is an adventure. The story is told with humor and with humility The crew of Driftwood have to grapple with bad weather, engine trouble as well as the occasional bad pint of Guinness. After crossing the Celtic Sea and the Channel they enter the French Inland Waterways and the true adventure really begins. Harry describes the characters he met along the way in his own gripping style.
  • - Ruth Delany A comprehensive, and many would say the definitive guide to the history and development of the canal systems of Ireland from the 1730s to the present day. Now updated to include recent developments this absorbing and fully-illustrated history of Ireland's inland waterways focuses on the stories of the routes and their economic role. Revised edition, Appletree Press, 2004 ISBN 0862818249
  • The Skipper & Her Mate: Ten years on Irish Waters. by Nicki Griffin. This is a book about people, boats and wildlife on the Irish Waterways. Told from the perspective of a woman with only a week's hire-boat experience learning to drive a vintage timber cruiser, it is a journey through rivers and canals, and an apprenticeship in the ways of boating among a vibrant community of new and diverse people. When Nicki Griffin started boating in 2000, the inland waterways were occupied by older family boats. In the years to follow she would witness these being replaced by larger cruisers and 'gin-palaces', changing the character of the Irish Waterways, and threatening what was, for many, a unique and special way of life. Following in the wake of such works as Theo Dorgan's 'Sailing for Home' and 'Time on the Ocean' and Dick Warner's television shows, 'The Skipper & Her Mate' will appeal to the novice, the river rat and non-boater alike. Nicki Griffin has been writing a very popular column for Inland Waterways News since 2002. The Skipper & Her Mate is her first book. 233p Paperback 215x135x20mm
  • Reedbound

    Written by Giles Byford with Illustrations by Jill Parkinson. Life afloat suits some people, and with a business that's made living and working all over the English waterways possible, it suits Giles and Jill so well they feel blessed. Everything, from the odd circumstance of finding their first narrowboat to rejecting academia, seems to bring rewards: so they are not surprised that the same strange magic appears to be working it's charm when they set about building Hawthorn, the barge they intend to spend the rest of their lives exploring Europe on. The future's promising and wonderful. And then, quite suddenly, everything falls apart. Reedbound is largely about what follows. How the terrifying violence of crossing the Irish Sea becomes an act of faith that contrasts with a gentle westward wandering along an empty canal to the River Shannon. And how, over the year they spend exploring the Irish waterways, a philosophy of trusting all will be well and refusing to research beyond the barest minimum delivers adventure, unexpected spaces and other misfits. Ultimately Reedbound is a celebration of how the redemptive power of Ireland's landscape and culture re-establishes the couple's faith that they're looked after on the water. Hardback. 217 pages. 165x240x20mm


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