On the River Barrow April 2011

On the water


Log book

Ireland April / May 2011 part 1



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After reaching the weir and lock at Maganey the lockkeeper brings us through the lock.

Maganey LockMaganey weir









Maganey weirMaganey Lock









Some hundreds of metres further downstream the River Grease joins the Barrow and every winter brings silt into the navigation. Waterways Ireland is dredging there and we carefully drive around.

River GreaseRiver grease dredging









A light short shower arrives; we will get later a short second one with hail but in the Bestfield cut the blue sky is back.

Barrow below MageneyEntrance Bestfield cut









Entrance Bestfield cut with weirBestfield Lock









The part below the lock is silted and we have to go close along the jetty and towpath.

Bestfield LockBestfield Lock









We reach the remains of the Sugar Factory and Carlow itself. The new jetty opposite the Rowing Club is completely silted.

Barrow below BestfieldBarrow below Bestfield









CarlowSilted entrance jetty Carlow









We moor at the Rowing Club, where William, the lockkeeper, surprisingly awaits us and helps with mooring and to fill up water. What a nice service!

Rowing Club CarlowRowing Club Carlow









After some jokes about the bucklings of our water tube and some unusual usage of duck tape we turn and go on through the Carlow Bridge, which is the lowest on the navigation. Behind the bridge we have to change to the west side of the river above an impressive weir.

Carlow BridgeCarlow Bridge with weir below









Carlow weirCrossing the reiver at Carlow weir









Carlow weirView upstream at Carlow weir








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