Shannon Boat Rally returns for Carrick 400: This year the Shannon Boat Rally returns to the north Shannon and will participate in the Carrick 400 celebrations from Friday, July 26 - August 4. Organised by the Carrick-on-Shannon Branch and Athlone Branch of IWAI, the Shannon Boat Rally is the most prestigious and well-attended boating event on Ireland’s inland waterways. “The main objective of the Shannon Boat Rally”, explained the Commodore, Martin Donnelly “is to bring boaters of all types together to participate in a ten day long fun event for families and friends on the river.“ The Shannon Boat Rally has a long and prestigious history, the first rally was launched at Athlone in 1961. The Boat Rally travelled from Athlone to Jamestown and on to Carrick-on-Shannon with some of those steps being retraced today. Throughout its 53-year history over 2,500 boats and 10,000 people have participated in the boat rally on the Shannon. “On this the 53rd year we expect attract over 100 boats and 400 people”, outlined the Commodore. President of IWAI Carmel Meegan said, “The 53rd Shannon Boat Rally is an annual event that attracts private boat owners and their families to all the small villages and towns and has contributed to the local economy for over half a century. The rally has grown in popularity every year attracting all classes of boats crewed by over four hundred adults, teenagers and children who participate in sports, games, sailing and boating competitions, quizzes, talent and music events while improving their boating skills and safety practices on our waterways. A very important aspect of the rally is the promotion and encouragement of responsible use of the waterways for the benefit of all waterway users and has a strong educational, environmental awareness and safety theme throughout particularly for our young boaters said the President. In 2010 President McAleese launched the 50th Shannon Boat Rally on the quay wall in Carrick and to mark the close association between the IWAI and Carrick-on-Shannon a replica navigation buoy was erected at the quayside. Foremost of the activities this week is the Parade of Sail with over 100 boats over 3kms passing through Carrick on Sunday, July 28 at 2pm to the accompaniment of music on the quayside wall. The 53rd rally begins on Friday 26th in Carrick & Tarmonbarry, on Saturday the rally moves to Jamestown, Sunday 28th the Parade of Sail, 29th Cruise to Rockingham, Lough Key, August 1st Cruise to Boyle and the fleet returns to Carrick on Saturday and Sunday, August 4 & 5. For further information contact Martin Donnelly Shannon Boat Rally 086 2547827.
Parade of Sail in Carrick this Sunday: A Parade of Sail will take place on Sunday, 28th July at 2.15pm at the quayside in Carrick on Shannon as part of the Shannon Boat Rally and the Carrick 400 celebrations. This will be the longest Parade ever held on the Inland Waterways of Ireland . Making a welcome first appearance in Carrick for the Parade is the ex US Army patrol vessel skippered by its owner Colm Kelly and crew. This 86ft long American vessel was built in 1952 on the Rhine as a Cold War Boat and decommissioned in the late 70s. It has been causing great excitement since its arrival on the Shannon this summer. The Parade of a 100 plus cruisers, barges, inflatables, open boats and ribs will be led by “Samson” the barge skippered by Martin Donnelly, Commodore of the Shannon Boat Rally. The boats will be decked out in bunting and flags and should create quite a sight as they move along the river to the quayside. All boats are welcome to take part. Carrick on Shannon Chamber are delighted to be associated with this event and will be judging the best decorated boats under the following categories: 1 Best overall: Prize sponsored by Leitrim Tourism 2 Best 30ft and over: Prize sponsored by The Bush Hotel 3 Best Under 30ft: Prize sponsored by Leitrim Crystal 4 Best Open Boat: Prize sponsored by Shannon Boat Rally A Parade of Sail at the Quayside opposite the Landmark Hotel, Carrick on Shannon at 2.15pm Sunday 28th July. Bring the children for Sunshine! Water! Boats! Music! and a piece of history. This is an event not to be missed!
The Ancient Town of Carrick: Carrick-on-Shannon is now a delightful town. It is a haven for the tourist. It is one of those unique places that encompasses activity, excitement and entertainment as well as tranquillity and relaxation. One hundred years ago it was a self sufficient town. There was reference earlier to the little vegetable patches and the fowl. Who would ever think that hens would feature so prominently in Carrick-on-Shannon again, only this new breed of hen is not to be found on the roost in some little barn in the countryside, she’s perched instead on a high stool, sipping cocktails, in one of the many fine establishments in Carrick-on-Shannon which caters so expertly for the hen parties which have become a feature of modern life. With top class accommodation, restaurants, leisurely boat trips on the Shannon, excellent and varied shops, entertainment for young and old, Carrick-on-Shannon had, and still has, that special appeal for visitors and locals alike. Carrick can be proud of itself and Leitrim is especially proud of Carrick-on-Shannon. Read how all this evolved in ‘Leitrim Treasure’ which will be launched in The Bush Hotel on Wednesday, August 7th at 8.30 pm following a talk by Mickey Harte on “The Value of Community”. Admission free. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome.
Traffic Light Disco in Murtagh’s Bar: Murtagh’s Bar, Carrick-on-Shannon, are going red, green and yellow in aid of The Hope Foundation and are hosting a Traffic Light Disco on Thursday, 15th August. The party is a fun opportunity to meet some potential suitors, or else turn them away! Party-goers wear green stickers if they are available, red if they are spoken for and orange if they are unsure or ‘it’s complicated!’ Stickers and ice-breakers will be distributed upon entry to Murtagh’s Bar so there is no need to wear the colours on the night. Entry is just €5 with all proceeds going to The Hope Foundation. The Hope Foundation is a registered charity working with street and slum children in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India.
Tidy Towns News: A Big thank you to everyone who is putting in the extraordinary effort and making our town look good. Perhaps you think your gesture went unseen. The fairies and the leprechauns see and notice everything. Best gesture this week goes to....the lady in Cortober (Liberty Hill) who provided long cool glasses of refreshing drinks to our volunteers when they were working nearby her home. “Thank You” Mrs Gilroy. You see, everybody can do something. Míle buíochas to Jim Glancy, Cafe Lounge and Joe and Rosie of The Bush Hotel who provided refreshments the previous weeks and to Coffey’s on the corner who continue each week to provide refreshments to our volunteers. These gestures do carry financial costs, however they are a huge support to the workers when energy gets low.Please continue to keep Carrick neat. The flowers are in full bloom smiling in their baskets. Enjoy the sunshine. Do whatever you can to showcase our lovely town. Join us if you can anytime. A warm welcome awaits you.
Padre Pio Mass: Mass and Rosary in St. Mary’s Church, Carrick-on-Shannon on Monday, July 29th at 8pm. Everyone welcome.
Marist Family Gathering: Dear Friends, you and your family and friends are invited to a Marist Family Gathering celebrating in anticipation of our special feast day to the Holy Name of Mary. Date: Sunday, September 8th. Venue: St. Brendan’s Parish Hall, Coolock Village, Dublin 5. Agenda: Arrival 3.30pm, Celebration of the Eucharist 4.30pm, Dinner 6pm followed by a “hooley” (if you play a musical instrument please bring it along). Cost: €20 per person, deposit €10 required by August 8th. Contact Mary McKiernan on 086-0609400 for further information.
St. Mary’s Cemetery: The Annual Blessing of the Graves at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Carrick-on-Shannon will take place after 12.00 noon Mass on Sunday, 4th August 2013.In the interest of safety parking restrictions will be in operation in the areas around the cemetery, due to the expected large attendance on the day we would be grateful if you would co-operate fully with the stewards. Vehicles will be restricted from entering the cemetery on the day due to Health and Safety regulations. We are very grateful for the maintenance work and grass cutting which has been carried out over the past number of years by the Rural Social Scheme participants of the Leitrim Development Company. Their work has enhanced the overall appearance of the area. There will be a gate collection to cover the costs of up-keeping and general work carried out in the cemetery. We would ask that people give generously, so that we can continue to avail of this excellent service on an ongoing basis. The committee are in the process of designing a mapping of all graves in the cemetery, which we hope to have erected for Cemetery Sunday, or shortly afterwards.
Irish Water Safety Classes: Registration for Irish Water Safety classes at Drumshanbo Outdoor Pool for the week of Monday, 29th July took place in Aras Phadraig on Wednesday, 17th July. Anyone who did not get the opportunity to register may do so at pool gates at 8.45am on Monday, 29th July prior to commencement of classes.Full payment required on registration please.
Carrick Town FC Draw: Tickets now on sale for Carrick Town Soccer Club’s Annual Draw. Tickets €5 each. 1st prize: 2 Season Tickets for the Aviva Stadium for 2013/2014, 2nd prize: Dinner for 2 at The Cottage Restaurant, Jamestown, 3rd prize Tickets for Ireland’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Sweden at the Aviva Stadium on September 6th. Draw in Ging’s Bar on Friday, August 2nd. Your support would be appreciated. Tickets on sale from club members and local businesses. All members are asked to return tickets in good time for the draw.
North West Parents & Friends at St. Ciaran’s: On behalf of the Parents & Friends of people with intellectual disabilities at St. Ciaran’s Day Centre, we extend our special thanks to all who helped us in any way for our church gate collection herld recently. Those who organised and manned tables at the various venues and especially all who donate go generously to this very worthy cause. A special concert takes place in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo on Saturday, July 27th at 8pm with the world famous Celtic Tenors. Proceeds in aid of North West Parents & Friends who would appreciated your support. Tickets €20 available from Marcella Murray and Mulvey’s Newsagents.