Here are some of the links to places, restaurants and businesses that are mentioned in my blog. Please note that I am not necessarily endorsing any of them. This is just for your information. Drop me an email if any of the links stop working.

Marinas and Boaty Links

Clinton Marine

Killinure Chalets, Glasson

Waterways Ireland

Union Chandlery

Lakeside Marina

Grand Canal


The River Shannon itself

Irish Waterways History
The amount of information on Irish waterways contained on this site is incredible. He includes navigations, restorations, walks, history, stories and some opinion too. A great resource for all waterways, not just my lovely River Shannon.



The Bastion Gallery
Now this is my kinda shop! The lovely Katie has a huge range of gifts and goodies, including a children’s section, a book shelf, Irish crafts and fair trade produce.

Left Bank Antiques 


Book Reviews


The Mid-Shannon Waterway


Restaurants and eateries

Beans & Leaves, Lloyd’s Lane, Athlone.
Check out my review of this restaurant!

My Melody Restaurant (Trip Advisor link)
This restaurant doesn’t seem to have a website or fb page of its own. However I have given a Trip Advisor link so you can find some information on the restaurant.

Jia Jia Chinese Restaurant (Trip Advisor link)
No site or fb page, hence the Trip Advisor link.

Lowe & Co – an organic shop and cafe that does food, as well as coffee and cakes

Sean’s Bar – Filled with history and atmosphere, a must-visit place for anyone new to Athlone.

Melanie May – an Irish logger with an interest in all things foodie. Lots of recipes and reviews included here.


Places to Visit

Carrick on Shannon
Lots and lots of information about Carrick, including information on events taking place.
Event information, as well as shopping and tourist information. Very informative.


Boat Builds – this guy is a genius

Follow the rebuild of a cruiser by Fergal Butler

And his FB page to see pics of his other work

And their gofundme link


Just Stuff

Crochet Mascots. Yes, I design and make mascots and lots of other bits and pieces, including clothing, to order. This is the first mascot, Alexandra, who brings good luck to the boat she is named for and protects. Here she is…

Alexandra's mascot from the log book 01 October
Alexandra’s mascot soaking up the late sun This was started by 4 friends from Limerick who had an interest in cars. And their idea has spiralled into a prestigious 3 day annual event. I am honoured to be part of it, especially as we have just announced that over €40k was raised this year alone for the Children’s Hospital in Crumlin. And here is Efini – she kind of makes up for Alexandra’s lack of speed 😉

Mazda Rx-7 taking part in
Efini on show in Eyre Square, Galway, as part of Courtesy of