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    Goldie fish
    Tim Horgan

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    Oh jaysus.....

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  • trellheim
    Lord Chief Bottlewasher

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    or looking up

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  • Truck Driver
    Captain

  • Truck Driver
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    Originally posted by Goldie fish View Post
    The Locks at Ardnacrusha are as close to the feeling of being in your own grave as one ever wants to experience.
    Errrrrr.... having visited same a couple of years ago, I' d
    have to agree with that statement. Pretty freaky looking
    down into the lock from the top of the dam....

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  • hedgehog
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    There was a letter in Sats Irish Times

    detailing that the Lads would have to average a steady 50 Kph along the route

    even though the speed limit in places is only 10 KPH

    and the speed of the Naval vessel was a hazard to wildlife etc

    I take it the Afternoon show wasnt on so this woman had a bit too much time on her hands.


    speaking of the after noon show- when did Blathnaid give Sheena the alledged slaps

    Once Sheena cut her hair she lost her strength and attractiveness

    she now looks like Blackadder from the very first series- Sheen that is not the woman who complained of the navy

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  • Test Pilot
    2/Lt

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    Originally posted by Goldie fish View Post
    The Locks at Ardnacrusha are as close to the feeling of being in your own grave as one ever wants to experience.
    Those locks are spectacular, in that you drop the entire hight of the dam, in two levels, inside the dam and emerge from underneath, protected from the outfall by a short wall. Just brilliant!

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  • Goldie fish
    Tim Horgan

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    The Locks at Ardnacrusha are as close to the feeling of being in your own grave as one ever wants to experience.

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  • ackack
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    delighted for them, i was the garda in limerick, they were all in good spirits on the morning, they set a good time.

    my congratulations to them.

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  • hptmurphy
    Commander in Chief

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    Good site, had't seen it before .

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  • cooley
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    Well done lads and lass.

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  • Boomer
    The Gaffer

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    Copied this post from news in light of further info obtained elsewhere (www.powerboat.ie username stuart)
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    Well done to them !!!

    My Army / Naval Service Powerboat team "Custume Cats" team did the first "Shannon Sprint" from Battlebridge to Limerick city in 4 hours 58 Minutes back in Oct 1992.

    That included lock passages !

    We used a standard Naval Service Avon Sea Rider with twin 40 hps.

    Stuart

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  • Boomer
    The Gaffer

  • Naval cadets set standard as they go against the flow in ascent of Shannon

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...244720432.html

    GENEVIEVE CARBERY

    THE FIRST official ascent of the Shannon river was completed in under six hours by Naval Service cadets yesterday. Records have previously been set for descents which go with the flow of the river.

    However this was the first time the more difficult challenge of navigating against the flow of the longest river in Ireland has been recorded.

    Seven members of the 47th Naval Service cadet class began their journey at 11am and completed the 300km-plus (186 miles)journey shortly before 5pm, at a time of five hours and 51 minutes.

    They started the journey at Sarsfield Lock in Limerick city in two motorised eight-metre rigid-hulled inflatable boats and finished at Battlebridge, Co Leitrim.

    Gardaí at either end of the course acted as independent time-keepers.

    The challenge is the completion of the boat-handling element of the potential leadership training for the young cadets.

    They have been training for three months for the exercise, which not only involves the navigation of the river but the planning, preparation and execution of all aspects, including refuelling and co-ordinating lock times.

    “The Shannon descent challenge has been done before and a solid record is already in place for that endeavour,” said Lieut Stuart Armstrong, class officer for the 47th cadet class.

    “The cadets were looking for something challenging and slightly different, so they chose to attempt an ascent record which is more difficult due to the longer time it takes to go up river,” he said.

    The cadets are also using the exercise to raise money for charity. By yesterday they had raised €1,000 for Friends of Ward 2D Cork University Hospital and Our Ladys Hospital for Sick Children Crumlin. They hope to reach their target of €3,000 in the coming weeks.

    A Navy spokesman hoped the setting of a record would entice other boat clubs to take up the challenge and try to break the record.

    The seven senior trainees, six men and one woman mainly in their 20s, are from all four provinces, a Naval Service spokesman said. They are due to be commissioned in September but, because of the recruitment embargo, this is pending Department of Finance approval .
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