It was to be up down the Shannon… into the Royal and then on homeward bound. Yes… things developed rather quickly from the point where I left the first tentative hint of the likelihood of a breaking story. In my world this is a massive story… an offer of a boat! Yes, the details are many and the gratitude is large. My growing association with the boating fraternity in general and my budding friendship with the Connon family led from one thing to another.
Somewhere along the line a mention was made of my daft attempt at finding the least expensive way of doing the Green and Silver by foot and on water. My brain suggested the on-the-water part would be best attempted in an open inflatable… small but perfectly suited for a mad dash. Then… someone else suggested the use of a day cruiser. All that was needed was for me to find a motor and do the odd repair.
I put out some feelers… no joy… no motor to be loaned or acquired for a song. Next thing, John Connon Junior, the master of the Rambler, rang and asked if I would be interested in doing the Green and Silver in a slightly larger boat… a 45 foot restored RNLI rescue boat. There’s a lot of history… quite a few tales to be told about the boat. Basically, the Connon family have offered me the custodianship of the vessel!! How lucky can one man be?
Needless to say… I’ve been like a ten year old in a Lego factory… the excitement mounted by the day. I’ve not wanted to get too far ahead of myself but at the point of you reading this post I’ll be a day or so into my trip from Carrick-on-Shannon back in an easterly direction…
Before I say anything else, let me thank all those involved in making a dream come true. John Connon Senior, the owner, has generously consented to my use of the boat. It is he who restored and rebuilt the vessel some 15 years ago. Now, my family and I are privileged to be blessed with the option of using the boat and also seeing how much pleasure there is to be had by having access to the inland waterways of Ireland.
I think you’ll agree with me… this opportunity opens many new doors. Imagine all the posts coming your way about not only my attempts at walking the G&S but also my doing the loop on the water! You’re going to get bombarded with my tales of fun. I can’t wait to pass on the details of the experiences… I hope you can tolerate all the fun coming in your direction!!
PS – Just before you think I’ve totally fallen with my posterior in the butter… there are a few terms and conditions… as they’re prone to say here in Ireland… 😉