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Crusier runs aground in low water

Low water levels on Lough Derg led to a 34ft cruiser with four people on board running aground yesterday afternoon by the Scilly Islands, off the Ogonnelloe shore. At 1.39pm, the Lough derg RNLI lifeboat launched with helm Ger Egan, Lian Knight and Delia Ho on board.  The lifeboat located the vessel at the junction of Scariff Bay and Parker’s Point at 1.54pm. The four people on board were safe and unharmed and wearing their lifejackets. Once the lifeboat crew were satisfied the vessel was not holed, it was taken off the rocks and into safe water. The cruiser continued its onward journey once drives and rudder were found to be undamaged and in good working order. Peter Kennedy, Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat, has advised boat users to “to bring charts with you and know the areas close to shore and islands marked as un-navigatable, particularly as water levels are low in the lake at the …

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Two rescued from drifting boat

TWO people were rescued after their 40ft cruiser was left drifting having been damaged on rocks near Crow Island, south of the Scilly Islands on Lough Derg. The Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat was alerted at around 3.50pm on Wednesday evening and two fishing boats had also gone to assist the damaged boat and help prevent the cruiser going aground on rocks. The lifeboat reached the vessel at 4.15pm and a crew member was transferred to the cruiser to set up a tow. The lifeboat towed the boat, with her two crew and an RNLI volunteer on board, to Killaloe where it was safely tied up. RNLI Lifeboat Helm Eleanor Hooker cautioned, “All boat users should remember the importance of remaining within the safe channels marked on their lake charts.”

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Clare stonemason awarded prestigious British craft fellowship

By Nicola Corless A CLARE stonemason has been awarded a prestigious British craft fellowship. Eoin Madigan was named as one of three Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) William Morris Craft Fellows. Three to four fellowships are offered by the society each year, depending on funding and are aimed at talented, young craftspeople involved in repairing historic buildings. Eoin is a sixth-generation stonemason and has previously worked on repairs at O’Brien’s Tower at the Cliffs of Moher. The fellowship involves a six-month conservation tour of the UK involving site, workshop and studio visits, allowing the young craftspeople to work alongside master craftsmen on heritage projects. It recently started at Hampton Court Palace in Surrey.  According to the Ennistymon man, the fellowship is both an honour and an opportunity. “I am hoping to learn from some of the best craftsmen. I am passionate about the conservation of our buildings at home and I have seen so much needless destruction …

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