Buoys boost for boating on Slaney
Small and medium-sized boats can now safely navigate the River Slaney from Wexford to Enniscorthy.
The Slaney branch of the Inland Waterways Association have laid buoys to mark out a safe channel through dangerously shallow areas.
Boating on the Slaney has dwindled in recent years, especially above Killurin where sections of the river are very shallow.
The IWA decided to combat the problem by marking out a safe navigation area. The branch surveyed the river using depth sounding equipment and satellite photographs before deciding where to put 'safe water' marks.
Permission was obtained from the Wexford Harbour Master to carry out the work which is now complete.
The worst area was The Patches, a series of islands and sandbanks between Oylegate and Ballyhogue where it is difficult to judge the depth of the water as the river meanders. Five red and white buoys were placed there.
A red buoy was placed at the Point of Park to assist boats going from Wexford to Ferrycarrig.
'It is hoped that many more locals and visitors will enjoy the tidal section up to Enniscorthy,' said a Slaney branch spokesman.
He thanked the Harbour Master and all those who helped with the work especially Brian Coulter, John Tully, David Dempsey, Conall O'Brien, John Casey, Ian Rossiter and Sylvester O'Brien.
The IWA provided the marks and chain and Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club donated the mooring blocks.