These are the adventures of Andy and Sally Rawnsley on their narrowboat "The Puzzler". We have been living on the boat for over eight years now and are still loving it. Our Ulster born Shih Tzu, Shannon, has grown up, and has taken over the boat! After three wonderful years in Ireland, we transported The Puzzler to The Netherlands, and spent a year there. In 2015 we went southwards, to reach the north of France by June. After glorious weather throughout the summer, we arrived in Roanne in late October, and enjoyed our winter in this friendly port. We cruised extensively in France in 2016, returning to Roanne for a second winter.


Monday, 18 March 2013

15th - 17th March. Hurling at Brewster Park. St Patrick's day in Enniskillen.



Shannon specialises in looking cute. She has had her first injection, so will be allowed out in four weeks time. She is looking forward to that!
Mike arrived at the Round "O" with his Flyboard. It is really impressive, working on jets of water which are pumped through from the water turbine on the following jetski. On Saturday he was giving lessons on his machine, and he will take part in the display for St Patricks Day on Sunday.
We went to Brewster Park, the local GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) sports ground, to watch a hurling match between Fermanagh and Donegal. It is a fast and furious game, with no quarter given.

Fermanagh were well ahead in the first half, but Donegal came alive, and dominated the second half, to win quite easily.


On 17th of March steam engine Maeve is coming out of the Enniskillen Castle gates, on her way to join the parade for St. Patrick's Day.



As the third steam engine passes us, there is certainly plenty of steam about!

Meanwhile a helicopter, carrying St Patrick, lands on Castle Island, despite our commentator telling us that he would land on the football field. He suspects foul play!

St. Patrick emerges safely from the helicopter, but is captured by Vikings and taken to the far side of the island. Oh dear! What will happen to him?

The Viking boat appeared downstream of the island, but were turned back by the RNLI boats, in front of Enniskillen Castle, towards the waiting crowds.

There is a great cheer for St Patrick as everyone can see that he is unharmed. He comes ashore to bless all the children, before taking his place later on at the head of the procession.


This is the start of the longest snake in Ireland, being chased by St Paddy!


After a slight delay, while two buses came out of the bus station and briefly joined the procession, the brass band got everyone back into a festival mood.



Tractors are always part of an Irish procession.



There seemed to be fewer floats this year, but this group made a great noise.


We walked up to the Diamond, in the centre of town, where there was a great crowd out to watch the procession.

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