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, 20 May 2013

15th - 17th May. Dublin. Niall's Tower 7. Coastal walk from Dalkey to Dun Laoghaire.


The parks in Dublin are kept in excellent condition. This splash of colour is in Merrion Square.
After a lazy day on Wednesday, we did the Dublin tourist bit and went to visit the Irish National Art Gallery. It was impressive, with paintings by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Titian, Picasso and many more. We particularly liked this one, Military Manoeuvres, which was painted in 1891 by an Irish artist, Richard Thomas Moynan. Photography of some pictures was allowed, which was welcome, if unusual.



Mick was doing some guided tours around Ringsend Basin.



The Queen Mary II was at anchor off Dun Laoghaire on Thursday evening. She is too big for the harbour here.




Jim took a group of us to Dalkey, to the south ot Killiney Bay, on a private visit to Niall's Martello Tower.

No. 7 Tower was one element in the defences of Killiney Bay against a possible French invasion in the period 1804 to 1815. It has been restored to its original glory and function by Niall O'Donoghue. This tower is on a bigger site than most of the 28 towers which guarded this coast of Ireland, having placements for three extra cannons in front of the base of the tower.

The main cannon, which weighs two and a half tons, is on the roof of Niall's tower, and is in full working order, although only blanks are fired now! Niall can be seen preparing ropes for moving the cannon, to line it up on the enemy.


Back on the Liffey, Andy has found a new yacht, the Lauren L from Valletta. We could charter this superyacht for a day for only £110,000!




Shannon was nervous at first on the Dart train, but is now a seasoned traveller, on our way to Dalkey.





These seagulls are being fed all the fishy bits which are left after the fillets have been taken.This is just outside the harbour at Dalkey.




Is this seagull trying to race the yacht?



Dalkey harbour is a quiet place.



Walking northwards from Dalkey we came across Martello Tower 11, which gave a good view back to the south.



Looking to the north, Killiney Bay curves on to Dun Laoghaire.


The pier at Dun Laoghaire is a mile long, and is a very popular place to visit.


Looking across Dublin Bay to Howth peninsula from the end of the pier, it is an interesting scene, with a variety of craft out at sea.


In the distance the pilot boat is leaving the cruise ship Infinity, which is registered at Valletta.




From behind, she looks very topheavy. She is a giant beside the sailing boat.


These youngsters have been quite far out, but are no doubt glad of a tow back to the harbour!



Meanwhile, this seal is having a quiet nap near to the pier.

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