Aran Islands Meet Clare/Galway -Weekend 25thAugust 2018

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brianmacmahon
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Aran Islands Meet Clare/Galway -Weekend 25thAugust 2018

Post by brianmacmahon » Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:04 pm

How's everyone ?

Thanks a million to Margaret and her minions for organising a superb meet in Connemara.

The turnout for the ISKA meets so far this calendar year has been exceptional....having such great weather no doubt helps.

So onto the next one !

The plan is to have an overnight camp Saturday night on Inis Meain. This is wild camping...however the site has access to clean running water on the pier and picnic tables.

So this is the plan of action ( weather dependant)

Friday 17th Aug -

Peer Paddle to the iconic Cliffs of Moher down to Haggs Head. Stop for some tea and a stretch and back to Doolin taking in Stacks Arches Caves with an opportunity for a dip beneath the cliffs.

Meet 1300hrs Doolin Pier. On water for 1400hrs.

Spend night in Doolin enjoy the pubs and the craic and the music. Two campsites to choose from ; €12 per night.
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Saturday 18th Aug -

Meet Doolin Pier 1000hrs on water 1100hrs.
Pack for overnight.
Head for Inis Oirr - Tour island see Plassey Wreck famous for being in opening credits Fr Ted.
Opportunity for a stroll Lunch and pint.
Then hop over to Inis Meain (30 minute paddle)
Camp on shore ... up to pub if that's your thing ... only one pub on island.
Campfire on island chat craic etc.

Sunday 19th Aug -

Tour Inis Meain see Dun Conor etc.

Then home James to Doolin.

There will be a fallback in case of bad weather.
Details closer to launch date.

I will firm up the details closer to the weekend.
Post if Interested in joining us.
Must be paid up ISKA member.

Brian Mac
Meets Officer
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Re: Aran Islands Meet Clare/Galway - Weekend 18th August 2018

Post by brianmacmahon » Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:36 pm

Few pictures of Inis Oirr and Inis Meain.
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Launching from Inis Oirr
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Inis Meain Campsite
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Approaching Inis Oirr Beach
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Jose
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Re: Aran Islands Meet Clare/Galway - Weekend 18th August 2018

Post by Jose » Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:52 pm

Ill be there . Hope to make it to the paddle on friday. Looking forward to it.

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Re: Aran Islands Meet Clare/Galway - Weekend 18th August 2018

Post by brianmacmahon » Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:02 pm

Few more facts on stuff to see on Inis Meain;

DunConchuirThere are two spectacular Stone Forts on the island dating back between the 1st-7th centuries AD. Dun Fearbhai and Dun Chonchuir or “Conor’s Fort” (also known as “The Black Fort”). Dun Fearbhai has terraces along the inside of the walls which may have been for defenders to look over or for some ceremonial purpose. It is easy to climb onto the top of the wall, and worth it for the fine view of the low lying northern part of the island. ‘The Black Fort’ it is much larger than Dun Fearbhai. The view here is magnificent, across the North West corner of the island to the open bay.
Dun Conchuir is approached by a path over stiles, leading off the road just beyond Synge’s cottage. John M. Synge was a famous Irish playwright (1971-1909). He stayed on the Island every summer between the years (1898-1902). He based some of his plays ‘Riders to the sea’ and playboy of the Western World’.
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Dun Conor Inis Meain
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Re: Aran Islands Meet Clare/Galway - Weekend 18th August 2018

Post by mcnamado » Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:18 am

Hope to be there and for the Friday paddle too.
Regards
Donal

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Re: Aran Islands Meet Clare/Galway - Weekend 18th August 2018

Post by afinn » Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:10 pm

Ohhhh yes, gonna have to try to make this one so I am so I am.....

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Re: Aran Islands Meet Clare/Galway - Weekend 18th August 2018

Post by rosieosullivan » Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:16 pm

I'll be there. I'll do the peer paddle on Friday. Does the camping on Friday need to be prebooked?

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Re: Aran Islands Meet Clare/Galway - Weekend 18th August 2018

Post by brianmacmahon » Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:25 pm

Hi Rosie,

Probably wouldn't do any harm to book as it's peak season. Both campsites have a lot of capacity so accommodating us shouldn't be a problem. Nagles site is the closest to the pier.
http://www.doolincamping.com

You could leave your car at the campsite which will save you a few euro as the carpark at the pier is pay and display and is permanently supervised.

Campers can park at pier if they so wish. Pay and display though. It's not expensive for weekend and machine takes coins and credit cards. Normally €4 suffices for weekend.

For those doing Friday paddle you can drive onto slip and drop off your boat then park. Ensure boats are kept to the side of the slip as it's the same slip coastguard use to launch so must be kept clear.

Bring refreshments with you. There is a safe landing spot beneath the cliffs that we will hopefully be able to land on for a stretch and some food and drink.

Doolin has plenty of places for food and drink but no shop. There is a surprisingly good fish and chip trailer at the pier if you arrive hungry.

More details as we get closer to date.

Brian Mac
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Re: Aran Islands Meet Clare/Galway - Weekend 18th August 2018

Post by brianmacmahon » Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:10 pm

Few more pics to wet the appetite.
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Chapel on Inis Oirr
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Azure waters - Inis Oirr main beach
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Approaching Plassey Wreck - Inis Oirr
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Re: Aran Islands Meet Clare/Galway - Weekend 18th August 2018

Post by robinkavanagh » Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:46 am

Hi Brian,
Will definitely attend this one!
Thanks for organising.
RK

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