Workman’s Boat Club treat people to a taste of the river

It has been a busy month for the Workman’s Boat Club in Clonmel which held an open day on August 18, for which Mother Nature was on their side.

It has been a busy month for the Workman’s Boat Club in Clonmel which held an open day on August 18, for which Mother Nature was on their side.

The river was at a nice height and the current was gentle as club members treated visitors to trips on the River Suir - the club’s main asset which flows gently past the clubhouse, located in Irishtown.

The flood relief works endowed the club with a lovely new boat access and a slotted boat deck which was put to very good use. The Civil Defence river rescue team were also present, ensuring safety was paramount on the day. Life jackets were mandatory for everyone in the boats and there were sufficient numbers for everyone in the boat store. The boats were manned by volunteers who did a great day’s work, for which the Club are very grateful. There was great footfall recorded on the day. The bric-a-brac and book stalls did great business with bargains galore for the discerning shopper, while teas and cakes were served upstairs in the boat repair workshop. A mouthwatering BBQ was held near the boat jetty, tempting parents as they went for their boat trips. It was a first introduction for many to the beauty of the river and the facilities which the Workman’s Boat club has for its members. The group recently held the annual flag day which received a great public response.

The Workman’s Boat Club thanks everyone who contributed in any way to the open day and flag day. In particular they would like to thank the traders of Clonmel who supported them with materials and food for their Chernobyl fundraising initiative, which was the beneficiary of the Club’s open day on the river. The Workman’s Boat Club looks forward to the coming year with many new members and the prospect of a boat building class using a mix of traditional wood and modern materials. More details on membership from any of the committee or from the PRO Bernard on mobile 086 2937220.