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Motor yatch Phoenix


The "Phoenix" was forty years old when the Titanic sank.

She was built for Francis Spaight of Derry Castle on Lough Derg,

possibly as a wedding present for his son, William.

She was based in Killaloe until 1884 and then leased to Arthur Wailer,

chief brewer in Guinness, who brought her down the Grand Canal 

John Lefroy (Marine surveyor) is the current owner of this boat, and she was in Lakeside marine for a lift and a Survey

and some minor repairs, she is a classic Steam Vessel and was converted to Diesel In 1927 for a sum of £450

She had a two cylinder, two stroke diesel engine fitted, and refifitted in 1966 with a Perkins 56

The Boat is 58 feet long, and 10 feet 6 inches wide, with a draught of 4 feet 4 inches

She has been in the Lefroy family since 1903


Hire Boats A Busy


Record number of Hire Boats out on the waterways this August,

hardly a boat in Carrick on Shannon to be seen in the Hire Boat marinas,

Both Emerald Star line "Le Boat" and Carrick Craft have plenty of empty jetties


Carrick on Shannon



Low Water Levels on the Upper Shannon

Boaters on the Shannon have been advised to be very careful of lower water levels and Changeable weather conditions

after an unusually high number of rescues this summer – 10 people were taken from Lough Ree at the weekend,

after they got into difficulties with Groundings etc.

Lough Ree RNLI based at Coosan Point was called out to assist five people on board two private vessels

which had run aground east of Inchenagh Island at the northern end of the lough.


Conditions on the lake at the time were quite windy with a force 4 wind, very heavy rain showers and choppy waters,

made for poor visibility. When the lifeboat crew arrived on scene, a boat was still aground, while the second vessel,

A barge with one person on board, had freed itself and did not require assistance.


The other boat had two adults and two children on board, and after assessing that all on board were uninjured and their boat wasnt taking in water,

the lifeboat crew then towed the vessel into deeper water, where they were able to travel on to nearby Portrunny.


RNLI inland rescue service help a Grounded Boat




 Nautical phrases that We use in everyday language

Under the Weather .... this term comes from when it is rough at sea People would go to the lowest

point in a ship or Boat to avoid the choppy motion, ie under the weather


A square meal these days means a meal that’s satisfactory & substantial. The terms comes

from the square platters used to serve meals on a ship. 


3 sheets to the wind ...... Derived from sailing ships. The 'sheet' in the phrase which means the rope holding a sail in place,

Hence, a totally inebriated person is out of control and in danger of crashing, just like a ship three sheets to the wind.


Pushing the Boat out ..... The term literally meant helping somebody to push a boat out into the water. 

These days the term means spending a lot of money or celebrating something in a grandious manner.

POSH  means Port Out Starboard Home this refers to the Port side of the ship which was the Sunny side, and the well heeled would Travel

this side of the ship on the Route out of Port to Places like Africa and Australia in the olden days and then Starboard Home



Lakeside Chandlery from above



5 Star rating & Review from a recent Hirer of our Day Boats

We hired the wanderer for an afternoon in May for a family 'adventure'.

Staff are so friendly and helpful at booking and showing the ropes.

It was a fantastic experience, had a picnic on the boat and explored the lake.

We all had a brilliant afternoon and I highly recommend it. Great fun. (2 adults 3yr and 6yr old)

Review by Sarah Murphy 23rd May 2018


our Day Boat Hire





Come to Lakeside Day Boat Hire and enjoy a half or full day

exploring the natural beauty and wildlife on the

Magical River Shannon & Lough Ree


 Lake side day boat Hire offer 3 sizes of craft for fishing or just messing about on the water


You don’t need any experience or a license to hire out our boats.

Full  tuition will be provided when you arrive our guides can provide you advice on where to go and what to see.

Included in the boat hire are: Buoyancy Aids | Navigation Charts | Tuition | Fuel | 




International Marine Paints 


Toplac quality paint


International Toplac and Cruiser UNO anti fouling paint, supplied in various colours for all Boat interior and exteriors, above and below the waterline, quick drying and easy to clean after use.

• premium quality • long lasting Hardwearing
• very easy to apply, giving deep, lustrous, professional finish
• low pigment fading • extended gloss and colour retention
• comes in various sizes, 750mls, 2.5 litres etc
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Lake Side Chandlery Blog and news from the Mid Shannon/Lough Ree

News from our Sister Company Lake Side  Marina, Glasson, Athlone 

  • New mooring facilities for boats of any size
  • Full marnia back-up including lift out facilities up to 50 tones
  • Full workshop facilities
  • Own marine engineers on site
  • Indoor storage for up to 50 boats
  • Full chandlery on site
  • Own Marina Clubhouse
  • We have a top the range security system with 16 on-site cameras, owners living on-site and has never had any security issues i.e. break-ins, vandalizing or stealing.

Lakeside Marina is the only one stop shop in the marine industry in Ireland. It is family owned and family ran.

We pride ourselves on being one of the best marinas on the River Shannon. We hope you enjoy our website and please feel free to call us with any inquiries you may have.

  • Boat Sales

For inquiries boat sales inquiries

TEL/FAX: (+353) 90 6485479 / (+353) 90 6439005
Mobile: (+353) 868235197


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Aerial Shot of Lake Side Marina

Glasson, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

Lakeside from the air

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