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Accommodation in Portmagee 2012

Portmagee Accommodation

 

So far, members of the club have 5 houses booked, many of them full already !– Could any member who had a house booked & are looking for people to fill it, please reply here with availability

 

This is a list of options circulated last year. If someone is renting, perhaps, those interested in getting people to share would let Eimhear know and she can help with communicating availability.

While Most of the diving & socializing will take place in Portmagee, there is also accommodation available in Valentia Island, but Portmagee is the preferred location from Limerick Sub Aqua.

 

Ocean view is a great option in Portmagee. So, it would be suggested as primary option.

Caution: People urged to book quickly as Galway Sub Aqua and other clubs may avail of accommodation in the same timeframe.

 

Houses/cottages to rent:

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Ocean View Houses –

These houses are only a small walk form the pier.

On the Glen pier road from Portmagee about 200 meters form the pier (& pub)

There is a 6 bedroom & 3 bedroom house available

 

6 bedrooms

http://www.rentacottage.ie/self-catering/Kerry/Portmagee/Ocean_View_Holiday_Homes___6_Bed_(Type_A)-59.html

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3 bedrooms

http://www.rentacottage.ie/self-catering/Kerry/Portmagee/Ocean_View_Holiday_Homes___3_Bed_(Type_B)-64.html

Ring ‘Mary’ on 066 9477260 or 087 9837256

 

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SEASIDE HOLIDAY: – BOOKED OUT FOR 2012

http://www.portmageeseasidecottages.com/

 

 

 

These houses are on the Cahersiveen side of Portmagee, there is a group of them together. (about a mile out)

There is one available for €400 per week, again mention LSAC when you ring to enquire. Small, well behaved pets allowed.

Email: Elizabeth Lynch [jlynch@indigo.ie]

Phone: 00353669477151

00353876381830

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LUDLOW (Sudlow?)

 

http://www.kerrytourist.com/details/sudlow.shtml

Ludlow is a newly constructed holiday rental providing 4 star self catering accommodation near the fishing village of Portmagee in County Kerry.

This traditional style property is ideally located for an action packed getaway and provides all the necessary amenities for a fantastic holiday. Features include three bedrooms, one of which is en suite, and a separate family bathroom. Outside there is a patio area and an enclosed garden, which boasts stunning sea and mountain views.

Located just off the Ring of Kerry this part of County Kerry is noted for its excellent angling facilities while nearby Waterville Golf Links is simply a golfer’s paradise. A boat trip to The Skelligs is a perfect way to spend a few hours or you can cross the bridge to Valentia Island and take in its breathtaking scenery.

Directions

From Portmagee follow St Finian’s Bay Road for 1km. Take a right for Reencaheragh and the property is the 2nd house on the right.

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Mackens Farm House Portmagee Co Kerry

http://www.portmageeseasidecottages.com/mackens.htm

Sleeps 6

1 miles outside Portmagee village – kids/pets welcome

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John Joes Farm House

http://www.portmageeseasidecottages.com/john_joes.htm

Property sleeps 7

2 miles outside Portmagee village – kids/pets welcome

 

 

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Potmageehouse 3865 – pets/kids friendly

 

http://www.imagineireland.com/Kerry-cottages/Portmagee-Ring-of-Kerry-3865.asp

 

 

 

Sleeps

Bedrooms

Bathrooms

Pets

Price From

10

5

4

Yes

€381.80

 

Property Type:

Detached House for 10

What’s Special?

Great family house – Mountain and Sea Views

Included:

Bed Linen and Towels included.

 

 

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Portmagee house #3936 – not pet friendly – Available for some dates in June

http://www.imagineireland.com/Kerry-cottages/Portmagee-Ring-of-Kerry-3936.asp

 

Sleeps

Bedrooms

Bathrooms

Pets

Price From

5

3

1

No

€259.90

 

Property Type:

Detached Cottage for 4/5

What’s Special?

Sea views – Walk to the fishing village of Portmagee

Included:

Bed Linen and Towels included.

 

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Portmagee house #7847 – pet/kid friendly Available for June

http://www.imagineireland.com/holiday-prices/quote.asp?fldProp=7847

Sleeps

Bedrooms

8

5

Bathrooms

Pets

4

Yes

Short Breaks

Beach

Yes

< 1 mile

 

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Valentia accommodation

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Knights Haven Holiday Homes

http://www.discoverireland.ie/Where-To-Stay/knights-haven-holiday-homes/62506

A property of Trident Holiday Homes, Knights Haven Holiday Homes are set on Valentia Island, County Kerry. Each of the four-star homes includes three bedrooms. There is also a living room with open fire, and open-plan kitchen/dining area with doors that open onto a patio area. The homes have direct access to a well-equipped public playground with tennis court and playing field, and are just a short walk from the quaint village of Knightstown at the southern end of the island.

 

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Ivy House

http://www.discoverireland.ie/Where-To-Stay/ivy-house/58751

 

Ivy House, clad in luscious green ivy that thrives in the mild Atlantic climate, is located along the sea-front in Knightstown on Valentia Island in County Kerry, just a stone’s throw from the water’s edge! This four star self catering holiday home has a high standard of fittings, comfort and value for money. This holiday home is of historical and architectural importance because of its links with the transatlantic cable.

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Tiarna

http://www.discoverireland.ie/Where-To-Stay/tiarna/58826

 

Tiarna is a bright spacious well equipped house with panoramic views and a large garden, on Valentia Island in County Kerry. The property boasts five bedrooms, three of which are ensuite. There is a downstairs bathroom and a large open plan kitchen/dinning room. The kitchen/dinning room is extremely well equipped and can seat 10 guests comfortably. There is also a cosy lounge and sunny family room opening onto large patio.

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B&B’s

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The Moornings: on the seafront in Portmagee

http://www.moorings.ie/2010 prices

Please note, prices in brackets – e.g. (€60) – denote the cost for single guests who are not sharing the room.

 

January – May

June – September

October – December

Deluxe Room

€45pps (€60)

€50pps (€70)

€45pps (€60)

Deluxe Seaview Room

€60pps (€85)

€70pps (€100)

€60pps (€85)

 

Check out the special offers online also (B&B plus evening meal deals)

Portmagee Heights

http://www.stayinportmagee.com/

This B&B is right beside the Ocean View Houses.

 

period

room type

description

rate

book here

1 Jan – 3 Dec

 

superior harbour view room

 

per night

€40.00

per
person

1 Jan – 3 Dec

 

standard delux room en-suite

 

per night

€35.00

per
person

 

 

 

 

 

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Blasket view B&B

http://www.blasketview-house.com/

  • Ten minutes to magnificent views of Skelligs
  • Boat Trips to Skelligs arranged.
  • 5 minutes from St. Finans Beach
  • 15 Minute drive to golf course
  • 15 minute drive to riding stables
  • Homebaking a specialty
  • Private car parking
  • Children’s ponies on show

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Calafont B&B

http://www.calafont-portmagee.com/

  • All rooms have TV, tea/coffee facilities & hairdryer
  • Trips to Skelligs Rock arranged
  • 5 mins from safe sheltered strand
  • 10 mins froms dramatic St. Finans Bay
  • Close to Valentia Island(quarry & grotto)
  • Guided walks, cycling, horse-riding & golf
  • Watersports, diving, sea & shore angling
  • Ideal base for 3 – 4 day itinerary

Period

Room Type

Description

Rates

Book Here

1 Apr – 31 Jul

 

3 nights – Double Room

 

per night

€24.00

per
person

1 Apr – 31 Jul

 

Single Occupancy

 

per night

€30.00

per
room

1 – 31 Aug

 

Single Occupancy

 

per night

€35.00

per
room

1 – 31 Aug

 

3 nights – Double Room

 

per night

€25.00

per
person

1 Apr – 31 Oct

 

Double room

 

per night

€26.00

per
person

1 Sep – 31 Oct

 

3 nights – Double Room

 

per night

€24.00

per
person

 

 

 

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Portmagee Hostel –

http://www.portmageehostel.com/

Located in the village.

EUROS PER PERSON PER NIGHT

 

 


 

 

 

ROOM

Jan Feb
Nov Dec

Mar/Apr/May
October

Jun, July
Aug, Sept

Double
Ensuite

€19.50pps

€22.00pps

€26.00pps

Double
Standard

€16.00pps

€19.00pps

€23.00pps

Twin
(2 singles)

€15.00pps

€16.00pps

€18.00pps

Bunk Rooms
(Sleep 2)

€12.00pps

€13.00pps

€15.00pps

Family Room
(Sleep 4)

€37.00pn

€49.00pn

€63.00pn

 

 

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OTHER:

http://indigo.ie/~cguiney/accomodation.html

A list of accommodation on Valentia & Portmagee

 

View from above!

Hi guys,

Now since the Christmas is only a distant memory, and we are three quarters of the way through our pool training, I am glad to say that the new trainees have come on in leaps and bounds, and we have a fantastic bunch of new divers this year.  Also the trainee coxswains have participated in practical training every sunday in lough derg run by our training officer Brian O’Leary.  I have seen these potential coxswains going from strength to strength as the weeks go by, and I am delighted that we will also have a very efficient group of new coxswains this year to add to the clubs skill set.  I am also in the process of putting together a new dive plan for this season, and hopefully we will be able to get away for more long weekends and some new locations, weather permitting of course.  We had a large amount of dives in portroe last year, although there is nothing wrong with that, I would prefer we aim for more sea diving this year.

There is some excellent work going on with the trailer at the moment, and I have been told that new axils and a flush kit are being fitted in the coming weeks.  I never knew the equipment officer was such a good story teller, but he is more like walter mitty instead of charles dickens.

Free diving training started this Sunday in portroe quarry, three hardy members of the club showed up.  Mike Orth, Peter Walsh and myself.  Even though the water was only 7 degrees, we didn’t find it so bad with our new apena suits, which make a great seal to the body and I find are a lot warmer than semidrys.  Our training regime was breath holding at 6m and working up bottom times from 35 seconds to 2 minutes, which was achieved by Peter Walsh.  This cold water training is very important to keep the mammalian dive reflex over the winter months, so we will be prepared for the warmer free diving and spear fishing which will be carried out in the summer which we’re all looking forward to.  It is great to see that there is a renewed interest in free diving and spear fishing, under the expert guidance of our guru Peter.

See you all in the pool!

Yours in water and out,

Bravo

Certified my ass

Well guys, just a few words to let you know whats happening. The equipment team have been busy busy getting the boat trailer road worthy again, considering the state it was left in Johny’s yard at the first attempt, I think we preformed pretty well. Sorry John.

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Message from the new DO

Hi everyone as most of ye know my name is Martin Bowes, I’ve been diving since 2001 and spent 7 years with another sub aqua club in Dublin called true blue sub aqua where I done most of my training. I’m currently a leading diver since 2006, and hopefully will be successful in passing my Mon* next year. When I joined the club earlier this year, I didn’t know what to expect and was a little apprehensive of what type of people and club I was going to encounter. But after a full year of diving with the limerick sub aqua I found the club very well run and organised but yet with a relaxed and fun theme to the diving and also an excellent and well experienced bunch of people. Most of ye will know that I have recently been voted in as diving officer of limerick sub aqua and also to my surprise awarded the club member of the year. I have to admit that filling Brian O’Leary’s shoes will be virtually impossible because of his vast experience, knowledge, understanding and patience with the members of the club and also the huge amount of time he puts in behind the scenes that most people never see. All I can say is that I will do my very best to organise and run dives to the best of my ability and try to make them interesting, fun and try to cater for everyone’s diving needs. I look forward to working with the members of the committee and having a great diving season in the coming year.

 

Today’s dive in Portroe Quarry;

 

The day started off quite bright and sunny but with blustery winds blowing from the south west, so as usual the only dive site available was Portroe Quarry. I hope the trainees forgive me when I say this but we had what experienced divers would call “a jolly” (no trainees)! So myself, Brian and Mike Orth got to dive together. It was a leisurely start, as we got kitted up. The usual banter and crack was present and we made the arduous trundle down the ramp to the dive platform. After a quick buddy check, I was nominated to lead the dive, and with a few quick hand signals we were at the bottom of the quarry near the ramp at around 17m. I was having trouble equalising my right ear so I had to ascend a few metres to clear my ear, and join the two lads on the dive. Now just to remind ye, I was supposed to be leading the dive but found out very quickly leading these two guys was like leading geese out of a haggard! We all seemed to be going in different directions! We came to the edge of the drop-off and with an OK signal, down we went. With great surprise to my eyes, I saw Brian doing summer salutes down to about 35m gingerly followed by me. We had previously agreed to remain at a depth of 25m, so I saw Mr. O’Leary disappearing into the depths with the faint glow of a torch, looking back up at Mike at 20m I didn’t know who to follow. I decided on the safer bet of Mike and we waited until we saw Brian coming back up from depth but I don’t know was it his prescribed mask or his compass wasn’t working, he swam in the opposite direction over to polish divers on the shot line off the winch, with me hot on his tail. After retrieving Brian and redirecting him in the right direction, I noticed Mike heading off in his own direction! Since my last dive with Mike was a game of hide and go seek, I guessed he was playing follow the leader! Finally we got ourselves together and we had an enjoyable dive with no casualties. So much for the jolly, I probably would have been better off diving with the trainees, experienced divers my foot!

 

Try-a-Dive night coming soon! Recruiting Again…

We need everyones help to have another succesful recruitment drive for the 2012 season. We are looking for volunteers to help out with the Try-a-Dive night. The 1st night will be October 11th, at 7:30PM in UL Arena. We will have members at the front door to meet and great anyone with questions. Anyone that wants further info or who wants to try out SCUBA in the 50m pool is welcome to come along.  Please pass the word to friends and co-workers – and anyone else that might have an interest!

 

From Drop Box

A new season

As the new season has begun in earnest, I’d like to say thanks to the E.O team for giving up their free time and valued experience in keeping the boat in working order. Honestly, without them we would be limited to shore dives (boo). 

We even have our own marine engineer in training, how many clubs can boast that eh? 

There are a few courses running at the minute and are well attended, pity the sea cant co-operate as well. The rescue course went well on Saturday except for the washing machine that was Kilkee bay, and with a spring low to boot, i think we managed 11m in the middle of the bay. Good fun on the day watching LDSAC trying out their rescue techniques on their towing vehicle. Thanks to all the moniteurs for helping out, and for the use of the Burren and Lough Derg boats.

With Kilkee abandoned due to poor conditions, we ventured to Portroe on Sunday for a few handy dives. As required by club law, i as DOD turned up late and set about hurrying everyone along, even though they were ready! Myself, American Mike and Richard Roche were joined by Noel, Dave O and Kieran. Good dives at about 20ish m were had and the trainees are well on their way. Brian, John Hassett and Alma arrived on later and we went in for a second dive, again a good dive was reported and all went home happy, especially me as i didn’t get as burnt on Sunday as on Saturday. 

Looking forward to seeing more of the club diving in the future, with Dingle next weekend, the regional and Portmagee coming up ye have no excuses.

One if by land, Two if by Sea, 3 for Portroe Quarry

One if by land, Two if by Sea, 3 for Portroe Quarry

I was never gonna be able to call this blog Paul Revere’s ride. The reference to the famous American Hero who in-famously warned John Hancock and Samuel Adams (of the big signature and noble pilsner) of British troop movements before the battles of Lexigton and Concord was apt though. If you stay with me I will tie this all together I promise.  You may or may not know the phrase One if by Land, Two if by Sea, taken from that same famous ride. Well back in 1775 they apparently had no phones for texting and they had to send messenger by horseback to put a lantern in the steeple – I cant imagine what the “mobile bill” was for a message like that.  Luckily for us, we can manage with a few calls/texts on a Saturday to figure out where our LSAC members are going to be diving on Sunday.

Well our Sons of Liberty were spread all over the country – from Portroe to Kilkee and beyond the Loop Head. For my part I will blog about my first club dive of the year, and I hope that Brian O’Leary can add something about Portroe and maybe John Breen can manage a few words about the Tea Party that went to Bridges of Ross.

Our plan was simple enough – meet at Kilkee slipway for 11am sharp, dressed and ready to go. But this was complicated by the clocks spriging forward at midnightish (another Ride reference). I can explain my dilemma with reference to my Facebook status Saturday night…

“I have to be somewhere in the morning at 11 sharp. Add in travel time, now i need to set my alarm for 8. Do i set if for 7, knowing that it will be 8, or will my phone know to change the time? I better get up an hour early and check my phone. So If i set my alarm for 6… wait, that would be 5am right? Im only going to the beach – its only 90 mins drive. Ill be like 4 hours early. Ah man im not gonna sleep tonite.”

In the end we were an hour early – which isn’t too bad – better early than late I always say.  We met up with the good guys/gals from Aughinish SAC to avail of a few free spots on their boat (our trailer is in for repair I hear). A huge Thank You to Kevan, Martin, Aude and Christoph (and the others) for making us feel very welcome.  They were heading out to the Pinnacle for a handy one – and they even had a dry cox! Kevan organized the dive pairs – but he must have made a mistake as he ended up with me – I’m not complaining though – always great to have an expert lead the way. Kevan had depth on his mind so I did my best to mind by air intake (thanks Peter – I think your breathing lecture paid off…) as I was on Full Face Mask. I tried to stay a little above my buddy so I could conserve air, but when we approached 38 I had to stick the arm down so I wouldnt be outdone by anyone in Portroe.

It was all over faster than I liked, but Im sure we did a full circle of the Pinnacle cause I think we past two rebreathers at least once or twice. Never ran into Dave Keane or Bill Sullivan – but Im told they had a decent dive to 22m for Bills first dive with the club, welcome and hope to dive with you again. Second dive was in Newfee for the Aughinish trainees and I offered to do dry cox as payback.  There were even a few snakes and shamrocks jellies on the boat, I hope Martin managed to get one.

Oh yeah – I bet all you dirty mided people thought there would be a big payoff at the end linking this all back to the famous Ride. Im a yank but im not stupid. Basck home in Washington DC when you drop off your spouse to the Metro there are signs to mark the designated spot for your car – Kiss N Ride. My visiting Irish cousins used to get a huge laugh our of that – and now I know why.

Finally!!!

Just as the title says guys, FINALLY! 

Its taken a while alright, and in poor conditions (to say the least), and a couple of delays “Ah, Dave, the RDO forgot to organize an M1” was a regular one.

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40 Shades of Green

You probably think this blog is about one of our trainees feeling very sick on the dive last night. It’s not. It’s nothing to do with the viz either. Its a blog about Johnny Cash. Cheesy? Yeah it probably is, but I’m a yank and that’s how we roll.

Last night myself and Dave were in search of “The Cathedral” in Kilkee near Middle Rock.  Brian dropped us off at a 13m dropoff near Middle Rock and we followed this reef around to the SouthWest. Our first drop landed us at the mouth of a huge cave. This alone would have made it a great dive. Dave loosing his fin was also a highlight for me. He stubbornly tried to get it back on, but in the end accepted my help. It was funny watching him go in circles for a while.

As we followed the reef away from the cave to the SouthWest, Dave motioned to me. He made a sign for the arch and my heart leapt, that was exactly what we were after! It is a gorgeous natural formation and as beautiful as the picture on the left suggests. The picture is taken by Martin Kiely from Aughinish. He gave me permission to link to his album, you should take a look he is one good photographer! Check it out HERE.

When you swim through the arch you come across an enclosed area that resemples an auditorium. Kind of like something you might see in Athens, with bench’s (reef walls) at the sides for spectators and an open air stage (sea floor) in the center. At the back of this room you have several holes that go back into the rock that are home to lobsters, Tom Pots, Wrasse, Spotted Gobi, crabs and other fish. The room seemed to house a lot of life, and all of it larger than normal size. WE did a tour of the room and came across a lobster bigger than any I had ever seen before. One claw from this lobby was much larger then my own hand, not that I got that close mind you, he looked like he could snip my air supply in one pinch.

We looked at each other after doing the first tour to see would we move on. After spending several dives this summer trying to find this spot, there was no swimming away from it. While we were there I counted a half dozen very large white sea fans and watched the starfish gorging on the mussles on the sea floor. I recon there was no life on the floor itself as that big lobster had cleared the place.

Now getting back to the Johnny Cash reference. It must have been country hour on the way home cause that was the tune on RTE1. Mid Week diving has to be my favorite time to dive. First of all its having to ditch work a little early to make the slip on time. Then its the dusk falling on the horizon as you finish up diving back to back, making everything more special to look at.  The trip home is usually different as you are trying to make it back before everyone at home is in bed…and maybe a light meal when you arrive starving.  I must have had a bit too much Nitrox in my mix cause I was singing Johnny Cash’s song as I past through Lissycasey. If you ever get a chance to join us Mid Week – you won’t regret it!

Shore Diving and Seasearch

Shore Dive Bridges and Doctors

I don’t know about you but sometimes I actually prefer a shore dive.  You watch the weather and the tides and when both line up perfectly with your schedule, it’s time to grab the gear and head for Kilkee. With no pressure of launching and recovering a boat, a shore dive can be a great way to ease back into the diving. 

Kilkee has a good few good spots.  Newfee is almost always available wether the tide is low or high. Its shallow and sheltered so any novice can take it on without anxeity. Doctors Rock and Myles Creek are more challenging and you be advised to get an experienced buddy to show you the way.  I was lucky to have Paul Doherty and Richard Roche around to show me the ropes recently.  We met in the carpark at Diamond Rocks Cafe about an hour before low tide. We planned to drop in about 15 mintues before the tide turned so we would be on the slack. Thanks to the two lads leading the way, we had no trouble navigating out to Doctors rock and safely back again.

 

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Rescue Course Kilkee

From Drop Box

This past weekend John Underhill from Burren Sub Aqua organized a very succesful Rescue course.  I was lucky enough to get a spot on this course after a cancellation and I must say it was really great!  The weather was perfect and there was a fantastic turnout. The course was supported by many different clubs from the region – a big thank you to all involved.

 

As a newly qualified Club Diver I was always used to the basics, mind your gear, do your Buddy Check, follow your DO’s advice.  Now I know a bit more of why you do a buddy check in the first place.  The course empasizes awareness, of yourself and your fellow divers, of your dive environment and the weather. Lectures were run by volunteers from the region and the rescue dives were supported by instructors from several different clubs, 1 instructor for each trainee. In order for an event like this to come off – there must have been a lot of hard work from all invovled – with 4 boats running and 4 shot lines in Kilkee Bay setup.  I’m looking forward to practicing the skills I learned down in Portroe Quarry in the near future.

Portroe Quarry Dive Centre

At this stage who hasn’t heard that Portroe quarry is opening easter weekend?  We have been on pins and needles since the rumor first surfaced on boards that it might be opening.  It was on and off again for a while, but thankfully that’s all over and it will be officially opened at the Easter weekend.

 

Having Ireland’s first inland dive site so close should be a huge bonus for all the dive clubs in the area – so hopefully we can make the best of it. Anyone with any interest in a dive on Easter weekend can give me or Brian a shout and we will start planning something.

 

As the weather warms up I foresee a regular mid-week dive being planned there as well – let us know your thoughts if you have an interest in this kind of thing too!  Have a look at their website here: http://www.diveportroe.com/