Donegal St. Patricks Day & Mothers Day

The Donegal Bay Waterbus had a busy weekend to start of the 2012 season with two traditionally busy days falling on one weekend. Saint Patrick”s Day, Ireland”s patron saint, and Mother”s Day, the patron saint of every family, fell on consequetive days this year making a normally busy weekend even busier.

With totally calm waters on Donegal Bay the passengers enjoyed fantastic views from both lower and upper decks. Mullaghmore, Benbulben, Mullinasole, Murvagh were all to be clearly seen on both days as the weather gods blessed us with perfect visability.

Many of our passengers were members of various tour groups staying in Donegal Town for the weekend. Indeed the quay side, as you can see from some of the pictures, below resembled a coach station as passengers prepared to board.

Our friends, the seals were out to greet us and though none were wearing green for St. Patricks Day, they seemed in jovial mood as they splish-splashed on the sandbank when we passed by.

Eamon, the master of the keyboards, kept all entertained on the trips with his educational commentary on the outward leg and music and song on the return leg. (Some would say that his impression  of a duck during a rendition of Old MacDonalds Farm for the kids, could do with a little practice.)

As a special treat for all the mothers we held a special draw on Mother”s Day with a prize of Dinner for two in the fabulous 5star Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel on the outskirts of Donegal Town. This prize was one by a lovely lady, Margaret Gallagher from Gallaigh in Derry who was part of the Dessie Lynch Tour who had stopped for the sailing on their way home from Belleek, Co. Fermanagh.

Donegal Bay Waterbus Chairman, Sean Quinn present Mrs. Margaret Gallagher from Gallaigh in Derry with her Prize
Donegal Bay Waterbus Chairman, Sean Quinn present Mrs. Margaret Gallagher from Gallaigh in Derry with her Prize

Below are some more pictures taken over the weekend. Thanks to everyone who sailed with us and don”t forget to tell all your friends about us. See you soon !

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