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Kilrush

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Kilrush is on the west coast of Ireland in Co. Clare, situated five miles inside the entrance and on the north bank of the River Shannon. The market town stands at the head of a basin that is entered via an approach channel and a lock. Inside the basin, there is a marina that caters for visiting yachts plus a number of small quays fronting the busy market town

The enclosed basin offers complete protection from all conditions. Safe access is available day or night from an entrance channel that is upriver and in the lee of two islands. The lock gates open on request and can accept vessels at all stages of the tide, when tidal height is sufficient they free-flow. The outer gate is left open at night to enable late arrivals to berth within the lock until the morning.
Please note

Visitors should advise the marina of their arrival time so they may open the lock and make berthing arrangements. The entrance channel has a maintained depth of 2.5 metres.




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Keyfacts for Kilrush
Facilities
Water hosepipe available alongsideWaste disposal bins availableDiesel fuel available alongsidePetrol available alongsideGas availableExtensive shopping available in the areaSlipway availableLaundry facilities availableShore power available alongsideShore based toilet facilitiesShowers available in the vicinity or by arrangementHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaCashpoint or bank available in the areaPost Office in the areaInternet café in the areaDoctor or hospital in the areaPharmacy in the areaChandlery available in the areaTrolley or cart available for unloading and loadingHaul-out capabilities via arrangementBoatyard with hard-standing available here; covered or uncoveredMarine engineering services available in the areaRigging services available in the areaElectronics or electronic repair available in the areaSail making or sail repair servicesBus service available in the areaRegional or international airport within 25 kilometresBicycle hire available in the areaCar hire available in the areaTourist Information office availableShore based family recreation in the area


Nature
Marina or pontoon berthing facilitiesUrban nature,  anything from a small town of more 5,000 inhabitants  to a large city

Considerations
Restriction: access via a channel with a lock or enclosed by a lock

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Minimum depth
2 metres (6.56 feet).

Approaches
5 stars: Safe access; all reasonable conditions.
Shelter
5 stars: Complete protection; all-round shelter in all reasonable conditions.



Last modified
May 16th 2018

Summary* Restrictions apply

A completely protected location with safe access.

Facilities
Water hosepipe available alongsideWaste disposal bins availableDiesel fuel available alongsidePetrol available alongsideGas availableExtensive shopping available in the areaSlipway availableLaundry facilities availableShore power available alongsideShore based toilet facilitiesShowers available in the vicinity or by arrangementHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaCashpoint or bank available in the areaPost Office in the areaInternet café in the areaDoctor or hospital in the areaPharmacy in the areaChandlery available in the areaTrolley or cart available for unloading and loadingHaul-out capabilities via arrangementBoatyard with hard-standing available here; covered or uncoveredMarine engineering services available in the areaRigging services available in the areaElectronics or electronic repair available in the areaSail making or sail repair servicesBus service available in the areaRegional or international airport within 25 kilometresBicycle hire available in the areaCar hire available in the areaTourist Information office availableShore based family recreation in the area


Nature
Marina or pontoon berthing facilitiesUrban nature,  anything from a small town of more 5,000 inhabitants  to a large city

Considerations
Restriction: access via a channel with a lock or enclosed by a lock



 +353 65 9052072     Club  +353 65 9051061      hehirj@shannondevelopment.ie      Ch.80
Position and approaches
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Haven position

52° 38.055' N, 009° 29.770' W

The position is at the head the Kilrush Customs Quay.

What are the initial fixes?

The following waypoints will set up a final approach:

(i) Shannon Entrance Initial Fix

52° 32.528' N, 009° 46.944' W

This is the position of the Shannon Entrance marker, the Ballybunnion North Cardinal Marker Lt Buoy, VQ Fl. 6m.

(ii) Kilrush Entrance Channel Initial Fix

52° 37.605' N, 009° 30.605' W

50 metres south of a red and white spherical buoy that marks the Kilrush marina channel entrance.
Please note

Initial fixes only set up their listed targets. Do not plan to sail directly between initial fixes as a routing sequence.




What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in southwestern Ireland’s Coastal Overview for Mizen Head to Loop Head Route location. The forty-three-mile run-up the River Shannon, from the entrance to Limerick City, are detailed in the River Shannon Overview Route location.


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Try our Advanced Havens Search tool to find locations with the specific attributes you need, or click the 'Next', coastal clockwise, or 'Previous', coastal anti-clockwise, buttons to progress through neighbouring havens. Below are the ten nearest havens to Kilrush for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Hog Island - 0.4 miles S
  2. Kilkee - 3.9 miles WNW
  3. Doonbeg - 4.1 miles NNW
  4. Carrigaholt Bay - 4.7 miles WSW
  5. Seafield (Quilty) - 6.6 miles N
  6. Mutton Island - 6.6 miles N
  7. Kilbaha Bay - 8.6 miles WSW
  8. Foynes Harbour - 8.7 miles E
  9. Ross Bay - 8.8 miles WSW
  10. Askeaton - 11.5 miles E
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Hog Island - 0.4 miles S
  2. Kilkee - 3.9 miles WNW
  3. Doonbeg - 4.1 miles NNW
  4. Carrigaholt Bay - 4.7 miles WSW
  5. Seafield (Quilty) - 6.6 miles N
  6. Mutton Island - 6.6 miles N
  7. Kilbaha Bay - 8.6 miles WSW
  8. Foynes Harbour - 8.7 miles E
  9. Ross Bay - 8.8 miles WSW
  10. Askeaton - 11.5 miles E
Alternatively the above can be ordered by compass direction or coastal sequence


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How to get in?
Kilrush Marina
Image: Burke Corbett


The market town and marina of Kilrush stand at the head of a small lock and basin on the north shore of the Shannon, about five miles inside the entrance and 1½ miles northeast of Scattery Island. The harbour is entered through a lock and consists of a marina plus a number of small quays that dry.




Convergance Point The run-up the River Shannon is detailed in the River Shannon Overview Route location. Seaward approaches to the initial fix should note Baurnahard Spit to the northwest of Scattery Island and Carrigillaun to the northeast.

Down-river approaches to the initial fix between Hog Island and the mainland should tend towards the port side in the narrow passage east of Hog Island to avoid the unmarked Wolf Rock, with 1 metre of cover situated 200 metres off the mainland. There also is a passage, carrying a least depth of 2 metres, between Scattery and Hog Island. This is complicated by a drying rocky bank of ‘Carrig Donaun’ near the middle of the fairway.



Initial fix location The initial fix will take a vessel to the north of Hogg Island and 50 metres south of a red and white spherical Lt buoy, L Fl 10s visible for one mile, that marks the entrance to the buoyed Kilrush marina channel.

Kilrush – entrance marker L Fl 10 s position: 52° 37.617' N, 009° 30.165' W

Enter the buoyed outer channel immediately north of the marker and follow the transits in-line 355° T, by night leading lights Oc. 3s. Stay exactly in the channel as there is little tolerance for deviation. The channel is buoyed port and starboard and has a maintained depth of 2.5 metres.

At the top of the channel turn to starboard on 070°(T), by night in Green sector Fl G 3s from the south side, to approach the lock. The white control building on the south side of the lock will be clearly visible.

The modern lock gate is 9 metres wide and accepts vessels at all states of the tide. It is manned on request by the friendly marina staff and free-flow when the tide height is sufficient. Contact the marina office on VHF Channel 80, Phone: +353 65 9052072, Mobile +353 87 2318730, well in advance of arrival for lock opening and berthing instructions. After midnight the lower lock gate is left open so night arrivals can berth in the lock and enter the basin in the morning.



Haven location Within the lock a further 600-metre long channel leads to the pontoons. It has a maintained depth of 2.7 metres and a bearing of 070°(T). Similar to the outer channel it is also buoyed port and starboard. Berth as instructed by the friendly marina staff.




Why visit here?
The town of Kilrush, in Irish Cill Rois meaning ‘Church of the Woods’, has existed since the 16th century.

It wasn't until the 18th-century with the succession of John Ormsby Vandelour as the wealthiest landlord in the district that it underwent major development. The Vandelour family were of Dutch origins and were the most prominent family in West Clare. They designed the layout of the town and this is evident today with many of the street names originating from Vandelour family names.

In the early 19th century Kilrush was a thriving seaport and market town. However, the famine years of 1845-1849 brought much hardship and the Vandelour name became associated with the worst landlord evictions. Sadly the population of southwest Clare never attained the pre-famine numbers. The arrival of the West Clare railway at the end of the 19th-century helped the town to recover and it has developed to become a busy market town.

Kilrush has been designated a ‘Heritage Town of Ireland’ in recognition of its landlord estate legacy plus rich maritime and market tradition. Of interest to visitors is the Kilrush Historic Town Trail which highlights the town’s heritage on useful information boards located at various points of the walk.

Those going further afield will find a land-based tour to Loop Head on the West Clare peninsula, where the Shannon Estuary meets the rugged Atlantic coastline, as interesting ashore as at sea. This contrasting coastline features beautiful sandy beaches and an unspoilt natural environment, including the ‘Bridges of Ross’ an important habitat for cliff-nesting seabirds such as fulmars, guillemots and cormorants; and traditional villages of Carrigaholt, Kilbaha, and Doonbeg which has a championship links golf course designed by Greg Norman.

The area offers visitors a wide range of land-based activities from sightseeing to walking but also it is a great base for water leisure. Central amongst these are Dolphin watching tours which visiting yachts will most likely have already encountered. This special area of conservation is home to about 140 Bottleneck Dolphins and calves, reputed to be the largest resident group in Europe. The location of Kilrush makes it an ideal base from which to explore the scenic waters of the 55-mile long Shannon Estuary, and also provides access to the 110-mile long River Shannon inland waterway system above.

From a practical point of view, this industrial town with excellent connections and a well-founded boat yard is the ideal base to carry out boat repairs and maintenance. It is also perhaps the best place to leave a boat or change a crew on the west coast of Ireland.


What facilities are available?
The Marina is situated on the northwest side of Kilrush harbour and has 120 fully serviced pontoon berths and is accessible at all stages of the tide. It is about a five-minute walk to the town centre that has all amenities to serve a population of 2,600; including a wide variety of shops, supermarkets, bars, restaurants and accommodation. The Marina's facilities include showers, changing rooms, self-service laundry and a lounge area in the Marina Centre. Water, Gas, Electricity, Deisel, Petrol (in cans) are all available at the marina.

This is the ideal place to come for any boat work that needs to be attended to. A comprehensive range of services are available in the marina’s boatyard via five nominated specialist contractors that include a chandlery, rigging repair, sail repair, marine engineering, electronic repair etc. The yard has a 45-ton travel lift crane with jib for mast lifting and stepping. Secured hard standing, open or covered, is available for those who wish to leave their boats.

Shannon International Airport is about an hour away and bus services operate to Dublin (about 5 hours) plus Limerick situated 70kms to the east.


Any security concerns?
The marina is secured with access via locked gates.


With thanks to:
Gareth Thomas, Yacht Jalfrezi.


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Aerial view of Kilrush Marina and beyond




A good view of the marina at Kilrush




A drive through the town of Kilrush



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