Monday, 30 April 2012

8.00am Monday 30 April 2012

The sea is still flat with a fresh force 3 cross/offshore northeasterly breeze.

High 00.38 2.9m
Low 07.04 1.4m
High 13.38 2.9m
Low 19.31 1.5m

Tide information sponsored by Finnegans Shop Rossnowlagh

Below, the track cut in the rocks by iron rimmed cartwheels in the days when seaweed was harvested from the wrack hole for spreading on crops and feeding to livestock. (Well, so Barney Timoney, elderly local farmer, told me long ago.)

And here below is the wrack hole, full of seaweed this morning but emptied of water during low tide. At half tide it can be a treacherous spot, concealed by breaking waves, that has claimed the lives of bathers who did not know not to bathe where rocks meet sand.  The Town Clerk of Enniskillen and his son drowned here in 1887 and more recently, in the 1960s, 3 young Dublin boys lost their lives in the same spot.

The wrack hole is one of 2 places where the ghost crew is sometimes seen. Early in the morning before dawn a fishing boat passes silently here, emerging from the half darkness and fading into it again. Its oars make no sound and its crew do not speak even though the boat passes close to the fishing boat from which it is sighted. It is an unlucky sight and a warning to the living fishermen to go back to dry land. The other place the ghost crew appears is in the passage between the rocks at the end of Carrickfad. If any of you surfers doing a dawnie meet the ghost crew, go home immediately and then let us know about it.

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