The frantic and chaotic start of the race with all manner of boats taking part - including a fire engine and a floating tank.
The Crazy Boat Race, sponsored by Dolan's Supervalu, was originally planned for the weekend of the festival but had to be postponed because the river was dangerous following several days of rain - quite unusual for Ireland!
The race took place three weeks later on Sunday August the first in good warm weather - much more typical! It was an excellent afternoon with a big entry of boats and big crowds enjoying this bonus mini-festival with a number of other activities on the Inch Field behind the Castle. The photos below show just a small sample of the fun.
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Above. The Mulcahey's Bar team from Burncourt were first to the weir but lost time getting their boat down to the bridge and another team - above right - sneaks past them, paddling what looks like a boat-shaped snooker table!
Above. The floating band entertain the crowd on the extended Yamaha water-powered bamboo pipe organ.
Below. Having negotiated the weir this team strikes out hard for the finish downstream of the bridge...
Left. Other boats reach the weir with - above - many more following.
Below. This team is riding on a Catamaran made from two plastic tubes. The ends of the tubes are waterproofed with strips of 'Gaffer Tape' (AKA Duct Tape). That's a lot of faith to have in a roll of sticky tape!
Above. This rather laid-back team seem to be trying to reduce wind resistance to increase their impressive speed over the weir.
Below. The Morrissey's pub boat attacks the weir as Willy Wonka and the Abbey Tavern Oompa Loompas arrive along with the fire engine...
Below. The Cahir branch of TIT (Trotters Independent Trading Co.) half-way down the weir as a three-man outrigger reaches the bottom.
Above. Willie Wonka and the Oompa Loompas making progress towards the finish, watched from the weir by a 'weird' nun wearing fishnet tights.
Below. The 'Babes' hurry down the weir - trying to keep ahead of those macho studs in their 'Greased Lightnin' boat!