Your Hosts

Since 2008 Mary and Jorn have lived year round on their 50ft barge Froya, on the Shannon – Erne waterways.

Their combined passion for the waterways, barging, food, and entertaining makes them ideal hosts. Both have years of experience from catering for film and TV productions. From Killnaskully to You’re a star, Failte Towers and the 2007 Nicholas Roeg directed “Puffball”.

They would be pleased to welcome you and look after you on board “Lovely Leitrim”.



Mary McInerney

Barge Holiday Boatel Mary and JornMary McInerney hails from Galway and has 15 years’ experience of barge life. Mary first hired barges from Riversdale Barges, Ballinamore, and 5 years ago, together with her husband Jorn, they designed and purchased their own 50 ft. barge house boat, which they live on year round on the Shannon Erne Waterway.

Mary has previous business experience, ranging from starting an antique market in Galway to authoring ”The Irish Guide to Antiques” selling 5000 copies.  She went on to set up a T.V. & film catering business and has worked on location with Killinascully, Magma Film, Fáilte Towers, Celebrity go Wild and You’re A Star.  During that time, Mary also provided a catering service to corporate and private clients.


Jorn Bjerknes

Jorn Bjerknes was born in Oslo, Norway and has lived in Ireland for the past 7 years. Jorn is a skipper, singer songwriter, chef, keen horseman, PADI diver, tennis player, golfer and sportsman.