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Irish Boating Updates on Inland Waterways, Rivers, Canals and Holidays
#GRAND CANAL – Works will commence on an Ardclough Flood Alleviation Scheme on 30th January 2012 necessitating closure of the 13th Level of the Grand Canal at Ardclough, Co. Kildare east of Henry Bridge. The canal will be closed to boat traffic until 17th March 2012. There will also be no through access on the towpath between Henry Bridge and Aylmer Bridge during this period.
Monday, 23 January 2012 14:33

Lough Allen Canal Closes for Bank Repair

#CANAL – Works have commenced to repair the canal bank due to road slippage at Drumhauver, north of Drumleague Lock. The Lough Allen Canal from Drumleague to Acres Lake will be closed to boat traffic until 10th February 2012. Passage may be available from time to time during the period by prior arrangement through the Lock keeper at Drumshanbo Lock (353-(0)86 8127522. Masters are advised to proceed with due caution when navigating this stretch of waterway.
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 18:09

Fast flow at Portora, Enniskillen

#Erne – As a result of fast river flow On the Erne system at Enniskillen, Portora Lock is presently closed. Also, a defective sluice gate on the weir means there are fast flow rates in the vicinity of the lock. Waterways Ireland has issued a warning to Masters to proceed with caution if navigating in the vicinity of the lock.
Monday, 16 January 2012 19:01

Lock Closes for Repair on Clondara Canal

#SHANNON – Work will commence on lock gate maintenance on the Shannon Navigation at Clondra Lock on the Clondara Canal. Waterways Ireland is advising masters and owners that work will commence on Thursday, 19 Jan and will be on-going for a period of four to five weeks. Alternative passage to Richmond Harbour maybe accessed via the Camlin river loop upstream of Tarmonbarry Lock. View Larger Map
#ERNE – Boats owners using public moorings on the river Erne in excess of two days are liable to prosecution according to a Waterways Ireland notice issued today.  The authority advises masters and owners of vessels and boats on the Erne Navigation that procedures to initiate prosecutions for contravention of Bye-law 19 of Lough Erne (Navigation) are now in place. The bye-law states "No master or owner shall permit a vessel or boat to remain moored at or in the…
#WATERWAYSIRELAND – In its first notice to mariners of 2012 Waterways Ireland has published a list of the most important aspects of waterways regulations for boat owners. It includes the Registration of Vessels, Canal Permits, Events Held on the Waterways, Berthing in Public Harbours and many more useful reminders for the use of the waterways this coming season. Full details of the 'special notice' from the Inspector of Navigation Charles J Lawn Lt Cdr (rtd) is below: Registration of Vessels…
Saturday, 24 December 2011 12:08

Fond Memories of Guinness Barges on the Liffey

#INLAND WATERWAYS - As Derek Evans writes in The Irish Times, the recent discovery of the first Guinness merchant vessel - sunk a century ago by a German torpedo in the Irish Sea - rekindled memories of the brewery's boats on the Liffey in the 1950s. He writes: "Living close to Stoneybatter, I often took time to stand on Queen Street Bridge as the barges, filled with Guinness barrels, slowly made their way from James’s Gate to Sir John Rogerson’s…
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