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The IWAI has elected John Dolan as president
Inland Waterways
At the recent AGM in Tullamore of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) Mr. John Dolan was elected as the Association’s 18th President, taking over the helm from Ms Carmel Meegan. John has been very active on our inland waterways over a great many…
The River Quoile south of Killyleagh, which is hosting a workshop for Irish river trusts in July
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#RiverTrusts - Killyleagh Community Centre in Co Down will host a workshop on 'The Role and Formation of River Trusts in Ireland' on Friday 1 July. The objectives of this workshop are to bring together existing Irish river trusts and…
Ballinagh WWTW Discharge Pipe
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At a sitting of Cavan District Court on 21st April 2016, Judge Denis McLaughlin convicted Irish Water in relation to a pollution incident arising from the wastewater treatment plant at Ballinagh, Co. Cavan. Senior fisheries environmental officer Ailish Keane from…
Making a splash at the launch of Waterways Ireland's 2016 events programme
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#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland's 2016 event programme launches 120 events celebrating the arts, heritage, adventure, and sporting communities along Ireland's inland waterways. Now in its tenth year, the programme has sponsored over 700 events with a knock-on effect of €80m…
Manor Marine tourists with a WI Director and the new mooring buoys on Lough Erne
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Waterways Ireland has installed a new style of moorings on Upper and Lower Lough Erne to create an opportunity for boaters to use and experience the waterway differently.The 18 new moorings across Upper & Lower Lough Erne are yellow mooring…
Lough Erne Loses 2017 Irish Open
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#LoughErne - It's been confirmed that the Lough Erne Resort will no longer host next year's Irish Open golf tournament. As reported on Afloat.ie earlier this year, changes in the European golfing scene had cast doubt on the Fermanagh lakeland resort hosting…
The new inland waters boating season has arrived - a view of Haughton's Shore, on Garadice Lake in County Leitrim
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Waterways Ireland has announced its 2016 inland waters boating season with the winter mooring period ending on the Shannon and Shannon-Erne Waterway. Boaters are invited to shake off the winter blues, refloat their boats and plan ahead to get the…
Pupils from Ederney PS at Waterways Ireland headquarters in Enniskillen for Engineers Week
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#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland has hosted a series of successful site visits and workshops for primary pupils to visit the Barrow Navigation and the Erne System as part of Engineers Week 2016. Now in its 10th year, Engineers Week is…
An aerial view of the Grand Canal
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As Afloat.ie previously highlighted, Waterways Ireland has announced a Heritage Grants programme in support of the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020.  A fund of €20,000 has been allocated to assist community based heritage projects which compliment or fulfil the delivery…
The stretch of navigation from Limerick City to Parteen Weir is closed to navigation due to continuing high flow rates
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland advises all users of the Shannon Navigation that the stretch of navigation from Limerick City to Parteen Weir is closed to navigation due to continuing high flow rates and infrastructural deficiencies as a result of the winter storms and subsequent flooding. Users…
The winter mooring period finishes on March 31st
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland reminds masters and owners of vessels that the winter mooring period finishes on the Shannon Navigation which includes the Shannon–Erne Waterway on Thurs 31 March. 
Discolouration of water in a tributary stream of the River Maine, during a pollution incident in June 2015
Inland Waterways
#Pollution - A Kerry-based pig farming company has been convicted in relation to a river pollution incident last summer arising from its premises in Castleisland. Pollution of a River Maine tributary stream had been noted by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI)…
An aerial view of the Grand Canal
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland have announced a Heritage Grants programme in support of its Heritage Plan 2016-2020. A total of €20,000 has been allocated to help further community-based heritage projects on inland waterways and navigations under the auspices of Waterways…
A panoramic view of Glasson near Lough Ree on the Mid-Shannon
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#InlandWaters - The Inland Navigations of Ireland Historical Society is holding a one-day conference on the Mid-Shannon next Saturday 12 March in Hugh Lynch's Function Room, Tullamore. The conference is in partnership with the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland, the…
Inland Waterways
Election Candidates nationwide have being contacting the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) to pledge their support for an IWAI call for provision to be made for new canal bye-laws via a dedicated Canal Bill during the next Dáil, according to the IWAI.This…
Inland Waterways
#MajorBypass -A contract for a major €230m New Ross Bypass and 900m river bridge was signed last week, following numerous false dawns and political promises, reported the Wexford People.  The sod turning took place on Monday of the new bypass bridge…

Whether you're a boat enthusiast, historian, archaeologist, fisherman, or just taken by the natural beauty of Ireland's waterways, you will find something of interest in our Inland pages on Afloat.ie.

Inland Waterways

Ireland is lucky to have a wealth of river systems and canals crossing the country that, while once vital for transporting goods, are today equally as important for angling, recreational boating and of course tourism.

From the Barrow Navigation to the Erne System, the Grand Canal, the Lower Bann, the Royal Canal, the Shannon-Erne Waterway and the Shannon Navigation, these inland waterways are popular year in, year out for anyone with an interest in rambling; flora and fauna; fishing; sailing; motorboating; canoeing, kayaking and waterskiing; and cruising on narrowboats.

Although most will surely identify Ireland's inland waterways with boating holidays and a peaceful afternoon's angling, many varieties of watersport are increasingly favoured activities. Powerboat and Jetski courses abound, as do opportunities for waterskiing or wakeboarding. For those who don't require engine power, there's canoeing and kayaking, as Ireland's waterways have much to offer both recreational paddlers and those looking for more of a challenge. And when it comes to more sedate activities, there's nothing like going for a walk along a canal or river bank following some of the long-distance Waymarked Ways or Slí na Sláinte paths that criss-cross the country.

Ireland's network of rivers, lakes and canals is maintained by Waterways Ireland, which is one of the six North/South Implementation Bodies established under the British-Irish Agreement in 1999. The body has responsibility for the management, maintenance, development and restoration of inland navigable waterways on the island of Ireland, principally for recreational purposes. It also maintains Ireland's loughs, lakes and channels which are sought after for sailing; the network of canal locks and tow paths; as well as any buoys, bridges and harbours along the routes.

Along the Grand and Royal Canals and sections of the Barrow Navigation and the Shannon-Erne Waterway, Waterways Ireland is also responsible for angling activities, and charges Inland Fisheries Ireland with carrying out fisheries development, weed management and ensuring water quality.

Brian Goggin's Inland Blog

Giving his personal perspective on Ireland's Inland Waterways from present-day activities to their rich heritage, Brian Goggin tells it like it is with his Inland Blog.

From recognising achievements in management of the waterways to his worries on the costs of getting afloat on Ireland's canals, Goggin always has something important to say.

He also maintains the website Irish Waterways History that serves as a repository for a wealth of historical accounts of the past commercial and social uses alike of Ireland's rivers and canals, which were once the lifeblood of many a rural community.

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