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Co-Working Space Takes To The Water At 'Silicon Docks'
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#SiliconDocks - Office space is at a premium for the Dublin tech business community located around the so-called 'Silicon Docks', with many start-ups hampered by high commercial rents and landlords' unrealistic expectations. But as RTÉ News reports, one enterprising business…
Lough Derg Eagles to Soar Again This Summer
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#seaeagles – The popular White Tailed Sea Eagle Viewing & Information Point at Mountshannon Pier in Co. Clare has reopened to the public following a hugely successful pilot opening period last summer. More than 10,000 people flocked to the shores…
'Ongoing Liaison' Over Canal Bye-Law Proposals
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#InlandWaters - Discussions between the Department of Heritage and Waterways Ireland over new draft bye-laws for Ireland's canals are "ongoing", according to Minister Heather Humphreys. The minister was responding to a Dáil question on Thursday (30 April) from Kildare North…
Biodiversity Field Trip for Kilfinane students Along River Loobagh
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#biodiversity – Students from Kilfinane National School gathered along the banks of the River Loobagh in Limerick yesterday (Monday) as part of a new environmental education initiative being administered by Limerick City & County Council. 'StreamScapes Loobagh' is aimed at…
Lough Derg Trail Showcases Natural Heritage Treasures
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#loughderg – A new trail showcasing the rich natural heritage of Lough Derg has been developed in time for the 2015 summer season. Lough Derg (on the Shannon) Nature Trail is produced by the County Councils in Clare, Galway and…
Momentous Day for Ulster Canal: Project Works Start at Derrykerrib Bridge
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#ulstercanal – Minister Humphreys joined Waterways Ireland on site this morning at the start of project works on the Ulster Canal at Derrykerrib Bridge. After many years of planning and consideration, the Ulster Canal project has reached the stage of…
Shannon Blueway Launch of The Camlin Loop
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#inland – Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, announced the opening of the Shannon Blueway: Camlin Loop today with walkers and paddlers taking to the Shannon Blueway, in Clondra, Co Longford.The Shannon Blueway is the first…
Clare's Cullaun Sailing Club Stage Open Night for 2015 Season
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Cullaun Sailing Club on the outskirts of Kilkishen is one of the best kept secrets in the Limerick/Shannon/Clare region writes Commodore Jim O'Sullivan. Hidden on the shores of Cullaun Lake, is an active, friendly sailing club for both young and…
Lifeguards Return To Causeway Coast For Easter Break
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#WaterSafety - RNLI lifeguards will be making a welcome return to a number of selected beaches on the Causeway Coast and in Co Down next weekend ahead of the Easter holidays. After undergoing intensive training in preparation, the charity’s lifeguards…
Inland Fisheries Ireland Board Members Appointed
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#inlandfisheries - Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Joe McHugh TD, announced today that the Government had noted the decision to appoint Dr Frances Lucy to the Board of Inland Fisheries Ireland for a…
Shannon Navigation Winter Mooring Period Ends on March 31
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#inland – Waterways Ireland has reminded masters and owners of vessels that the winter mooring period finishes on the Shannon Navigation which includes the Shannon–Erne Waterway on Tues 31 March.
Inland Fisheries Ireland & Queens University Belfast Share Expertise in Fisheries Research
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#fisheries – Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and Queens University Belfast (QUB) jointly sealed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at QUB's Medical Biological Centre earlier this week, on Wednesday 11th of March 2015, expressing their commitment to a continued rich and…
Talk On The Grand Canal In Offaly 1794-1804
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#InlandWaters - Tullamore's Offaly History Centre will host a talk on Monday 23 March on the history of the Grand Canal in Offaly from 1794 to 1804. Presented by James Scully, the talk will be based on various contemporary sources,…
Shannon Navigation – Tarmonbarry Lock
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The re-opening of Tarmonbarry Lock on the Shannon Navigation has been extended until Wed 1 Apr 2015. Further information may be had by contacting Waterways Ireland's Carrick-on-Shannon office at 07196-50563 or the lockkeeper at 087-9222020.
Fish Farming Company Fined for Damage to Salmonid River
Inland Waterways
#fishfarm – At a sitting of Clifden District Court on Thursday, 26th of February, Judge Mary Fahy convicted a fish farm company under Section 173 of the Fisheries Act, 1959, for damage caused to the bed of a river in…
Waterways Ireland Proposes Changes To Lough Erne Bye-laws
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#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland, with the approval of Northern Ireland's Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure (DCAL), has made proposals to change the Lough Erne Navigation Bye-laws. A limited number of changes are being proposed with the intention of enhancing…

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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