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Shannon Blueway Launch of The Camlin Loop
Inland Waterways
#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
Inland Waterways
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
Inland Waterways
#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
Inland Waterways
#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
Inland Waterways
#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
Inland Waterways
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
Inland Waterways
#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…
Royal Canal: Newcomen Bridge Lift Dates For 2015
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - The schedule of lift dates 2015 for Newcomen Bridge on the Royal Canal in Dublin city centre runs from the end of April till the end of September. Arrangements have been made for Irish Rail to open the…
Ulster Canal Restoration To Commence From Lough Erne to Castle Saunderson
Inland Waterways
#ulstercanal – Waterways Ireland has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys that she has secured Government approval for the restoration of an initial section of the Ulster canal from Lough Erne to…
Inland Fisheries Ireland's Water Quality Project MulkearLIFE Wins LAMA Award
Inland Waterways
#waterquality – Inland Fisheries Ireland through the MulkearLIFE project has been awarded 'Most Significant Contribution to Water Quality' at the recent Local Authority Members Association (LAMA) Community and Council Awards 2015. The announcement took place at a ceremony last month at…
Underwater Obstruction at Grand Canal, Sallins
Inland Waterways
#underwaterobstruction – Waterways Ireland is advising Masters and owners of vessels that there is an underwater obstruction in the Grand Canal at Sallins adjacent to the newly constructed extended mooring berths West of Sallin's Bridge. Master's of vessels should navigate with caution until…
Shannon Blueway Named Ireland's Best Tourism Initiative
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - The Shannon Blueway has won the Best Tourism Initiative category of the 2015 Community and Council Awards presented by LAMA in association with IPB. Waterways Ireland – which have led the development of the Shannon Blueway – attended…
Waterways Ireland Schools Visit Programme For Engineers Week 2015
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland is hosting a series of free site visits on Ireland's navigable waterways during Engineers Week 2015 on 7-11 February.  The site visits are on offer to primary and secondary students at the following locations: The Shannon…

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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