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Royal Canal Closure At Abbeyshrule Due To Helicopter Crash
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#RoyalCanal - Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that due to a helicopter crash on the tow path of the Royal Canal adjacent to the Rustic Inn public house in Abbeyshurle, Co Longford and the resulting debris falling…
Minister of State Appoints Inland Fisheries Ireland Chair
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#IFI - Joe McHugh, Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, has appointed Fintan Gorman as chairperson to the board of Inland Fisheries Ireland with effect from 1 July 2015. The appointment was noted by…
Survey Your Local Waterway For Daubenton's Bat This August
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - 2015 marks the tenth year of the All Ireland Daubenton's Bat Waterway Survey – and Waterways Ireland and Bat Conservation Ireland are seeking volunteers across the island to take part in this year's survey over two nights in…
Save The Dates: IWAI Lough Derg Rally 40, 11-18 July 2015
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#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that the Lough Derg Rally 40 will take place from Saturday 11 to Saturday 18 July 2015. During that time the rally will visit a number of harbours on the…
Spencer Dock Sea Lock at the Royal Canal Closed Due to Repairs
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#royalcanal – Spencer Dock Sea Lock at the Royal Canal in Dublin has been closed til further notice due to unforeseen repair requirements at one of the lock gates. Upcoming Newcomen Bridge Lifts are also cancelled until these works can be carried out.…
Fish Kill Investigation Underway on River Drumcamoge
Inland Waterways
#fishkill – Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and both Limerick and Tipperary County Council are currently investigating a major fish kill which occurred on the Drumcramoge River on Monday 8th June 2015. On Monday afternoon, IFI was contacted by Limerick County…
Shannon Blueway Wins European Sports Tourism Innovation Award
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#InlandWaters - The Shannon Blueway initiative received its second major award of the year at a star-studded event in Limerick's Thomond Park recently. The European Sports Tourism Innovation Award was presented by Ireland's 6 Nations winning captain Paul O'Connell and…
Senior Appointment on Shannon Navigation
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Éanna Rowe has recently been appointed Regional Manager for the West with Waterways Ireland, to lead a multi disciplinary team in the management, maintenance and development of the Shannon Navigation. Reporting to the Chief Executive and a member of the…
Win An iPad Air In Waterways Ireland's Heritage Art/Photography Competition
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#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland is seeking contributions from the public on what they think best fulfils the theme 'Waterways Heritage'. Participants of all ages are invited to enter the Heritage Art/Photographic Competition to be in with a chance to win an iPad…
Dublin's Floating Work Space is Launched in Grand Canal 'Silicon' Dock
Inland Waterways
#workspace – As Afloat.ie reported last week,  "DoSpace.ie" ­ Ireland's newest and most unique CoWorking space launched today in Grand Canal Dock, part of Dublin's Silicon Docks area on Ireland's Inland Waterways. Occupying an 800 square foot, state of the…
Waterways Ireland Reminds Canal Users To Purchase Combined Mooring & Passage Permits
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland has issued an advisory to customers on its navigations who have not yet complied with Canal Bye-Law requirements to purchase a Combined Mooring and Passage Permit (CMP). CMPs cost €126 per year and permit the holder…
World-Class Wakeboarding To Feature At Docklands Summer Festival 2015
Inland Waterways
#Docklands - World-class wakeboarding comes to Dublin's Grand Canal Dock this weekend (16-17 May) at the Waterways Ireland Docklands Summer Festival 2015. Prepare to be wowed as the world's best wakeboarders showcase an array of grabs, spins and tricks, including European champion…
Co-Working Space Takes To The Water At 'Silicon Docks'
Inland Waterways
#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
Inland Waterways
#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
Inland Waterways
#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
Inland Waterways
#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…

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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