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#InlandWaters - ​​​Waterways Ireland is producing a 'What's On' guide which features festivals and events occurring within an eight-mile corridor of the inland waterways under its remit.​​​​​​Over 8,000 copies of the guide will be distributed free of charge to both…
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The remains of a Longford man were taken by boat for burial at Saints Island Cemetery because the causeway to the island has been eroded in heavy flood water from Lough Ree. 
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#Flooding - Water levels on Lough Neagh are at a 30-year high, and business owners in the region are counting the cost of flooding on their livelihoods, as Belfast Live reports. A number of traders are battling to stay open despite…
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#Flooding - Moves to prevent flooding in the Shannon catchment may be in breach of EU habitats directives, as The Irish Times reports. Next Tuesday (5 January) the Taoiseach is expected convene a meeting of all relevant State agencies to…
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Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has launched a summary report on the findings of fish stock surveys undertaken in all water bodies (lakes, rivers and transitional waters) during 2014. The report, ‘Sampling Fish for the Water Framework Directive’, also outlines the…
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#Flooding - Flooding in the Shannon catchment is still "severe" according to the National Emergency Coordination Group, As RTÉ News reports, waters have risen by 2.5cm in the Athlone area, where the Shannon breached its banks before the weekend. And…
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#Flooding - The Defence Forces have joined in flood relief efforts in Clare, Limerick and Westmeath as weekend rains risk significant flooding in the region. As reported yesterday on Afloat.ie, the Shannon Catchment could see its worst flooding in two…
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Waterways Ireland says there will be no further boat passages arranged into or out of Dublin's inland waterways until the 2016 boating season except in exceptional circumstances. Newcomen Bridge lift dates will be advised in the New Year. WI say should anyone wish…
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#StormDesmond - Mike the donkey has a lot to be cheery about as volunteers for Animal Heaven Animal Rescue helped rescue him from floodwaters in Kilorglin, Co Kerry yesterday (Sunday 6 December). As TheJournal.ie reports, Suzanne Gibbons from the animal…
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#InlandWaters - A pipeline from the Shannon may be the solution for future water supply demands in Dublin and the Midlands. But critics have expressed "deep concern" over its potential effects on boating tourism and biodiversity throughout the Shannon system.…
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#InlandWaters - Quayside enhancements at Lanesborough-Ballyleague are part of a new project to develop facilities along the award-winning Shannon Blueway. The Flagship REDZ project was submitted by Leitrim County Council on behalf of the Upper Shannon ​Erne Future Economy (USEFE)…
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#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland's 2016 Sponsorship Programme is now open for anyone intending to run recreational waterway and waterside events in the coming new year. Taking place annually for the past 10 years, the Waterways Ireland Sponsorship Programme has supported…
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#InlandWaters - ​Paul Moore from Tullamore took home the Over 18s award in the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan Art and Photographic Competition for his breathtaking picture of Bolands Lock house on the Grand Canal taken on a frosty winter morning.…
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#FloodRisk - The Government is "stonewalling" new flood plans for at-risk areas near inland waters in Co Galway, according to a county councillor and general election candidate. As the Galway Advertiser reports, Cllr Anne Rabbitte claims that the Office of…
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#LoughErne - Traditional boatbuilding on Lough Erne is set for a revival thanks to a £3 million lottery grant that will also support wildlife conservation on the Co Fermanagh waterway. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, the £2.9 million Heritage Lottery…
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#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland has made two new appointments to its senior staff. John Boyle has been appointed as director of business development. Formerly with the NI Fire Service, Boyle is from Derrylin, Co Fermanagh and will be based 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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