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Engineers Week runs from 4th to 10th March and is a programme of nationwide events with the aim of celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland will host a series of site visits and workshops for primary and post primary pupils as part of Engineers Week 2017. This year events are taking place in Enniskillen on the Erne, Portumna Bridge on the Shannon and…
Waterways Ireland Celebrates Seachtain Na Gaeilge
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland is celebrating Seachtain Na Gaeilge 2017, an international Irish language festival again this year, by offering free school tours ás gaeilge from the Waterways Ireland Centre, in Grand Canal Dock, Dublin on 10th March. Seachtain Na Gaeilge is…
Lough Derg’s new canoe trail will be part of the ’slow tourism’ initiative for walking, cycling and boating routes in the Midlands
Aquatic Tourism
#Tourism - Boating in the Midlands’ waterways will be the focus of a major tourism push this year, as The Irish Times reports. Fáilte Ireland’s new ‘slow tourism’ initiative will concentrate on promoting existing walking and cycling greenways and ‘blueway’…
The Erne Head of the River organisers will welcome an exceptionally large entry of 90 boats and 596 rowers to Enniskillen on the 3rd March 2017
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The Erne Head of the River will welcome an exceptionally large entry of 91 boats and  well over 600 rowers to Enniskillen on Saturday, March 4th. The race - the 60th -  will be visible from the start point four…
MSC Magnifica pictured in Dubrovnik
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#Missing - A Dublin-based man was set to be charged with the murder of his wife, who went missing from a Mediterranean cruise earlier this month. Daniel Belling, a German citizen and IT professional, was detained this week before boarding…
The IWAI has expressed grave concern over the impact that water abstraction will have, not just on Lough Derg, but on the entire Shannon Navigation
Inland Waterways
The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) has responded to Irish Water’s third Public Consultation on the Preferred Option to abstract water from Parteen Basin to service the East and Midlands region. In its submission IWAI has again expressed grave…
Carlow Tourism Industry Members Support Barrow Towpath Plans
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - Carlow Tourism board members were strong in their praise and support for the Barrow Towpath Development Project at their most recent meeting. Industry members noted that the project, spearheaded by Waterways Ireland, is a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to develop…
The Archaeology of the Erne Waterways Talk
Inland Waterways
Lough Erne Heritage will hold a free talk at 2:00pm, on Saturday 25 February by Claire Foley on ‘The Archaeology of the Erne Waterways’. Claire Foley, an archaeologist of some 45 years’ experience, working first from Dublin when she excavated Parkes Castle…
Cloondavaun Bay Marina near Portumna in Co Galway
Irish Marinas
#LoughDerg - Two years after Lough Derg Marina sold for more than three times its guide price, another marina on the third-largest lake on the island of Ireland has come on the market. As The Irish Times reports, more than…
Using the Limerick Waterway is the theme of a conference in March by the Inland Navigations of Ireland Historical Society
Inland Waterways
Inland Navigations of Ireland Historical Society are holding a One Day Conference in March on the Limerick Navigation. Speakers on the day include Dr Joachim Fischer who will talk about the Construction of Ardnacrusha and Brian Goggin on 'Killaloe an Open…
Angler Ronan O’Connor caught a fresh run salmon on Wednesday, 1st of February in Fermoy
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The first salmon of 2017 has been caught in the Careysville Fishery on the Munster Blackwater on the opening day of the river, according to Inland Fisheries Ireland. Angler Ronan O’Connor caught a fresh run salmon on Wednesday, 1st of…
The Royal Canal west of Maynooth, Co Kildare
Inland Waterways
#RoyalCanal - Waterways Ireland advises that the Royal Canal towpath west of Maynooth, Co Kildare from Bond Bridge to Jacksons Bridge, a section of around 1.7km in length, will remain closed until March to undertake further cycle and pedestrian upgrade…
Zorg Ella – a 21 metre barge originally used to transport potatoes in eastern Netherlands was transported by ship to Dublin Port as seen lowered into the water
News Update
#EscapeRoom - The ‘escape room’ business initially an Asian craze has arrived in Ireland and appears to be booming at the moment. The latest addition to the sector was launched in Dublin yesterday afternoon – and its backers are hoping…
Brexit Is ‘A Positive’ Says New Lough Erne Resort Manager
Inland Waterways
#LoughErne - New Lough Erne Resort general manager William Kirby sees Brexit as another opportunity to build the Lough Erne brand and the golf resort’s reputation as a worldwide destination. Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Kirby says he is under…
Satellite view of Lough Neagh, the largest freshwater lake in the island of Ireland
Inland Waterways
#LoughNeagh - Friends of the Earth (FoE) is appealing a ruling against its claims that Stormont is “turning a blind eye” to sand dredging in Lough Neagh, as the News Letter reports. The environmental group brought the issue before the…
Autumn on the River Shannon
Inland Waterways
#Shannon - The latest meeting of the Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group in Carrick-on-Shannon saw the unprecedented decision to develop a plan for a strategic maintenance programme on the River Shannon. Programmed maintenance works have not been…

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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