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River Shannon at Limerick
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#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland advises that remedial works have commenced on the stretch of the Shannon Navigation between Limerick City and Parteen Weir after significant storm and flooding damage over the winter. The closure had caused some consternation within the…
Loughrea Firm Convicted Over Cavan Fish Kill
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#FishKill - A Loughrea business was convicted over pollution discharge into the Laragh River in Co Cavan, causing a major fish kill between 12-14 August last year. In addition to the fine of €4,000, Glan Agua was directed to pay…
Mounshannon Harbour, Lough Derg
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Waterways Ireland say that floating moorings in Mountshannon Harbour on Lough Derg which had been closed to the public due to damage as a result of winter floods have now been reopened. 
Satellite view of Lough Neagh
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#LoughNeagh - Environmentalists have branded Northern Ireland a laughing stock for its failure to stop sand dredging in Lough Neagh, as the News Letter reports. The issue is currently before the High Court after dredging firms appealed NI Environment Minister…
Bernard Sweeney St. Patrick's BNS, Ballinamore Co. Leitrim, winner of the Waterways Ireland Young Journalist Competition being presented with the winning prize by Manus Tiernan, Waterways Ireland Education Officer. Photo also shows Mr. Noel McKeon, Principal, receiving his prize from Nuala Reilly, Waterways Ireland Archivist.
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The winner of its 2016 Waterways Ireland Schools Competition is Bernard Sweeney from St. Patrick's Boys NS in Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim. The runner-up prize goes to Orla Connolly from Runnamoat National School in Co. Roscommon. The Young Journalist Schools Competition…
A damaged breakwater in Limerick
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Calls to reopen the Limerick navigation between Parteen Weir and the city have been answered as Waterways Ireland confirmed that the infrastructural repair works needed would begin this week writes Andrew Carey. As Afloat.ie reported previously, damage to floating pontoons…
An immediate inspection revealed large numbers of dead fish in the river over almost one kilometre downstream
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Inland Fisheries Ireland is currently investigating a major fish kill on the Yellow River, a tributary of the Sinking River near Dunmore, Co. Galway, which flows into the Clare River. The stream in question is an important spawning and nursery…
Power lines like this one over the Manchester Ship Canal in the UK pose a risk to vessels with large air draughts
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#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland has warned masters and users of Ireland's inland navigations of the dangers associated with overhead power lines. In particular, sailing vessels, sailing dinghys and workboats with cranes or large air draughts should take extra care around…
The harbour works included the doubling of mooring capacity at this ever popular location
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Waterways Ireland has announced that Portumna's Castle harbour opened to vessels for berthing the first weekend in June following extensive renovation and upgrade. The harbour works included the doubling of mooring capacity at this ever popular location, upgrade of berths,…
Silage baling on an Irish farm
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#Pollution - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has issued an appeal to all farmers to be vigilant when harvesting silage and spreading slurry to avoid water pollution. Silage operations are ongoing all summer and silage effluent has the potential to cause…
River Shannon at Limerick
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Limerick's newly appointed Minister of State Patrick O'Donovan has been asked to intervene with Waterways Ireland to reopen navigation of the River Shannon at Limerick city and avoid the loss of marine tourism revenue to the city writes Andrew Carey. As…
White water Opportuntites on the Shannon Erne Blueway with members of Cavan Canoe Club and Karl Henry, Cathoirleach Paddy Smith, Minister Heather Humphreys and Garret Mc Grath Waterways Ireland
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Minister Heather Humphreys T.D., in conjunction with broadcaster & fitness expert Karl Henry, Waterways Ireland Chief Executive Dawn Livingstone and Cavan County Council Cathoirleach Paddy Smith has launched the Shannon-Erne Blueway in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan. The Shannon-Erne Blueway adds significantly…
Waterways Ireland Docklands Summer Festival This Weekend
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#InlandWaters - The Waterways Ireland Docklands Summer Festival takes place this weekend 21-22 May with a wide array of activities for all. Water-based experiences include kayaking, paddle boarding and barge rides, as well as the opportunity for the young and…
The IWAI has elected John Dolan as president
Inland Waterways
At the recent AGM in Tullamore of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) Mr. John Dolan was elected as the Association’s 18th President, taking over the helm from Ms Carmel Meegan. John has been very active on our inland waterways over a great many…
The River Quoile south of Killyleagh, which is hosting a workshop for Irish river trusts in July
Inland Waterways
#RiverTrusts - Killyleagh Community Centre in Co Down will host a workshop on 'The Role and Formation of River Trusts in Ireland' on Friday 1 July. The objectives of this workshop are to bring together existing Irish river trusts and…
Ballinagh WWTW Discharge Pipe
Inland Waterways
At a sitting of Cavan District Court on 21st April 2016, Judge Denis McLaughlin convicted Irish Water in relation to a pollution incident arising from the wastewater treatment plant at Ballinagh, Co. Cavan. Senior fisheries environmental officer Ailish Keane from…

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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