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Afloat.ie: Roosky Lifting Bridge
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland have asked us to pass on the information that passage through Roosky Lifting Bridge on the inland waterways will not be available from Wednesday 9th December 2009 until Friday 22nd January 2010 due to maintenance and refurbishment works.…
Afloat.ie: Sunk Barge at Connaught Harbour
Inland Waterways
On inland waterways on the Shannon Navigation, Connaught Harbour-Portumna – a barge with green topsides has sunk at the canal entrance to Connaught Harbour, the channel width is restricted and the vessel is a hazard to navigation. Due care and…
Afloat.ie: 'Camlin Star' Collision Report Published
Inland Waterways
The Marine Casualty Investigation Board have published a report into a pleasure craft “Camlin Star” that collided heavily with the Carrick Craft jetty at Banagher, Co. Offaly on the inland waterways. The vessel was holed above the waterline on the…
Afloat.ie: Jobs Under Threat at Shannon Cruise Company
Inland Waterways
About 20 jobs on the inland waterways are under threat following the announcement yesterday that Emerald Star is to restructure. The company with bases in Carrick on Shannon, Portumna and Belturbet, said it would be reducing its operations in Ireland,…
Afloat.ie: Bank Repairs on Grand Canal
Inland Waterways
Marine Notice No. 115 has been extended until Friday the 11th of December, says Waterways Ireland, referring to the bank repairs on the Grand Canal, between the 13th and 14th Lock. Any queries may be directed to the Eastern Regional…
Afloat.ie: Upgrading of Shannon Navigation at Athlone
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland, as part of a planned inland waterways programme of improvement works, is installing a floating Weir Boom across the weir in Athlone on the Shannon. The process of installing the 76m boom was initiated with the assembly of…
Afloat.ie: Dangers at Harbours, Jetties and Moorings
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland strongly advises Masters and Owners of inland waterways vessels berthed in public harbours, at jetties or on moorings against visiting any vessels or boats during the present flood conditions because of the dangers presented by the unpredictable nature…
Afloat.ie: Waterways Ireland Advises against Navigating
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland has issued Marine Notice No.125 of 2009 to advise Masters and Owners that due to the continuing flood conditions that aids to navigation such as buoys, perches and beacons may be totally submerged or have carried away to…
Afloat.ie: High Water Levels on Shannon Navigation
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland have asked us to pass on that Albert Lock and Jamestown Canal on the Shannon Navigation on the inland waterways have been closed due to high water levels.
Afloat.ie: Battlebridge Lock Canal Closed
Inland Waterways
There's embankment slippage on the Lough Allen Canal at Battlebridge Lock (Shannon Navigation) so the canal there is closed until 31st of January 2010, Waterways Ireland have informed us, and they regret any inconvenience this may cause users.
Afloat.ie: 150-Berth Marina for Glasson
Inland Waterways
Good news for those in Westmeath who are stuck for moorings: you'll will be glad to hear that Lakeside Marina – with assistance from Waterways Ireland – have received planning permission for a 150-berth marina at Glasson in Co. Westmeath,…
Afloat.ie: Cruising Operators Learn the Tricks of the Online Trade
Inland Waterways
Tourism body Fáilte Ireland recently held an e-marketing and social media course for inland cruising on the inland waterways operators to help them learn the tricks of the online trade to promote boating holidays in Ireland . The course covered…
Canal Improvement Works at Killaloe-Ballina
Inland Waterways
Owners and Masters of all craft berthed in the canal north of the Killaloe-Ballina on the Shannon Navigation lock and inland waterways should be aware that planned improvement works will begin shortly. Initially this will consist of the installation of…
High Water Levels on Erne System
Inland Waterways
The Rivers Agency have reported to Waterways Ireland that water levels in the inland waterways in both Upper and Lower Erne have risen quickly over the last few days as a result of the exceptional rainfall over the past three…
Bank Repairs on Grand Canal
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland are notifiying all users of the Grand Canal that water levels between the 13th and 14th Locks will be lowered in order to carry out repairs to canal banks between Henry Bridge and Ponsonby Bridge. Users are asked…
Fireworks on Erne Navigation
Inland Waterways
Castle Island, Enniskillen, are hosting a fireworks display on Friday 30th October from 8pm to 8.30pm, on the Erne Navigation and inland waterways. There'll be no mooring allowed at the Waterways Ireland Head Office Mooring nor at the Henry Street…

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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