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Missing Marker and Temporary Bridge WI notices
Inland Waterways
Inland waterways news has heard from Waterways Ireland have notified us of two things: a missing or submerged red marker in the southern end of Inchinalee Island, about two miles north of Clonmacnoise; and the placing of a temporary bridge downstream…
Fluctuating water levels on all navigations
Inland Waterways
Inland Waterways news has learned that all users of the inland navigations should be prepared to encounter fluctuating water levels and varying rates of flow due to the recent high rainfall. Under these conditions, some public moorings and lead-in jetties…
Carrick-on-Shannon Town Bridge work
Inland Waterways
On inland waterway news, work will commence shortly in the provision of a pedestrian footbridge to be attached to the existing masonry bridge over the river Shannon in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, according to Waterways Ireland. The period of the works…
Canoe Rally at Lough Erne to highlight global warning threat
Inland Waterways
Schools, businesses and organisations are invited to paddle against global warming at the second annual brites Lough Erne Canoe Rally on the inland waterway, 26th and 27th September 2009. The event is upported and organised by brites and Share Holiday…
Royal Canal to get new bridge east of Pakenham
Inland Waterways
Inland waterways news has heard that, works to install a new railway bridge east of Pakenham Bridge on the Royal Canal begins on August 20th from 6am until 6pm. This means three lifts during the course of the operation and…
Bailey Bridge to be installed at Barrow 26th Lock
Inland Waterways
Inland waterway news has heard that Waterways Ireland would like to advise all masters and owners of vessels that a Bailey Bridge will be installed upstream of the 26th Lock on the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal on 21st September…
Barrow Navigation updates
Inland Waterways
Users of the Barrow Navigation on the inland waterway will be pleased to learn that the works at Ballytiglea Lock have been completed and the lock is now fully navigable again (Marine Notice 72). However, works to replace the deep…
Ardnacrusha Lock to close for maintenance
Inland Waterways
Inland Waterway news has learned that the ESB propose to close Ardnacrusha Lock on the Shannon Navigation at Limerick, from Thursday 1 October 2009 until Wednesday 31 March 2010, both dates inclusive, to carry out essential maintenance.
Triathlon events on Shannon
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all Masters and users of the Shannon Navigation on the inland waterways that triathlon swimming events will take place at Portumna Castle Harbour, Portrunny and Lough Kee. Details over the fold. Triathlon Swimming Events (Marine…
Busy canal expected during Tullamore Fleadh
Inland Waterways
The Grand Canal around Tullamore is expected to be busy with boat traffic between the 16th and 24th of August because of the Tullamore Fleadh. Masters and owners of craft on the inland waterway are reminded of their responsibility to…
Royal Canal marking 50th Anniversary
Inland Waterways
On Inland Waterway news.  The first shipment of whiskey in over five decades to travel on the Royal Canal will mark the 50th anniversary of the end of the commercial usage of the canal, writes Eoghan MacConnell in the Irish…
New marks on Shannon at Meelick Quay
Inland Waterways
Inland Waterway news.  Two new Red (Port) navigation markers have been established downstream of Meelick Quay on the Shannon Navigation (Marine Notice No. 83 of 2009). Please see charlet overleaf. The new Red (Port) navigation marks on on the Shannon…
Do you be a pirate?...
Inland Waterways

Do you be a pirate?...

7th August 2009
Come all ye landlubbers and bear witness to the fierce battle of the Lough Neagh Buccaneers on the inland waterway. The pirate ships Calypso and the Black Pearl will do battle for the secret treasure known as the Lough Neagh…
High rainfall warning
Inland Waterways

High rainfall warning

4th August 2009
In Inland Waterways news, Waterwsays Ireland would like to remind us all that, following periods of prolonged rainfall or localised thunderstorms, high flow rates, increased current speeds and water turbulence – especially in the vicinity of bridges, weirs, locks, flood…

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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