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Shannon Navigation – Clarenden Lock Refurbishment
Inland Waterways
Inland Waterways news has been told that Clarendon Lock, Knockvicar at the entrance to Lough Key, will be closed Wednesday 28th October 2009, so users may experience some intermittent interruption as work continues to refurbish the lockhouse over the coming…
Upr Lough Erne Works on Corradillar & Deryadd Moorings
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland have informed us that the mooring jetties, slipways and car-parks at Corradillar and Derryadd on Upper Lough Erne near Lisnaskea on the inland waterways will be closed for improvement works for approximately three weeks from Monday 26th October…
Taste of the Waterways winner 'Café Merlot'
Inland Waterways
In inland waterways news, the food writer and critic Georgina Cambell revealed the Waterways Ireland 'Taste of the Waterways' winner last week: Café Merlot, in Enniskillen.  "I am particularly delighted to present this Taste of the Waterways Award and to…
Bridgeworks and Tree Trimming on the Shannon
Inland Waterways
There's several things going on around the inland waterways.   Waterways, particularly around the Shannon: bridgeworks at Lough Tap (south of Albert Lock); and tree trimming and hedge cutting between Ballyconnell and Killarcan. See over the fold for more details.…
Waterways Ireland - Investing in the Shannon
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland is going on site in October 2009 with an investment in replacement jetties on the Shannon Navigation at Albert Lock – the busiest lock on the Shannon Navigation inland waterways, with over 11,000 boat passages annually. The existing…
Navigation News on the Albert Lock
Inland Waterways
There may be some disruption to traffic on the inland waterways for users of the Shannon Navigation – works have commenced on the replacement of downstream Jetties at Albert Lock, Jamestown, North Shannon, which are expected to continue until December…
Portora Lock on Erne – water levels
Inland Waterways
Inland waterways news has learned that the Rivers Agency has notified Waterways Ireland that water levels will be lowered in Lower Lough Erne to facilitate storage of winter rainfall. Levels will be reduced over coming days and Portora Lock will…
Public Jetty refurbishment at Crevinishaughy Island
Inland Waterways
On inland waterways news, the mooring jetty on the east shore of Crevinishaughy Island on Lower Lough Erne will be closed temporarily to the public for improvement works from today, 30th September until the end of December 2009.
WI Watermaster shines at Ploughing Champs
Inland Waterways
On inland waterways news, Waterways Ireland WaterMaster Classic III has taken central stage at the National Ploughing Championships in Athy, Co Kildare. The WaterMaster – a floating multipurpose excavator, one of two owned by Waterways Ireland – is based on…
Closure of Ardnacrusha lock deferred
Inland Waterways
Inland Waterways news has learned that Waterways Ireland have issued a notice (Marine notice no. 98 of 2009) Masters that the Electricity Supply Board has deferred the closure of Ardnacrusha Lock until Thurs 15th. Oct 2009
Missing marker on Inchinalee Island - notice withdrawn
Inland Waterways
Marine Notice No. 96 of 2009 – the missing marker on the inland waterway  Shannon Navigation/Inchinalee Island/Clonmacnoise – is now withdrawn.
Tarmonbarry and Rooskey Bridge Restrictions
Inland Waterways
On Inland Waterway news, Waterways Ireland have let us know that, because of the annual Longford Marathon Road Race, the following air draft restrictions will apply on Sunday 30th August to the lifting bridges on the Shannon Navigation, which will be…
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…

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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