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Idyllic conditions on Lough Ree last Saturday for the Water Wags, with Paul and Ann Smith leading in Sara
You’re never too old to learn, and at 131 years old the Dublin Bay Water Wags (founded 1887, though current boats date from 1900) seemed determined to prove this by having a two-day Coaching Session last weekend at Killinure on…
New Interactive Website Maps Ireland’s Historic Shipwrecks
#Shipwrecks - Heritage Minister Josepha Madigan yesterday (Wednesday 25 April) announced the launch of a new website with an interactive map of the thousands of historic shipwrecks in Irish waters. The Wreck Viewer has been developed to facilitate free and…
Jet boats have earned a reputation as thrilling, high-performance rides
Afloat.ie reader, Chris, is trying to find out what the rules and limitations are for jet boating on Irish rivers. In particular, he was curious to know if there are any regulations governing speed limits.  A jetboat is a boat…
The main areas of concern for the IWAI relate to the new complicated legal licensing, rather than the need to legislate for a simple permitting system that is customer friendly, easy to use, and fit for purpose for boaters
Could The Heritage Bill destroy the Navigations it should be protecting? That's the view of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI). In a long running campaign, the IWAI has received strong political support for its view that this proposed legislation…
‘Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands’ To Showcase Tourism In Midlands Waterways
#Tourism - ‘Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands’ is the new tourism brand for the Midlands region, with a particular emphasis on its inland waterways. More than 10,000 consumers gave their put to Fáilte Ireland on the development of the brand, which hopes…
The Lough Derg lifeboat, with helm Ger Egan, Owen Cavanagh and Delia Ho on board located the vessel
Lough Derg RNLI launched yesterday afternoon following a request from Valentia Coast Guard to assist two people after their 40ft–cruiser grounded inside the red navigation mark by Hare Island. The lifeboat, with helm Ger Egan, Owen Cavanagh and Delia Ho…
Richmond Harbour on the Royal Canal in Clondra, Co Longford
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels on the Royal Canal at the Clondra, Co Longford end that: Non-permitted vessels, as per Article 6(8) of the Canal Act 1986 (Bye-Laws) 1988 Non-attended and apparently abandoned vessels (Article…
The smart card service will be tested from a technical perspective at Albert Lock on the Shannon (pictured above) and the Cutts Lock on the Lower Bann for a two week period beginning on the 16th of April 2018.
Waterways Ireland is extending its Smart Card system to include lock passages on the River Shannon and Lower Bann. The service will be tested from a technical perspective at Albert Lock on the Shannon and the Cutts Lock on the…
Revised Opening Hours For Shannon-Erne Waterway In 2018
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland has announced revised opening hours for the locks on the Shannon-Erne Waterway for 2018. From next Thursday 29 March to Wednesday 16 May, locks will open from 9am to 6pm daily, extending to the full summer…
Campbell lock on the Newry Canal
The Newry and Portadown Branch of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) has just been presented with the Special Recognition Award by the Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland (IHAI). The presentation was made in Dublin on March 14th at…
Irish Water Prosecuted Over Lime Discharge & Fish Kill In River Varty
#FishKill - Irish Water pleaded guilty to the discharge of deleterious matter to the River Vartry one year ago, at a sitting of Bray District Court this past Tuesday (20 February). The offence related to the accidental discharge of lime…
Daly's Bridge otherwise known in Cork as the 'Shakey' Bridge which spans the River Lee's north channel may collapse. The wrought-iron construction dating to 1927 is located at the site of an ancient ferry crossing and was funded by butter merchant John Daly.
#InlandWaterways - An urgent health-and-safety audit of Shakey Bridge in Cork have been called for amid fears the iconic city structure could be one shake from collapse. As the Irish Examiner writes, historian and city councillor Kieran McCarthy said it…
Mountshannon Harbour has been affected by flood waters say Waterways Ireland
Waterways Ireland advises masters, owners and the general public that recent rains have caused flooding at many harbours making them unsafe for pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the immediate surrounds of the harbour infrastructure. Banagher, Shannon Bridge, Mountshannon, Scarriff and Limerick harbours are severely…
Waterways Ireland Recruiting Inspector Of Navigation
#Jobs - Waterways Ireland is currently recruiting for an Inspector of Navigation based in Athlone, and an engineer based in Dublin. The Inspector of Navigation will be responsible for a number of strategic work areas, including the monitoring and management…
Paddles up on the Shannon-Erne waterway last year as part of 2017’s successful Waterways Ireland Event Programme
#InlandWaters - The Waterways Ireland 2018 Event Programme is open for 2018 and welcoming applications from waterways and waterside communities seeking support to start and grow sustainable events. Taking place annually for the past 12 years, the programme has supported…
Lower Lough Erne
#LoughErne - The PSNI is investigating the death of a former Lough Erne Yacht Club commodore whose body was found in the lough last week. As BelfastLive reports, the remains of Michael Beattie, 55, were discovered on the shore at…

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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