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A Lough Ree lakeboat, restored by Ballyleague Men’s Shed, has been fitted with a traditional sprit-sail as once used by the lake’s shore and island people.
Nollaig Molloy, a conceptual artist from County Roscommon, has been researching aspects of life in times past on the islands and shores of Lough Ree on the River Shannon in her Sounding the Shore project, which will conclude with a…
Carrybridge RNLI approaching the grounded cruiser on Upper Lough Erne
#RNLI - Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat and rescue water craft launched to assist a 23ft cruiser which had run aground close to the Share Centre on Upper Lough Erne yesterday evening, Sunday 5 August. Winds were south-westerly Force 2 with good…
Participants on the ‘Restore’ tour at the World Canals Conference will visit Mountshannon on the Lough Derg Blueway in Co Clare
#WCC - Zhu Minyang completes the list of keynote speakers at the upcoming World Canals Conference in Athlone next month. Zhu has been the chair of the World Historical and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organization (WCCO) since 2012, and has…
Udderly problematic! The cow is rescued by the RNLI south of Athlone
At 10.33am this morning Malin Head Coast Guard requested Lough Ree RNLI launch to assist in the rescue of a cow that was stuck in the mud at Long Island, 2 miles south of Athlone. Conditions at the time were…
Cyanobacteria, which is lethal to dogs, has turned the waters of Lough Leane a soupy pea-green colour
#Toxic - Pet owners have been advised to be vigilant over an outbreak of toxic blue-green ‘algae’ in a Killarney lake, as The Irish Times reports. Lough Leane has been signposted by Kerry County Council over the presence of Cyanobacteria…
Waterways Ireland Welcomes Launch Of National Greenways Strategy
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland has welcomed last week’s launch of the National Greenways Strategy by Tourism Minister Shane Ross. The strategy sets out how national and regional greenways in Ireland should be planned and constructed, and is backed by a…
A pilot cutter Afloat adds is underway having set off from Milford Haven, south Wales where the waterway will be at the centre of the 'Haven of Heritage' event next week.
#Ports&Shipping - Learn about the rich maritime heritage of the Milford Haven Waterway in south Wales in addition to surrounding towns that will be showcased during a unique event next week, on Thursday 26 July.  To celebrate Visit Wales’ ‘Year…
The 21st Lock on Grand Canal, east of Tullamore
Waterways Ireland has advised that due to the heat wave water levels on the Grand Canal system are low on many levels, particularly East of Tullamore in County Offaly. The Inspector of Navigation, Patrick Harkin, says owners and masters of vessels…
President Michael D Higgins To Speak At World Canals Conference In Athlone This September
#InlandWaters - President of Ireland Michael D Higgins has been confirmed as a guest of honour at the World Canals Conference in Athlone this autumn. “We are honoured that the President who throughout his career has demonstrated his commitment to…
Mis-use of Electrical Power in Waterways Ireland Harbours
Waterways Ireland says it has been experiencing tampering with power bollards, where the card reader/wiring/circuit has been interfered with to enable access to free power. Waterways Ireland is advising masters and owners of vessels that:- This practice is illegal. This…
Some of the Salmon and Trout killed on the Ollatrim river. In total, 14,749 fish were estimated dead with dead fish observed over a five kilometre stretch of the river.
Inland Fisheries Ireland has confirmed that a large fill kill occurred on the Ollatrim River, a tributary of the Nenagh River, Co. Tipperary last week. Fisheries Officers attended the site at Ballinahemery Bridge near Ballymackey, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary on Monday,…
Heritage Minister Josepha Madigan
#InlandWaters - The new Heritage Bill passed by the Dáil last week will not mandate inland waterways officers to present copies of relevant bye-laws to canal users, where in print or electronically. Galway West TD Éamon Ó Cuív’s proposed amendment…
Lough Ree RNLI Station was set up six years ago, in 2012 and operates an inshore rigid inflatable lifeboat
After four call-outs in three days to help fifteen people, reported earlier by Afloat.ie here, Lough Ree RNLI station has issued a warning to boat users that water levels may be lower than usual and to take more care writes…
A Carrickcraft 'Fermanagh' Class hire–cruiser at Carrick–on–Shannon in County Leitrim. The Irish firm operate 119 boats on the River Shannon at Carrick-on-Shannon and Banagher and on Lough Erne from Bellanaleck, outside Enniskillen
French boating holiday firm Locaboat Developpement has announced its acquisition of a majority stakeholding in Irish cruiser-hire company Carrickcraft. Locaboat is a market–leading, boating holidays company which operates 360 boats in six countries from some 27 bases throughout Europe. Acquired by…
Coney Island in Lough Neagh has a history dating back to Neolithic times
#LoughNeagh - The UK’s National Trust is seeking a new warden — or wardens — to care for the historic Coney Island in Lough Neagh, as Belfast Live reports. The island’s restored 19th-century cottage, which until last year was home…
From 01 September 2018 payment will be by Smart Card only.
Masters and users of the Shannon Navigation are advised that a Smart Card system will be introduced at all locks on the navigation from 01 July 2018. As Afloat.ie reported in March, Waterways Ireland says Masters of vessels will be…

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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