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River Explorers Programme Expanded & Fully Booked For 2019
Waterways Ireland and Leave No Trace Ireland are working in partnership again to deliver their River Explorers programme. River Explorers engages local primary school children to take pride in their local river, lake or canal. Funding was successfully secured during…
Devenish Island on Lough Erne is one of the monastic sites that would feature as part of a Pilgrim Way, for which a feasibility study is currently being undertaken
A series of consultative workshops on the feasibility of an iconic Pilgrim Way between the Shannon Navigation and Erne System took place earlier this month. In late 2018, West Limerick Resources in partnership with Waterways Ireland and 13 local development…
Online Applications For Mooring & Passage Canal Permits Now Open
#InlandWaters - Combined mooring and passage permits and extended mooring permits for the Grand Canal, Royal Canal and Barrow Navigation for the 2019 season are now available online from Waterways Ireland. All permits will run until Thursday 31 October, with…
Some of the boat building team with a Lough Erne Cot produced in a joint effort between Cavan Town Men’s Shed and Lough Erne Heritage in 2016
A new community heritage project in Co Fermanagh focuses on raising awareness and preserving the heritage of traditional boat building and the cultural heritage of the people who lived on and around the shores of Lough Erne. The ERNE Programme,…
Fish mortalities on the Ballycorrigan River in Ballina, Co Tipperary last summer
#FishKill - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) prosecuted Irish Water yesterday (Tuesday 5 February) at Ballina District Court for the discharge of a harmful substance into the Ballycorrigan River on 17 May last year, causing a fish kill. Among the fish…
Fisheries officers Paul Reynolds and Dermot Long on a protection patrol
Inland Fisheries Ireland has launched a recruitment campaign for seasonal fisheries officers nationwide. The seasonal positions offer an opportunity to protect and develop Ireland’s rivers, lakes and waterways during the summer months. There are up to 40 positions on offer…
A boat traverses a lock on the Shannon-Erne Waterway
#InlandWaters - Funding for Waterways Ireland is on the rise, and particularly for projects in the Dublin region, according to Heritage Minister Josepha Madigan. Responding last week to a Dáil question from Cavan-Monaghan TD Brendan Smith, Minister Madigan outlined that…
The Royal Canal at Ballinacarrigy in Co Westmeath
The Dublin branch of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland is working on plans for a rally this summer inspired by the Green & Silver route. 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of Green & Silver by LTC…
Lough Erne Landscape Partnership Seeks Full-Time Heritage Project Manager
The Lough Erne Landscape Partnership is recruiting for the full-time position of Heritage Project Manager, based in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. The successful candidate will work closely with local project partners, taking the lead on developing and delivering a suite of…
First Phase Of Lower Bann Blueway Up And Running
#InlandWaters - The proposed Blueway route between Toome and Coleraine along the Lower Bann corridor as moved a step closer to fruition as work was recently completed on Phase One of the project at Glenone. In the joint venture between…
Athlone town centre as seen from the Shannon on Google Maps
Planning an inland waterways cruise this spring or summer? Or simply curious to explore the wonders of Ireland’s longest river from anywhere in the world? Now you can visit the River Shannon virtually thanks to the new boaters-eye view on…
Waterways Ireland Issues Notice Of Ban On Green Diesel For Personal Pleasure Craft From January 2020
Waterways Ireland has issued a notice for masters and owners of vessels that the Department of Finance intends changing the law regarding the use of marked gas oil, or MGO, in private pleasure craft from 1 January 2020. The change…
Applications Now Open For Waterways Ireland’s 2019 Events Programme
#InlandWaters - The Waterways Ireland Events Programme is now open for 2019 and welcomes applications from inland waterways and waterside communities seeking support to start and grow sustainable events. Taking place annually for the past 13 years, the programme has…
Row the Erne take their community-built curragh out on the river
Waterways Ireland’s YouTube channel is this week featuring a series of ‘Stories from the Waterways’ highlighting various community groups and cottage industries that have made the most of their local environment close to Ireland’s canals, lakes and rivers. The first…
Waterways Ireland Partners With European ‘Green WIN’ Project
Waterways Ireland is involved with the European project Green WIN, which aims to address excess energy use and high carbon emissions generated by pumping equipment and systems to keep waterways operational. This project is funded under Priority 2 ‘Low Carbon’…
Power & Water Supply On Shannon Navigation Will Be Disconnected For Winter Period
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland advises that the electricity supply to power pedestals and the supply of water to taps on public moorings on the Shannon Navigation will soon be disconnected for the winter period. The move is being made for…

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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