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Ronan Beirne (left) with John Leech of LDYC (centre) and David Mulvin, winners of the Flying Fifteen Western Championships on Lough Derg
Flying Fifteen
The National Yacht Club's David Mulvin and Ronan Beirne lifted the Flying Fifteen Western Championships after four races sailed on Lough Derg yesterday as part of the Lough Derg Yacht Club's Freshwater Keelboat Regatta writes our special correspondent. The annual…
Newry and Portadown volunteers have created a video entitled ‘New Life for the Old Canal’ celebrating a project to re-water the summit level of the Newry Canal
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The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society will bring the Heritage Angel Awards to Northern Ireland for the first time and IWAI Newry and Portadown have been shortlisted to receive a Heritage Angel Award in the category Best Rescue, Recording or Interpretation…
Waterways Ireland says Mooring lines and cleats on vessels at these facilities will be under strain as will the shore bollards that they are made fast to
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Waterways Ireland advises Masters and Owners of vessels berthed in public harbours, at jetties or moorings against visiting any vessels or boats during periods of extreme weather such as storm force winds and heavy rainfall. Strong winds are a hazard…
Squibs racing last year at Lough Derg Yacht Club
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In Lough Derg Yacht Club over the weekend of 22-23 October, Squibs will come from the North, South and East coasts of Ireland as well as from Britain to compete in what will be one of the most enjoyable regattas…
Boats in Naas Harbour in 2016
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The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) Kildare will return again to Naas Harbour to celebrate the Naas Canal Festival which runs from Friday October 27th to Monday October 30th. This year’s Festival is a very special event as 2017…
Other marine related wins at the Georgina Awards yesterday (pictured above) were the Atmospheric Restaurant of the Year that went to The Boat House Bistro, at Dromquinna Manor, Kenmare, Co Kerry and Seafood Restaurant of the Year that went to Galway city’s Westend establishment, Hooked.
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The Carrick-on-Shannon eatery, St. George's Terrace Restaurant in County Leitrim that is popular with boaters has won a Taste of the Waterways Award in Georgina Campbell's Annual Restaurant Awards this week. Campbell said 'There are plenty of good eating places…
The winter mooring period for public harbours on the above navigation will commence on 1st Nov 2017 and end on the 31st Mar 2018
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland is advising masters that the winter mooring period for public harbours on the above navigation will commence on 1st Nov 2017 and end on the 31st Mar 2018. Masters are advised that the associated charges, €63.50, must be…
Waterways Ireland Rolls Out Online Booking & Payment Enhancements
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland has announced improvements to its website over the coming weeks that will allow customers to pay for permit applications, mooring fees and other services online. With paper applications being phased out, Waterways Ireland is encouraging users…
River Shannon Cruising can be slow or fast–paced as we discovered in a three day adventure in Leitrim and North Roscommon
Inland Waterways
Exploring the Shannon by boat with a Carrickcraft three-day cruiser hire was not the first choice for David O'Brien and family's September weekend getaway. But North Roscommon gave a lot more than expected With the summer ebbing away, my family were…
Free Tours of Grand Canal Dock Houseboats During Open House Dublin Next Month
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - Houseboat tours in Grand Canal Dock will feature of Open House Dublin 2017 from 13 to 15 October. The Irish Architecture Foundation has teamed up with Waterways Ireland to offer tours of four such houseboats stationed in the…
The River Liffey's only dedicated sight-seeing tour boat 'Spirit of Docklands' berthed at Bachelors Walk on the north quays close to O'Connell Bridge.
Dublin Port
#riverliffey - Operating on the River Liffey of our capital city is Dublin Discovered Boat Tours which this summer welcomed overseas visitors, so who were the top five nationalities? to have taken the cruise, writes Jehan Ashmore. But before these…
L_R Back row Roisin Moore, Monaghan County Council, Dawn Livingstone Waterways Ireland, Sharon Keogan East Border Region, Andrew Grieve Department for Infrastructure (NI), Alderman Elizabeth Ingram Armagh Banbridge Craigavon Borough Council, Paul Clifford Monaghan County Council   Front Row Cathaoirleach Cathy Bennett, Minister Shane Ross, Gina McIntyre SEUPB and Minister Heather Humphreys
Inland Waterways
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD and the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, have today launched the EU-funded €4.95m Ulster Canal Greenway Project which will see the development of an off-road…
La Bamba approaches Gortmore. The breeze increased to 30–kts at times for this year's Gortmore Bell Race on Lough Derg
Inland Waterways
The Gortmore Bell Race, sponsored by Union Chandlery took place this Saturday on Lough Derg with 23 boats taking part across two classes. This is the lough's longest race in the calendar from Iniscealtra Sailing Club’s base in Mountshannon to…
Waterways Ireland HQ in Enniskillen houses the archives for Ireland’s inland waterways
Inland Waterways
​#InlandWaters - ​The Waterways Ireland Archive in Enniskillen is open for tours today and tomorrow (Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September) as part of the European Heritage Open Days taking place across Northern Ireland this weekend. From 1pm to 5pm…
Minister Michael Ring meets Waterways Ireland staff and elected and executive Members of Leitrim County Council at Acres Lake last December to see progress on the boardwalk, which is now open
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - The floating boardwalk at Acres Lake in Co Leitrim — a first for Ireland — is now open, completing the final leg of the Shannon Blueway. Afloat.ie previously reported on the project in Drumshanbo when current Rural Development…
Rise In Fish Kills Recorded In EPA Water Quality Report Disappointing Says Fisheries Agency
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#FishKill - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has expressed disappointment at the findings of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s water quality review. According to the EPA report, published yesterday (Thursday 31 August), the total number of reported fish kills in 2013–2015…

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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