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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…
Historic Low In Fish Kills Welcomed - But Water Quality Concerns Remain
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has noted with caution the findings from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) report on water quality in 2017. While it welcomes the fact that the number of fish kills in Irish waters were at a historic…
Irish Water Safety deputy chief executive and marketing manager Roger Sweeney with the IWAI’s John Dolan and Kay Baxter, and Minister of State Sean Canney
The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) was honoured this week at the Irish Water Safety National Awards. The Community and Social Responsibility Award was in recognition of the work by the association and its members in supporting Irish Water…
The public moorings at Shannonbridge on the Shannon Navigation
The winter mooring period has begun and with it a number of changes to the operation of Waterways Ireland’s moorings. Winter mooring is available on Waterways Ireland moorings on the River Shannon for the 5 month period 1 November –…
Fermanagh man Albert Robinson put his craftsperson skills to remarkable use in recreating tools used by Ireland's canal-building navvies
#InlandWaters - Tools created by local Fermanagh craftsperson Albert Robinson were a key feature during this year’s World Canals Conference. The tools, displayed in archive exhibition ‘Reflections, the Lasting Legacy of the Waterways’, brought to life the story of the…
Waterways Ireland Website Launches New Corporate Social Media
#InlandWaters - This week Waterways Ireland has launched new corporate pages on Facebook and Twitter. The social media accounts draw together all the messages around marine notices, job vacancies, construction works, corporate events and public consultations into a single location…
Public Consultations On Ulster Canal Greenway’s Second Phase Begin This Week
#InlandWaters - A series of three ‘community information events’ on the next phase of the Ulster Canal Greenway begins this week, with a meeting at Tyholland Community Centre in Co Monaghan from 4pm to 8pm tomorrow (Tuesday 2 October). This will…
Iconic bridge: New Ross councillors favour Kennedy as the name of the bridge over Pink Rock by a small majority. Afloat adds that the structure to span the River Barrow, is located downriver of the Port of New Ross which is Ireland's most inland port at 32km from the sea via Waterford Estuary.
#InlandWaterways - The longest bridge in Ireland will finally be named in a fortnight's time after councillors in Piltown and New Ross voted by a small majority last week in favour of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy name at separate council…
IWAI President John Dolan (left) Minister for Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan (centre) and Waterways Ireland Chief Executive Dawn Livingstone
Last week, Athlone Co Westmeath was the chosen venue for the 20 th World Canals Conference, co-hosted this year by the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland and Waterways Ireland. Speaking during the Conference, Inland Waterways International President David Edwards-May referred…
At least 28 swallows settled on the forward rail of Scruples II. See Video below
Portrunny on the northwest shore of Lough Ree is a secluded and very peaceful place renowned for its bird life. But even so, the crew of the good ship Scruples II berthed there recently reckoned they might have reached a…
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…
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…
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…

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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