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File image of the canal lift bridge at Begnagh, Co Longford
Waterways Ireland advises master of vessels on the Royal Canal that due to ongoing serious mechanical issues with Begnagh Lift Bridge, it can only be operated manually. The current scheduled dates for lift operation are Fridays 25 June, 2 and 9…
Revived back in 1972, the Cong Galway Race will be sailed on Sunday, June 27.
Europe’s oldest and longest inland sailing race is part of the history of the West Coast of Ireland. The history of Galway itself claims that Ptolemy, the astronomer and mathematician born in 100 AD at Alexandria in Egypt and who…
Map illustrating the new safe play zone and position of marker buoys at Castle Archdale
​Waterways Ireland has announced the creation of a non-motorised ‘safe play’ zone at Castle Archdale Country Park on Lower Lough Erne in Co Fermanagh.​Echoing a similar scheme currently in operation at Muckross Bay in Kesh, Enniskillen, the new zone will…
File image of the Grand Canal at Hazelhatch
The Grand Canal Greenway will be extended from the 12th Lock in Lucan to Hazelhatch Bridge after Transport Minister Eamon Ryan allocated an additional €1.4 million to South Dublin County Council for the completion of the works by 2022. The…
The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge is named after the mother of former US president John F Kennedy whose ancestors hail from nearby Dunganstown, Co. Wexford. AFLOAT adds the bridge on the River Barrow permits ships to navigate upriver to the Port of New Ross, Ireland's most inland port and adds above in the foreground is Pink Rock on the Co. Kilkenny side of the riverbank.
Spanning the Barrow (downriver of the Port of New Ross) is the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge which has won a prestigious international award for engineering excellence and design of the bridge that opened last year.  As The Irish Times writes,…
Mirror and 420 dinghies at Lough Ree Yacht Club
This weekend saw the much-anticipated return to racing for two youth sailing fleets; the Mirror & 420 fleets. This joint event held at Lough Ree Yacht Club, was a Mirror Regional Championship and a 420 "Warm Up" Regatta. The first…
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Waterways Ireland has issued an update for masters and owners regarding boat passage arrangements in or out of Dublin on the Grand and Royal canals in 2021. Movements in or out of the city will continue to be organised by…
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Waterways Ireland has issued a notice to provide advice to operators of Personal Water Craft (Jetskis) in order to ensure the safe enjoyment of the inland waterways for all. Personal Watercraft (PWC) are largely enjoyed responsibly, yet they present a…
Victoria Lock at Meelick
Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that low water levels exist on the upstream approaches to Meelick and Victoria Lock, north of Portumna on the Shannon Navigation. Water levels are currently up to 39cm below summer levels as…
Lough Ree RNLI’s volunteer crew with a tow line attached to their inshore lifeboat
Lough Ree RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launched came to the assistance of two cruisers on the lake over the bank holiday weekend, taking seven people to safety. Just after lunchtime on Saturday (5 June), the volunteer crew responded to a call from…
File image of Grand Canal Dock in Dublin
Waterways Ireland has notified masters and owners of vessels at Grand Canal Dock in Dublin that diving operations originally set to take place on Thursday 10 June will now go ahead on Tueaday 15 June. The operation is for an…
Lough Corrib in Co Galway
The Connaught Telegraph reports that Galway city councillors are tendering for a study on the feasibility of a new blueway for Galway and Mayo. According to details on the State’s eTenders website, the proposed blueway would extend from Lough Mask…
The River Barrow in Carlow town
A teenage boy said he “had no choice but to jump in” and rescue a mother and daughter from drowning in the River Barrow in Carlow at the weekend. As RTÉ News reports, Miley Doran (17) told how he saw…
Monasterevin Lifting Bridge on the Barrow Line in Co Kildare
Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that due to technical difficulties, the lifting bridge on the Grand Canal’s Barrow Line at Monasterevin cannot currently be opened for navigation traffic. Staff are working to put the bridge back in…
When the Carrybridge RNLI crew were about to assist the first casualty vessel, a second vessel also temporarily ran aground in the same vicinity of the shallows
At 6.30 pm on Saturday 29 May, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards was launched to a vessel with two people on board, which had run aground approx. 1 mile North East of Tiraroe public jetty. Winds…
Lough Ree RNLI crew
In two separate incidents, the Lough Ree RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew came to the assistance of six people at Gailey Bay and Nuns Island over the weekend. At 6 pm on Saturday (29 May) the Lough Ree RNLI volunteer lifeboat…

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