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Irish Boating Updates on Inland Waterways, Rivers, Canals and Holidays
With the publication today of the Notice of Race (downloadable below) and the opening of the online entry system it’s all systems go for the Fireball World Championship in Lough Derg Yacht Club, Dromineer in August. This will be the…
Lough Derg “Lap the Lake” Cycle Will Raise Funds for RNLI
A Lough Derg “Lap the lake” 130 km cycle is raising funds for RNLI Lough Derg this May  Starting and finishing at the well-known harbour of Dromineer, parking and showers will be available at nearby Lough Derg Yacht Club.  Lough…
Shannon One Designs in close racing at Lough Ree Yacht Club. In 2022, the Shannon ODs are celebrating their Centenary, while the 1770-founded Lough Ree YC will be marking its pandemic-postponed Quarter Millennium+
Lough Ree Yacht Club and the Shannon One Design Association are sharing this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Sailing Club of the Year Award. It’s the well-deserved honouring of a dynamic combination that provides a core contribution to the Athlone area’s reputation…
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Waterways Ireland advises users of the Grand Canal from Lock 12 in Lucan to Hazelhatch that the towpath on the north bank will be closed from Monday 10 January to Sunday 6 February inclusive. This four-week closure is to facilitate…
Launching dinghies for the Lough Ree Yacht Club Night Sail
As often happens, the result of an improvised plan can be better than the original. Due to Covid, Lough Ree Yacht Club was unable to hold their usual Christmas party in the clubhouse. It was decided instead to decorate boats…
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All 16 locks on the Shannon-Erne Waterway will be out of service from today, Friday 24 December to Monday 3 January inclusive. No lock passage by boat will be possible during this period. Normal service will resume at 9am on…
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A number of greenways along Ireland’s waterways will benefit from a funding package for greenways and national roads worth two-thirds of a billion euro, which was announced today (Friday 17 December). Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan confirmed that Transport Infrastructure…
Nanny Quinn’s at the Royal Canal’s 18th Lock
Christmas has arrived along the Royal Canal Greenway as a line-up of festive things to do and see at its multiple trailheads are announced. In Kildare, visitors can veer off the greenway to experience a taste of Christmas with Festive…
Lough Derg RNLI respond to the paddleboarder callout
On Wednesday afternoon, 15 December, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist a person who reported themselves in difficulty in the water near Portumna, at the northern end of Lough Derg. As the crew and…
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Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels and users of the Shannon-Erne Waterway that tree trimming and hedge cutting will continue at various locations over the winter period. During these operations until February 2022, mechanical plant will operate on floating…
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Waterways Ireland has launched a request for tender for the development of a visitor and tourism plan for the Clondra/Richmond Harbour and Tarmonbarry area at the western end of the Royal Canal. According to the RFT, the intended plan “will…
Historic journey - Colum Stapleton, curator, calligrapher, Renato Mela and ink maker, Jessica Reid, being ferried from Trinity Island Lough Key by Finian Dodd during the ceremonial transfer of the annals tradition from Holy Trinity Abbey to Brú Moytura
A symbolic journey by boat on Lough Key in Co Roscommon at the weekend marked the start of an ambitious project to update annals written by monks five centuries ago. Curator and scribe Colum Stapleton has included references to the…
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Offaly County Council is calling on the public to have their say on the Banagher Marina Master Plan in an online consultation. It’s hoped that projects arising from the master plan will help to reposition Banagher Marina as a tourism…
Shannon Tourism Masterplan - Ministers Darragh O’Brien TD and Malcolm Noonan TD visited the Shannon region this week
Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD and Minister Malcolm Noonan TD, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, visited the Shannon region to mark the successes of the first year of the Shannon Tourism Masterplan.…
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Waterways Ireland advises users of the Grand Canal towpath in Co Kildare from Lock N1 in Osberstown to Soldier’s Island in the Sallins area that sections of this towpath will be closed to the public until Wednesday 22 December. This…
Waterways Ireland Climate Ambitions - (l-r) is Cormac McCarthy, Environment Officer, John Mc Donagh CEO, Minister Mallon and  Joe Mc Mahon Director of Technical Services
Nichola Mallon MLA, Minister for Infrastructure today (24th November) met with Waterways Ireland CEO John McDonagh at its Headquarters in Enniskillen. John Mc Donagh briefed Minister Mallon on a range of key projects including the 10-year Strategy and Waterways Ireland’s…
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