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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…
Lough Erne Yacht Club on Gublusk Bay
#WaterSafety - Lifejackets should be made compulsory on Northern Ireland’s waterways, the inquest into the drowning of a former Lough Erne Yacht Club commodore has heard. As BBC News reports, coroner Joe McCrisken suggested that Michael Beattie may have had…
Vikings are landing in Athlone this weekend as part of the Feastival festivities
The Athlone Shannon Feastival this weekend 8-9 September expects to attract thousands of people to the Midlands town to take part in and enjoy the action packed lineup of activities on and off the Shannon and Lough Ree waterways. This…
Pike In Irish Waters Have Changed Their Diet, New Research Indicates
#Angling - Pike in Irish waters may have changed their diet preferences, according to a new report launched this week by Inland Fisheries Ireland. The report looks at new research carried out in 2016 on Lough Conn in Co Mayo…
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…
Cluaine Uaine Bheag moored at Shannon Harbour in 2009
#HistoricBoats - Waterways Ireland is seeking tenders to restore a legacy canal barge as an office space for Dublin’s Silicon Docks. According to the tender document, Waterways Ireland intends to clean out the vessel, further inspect its structural condition and…
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…
Carrybridge RNLI approaching the grounded cruiser on Upper Lough Erne
#RNLI - Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat and rescue water craft launched to assist a 23ft cruiser which had run aground close to the Share Centre on Upper Lough Erne yesterday evening, Sunday 5 August. Winds were south-westerly Force 2 with good…
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…
Udderly problematic! The cow is rescued by the RNLI south of Athlone
At 10.33am this morning Malin Head Coast Guard requested Lough Ree RNLI launch to assist in the rescue of a cow that was stuck in the mud at Long Island, 2 miles south of Athlone. Conditions at the time were…
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…
Waterways Ireland Welcomes Launch Of National Greenways Strategy
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland has welcomed last week’s launch of the National Greenways Strategy by Tourism Minister Shane Ross. The strategy sets out how national and regional greenways in Ireland should be planned and constructed, and is backed by a…
A pilot cutter Afloat adds is underway having set off from Milford Haven, south Wales where the waterway will be at the centre of the 'Haven of Heritage' event next week.
#Ports&Shipping - Learn about the rich maritime heritage of the Milford Haven Waterway in south Wales in addition to surrounding towns that will be showcased during a unique event next week, on Thursday 26 July.  To celebrate Visit Wales’ ‘Year…
The 21st Lock on Grand Canal, east of Tullamore
Waterways Ireland has advised that due to the heat wave water levels on the Grand Canal system are low on many levels, particularly East of Tullamore in County Offaly. The Inspector of Navigation, Patrick Harkin, says owners and masters of vessels…
President Michael D Higgins To Speak At World Canals Conference In Athlone This September
#InlandWaters - President of Ireland Michael D Higgins has been confirmed as a guest of honour at the World Canals Conference in Athlone this autumn. “We are honoured that the President who throughout his career has demonstrated his commitment to…
Mis-use of Electrical Power in Waterways Ireland Harbours
Waterways Ireland says it has been experiencing tampering with power bollards, where the card reader/wiring/circuit has been interfered with to enable access to free power. Waterways Ireland is advising masters and owners of vessels that:- This practice is illegal. This…

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