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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…
Some of the Salmon and Trout killed on the Ollatrim river. In total, 14,749 fish were estimated dead with dead fish observed over a five kilometre stretch of the river.
Inland Fisheries Ireland has confirmed that a large fill kill occurred on the Ollatrim River, a tributary of the Nenagh River, Co. Tipperary last week. Fisheries Officers attended the site at Ballinahemery Bridge near Ballymackey, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary on Monday,…
Heritage Minister Josepha Madigan
#InlandWaters - The new Heritage Bill passed by the Dáil last week will not mandate inland waterways officers to present copies of relevant bye-laws to canal users, where in print or electronically. Galway West TD Éamon Ó Cuív’s proposed amendment…
Lough Ree RNLI Station was set up six years ago, in 2012 and operates an inshore rigid inflatable lifeboat
After four call-outs in three days to help fifteen people, reported earlier by Afloat.ie here, Lough Ree RNLI station has issued a warning to boat users that water levels may be lower than usual and to take more care writes…
A Carrickcraft 'Fermanagh' Class hire–cruiser at Carrick–on–Shannon in County Leitrim. The Irish firm operate 119 boats on the River Shannon at Carrick-on-Shannon and Banagher and on Lough Erne from Bellanaleck, outside Enniskillen
French boating holiday firm Locaboat Developpement has announced its acquisition of a majority stakeholding in Irish cruiser-hire company Carrickcraft. Locaboat is a market–leading, boating holidays company which operates 360 boats in six countries from some 27 bases throughout Europe. Acquired by…
Coney Island in Lough Neagh has a history dating back to Neolithic times
#LoughNeagh - The UK’s National Trust is seeking a new warden — or wardens — to care for the historic Coney Island in Lough Neagh, as Belfast Live reports. The island’s restored 19th-century cottage, which until last year was home…
From 01 September 2018 payment will be by Smart Card only.
Masters and users of the Shannon Navigation are advised that a Smart Card system will be introduced at all locks on the navigation from 01 July 2018. As Afloat.ie reported in March, Waterways Ireland says Masters of vessels will be…
Water Wags are visiting Drogheda as part of the Irish Maritime Festival 2018
15 years of dedicated voluntary work by the Boyne Navigation Branch, part of Inland Waterways Association of Ireland, will be celebrated at the Irish Maritime Festival in Drogheda next week. For many years the Boyne Canal had been closed to…
Water Activity Zone Coming To Enniskillen Blueway
#InlandWaters - That new Enniskillen Blueway water activity zone located beside Erneside footbridge will be opening soon. A range of family-friendly water activities including canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding will be offered at the zone developed by Waterways Ireland…
Keynote Speaker & Shannon ‘Feastival’ Boost World Canals Conference In Athlone
#InlandWaters - Mike Palmer of the UK’s Waterway Recovery Group has been announced as a keynote speaker at the World Canals Conference in Athlone this September. Chair of Britain’s national co-ordinating body for voluntary labour on inland waterways, Palmer will…
Shannon Harbour Canal Boat Rally Is Back On The Agenda
#Heritage - The Shannon Harbour Canal Boat Rally will go ahead this month, despite reports of its recent cancellation. Afloat.ie has learned that a new voluntary group has taken over the hosting of the rally, after Inland Waterways Association of…
Class A Tall Ship Pelican of London makes a return trip to Dublin Bay for the Dublin Port Tall Ships Regatta on the June Bak Holiday weekend
If you have been bitten by the Tall Ships bug, here is the opportunity to get your ‘fix’ - The Tall Ships Regatta sails into Dublin Port from Friday, 1st June to Monday, 4th June. Organised by Sail Training International,…
Some of the fresh produce available from Portumna Country Market
#InlandWaters - A Taste of Lough Derg, now in its fifth successive year, will return this summer to feature over 30 food events taking place in villages and towns along the shores of Lough Derg. The initiative is co-ordinated and…

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