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Bellanaleck in Co Fermanagh on the River Erne
Waterways Ireland advises masters of all craft that the public mooring jetty and slipway at Bellanaleck in Co Fermanagh will be closed from this Monday 30 November until the end of March next year. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, this…
File image pf Deey Bridge and the 13th Lock on the Royal Canal, west of Leixlip in Co Kildare
Waterways Ireland advises users of the Royal Canal between Leixlip and Maynooth in Co Kildare that there will be no boat passages permitted from next Monday 23 November until the end of January 2021 due to deep gate replacement and…
Proposal for ‘Shannon Greenway’ to Connect Limerick with Lough Derg
A working group has been established to develop a proposal for a Shannon Greenway connecting the city of Limerick with Lough Derg. Waterways Ireland says it is working together with Clare County Council, Limerick City & County Council and others…
Dredging on the Lower Bann
Waterways Ireland says it is undertaking a “significant programme” of maintenance works on inland waterways in Northern Ireland over the winter period. On the Lower Bann, which connects Lough Neagh to the sea north of Coleraine, works will focus on…
New treatment plant at Tubbercurry, Co Sligo, one of the 19 large urban areas that failed to meet EU treatment standards in 2019
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) says it welcomes the Environmental Protection Agency’s new report on urban waste water treatment in 2019. Published this week, the EPA’s report criticises Irish Water over failure to meet pollution prevention standards at treatment facilities for 19…
Inland Fisheries Ireland Updates ‘Planning for Watercourses in the Urban Environment’ Guidelines
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has launched an update of its guideline document ‘Planning for Watercourses in the Urban Environment’. It outlines an integrated watercourse protection strategy that has been developed by IFI through consultation with a wide range of experts…
Work has been ongoing for many years to restore the Ulster Canal as a navigation and greenway
Work on the second phase of restoring the Ulster Canal has picked up this year, with related projects now on track to be completed by 2023. That was the message from Heritage Minister Darragh O’Brien in a recent written response…
File image of the Royal Canal in Longford
Refurbishment of the Longford Canal and the extension of the Grand Canal Greenway from Daingean to Edenderry are two of the projects that will be funded from a €63.5m allocation for greenways in 2021. Transport Minister Eamon Ryan and Minister…
The Shannon Navigation at Athlone
Waterways Ireland reminds masters on the Shannon Navigation and Shannon-Erne Waterway that the winter mooring period for public harbours will commence this Sunday 1 November and continue until 31 March 2021. Masters wishing to avail of winter mooring on these…
Chief Executive Officer, Waterways Ireland: An Exciting & Challenging Leadership Opportunity
Waterways Ireland is responsible for the management, maintenance, development, restoration and promotion of the inland navigable waterway system throughout the island, principally for recreational and tourism purposes. It has responsibility for approximately 1,000km of navigable waterways. With a staff of…
Waterways Ireland Shuts Service Blocks, Locks & Bridges Amid Nationwide Level 5 Restrictions
Waterways Ireland has temporarily closed service blocks across its all-island network of inland waters as of today, Thursday 22 October. The move is in line with the latest coronavirus control measures announced by both the Northern Ireland Executive and the…
Late waterways historian Brian J Goggin
Afloat is saddened to learn of the death of Brian J Goggin, noted inland waterways historian and a former contributor to this publication. A longtime member of the Irish Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI), who served as editor of its…
Dromod Harbour in Co Leitrim
Waterways Ireland advises that essential maintenance works at Dromod Harbour on the Shannon Navigation in Co Leitrim are due to commence this Thursday 15 October and run until Friday 27 November. All on-site services, including water and pump-out facility, will…
The Barrow Navigation at Bagenalstown
Owners of boats without permits on the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal and the Barrow Navigation face the removal of their vessels by Waterways Ireland later this month. They are among the boats in contravention of bye-laws that will…
Cruisers on the Shannon at Killaloe in Co Clare
Waterways Ireland has suspended the five-day mooring rule until late October in the wake of the country’s move to Level 3 coronavirus restrictions. As of this past Wednesday 7 October, the rule — which prohibits vessels from mooring in one…
Plunkett Bridge at Pollagh on the Grand Canal
Waterways Ireland advises all users of the Grand Canal in Co Offaly that the southern tow path from Plunkett Bridge at Pollagh to Turraun — half-way between Tullamore and Shannon Harbour — will be closed from next Monday 12 October…

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