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Athlone Lock on the Shannon Navigation
Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that instream work will commence on the new slipway south of the Athlone Lock from tomorrow, Wednesday 4 August. Works will also take place on the East Bank some 200m south of…
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Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that low water levels are being experienced on the 26th level (Long Level) of the Grand Canal’s Barrow Line. As of Friday 30 July, water levels are down 400mm from expected levels.…
Faith in the future - the sod-turning ceremony to launch work on Killaloe SC’s new €700,000 clubhouse on Lough Derg included (left to right) Councillor Tony O’Brien, Sue Concannon & Jim Ryan of KSC Development Committee, Cllr. Dr. Phyll Bugler, Caroline Rice (KSC PRO), and Commodore John Callanan
Work has begun on the new clubhouse facilities for Killaloe Sailing Club near Ogonelloe on the southwest shores of Lough Derg, with the recent official turning of the first sod at the site a very significant milestone for the club.…
The River Barrow running through Athy in Co Kildare
The Economic Plan for the Barrow Blueway published today (Thursday 22 July) by Heather Humphreys, Minister for Rural and Community Development, promises to maximise the economic impact of the amenity for Co Kildare. It aims to inform, guide and encourage…
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Waterways Ireland has issued a number of advisories for masters and users of the Shannon Navigation over the coming days and weeks. Where the Shannon meets the River Suck, Pollboy lock gates are on restricted operation until this Saturday 24…
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Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that low water levels are being experienced on the summit level of the Royal Canal near Mullingar as the Midlands experience the highest temperatures of Ireland’s extended heatwave. Water levels are currently…
Quagga mussels discovered in Ireland
The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland has alerted members over reports of the invasive quagga mussel in the River Shannon. The bivalve is said to be “abundant in Lough Ree over a wide range of depths” and has also been…
Aqua Splash Water Park on Lough Derg
Insurance woes could mean a popular Lough Derg water park may not reopen, as The Irish Times reports. Aqua Splash owner Stephen Fitzgerald says the withdrawal of his UK-based insurer post-Brexit has forced the closure of the Co Tipperary facility…
Barrow Bridge: The Dáil hears move is temporary amid fears iconic structure will deteriorate if left open. As AFLOAT adds the disused railway bridge connecting counties Kilkenny (left) and Wexford (right) was also the longest such bridge in Ireland until the line linking Waterford and Rosslare Europort closed in 2010. Above in this scene taken in 1997 is the swing-bridge section to permit ships to reach the inland Port of New Ross.  The ship heading upriver, AFLOAT also adds is likely to be the tanker 'Irishgate' of Rowbotham Tankships later owned by James Fisher & Sons.
As the New Ross Standard reports, a Government spokesperson confirming in the Dáil, said the river Barrow Bridge will not be kept permanently open and will be maintained. Following questioning from Independent TD Verona Murphy, Minister of State Colm Brophy…
File image of Dromana Bridge on the River Blackwater
The discovery of a number of cars illegally dumped in the River Blackwater has prompted Waterford City & County Council investigation, as the Irish Examiner reports. As many as 10 vehicles were found last week in a wooded area of…
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Waterways Ireland advises masters and users of the Shannon Navigation that the ESB will be carrying out repairs to the electricity network in the Tarmonbarry area in Co Roscommon tomorrow, Monday 12 July. As a result, Tarmonbarry lifting bridge and…
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Waterways Ireland is commissioning a feasibility study on options for sustainable on-the-water living on Ireland’s canal network. Details of the request for tender (RFT) are available online, with the study expected to include analysis of on-the-water living conditions abroad as…
This inland cruiser of unknown provenance is one of 31 vessels being sold by public tender
Waterways Ireland proposes to dispose, by public tender, of a number of vessels removed from the Grand Canal, Royal Canal, Barrow Navigation and Shannon Navigation. Thirty-one vessels are presently stored in the Waterways Ireland impound lot in Athlone, Co Westmeath.…
File image of the Grand Canal at Park West
Waterways Ireland advises that the towpath on the Grand Canal between Park West and the 9th Lock Road in Clondalkin, West Dublin will be closed from tomorrow, Monday 5 July until Friday 16 July to facilitate essential works on behalf…
File image of the Lecarrow Canal in Co Roscommon
Waterways Ireland has issued separate notices for masters and owners of vessels on the Shannon Navigation regarding weed cutting and diving operations. Weed cutting is currently taking place on the Lecarrow Canal in Co Roscommon and will continue until this…
Over 7,800 of the 11,000 records including drawings, maps, slides, photos, videos and oral history held by Waterways Ireland, have been digitised, catalogued and uploaded to the searchable website
Malcolm Noonan, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform has launched the Waterways Ireland Digital Archive, making the history of the inland waterways more accessible than ever to all. Unique and irreplaceable; over 7,800 of the 11,000 records including…

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