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Canadian Ambassador Helps Celebrate 20 Years Of The Shannon-Erne Waterway

25th April 2014
Canadian Ambassador Helps Celebrate 20 Years Of The Shannon-Erne Waterway

#ShannonErne - Waterways Ireland welcomed Canadian Ambassador Loyola Hearn and his wife Maureen to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Shannon-Erne Waterway earlier this month.

The ambassador arrived in Leitrim village on a Waterways Ireland boat, and after meeting with representatives from Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland at the local marina, he planted a maple tree as a symbol of strength and endurance in Canada.

Waterways Ireland chief executive Dawn Livingstone led the ambassador on a visit to Glenview Folk Museum alongside Lock 5 of the waterway, after which he visited Riversdale Barges, where he took in a barge building project with owner Graham Thomas.

On a traditional barge, the ambassador and his party travelled on to Ballinamore where they were met at the community marina by Sadie McGovern of Ballinamore Development Association, Locaboat hire boat company manager Phillipe Ducont and children from three local schools.

Ambassador Hearn was joined by Livingstone in presenting certificates to St Brigids National School in Drumcong and Scoil Brid and St Patrick's National Schools in Ballinamore for their work on the Waterways Ireland Education Programme.

Canada was a major contributor to the International Fund for Ireland that covered the costs of the Shannon-Erne Waterway, which opened in 1994 as the first corss-border waterway project in Ireland.

In related news, Waterways Ireland is now selling a Navigational Guide to the Shannon and Erne Waterways, a comprehensive A3 booklet with section-by-section guides complete with drawings, photos, instructions and navigation tips.

The new guide is available from the Waterways Ireland online shop for €15.

Published in Inland Waterways
MacDara Conroy

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