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Waterways Ireland to Commence Ulster Canal €6m Programme Following Shared Ireland Fund Announcement

18th December 2020
Ulster Canal - the restoration is being delivered in phases that are detailed below Ulster Canal - the restoration is being delivered in phases that are detailed below

Waterways Ireland has welcomed the significant funding announcement today by Minister Daragh O'Brien TD and Minister of State Noonan TD from the #Shared Island Fund to support the implementation of Phase 2 of the work on the Ulster Canal.

Phase 2 of the Ulster Canal focuses on the restoration of the canal between Clones and Clonfad in County Monaghan, including a canal basin marina and amenity area in Clones.

Acting Chief Executive John Mc Donagh said " Waterways Ireland is well advanced in our preparations to enable us to mobilise this project on the Ulster Canal. The Ulster Canal is a significant link in our waterway network and will be complemented by the Ulster Canal Greenway when it is completed."

In 2007 Waterways Ireland was tasked with exploring the potential restoration of a 13.5 kilometres section of the cross border canal between Upper Lough Erne and Clones. Studies were carried out and designs prepared for planning submissions to Monaghan County Council, Cavan County Council, Clones Town Council and the Department of Environment (NI) in 2011.

Planning permission was granted in 2013 and subsequently extended, where applicable. The restoration is being delivered in phases that are detailed below.

Phase 1 of the restoration work was completed in 2019. This included dredging works to the River Finn, construction of a new lateral canal and navigation arch at Derrykerrib Bridge and the installation of a new mooring facility at Castlesaunderson. Thereby creating c. 2.5km of new navigation to a new boating destination at the Cavan County Council owned Castle Saunderson estate where the International Scouting Centre has been developed.

Phase 2 of the restoration work is ongoing subject to securing required funding. Waterways Ireland was successful in 2019 in securing €325,000 of Category 2 funding under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund for additional engineering studies for a section of the restoration between Clones and Clonfad in County Monaghan. During 2020 Waterways Ireland has utilised this investment to carry out preliminary engineering studies and tourism recreation studies to progress the restoration of an 800m reach of canal between Clones and Clonfad in County Monaghan, including a canal basin and amenity area in Clones.

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