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Six Waterways Projects In Running for All Ireland Community & Council Awards

15th November 2021
Fort Eliza on the banks of the Shannon in Co Offaly
Fort Eliza, on the banks of the Shannon in Co Offaly, the restoration fo which is one of the projects nominated in this year’s awards Credit: Jonjobaker/Wikimedia

Six Waterways Ireland projects have been chosen as finalists in this year’s All Ireland Community & Council Awards, which will be announced later this month.

They include the Royal Canal Greenway, the scenic 130km walking and cycling amenity stretching alongside the historic 225-year-old canal which was launched in March this year.

Elsewhere, Waterways Ireland invested over €100,000 in essential restoration works to the Napoleonic structure Fort Eliza, along the Shannon Navigation in Co Offaly.

The arts were also a focus for the cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways, resulting in a collaboration with the National College fo Art and Design (NCAD) that produced a digital zibaldone — or scrapbook of knowledge — capturing students artistic interpretations of waterways heritage.

Also in the running in this year’s awards are the Virtual Heritage Open Day, the Virtual Reality Canal Experience and the Green Dublin Docklands initiative.

Now in their 15th year, All Ireland Community & Council Awards — which are presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA — recognise and celebrate community and councils working together.

The awards ceremony takes place on Saturday 27 November.

Published in Inland Waterways
MacDara Conroy

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MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

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