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#Waterways - The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht faces a whopping 7% cut in this week's Budget - but Minister Jimmy Deenihan promises Ireland's inland waterways will get the money they need to deliver "core targets".
In his departmental statement following the announcement of Tuesday's Budget for 2014, the minister confirmed that over €38 million will be allocated for North-South co-operation - which includes support for Waterways Ireland.
"I am committed to developing North-South co-operation within the broader arts, heritage and commemorative activities of the department as well as through the funding of North-South bodies," said Minister Deenihan.
"A provision of €38.3 million will be made available to support the two North-South implementation bodies, An Foras Teanga, comprising Foras na Gaeilge and the Ulster-Scots Agency, and Waterways Ireland.
"The provision will enable Waterways Ireland to deliver on its core activities and targets, which include keeping the waterways open for navigation during the main boating season and promoting increased use of the waterways resource for recreational purposes."
He added: "This expenditure should also assist in developing and promoting the waterways, attracting increased numbers of overseas visitors and stimulating business and regeneration in these areas."
In addition, the minister said "capital funding of almost €4 million will be made available to Waterways Ireland to facilitate the ongoing maintenance and restoration of Ireland's inland waterways, thereby increasing recreational access along the routes of waterways."
Meanwhile, Minister Deenihan confirmed that the lifting rail bridge over the Royal Canal below Newcomen Bridge will not be replaced with a drop lock.
The minister was responding to a Dáil question from Dublin Central independent TD Maureen O'Sullivan, who described the current facility - which requires canal users to contact Waterways Ireland a minimum of two weeks ahead of passage from the Docklands to the Royal Canal and vice versa - as "hostile" and "an impediment and discouragement to navigation on the Royal Canal".
However, the minister replied that "the option of introducing a drop lock to replace the need of the lifting bridge has been considered but not deemed viable due to the cost estimate involved."
The bridge was procured and installed by Waterways Ireland's predecessor body and is operated by Irish Rail on a request basis at the expense of Waterways Ireland.
#tasteofwaterways – Waterways Ireland was delighted to award, in conjunction with Georgina Campbell Awards the winner of the "Taste of the Waterways award 2014" to the Watermill Lodge in Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh.
Hosted by Bord Bia in Dublin, these awards are presented annually in recognition of excellence in the Irish hospitality industry, with accolades across a range of categories, Reflecting the very best of these eateries along the waterways was Watermill Lodge. Dining at the Watermill is described as "Irish with a French twist", being owned by French Chef and fishing enthusiast Pascal Brissaud, and his Irish Partner Valerie Smith. The restaurant, in a striking thatched building full of character in a sylvan setting on the beautiful and expansive shores of Lough Erne, is complemented by exceptional accommodation and even a private jetty.
Éanna Rowe, Head of Marketing & Communications with Waterways Ireland congratulated the Watermill and indeed praised all the waterbased eateries for the enriching and fulfilling experiences they provide for visitors to Ireland's Inland Waterways.
The worthy winners included a number of establishments that feature in the "Taste of the Waterways Guide", produced by Waterways Ireland in conjunction with Georgina Campbell to highlight the best places to eat and drink along the waterways. Recently supplemented to incorporate things to See and Do, as well as Places to Stay, the guide is available free of charge from www.shopwaterwaysireland.org and is an essential ingredient in the recipe for a perfect visit to the waterways!
#inland – The Rivers Agency has advised that the sluice gates at Toome will be opened from the morning of Tuesday 15th October, to facilitate a testing exercise at the Cutts gates in Coleraine. They will remain open until the morning of Saturday 19th October. Boaters may experience strong flows during this exercise.
For queries please contact:
The Rivers Agency
37 Castleroe Road
Tel: 028 7034 2357
Fax: 028 7032 0628
Email: [email protected]
Records were broken in Cavan and Kerry, the latter's premier trout fishery of Lough Currane producing a near 15-pounder hen sea trout caught and released by Corkman Paul Lawton, while the former's section of Lough Sheelin saw the heaviest fish of the season, a 12lb "beauty", landed by Galway's Toby Bradshaw.
The Irish Times has much more on recent angling action HERE.
#FishKill - Staff with Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) are investigating two separate fish kill incidents on Lough Keeldra in Co Leitrim and in the Camlin River in Longford town.
Considerable numbers of dead perch were recorded at Lough Keeldra, outside Mohill, following a report to IFI on 10 September. Live fish also observed in the lake were noted to be in distress.
The presence of blue/green algae is currently being considered as part of the investigations. Lough Keeldra is a designated bathing area and signs erected by Leitrim County Council prohibit bathing at present.
Elsewhere, more than 2,000 fish mortalities were recorded over a 6km stretch of the Camlin River from Cartron Bridge downstream as far as the confluence with the River Shannon after IFI staff began their investigation on 4 September following a tip-off from the public.
Brown trout, roach, pike, eel and white-clawed crayfish were among the dead fish discovered, although live fish have since been recorded within the affected area.
Water samples have been taken for analysis and IFI continuing with its investigation to try to identify the source of the pollution that caused the fish kill. This may not be possible given the fact that the fish kill is believed to have occurred on the weekend of the 1 September.
Members of the public are being urged to note that after a prolonged period of low flow levels and unseasonably high water temperatures, all aquatic life - but especially fish - are extremely vulnerable to the slightest deterioration in water quality.
Landowners and the owners of any premises or property that adjoins a watercourse should take particular care to ensure that every reasonable measure is taken to minimise any threat to water quality and fish life.
IFI is appealing to the public to report any incident or suspected incident of pollution or deterioration of water quality and sightings of distressed fish.
Amanda Mooney, director for the Shannon River Basin District, said: “Whether an incident occurs deliberately or inadvertently, it is critical for fish welfare and general water quality that incidents can be dealt with promptly.”
Inland Fisheries Ireland operates a confidential 24 hour hotline and suspected illegal fishing or pollution can be reported to 1890 347 424.
#athy – Athy's waterways have seen a renewed interest over recent years and are now home to an ever increasing range of activities and annual events, including the Tri Athy Triathlon which attracts thousands of visitors to the heritage town each year. International Formula One Driver Jenson Button participated in 2012 and the Minister for Tourism & Sport, Leo Varadkar, TD took the challenge over the June Bank Holiday earlier this year.
Following an initial seminar (Athy Waterways 'Enhancing the potential together') organised by Athy Town council last week, statutory organisations and local groups have committed to work together to prioritise actions that will enhance the River Barrow and Grand Canal, which both traverse the South Kildare town.
No. 100 of 2013
International Canoe Polo Irish Open 2013
Waterways Ireland wishes advise all users of the Royal Canal that the above event will take place in Kilcock on Sat 31 st Aug and Sun 1 Sep from 0800hrs until 2000hrs.
Masters wishing to make a passage through the area can do so between 1300hrs and 1400hrs each day.
Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their cooperation with this event.
Inspector of Navigation
15 Aug 2013
#TheTalkingBox - The Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre in Grand Canal Dock in Dublin, affectionately known as the "Box in the Docks" is to host a couple of lectures starting at 7pm next Saturday, 17 August.
The lectures are part of National Heritage Week and the topics are outlined below.
Niall Galway is to present stories from 'Life on board the Grand Canal tradin boats -The latter years'
John 'Miley' Walsh, former Dublin Port Docker, will discuss; 'From the Bundy to the Button life - Life as a deep-sea Docker prior to 1972'
Admission is free, though booking advisable contact: (01) 677 7510 and by visiting this link.
No. 99 of 2013
SHANNON NAVIGATION & ROYAL CANAL
TARMONBARRY, ROOSKEY & BEGNAGH BRIDGES
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all Masters and users that in order to facilitate the annual Longford marathon road race on Sun 25 Aug 2012 lifting bridge operations will be restricted accordingly.
The following air draft restrictions will apply to the lifting bridges, which will be closed during the time periods indicated below.
Shannon Navigation - Rooskey Bridge (12.30 hrs to 14.30 hrs)
The air draft at Roosky Bridge at Ordinary Summer Level is 10ft (3.025m). There is an air draft gauge erected at the bridge on both Upper and Lower approaches. The Lock keeper can be contacted during lock opening hours at 00 (0)71 96 38018 for further information.
Shannon Navigation - Tarmonbarry Bridge (11.30 hrs to 13.00 hrs)
The air draft at Tarmonbarry at Ordinary Summer Level is 7'9" (2.35m). The Lock keeper can be contacted during lock opening hours at 00 (0)43 3326117 or 087-9222020 for further information.
Royal Canal – Begnagh Bridge
The bridge will be closed from 10.15hrs to 12.15 hrs. The Lock keeper may be contacted on 00-(0)87-9151400.
Inspector of Navigation
12 Aug 2013.
Tel:00 353(0)90 6494232
Fax:00 353(0)90 6494147
No 98 of 2013
Waterways Ireland Triathlon
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters that the swimming element of the Lough Key Triathlon event will take place in the vicinity of Castle Island and the Forest Park recreational facilities in Lough Key on Sun 8th Sept from 0900 hrs until 1200 hrs.
Masters of vessels are requested to note the advice of marshals when passing near the swimming course and to proceed at slow speed and with minimum wash.
Lt Cdr (rtd)
Inspector of Navigation
5 Aug 2013
Tel: 353 90 6494232
Fax: 353 90 6494147