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56th Shannon Boat Rally Visits Athlone
Inland Waterways
Organised jointly by the Athlone Branch and the Carrick Branch of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI), the Shannon Boat Rally (1961- 2016) is the most prestigious and well-attended boating event on Ireland’s inland waterways. “The families boating on…
Heritage barge 76M at Jamestown Weir on the Shannon in Co Leitrim
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - More than 15 of Ireland's unique and hugely significant heritage barges – the Big Boats – are touring the Shannon Blueway, Lough Allen and the North Shannon from this Saturday 23 July till Saturday 6 August. Organised by…
River Shannon at Limerick
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland advises that remedial works have commenced on the stretch of the Shannon Navigation between Limerick City and Parteen Weir after significant storm and flooding damage over the winter. The closure had caused some consternation within the…
Loughrea Firm Convicted Over Cavan Fish Kill
Inland Waterways
#FishKill - A Loughrea business was convicted over pollution discharge into the Laragh River in Co Cavan, causing a major fish kill between 12-14 August last year. In addition to the fine of €4,000, Glan Agua was directed to pay…
Mounshannon Harbour, Lough Derg
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland say that floating moorings in Mountshannon Harbour on Lough Derg which had been closed to the public due to damage as a result of winter floods have now been reopened. 
Satellite view of Lough Neagh
Inland Waterways
#LoughNeagh - Environmentalists have branded Northern Ireland a laughing stock for its failure to stop sand dredging in Lough Neagh, as the News Letter reports. The issue is currently before the High Court after dredging firms appealed NI Environment Minister…
Bernard Sweeney St. Patrick's BNS, Ballinamore Co. Leitrim, winner of the Waterways Ireland Young Journalist Competition being presented with the winning prize by Manus Tiernan, Waterways Ireland Education Officer. Photo also shows Mr. Noel McKeon, Principal, receiving his prize from Nuala Reilly, Waterways Ireland Archivist.
Inland Waterways
The winner of its 2016 Waterways Ireland Schools Competition is Bernard Sweeney from St. Patrick's Boys NS in Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim. The runner-up prize goes to Orla Connolly from Runnamoat National School in Co. Roscommon. The Young Journalist Schools Competition…
A damaged breakwater in Limerick
Inland Waterways
Calls to reopen the Limerick navigation between Parteen Weir and the city have been answered as Waterways Ireland confirmed that the infrastructural repair works needed would begin this week writes Andrew Carey. As Afloat.ie reported previously, damage to floating pontoons…
An immediate inspection revealed large numbers of dead fish in the river over almost one kilometre downstream
Inland Waterways
Inland Fisheries Ireland is currently investigating a major fish kill on the Yellow River, a tributary of the Sinking River near Dunmore, Co. Galway, which flows into the Clare River. The stream in question is an important spawning and nursery…
Power lines like this one over the Manchester Ship Canal in the UK pose a risk to vessels with large air draughts
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland has warned masters and users of Ireland's inland navigations of the dangers associated with overhead power lines. In particular, sailing vessels, sailing dinghys and workboats with cranes or large air draughts should take extra care around…
The harbour works included the doubling of mooring capacity at this ever popular location
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland has announced that Portumna's Castle harbour opened to vessels for berthing the first weekend in June following extensive renovation and upgrade. The harbour works included the doubling of mooring capacity at this ever popular location, upgrade of berths,…
Silage baling on an Irish farm
Inland Waterways
#Pollution - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has issued an appeal to all farmers to be vigilant when harvesting silage and spreading slurry to avoid water pollution. Silage operations are ongoing all summer and silage effluent has the potential to cause…
River Shannon at Limerick
Inland Waterways
Limerick's newly appointed Minister of State Patrick O'Donovan has been asked to intervene with Waterways Ireland to reopen navigation of the River Shannon at Limerick city and avoid the loss of marine tourism revenue to the city writes Andrew Carey. As…
White water Opportuntites on the Shannon Erne Blueway with members of Cavan Canoe Club and Karl Henry, Cathoirleach Paddy Smith, Minister Heather Humphreys and Garret Mc Grath Waterways Ireland
Inland Waterways
Minister Heather Humphreys T.D., in conjunction with broadcaster & fitness expert Karl Henry, Waterways Ireland Chief Executive Dawn Livingstone and Cavan County Council Cathoirleach Paddy Smith has launched the Shannon-Erne Blueway in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan. The Shannon-Erne Blueway adds significantly…
Waterways Ireland Docklands Summer Festival This Weekend
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - The Waterways Ireland Docklands Summer Festival takes place this weekend 21-22 May with a wide array of activities for all. Water-based experiences include kayaking, paddle boarding and barge rides, as well as the opportunity for the young and…
The IWAI has elected John Dolan as president
Inland Waterways
At the recent AGM in Tullamore of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) Mr. John Dolan was elected as the Association’s 18th President, taking over the helm from Ms Carmel Meegan. John has been very active on our inland waterways over a great many…

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