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Minister Michael Ring meets Waterways Ireland staff and elected and executive Members of Leitrim County Council at Acres Lake last December to see progress on the boardwalk, which is now open
#InlandWaters - The floating boardwalk at Acres Lake in Co Leitrim — a first for Ireland — is now open, completing the final leg of the Shannon Blueway. previously reported on the project in Drumshanbo when current Rural Development…
Rise In Fish Kills Recorded In EPA Water Quality Report Disappointing Says Fisheries Agency
#FishKill - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has expressed disappointment at the findings of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s water quality review. According to the EPA report, published yesterday (Thursday 31 August), the total number of reported fish kills in 2013–2015…
Upriver under the bridge at Wexford – Drascombes can do it, but tall-rigged cruisers have to stay beyond on the seaward side
The stately progress through Ireland of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the unique Drascombe range of small character boats continues this weekend, with the fleet cruising-in-company on Lough Derg writes W M Nixon Last weekend, they were sailing or outboarding…
Toome Waterways Heritage Centre & Café Now Open
#InlandWaters - Toome-based development group Tidal Ltd has officially opened a new waterways heritage centre and café on the site of the former lockkeeper’s cottage on the Toome Canal in Co Antrim. Working with Lough Neagh Landscape Partnership and Waterways…
Lower Lough Erne in Co Fermanagh
#Enniskillen - The Sunday Life reports that a woman has died after falling from a boat in Enniskillen in the early hours of yesterday morning (Saturday 26 August). The PSNI recovered the woman and a man from the waters of…
The first Lough Erne Heritage Upper Lough Erne Regatta was held on Sunday 20 August at Crom Estate National Trust Property.  Producing another day of fun and excitement in Lough Erne Cots. It was recorded for the BBC 1 Home Ground programme to be view by all on Monday 4th September 2017. The  Regatta was won by team `Murphy`s Boys’, Alan and Eoin Murphy and Daire McCaffrey and the runners up being team `360 Cathcart,’ Brendan Elliott, Andy Cathcart and Tom Irvine
Lough Erne Heritage is an organisation formed over two years ago to promote and preserve the history of the traditional boats of Lough Erne and in particular their uses in supporting the local population writes Fred Ternan. Many boats were…
At the opening of the new facilities at Dromaan on the Clare coast of Lough Derg were (left to right) Cllr Pat Burke (Leas Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council), Carol Clarke (Whitegate Community Council), Carmel Keenan (Local Community Activist), Colm Burke (Inland Waterways Derg Branch), Theron Robson (Senior Engineer, Waterways Ireland), and Gerard Dollard, (Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Services, Clare County Council)
New canoe facilities and services blocks have been provided at Dromaan Harbour, County Clare, as part of a regional initiative aimed at promoting water-based activities on Ireland’s third largest lake. The Lough Derg Canoe Trail, an initiative of the Lough…
Some of the swimmers taking part in tomorrow’s big swim on Lough Erne
#Swimming - A number of novice open water swimmers will be taking part in a major event on Lough Erne this weekend. The ​past 10 weeks have seen 20 people taking part in the Couch to 5km Challenge on Lough…
Fermanagh Launches Free Paddle Sport Programme For Young People With A Disability
#Sailability - Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, in partnership with Waterways Ireland, has organised an eight-week paddle sport programme commencing next Friday 4 August. ​The free programme will enable young people with a disability aged eight to 16 to receive…
Enniskillen Blueway Activity Hub Now Open For Business
#InlandWaters - ​The newly opened Enniskillen Blueway Activity Hub offers a range of activities from guided canoeing and kayaking tours to electric bike hire, day boat hire and water taxi tours.​​ Developed by Waterways Ireland with the Enniskillen Business District and…
Site map of the proposed new lock for the Lagan Canal
#LaganCanal - Belfast will get its first new boat lock in more than 250 years as work begins on a £4 million project near Belfast Boat Club. As ITV News reports, the new lock plan — which includes a weir…
The location of the sewage spill into the Tolka at Mulhuddart
#FishKill - A car tyre blocking a sewer led to a major fish kill on the River Tolka in West Dublin this week. According to, as many as 500 fish were killed over a 3km stretch of the waterway…
A kingfisher on the Royal Canal as seen in RTÉ’s series Waterways
#InlandWaters - BirdWatch Ireland is appealing to users of Ireland’s inland waterways to get involved in its survey of river birds in man-made structures. Ireland supports a rich and diverse network of rivers, canals and other waterways. Though often difficult…
The SOD's long distance race on the River Shannon is reputed to be the longest inland dinghy sailing race in the world and this year attracted a record fleet for a special celebration
The annual Long Distance Race for Shannon One Designs (SOD’s) took place last weekend (24th & 25th July) under the Burgee of Lough Ree Yacht Club. As reported earlier, this year was more special than usual as it was…
A new river cruise service is to link Waterford City and along the River Barrow to New Ross
#NewService - An established Wexford boat tour operator writes is due to start a new river cruise service by bringing people on the Barrow by 2019. New Ross Municipal District Director Eamonn Hore told last week's meeting of the…
Heatwave Sees Big Jump In Coastguard Callouts Nationwide
#Coastguard - The Irish Coast Guard has reported a “surge” of calls with a whopping 76 incidents nationwide over the last five days alone, according to The Irish Times. Average temperatures in the mid 20s have brought more people to…

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