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Marker buoys on the River Shannon near the M6 Bridge in Athlone, Co Westmeath mark the spot the speedboat sank
Waterways Ireland advises masters of all craft on the Shannon Navigation that there is a sunken vessel on the western side of the navigation some 200m upstream of the N6 bridge at Athlone. Afloat.ie previously reported on the rescue of…
St. Flannan's Cathedral, Killaloe
The inland waterways will be celebrated at Killaloe next month, the quintessential waterways town on the River Shannon in Co.Clare. Called ‘LUA’, it will be “a celebration of wild water at the ancient settlement of Killaloe, which is a gift…
Marker buoys on the River Shannon near the M6 Bridge in Athlone, Co. Westmeath mark the spot the speedboat sank
At 9.44 pm (Saturday 13 August) Lough Ree RNLI was tasked by the Irish Coast Guard to assist 10 people on board a speedboat in danger of sinking on the River Shannon near the M6 Bridge in Athlone, Co. Westmeath.…
Monasterevin Lifting Bridge on the Grand Canal’s Barrow Line in Co Kildare
Waterways Ireland wishes advises masters of all craft on the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal that Monasterevin Lifting Bridge in Co Kildare will be closed for canal traffic this coming Wednesday 17 August. This closure is due to a…
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Waterways Ireland advises that further diving operations will be conducted on floating breakwaters along the Shannon Navigation from this coming Tuesday (16 August). Masters of vessels are requested to proceed with additional caution in the vicinity of the works at Spencer Harbour and…
Aerial view of the lock gates at Carnroe on the River Bann near Ballymoney, Co Antrim
Waterways Ireland advises all users of the Lower Bann that essential long-term maintenance works have been completed at Carnroe Lock and it is now reopened to navigation, as of Friday 12 August. New upstream gates were announced in late 2020…
The old railway bridge over the River Erne at Belturbet
Waterways Ireland advises masters of all craft on the Shannon-Erne Waterway of a boat wreck partially obstructing the navigation on the River Erne approaching Belturbet in Co Cavan. Masters are requested to exercise caution at the location of the wreck…
Blue-green algae turned the waters of Lough Leane turned a soupy pea-green colour in July 2018
Waterways Ireland says it’s been notified of the presence of blue-green algae in a number of locations on the inland waterways. Blue-green algae are toxic to humans and potentially lethal to animals. The cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways asks…
Aerial view of the Shannon Navigation in Athlone, including the town bridge
Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels and waterways users on the Shannon Navigation that restrictions around the construction of the new pedestrian and cycleway bridge in Athlone will continue until the end of next month. Additionally, the first section…
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Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels on the Shannon Navigation that diving operations will be conducted on the floating breakwaters in four locations between Lough Ree and Limerick from Thursday 11 August until next Friday 19 August. Masters of vessels…
Elements of the floating pontoon being prepared for Cheekpoint at Inland and Coastal Marina Systems in Banagher
Work will commence in the coming weeks on a new floating pontoon at Cheekpoint harbour in Co Waterford. It comes a year after the Cheekpoint Boat Owners Association received planning permission for the 63-metre pontoon, which is being supplied by…
Corbicula clams on the river Barrow camouflaged as gravel
A UCC researcher has called for mandatory biosecurity measures to curtail the spread of invasive species through Ireland’s waterways. As The Sunday Independent reports, post-doctoral researcher Dr Neil Coughlan warns the Corbicula clam could pose a serious threat to salmon…
The Master of the Lakes - Shannon OD Champion Frank Guy
For most of their hundred years, the unique 18-foot Shannon One Designs have kept themselves to themselves in their secret world of Ireland’s great lakes. But in July 2022, they went unprecedently public with their Centenary celebrated in two special…
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Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels on the Shannon Navigation that eight small green navigation markers will be installed at the Hexagon Shoal in Lough Ree from Monday 1 August for a trial period. Four of these markers will be…
Stake boats in position ahead of the Carrick Rowing Regatta on Sunday 31 July
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters and users of the Shannon Navigation of navigation and mooring restrictions in Carrick-on-Shannon to facilitate the Carrick Rowing Regatta on Sunday 31 July. The regatta, hosted by Carrick-on-Shannon Rowing Club, will be held…
The Charge of the Centenary Brigade – Shannon ODs (of all ages) in full flight on Lough Ree with (left to right): 99 (Peter Mulvihill, built 1975); 37 Kiwi (Mags Delany, 1923), 176 (Harman Murtagh Jnr, 2008); 138 (DJ Algeo, 1987); 142 Frank Guy (overall winner LRYC SOD Centenary Regatta and Combined LDYC/LRYC Centenary Regattas, 1990); 71 (Oonagh Reid, 1960); 73 (David Dickson (6th LRYC SOD Centenary Regatta, 1961); 151 (Graham McMullin 5th LRYC Cent. Reg, 1995); 155 (Cathal Breen, 4th LRYC and 2nd Combined LDYC/LRYC Regattas, 1999); 32 (Mary Cox (formally Syd Shine's boat) built 1922
The unique 18ft Shannon One-Designs have lived through some decidedly mixed times in Ireland during their hundred years of setting the sailing pace on the great lakes of our lordly river. And the two special Centenary Regattas at their main…

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