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Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels on the Shannon Navigation of the installation of two red markers at the weir boom upstream of Rooskey lock on the Leitrim/Roscommon border. These additional red markers are intended to guide vessels away from…
Map showing Phase 2 of the Ulster Canal Greenway between Smithborough in Co Monaghan and Middletown in Co Armagh
The Irish Independent (subscription required) reports that the Ulster Canal Greenway project has been put on pause due to rising costs. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Phase 2 project was launched in September 2017 to much fanfare — with EU…
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Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters of vessels on the Shannon Navigation that Athlone Lock will be temporarily closed from next Monday 1 November until Wednesday 3 November inclusive to facilitate flood relief works.
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Waterways Ireland is calling on members of the public to have their say on its new Climate Action Plan, the public consultation for which is now open. This is the cross-border navigation authority’s first climate action plan. Focused on the…
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Amid concerns over reduced water levels this year on the Grand and Royal Canals, Afloat.ie reader and former Oireachtas policy advisor Cathal Murphy fears for the future of Ireland’s inland waterways… Water levels on the canals plummeted over recent months.…
File image of Clarendon Lock in Co Roscommon
Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels on the Shannon Navigation that Clarendon Lock in Co Roscommon will be closed from Tuesday 2 November until January. This is due to essential works required to the lock in advance of replacement of…
Children can take part in a spooky science camp as part of Halloween festivities along the Royal Canal this mid-term break
The Royal Canal Greenway is the place to be this upcoming Halloween with 16 spooktacular events happening all along the 225-year-old Royal Canal this mid-term break. The greenway, which is the longest in Ireland at 130km, encompasses four counties —…
Squibs and Flying Fifteens picking up speed as the breeze builds at Dromineer, with FFs Triggers Bush (3896, Lee Statham & Andy Paul, Waterford Harbour SC) and Duff Extra (3737, Gavin Doyle & Dave Sweeney, National YC) keeping their wind clear
The annual October Freshwater Keelboat Regatta at Dromineer, (hosted by Lough Derg Yacht Club and staged last weekend) has been no stranger to hyper-strong winds in times past. But in 2021's unusually gentle Autumn, it provided two to three days…
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Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels on the Shannon Navigation that an underwater archaeological survey adjacent to Wansboro Field, Athlone will take place this Friday 22 October. The survey is expected to run from 9am to 2pm, and all vessels…
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Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels on the Royal Canal that a breach in the canal has occurred in the vicinity of Richmond Harbour. A significant reduction in water levels has occurred on the level between Locks 45 and 46…
Athlone runner Denis Bergin is rasiing funds for the RNLI
Athlone resident Denis Bergin embarks on what is more than two marathons this weekend with a 90km run around Lough Ree to raise funds for the RNLI boathouse which is nearing completion at Coosan Point, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. The Tullamore…
With their Centenary next year, the Shannon One Designs celebrate a unique boat and successful class which came into being at a time when Ireland was in a state of turmoil
In Ireland, we're living through the Decade of Centenaries in terms of marking conflict-laden historical events and major national happenings ashore. So it says everything about the blissful sense of having a world of our own in sailing that in…
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Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels on the Shannon Navigation that the Underwater Archaeology Unit of the National Monuments Service will be carrying out diving operations this week. From tomorrow, Monday 11 to next Sunday 17 October, dives will be…
Minister of State for Heritage, Malcolm Noonan
Boat removals from Ireland’s canals jumped in 2020 — with the total for the year at 150% of the previous four years combined. The figures were revealed by Minister of State for Heritage, Malcolm Noonan in his response to a…
Royal Canal Greenway
The 130km Royal Canal Greenway from Maynooth to Cloondara was launched in March this year and proved a big hit with locals and visitors alike over the summer months, according to Waterways Ireland. Now the cross-border body for Ireland’s inland…
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Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels that the winter mooring period for public harbours on the Shannon Navigation and Shannon-Erne Waterway will commence on Monday 1 November and will end on 31 March 2022. Masters wishing to avail of winter…

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