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Irish Boating Updates on Inland Waterways, Rivers, Canals and Holidays
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Inspections and repairs will be taking place on the Erne System later this month, according to Waterways Ireland. On Upper Lough Erne, inspection work on the underside of Lady Brooke Bridge in Co Fermanagh will begin next Monday 11 October,…
Lough Derg Yacht Club is expecting a fleet of 30 Squibs for its Keelboat Regatta on October 15th
Lough Derg Yacht Club in County Tipperary will welcome one design visitors back to Dromineer for the Keelboat regatta on the weekend of 15th to 17th of October. Four fleets are expected to the lake, with the biggest likely to…
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Waterways Ireland advises all masters and owners of vessels on the Grand Canal that Offaly Rowing Club will be holding its Tullamore Time Trial on the inland waterway in the Cappincur area on Saturday 2 October. The event will take…
The remains of the shark found in the River Erne at Belturbet, Co Cavan in mid September
Inland Fisheries Ireland has expressed concern over a shark carcass that was found in the River Erne in Co Cavan earlier this month, as BBC News reports. The remains of what’s thought to be a small spurdog shark were found…
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Waterways Ireland confirms it has been advised by DfI Rivers in Northern Ireland that users of the Erne System can expect reducing water levels throughout the navigation from this weekend. It follows from the planned lowering of water levels on Lower…
Josh Boyd and Sophie Durand on their narrowboat Qisma
One young Northern Ireland couple have eschewed the heated land-based property ladder and put their savings afloat with a narrowboat, as ArmaghI reports. Sophie Durand and Josh Boyd, both from Co Armagh and in their early 20s, have now adopted…
File image of Ballyconnell Bridge on the Shannon-Erne Waterway in Co Cavan
Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels that dredging operations are taking place on the Shannon-Erne Waterway in Co Cavan until next Thursday 30 September. Dredging works are in the vicinity of Lock 1 at Corraquil, Lock 2 at Ballydonnell and…
Pictured at a photocall to mark the official opening of the restored Meelick Weir and Walkway in Meelick, Eyrecourt, Co Galway today are: John Mc Donagh, CEO Waterways Ireland, Malcolm Noonan TD Minister of State of Heritage & Darragh O Brien TD Minister for Housing Local Government & Heritage
The restored Meelick Weir and walkway on the River Shannon have been officially opened by Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD and Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD.  The weir was damaged in…
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Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels on the Grand Canal that Lock N1 on the Naas Branch is closed to boat passage until further notice due to a recent vehicle collision with the adjacent Osberstown Bridge. The lock cannot currently…
File image of Movanagher Lock on the Lower Bann
Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels on the Shannon Navigation and Lower Bann Navigation that routine dive inspections are being carried out on all locks and waiting jetties until this Friday 24 September. All vessels are asked to take…
Coastwatch coordinator Karin Dubsky
Waterford inshore fisherman Sean Doherty will share his knowledge of eels with primary school children in Passage East, Waterford to mark World River Day this week. The students will be given a demonstration on nets and eel tagging at Cheekpoint…
The new boardwalk at Carrick on Shannon
Leitrim County Council has recently improved shoreside access to its Carrick on Shannon public marina, replacing its existing fixed boardwalk with a new 340m long by 2.4m wide floating walkway. Working with Deane Public Works, Inland and Coastal Marina Systems…
The Snipe dinghy Ranger at the Heritage Festival at Lough Erne
For a very long time, the Snipe class Dinghy Ranger languished in the Boathouse at Crom Castle on Upper Lough Erne, but after lengthy restoration by Fred and George Ternan, Ranger has been afloat twice recently and last weekend (18th…
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Waterways Ireland advises users of the Shannon Navigation that a number of locations throughout the Shannon, in particular harbours and bays, have experienced or are likely to experience algal blooms. This seasonal phenomenon is evident as a light pea-green and/or…
Brendan Watson, left (winner of the Gortmore Bell), Dan O’Donnell (Racing Captain of Iniscealtra Sailing Club)
The Iniscealtra Sailing Club annual Gortmore Bell race took place on Lough Derg on Saturday 11th September. With a forecast of only 5 to 7 knots, the course was shortened considerably to round Coose mark rather than Gortmore and return…
File image of Lower Lough Erne
Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels and users of the Shannon-Erne Waterway that tree trimming and hedge cutting will be carried out at various locations on these inland waterways during the autumn/winter period from this month until next February.…

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