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Rob and Alice Armstrong sail Ranger on Upper Lough Erne
In late August, the Snipe dinghy Ranger, restored by Fred and George Ternan after sixty years lying abandoned on the Crom Estate, County Fermanagh, had her second outing on Upper Lough Erne at Crom. Ranger was one of two Snipes…
Debris from the boat explosion on the Grand Canal at Hazelhatch on Saturday 28 August
A live-aboard boat owner had a lucky escape after an explosion on his vessel at Hazelhatch on the Grand Canal on Saturday morning (28 August). It’s reported on social media that the owner was trapped on his boat until the…
File image of a canal lock gate in Dublin
Low water levels continue to be experienced on the Grand Canal’s Main Line and Barrow Line as well as on the Royal Canal, Waterways Ireland has warned. Some levels are currently 450mm down on normal levels, the cross-border body for…
Passing the White Bridge RNLI Lifeboat with swimmers Karen Delaney & Serena Friel (L-R) in the foreground
Just before tea-time yesterday (25 August) Serena Friel and Karen Reynolds swam under the Town Bridge in Athlone to complete an amazing 32km swim, the entire length of Lough Ree, in 10 hours and 13 minutes raising thousands of euro for…
File image of the Movanagher Canal on the Lower Bann
Waterways Ireland advises users of the Lower Bann that navigation at the Movanagher Canal may be restricted due to essential aquatic weed cutting operations this week. Cutting is scheduled to take place on the Northern Ireland inland waterway from today,…
Artist’s impression of the new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists over the River Corrib
Galway City Council has welcomed An Bord Pleanála’s approval for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge adjacent to the Salmon Weir Bridge over the River Corrib. The council’s chief executive said the new bridge is a part of its Galway…
File image of canoe polo on the Royal Canal
Waterways Ireland has issued a number of updates for inland waterways users on the Erne System, Grand and Royal Canals and Barrow Navigation. On the Erne System, the Galloon Bridge refurbishment project southwest of Newtownbutler will commence next Monday 23…
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Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels that low water levels and fast flows exist between Banagher and Meelick on the Shannon Navigation. Water levels are currently at or below odinary summer levels in this area. All are requested to observe…
Ranger ready to launch (from left to right) Lord Erne, Rory Corbett, Sarah Royle and Johnny Madden
The Snipe class dinghy Ranger appears to be first listed in the Ballyholme Yacht Club 1953 Regatta programme in Belfast Lough, owned by a Mr J Morrison. But by 1956 she had moved west and found a home in Lough…
Taking Flight… twenty-one Norwegian-born White Tailed Eagle chicks were released into the wild at the four Munster sites - on the Shannon Estuary, Lough Derg, Waterford and in Killarney National Park (pictured). It is hoped they will bolster Ireland’s existing White-Tailed Eagle population. The chicks have been kept in purpose-built enclosures at the four locations while they grew, matured, and developed the feathers and muscles necessary for flight. They will continue to be carefully monitored and by NPWS staff leading the collaborative reintroduction programme, which began in 2007. The satellite tags will allow the project to monitor their progress and their integration into the existing Irish breeding population
Wildlife service staff released 21 white-tailed sea eagle chicks to the wild over the weekend at four sites in Munster, including Lough Derg and the Shannon estuary. Chicks were also released in Waterford and Killarney National Park as part of…
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A number of old cars found dumped on the River Blackwater in Co Waterford may have been placed there to help prevent erosion of the river bank, it’s been suggested. As the Irish Examiner reports, Waterford City & County Council…
File image of Lock 15 on the Shannon Erne Waterway at Tirmactiernan
Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that high water levels exist in all areas of the Shannon-Erne Waterway. The lower jetties at Locks 2, 3, 5 and 7 are currently submerged. In addition, the current across the navigation…
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Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that low water levels are being experienced throughout the Grand Canal. This follows a recent advisory over low waters on the 26th level of the Barrow Line. Masters of vessels are advised…
Athlone Lock on the Shannon Navigation
Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that instream work will commence on the new slipway south of the Athlone Lock from tomorrow, Wednesday 4 August. Works will also take place on the East Bank some 200m south of…
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Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that low water levels are being experienced on the 26th level (Long Level) of the Grand Canal’s Barrow Line. As of Friday 30 July, water levels are down 400mm from expected levels.…
Faith in the future - the sod-turning ceremony to launch work on Killaloe SC’s new €700,000 clubhouse on Lough Derg included (left to right) Councillor Tony O’Brien, Sue Concannon & Jim Ryan of KSC Development Committee, Cllr. Dr. Phyll Bugler, Caroline Rice (KSC PRO), and Commodore John Callanan
Work has begun on the new clubhouse facilities for Killaloe Sailing Club near Ogonelloe on the southwest shores of Lough Derg, with the recent official turning of the first sod at the site a very significant milestone for the club.…

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