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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.…
The River Barrow running through Athy in Co Kildare
The Economic Plan for the Barrow Blueway published today (Thursday 22 July) by Heather Humphreys, Minister for Rural and Community Development, promises to maximise the economic impact of the amenity for Co Kildare. It aims to inform, guide and encourage…
File image of moorings at Carrick-on-Shannon
Waterways Ireland has issued a number of advisories for masters and users of the Shannon Navigation over the coming days and weeks. Where the Shannon meets the River Suck, Pollboy lock gates are on restricted operation until this Saturday 24…
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Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that low water levels are being experienced on the summit level of the Royal Canal near Mullingar as the Midlands experience the highest temperatures of Ireland’s extended heatwave. Water levels are currently…
Quagga mussels discovered in Ireland
The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland has alerted members over reports of the invasive quagga mussel in the River Shannon. The bivalve is said to be “abundant in Lough Ree over a wide range of depths” and has also been…
Aqua Splash Water Park on Lough Derg
Insurance woes could mean a popular Lough Derg water park may not reopen, as The Irish Times reports. Aqua Splash owner Stephen Fitzgerald says the withdrawal of his UK-based insurer post-Brexit has forced the closure of the Co Tipperary facility…
Barrow Bridge: The Dáil hears move is temporary amid fears iconic structure will deteriorate if left open. As AFLOAT adds the disused railway bridge connecting counties Kilkenny (left) and Wexford (right) was also the longest such bridge in Ireland until the line linking Waterford and Rosslare Europort closed in 2010. Above in this scene taken in 1997 is the swing-bridge section to permit ships to reach the inland Port of New Ross.  The ship heading upriver, AFLOAT also adds is likely to be the tanker 'Irishgate' of Rowbotham Tankships later owned by James Fisher & Sons.
As the New Ross Standard reports, a Government spokesperson confirming in the Dáil, said the river Barrow Bridge will not be kept permanently open and will be maintained. Following questioning from Independent TD Verona Murphy, Minister of State Colm Brophy…
File image of Dromana Bridge on the River Blackwater
The discovery of a number of cars illegally dumped in the River Blackwater has prompted Waterford City & County Council investigation, as the Irish Examiner reports. As many as 10 vehicles were found last week in a wooded area of…

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