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IWAI President John Dolan (left) Minister for Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan (centre) and Waterways Ireland Chief Executive Dawn Livingstone
Last week, Athlone Co Westmeath was the chosen venue for the 20 th World Canals Conference, co-hosted this year by the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland and Waterways Ireland. Speaking during the Conference, Inland Waterways International President David Edwards-May referred…
At least 28 swallows settled on the forward rail of Scruples II. See Video below
Portrunny on the northwest shore of Lough Ree is a secluded and very peaceful place renowned for its bird life. But even so, the crew of the good ship Scruples II berthed there recently reckoned they might have reached a…
A Lough Ree lakeboat, restored by Ballyleague Men’s Shed, has been fitted with a traditional sprit-sail as once used by the lake’s shore and island people.
Nollaig Molloy, a conceptual artist from County Roscommon, has been researching aspects of life in times past on the islands and shores of Lough Ree on the River Shannon in her Sounding the Shore project, which will conclude with a…
Participants on the ‘Restore’ tour at the World Canals Conference will visit Mountshannon on the Lough Derg Blueway in Co Clare
#WCC - Zhu Minyang completes the list of keynote speakers at the upcoming World Canals Conference in Athlone next month. Zhu has been the chair of the World Historical and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organization (WCCO) since 2012, and has…
Cyanobacteria, which is lethal to dogs, has turned the waters of Lough Leane a soupy pea-green colour
#Toxic - Pet owners have been advised to be vigilant over an outbreak of toxic blue-green ‘algae’ in a Killarney lake, as The Irish Times reports. Lough Leane has been signposted by Kerry County Council over the presence of Cyanobacteria…
Waterways Ireland Welcomes Launch Of National Greenways Strategy
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland has welcomed last week’s launch of the National Greenways Strategy by Tourism Minister Shane Ross. The strategy sets out how national and regional greenways in Ireland should be planned and constructed, and is backed by a…
The 21st Lock on Grand Canal, east of Tullamore
Waterways Ireland has advised that due to the heat wave water levels on the Grand Canal system are low on many levels, particularly East of Tullamore in County Offaly. The Inspector of Navigation, Patrick Harkin, says owners and masters of vessels…
President Michael D Higgins To Speak At World Canals Conference In Athlone This September
#InlandWaters - President of Ireland Michael D Higgins has been confirmed as a guest of honour at the World Canals Conference in Athlone this autumn. “We are honoured that the President who throughout his career has demonstrated his commitment to…
Mis-use of Electrical Power in Waterways Ireland Harbours
Waterways Ireland says it has been experiencing tampering with power bollards, where the card reader/wiring/circuit has been interfered with to enable access to free power. Waterways Ireland is advising masters and owners of vessels that:- This practice is illegal. This…
Some of the Salmon and Trout killed on the Ollatrim river. In total, 14,749 fish were estimated dead with dead fish observed over a five kilometre stretch of the river.
Inland Fisheries Ireland has confirmed that a large fill kill occurred on the Ollatrim River, a tributary of the Nenagh River, Co. Tipperary last week. Fisheries Officers attended the site at Ballinahemery Bridge near Ballymackey, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary on Monday,…
Heritage Minister Josepha Madigan
#InlandWaters - The new Heritage Bill passed by the Dáil last week will not mandate inland waterways officers to present copies of relevant bye-laws to canal users, where in print or electronically. Galway West TD Éamon Ó Cuív’s proposed amendment…
A Carrickcraft 'Fermanagh' Class hire–cruiser at Carrick–on–Shannon in County Leitrim. The Irish firm operate 119 boats on the River Shannon at Carrick-on-Shannon and Banagher and on Lough Erne from Bellanaleck, outside Enniskillen
French boating holiday firm Locaboat Developpement has announced its acquisition of a majority stakeholding in Irish cruiser-hire company Carrickcraft. Locaboat is a market–leading, boating holidays company which operates 360 boats in six countries from some 27 bases throughout Europe. Acquired by…
From 01 September 2018 payment will be by Smart Card only.
Masters and users of the Shannon Navigation are advised that a Smart Card system will be introduced at all locks on the navigation from 01 July 2018. As Afloat.ie reported in March, Waterways Ireland says Masters of vessels will be…
Water Activity Zone Coming To Enniskillen Blueway
#InlandWaters - That new Enniskillen Blueway water activity zone located beside Erneside footbridge will be opening soon. A range of family-friendly water activities including canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding will be offered at the zone developed by Waterways Ireland…
Keynote Speaker & Shannon ‘Feastival’ Boost World Canals Conference In Athlone
#InlandWaters - Mike Palmer of the UK’s Waterway Recovery Group has been announced as a keynote speaker at the World Canals Conference in Athlone this September. Chair of Britain’s national co-ordinating body for voluntary labour on inland waterways, Palmer will…
Shannon Harbour Canal Boat Rally Is Back On The Agenda
#Heritage - The Shannon Harbour Canal Boat Rally will go ahead this month, despite reports of its recent cancellation. Afloat.ie has learned that a new voluntary group has taken over the hosting of the rally, after Inland Waterways Association of…

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