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Inland Fisheries Ireland Updates ‘Planning for Watercourses in the Urban Environment’ Guidelines
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has launched an update of its guideline document ‘Planning for Watercourses in the Urban Environment’. It outlines an integrated watercourse protection strategy that has been developed by IFI through consultation with a wide range of experts…
Work has been ongoing for many years to restore the Ulster Canal as a navigation and greenway
Work on the second phase of restoring the Ulster Canal has picked up this year, with related projects now on track to be completed by 2023. That was the message from Heritage Minister Darragh O’Brien in a recent written response…
File image of the Royal Canal in Longford
Refurbishment of the Longford Canal and the extension of the Grand Canal Greenway from Daingean to Edenderry are two of the projects that will be funded from a €63.5m allocation for greenways in 2021. Transport Minister Eamon Ryan and Minister…
The Shannon Navigation at Athlone
Waterways Ireland reminds masters on the Shannon Navigation and Shannon-Erne Waterway that the winter mooring period for public harbours will commence this Sunday 1 November and continue until 31 March 2021. Masters wishing to avail of winter mooring on these…
Waterways Ireland Shuts Service Blocks, Locks & Bridges Amid Nationwide Level 5 Restrictions
Waterways Ireland has temporarily closed service blocks across its all-island network of inland waters as of today, Thursday 22 October. The move is in line with the latest coronavirus control measures announced by both the Northern Ireland Executive and the…
Late waterways historian Brian J Goggin
Afloat is saddened to learn of the death of Brian J Goggin, noted inland waterways historian and a former contributor to this publication. A longtime member of the Irish Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI), who served as editor of its…
Dromod Harbour in Co Leitrim
Waterways Ireland advises that essential maintenance works at Dromod Harbour on the Shannon Navigation in Co Leitrim are due to commence this Thursday 15 October and run until Friday 27 November. All on-site services, including water and pump-out facility, will…
The Barrow Navigation at Bagenalstown
Owners of boats without permits on the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal and the Barrow Navigation face the removal of their vessels by Waterways Ireland later this month. They are among the boats in contravention of bye-laws that will…
Cruisers on the Shannon at Killaloe in Co Clare
Waterways Ireland has suspended the five-day mooring rule until late October in the wake of the country’s move to Level 3 coronavirus restrictions. As of this past Wednesday 7 October, the rule — which prohibits vessels from mooring in one…
Plunkett Bridge at Pollagh on the Grand Canal
Waterways Ireland advises all users of the Grand Canal in Co Offaly that the southern tow path from Plunkett Bridge at Pollagh to Turraun — half-way between Tullamore and Shannon Harbour — will be closed from next Monday 12 October…
The Royal Canal at Ashtown east of the 10th lock
Navigation in or out of the Dublin on the Royal Canal is currently suspended until the completion of works on three separate lock gates. Waterways Ireland says repair and upgrading works are required at Lock 12 in Castleknock, Lock 10…
Squibs are hauled out at Kinsale Yacht Club last weekend. The 2020 Squib Inland Championships at Lough Derg are scheduled for October 9th
Just as Ireland's one-design keelboat classes were gearing up for the last blast of the season this weekend, anticipated COVID-19 restriction hikes are threatening the staging of the annual regatta at Dromineer in County Tipperary. Flying Fifteens, Dragons, Squibs and…
Satellite image of Lough Neagh
Environmental campaigners have hit out at a Stormont decision to approve sand dredging in Lough Neagh, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. Sand dredging has been practiced in Lough Neagh since the 1930s, with no permission needed until after the lough…
Victoria Lock at Meelick is the first lock upstream of Lough Derg
Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that low water levels exist on the upstream approaches to Meelick and Victoria Lock on the Shannon Navigation. Water levels are currently up to 39cm below summer levels in these areas due…
Greenway boardwalk on the Barrow Navigation
Waterways Ireland is encouraging the public to explore its more than 350km of waterside trails on National Walking Day this Sunday, 27 September. First held last year, National Walking Day is taking place on trails, towpaths and beaches as well…
Canoe polo is a popular activity at Mullingar Harbour
Waterways Ireland advises all masters and users of the Royal Canal that canoe polo events will take place in the vicinity of the harbour in Mullingar this weekend, 27-28 September and the following Sunday, 4 October. Boat movements in the…

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