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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…
Some of the fresh produce available from Portumna Country Market
#InlandWaters - A Taste of Lough Derg, now in its fifth successive year, will return this summer to feature over 30 food events taking place in villages and towns along the shores of Lough Derg. The initiative is co-ordinated and…
Under construction the New Ross (Co. Wexford) bypass including above a new bridge to cross the River Barrow. Afloat adds on the right side of the river (used by ships to reach the inland Port of New Ross) is Pink Rock on the Co. Kilkenny side.
#InlandWaterways - The scale of the New Ross bypass project for the layperson is as dizzying as its bridge over the River Barrow is going to be high. For starters, the Killkenny People writes the scheme is 26 years in…
Workshops Begin Next Week On Developing The Royal Canal As A Destination
#InlandWaters - Tourism and activity providers along with local communities along the route are invited to attend a series of workshops aimed at developing the Royal Canal as an attraction for domestic tourism and visitors from abroad. Coming ahead of…
Killaloe Canal To Be Closed For Essential Maintenance Works
#InlandWaters - Masters and owners of vessels on the Killaloe Canal are advised that the section between Killaloe road bridge and the control gate structure upstream will be closed for six weeks from later this month.  The 450m long section…
Jet boats have earned a reputation as thrilling, high-performance rides
Afloat.ie reader, Chris, is trying to find out what the rules and limitations are for jet boating on Irish rivers. In particular, he was curious to know if there are any regulations governing speed limits.  A jetboat is a boat…
The main areas of concern for the IWAI relate to the new complicated legal licensing, rather than the need to legislate for a simple permitting system that is customer friendly, easy to use, and fit for purpose for boaters
Could The Heritage Bill destroy the Navigations it should be protecting? That's the view of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI). In a long running campaign, the IWAI has received strong political support for its view that this proposed legislation…
Richmond Harbour on the Royal Canal in Clondra, Co Longford
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels on the Royal Canal at the Clondra, Co Longford end that: Non-permitted vessels, as per Article 6(8) of the Canal Act 1986 (Bye-Laws) 1988 Non-attended and apparently abandoned vessels (Article…
The smart card service will be tested from a technical perspective at Albert Lock on the Shannon (pictured above) and the Cutts Lock on the Lower Bann for a two week period beginning on the 16th of April 2018.
Waterways Ireland is extending its Smart Card system to include lock passages on the River Shannon and Lower Bann. The service will be tested from a technical perspective at Albert Lock on the Shannon and the Cutts Lock on the…
Revised Opening Hours For Shannon-Erne Waterway In 2018
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland has announced revised opening hours for the locks on the Shannon-Erne Waterway for 2018. From next Thursday 29 March to Wednesday 16 May, locks will open from 9am to 6pm daily, extending to the full summer…
Campbell lock on the Newry Canal
The Newry and Portadown Branch of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) has just been presented with the Special Recognition Award by the Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland (IHAI). The presentation was made in Dublin on March 14th at…
Irish Water Prosecuted Over Lime Discharge & Fish Kill In River Varty
#FishKill - Irish Water pleaded guilty to the discharge of deleterious matter to the River Vartry one year ago, at a sitting of Bray District Court this past Tuesday (20 February). The offence related to the accidental discharge of lime…
Daly's Bridge otherwise known in Cork as the 'Shakey' Bridge which spans the River Lee's north channel may collapse. The wrought-iron construction dating to 1927 is located at the site of an ancient ferry crossing and was funded by butter merchant John Daly.
#InlandWaterways - An urgent health-and-safety audit of Shakey Bridge in Cork have been called for amid fears the iconic city structure could be one shake from collapse. As the Irish Examiner writes, historian and city councillor Kieran McCarthy said it…
Mountshannon Harbour has been affected by flood waters say Waterways Ireland
Waterways Ireland advises masters, owners and the general public that recent rains have caused flooding at many harbours making them unsafe for pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the immediate surrounds of the harbour infrastructure. Banagher, Shannon Bridge, Mountshannon, Scarriff and Limerick harbours are severely…

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