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Irish Boating Updates on Inland Waterways, Rivers, Canals and Holidays
Lough Ree RNLI taking part in water safety display on River Shannon in Athlone on Saturday last (19 March).
The first public holiday weekend of the year saw Lough Ree RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew respond to two call-outs and come to the aid of four people stranded on the lake. On St. Patrick’s Day (Thursday 17 March) the crew…
Floating moorings at Carrick-on-Shannon
Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels and water users on the Shannon Navigation that essential repair works will be carried out to the floating moorings in Carrick-on-Shannon from this coming Wednesday 23 March. There will be restricted access to…
Lock gates at Spencer Bridge, Rathangan
Waterways Ireland advises users of the Grand Canal’s Barrow Line that navigation between Spencer Lock in Rathangan and Macartney Lock in Monasterevin will be closed from Monday 21 March to Friday 1 April inclusive to facilitate dredging works.
“Keep calm and carry on….” Shannon One Design Senior Statesman Alan Algeo – a former Lough Ree YC Commodore – looking notably serene in the midst of a developing situation
While the sailing programme during the past two years has managed to be played out afloat in a truncated form whenever changing regulations permitted, anything which involved a significant shoreside element of socialising was either cancelled completely, or else moth-balled…
File image of the Royal Canal at The Downs near Mullingar in Co Westmeath
Waterways Ireland wishes to notify users of the Royal Canal that leakage repair works are ongoing at The Downs, outside Mullingar in Co Westmeath, and will continue until Thursday 28 April. The inland waterway will remain closed to navigation at…
Albert Lock on the Jamestown Canal in Co Roscommon
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters of vessels and water users on the Shannon Navigation that Albert Lock on the Jamestown Canal in Co Roscommon has restricted operations since yesterday, Thursday 10 until next Wednesday 16 March as essential…
File image of Athlone Lock on the Shannon Navigation
Waterways Ireland wishes to recruit permanent part-time lock and bridge keepers for lock operations on the Shannon Navigation during the peak boating seasons. The successful applicants will be based at a specific location and will assist inland waterways users in…
Lough Ree RNLI is in readiness for the move to its new state of the art boathouse in Coosan on the River Shannon near Athlone
Following a series of familiarisation and training programmes over the last three weeks, the volunteer crew at Lough Ree RNLI is in readiness for the move to its new state of the art boathouse in Coosan later this month. The…
Waterways Ireland chief executive John McDonagh (second left) at the launch of the new partnership with the St Patrick’s Festival
​Waterways Ireland has announced details of its partnership with the St Patrick’s Festival that will see, for the first time in the festival’s history, a floating pageant in the annual St Patrick’s Day parade. Supported and inspired by Waterways Ireland, the…
The late Fred Ternan of Lough Erne
The boating community and those who treasured the maritime heritage of County Fermanagh’s Lough Erne learned with shock last weekend of the sudden death of Fred Ternan. Fred was a true son of Fermanagh. He was born on Inniscoonra Island…
Family at a picnic table next to a waterway
With spring in the air, thoughts will be turning to weekends away with the family to get a break from it all — and few places are better than Ireland’s inland waterways. Waterways Ireland and Fáilte Ireland have enlisted travel…
File image of the Woodford River at the Old Aghalane Bridge
Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels of issues affecting navigation on the Shannon-Erne Waterway this week. Following Storm Franklin, the Woodford River was completely blocked to navigation by two partially submerged fallen trees immediately upstream of Old Aghalane…
Lough Erne Cots - Liam Boyle (left) and the West Island Cot builders
There’s a great buzz of woodworking activity in the Belleek Men’s Shed and on West Island in County Fermanagh. But this is no ordinary woodworking – this is the building of traditional Lough Erne Cots. The Cot was originally a…
Waterways Ireland archivist, Nuala Reilly gave the President a brief history of each historical item
President Michael D Higgins was treated to a display of a wealth of waterways-related artefacts from Waterways Ireland’s archive when he visited the North-South body’s headquarters in Enniskillen today. The President was accompanied on the visit by his wife, Mrs…
When the Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat arrived at Navigation Mark J, north of Gortmore, it began a thorough search of the area
On Sunday afternoon, 12 February, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to investigate a report from a member of the public that a kayaker was in difficulty by Navigation Mark J, at the northern end of…
The Royal Canal at the 12th Lock in Castleknock, West Dublin
Waterways Ireland advises of a number of temporary closures and scheduled works across the inland waterways in the coming days. On the Grand Canal, masters of vessels should note that there will be no boat passages permitted on the Nass…

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