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Site map of the proposed new lock and weir for the Lagan Canal at Stranmills in Belfast
#InlandWaters - Work has begun on the restoration of the Lagan Canal from Belfast to Lough Neagh, according to the Belfast Telegraph. The £4 million scheme to reopen the 27-mile inland waterway, which dates from the 18th century, provides for…
Last year’s spectacular fireworks display lighting up Enniskillen
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland advises all masters and users of the Erne Navigation that a fireworks display will take place at Castle Island in Enniskillen on Hallowe’en night (Tuesday 31 October) from 8pm to 8.30pm. Boat masters should also be…
Newry and Portadown volunteers have created a video entitled ‘New Life for the Old Canal’ celebrating a project to re-water the summit level of the Newry Canal
The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society will bring the Heritage Angel Awards to Northern Ireland for the first time and IWAI Newry and Portadown have been shortlisted to receive a Heritage Angel Award in the category Best Rescue, Recording or Interpretation…
Waterways Ireland says Mooring lines and cleats on vessels at these facilities will be under strain as will the shore bollards that they are made fast to
Waterways Ireland advises Masters and Owners of vessels berthed in public harbours, at jetties or moorings against visiting any vessels or boats during periods of extreme weather such as storm force winds and heavy rainfall. Strong winds are a hazard…
Boats in Naas Harbour in 2016
The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) Kildare will return again to Naas Harbour to celebrate the Naas Canal Festival which runs from Friday October 27th to Monday October 30th. This year’s Festival is a very special event as 2017…
Other marine related wins at the Georgina Awards yesterday (pictured above) were the Atmospheric Restaurant of the Year that went to The Boat House Bistro, at Dromquinna Manor, Kenmare, Co Kerry and Seafood Restaurant of the Year that went to Galway city’s Westend establishment, Hooked.
The Carrick-on-Shannon eatery, St. George's Terrace Restaurant in County Leitrim that is popular with boaters has won a Taste of the Waterways Award in Georgina Campbell's Annual Restaurant Awards this week. Campbell said 'There are plenty of good eating places…
The winter mooring period for public harbours on the above navigation will commence on 1st Nov 2017 and end on the 31st Mar 2018
Waterways Ireland is advising masters that the winter mooring period for public harbours on the above navigation will commence on 1st Nov 2017 and end on the 31st Mar 2018. Masters are advised that the associated charges, €63.50, must be…
Waterways Ireland Rolls Out Online Booking & Payment Enhancements
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland has announced improvements to its website over the coming weeks that will allow customers to pay for permit applications, mooring fees and other services online. With paper applications being phased out, Waterways Ireland is encouraging users…
River Shannon Cruising can be slow or fast–paced as we discovered in a three day adventure in Leitrim and North Roscommon
Exploring the Shannon by boat with a Carrickcraft three-day cruiser hire was not the first choice for David O'Brien and family's September weekend getaway. But North Roscommon gave a lot more than expected With the summer ebbing away, my family were…
Free Tours of Grand Canal Dock Houseboats During Open House Dublin Next Month
#InlandWaters - Houseboat tours in Grand Canal Dock will feature of Open House Dublin 2017 from 13 to 15 October. The Irish Architecture Foundation has teamed up with Waterways Ireland to offer tours of four such houseboats stationed in the…
L_R Back row Roisin Moore, Monaghan County Council, Dawn Livingstone Waterways Ireland, Sharon Keogan East Border Region, Andrew Grieve Department for Infrastructure (NI), Alderman Elizabeth Ingram Armagh Banbridge Craigavon Borough Council, Paul Clifford Monaghan County Council   Front Row Cathaoirleach Cathy Bennett, Minister Shane Ross, Gina McIntyre SEUPB and Minister Heather Humphreys
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD and the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, have today launched the EU-funded €4.95m Ulster Canal Greenway Project which will see the development of an off-road…
La Bamba approaches Gortmore. The breeze increased to 30–kts at times for this year's Gortmore Bell Race on Lough Derg
The Gortmore Bell Race, sponsored by Union Chandlery took place this Saturday on Lough Derg with 23 boats taking part across two classes. This is the lough's longest race in the calendar from Iniscealtra Sailing Club’s base in Mountshannon to…
Waterways Ireland HQ in Enniskillen houses the archives for Ireland’s inland waterways
​#InlandWaters - ​The Waterways Ireland Archive in Enniskillen is open for tours today and tomorrow (Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September) as part of the European Heritage Open Days taking place across Northern Ireland this weekend. From 1pm to 5pm…
Minister Michael Ring meets Waterways Ireland staff and elected and executive Members of Leitrim County Council at Acres Lake last December to see progress on the boardwalk, which is now open
#InlandWaters - The floating boardwalk at Acres Lake in Co Leitrim — a first for Ireland — is now open, completing the final leg of the Shannon Blueway. Afloat.ie previously reported on the project in Drumshanbo when current Rural Development…
Toome Waterways Heritage Centre & Café Now Open
#InlandWaters - Toome-based development group Tidal Ltd has officially opened a new waterways heritage centre and café on the site of the former lockkeeper’s cottage on the Toome Canal in Co Antrim. Working with Lough Neagh Landscape Partnership and Waterways…
The first Lough Erne Heritage Upper Lough Erne Regatta was held on Sunday 20 August at Crom Estate National Trust Property.  Producing another day of fun and excitement in Lough Erne Cots. It was recorded for the BBC 1 Home Ground programme to be view by all on Monday 4th September 2017. The  Regatta was won by team `Murphy`s Boys’, Alan and Eoin Murphy and Daire McCaffrey and the runners up being team `360 Cathcart,’ Brendan Elliott, Andy Cathcart and Tom Irvine
Lough Erne Heritage is an organisation formed over two years ago to promote and preserve the history of the traditional boats of Lough Erne and in particular their uses in supporting the local population writes Fred Ternan. Many boats were…

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