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O’Briensbridge is on the Clare/Limerick border south of Parteen Weir
Waterways Ireland has closed the public footpath running south from O’Briensbridge playground alongside the River Shannon south of Parteen Weir for the foreseeable future, following the discovery of critical failures in two culverts under the path. Preliminary investigations revealed the…
Kinsale's Ian Travers will compete at next month's Freshwater Regatta on Lough Derg
Lough Derg Yacht Club is hosting its annual keelboat regatta on the weekend of the 11th and 12th of October. The event will be a wrap up to the season for many of the competitors and over 50 entries are…
North Cork Creameries Co-Op Pleads Guilty To Polluting Allow River In Kanturk
North Cork Creameries Co-operative Ltd pleaded guilty on two charges in relation to a pollution incident on the Allow River in Co Cork last year at a sitting of Mallow District Court on Tuesday 17 September. The charges followed an…
Barrow Blueway Plan ‘About Much More Than Water-Based Pursuits’
Heritage Minister Josepha Madigan has championed plans to upgrade the Barrow Canal towpath as a 46km blueway as a major economic boon for the communities it connects in counties Laois and Kildare. The upgrade scheme between Lowtown and Athy in…
Derg Marina under construction
A €2.3 million marina on Lough Derg that was the subject of a planning battle earlier this year is now open for business, Afloat.ie has learned. Derg Marina across from Killaloe is the first Ronautica-built marina in Ireland and was…
Drummans canal is close to the Waterways Ireland marina at Drummans Island pictured here
The start of cutting season next month could see the reopening of a disused canal in Co Roscommon for paddle sports, as The Irish Times reports. Drummans canal was built in 1719 as one of a number of private canals…
Lunch break with a difference – the exploring flotilla of Drascombes at a natural berthing spot in the hidden entrance to the “upper Upper Shannon” at the north end of Lough Allen. The rising ground in the background leads on to Cuilcagh, location of the river’s traditional source at the Shannon Pot
What is the most meandering bit of waterway in all Ireland? Obviously it would be a river. And surely it would have to be a river trying to get across a very large area of flat country where, over the…
‘Swim Safe’ Sessions At Lough Erne’s Share Centre This Month
The RNLI says it wants to help children Swim Safe with free water safety sessions at the Share Discovery Village on Upper Lough Erne for the first time this September. The fun, hour-long sessions teach young people how to swim…
 Mr McCaul will raise funds for the Galway Hospice as a tribute to Mr Stewart in a row of the Shannon
A south Galway potter is embarking on a 350km row down the Shannon-Erne waterway in a handmade boat in memory of a close friend writes Lorna Siggins Weather permitting, Kinvara artist Joe McCaul (65) set out from Belleek, Co Fermanagh today…
Carnroe Weir on the Lower Bann south of Coleraine
Waterways Ireland is proposing extensive refurbishment works to the weir at Carnroe on the Lower Bann between Lough Neagh and Coleraine. The cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways says Carnroe Weir is essential to the retention of water levels and…
The River Shannon in autumn
Waterways Ireland is proposing a permit system for the Shannon Navigation that could see users of Ireland’s longest river face charges for their boats for the first time, as The Irish Times reports. Users of the Royal and Grand Canals…
Native white-clawed crayfish like this one have been threatened by outbreaks of crayfish plague
Crayfish plague has been confirmed in the River Nore in Co Kilkenny, marking the eighth record in Irish rivers since 2015 — and the third detected this year alone, as TheJournal.ie reports. Outbreaks of crayfish plague pose a significant threat…
Athlone on the River Shannon
RTÉ News reports that a major angling competition set for Athlone yesterday (Friday 16 August) was cancelled over the recent oil spillage in the River Shannon near the town. Westmeath County Council has been investigating the pollution incident on the…
This rescued cygnet sadly died as a result of the Shannon oil slick
The Irish Times says Westmeath County Council is investigating an oil spill on the River Shannon south of Athlone in which a number of fish and birds have died. Efforts were made to contain the spill on the Al River,…
Fáilte Ireland chief Paul Kelly greets Waterways Ireland acting CEO John McDonagh at the latter’s office at Dublin’s Grand Canal Quay
The chief executives of Fáilte Ireland and Waterways Ireland met last week to discuss their new Strategic Partnership Programme to develop tourism along the latter’s network of inland waterways. The agreement is focused on delivering “a programme of works to…
Camden Lock at the Liffey’s entrance to Grand Canal Dock
Waterways Ireland says it is currently preparing drawings and methodologies for a planning submission to Dublin City Council on works to replace the sea lock at Grand Canal Dock. In 2018, the cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways commenced a…

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