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Underwater Survey at Portumna Castle Harbour
An inland waterways underwater survey will be undertaken in the vicinity of Portumna Castle Harbour and Portumna Boat Club on Wed 18th. May but may extend until the 20th May dependant on weather conditions. Masters are requested to give the…
Heritage Boatmen Honoured with River Barrow 2011 Presentation
This year the River Barrow and her sisters, the Nore and the Suir, will greet again some old inland waterways friends, the barges of the Heritage Boat Association (HBA). These barges, or canal boats as they are more accurately known,…
Give Vessels a Wide Berth at Limerick Riverfest on the Shannon Navigation
Waterways Ireland has advised masters and owners of vessels on the Shannon navigation that Limerick River Fest will take place in the vicinity of Sarsfield's Lock, Limerick from 3 pm until 7 pm on Sun 1 May 2011. Masters are…
Sailors Plan Month Long Journey from Shannon to Liffey and Back
Nenagh resident and inland waterways enthusiast, Nick Theato, single-handed aboard 'Bo-Bo, a five metre Pedro trailer/sailer and Pat Kelly, Killadangan, with his son Andrew in 'Shu-Ra-Nu', a 6 metre Etap 20 trailer/sailer, plan to raise funds for Lifeboats Ireland by…
Shannon Navigation
The mighty Shannon, the longest river in Ireland, was once the commercial backbone of Ireland. Today the river and its lakes are a bustling, colourful navigation with busy harbours, peaceful bays, lively towns and fascinating heritage and historical sites –…
The Lower Bann
The Lower Bann Navigation is a navigable river between Lough Neagh and Coleraine. For all the latest Inland Waterways news click here. With a fall of just 12.5 metres along its 60km length, there are just five locks, leaving open…
Grand Canal
The Grand Canal is one of Ireland's greatest engineering achievements. For all the latest Inland Waterways news click here. In the 18th century it was essential for industry; today it is just as important for leisure. From the cityscape of…
The Erne System
The Erne System comprises the unique island dotted expanses of the Upper Lough, the mountain fringed waters of the Lower Lough and, at its heart the island town of Enniskillen. For all the latest Inland Waterways news click here. It…
The Barrow Navigation
From Athy to St Mullins, the Barrow is a river navigation, with lateral canals bypassing the weirs. A festival to mark the 220th anniversary of the Barrow Navigation takes place this year, with festivities to celebrate the event happening from…
Shannon Hits Half Century
The 50th rally on our great river was a runaway success, writes Beth O'Loughlin In July, when Waterways Ireland (WI) published its vision and strategy for the resurgence of the canals and rivers in Dublin, 140 boats crewed by over…
The IWAI has delivered
The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland is a strong and vibrant body, writes Paul Garland, in response to the article by our correspondent in the last issue of Afloat... Having read with interest Brian Goggin's assessment of how he perceives…
60-foot Barge Sinks in Killaloe
Killaloe Coast Guard Unit was tasked  to a 60' barge that was sinking at its mooring on Lough Derg on the inland waterways this afternoon. The Killaloe Coast Guard Unit dispatched two vehicles with crew and salvage pubs by road…
New Wheelyboat Makes Lough Rynn More Accessible
Leitrim Guardian Person of the Year Brendan Harvey was on hand to launch Lough Rynn's new Wheelyboat last weekend, the Leitrim Observer reports. http://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/local/launch_of_wheelyboat_makes_stunning_lough_rynn_more_accessible_1_2612296 The boat is specially designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities in the area,…
The Royal Canal (Irish: An Chanáil Ríoga) was originally built for freight and passenger transportation from the River Liffey at Dublin to the River Shannon at Cloondara in County Longford in Ireland. It fell into disrepair, but since has been…
Inter-County Sailing Championship Set for Grand Canal Dock
Sailing will be centre stage in the Grand Canal Dock on Dublin's inland waterway when teams from counties throughout Ireland battle it out for the inaugural inter county sailing title. Sailors from around Ireland are invited to submit a team…
Waterways Ireland Issues Notice to Remove Abandoned Craft
Waterways Ireland intends to remove sunken and abandoned vessels from the Grand Canal/Barrow Navigation on inland waterways. The notice indicates nine boats listed for removal. The biggest craft is a 10-metre long steel cruiser, the Celtic Mist, located on the…

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