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Lower Lough Erne in Co Fermanagh
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#Enniskillen - The Sunday Life reports that a woman has died after falling from a boat in Enniskillen in the early hours of yesterday morning (Saturday 26 August). The PSNI recovered the woman and a man from the waters of…
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
Inland Waterways
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…
At the opening of the new facilities at Dromaan on the Clare coast of Lough Derg were (left to right) Cllr Pat Burke (Leas Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council), Carol Clarke (Whitegate Community Council), Carmel Keenan (Local Community Activist), Colm Burke (Inland Waterways Derg Branch), Theron Robson (Senior Engineer, Waterways Ireland), and Gerard Dollard, (Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Services, Clare County Council)
Inland Waterways
New canoe facilities and services blocks have been provided at Dromaan Harbour, County Clare, as part of a regional initiative aimed at promoting water-based activities on Ireland’s third largest lake. The Lough Derg Canoe Trail, an initiative of the Lough…
Some of the swimmers taking part in tomorrow’s big swim on Lough Erne
Sea Swim
#Swimming - A number of novice open water swimmers will be taking part in a major event on Lough Erne this weekend. The ​past 10 weeks have seen 20 people taking part in the Couch to 5km Challenge on Lough…
Fermanagh Launches Free Paddle Sport Programme For Young People With A Disability
Canoeing
#Sailability - Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, in partnership with Waterways Ireland, has organised an eight-week paddle sport programme commencing next Friday 4 August. ​The free programme will enable young people with a disability aged eight to 16 to receive…
Enniskillen Blueway Activity Hub Now Open For Business
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - ​The newly opened Enniskillen Blueway Activity Hub offers a range of activities from guided canoeing and kayaking tours to electric bike hire, day boat hire and water taxi tours.​​ Developed by Waterways Ireland with the Enniskillen Business District and…
Site map of the proposed new lock for the Lagan Canal
Inland Waterways
#LaganCanal - Belfast will get its first new boat lock in more than 250 years as work begins on a £4 million project near Belfast Boat Club. As ITV News reports, the new lock plan — which includes a weir…
The location of the sewage spill into the Tolka at Mulhuddart
Angling
#FishKill - A car tyre blocking a sewer led to a major fish kill on the River Tolka in West Dublin this week. According to TheJournal.ie, as many as 500 fish were killed over a 3km stretch of the waterway…
A kingfisher on the Royal Canal as seen in RTÉ’s series Waterways
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - BirdWatch Ireland is appealing to users of Ireland’s inland waterways to get involved in its survey of river birds in man-made structures. Ireland supports a rich and diverse network of rivers, canals and other waterways. Though often difficult…
The SOD's long distance race on the River Shannon is reputed to be the longest inland dinghy sailing race in the world and this year attracted a record fleet for a special celebration
Historic Boats
The annual Long Distance Race for Shannon One Designs (SOD’s) took place last weekend (24th & 25th July) under the Burgee of Lough Ree Yacht Club. As Afloat.ie reported earlier, this year was more special than usual as it was…
A new river cruise service is to link Waterford City and along the River Barrow to New Ross
Inland Waterways
#NewService - An established Wexford boat tour operator writes Independent.ie is due to start a new river cruise service by bringing people on the Barrow by 2019. New Ross Municipal District Director Eamonn Hore told last week's meeting of the…
Heatwave Sees Big Jump In Coastguard Callouts Nationwide
Coastguard
#Coastguard - The Irish Coast Guard has reported a “surge” of calls with a whopping 76 incidents nationwide over the last five days alone, according to The Irish Times. Average temperatures in the mid 20s have brought more people to…
Dick Warner on the Herbertstown/Corbally line of the Grand Canal near Naas
Inland Waterways
On the morning of Friday June 16th 2017, a great man passed way. That man was Dick Warner and he possessed a special kind of greatness. Dick died suddenly while boating near Ballinasloe. While we are all shocked and saddened…
Dick Warner is perhaps best known for his landmark 1990s documentary series Waterways
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - Tributes have been paid to veteran naturalist and broadcaster Dick Warner, who died today (Friday 16 June) after taking ill on a boat on the Shannon, as The Irish Times reports. Warner was best known for his landmark…
Placement Of New Navigational Aid In Lough Ree
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland advises masters and users of the Shannon Navigation that a new green conical navigation aid has been placed north of Inch Macdermot Island in Lough Ree between the green perch and the green can buoy, as…
Inland Fisheries Ireland staff electrofishing on the River Barrow as part of the research
Angling
#Angling - New research from Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has revealed the state of fish stock levels and the different species present within the River Barrow catchment. The River Barrow is Ireland’s second longest river after the River Shannon, and…

Whether you're a boat enthusiast, historian, archaeologist, fisherman, or just taken by the natural beauty of Ireland's waterways, you will find something of interest in our Inland pages on Afloat.ie.

Inland Waterways

Ireland is lucky to have a wealth of river systems and canals crossing the country that, while once vital for transporting goods, are today equally as important for angling, recreational boating and of course tourism.

From the Barrow Navigation to the Erne System, the Grand Canal, the Lower Bann, the Royal Canal, the Shannon-Erne Waterway and the Shannon Navigation, these inland waterways are popular year in, year out for anyone with an interest in rambling; flora and fauna; fishing; sailing; motorboating; canoeing, kayaking and waterskiing; and cruising on narrowboats.

Although most will surely identify Ireland's inland waterways with boating holidays and a peaceful afternoon's angling, many varieties of watersport are increasingly favoured activities. Powerboat and Jetski courses abound, as do opportunities for waterskiing or wakeboarding. For those who don't require engine power, there's canoeing and kayaking, as Ireland's waterways have much to offer both recreational paddlers and those looking for more of a challenge. And when it comes to more sedate activities, there's nothing like going for a walk along a canal or river bank following some of the long-distance Waymarked Ways or Slí na Sláinte paths that criss-cross the country.

Ireland's network of rivers, lakes and canals is maintained by Waterways Ireland, which is one of the six North/South Implementation Bodies established under the British-Irish Agreement in 1999. The body has responsibility for the management, maintenance, development and restoration of inland navigable waterways on the island of Ireland, principally for recreational purposes. It also maintains Ireland's loughs, lakes and channels which are sought after for sailing; the network of canal locks and tow paths; as well as any buoys, bridges and harbours along the routes.

Along the Grand and Royal Canals and sections of the Barrow Navigation and the Shannon-Erne Waterway, Waterways Ireland is also responsible for angling activities, and charges Inland Fisheries Ireland with carrying out fisheries development, weed management and ensuring water quality.

Brian Goggin's Inland Blog

Giving his personal perspective on Ireland's Inland Waterways from present-day activities to their rich heritage, Brian Goggin tells it like it is with his Inland Blog.

From recognising achievements in management of the waterways to his worries on the costs of getting afloat on Ireland's canals, Goggin always has something important to say.

He also maintains the website Irish Waterways History that serves as a repository for a wealth of historical accounts of the past commercial and social uses alike of Ireland's rivers and canals, which were once the lifeblood of many a rural community.

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