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The smart card service will be tested from a technical perspective at Albert Lock on the Shannon (pictured above) and the Cutts Lock on the Lower Bann for a two week period beginning on the 16th of April 2018.
Waterways Ireland is extending its Smart Card system to include lock passages on the River Shannon and Lower Bann. The service will be tested from a technical perspective at Albert Lock on the Shannon and the Cutts Lock on the…
Revised Opening Hours For Shannon-Erne Waterway In 2018
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland has announced revised opening hours for the locks on the Shannon-Erne Waterway for 2018. From next Thursday 29 March to Wednesday 16 May, locks will open from 9am to 6pm daily, extending to the full summer…
Campbell lock on the Newry Canal
The Newry and Portadown Branch of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) has just been presented with the Special Recognition Award by the Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland (IHAI). The presentation was made in Dublin on March 14th at…
Irish Water Prosecuted Over Lime Discharge & Fish Kill In River Varty
#FishKill - Irish Water pleaded guilty to the discharge of deleterious matter to the River Vartry one year ago, at a sitting of Bray District Court this past Tuesday (20 February). The offence related to the accidental discharge of lime…
Daly's Bridge otherwise known in Cork as the 'Shakey' Bridge which spans the River Lee's north channel may collapse. The wrought-iron construction dating to 1927 is located at the site of an ancient ferry crossing and was funded by butter merchant John Daly.
#InlandWaterways - An urgent health-and-safety audit of Shakey Bridge in Cork have been called for amid fears the iconic city structure could be one shake from collapse. As the Irish Examiner writes, historian and city councillor Kieran McCarthy said it…
Mountshannon Harbour has been affected by flood waters say Waterways Ireland
Waterways Ireland advises masters, owners and the general public that recent rains have caused flooding at many harbours making them unsafe for pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the immediate surrounds of the harbour infrastructure. Banagher, Shannon Bridge, Mountshannon, Scarriff and Limerick harbours are severely…
Waterways Ireland Recruiting Inspector Of Navigation
#Jobs - Waterways Ireland is currently recruiting for an Inspector of Navigation based in Athlone, and an engineer based in Dublin. The Inspector of Navigation will be responsible for a number of strategic work areas, including the monitoring and management…
Paddles up on the Shannon-Erne waterway last year as part of 2017’s successful Waterways Ireland Event Programme
#InlandWaters - The Waterways Ireland 2018 Event Programme is open for 2018 and welcoming applications from waterways and waterside communities seeking support to start and grow sustainable events. Taking place annually for the past 12 years, the programme has supported…
Lower Lough Erne
#LoughErne - The PSNI is investigating the death of a former Lough Erne Yacht Club commodore whose body was found in the lough last week. As BelfastLive reports, the remains of Michael Beattie, 55, were discovered on the shore at…
The cottage at Newcomen Bridge in Dublin’s North Strand will be used by The Adventure Project for therapy programmes
#RoyalCanal - In news you may have missed from this year, the first lock house on the Royal Canal in Dublin is set for a new lease of life. A familiar sight for locals and commuters in the city’s North…
International boating visitors relish the tranquil opportunity of slow tourism cruising say the IWAI
The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) will appear today before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht which is examining the Heritage Bill 2016 Part 2 Canals. In a long running campaign, the IWAI will be…
Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan Open Day Next Week
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland is hosting its second annual Heritage Plan Open Day from noon to 7pm next Wednesday 13 December at its headquarters in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. Visitors can review all the actions of the Heritage Plan that were…
The Shannon flowing through Athlone; the conference venue is upstream of the bridge, on the waterfront, to the right of the marina
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland and the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland will host the World Canals Conference 2018 in Athlone next September on the shores of Ireland’s longest waterway, the River Shannon. ‘Restoring, regenerating, re-imagining’ is the theme of the…
Shannon–Erne Waterway Closes After 'Tragic Accident' at Lock 16
The Shannon Erne Waterway is closed to Navigation until further notice, due to a tragic incident at Lock 16. Shane Anderson, the Assistant Inspector of Navigation of Waterways Ireland issued the brief notice to mariners and skippers of boats this morning. …
Waterways Ireland Archive Exhibition in Mullingar Celebrates 200 Years of the Royal Canal
#RoyalCanal - A forthcoming exhibition in Mullingar Library will celebrate 200 years of the Royal Canal through images and drawings from the Waterways Ireland archive. Featuring a selection of images from the archive and from the Ruth Delany and Ian Bath…
The Royal Canal at Ballinacarigy Harbour
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland wishes confirms that no further boat movements will be organised into or out from Dublin east of Lock 12 on the Grand and Royal Canals until the 2018 season. The Grand Canal will shortly be closed…

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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