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Shannon Navigation Lough Derg-Southern Part. Buoy 'A' -off station
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland advises all masters and inland waterways users of the Shannon Navigation that buoy “A” , situated between Scilly Island and Lushing Rocks in the southern part of Lough Derg is off station and a temporary mark has been…
Shannon Navigation - Roosky to Tarmonbarry
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters and users of the Shannon Navigation that water levels have fallen in recent weeks. Masters of vessels, particularly those with deep drafts, are advised to proceed with caution in the area between Roosky Lock…
Waterways Ireland Wins O2 Ability Award
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland has won the coveted O2 Ability Award for Environmental Accessibility for its work on inland waterways at an awards ceremony last evening in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The awards were presented by Ryan Tubridy, RTE and Caroline Casey…
Powerboat Racing on Upper Lough Erne
Inland Waterways
Powerboat Racing will take place at the Derryad Powerboat Club, Lisnaskea on Ireland's inland waterways on Sun 16 May 2010 from 11.00 hrs to 19.00 hrs. Through traffic will be catered for via the west side of Inishrath Island i.e on…
Shannon Navigation – Sarsfield Lock, Limerick
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland advises that Sarsfield lock, Limerick is now fully operational.
Lower Bann Navigation - Agivey Road Bridge
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Inland Waterways Works being undertaken to Agivey Road Bridge on the Lower Bann Navigation will result in a reduction in normal airdraft being encountered.
Erne System - Temporary  Closure of Jetty
Inland Waterways
Inland waterways boat owners are advised that the public mooring jetty at Lustymore Island on Lower Lough Erne will be closed to the public for construction works for approximately three weeks from Monday 17th May 2010. For further details please…
New Free Waterways Publications for the Season ahead
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland has released three new publications which will provide much assistance to waterway and waterside visitors to Ireland’s Inland Waterways throughout the year. The Waterways Ireland What’s On Guide, promotes a series of events happening alongside as well as…
Grand Canal - Five Day Rule Applies
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland have reminded users of the Grand Canal that as part of ongoing developments at Shannon Harbour, the provisions of S.I No. 24/1988: Canals Act, 1986 Bye-law (25, 1 (d)) will be applied on all hard edged moorings in…
Nominees to the Board of Inland Fisheries Ireland announced
Inland Waterways
Minister for Natural Resources Conor Lenihan today announced details of five of the nominees to the Board of Inland Fisheries Ireland. The Minister confirmed that he has asked these nominees to work with the CEO designate of Inland Fisheries Ireland…
Change of Date for Inland Waterways Association AGM
Inland Waterways
The date of the Inland Waterways Association Ireland (IWAI) AGM has been changed due to circumstances beyond control. IWAI Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday, 30th April, 2010 at 8pm in Lough Ree Yacht Club, Athlone Co. Westmeath.
Shannon Navigation - Limerick City Moorings
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland advises Masters and Owners of reduced draft below weir level at moorings in Limerick as follows; Custom House Quay 0.5m at inside moorings 1.3m at outside moorings Arthur Quay Moorings 1.2m
A Taste of the Waterways – Favourite Places to Eat & Drink, 2010
Inland Waterways
If you’ve never spent a few days lazing around our wonderful inland waterways you just don’t know what you’re missing. It’s a magical world of pottering along, enjoying the wildlife and exploring the unfolding countryside - just sooo relaxing… especially…
Royal Canal Reopening Celebrations
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland has hosted the first meeting of the working committee involved in planning the celebrations to mark the reopening of the Royal Canal on the inland waterways. The reopening is intended to take place in September 2010 and will…
Galway Audit Still Seeks Heritage Boats
Inland Waterways
Field-work for an audit on heritage boats has recorded almost 500 heritage boats from the coastline and inland waterways of Co. Galway. However, despite press advertisements in 2008 and 2009, no boats have been found in the extensive inland areas…
Mooring Warning for Lough Erne Public Jetties
Inland Waterways
As the inland waterways boating season begins Waterways Ireland has highlighted to waterways users the mooring byelaws applicable on Lough Erne. Waterways Ireland provides public moorings for craft moving along the navigations. Craft movement facilitates greater tourism and recreational income…

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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