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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…
Mobile promo unit for Waterways
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland are hitting the road this year with a new mobile promotion unit to spread the word of Ireland's inland waterways at major events around the country. The trailer will pitch up at Triathlone and the National Ploughing Championships…
Scottish Inland Waters Get RYA Backing
Inland Waterways
RYA Scotland has taken on board the responsibility for representing inland boaters since the Scottish Inland Waterways Association (SIWA) decided to discontinue operations. SIWA's primary aim was to see the Lowland canals re-opened, a goal that has been successfully achieved.…
Monasterevin Lifting Bridge at Grand Canal Barrow Line
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland advise all Masters and users of the Grand Canal & Barrow Navigation that the lifting bridge at Monasterevin on the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal is being replaced. Due to unforeseen circumstances The Barrow Line remains closed…
Funding helps to Share the Waterways
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland are working with Share Holiday Village, The Sports Council for Northern Ireland and Venture Outdoors to make a series of Outdoor Activity Come and try it Days accessible to all on the inland waterways at Upper Lough Erne.…
Maintenance Works Underway at Agivey
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland advises that maintenance works are currently underway to Agivey Road Bridge. A reduction in normal airdraft will be encountered so users should approach the bridge with caution and observe the signage in place advising of the appropriate navigation…
Sailing for the blind in Dromineer
Inland Waterways
With blind adventurer Mark Pollock hitting the seas for the Round Ireland this year, sailing should be highlighted as an accessible sport for the visually impaired. Shannon Sailing Ireland currently offer training to adults and children with visual impairment. This…
Afloat.ie: Entrance to Lower Bann Navigation, Toombridge
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland wishes has advised all masters of vessels and inland waterways users that the canal entrance to the navigation from Lough Neagh, at Toombridge, is heavily silted consequently there is a least depth of approximately 3ft / 0.9m in…
Afloat.ie: Waterside Danger in Icy Weather Conditions
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland advises of the need to take extreme care in locations along inland waterways, canals, lakes and rivers in the current weather conditions. In particular snow and ice may conceal the water edge of canals or rivers, and provide…
Afloat.ie: OBE Award for IWAI immediate past President Brian Cassells
Inland Waterways
Mr Brian Cassells, has been awarded an OBE in the New Years Honours List. Brian was recommended for this award for services to the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland, an all-Ireland voluntary association. Brian has for years represented the aims…

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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