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Afloat.ie: Dangers at Harbours, Jetties and Moorings
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland strongly advises Masters and Owners of inland waterways vessels berthed in public harbours, at jetties or on moorings against visiting any vessels or boats during the present flood conditions because of the dangers presented by the unpredictable nature…
Afloat.ie: Waterways Ireland Advises against Navigating
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland has issued Marine Notice No.125 of 2009 to advise Masters and Owners that due to the continuing flood conditions that aids to navigation such as buoys, perches and beacons may be totally submerged or have carried away to…
Afloat.ie: High Water Levels on Shannon Navigation
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland have asked us to pass on that Albert Lock and Jamestown Canal on the Shannon Navigation on the inland waterways have been closed due to high water levels.
Afloat.ie: Battlebridge Lock Canal Closed
Inland Waterways
There's embankment slippage on the Lough Allen Canal at Battlebridge Lock (Shannon Navigation) so the canal there is closed until 31st of January 2010, Waterways Ireland have informed us, and they regret any inconvenience this may cause users.
Afloat.ie: 150-Berth Marina for Glasson
Inland Waterways
Good news for those in Westmeath who are stuck for moorings: you'll will be glad to hear that Lakeside Marina – with assistance from Waterways Ireland – have received planning permission for a 150-berth marina at Glasson in Co. Westmeath,…
Afloat.ie: Cruising Operators Learn the Tricks of the Online Trade
Inland Waterways
Tourism body Fáilte Ireland recently held an e-marketing and social media course for inland cruising on the inland waterways operators to help them learn the tricks of the online trade to promote boating holidays in Ireland . The course covered…
Canal Improvement Works at Killaloe-Ballina
Inland Waterways
Owners and Masters of all craft berthed in the canal north of the Killaloe-Ballina on the Shannon Navigation lock and inland waterways should be aware that planned improvement works will begin shortly. Initially this will consist of the installation of…
High Water Levels on Erne System
Inland Waterways
The Rivers Agency have reported to Waterways Ireland that water levels in the inland waterways in both Upper and Lower Erne have risen quickly over the last few days as a result of the exceptional rainfall over the past three…
Bank Repairs on Grand Canal
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland are notifiying all users of the Grand Canal that water levels between the 13th and 14th Locks will be lowered in order to carry out repairs to canal banks between Henry Bridge and Ponsonby Bridge. Users are asked…
Fireworks on Erne Navigation
Inland Waterways
Castle Island, Enniskillen, are hosting a fireworks display on Friday 30th October from 8pm to 8.30pm, on the Erne Navigation and inland waterways. There'll be no mooring allowed at the Waterways Ireland Head Office Mooring nor at the Henry Street…
'5 Day Rule' on Grand Canal, Shannon Harbour
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all Masters and users of the Grand Canal that the provisions of SI No. 24/1988: Canals Act, 1986 Bye Law (25, 1 (d)) will be enforced on all hard edged moorings in the inland waterway…
Approval Granted for Shannon Navigation Development
Inland Waterways
Good news for waterways enthusiasts – Waterways Ireland has received confirmation of planning approval for a development on the Shannon Navigation at Killaloe, Co Clare. The work will commence in November 2009 and be completed in 2010. The development will…
Shannon-Erne Maintenance Works
Inland Waterways
In Inland Waterways news, the Shannon–Erne Waterway will be closed to navigation for maintenance in two areas over November to January in some cases. Please see over the fold for details. Waterways Ireland wish to inform users and masters that…
Dredging Grand Canal Central Line
Inland Waterways
In inland waterways news, if you're in the area of the Grand Canal, please note that the Circular Line from Lock 1 (Grand Canal Street) to Lock 5 (Leeson Street) will be closed to navigation from Monday 2nd November 2009…
Grand Canal Barrow Line Closure Dates
Inland Waterways
In inland waterways news, the Grand Canal Barrow Line on the Barrow Navigation wil be closed from Monday 2 November 2009 until March 17, 2010 to accommodate the winter dredging programme from Lock 21 Ballyteague to Lock 22 Glenaree. Waterways…
Temporary Jetty Closure on Upr Lough Erne
Inland Waterways
In inland waterways news, the public mooring jetty at Naan Island on Upper Lough Erne is closed to the public from today (27th October 2009) for improvement works until the end of February 2010. the Lough Erne Warden is contactable…

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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