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500 structures are mapped on Ireland’s River Nore alone
Inland Waterways
Ireland’s rivers are too fragmented due to human activity according to Inland Fisheries Ireland at the launch of new European project called AMBER which aims to restore river connectivity. The project, which stands for Adaptive Management of Barriers in European…
Dublin’s Merrion Strand is one of the areas singled out by the EPA for poor water quality caused by raw sewage discharge
News Update
#Pollution - Cork Harbour, Ringsend in Dublin and more than 40 other Irish riverside or coastal towns and cities in still fail to meet EU sewage standards, according to a damning new EPA report. RTÉ News has details of the…
Applications Open For 2017 Waterways Heritage Community Grants
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland has launched its 2017 Heritage in the Community Grants Programme in support of the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020. The Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan provides, for the first time, a strategic framework for the integration of…
A new Lough Derg Canoe Trail will be established in 2017 on Ireland's third biggest lake
Canoeing
Canoe facilities and services blocks are being provided at various locations around Lough Derg as part of a new inland waters initiative aimed at promoting water-based activities on Ireland’s third largest lake. Clare County Council has confirmed that the proposed…
The Eglinton Canal in Galway city
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - The most recent episode of RTÉ One’s Building Ireland looks at the construction of the Victorian-era Eglinton Canal, as Galway Bay FM reports. A commercially successful waterway in its day despite its short length, less than a mile…
Inland Fisheries Ireland Sponsorship Fund 2017 Open for Applications
Angling
Inland Fisheries Ireland has launched its Sponsorship Fund for 2017 which will support angling events and initiatives across the country. The fund supported 44 events to the tune of €30,000 in 2016 with a particular focus on initiatives which help…
IWAI believe any proposed legislation should promote the development of the tourism potential of the canals and supports tourism initiatives on the canals
Inland Waterways
The Inland Waterways of Ireland Association President says that the upcoming Seanad Eireann Committee Stage 3 on the Heritage Bill 2016 presents an ideal opportunity for new partnership politics to be demonstrated by the new Partnership Government. In an IWAI…
A photo–montage of the project will include an iconic boardwalk around the southern side of Acres Lake
Inland Waterways
Minister Ring T.D. has awarded €500,000 to Waterways Ireland for the completion of the Shannon Blueway between Leitrim Village and Drumshanbo town. The project will include an iconic boardwalk around the southern side of Acres Lake. The attractive new walkway…
Cork Cement Company Prosecuted Over River Pollution
Inland Waterways
#Pollution - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has prosecuted cement company Keohane Readymix Limited over a discharge into the Argideen River at Fourcuil in Clonakilty, Co Cork on 9 March last. At a sitting of Clonakilty District Court on Tuesday 18…
The Linssen Grand Sturdy 35.0 AC (10.70 x 3.40 m) will be available on the Shannon for 2017
Inland Waterways
Cruise-Ireland, Ireland's largest river Shannon Cruise hire charter company is expanding its 115–boat fleet with the addition of five Dutch built boats over the next few seasons. The first of these new steel yachts are already in build and will be…
Bobby Kerr tries paddle boarding at Grand Canal Dock in the first episode of UTV Ireland’s Along Home Shores
Maritime TV
#OnTV - The first episode of Bobby Kerr-fronted UTV Ireland series Along Home Shores comes this Thursday 27 October at 7.30pm and explores Dublin’s waterways, with a visit to the famous wallabies of Lambay Island. Afloat.ie reported last month on…
Waterways Ireland Staff with Councillors and Staff of FODC and Barry Flanagan of Erne Water Taxi
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland welcomed members of the Destination Fermanagh Industry Group on their recent visit to the Shannon Blueway in Co Leitrim. Private and public sector members of the group visited this latest Waterways Ireland award-winning innovation and met the development…
The longest migration recorded in this study was more than 300 days. Each day the eel made a vertical migration of more than 300 metres and back
Marine Science
Irish researchers from Inland Fisheries Ireland have contributed to an EU funded research which has helped solve the deepest secrets of oceanic migration and behaviour of one of Europe’s most mysterious fish, the European eel. The international research team, led…
IWAI Kildare will use the Naas Canal Festival to showcase the leisure potential of the Grand Canal
Inland Waterways
The inland waterways of Co Kildare comes to life this coming October Bank Holiday weekend. Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) Kildare will host it’s now annual Naas Canal Festival from Friday October 28th to Monday 31st. A large fleet…
Break up of wooden sunken boat to a skip for disposal
Inland Waterways
The salvage and disposal of a number of sunk and abandoned vessels from the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal at Lowtown took place on 12-13 October 2016 by Waterways Ireland. As part of the canals clean up a number…
Launching the extension of the Royal Canal Greenway in Co Westmeath on Friday 7 October
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - The extension of the Royal Canal Greenway in Westmeath from Coolnahay Harbour to the Longford county boundary was officially opened last week. The new greenway, a 14.4km cycle way, links with the 32.6km already provided along the waterway under…

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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