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Lough Ree RNLI’s inshore lifeboat The Eric Rowse
#RNLI - Just hours after attending a grounded barge at the northern end of the lough, the volunteer crew of Lough Ree RNLI were back on the water yesterday morning (Sunday 30 April) to assist a motor cruiser with seven…
Lough Ree RNLI assisting the 56ft barge near Blackwood Point
#RNLI - Lough Ree RNLI’s lifeboat crew were alerted by the Irish Coast Guard yesterday morning (Saturday 29 April) when a 56ft barge with three people on board ran hard aground on rocks close to Blackwood Point, at the northern…
Artists impression of the Ulster Canal from Clones to Lough Erne at Teehill bridge
Waterways Ireland, and their project partners Monaghan County Council, Cavan County Council, Fermanagh & Omagh District Council and Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, propose to develop a long-distance Greenway in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, linking…
The Linssen Grand Sturdy 35.0 AC (10.70 x 3.40 m) out on the river Shannon from this weekend
With its first hire this Saturday, River Shannon Boat hire firm Carrickcraft is launching the first of its new steel–built Linssen vessels just in time for the 2017 season. As Afloat.ie reported earlier, Ireland's largest cruise hire charter company is expanding…
Minister of State for Flood Relief Seán Canney addresses Environ 2017 in Athlone on Monday 10 April
#Shannon - Minister of State for Flood Relief Seán Canney outlined a range of additional measures being taken to address flood risk on the River Shannon at the recent Environ 2017 conference in Athlone. Speaking at the event in AIT…
New Waters & Communities Awards For Tidy Towns 2017
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland has partnered with Inland Fisheries Ireland and Local Authority Waters and Communities Office to create a new Tidy Towns Special Award for 2017. The Waters and Communities Award and has been established to recognise communities who…
The incident occurred by a jetty at Devenish Island on Lough Erne, near Enniskillen
#LoughErne - A Donegal woman drowned after a boating accident on Lough Erne late on Wednesday night, as RTÉ News reports. The woman is believed to have fallen overboard from a hired vessel she and her husband and children has been…
Portumna Harbour – Picture L-R  Paddy Matthews, Failte Ireland  Cathaoirleach Michael Connolly Galway County Council  Dawn Livingstone, Chief Executive, Waterways Ireland  Seán Canney, TD, Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief
The Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Mr. Seán Canney, T.D., today opened the refurbished Harbour and Amenity Park on the Shannon Navigation in Portumna. Developed by Waterways Ireland, Galway County Council and the…
Cross-border canal:  (L-R) F Fox, Fox Contracts, D Livingstone CEO, Waterways Ireland, Minister Humphreys, P Graham & S Acheson Waterways Ireland
The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, visited the construction site on the Ulster Canal at Derrykerrib Bridge, Co Fermanagh in the company of Waterways Ireland Chief Executive, Dawn Livingstone on Friday the 31st…
Boats at a public mooring on the Shannon Navigation
#InlandWaters - With the end of the winter mooring period yesterday (Friday 31 March), Waterways Ireland reminds boaters on the Shannon Navigation, including the Shannon-Erne Waterway, that the five-day rule now applies at all public moorings. Boats users may remain…
Marina berths at Carrick-on-Shannon
#Shannon - RTÉ News reports that the bodies of a man and a woman were recovered from the water at a marina in Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday afternoon (Friday 31 March) just hours after they were reported missing. The couple, an Irish…
Afloat has identified the Thea II which featured in 'Rivers with Jeremy Paxman' when running on the Manchester Ship Canal, but as of this morning had completed an inaugural sailing for BG Freight Line's new Liverpool-Cork containership service.
#PaxmansBoxboat– Thea II the containership that featured in ‘Rivers with Jeremy Paxman’ on Channel 4, has completed the first sailing for BG Freight Line’s new Liverpool-Cork service this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. In the penulimate episode of the River series…
Ballinacarigy Harbour on the Royal Canal in Co Westmeath
#RoyalCanal - Dun Laoghaire Harbour isn’t the only aquatic attraction in Ireland celebrating a bicentenary this year, as the Royal Canal’s 200th anniversary also takes place this summer. Waterways Ireland, in association with the Royal Canal Amenity Group, will shortly…
Naval and cruise ships are visiting Dublin Port today where the St. Patrick's Day Parade led by the grand marshal Olympian silver medalist sailor Annalise Murphy, takes in a route on O'Connell Bridge. Among the vessels downriver is Dublin based St.Bridget an excursion boat is operating cruises in the bay. The vessel is seen above last week having wintered at a lay-by berth in Grand Canal Dock Basin.
#Visitors - A French naval vessel, a UK based cruiseship and a local excursion boat are in Dublin Port to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, writes Jehan Ashmore. The French Navy are represented in the capital with the presence of the…
Some of the 200 pupils participating in workshops and activities for Engineers Week 2017 at Waterways Ireland HQ in Enniskillen
#EngineersWeek - Demand was high for Waterways Ireland’s events during Engineers Week 2017, with 200 primary and post-primary pupils taking part in free site visits and workshops offered at the agency’s headquarters in Enniskillen. ​Pupils from Florencecourt PS, Moat PS,…
Offaly’s Shannon Waterways boast many treasures including the religious, cultural & historically significant site of Clonmacnoise
For the first time a St Patrick’s Day Parade has picked the Inland Waterways as the Parade theme. The IWAI has congratulated the Tullamore Parade Committee on their choice.By selecting this theme the Parade will highlight the importance of Offaly’s…

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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