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Boating on the Shannon in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands
Waterways Ireland has announced the opening of a public consultation on the Draft Shannon Tourism Masterplan and Environmental Report today, Wednesday 4 March. The consultation documents will be available to the public both online and in the 10 county council…
Green E Buoy At Goat Island On Lough Derg Is Off Station
Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels and water users that the Green E Buoy buoy at Goat Island on Lough Derg is off station, and to proceed with additional caution in the vicinity of the island.
Lock 1 on the Grand Canal at Suir Road
Waterways Ireland has announced that works to repair a broken sewer line in the Grand Canal at Inchicore will not be completed until the end of May. Navigation between Locks 1 and 2 will remain closed after the incident last summer…
Flooding on the River Shannon
As Storm Jorge swept in from the Atlantic, there have been renewed calls a single river management agency for the Shannon. Farmers and residents along the river can no longer cope with “despair” and constant fear of flooding, Mid-Shannon flood…
The public moorings at Shannonbridge on the Shannon Navigation
Continued high water levels have prompted Waterways Ireland to prohibit access to the floating jetty in Shannonbridge on the Shannon Navigation. All masters of vessels and users of the inland waterway are advised that lighting to the area has been…
High Water Level Alert For Shannon, Erne, Barrow & River Bann
Due to recent poor weather conditions, Waterways Ireland is currently operating at increased water levels on the Shannon, Erne, Barrow and River Bann. As a consequence, boat owners, and those in the vicinity of our waterways, need to take additional…
The Jametown Canal in County Roscommom
Waterways Ireland has closed the navigation at Jamestown Canal in County Roscommon until further notice due to high water levels. Waterways Ireland will be installing a dam system on the upstream side of Corlura bridge in order to control the…
Closures On Shannon-Erne Waterway For New Footbridge & Service Block
Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that the Shannon-Erne Waterway will be closed between Lock 12 and Lock 13 today, Tuesday 18 February, in order to facilitate the installation of a new footbridge. It is estimated that the…
Lock 1 on the Grand Canal in Drimnagh
Waterways Ireland reminds masters and owners of boat passage arrangements in or out of Dublin on the Royal and Grand Canals ahead of the start of the 2020 boating season in mid-March. Movements in or out of the city via…
Kayaker John Medlow and his dinghy on the River Bann
It started in August last year when Northern Ireland man Jon Medlow noticed the amount of rubbish floating downstream while kayaking in the River Bann near Portadown. Just a few months later, as BBC News reports, and he’s removed almost…
Lock Closures On Shannon Navigation For Staff Training Next Wednesday
Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that a number of locks on the Shannon Navigation will be closed next Wednesday 5 February to facilitate staff training. The affected locks on the inland waterway are in Athlone; Pollboy Lock…
Behind the scenes in the production of Waterways Ireland’s Stories from the Waterways series
Three projects nominated by Waterways Ireland have been chosen as finalists for this year’s All Ireland Community & Council Awards, presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA, at Croke Park on Saturday 15 February. Inland waterways finalists in the awards’ 14th…
Blueways Ireland Launches New Website At Holiday World This Weekend
Blueways Ireland launches its newly upgraded website this weekend during the Holiday World show in the RDS. The site offers, maps and information on where to stay, eat and the exciting outdoor experiences available on the Shannon Blueway, Lough Derg…
Navigation Interruptions In Grand Canal In Tullamore For Fate Replacement Works
Waterways Ireland advises users of the Grand Canal in the Cappincur area of Tullamore, Co Offaly of interruption to navigation on the inland waterway in the coming weeks. Water levels will be reduced and navigation will be closed in order…
Reduced Water Levels On Grand Canal Naas Branch
Waterways Ireland advises users of the Grand Canal that water levels will be reduced in the Sallins area (Level 15 from Killeen Golf Club to Digby Bridge) over the coming weeks. This in order to facilitate lock gate replacement works…
Lough Allen
Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels and water users that Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) will be placing fisheries survey nets on Lough Allen from today, Tuesday 21 January to this Thursday 23 January. The nets will be in the…

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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