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Inland Waterway News. Boating on Ireland's Rivers, Lakes and Canals
Waterways Ireland Launches 2020 Event Programme
Applications are open until Wednesday 15 January for the 2020 Waterways Ireland Event Programme, which aims to support events on or along Ireland’s inland waterways throughout the year. Taking place annually for the past 13 years, the programme has supported…
The reconfigurable livestock lake-boat named Joe Magee was delivered to Northern Ireland's RSPB. AFLOAT adds the 15-metre custom-made cot for use on Lower Lough Erne, weighs 14 tonnes and was built by Mainstay Marine Solutions based in Pembroke Dock, south Wales.
The launch of a new boat is a boost in the efforts to protect the habitats of endangered birds in County Fermanagh, reports BBC News NI. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) will use it to transport…
New Year’s Day Flotilla To Launch 2020 Big Cruise Calendar For ‘Green & Silver’ Inland Navigations
The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) is ringing in the New Year with the launch of its 2020 Big Cruise calendar of events on the inland waterways of the Green & Silver route. A flotilla of light and fast…
Wexford Harbour
New limits for Wexford Harbour will be set from next Wednesday 1 January, according to the latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. Transport Minister Shane Ross has signed into law the Harbours Act 1996 (Limits…
A lock on the Shannon Erne Canal
Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that all 16 locks on the Shannon-Erne Waterway will be out of service from Monday 23rd December 2019 to 1st January 2020 inclusive. No lock passage by boat will be possible during…
Volunteers from Seagate in Derry took part in a bank clean-up downstream of the Strabane Canal, removing close to 30 bags worth of rubbish
In recent weeks the Loughs Agency has been working with groups of volunteers to clean up the banks of the River Foyle in Northern Ireland. The Foyle Ambassadors, a group of young environmentalists, completed a clean-up on the upstream bank…
A sample of dead fish found downstream of Ballina Waste Water Treatment Plant discharge pipe this summer
Inland Fisheries Ireland has noted with concern the latest findings from the Water Quality in Ireland Report for the period 2013-2018, published today by the EPA. The report shows a decline in river quality and a further loss of pristine…
Cruising in the Netherlands
Newly updated 2020 editions of the UK Cruising Association’s three main inland waterways cruising guides for France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany have been published by the CA’s European Inland Waterways Section (EIWS) in time for the Christmas season. All…
IWAI are re-releasing this memo to honour the Grand Canal and all the boatmen and families who worked on it.
60 years ago, on 25th November 1959; a memo was issued by CIÉ to close the Grand Canal to commercial traffic, formally ending the era of barge trading boats use of the Irish inland navigation system. But the Grand Canal…
The lifeboat crew set up an astern tow and took the boat from the rocks and into safe waters
At 3.40 pm yesterday Lough Derg RNLI was requested by Valentia Coast Guard to go to the assistance of two people whose vessel had run aground near Pike Island, north of Kilgarvan Quay on the Tipperary shore. Volunteer crew with…
The Royal Canal at Ashtown in North Dublin
Waterways Ireland have been notified by the HSE of a number of cases of Leptospirosis reported recently following exposure to the water on the Royal Canal in North Dublin. Individuals are instructed not to engage in swimming, diving or immersive…
Winter mooring on the Shannon Navigation comes into force on November 1
Waterways Ireland advise masters that the winter mooring period for public harbours on the navigations will commence on 1 Nov 2019 and will end on 31 Mar 2020. Masters wishing to avail of Winter Mooring are required to pay the…
Announcing funding for the Royal Canal Greenway's second phase this past Thursday 10 October
Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran TD announced midweek a significant package of funding totalling €1m for Phase 2 of the Royal Canal Greenway. When launched in early 2020, it will be the longest greenway in Ireland, totalling 130km in length along…
O’Briensbridge is on the Clare/Limerick border south of Parteen Weir
Waterways Ireland has closed the public footpath running south from O’Briensbridge playground alongside the River Shannon south of Parteen Weir for the foreseeable future, following the discovery of critical failures in two culverts under the path. Preliminary investigations revealed the…
Kinsale's Ian Travers will compete at next month's Freshwater Regatta on Lough Derg
Lough Derg Yacht Club is hosting its annual keelboat regatta on the weekend of the 11th and 12th of October. The event will be a wrap up to the season for many of the competitors and over 50 entries are…
North Cork Creameries Co-Op Pleads Guilty To Polluting Allow River In Kanturk
North Cork Creameries Co-operative Ltd pleaded guilty on two charges in relation to a pollution incident on the Allow River in Co Cork last year at a sitting of Mallow District Court on Tuesday 17 September. The charges followed an…

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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