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It’s a generational thing, provoking mixed feelings – former Lough Ree YC Commodore Alan Algeo looking decidedly mature and thoughtful at the 2019 Lough Ree YC Regatta Week with his daughter Naomi, then recently-elected as Shannon One Design Association Honorary Secretary.
Water-skiing is just about the only waterborne activity for which the Afloat.ie style-book permits the use of exclamation marks (or screamers as we call them in the trade, and there are much rougher words with crude canine associations, but we…
Delays To Bridge Lifts On Shannon Navigation Due To Roosky Jetty Works
Instream works to install floating jetties downstream of Roosky Bridge on the Shannon Navigation have begun this week and will continue until Wednesday 30 September. Waterways Ireland advises that delays to bridge lifts and lock operations on the inland waterway…
Lock 15 on the Shannon-Erne Waterway at Tirmactiernan
Waterways Ireland has announced the reopening of Lock 15 on the Shannon-Erne Waterway at Tirmactiernan in Co Leitrim as of Thursday 27 August after a temporary closure for safety reasons. The lock has been closed due to the high volume…
File image of Shannon Harbour
Waterways Ireland’s jetties have reopened at Clonmacnoise, Shannonbridge, Shannon Harbour and Banagher on the Shannon Navigation following the lifting of coronavirus restrictions on counties Laois and Offaly. Meanwhile, visiting moorings on the Grand and Royal Canals, Barrow Navigation and Barrow…
Notice Of Upcoming Waterway Closures On Lower Bann & Grand Canal
Waterways Ireland has given notice of upcoming closures on the Lower Bann in Co Antrim and the Grand Canal in Dublin. On-location filming will see the Lower Bann closed to all boat traffic from the downstream side of Portglenone Bridge…
‘Stories From The Waterside’ Celebrate Connections With Ireland’s Rivers, Lakes & Beaches
A unique collection of short stories celebrating individual connections with Ireland’s rivers, lakes and beaches has just been published. Stories from the Waterside is the result of a national story writing competition of the same name held in April and…
Towpath Closures For Blueway Works On Barrow Navigation
Waterways Ireland advises users of the Barrow Navigation that the towpath will be closed in two locations to facilitate works on the Barrow Blueway. The sections between Milltown Bridge, Athy and Ballymanus Bridge in Vicarstown, and between the 20th Lock…
File image of the inner harbour at Terryglass on Lough Derg
Claims of speeding RIBs and jet skis over the weekend have prompted a call for a no-wake notice for Terryglass Harbour on Lough Derg. One boater said the powered vessels caused “large wakes in very close proximity to moored cruisers…
Alan Algeo, former Commodore of Lough Ree YC, feels he has to dress properly when water-skiing on strange waters, and we’re assured that’s his Lough Ree YC tie he’s wearing while cutting a dash on Lough Derg, with the Tipperary Riviera looking its luscious best
Once a Commodore, always a Commodore. And though it’s quite some time since Alan Algeo was Commodore of Lough Ree Yacht Club, in this its Quarter Millennium Year he feels that the frustrations of the COVID-denial of the full celebrations…
The WI jetty at Clonmacnoise is among a number closed for two weeks under localised restrictions in Midlands counties
Waterways Ireland has closed a number of jetties and visitor moorings on its inland waterways in counties Laois, Offaly and Kildare due to the localised coronavirus restrictions imposed by the Government from yesterday evening, Friday 7 August. The affected jetties…
Barrow Blueway Works Now Set To Commence Next Week
Works on phase one of the Barrow Blueway are now set to commence this month after the original start date was pushed back by three weeks. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the scheme, when complete, will provide a multi-activity 46km…
The McKee's 'Mosquito' (above) offered assistance and stood by the casualty at a safe distance
Royal Ulster Yacht Club members John and Sally McKee played a crucial part in their motor cruiser in a dramatic incident on the Shannon waterway last Saturday. A private cruiser from Limerick was making a passage northwards on Lough Ree…
Enjoy a walk around Lough Key among the things to do in the new Shannon visitors’ directory
Waterways Ireland and Fáilte Ireland are encouraging staycationers to ‘make a break for it’ on the Shannon Navigation this summer. And the latter has compiled a list of all currently open places to eat along with things to see and…
File image of houseboats with permits to moor long-term at Grand Canal Dock in Dublin city centre
“The body responsible for canal boating doesn’t seem to want boating on the canals.” That’s the response of Gary Long, one of a number of barge owner on the Grand Canal in Dublin at the centre of a recent controversy…
Illegal net with fresh salmon scales removed from the River Foyle at Porthall in Co Donegal
Loughs Agency fishery officers recovered illegal nets in two separate incidents on the River Foyle last weekend. In the first of these, fishery officers seized a 150m-long net containing 28 salmon at an area known as Rosses Bay. A sea…
File image of boats moored at Carrick-on-Shannon
Waterways Ireland advises masters and users of the Shannon Navigation and Shannon-Erne Waterway that locks will be operating at summer hours from this coming Monday 20 July. Locks on the Shannon Navigation will operate from 9am to 8.30pm Mondays to…

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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