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The Drascombe Ty Mor (Myrrthin James, Strangford Lough) on passage off the coast of Louth off Termonfeckin, bound for the Boyne from Port Oriel during the Drascombe Association’s recent Battle of the Boyne 330th Anniversary Cruise-in-Company
The uniquely compact boats of Ireland’s characterful Drascombe fleet have their own way of doing things. Encouraged by their easily-lowered rigs and extra-shoal-draft-with-centreboard versatility, they’re well able to explore little-known harbours and winding waterways where bridges or overhanging trees might…
Victoria Lock at Meelick is the first lock upstream of Lough Derg
Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that low water levels exist on the upstream approaches to Meelick Weir and Victoria Lock, north of Portumna on the Shannon Navigation. Water levels are currently up to 45cm below summer levels…
Engagement Promised On Long-Term Solution For Grand Canal Houseboats
Waterways Ireland has committed to looking for a long-term solution for people living on houseboats on the Grand Canal, it has emerged. The news comes after last week’s final-hour reprieve for a number of barge owners who had faced eviction…
The Grand Canal at Wilton Terrace, one of many spots in the city where campaigners say there is plenty of space for houseboat moorings
It’s understood that an order to remove houseboats moored on the Grand Canal in Dublin this week hay have been rescinded. Yesterday, TheJournal.ie reported that a number of people with floating homes on the canal in Dublin’s south inner city…
Barrow Blueway Works Get Under Way Next Month
The start date for works on the proposed Barrow Blueway has been announced by Kildare County Council in conjunction with Laois County Council and Waterways Ireland. When complete, the scheme will provide a multi-activity 46km off-road, flat and accessible public…
Aerial view of The Gribben
Three months of improvement works at Strabane Canal and The Gribben have begun this week. William Doherty Construction Ltd is contracted to carry out the works, which commenced on Monday 22 June and entail extensive resurfacing of the 1.2km of…
 Jimmy Furey quietly in action in his remote workshop in County Roscommon on the west shore of Lough Ree
Jimmy Furey, who has died at the age of 94 was very probably the finest boatbuilder of his generation. He was also a man strong-willed enough to do what very few of others ever do and live life totally on…
Movanagher Lock on the Lower Bann
Waterways Ireland advises masters and users of the Lower Bann Navigation of details regarding the reopening of the Locks from this Tuesday 23 June (pushed back from the original date of Thursday 18 June). Locks will operate from 9am to…
File image of boats at Shannon Harbour
Locks will reopen for longer and winter mooring will end on the Shannon Navigation from Monday 29 June, Waterways Ireland has announced. Following this past week’s changes in the wake of phase two of Ireland’s coronavirus recovery roadmap, daily lock…
Grand Canal Towpath Closure East Of Tullamore For Greenway Works
Waterways Ireland advises the public that the towpath on the south bank of the Grand Canal east of Tullamore between Cappincur and Ballycommon will be closed for three months for upgrades. The path from Digby Bridge and Ballycommon Bridge will…
Clarendon Lock on the North Shannon
Waterways is advising masters and users of the Shannon Navigation of the following information regarding the reopening of the Locks from 8th June 2020: Lock Operating Hours (Phase 2) 8th to 29th June 9am – 5pm daily Lock Passage fee…
Boating on the Shannon-Erne Waterway
Waterways Ireland is advising masters and users of the Shannon-Erne Waterway of the following information regarding the reopening of the Locks from 8th June 2020: Lock Operating Hours 8th June - 19th July 9am – 5pm daily 20th July -…
Roadmap for Reopening of Navigations: Shannon Shannon-Erne Waterway, Royal Canal, Grand Canal & Barrow Line
Waterways Ireland is advising the Shannon Navigation, Shannon-Erne Waterway, Royal Canal, Grand Canal, Barrow Line and Navigation of the following roadmap for reopening of the navigations: Navigational Use It is important to understand that it will take time to fully…
Lock 1 on the Grand Canal at Suir Road
Repair works have now been completed on the broken sewer line between Locks 1 and 2 on the Grand Canal in Dublin. Navigation between the locks was closed after the incident last summer which saw the partial collapse of a…
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More good news for boat owners on the Erne System, the Shannon Erne Waterway within Northern Ireland and the Lower Bann Navigation, in the form of a Marine Notice from Waterways Ireland. It is planned to open the navigations tomorrow…
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Cruise Ireland, the umbrella brand for Locaboat, Carrickcraft, Waveline and Linnsen Boating holidays, says it will open for business on the 5th June on Lough Erne following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland. It follows the Waterways Ireland…

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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