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A makeshift raft, of wooden construction, floating low in the water has been reported in the vicinity of the entrance to the Scarriff river on the inland waterways.

Owners are requested to keep a sharp look-out and proceed at slow speed when in this area of the navigation.

Published in Inland Waterways
Dublin City Canals Study Launched by Lord Mayor and Minister for Community Equality & Gaeltacht Affairs, Pat Carey T.D.
The Launch of the Dublin City Canals Study by Lord Mayor Gerry Breen and Minister for Community, Equality & Gaeltacht Affairs, Pat Carey T.D. took place in the Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre in Grand Canal Quay, Dublin on 20th July.
Waterways Ireland understood the challenge for the period 2008-2013 was to identify and proactively develop and deliver the next generation of infrastructural investment as well as recreational and tourism projects on or adjacent to the Dublin City Canals. Seeking partnership to deliver on this challenge Waterways Ireland engaged with Dublin City Council, Dublin Docklands Development Authority and Fáilte Ireland and a steering group for the ‘Dublin City Canals Study’ was formed, chaired by Waterways Ireland.
Lord Mayor Gerry Breen stated “This study shows how much Dublin City Council values the canals.  We will be working hard with Waterways Ireland to develop the action plan for the canals”.
The Study which took 18 months to complete, reviewed all existing documentation, carried out consultation with stakeholders and examined existing conditions in the waterway corridors. Issues and opportunities were addressed and proposals made. The proposals focused on the priorities for each discrete area, developed programmes and projects for the area and the infrastructural changes needed.
The study envisages a healthier canal corridor with spaces for people and wildlife to enjoy and which contribute to an improved quality of life for the communities of Dublin; A wealthier canal corridor with thriving and attractive business, social and residential districts; A vibrant and attractive canal corridor which attracts visitors from far and wide, with an appeal based on the canal heritage and opportunities for activity; A sustainable canal corridor where people can move freely without cars in a high quality environment; A well used, well managed and well maintained inland waterways heritage.
Minister Carey welcomed the publication of the report: “This report will be instrumental as we go about the work of developing our canal corridor in Dublin. Great work has been done but the potential for further development in this area is immense. The benefits of improved infrastructure for the quality of life for the citizens of Dublin are obvious as are the benefits in respect of the economy, tourism and the environment. The vision outlined in the report will assist us in harnessing that vast potential and I would like to congratulate all involved in its preparation.”
Chief Executive of Waterways Ireland John Martin stated “Waterways Ireland is delighted that the study has reached this stage today, and welcomes the further development of this strong partnership as we begin the implementation phase.”
Essential for the relevance of the study, an agreed implementation plan and management framework has been included. The implementation plan which is subject to funding will be brought forward by an Operational Liaison Group which will be chaired by Waterways Ireland. The achievement of the goals laid out the plan are within the grasp of the communities of Dublin, and the partners will work together to bring them to fruition for the benefit of all.
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The Launch of the Dublin City Canals Study by Lord Mayor Gerry Breen and Minister for Community, Equality & Gaeltacht Affairs, Pat Carey T.D. took place in the Inland Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre in Grand Canal Quay, Dublin on 20th July. Waterways Ireland understood the challenge for the period 2008-2013 was to identify and proactively develop and deliver the next generation of infrastructural investment as well as recreational and tourism projects on or adjacent to the Dublin City Canals.

Seeking partnership to deliver on this challenge Waterways Ireland engaged with Dublin City Council, Dublin Docklands Development Authority and Fáilte Ireland and a steering group for the ‘Dublin City Canals Study’ was formed, chaired by Waterways Ireland.Lord Mayor Gerry Breen stated “This study shows how much Dublin City Council values the canals.  We will be working hard with Waterways Ireland to develop the action plan for the canals”.The Study which took 18 months to complete, reviewed all existing documentation, carried out consultation with stakeholders and examined existing conditions in the waterway corridors. Issues and opportunities were addressed and proposals made. The proposals focused on the priorities for each discrete area, developed programmes and projects for the area and the infrastructural changes needed. 

The study envisages a healthier canal corridor with spaces for people and wildlife to enjoy and which contribute to an improved quality of life for the communities of Dublin; A wealthier canal corridor with thriving and attractive business, social and residential districts; A vibrant and attractive canal corridor which attracts visitors from far and wide, with an appeal based on the canal heritage and opportunities for activity; A sustainable canal corridor where people can move freely without cars in a high quality environment; A well used, well managed and well maintained inland waterways heritage.
Minister Carey welcomed the publication of the report: “This report will be instrumental as we go about the work of developing our canal corridor in Dublin. Great work has been done but the potential for further development in this area is immense.

The benefits of improved infrastructure for the quality of life for the citizens of Dublin are obvious as are the benefits in respect of the economy, tourism and the environment. The vision outlined in the report will assist us in harnessing that vast potential and I would like to congratulate all involved in its preparation.” Chief Executive of Waterways Ireland John Martin stated “Waterways Ireland is delighted that the study has reached this stage today, and welcomes the further development of this strong partnership as we begin the implementation phase.”

Essential for the relevance of the study, an agreed implementation plan and management framework has been included. The implementation plan which is subject to funding will be brought forward by an Operational Liaison Group which will be chaired by Waterways Ireland. The achievement of the goals laid out the plan are within the grasp of the communities of Dublin, and the partners will work together to bring them to fruition for the benefit of all.

Published in Inland Waterways

Powerboat Racing will take place at Haughton's Shore, Garadice Lake on the Shannon Erne inland Waterway from Sun 18th July 2010 from 09.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs.

Through traffic will be catered for between races. Waterways Ireland has requested Masters of vessels are requested to proceed at slow speed and with minimum wash when passing this stretch of the navigation and to heed any advice or instructions issued by the race officials.

Published in Inland Waterways

Inland waterway Boaters on the Shannon Navigation should expect lower water levels than normal on the river Suck within 3km of Ballinasloe moorings. Deep drafted vessels should navigate with due caution. The full notice is attached.

Published in Inland Waterways

The 15th Lock on the Grand Canal has been closed to navigation until Tuesday, 13th July in order to carry out emergency repairs to the lock gate. Every effort is being made to restore the lock to service as soon as possible.

Published in Inland Waterways

Waterways Ireland has issued an advisory to all masters and inland waterways users of the Shannon Navigation that the National Optimist Dinghy sailing event involving junior sailors will take place in and about Lough Ree Yacht Club (LRYC) on Sat 17th and Sun 18th July 2010 . Upwards of 200 sailing dinghies will be participating and will be making their way from LRYC to the racing course and back, on the southern part of Lough Ree.

Masters of vessels and boat are requested to proceed at slow speed and with minimum wash when passing the sailing fleet and to note any instructions or advice given by safety boats marshalling the race.

Published in Inland Waterways

Waterways Ireland advises the Shannon One Design annual long distance sailing race on the inland waterways will commence at 10.00 hrs on Sat 26th from Athlone Lock, overnight at Banagher and finish at Portumna Bridge on Sun 27th Jun 2010. The Shannon Inspector of Navigation has warned masters to give way to vessels and boats navigating by sail only. Full notice is attached.

Published in Inland Waterways

A route that follows the Grand Canal on the inland waterways being opened today provides access for walkers and cyclists from West Dublin right into Dublin centre. Details of the new route – that cost Euro 25 million – is in this morning's Irish Times by Paul Cullen here.

Published in Inland Waterways

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters and users of the Shannon Navigation that water levels have fallen in recent weeks. Masters of vessels, particularly those with deep drafts, are advised to proceed with caution in the area between Roosky Lock and Tarmonbarry Lock. For further information or advice please contact the Senior Engineer, North Shannon at 00-353-(0)719650898

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Waterways Ireland has won the coveted O2 Ability Award for Environmental Accessibility for its work on inland waterways at an awards ceremony last evening in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The awards were presented by Ryan Tubridy, RTE and Caroline Casey founder of Kanchi, the company responsible for the awards. Awarded to public and private sector organisations with exceptional commitment to ensuring accessibility for all, there are also awards for leadership, retention, customer service, learning and development and recruitment.

Accepting the award on behalf of the staff of Waterways Ireland, John Martin, Chief Executive said ‘Waterways Ireland (pictured left below) has from the beginning integrated accessibility into our policies and our activity. Waterways Ireland is committed to working continuously to ensure that enjoyment of the waterways is a choice rather than issue of accessibility”

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Caroline Casey founder of Kanchi stated “ The O2 Ability Awards honour leaders and organisations that recognise the ability of people with disabilities and value the role they play in their businesses. They promote a business culture that seeks, respects, values and harnesses difference for the benefit of both business and society. Well done, Waterways Ireland”

Waterways Ireland is a North/South body and is responsible for the management, maintenance, restoration and development of the inland navigable waterways for recreational purposes. Waterways Ireland manages over 1000km of waterway under its remit, many kilometres of it built over 300 years ago. Waterways Ireland’s accessibility policy has ensured accessibility built into every project since inception. The outcomes have been the installation of 1000’s of metres of accessible jetties and numerous service blocks with no barriers to persons with disability.

Waterways Ireland through its sponsorship programme has ensured that activities are open to all and through a comprehensive customer services programme has ensured that customers receive a high level of service regardless of whether the point of contact takes place at a lock, or in an office or waterside location.

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Coastal Notes Coastal Notes covers a broad spectrum of stories, events and developments in which some can be quirky and local in nature, while other stories are of national importance and are on-going, but whatever they are about, they need to be told.

Stories can be diverse and they can be influential, albeit some are more subtle than others in nature, while other events can be immediately felt. No more so felt, is firstly to those living along the coastal rim and rural isolated communities. Here the impact poses is increased to those directly linked with the sea, where daily lives are made from earning an income ashore and within coastal waters.

The topics in Coastal Notes can also be about the rare finding of sea-life creatures, a historic shipwreck lost to the passage of time and which has yet many a secret to tell. A trawler's net caught hauling more than fish but cannon balls dating to the Napoleonic era.

Also focusing the attention of Coastal Notes, are the maritime museums which are of national importance to maintaining access and knowledge of historical exhibits for future generations.

Equally to keep an eye on the present day, with activities of existing and planned projects in the pipeline from the wind and wave renewables sector and those of the energy exploration industry.

In addition Coastal Notes has many more angles to cover, be it the weekend boat leisure user taking a sedate cruise off a long straight beach on the coast beach and making a friend with a feathered companion along the way.

In complete contrast is to those who harvest the sea, using small boats based in harbours where infrastructure and safety poses an issue, before they set off to ply their trade at the foot of our highest sea cliffs along the rugged wild western seaboard.

It's all there, as Coastal Notes tells the stories that are arguably as varied to the environment from which they came from and indeed which shape people's interaction with the surrounding environment that is the natural world and our relationship with the sea.

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