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The path from Digby Bridge and Ballycommon Bridge will be closed to all users from this Monday 8 June to Monday 7 September to facilitate construction of the Grand Canal Greenway.
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, locks on the Grand and Royal canals as well as the Barrow Line and Navigation, the Shannon-Erne Waterway and Shannon Navigation are set to reopen (subject to maintenance) from this Monday.
This coincides with the beginning of Phase 2 of the country’s relaxing of coronavirus restrictions.
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 trunk sewer at Suir Road, west of St James’ Hospital in the city.
Passage in and out of Dublin on the Grand and Royal Canals remains closed until coronavirus restrictions are lifted. It’s expected an announcement on this will be made soon.
For those of you missing Ireland’s inland waterways, you can now view the stunning Royal Canal, Grand Canal Barrow Line and Barrow Navigation along with the Shannon through Google Maps and Google Earth.
Waterways Ireland, in partnership with the Google Trekker Loan Programme, has continued to capture Ireland’s inland waterways and make them accessible online.
Last year, street view imagery was captured along the Royal Canal, Grand Canal Barrow Line and Barrow Navigation to compliment the stunning Shannon imagery captured in 2018.
So now you can follow some of Ireland’s most beautiful and popular waterways destinations from the comfort of your own home — and hopefully plan a visit when conditions allow.
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, winter mooring has been extended until Sunday 31 May to ease the pressure on the inland boating community amid the current coronavirus restrictions.
And while the outdoor exercise distance has been extended to 5k from home, the advice for those using canal towpaths to maintain social distancing remains in place.
This postponement also applies to bookings for Newcomen Bridge passage on the Royal Canal.
The cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways adds that navigations elsewhere are generally remaining open for boats.
Albert Lock and the Jamestown Canal on the Shannon Navigation recently reopened after lock gate replacement works and the easing of flooding issues.
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 which saw the partial collapse of a trunk sewer at Suir Road, west of St James’ Hospital in the city.
The cross-border body for Ireland’s inland waterways added: “As the works to the sewer are dependent on a number of factors and are outside of Waterways Ireland control, this date cannot yet be confirmed but updates will be issued when available.”
Boat passage arrangements for both the Grand Canal and Royal Canal in and out of Dublin were recently announced ahead of the 2020 boating season, which begins later this month.
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 the waterways will be organised by prior arrangement, to take place as a single movement in one day.
Boaters will only be facilitated if their passage is considered to be safe by Waterways Ireland and they have the valid permit(s) for mooring and passage.
In order to plan the necessary lock assistance for movements east of Lock 12 on either canal, masters are required to contact the Waterways Ireland Eastern Regional Office (weekdays 9.30am to 4.30pm) on 01 868 0148 or email [email protected] prior to making passage.
At time of making contact, the following details should be provided:
- Length, beam, water & air drafts of your craft (provide approximates if don't have exact dimensions)
- Phone/email contact details
- Permit number and expiry date of current canal permit
On the Grand Canal, a minimum of two days’ notice prior to planned passage must be given and, with the exception of pre-arranged events, a maximum of two boats per day will be taken through the locks, travelling either east or west. In certain circumstances, eg for slower or larger barges, the limit will be one boat per day.
Due to periodic anti-social activity along some of canal route into Dublin, boat passage will also not be possible in certain weather conditions and at weekends over the late spring and summer period. This can be planned for at time of making contact, and suitable arrangements for passage made.
On the Royal Canal, two weeks’ notice of bridge passage (Newcomen Lifting Bridge) is required for the pre-set lift date, and lock assistance will then also be arranged. A minimum of two boats is required for a bridge lift to go ahead. A maximum number of boats passing will be implemented, 16 for weekend lifts and eight for weekday lifts. Priority will be given on a first come, first served basis.
The pre-set lift dates and times are set out below:
- Thursday 16 April, 11am–1pm
- Sunday 3 May, 9am–1pm
- Saturday 30 May, 9am–1pm
- Thursday 11 June, 11am–1pm
- Friday 26 June, 11am–1pm
- Tuesday 28 July, 11am–1pm
- Tuesday 25 August, 11am–1pm
- Thursday 24 September, 11am–1pm
Masters and owners are also reminded to ensure that they have the following before making the passage through the city locks on both canals. Waterways Ireland reserves the right to postpone passage to another day if all of these are not in place:
- Adequate fuel on board
- Competent and adequate crew to operate the boat and locks (minimum crew of 3)
- A lock key on board their boat
- Mooring lines of adequate length to handle vessel through a lock (approx 15m length)
- No known mechanical problems with their boat
Passages can only be arranged in the boating season from mid-March to end of October. Also note that aquatic weed is generally more prevalent as the season progresses beyond Spring and may hamper passage.
Boaters will be facilitated as far as practicable although Waterways Ireland cannot guarantee that passage will be possible on every planned date. Early contact will greatly assist planning and facilitate the making of the necessary arrangements.
Water levels will be reduced and navigation will be closed in order to facilitate lock gate replacement works at Lock No 24 from Monday 27 January to Tuesday 17 March.
The news follows the previous announcement of reduced water levels in the Sallins area on the canal’s Naas Line to facilitate gate replacements works on Lock N1.
This in order to facilitate lock gate replacement works at Lock N1 on the Naas Line in Co Kildare.
Works on the waterway began on Tuesday 21 January and will be in progress until to Wednesday 1 April.
A flotilla of light and fast boats set off at pace on the River Liffey from the sea lock at Grand Canal Dock to Seán Heuston Bridge below Heuston Station this lunchtime (Wednesday 1 January) to kick off the 2020BC initiative.
The date also marks the 60th anniversary to the day the Grand Canal was closed to commercial traffic by CIÉ.
2020BC will centre around a calendar of waterside community celebrations and events to which boaters and other waterway users can travel next year.
This reflects the navigation circuit being very much ‘open for business’ for leisure, pleasure and amenity use.
The 2020BC project is being co-ordinated for IWAI Dublin by longtime waterways advocate Mick Kinahan with support from IWAI’s Kildare, Offaly, Shannon Harbour, Royal Canal and Barrow Branches.
Today’s flotilla also carries some offerings from the Grand Canal to Heuston Station — symbols from locations along the canal’s length, of both past and present commercial and leisure activities.
Little known outside the boating community, the Grand Canal is also part of what is known as the Green & Silver: a navigation route comprising the Royal Canal, Camlin River, River Shannon, Grand Canal and River Liffey — and one that the IWAI is keen to promote during 2020BC and beyond.
IWAI president Alan Kelly said: “We are fortunate in IWAI to have experienced volunteers who are fully committed to the promotion of our waterways for the common good and the socio-economic benefit of all.
“We also have an excellent working relationship with Waterways Ireland and with Government departments, local authorities, development associations and community organisations all along the inland waterways network.
“We look forward to 2020 being a year of further positive engagement with all of our waterways partners to promote the development and improvement of our waterways.”
Jim O’Riordan, IWAI Dublin chairperson, added: “IWAI Dublin look forward to 2020BC and are grateful for the support from our peer IWAI branches around the inland waterways network for the project.
“We also want to thank Waterways Ireland who have been involved in helping us plan today’s launch and events for the coming year; and Clontarf and Poolbeg yacht clubs among others who have assisted arrangements for the launch flotilla.
“For 2020BC, what we are promoting is not just about boating, we intend to work with as many communities as possible to develop their interests further in the inland waterways in their vicinities and look forward to meeting many new waterways friends.”
Full details of events for 2020BC will be made available on the IWAI website.
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 is thankfully still a well-utilised navigation encouraging discovery and exploration while travelling from Dublin in Ireland’s Ancient East right through to Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands! From our indigenous canal boat tourists, who travel on their own vessels, to the novice or experienced hire boat tourists; the Grand Canal navigation is timeless.
It takes you all at once back to the heyday of trading boats in the early 1800s while also providing access to waterside communities all along its length, from Dublin to Shannon Harbour in West Offaly and to Athy in South Kildare.
Navigating this route by boat is a truly unique experience. Members of voluntary organisations such as the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) and the Heritage Boat Association (HBA) will always welcome you aboard.
All of this takes place alongside anglers, canoeists, walkers and cyclists who also appreciate the magic and beauty of the Grand Canal and its environs. Long silent of the horses’ hooves that provided momentum for Ireland’s then developing economy, canal towpaths and trackways have been re-imagined with the arrival of the Greenway concept for cycling and walking. In addition to boating, these activities have the potential to provide huge economic benefit to Grand Canal communities. The Grand Canal Greenway is being developed as part of a national cycling strategy in partnership with Waterways Ireland (WI), Local Authorities, government departments, local communities and development groups.
Approximately 1000km of inland waterways including the Grand Canal are managed by Waterways Ireland, the largest of six North/south Implementation Bodies established under the British Irish Agreement of April 1998.
IWAI are re-releasing this memo to honour the Grand Canal; all the boatmen and families who worked on her; the agencies, boating and canal side communities who continue to support her; and to highlight this rich vein of current and potential tourism value running from the capital city to the centre of the midlands.
CIÉ spokesperson Barry Kenny said ‘CIÉ were custodians of the Grand Canal for many years and while commercial navigation ceased 60 years ago, the stewardship of Waterways Ireland and support of Inland Waterways Association of Ireland ensures that its role as a leisure and tourism amenity continues to strengthen. The memo marked the end of a chapter, but the story of the Grand Canal continues, and we wish WI and IWAI the very best in the future.’
John Boyle, Director of Business Development, Waterways Ireland says ‘Waterways Ireland is proud of the heritage associated with the Grand Canal and indeed all of the inland navigable waterways. Whilst 1959 marked the end of commercial traffic on the Grand Canal, the experiences and stories of the canal up to that period are vitally important from an historical point of view in the growth of the Irish economy and the associated growth of local communities. It is those local communities who now provide an important role to play in the continuous re-imagining of the Grand Canal into the future to become the bedrock of history for the future. 1959 therefore was an important ‘watershed’ in time, linking the past to the present and into the future. We thank the IWAI, HBA and all those associated with remembering this date 60 years ago and look forward, whilst not forgetting the wonderful history of our past.’
Alan Kelly, President of the IWAI noted ‘The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland are delighted to present a copy of the memo issued by CIÉ on 25th November 1959 to Tony Doran, Station Master, Heuston Station, Dublin; to mark the 60th anniversary of the original memo release. We hope the re-release generates a lot of interest in this great inland waterway on the Irish navigation system, supported by relevant agencies and communities -much appreciated by the IWAI, the HBA and all those who enjoy the Grand Canal for sport, relaxation, nature appreciation and general wellbeing in both urban and rural environments’.