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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”


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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Powerboat Racing will take place at the Derryad Powerboat Club, Lisnaskea on Ireland's inland waterways on Sun 16 May 2010 from 11.00 hrs to 19.00 hrs. Through traffic will be catered for via the west side of Inishrath Island i.e on the Geaglum moorings side of the navigation. 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.


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Inland Waterways Works being undertaken to Agivey Road Bridge on the Lower Bann Navigation will result in a reduction in normal airdraft being encountered.
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Inland waterways boat owners are advised that the public mooring jetty at Lustymore Island on Lower Lough Erne will be closed to the public for construction works for approximately three weeks from Monday 17th May 2010. For further details please contact the Lough Erne Warden on +44 (0)28 6632 2836


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Waterways Ireland has released three new publications which will provide much assistance to waterway and waterside visitors to Ireland’s Inland Waterways throughout the year.

The Waterways Ireland What’s On Guide, promotes a series of events happening alongside as well as on the waterways throughout the year. With 128 entries from fun fairs to Come and Try it Events, historical events and boat rallies, there is a huge range of activity to pick from. Waterways Ireland through the Sponsorship Programme has supported a significant proportion of the community and local activity taking place as well as some of the high profile events such as the Waterways Ireland European TriAthlone 3-4 July, Waterways Ireland Riverfest 3-4 July and Waterways Ireland Loughfest 26-27 June.

Martin Dennany, Director of Marketing & Communications for Waterways Ireland said ‘A Taste of the Waterways guide to hand, will ensure you find all the best pubs and restaurants along the waterways. You don’t have to set foot in a boat to enjoy the hospitality along our waterways, but it would be a pity to miss out’. The guide , A Taste of the Waterways, written jointly by Georgina Campbell and boating expert W. M. Nixon and published in association with Waterways Ireland. This independently assessed 68-page guide leads visitors along all of our navigable waterways, and to nearly 100 great hostelries and restaurants sprinkled from Limerick up the mighty Shannon via Lough Derg, Lough Ree and the Shannon-Erne Waterway, to Lough Erne; and from Dublin out west along the Royal Canal and the Grand Canal and southwards to the beautiful River Barrow.

The Waterways Ireland Publications Catalogue containing 30 books and DVDs available to order from Waterways Ireland. The range includes both free and pay-for publications with broad appeal to a wide variety of recreational users of the inland navigations. This new edition includes a feature on Waterways Ireland's new on-line ordering facility.

All three publications are free and available from Tourist Information Centres and Visitor Attractions along the waterways, and is also distributed to over 60 hotels. It is also downloadable from


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