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Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters and users of the Shannon Navigation that the moorings adjacent to the park building at Lough Key Forest Park will be closed to facilitate installation of new floating moorings from 21st October 2011 until 31st.January 2012.

Alternative moorings are available in the park at the fixed jetties close by.

As part of the works, the public slipway at the park will be closed from 24th to 26th October 2011 to provide materials access.

Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their co-operation in this matter and regrets any inconvenience that this may cause.

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Waterways Ireland will commence dredging operations on the Shannon Navigation on 17th Oct 2011. The area concerned stretches from Baal's Bridge in the Abbey River to the upstream side of Shannon Bridge on the River Shannon in Limerick City. For the purpose of these dredging operations this area is deemed to be a construction site and will be closed to navigation to all craft as and from the 17Oct 2011 until 1 Feb 2012.

Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their cooperation in this matter and regrets any inconvenience caused during this necessary operation of restoring water depth to affected berthage.

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The Naval Service OPV L.E. Roisin (P51) will be open to the public this afternoon (2-4pm) at the North Wall Quay, opposite The National Convention Centre Dublin, which celebrated its first anniversary last month, writes Jehan Ashmore.
L.E. Roisin recently returned from Russia and she berthed for the first time at the North Wall Quay at berth 16A. Normally she would visit Dublin Port by berthing on the south-side banks of the River Liffey along Sir John Rogersons Quay, this applies to other vessel types when mooring within the Dublin 'Docklands'. As such it was most unusual to have a large vessel like L.E Roisin berthing opposite the impressive landmark venue.

It is only in recent years that larger vessels can berth at this stretch of the waterfront following the completion of several major construction projects over the last decade. From the building of the Convention Centre and the Samuel Beckett Bridge which involved using the dredger Hebble Sand (click HERE) during its construction process.

In addition the refurbishment of Spencer Dock sea-lock entrance that for many years was closed is now re-opened. The dock entrance featured in the start of the new television series 'Waterways'-The Royal Canal. Episode two is this Sunday on RTE 1 at 8.30pm.

Aside the 79m L.E. Roisin, the last large vessel to berth close to berth 16A was the French 58m tallship Belem, which was chartered by Alliance Francaise to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2010 and for the inaugural French Hoist the Sail: Market Festival. The three-masted barque built in 1896 was once also owned by the Sir Arthur Ernest Guinness under the name of Fantôme II.

Situated between where L.E. Roisin is currently berthed and where the Belem had moored, is home to the 'resident' M.V. Cill Airne, a floating bar and restaurant dining venue at berth 16B. Another resident is the former lightship Kittiwake at berth 17B, though sited much further downstream at the end of North Wall Quay, opposite the O2 Arena and next to the East-Link Bridge.

There is a fourth resident, again berthed on the north quays, though the Jeanie Johnston unlike her counterparts is moored closer to the city-centre at Custom House Quay. Apart from yachts, leisure-craft and occasional private motor-yachts using the Dublin City Moorings, she is the only vessel to permanently occupy a berth between Samuel Beckett Bridge and the Sean O'Casey foot-bridge.

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Waterways returns to RTÉ television after 16 years off the air this coming Sunday.
The original award-winning 1990s documentary series saw naturalist and poet Dick Warner undertake an epic journey traversing the canals of Ireland by barge.
This year filmmaker Stephen Rooke accompanied Warner as he returned to our inland waterways, this time to explore the newly restored Royal Canal and celebrate the reopening of the entire route from Dublin to the Shannon.
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Warner travelled on the Rambler, an original canal tug barge, from Dublin to Lough Ree - the first time it had followed the route since 1923.
Along the way, Warner meets both experts and ordinary people who live along the banks, learning from them about its heritage, history and wildlife.
Filming is now complete on the new six-part series, Waterways - A Royal Canal, which begins this Sunday night.
According to Irish Film and Television News, Rooke re-assembled the core team from the original series, many of whom have gone on to work on successful films and TV shows.
The series begins on RTÉ One at 8.30pm on Sunday 2 October.

Waterways returns to RTÉ television after 16 years off the air this coming Sunday.

The original award-winning 1990s documentary series saw naturalist and poet Dick Warner undertake an epic journey traversing the canals of Ireland by barge.

This year filmmaker Stephen Rooke accompanied Warner as he returned to our inland waterways, this time to explore the newly restored Royal Canal and celebrate the reopening of the entire route from Dublin to the Shannon.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Warner travels on the Rambler, an original canal tug barge, from Dublin to Lough Ree - the first time it had followed the route since 1923. 

Along the way, Warner meets both experts and ordinary people who live along the banks, learning from them about its heritage, history and wildlife.

Filming is now complete on the new six-part series, Waterways - A Royal Canal, which begins this Sunday night.

According to Irish Film and Television News, Rooke re-assembled the core team from the original series, many of whom have gone on to work on successful films and TV shows.

The series begins on RTÉ One at 8.30pm on Sunday 2 October.

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Waterways Ireland is advising masters and owners that a marathon style canoe and kayak event will take place on Sun 18th Sep 2011from 1200hrs until 1500hrs on the Enniskillen to Culkey section of the Erne System.

Competitors will race from the Round "O" in Enniskillen, to a point 5km upstream and return to the "Finish Line" at the Round "O".

Masters are requested to note any advice or instructions given by the event organisers and marshals and to give competitors a wide berth at all times.

Vessels should proceed at slow speed and with minimum wash when passing canoes and kayaks.

 

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Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that there will be a regatta of "DRAGON BOATS" in Grand Canal Dock on 10th and 11th September 2011 between 10:00hrs and 18:00hrs daily.

Racing will be on the North Side of the outer dock. Masters and owners of vessels operating in Grand Canal Dock should refrain from entering the race course and comply with guidance instructions from race officials.

Waterways Ireland apologises for any inconvenience caused by this restriction and thanks its customers for their cooperation.

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A triathlon swim event will take place on the Shannon Navigation in the vicinity of the recreational facilities in Lough Key on Sun 4th Sep from 0900 hrs until 1200 hrs.

Masters of vessels are requested to note the advice of marshals when passing near the course and to proceed at slow speed with minimum wash.

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The Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Mr. Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., today opened the new moorings and walkway on the Shannon Navigation in Killaloe. Developed by Waterways Ireland and jointly funded by Fáilte Ireland the €2m project involved the installation of 775 metres of moorings, the underpinning of the old canal wall, the installation of the flood control gates and the completion of a looped walk along the shore and canal wall.

Commenting at the redevelopment, Minister Deenihan said "The improvement works undertaken here at Killaloe Canal have been extensive and will prove important in increasing visitor numbers to this very scenic area of Co. Clare. The project, funded jointly by Fáilte Ireland and Waterways Ireland, will make an excellent facility for walkers, tourists and those who enjoy waterway activities. I have no doubt that this development will only add to this region's reputation as one of Ireland's most attractive and enjoyable destinations for visitors from both at home and abroad."

This project has been funded by Waterways Ireland and Fáilte Ireland under the Lakelands and Inland Waterways Strategic Initiative. This Initiative is a partnership jointly chaired by Fáilte Ireland and Waterways Ireland, with Shannon Development, Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Tourism Ireland as partners.

A key element of the Initiative is product development and Waterways Ireland along with its partners Shannon Development, Fáilte Ireland and the Local Authorities have formulated Product Development Studies for the Lakelands and Inland Waterways area including Lough Derg. These studies chart the future development of tourism, recreation and navigation in the Lakelands and Inland Waterways area over the short and medium term. The development at Killaloe is but one example of the development of top class facilities for boaters, tourists and the local community identified in the Studies.

John Martin, Chief Executive of Waterways Ireland stated "Killaloe/Ballina is a key destination and gateway in the Lakelands and Inland Waterways area for domestic and international visitors. The development here in Killaloe is part of our strategy in Waterways Ireland and is key in encouraging further economic activity in the town and indeed the wider Lough Derg and the Lakelands and Inland Waterways area".

Fiona Monaghan, Fáilte Ireland, explained the importance of developing tourism offerings in the area "While value for money and a high quality customer experience is an important part of selling Ireland as a destination both at home and abroad, ensuring our regions are fully equipped to cater for visitors is equally a crucial aspect to developing tourism in Ireland. Rivers and marinas form an important part of our tourism offering and this investment in the development of the Killaloe Canal signifies Fáilte Ireland's commitment, as the national tourism development authority, to ensuring that there are plenty of reasons for visitors to come, and indeed return to Co. Clare and the Lakelands & Inland Waterways region this year, and into the future".

Now in its fourth year, the Lakelands and Inland Waterways strategic initiative has also invested over €3m in the international and domestic marketing of the tourism and waterway corridor from Belleek to Limerick. The strategy has engaged communities and businesses from attractions, hotels, restaurants, boat hire, and activity providers in building an authentic Lakelands and Inland Waterways brand for this region, a brand which will draw visitors to the unique experiences the region provides.

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Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters and users of the Royal Canal that the above National Championships will take place in Richmond Harbour on Sat 23rd. and Sun 24th. July.
The following timetable will apply:

DateTimeEvent
Fri 22 Jul 14.00hrs onwards Course set up
Sat 23 Jul 09.00hrs to 13.00hrs Competitions
  13.00hrs to 14.00hrs "Harbour open to through traffic
  14.0hrs to 19.00hrs Competitions
Sun 24 Jul 09.00hrs to 13.00hrs Competitions
  13.00hrs to 14.00hrs "Harbour open to through traffic
  14.0hrs to 17.00hrs Competitions

All vessels will be required to be clear of the harbour by 14.00hrs on Fri 22 July to facilitate the setting up of the course but may return after 17.00 hrs on Sun on completion of the event.Further information may be had from Mr Ciaran Clinton , North Kildare Canoe Club on 00-353-87-8482191.

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With sweeping lines the 54m private motor-yacht Fortunate Sun became the largest vessel to transit Dublin's Samuel Beckett swing-bridge, writes Jehan Ashmore.
The motoryacht (click PHOTO) which has luxurious accommodation for 10 guests and 12 crew had sailed from the Scottish western isles and made a lunchtime arrival on Wednesday, where the vessel initially docked at Ocean Pier, Dublin Port.

She remained alongside this berth which is normally used by large commercial ships until the vessel sought a berth much closer to the city-centre. This led to a shift of berths in the evening when the 2003 built vessel headed upriver to the Dublin City Moorings facility at Custom House Quay, but this firstly required transiting through two bridges.

With a beam of 10.6m Fortunate Sun entered through the East-Link toll-lift bridge followed by the Samuel Beckett bridge, the Liffey's newest crossing point which opened in late 2009. The €60m bridge was commissioned by Dublin City Council and designed by the Spanish architect engineer Santiago Calatrava. To read more on the bridge click HERE.

Fortunate Sun is registered in the Caymen Islands and is capable of over 17 knots on a range of 5000 nautical miles. She has a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure and interiors also by Tim Heywood Design. In the early hours of tomorrow morning the vessel built by Oceanfast is to depart through the 5,700 tonnes bridge which was delivered by barge after a five-day voyage from Rotterdam.

There has been previous transits of the bridge notably the annual Dublin Rally organised by the the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI). This year's Dublin Rally took place on 1 May when boats travelling on the Royal Canal descended via Croke Park and entered the Liffey at Spencer Dock. This required the Iarnrod Éireann bridge-lift and the water level in Spencer Dock to be lowered so to allow safe clearance under the Sheriff St. bridge.

From there the IWAI flotilla made the short passage downriver to re-enter another inland waterway system at the Grand Canal Dock, marking where the Liffey connects with the city's southern canal. The 2011 Dublin Rally was the first time since 1955 that boats could enter Dublin from the Shannon via the Royal Canal and the first time since 2004 that boats also joined from the Royal Canal.

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