Starting Boating

Starting boating on the inland waterways is a new challenge many people take on each year for advent...

Boat Registration and Permits

Two craft management systems are in operation on the waterways managed by Waterways Ireland:

Navigation Information

Waterways Ireland is the navigation authority for the Inland Navigable Waterways including the Barro...

Mooring Options

Waterways Ireland provides public moorings of different types all along the 1000km of navigable wate...

Extended Mooring Permits

The Extended Mooring Permit enables a boat to stay for 12 months on a single mooring on the Grand Ca...

On-Shore Services

On-Shore Services

Waterways Ireland provides a range of services on the navigations we manage

Boat Trips

The are many opportunities to join a scheduled boat trip on the inland waterways, most often with an...

Cruiser Hire


The network of lakes, river and canals that make up Irelands Inland Waterways are s...

Barge Hire

The network of lakes, river and canals that make up Irelands Inland Waterways are so variable they p...

Day Boat Hire

The network of lakes, river and canals that make up Irelands Inland Waterways are so variable they p...

Posted: 08/03/2017

Lock 8 Castlefore now Open

Notice Number 12 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that the lock is now open.

​Marine Notice 162 of 2016 is n...

Posted: 08/03/2017

Increased Flows Downstream of Parteen Weir

Notice Number 10 of 2016

Waterways Ireland has been advised by the ESB that it is discharging extra water through Parteen wei...

Posted: 23/02/2017

Dangers in Harbours During Stromy Weather

Notice Number 1 of 2016

Waterways Ireland advises Masters and Owners of vessels berthed in public harbours, at jetties or mo...

Posted: 20/02/2017

18th Lock Level Works to Towpath and Canal

Notice Number 9 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that due to repair works the canal and towpath in the vicinity of...

Posted: 07/02/2017

Passage into and out of Dublin 2017

Notice Number 7 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wish to remind masters and owners of boat passage arrangements for movements in or...

Posted: 07/02/2017

Newcomen Bridge - Lift Dates for 2017

Notice Number 6 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that the schedule of bridge lift dates 2017 for Newcomen Bridge, ...

Posted: 30/01/2017

Maynooth towpath Upgrade Works Continue until Mar 2017

Notice Number 4 of 2016

Marine Notices Nos. 161 and 165 /2016 refer. Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that the Royal Canal...

Posted: 20/01/2017

Mountshannon Works

Notice Number 3 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all waterway users that work to upgrade the decking on the float...

Posted: 23/11/2016

Ticknevin Lock Closed to Navigation

Notice Number 160 of 2016

This Marine Notice replaces Marine Notice 59 of 2016, issued 31st May 2016, which is now withdrawn.<...

Posted: 21/11/2016

Lock 14 Drumduff closed for Works

Notice Number 157 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that Lock 14 Drumduff on the Shanno...

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Erne System
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Erne System
Community/Family Fun


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Royal Canal
Community/Family Fun


White Rabbit Egg Hunt

Royal Canal
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Barrow Navigation

​Winding its way through peaceful woods, fertile valleys and picturesque villages th​e Barrow is fully navigable for 68km from Athy to St. Mullins. A significant canalised waterway right up to the 1950’s the Barrow’s industrial past saw commercial barges carrying consignments of barley to the Guinness Brewery in Dublin and later, supplying beet to Ireland’s first sugar factory at Carlow.​

Erne System

​The Erne System has its share of dramatic landscapes and historical treasures; the monastic round tower at Devenish Island rising up from the Lough, the ruined remains of Tully Castle, the picture postcard image of Enniskillen’s medieval castle on the edge of its island banks and the National Trust’s Castle Coole and Crom Estate all compete for your attention.

Grand Canal

​Built amid the 18th-century canal fever that swept across Ireland, the 144km Grand Canal stretches across the country from Dublin to the Shannon.

Lower Bann Navigation

The Lower Bann is navigable from Lough Neagh to the sea at the Barmouth between Castlerock and Portstewart Strand.​

Royal Canal

The Royal Canal, on its 146km journey from the River Liffey in Dublin to the Shannon, passes 46 working locks, 10 of them double-chambered.

Shannon Erne Waterway

Running between Leitrim Village and just north of Belturbet, the Shannon-Erne Waterway links the two great waterways on the island, the Erne System and the Shannon Navigation.

Shannon Navigation

​The Shannon is a treasure waiting to be discovered. The longest river in Ireland, the River Shannon and its lakes are a bustling, colourful navigation.

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