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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 facilities

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 so variable they p...

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: 17/07/2017

National Cycleway Network Construction

Notice Number 68 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that that construction works for the NCN cycleway on the Royal Ca...

Posted: 17/07/2017

Terryglass Bay - Powerboat Racing Sat 29 Jul-( Amended 20 Jul)

Notice Number 67 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that OCRI Powerboat Racing will take place in Terryglass Bay on S...

Posted: 17/07/2017

Lough Derg Benjamin Rocks Buoy Repositioned

Notice Number 66 of 2016

Marine Notice No 64 refers.

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that the Red Conical (no. 1168...

Posted: 13/07/2017

LDYC Sailing Regattas 12 to 19 Aug

Notice Number 65 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that sailing regattas and championship racing will take place
...

Posted: 12/07/2017

Roosky Bridge Maintenance Postponed until Sep

Notice Number 63 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that the bridge maintenance work due to take place at Roosky on W...

Posted: 04/07/2017

Open Water Swimming - Risk Assessment and Precautions

Notice Number 61 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all participants engaged in open water swimming training of the i...

Posted: 04/07/2017

Lanesborough Swim Event Mon 7 Aug 2017

Notice Number 62 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that a swimming event will take pla...

Posted: 03/07/2017

Carrick-on-Shann0n Regatta Sun 6 aug 2017

Notice Number 59 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters and users of the Shannon Navigation of navigation and...

Posted: 30/06/2017

Enniskillen Blueway Activity Hub Open

Notice Number 58 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that the Enniskillen Blueway Activi...

Posted: 27/06/2017

Athlone Triathlon Event Sat 8 Jul

Notice Number 57 of 2016

Masters and users of the Shannon Navigation are advised that the TriAthlone Triathlon event will tak...

Upcoming Events

28July

Eye Feel Good - Paddle Sports Summber Camp

Lower Bann Navigation
Canoeing/Kayaking

29July

Cani Recreational Paddle

Erne System
Canoeing/Kayaking

01August

Fermanagh County Show

Erne System
Community/Family Fun

13August

Tullamore Show

Grand Canal
Community/Family Fun

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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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