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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

Cruising

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: 26/05/2017

Limerick Sarsfield Lock Schedule May - June

Notice Number 34 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes advise masters and owners of vessels of the current schedule. The lock keep...

Posted: 15/05/2017

Shannon & Erne Vessel Registers Data Protection Review

Notice Number 30 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and users of vessels that it is presently conducting a Da...

Posted: 15/05/2017

Erne and Shannon Vessel Register Data Protection Review

Notice Number 30 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and users of vessels that it is presently conducting a Da...

Posted: 12/05/2017

Low Water Levels

Notice Number 29 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and users of the Royal Canal that due to the recent dry w...

Posted: 10/05/2017

Grand Canal Dock Dublin - Docklands Fesatival 20 adn 21 May

Notice Number 27 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all users of the Grand Canal Dock, Dublin that the Dublin Docklan...

Posted: 10/05/2017

Limerick - O'Briensbridge Swim Traing Course

Notice Number 25 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters of all craft  that a swim training course will be se...

Posted: 10/05/2017

Water Levels at Ordinary Summer Level

Notice Number 28 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and users of the Shannon Navigation that due to lack of r...

Posted: 09/05/2017

Lough Ree - Triathlon Swim Training Course

Notice Number 23 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters that a Triathlon Swim Training Course is presently laid o...

Posted: 09/05/2017

Removal of Vessels from Navigations

Notice Number 24 of 2016

Canal Act 1986 (Bye-Laws) 1988

Available for download at:

Posted: 09/05/2017

Removal of Vessels from Navigations

Notice Number 24 of 2016

Canal Act 1986 (Bye-Laws) 1988

Available for download at:

Upcoming Events

01June

Clontarf Half Marathon

Grand Canal
Race

01June

Bloom in the Park

Royal Canal
Festival | Arts

02June

Clondra Heritage Festival

Royal Canal
Festival | Heritage

02June

Goldsmith International Literary Festival

Shannon Navigation
Festival | Arts

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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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