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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: 26/06/2017

RNLI Athlone River Festival Sun 2 Jul

Notice Number 55 of 2016

Masters and users of the Shannon Navigation are advised that the RNLI  Athlone River  Fest...

Posted: 26/06/2017

Limerick - Sarsfiled's Lock Opening times July

Notice Number 56 of 2016

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

Posted: 23/06/2017

Roosky Lifting Bridge Maintenance Wed 12 Jul

Notice Number 54 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that the lifting bridge at Roosky will undergo essential maintena...

Posted: 22/06/2017

Athlone - Coosan Pt. - Triathlon Events 5 and 22 July

Notice Number 50 of 2016

Masters and users of the Shannon Navigation are advised that Athlone Triathlon Club will host a duat...

Posted: 22/06/2017

Crayfish Plague - Addendum to MN 39/17

Notice Number 51 of 2016

The following is advised by an interagency group set up to address Crayfish plague outbreaks in the ...

Posted: 22/06/2017

Angling Competition Ballyleague 24 and 25 Jun

Notice Number 52 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and users of the Shannon Navigation that the Lanesboro Pi...

Posted: 22/06/2017

Shannon One Design Race 24 and 25 Jun Athlone to Portumna

Notice Number 53 of 2016

Masters and users of the Shannon Navigation are advised that Lough Ree Yacht Club will host the annu...

Posted: 15/06/2017

Grand Canal Barrow Line Closure

Notice Number 46 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters and users of the Barrow line navigation that the Barr...

Posted: 15/06/2017

Grand Canal Barrow Line Closure

Notice Number 46 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters and users of the Barrow line navigation that the Barr...

Posted: 15/06/2017

Lock 2 Ballyconnell – Cloncoohy Bridge Temporary Obstruction

Notice Number 47 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that a large tree has fallen partia...

Upcoming Events

06July

Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta

Grand Canal
Race | Sailing

08July

Landed Estates Conference

Shannon Navigation
Heritage | Open Days | Come & Try It

28July

Eye Feel Good - Paddle Sports Summber Camp

Lower Bann Navigation
Canoeing/Kayaking

29July

Cani Recreational Paddle

Erne System
Canoeing/Kayaking

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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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