Waterways Ireland with Carlow, Laois, Kilkenny & Kildare County Councils, LEADER Companies and Fáilte Ireland have been working together for a number of years assessing the tourism and recreational potential of the Barrow Navigation. The initial assessments and proposals formed the Barrow Product Development Study and from that further work has been undertaken by the partners to implement the various proposals the study made. The development of a shared use trail was one of the proposals and it has been branded Barrow Blueway.Barrow Blueway Logo

Barrow Blueway Proposal

​Promotional Video

Design Proposal Video

Barrow Blueway Video Screenshot

The development of a proposal for the Barrow Blueway has a number of stages.

Stages in the Process

  • Undertake Environment Reports (EIA & AA)​Barrow at St Mullins
  • Develop Draft Designs
  • Public Engagement 
  • Review Feedback, Finalise Designs & Environment​ Assessments ​(current stage)
  • Submit for Planning Permission.
  • Seek Funding
  • Implement the Project

Review Feedback, Finalise Designs & Environment ​Assessments ​

Waterway Ireland received feedback about the proposals online, from attendees at the Public Information Events and at meetings with the executive and elected members of the Local Authorities. This feedback is now being reviewed and will be considered as part of the process. 

Baseline environmental fieldwork have been completed and the Assessment will be undertaken once the design has been finalised.

Future Engagement

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Background Reports



​Barrow Product Development Study

Barrow Product Development Study

​Ecological Survey Report​

​​Barrow Navigation Ecological Study​

Barrow Line Ecological Study​​

These studies are provided for information purposes only.

 Waterways Ireland reserves all rights.  

​National Trails Office Guidelines

Guide to Planning and Developing Recreational Trails in Ireland​​

Barrow Heritage Survey