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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: 20/11/2017

Navigation BeEtween Locks 5 and 7.........Re-Open

Notice Number 127 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that the Shannon-Erne Waterway has ...

Posted: 17/11/2017

Circular Line - Pedestrian Path Closure

Notice Number 126 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to notify its customers that works will take place over the coming weeks to...

Posted: 16/11/2017

Grand and Royal Canal - No Further Passage 2017

Notice Number 125 of 2016

In accordance with earlier Marine Notice 7/2017 Waterways Ireland wishes to confirm that no further ...

Posted: 10/11/2017

Erne system - Reducing Water Levels Kesh River

Notice Number 121 of 2016

Waterways Ireland would like to remind navigation users of the annual drawdown of water levels onthe...

Posted: 10/11/2017

Royal Canal - Fern's Lock Closed - Gate Replacement

Notice Number 122 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that Lock 17 Royal Canal (Fern'...

Posted: 10/11/2017

Grand Canal 33-34 Level Re-Open

Notice Number 123 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that the Grand Canal between locks ...

Posted: 25/10/2017

Lough Ree- Out of Position Navigation Buoy - Wood Shoal

Notice Number 119 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that Cage Buoy No. 535 on the appro...

Posted: 23/10/2017

Winter Dredging New Barrow Line Closure - Winter 2017-8

Notice Number 116 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wish to advise all masters and owners of vessels that in order to  accommodat...

Posted: 16/10/2017

Hurricane Ophelia - Dangers at Harbours, Jetties and Moorings during Stormy Weather

Notice Number 111 of 2016

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

Posted: 10/10/2017

Portna Lock Closures

Notice Number 108 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that Marine Notice No. 101 of 2017 ...

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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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