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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

Non-Residential Extended Mooring Permit (NR-EMP) permits the holder to moor in an allocated location...

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: 17/04/2024

Marine Notice No 28 of 2024 - Erne System - Enniskillen - Closure of Henry Street Jetty on 21st – 26th April

Notice Number 28 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No. 28 of 2024

Erne System

Enniskillen

Closure of Henry Street...

Posted: 12/04/2024

Marine Notice No 27 of 2024 - Erne System - Upper Lough Erne - Erne Predator Challenger - 13 & 14 April 2024

Notice Number 27 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 27 of 2024

Erne System

Upper Lough Erne

Erne Predator Chall...

Posted: 03/04/2024

Marine Notice No 10 of 2024 - Shannon Navigation - Tarmonbarry Lifting Bridge - Closure for maintenance until 18th April 2024

Notice Number 10 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 10 of 2024
Updated

Shannon Navigation

Tarmonbarry Lifting Bridg...

Posted: 28/03/2024

Marine Notice No 26 of 2024 - Shannon Navigation - Killaloe and Ballina - In river works for Killaloe By-pass bridge - From 2nd April 2024

Notice Number 26 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No. 26 of 2024

Shannon Navigation

Killaloe and Ballina

In rive...

Posted: 22/03/2024

Marine Notice No 24 of 2024 - Shannon Navigation - Battlebridge Lock - Diving Operations - 27th to 29th March 2024

Notice Number 24 of 2016

Shannon Navigation
Marine Notice No 24 of 2024

Battlebridge Lock, Battlebridge, Co. Leitri...

Posted: 22/03/2024

Marine Notice No 25 of 2024 - All Navigations - General Safety on the Water including Fire Safety on vessels

Notice Number 25 of 2016

All Navigations
Marine Notice No 25 of 2024

General Safety on the Water including Fire Saf...

Posted: 13/03/2024

Marine Notice No 21 of 2024 - Shannon Navigation & Shannon Erne Waterway - Public Harbours - End of Winter Mooring Period

Notice Number 21 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE

No 21 of 2024

Shannon Navigation & Shannon Erne Waterway

Publ...

Posted: 11/03/2024

Marine Notice No 19 of 2024 - Royal Canal - Dublin - Newcomen Bridge Lifts 2024

Notice Number 19 of 2016

Marine Notice
No 19 of 2024

Royal Canal, Dublin

Newcomen Bridge Lifts 2024

W...

Posted: 11/03/2024

Marine Notice No 20 of 2024 - Shannon avigation - Limerick - Opening times for Sarsfield Lock 2024

Notice Number 20 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE

No. 20 of 2024

SHANNON NAVIGATION

OPENING TIMES FOR SARSFIELD LOC...

Posted: 22/01/2024

Marine Notice No 06 of 2024 - Grand Canal - Barrow Line - 25th Level – Reopening to navigation on 28th March 2024 - Ongoing works within Bell Harbour

Notice Number 6 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 06 of 2024

(Update to MN 114 of 2023, issued on 12 October 2023)

G...

Voyages & visits

The complete guide to Ireland's Inland Waterways and associated facilities

From the stately splendour of the Shannon, the antiquities of the Erne to the lush valleys of the Barrow, when you embark on a trip along Ireland’s waterways, hundreds of kilometres of fascinating waterscape unfold before your very eyes. Serving as an aquatic playground for boaters, canoeists, kayakers and anglers alike, all you need is time to enjoy its splendour, in whatever way you choose. Gathered together in this publication is the navigational and practical information that will help you to plan a voyage, or enjoy a visit to Ireland’s Inland Waterways.

 Recent Restoration Project

The infrastructure links the historic village of Meelick in east Galway to Lusmagh in west Offaly and forms part of the Hymany Way and the Beara-Breifne Way walking trails.  The weir was built in the 1840's as part of the Shannon Navigation. More than 300 metres in length, it has a 12-sluice barrage and maintains and regulates the navigation level for the section of waterway between Athlone (Lough Ree) and Meelick (Lough Derg)

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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.

CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

2030

As the North-South Cooperation Body responsible for vital shared heritage assets that stretch across the island of Ireland, Waterways Ireland has both an opportunity and a responsibility to be at the forefront of climate action.

KEY TARGETS INCLUDE THE ACHIEVEMENT BY 2030 OF AT LEAST:

51%

emmissions reduction

50%

improvement in energy efficiency

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