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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: 26/09/2017

Erne System - Reducing Water Levels

Notice Number 972,017 of 2016

Waterways Ireland has been advised by Rivers Agency that from 1st October, in keeping with water lev...

Posted: 26/09/2017

Belleek Marina

Notice Number 922,017 of 2016

Beleek Marina Closure 

Posted: 26/09/2017

CRAYFISH PLAGUE

Notice Number 942,017 of 2016

Preventative Measures for Crayfish Plague

Posted: 26/09/2017

Closure of Rooskey and Victoria Locks

Notice Number 852,017 of 2016

Planned Closures of Rooskey and Victoria Locks forLock Gate Replacement 

Posted: 14/09/2017

Towpath Closures at Maynooth and Kilcock

Notice Number 95 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that further upgrading works will take place over the coming mont...

Posted: 08/09/2017

Limerick – Sarsfield's Lock Opening Schedule

Notice Number 91 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that Marine Notice No 78 is withdra...

Posted: 06/09/2017

Shannon Navigation Portumna Swing Bridge

Notice Number 89 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise Masters and owners of
vessels that Portumna Swing Bridge is cu...

Posted: 28/08/2017

High Water Levels at Landing Jetties

Notice Number 85 of 2016

Marine Notice No 83 /2017 refers. Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels a...

Posted: 26/07/2017

Lough Ree- Coosan Pt. Speed Limit

Notice Number 70 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to remind masters and owners of Personal Water Craft e.g.Jet Skis and Fast ...

Posted: 17/07/2017

National Cycleway Network Construction

Notice Number 68 of 2016

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that that construction works for the NCN cycleway on the Royal Ca...

Upcoming Events

14October

Open House Dublin

Grand Canal | Royal Canal
Arts | Open Days

17October

Design Meets Play

Grand Canal | Royal Canal
Arts | Community/Family Fun

27October

Shackleton Autumn School

Barrow Navigation
Heritage | Arts

28October

Scary Boat Tours

Barrow Navigation
Festival | Community/Family Fun

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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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