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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: 13/05/2021

Marine Notice No 24 of 2021 - Grand Canal - Barrow Line - Lock 26 Athy - Closed until further notice for essential maintenance works

Notice Number 24 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 24 of 2021

GRAND CANAL - BARROW LINE

LOCK 26 ATHY

Waterways...

Posted: 13/05/2021

Marine Notice No 24 of 2021 - Grand Canal - Barrow Line - Lock 26 Athy - Closed until further notice for essential maintenance works

Notice Number 24 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 24 of 2021

GRAND CANAL - BARROW LINE

LOCK 26 ATHY

Waterways...

Posted: 11/05/2021

Marine Notice No 23 of 2021 - Royal Canal - Begnagh Bridge - Closure for emergency repair works - Until Monday 24 May 2021

Notice Number 23 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 23 of 2021

Royal Canal

Begnagh Bridge

Closure for emergency...

Posted: 10/05/2021

Marine Notice No 22 of 221 - Shannon Navigation - Limerick - Opening times for Sarsfield Lock 2021

Notice Number 22 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE

No. 22 of 2021

SHANNON NAVIGATION

OPENING TIMES FOR SARSFIELD LOC...

Posted: 07/05/2021

Marine Notice No 21 of 2021 - Erne System, Lower Bann Navigation and Shannon Erne Waterway within Northern Ireland - Covid 19 update - Access to navigations and facilities - wef 10 May 2021

Notice Number 21 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE

No. 21 of 2021

The Erne System, the Lower Bann Navigation and the Shanno...

Posted: 07/05/2021

Marine Notice No 21 of 2021 - Erne System, Lower Bann Navigation and Shannon Erne Waterway within Northern Ireland - Covid 19 update - Access to navigations and facilities - wef 10 May 2021

Notice Number 21 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE

No. 21 of 2021

The Erne System, the Lower Bann Navigation and the Shanno...

Posted: 07/05/2021

Marine Notice No 21 of 2021 - Erne System, Lower Bann Navigation and Shannon Erne Waterway within Northern Ireland - Covid 19 update - Access to navigations and facilities - wef 10 May 2021

Notice Number 21 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE

No. 21 of 2021

The Erne System, the Lower Bann Navigation and the Shanno...

Posted: 30/04/2021

Marine Notice No 19 of 2021 - Shannon Navigation, Shannon Erne Waterway, Grand Canal, Royal Canal, Barrow Line and Navigation - Reopening of navigations from Monday 10 May 2021

Notice Number 19 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No. 19 of 2021

Shannon Navigation, Shannon  Erne Waterway, Grand Canal,...

Posted: 30/04/2021

Marine Notice No 20 of 2021 - Shannon Navigation - Tarmonbarry - Emergency repair works to lock gates - Completion delayed until 28 May 2021

Notice Number 20 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No. 20 of 2021

Shannon Navigation

Tarmonbarry

Emergency repair...

Posted: 02/01/2021

Special Marine Notice 01 of 2021 - General Information on using Waterways Ireland navigations

Notice Number 1 of 2016

SPECIAL MARINE NOTICE
No. 1 of 2021


General Information on using Waterways Ireland nav...

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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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