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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: 25/11/2021

Marine Notice No 86 of 2021 - Grand Canal – Naas Branch - Soldier’s Island to Lock N1 - Temporary Closure of Towpath until 22 December 2021

Notice Number 86 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 86 of 2021

Grand Canal – Naas Branch

Soldier’s Island to Lock N1<...

Posted: 19/11/2021

Marine Notice No 85 of 2021 - Canals - Renewal of permits and removal of vessels from Grand Canal, Royal Canal

Notice Number 85 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 85 of 2021

Renewal of permits and removal of vessels from Grand Canal, Ro...

Posted: 16/11/2021

Marine Notice No 84 of 2021 - Shannon Navigation - Carrick on Shannon - Head of the Shannon rowing event - Saturday 04 December 2021

Notice Number 84 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 84 of 2021

Shannon Navigation

Carrick on Shannon

Head of th...

Posted: 12/11/2021

Marine Notice No 83 of 2021 - Royal Canal - Lock gate replacement - Lock 12 and 15 - November 2021 to January 2022

Notice Number 83 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 83 of 2021

Royal Canal

Lock gate replacement

Lock 12 and 1...

Posted: 09/11/2021

Marine Notice No 82 of 2021 - Shannon Navigation - Athlone Lock - Temporary Closure - 11 & 12 November 2021

Notice Number 82 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 82 of 2021

Shannon Navigation

Athlone Lock

Temporary Closur...

Posted: 01/11/2021

Marine Notice No 81 of 2021 - Shannon Navigation - Rooskey - Installation of two red markers at weir boom upstream of Rooskey lock

Notice Number 81 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 81 of 2021

Shannon Navigation

Rooskey

Installation of two r...

Posted: 20/10/2021

Marine Notice No 78 of 2021 - Shannon Navigation - Clarendon Lock - Closure from 02 November 2021 to January 2022

Notice Number 78 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 78 of 2021

Shannon Navigation

Clarendon Lock

Closure from 0...

Posted: 20/10/2021

Marine Notice No 79 of 2021 - Shannon Navigation - Athlone - New slipway works - Cautionary Advice

Notice Number 79 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 79 of 2021

Shannon Navigation

Athlone

New slipway works

Posted: 06/10/2021

Marine Notice No 74 of 2021 - Shannon Navigation & Shannon Erne Waterway - Winter Mooring Period 2021-2022

Notice Number 74 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 74 of 2021

Shannon Navigation & Shannon Erne Waterway

Winter M...

Posted: 27/09/2021

Marine Notice No 70 of 2021 - Erne System - Lower Lough Erne - Reducing Water Levels wef 01 October 2021

Notice Number 70 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No. 70 of 2021

Erne System

Lower Lough Erne

Reducing Water Lev...

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.

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