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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: 03/10/2022

Marine Notice No 100 of 2022 - Grand Canal - Sallins - Railway Bridge repairs - Air draft restriction - 03 October to 01 November 2022

Notice Number 100 of 2016

Marine Notice
No 100 of 2022
Grand Canal
Sallins
Railway Bridge repairs
Air draf...

Posted: 03/10/2022

Marine Notice No 101 of 2022 - Grand Canal - Naas Branch - Lock N1 - Temporary closure from Monday 03 October 2022 for 3 weeks (Mon – Fri only)

Notice Number 101 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 101 of 2022

Grand Canal

Naas Branch

Lock N1 - Temporary cl...

Posted: 03/10/2022

Marine Notice No 102 of 2022 - Erne System - Lower and Upper Lough Erne - Erne Pike Classic - Friday 7th to Sunday 9th October 2022

Notice Number 102 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 102 of 2022
(Amended)

Erne System

Lower and Upper Lough Erne

Posted: 27/09/2022

Marine Notice No 99 of 2022 - Shannon Navigation - Lough Ree - Coosan Point jetties closed for improvement works - Monday 3rd to Thurs 6th October 2022

Notice Number 99 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No. 99 of 2022

Shannon Navigation

Lough Ree

Coosan Point jett...

Posted: 19/09/2022

Marine Notice No 98 of 2022 - amended - Royal Canal - Water Levels and Maintenance Works - September, October & November 2022

Notice Number 98 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No. 98 of 2022 (amended)

Royal Canal

Water Levels and Maintenance Wor...

Posted: 09/09/2022

Marine Notice No 88 of 2022 - Amended - Shannon Navigation - Lough Derg - Killaloe - Navigation Closure - Quest Lough Derg event - Fri 9th and Sat 10th September 2022

Notice Number 88 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No. 88 of 2022 (Amended)

Shannon Navigation

Lough Derg - Killaloe

Posted: 09/09/2022

Marine Notice No 93 of 2022 - Lower Bann Navigation - Kilrea - Bridge Repair works - From 12th September 2022 for 8 weeks

Notice Number 93 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 93 of 2022

Lower Bann Navigation

Kilrea

Bridge Repair works...

Posted: 09/09/2022

Marine Notice No 92 of 2022 - Shannon Navigation - Killaloe - Construction of new bridge across Shannon Navigation

Notice Number 92 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 92 of 2022

Shannon Navigation

Killaloe

Construction of new ...

Posted: 09/09/2022

Marine Notice No 89 of 2022 - Shannon Navigation - Portumna - Connaught Harbour - Redevelopment works - New marina

Notice Number 89 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No. 89 of 2022

Shannon Navigation

Portumna

Connaught Harbour<...

Posted: 09/09/2022

Marine Notice No 90 of 2022 - Shannon Navigation - Killaloe - LUA – End of Season Celebration - Friday 16th, Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th September 2022

Notice Number 90 of 2016

Marine Notice

No 90 of 2022

Shannon Navigation

Killaloe

LUA – End of Se...

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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