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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: 05/12/2023

Marine Notice No 128 of 2023 - Shannon Navigation - Roosky Bridge – Closure – Tuesday 5th December 2023 and Tarmonbarry Bridge – Closure – Wednesday 6th December 2023

Notice Number 128 of 2016

No 128 of 2023

Shannon Navigation

Roosky Bridge – Closure – Tuesday 5...

Posted: 21/11/2023

Marine Notice No 126 of 2023 - Shannon Erne Waterway - Ballyconnell - Notice of closure of service block

Notice Number 126 of 2016

No 126 of 2023




Posted: 12/11/2023

Marine Notice No 125 of 2023 - All Navigations - Storm Debi - Status Red Wind Warning

Notice Number 125 of 2016

No 125 of 2023

All Navigations

Storm Debi

Status Red Wind Warn...

Posted: 09/11/2023

Marine Notice_121_2023_Erne System_Devenish Island East Jetty Works_6 Weeks

Notice Number 121 of 2016

No. 121 of 2023

Erne System

Lower Lough Erne

Devenish Island E...

Posted: 09/11/2023

Marine Notice_123_2023_Grand Canal_ Reduced Water Level_ Locks 13 and 14

Notice Number 123 of 2016

No 123 of 2023

Grand Canal

Reduced Water Level Between Locks 13 and ...

Posted: 01/11/2023

Marine Notice_120_2023_Erne System_Enniskillen_Electrical Bollards off for winter period

Notice Number 120 of 2016

No. 120 of 2023

Erne System


Round ‘O’ and Carrybri...

Posted: 26/10/2023

Marine Notice_119_2023_Shannon Navigation_Limerick_Removal of Railway bridge waiting jetty for winter period

Notice Number 119 of 2016

No. 119 of 2023

Shannon Navigation


Relocation of Rail...

Posted: 23/10/2023

Marine Notice_117_2023_Shannon Navigation_Acres Lake Public Jetty_Temporary Closure_23 Oct - 15 Dec

Notice Number 117 of 2016

No. 117 of 2023
Shannon Navigation

Acres Lake Public Jetty – Te...

Posted: 23/10/2023

Marine Notice_118_2023_Grand Canal_Shannon Harbour_Operation of Lock 35 & 36_Extended to 15 Dec 23

Notice Number 118 of 2016

No. 118 of 2023

Grand Canal - Shannon Harbour

Posted: 19/10/2023

Marine Notice_116_2023_Erne System_Lower Lough Erne_Reducing Water Levels

Notice Number 116 of 2016

No. 116 of 2023
Erne System

Lower Lough Erne


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.



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.



emmissions reduction


improvement in energy efficiency

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