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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: 28/06/2022

Marine Notice No 64 of 2022 - Shannon Navigation - Lough Derg - IWAI Rally - 9th to 16th July 2022

Notice Number 64 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No. 64 of 2022

Shannon Navigation

Lough Derg

IWAI Rally

Posted: 28/06/2022

Marine Notice No 65 of 2022 - Shannon Navigation - Athlone - Construction of pedestrian and cycleway bridge - Update on works

Notice Number 65 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 65 of 2022

Shannon Navigation

Athlone

Construction of pedes...

Posted: 27/06/2022

Marine Notice No 63 of 2022 - Shannon Navigation - Lough Derg - Killaloe and Ballina - Brian Boru Festival - Sat 9th July 2022

Notice Number 63 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE 
No 63 of 2022

Shannon Navigation

Lough Derg

Killaloe an...

Posted: 24/06/2022

Marine Notice No 62 of 2022 - Shannon Navigation - Drumleague Lock closure on 27th and 28th June - Rooskey Quay wall no access on 29th and 30th June - Diving Operations

Notice Number 62 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 62 of 2022

Shannon Navigation

Drumleague Lock – Closure on 27th an...

Posted: 20/06/2022

Marine Notice No 60 of 2022 - Royal Canal - Kilcock Harbour - Canoe Polo event - 26 June 2022

Notice Number 60 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 60 of 2022

ROYAL CANAL

KILCOCK HARBOUR 

CANOE POLO E...

Posted: 20/06/2022

Marine Notice No 61 of 2022 - Shannon Navigation - Low water levels in all areas - Cautionary warning

Notice Number 61 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 61 of 2022

Shannon Navigation

Low water levels in all areas

Posted: 09/06/2022

Marine Notice No 53 of 2022 - Shannon Navigation - Lough Allen - Cleighran More - Reopened after repair works

Notice Number 53 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No 53 of 2022

Shannon Navigation

Lough Allen

Cleighran More

Posted: 09/06/2022

Marine Notice No 55 of 2022 - Grand Canal - Shannon Harbour & Royal Canal - Mullingar - IWAI Events June & July 2022

Notice Number 55 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No. 55 of 2022

Grand Canal - Shannon Harbour & Royal Canal - Mullingar

Posted: 09/06/2022

Marine Notice No 55 of 2022 - Grand Canal - Shannon Harbour & Royal Canal - Mullingar - IWAI Events June & July 2022

Notice Number 55 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No. 55 of 2022

Grand Canal - Shannon Harbour & Royal Canal - Mullingar

Posted: 20/05/2022

Marine Notice No 50 of 2022 - Shannon Navigation - Lough Ree - IFI Fish Stock survey - 07 to 25 June 2022

Notice Number 50 of 2016

MARINE NOTICE
No. 50 of 2022

Shannon Navigation

Lough Ree

IFI Fish Stock sur...

 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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