About Us


​Heritage Plan 2016 – 2020

This document provides, a strategic framework for the integration of built, natural and cultural heritage into the future management of our waterways. We envisage this plan will provide a platform over the next 5 years for meaningful and honest engagement with our stakeholders, whom all have the shared goal of protecting this treasured heritage asset. You can view the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016 - 2020 by clicking here

Guidelines for the Conservation of Built Heritage

Repair and maintenance of heritage structures on the inland waterways of Ireland

This set of guidelines was commissioned in 2015 by Waterways Ireland as one of two documents which aim to address the issue of built heritage conservation in the structures of the navigable waterways and other properties under their remit. This document sets out guidelines for the conservation of the historic built fabric and features of Waterways Ireland. Click here to read in full.

Heritage in the Community Grants Programme

 In support of the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020 we are delighted to announce a Heritage Grants programme.

A fund of €20,000 has been allocated to assist community based heritage projects which compliment or fulfil the delivery of the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan along the Barrow Navigation, Erne System, Grand Canal, Lower Bann, Royal Canal, Shannon, Shannon-Erne, and the Ulster Canal (Upper Lough Erne to Clones).

Applications will be considered from communities seeking assistance for projects related to inland waterways' heritage including data collection & research,  good heritage practice in managing sites, collections, objects, etc. And support fresh approaches and initiatives that link heritage to communities, promoting active engagement with heritage.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications for the 2017 programme has now passed.


Waters and Communities Award

Waterways Ireland have partnered with Inland Fisheries Ireland and Local Authority Waters and Communities Office to create a new Tidy Towns Special Award for 2017.  The Awards is called the Waters and Communities Award and it was established to recognise communities who are taking positive steps towards raising awareness and showing appreciation of their local rivers, canals, lakes, streams, coast and ground water. Read more about this award and how to apply here.


Heritage Surveys

Please click the link to view.

Read more about the heritage boat survey here.

AIE (Access to Information on the Environment)

In line with the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 – 2014 and the associated obligations placed on public authorities  Waterways Ireland is required to publish information on access to information on the environment on our website.

To view details on these regulations click here. 

 In January 2014, the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government requested returns of AIE statistics from public authorities who are subject to the AIE Regulations. Our AIE Statistics can be viewed by clicking the links below.

AIE Statistics 2016

Back to top