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Google Trekker Programme

Waterways Ireland, in partnership with the Google Trekker Loan Programme, has captured Irelands Inland Waterways and made them accessible online. In 2019 streetview imagery was captured along the Royal Canal, Grand Canal Barrow Line and Barrow Navigation to compliment the stunning Shannon imagery launched in 2018.​

River Shannon: 

The Google Trekker Loan Programme, in conjunction with Waterways Ireland, has spent the summer touring the River Shannon from Lough Allen to Loop Head and is now ready to launch a Waterways View of Ireland’s longest river.  The data gathered represents the first such water-based collection of imagery on the Island of Ireland. 

The application to access the Google Trekker Loan Programme was made under the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020 and the work was carried out by Waterways Ireland staff.  A strategic partnership to capture the Shannon estuary was also forged with Clare County Council to extend the project beyond Waterways Ireland jurisdiction and ensure the full Shannon to Loop Head was captured.

The footage will be a significant asset to Irelands Hidden Heartlands,  the new national destination brand for the Shannon Corridor being promoted by Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Waterways Ireland and the 9 Local Authorities.  Click the image below to view. 

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Royal Canal, Grand Canal, Barrow Line & River Barrow: 

The data gathered represents Waterways Irelands commitment to showcasing the diverse landscape and heritage of the inland navigable waterways as well as bringing attention to a myriad of different habitats, plants and animals that have been afforded protection ranging from National to European Wildlife designations. It will be an invaluable tool in terms of promoting these waterways as a destination for recreation, tourism, mindfulness, education and heritage appreciation, encouraging visitors to the area. It can also be utilised by waterway communities to highlight heritage assets and foster as sense of place. Click the image below to view. 

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