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Posted: 12/12/2018

Stories from the Waterways

Google Trekker Loan Programme

A collaborative project between Waterways Ireland & the Google Trekker Loan Programme, kindly supported by Clare County Council. You can access the imagery from Lough Allen to Loop Head via maps.google.com on your PC or laptop or via the Google Earth app on your smartphone or tablet!

 

Row the Erne

This film brings to lifethe work of the fantastic community group Row the Erne, who meet every Saturday to do just that - row on Lough Erne. Olivia Cosgrove tells us about the founding of the club and how it gives novices an opportunity to get on the water and experience the waterway landscape from a unique perspective.

 

Brickmakers of Pollagh

The story of how clay, brick making and the coming of the Grand Canal led to a cottage industry in Pollagh, Co. Offally. The Devery family tell the story. This is a collaborative project between the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020 and the Offaly Heritage Office.

 

Ribbontail Paddlers

Having started a canoeing club in Co. Meath a group of parents took on the job of sympathetically restoring an old lock-keepers cottage to serve the local community on the Royal Canal.  This is a collaborative project between the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020 and the Meath Heritage Office.

 

Portna Workshop 

Replacing lock gates or sluice gates is are rare occurrence on our waterways. Joiner Bradden Braillie who works on the Lower Bann Navigation is used to dealing with technologies that are hundreds of years old and explains how it’s all done.

 

The Callows

Archaeologist Christy Cunniffe visits the Callows on the banks of the Shannon Navigation in Co. Galway, site of a once thriving community now almost completely vanished.  This film is a fitting legacy to the resilient families who once populated this ‘island of land’ between the Shannon and Grand Canal. This is a collaborative project between the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020 and the Galway Heritage Office.

 

Graiguenamanagh Regatta

The Langton family have been competing in the Graiguenamanagh Regatta on the Barrow Navigation for generations. In 2018 Paul and his daughter Hannah participated in the famous Kilkenny regatta – watch to see how they got on and how everyone comes together on the Barrow for a wonderful community event. This is a collaborative project between the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020, Creative Ireland and the Kilkenny Heritage Office.

 

Athy Boat Tours

A great community initiative, Athy boat tours takes people for a leisurely trip down the Barrow Line, through an old lock gate. Skipper Chris McKenna is our guide. This is a collaborative project between the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020 and the Kildare Heritage Office.

 

Ballyconnell Looped Walk

Two Cavan friends enjoy their weekly stroll by the Shannon-Erne Waterway, taking in all the pleasures of walking by the water. This is a collaborative project between the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020 and the Cavan Heritage Office.​

 

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