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Posted: 26/06/2020

COVID-19 Update 26 June 2020

Roadmap for reopening of navigation

As we continue to reopen our waterway navigations and welcome more of our waterway users back, it is vital to do so in a safe manner.

The situation is constantly changing and our Roadmap will change to reflect Government updates and we ask for your patience during this time. You can view our Roadmaps here;

NI Roadmap

ROI Roadmap


•       From June 29th, Navigation is fully open. All Waterways Ireland service blocks remain closed.

•       Winter mooring period will now end on June 29th 2020.  

•       The 5 day mooring rule will be in force from June 29th.

•       Locks on the Shannon Navigation will be open from 9am to 6pm daily.

•       Our towpaths remain open and accessible for exercise.  




•       Electricity and water services have been reconnected;

•       Normal pump-out facilities are available for boaters.  Owners must ensure that travel to pump-out facilities must be undertaken in a responsible manner;

•       Locks on the Shannon Navigation will be open from 9am to 6pm daily.

•       When on jetties please be aware of other users. Wait or move aside to allow others to pass at a safe distance.

•       All Waterways Ireland service blocks are closed.


Canal Towpaths and walks

Our plea to everyone thinking of using our towpaths is:

•       Observe social distancing protocols - keep a distance of at least 2m (6 feet) away from other people;

•       Limit use – do not take part in physical activity on towpaths which have the potential for large numbers, where social distancing cannot be observed comfortably;

•       As towpaths in some places can be narrow, when you pass someone, please make sure you use the full width of the towpath, keep moving, and stand aside to allow others to pass, in single file, when necessary;

•       If you can't avoid passing a moored boat please keep as far away from it as possible and pass quickly by;

•       Be mindful of others and act always with consideration and with respect and observe the leave no trace principles and protect our environment, let's keep the outdoors litter free;

•       Observe all health etiquettes when on the towpaths.


In all instances, social distancing must be maintained at all times keeping your distance from both other people and moored boats. Please refer to your relevant representative body for guidance on the most appropriate health and safety precautions and advice.

We recognise the situation is constantly changing and we ask for your patience during this time. Any updates to the situation will be communicated via the issuance of Marine Notices, through our Waterways Ireland Social Media channels and website.


While our staff are working from home, they are available by phone during normal working hours. Should you need our assistance please do contact us by email at info@waterwaysireland.org or by phone https://www.waterwaysireland.org/contact-us.  

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