Posted: 17/07/2020

Covid-19 Update 17 July 2020

Roadmap for reopening of the Navigations

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

  • Locks on the Shannon Navigation and Shannon-Erne Waterway move to Summer Opening Hours  (details below)

  • Toilets and showers in WI managed service blocks will open on a  phased basis commencing on Monday 20th July 2020(details below)

  • Our towpaths remain open and accessible for exercise. 



We are aware that this is normally a time when our boating community look forward to spending time on the water, meeting friends and planning excursions for the year ahead and we ask all of our boaters to continue to observe the regulations. We advise users on our navigations that:


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 open 

  • 9am – 8.30pm from Mon to Sat

  • 9am – 6pm on Sundays

Locks on the Shannon-Erne Waterway will open

  • 9am-8pm daily

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

Toilets and showers in the Waterways Ireland managed service blocks  are undergoing an intensive cleaning and will open on a phased basis commencing with Lough Key and Carrick on Shannon on Monday 20th July 2020. It is intended that all toilets and showers will be reopened by Friday 24th July 2020. A daily cleaning schedule has been put in place going forward.

Waterways Ireland managed Service Blocks

  • Lough Key

  • Carrick on Shannon

  • Boyle Harbour

  • Dromod Harbour

  • Drumshanbo Lock

  • Portrun

  • Lecarrow

  • Ballinasloe

  • Scarriff

  • Killaloe

Canal Towpaths and Walks

If planning to use our towpaths please:

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.

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 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 or by phone  

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