Six of Waterways Irelands projects have been chosen as finalists for this year's All Ireland Community & Council Awards, which are presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA.
Now in its 15th year, these awards recognise and celebrate community and councils working together.
The awards ceremony takes place on Saturday 27th November 2021.
Royal Canal Greenway: A scenic 130km walking and cycling amenity
stretching alongside the historic 225-year-old canal is the newest outdoor
adventure tourism attraction for Ireland A former towpath for barges featuring
90 bridges, 33 locks, 17 harbours and four aqueducts; Greenway users can
choose to complete the entire 130km flat, off-road trail in one visit or
explore the shorter designated routes — ranging from 6km to 15km — between the
14 connecting access points and towns.
High-profile attractions linking onto the Royal Canal Greenway are
trails to Carton House in Maynooth; Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre — one
of the largest prehistoric roads in Europe — in Longford; and Center Parcs. The
165km self-guided National Famine Way also travels largely along the Greenway,
following the footsteps of 1,490 emigrants who walked from Roscommon to Dublin
at the peak of the famine in 1847.
The Greenway has been completed in partnership with Waterways Ireland;
the four local authorities of Kildare, Longford, Meath and Westmeath County
Councils; the Department of Transport, and Transport Infrastructure Ireland.
This Greenway has a remarkable past. From its tragic connection with the
famine, to its heyday in the mid-1880s when it was the motorway of its time,
the Royal Canal Greenway is an amenity that is continually reimagining and
reinventing itself. It is fantastic to see a 225-year-old engineering marvel
that is now a respite for the modern age. As we look to a greener future, this
Greenway will be an instrumental vehicle for the promotion and development of
sustainable tourism in Ireland
The Royal Canal Greenway also forms part of EuroVelo 2, a 5,000km
“Capitals Route” that passes through Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany,
Poland, Belarus and Russia.
For more on the Royal Canal Greenway visit www.royalcanalgreenway.org.
To follow on social media, use the hashtag #RoyalCanalGreenway
Eliza Restoration: Waterways Ireland invested over €100,000 in essential
restoration works to the Napoleonic Structure, Fort Eliza, along the Shannon
Navigation in Co. Offaly. This structure is a unique aspect of our heritage
Further investment is planned for 2021 including continued community
collaborations in respect of interpretation and sustainable access.
Zibaldone: This collaboration between Waterways Ireland and the
National College of Art and Design showcases our desire to increase and promote
awareness of our shared waterways heritage. The talent, fresh insights and
enthusiasm of students studying illustration and graphics has resulted in a
contemporary digital Zibaldone that is exceptional and inspiring.
Ireland Virtual Open Day: This freely accessible digital
resource is a demonstration of Waterways Irelands ongoing commitment to bring
together those with a shared interest in protecting waterways heritage,
providing a platform for accessing information, inspiring and supporting action
by showcasing projects and community collaborations and raising public
Canal Experience: How do you showcase a waterway that encompasses a rich
tapestry of heritage assets? How do you showcase the importance of the smallest
pollinator, underwater environment and industrial heritage that has evolved
organically since its use by horse drawn barges? This has been accomplished
through our pioneering 360° VR tour.
Docklands Initiative: Green
Dublin Docklands is an initiative of Waterways Ireland to manage the Dublin
Docklands Area as a beacon of environmental and sustainable good practices so
that the public sector acts as an exemplar in promoting and demonstrating
sustainable practices and by being inclusive with the local community and