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Posted: 02/10/2023

'Waterways Through Time' Podcast Wins at Digital Media Awards

Waterways Ireland's "Waterways Through Time" Podcast received Bronze prize at the 20th Irish Digital Media Awards in the highly competitive “Best Podcast category”. The Awards, which spotlight the very best work in the Irish digital media industry, took place on the 29th September in the Clayton Burlington Hotel, Dublin.

Two podcast series have been developed to take listeners on a journey through the curiosities and historical insights of Ireland's Inland waterways, delving into the Guinness barges and their role on the canals, while also sharing the stories from our lockkeepers on the Barrow Navigation, the Shannon, and the Grand Canal

The Waterways Through Time Podcast complements other resources in the organisation's digital archive. Commenting, Chief Executive of Waterways Ireland, John McDonagh said: "Ireland has a rich inland water heritage.  Through this podcast we are placing this heritage centre stage to perpetuate these unique and inspiring insights.  Waterways Ireland has a wonderful digital archive featuring thousands of drawings, sketches, and records of the Irish inland waterways, dating from the 18th century to the present day. The podcast series complements our oral history programme and the 'Stories from the Waterways' film series, which are available on the Waterways Ireland website. We encourage people of all ages to listen to these podcasts and to visit our digital archive, which will add to their enjoyment of our waterways."

This is the latest initiative from Waterways Ireland to showcase the inspirational navigations and waterways experiences on offer on the island of Ireland. Waterways Ireland aims to grow participation in recreational and tourism activities on and alongside the waterways.   

The podcast series was developed and presented by well-known historian Turtle Bunbury. He said: "The series contains a mix of stories, historical events and contemporary interviews with people associated with the waterways. This was a fascinating project on which to work. It was truly a pleasure to research and develop it. Chatting to those connected to the waterways and weaving together the various myths, legends and historical facts to tell the stories of the waterways has been a wonderful experience that gives a new perspective on our inland waterway heritage."

The podcast series is now available on the Waterways Ireland Digital Archive and on all podcast platforms.

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