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The Royal Canal Greenway
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Mullingar & the Royal Canal
Due to the nature of the waterway Sailing does not take place on this navigation.
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Waterways Ireland manages the Royal Canal under the No. 3/1986 – Canals Act, 1986; which details the duties, powers and responsibilities of the organisation and the boat owner.
Railway Bridge The Newcomen Lift Bridge in Spencer Dock is owned and operated by Irish Rail, and requires a rail possession to be lifted. It can only be lifted for boats at limited prearranged times organised with Waterways Ireland. For details of opening times and to arrange passage contact the Eastern Regional Office on 01 868 0148.
Location: There are currently no Dry Dock facilities available on the Royal Canal.
Dry Dock Access
Electricity shore power bollards are available at Richmond Harbour with priority given to Locaboat.
How to use Shore Power Bollard.
Fuel Points Fuel is available from garages adjacent to the canal.
The Waterways Ireland Inspectorate are responsible for the enforcement of the Bye-laws relating to each waterway. They issue Marine Notices, Permits and enforce compliance with the bye-laws as required.
The Assistant Inspector responsible for the Royal Canal is Shane Anderson, Harbour St, Tullamore Co Offaly Tel no +353 (0)87 286 5726 or email email@example.com
Main Line: 146km with 46 locksLongford Branch: 8km with no locks
Opening Hours of Locks Daylight Hours Navigation Dimensions Length of locks: 21m Beam of locks: 3.9m Draft: 1m
Draft dimensions are given as a guide only and cannot be guaranteed.
Boats travelling through Dublin, Spencer Dock and Locks 1-12. For boats intending to pass through Spencer Dock, Locks 1-12 (including 8 double locks) and in or out of Dublin, 4 weeks prior notice must be given to the Eastern Regional Office on +353 (0)1 868 0148.
All the locks on the Royal Canal, Grand Canal & Barrow Navigation are operated manually. Please ensure that you have a lock key to operate the lock, adequate crew to manage your boat, and good stop ropes and mooring ropes. Lock keys at a cost of €25 can be purchased from:
Eastern Regional OfficeFloor 2 Block C, Ashtowngate, Navan Road, Dublin 15
Tel no +353 (0)1 868 0148
Contact the Water Patroller if you require assistance in making your passage
(087) 258 4713
Locks 1 - 17
P J Massey
(087) 985 7019
Locks 18 - 40
(087) 618 2104
Locks 41 - 46
(087) 915 1400
For further information on navigating and boat queries contact the Inspectorate:
Assistant Inspector of Navigation
Waterways Ireland, Harbour Street, Tullamore, Co OffalyTel no +353 (0)57 935 2300
Marine Notices are used by Waterways Ireland to inform the public of changes to the usage of the waterways and may be permanent or temporary. Temporary notices are followed by a withdrawal notice to inform customers of the end to the impediment to navigation. They are issued by the
Inspector Of Navigation to whom all queries can be directed.
On the Royal Canal all boats must display a valid Combined Mooring and Passage Permit. This annual Permit includes mooring and lock passage charges and is the only permit required if boats intend to cruise continuously staying 5days or less in any one location. Boats intending to stay more than five days in any one location will require an Extended Mooring Permit.
Combined Mooring & Passage Permit €126Extended Mooring & Passage €152
You can apply for a Canal Permit by downloading the application online here. You can request a copy in the post from Waterways Ireland, Harbour St, Tullamore, Co Offaly Ph: +353 (0)57 93 52300.
On the Royal Canal a boat holding a Combined Mooring & Passage Permit can moor at the same public mooring or within 500 metres of the same place for 5 days.
There are service blocks on the Royal Canal at Richmond Harbour, Enfield, Mullingar, and Ballynacargy.
The services are operated by a smart card and include:
Toilets: free (but card is required for access at night)
Showers: 2 units
Laundry facilities (Richmond Harbour): washing x 5 units and drying x 5 units
Smart Cards can be purchased from the lockkeeper on Tel no +353 (0)87 618 2104 and +353 (0)87 915 1400,purchased online from www.shopwaterwaysireland.org or from local outlets.
Slipways faciliate access to the Royal Canal and can be found at
Smart Cards are in use on the service blocks on the Royal Canal at Richmond Harbour, Enfield, Mullingar, and Ballynacargy.
The services provided by the smart cards include:
Laundry facilities are also available at Richmond Harbour: washing x 5 units and drying x 5 units
A Pumpout facility is available in Mullingar x 2 units
Smart Cards come in 10 and 20 unit values
10 unit card €6.35/4.00
20 unit card €12.70 / £8.00
Smart cards are available online from www.shopwaterwaysireland.org and shops along the navigations.
You are asked to consider the wash of your boat and its effect on others. All engine-powered boats create a wave of water, known as a wash, which flows outwards from the boat as it moves forward. Look behind you frequently to check the effect that your wash is having on other users. You are advised to reduce your speed in narrow channels to prevent bank erosion, damage to reed beds and destruction of birds' nests among reed and bank habitats. Slow down where boats are moored, when approaching quays, jetties or locks or where water activities are taking place.
Marine Notice No 51 of 2020 - Royal Canal, Grand Canal, Barrow Line & Navigation - Reopening of navigations from 8th June 2020
Notice Number 51 of 2020
Marine Notice No 09 of 2020 - Royal Canal - Newcomen Bridge Lift Dates 2020
Notice Number 9 of 2020
Marine Notice No 10 of 2020 - Royal and Grand Canals - Boat Passage In and Out of Dublin 2020
Notice Number 10 of 2020
Marine Notice 109 of 2018 - All Canals - Permit requirements for mooring of vessels and prohibition of discharge of polluting material (holding tanks)
Notice Number 109 of 2018
Marine Notice 102 of 2018 - Canals - Double mooring of Vessels
Notice Number 102 of 2018