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Stories from the Waterways

A series of films showcasing the stories of Ireland's inland waterways ​

Stories from the Waterways is a initiative of the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020 and is a collaboration with the Local Authority Heritage Officer Network and importantly, the local communities along our waterways.  It showcases the cultural, environmental and social connections with these shared heritage assets and highlights how they foster a sense of place.


Anna Burke

Waterways Ireland are continuing their Stories from the Waterways series with the first feature following the life of a young heritage boat owner, Anna Burke.  Here Anna tells us about what her barge means to her and why she loves life on the water.  This video was made as part of a one day workshop, funded by the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020, with visiting students from the James Madison University (Virginia, USA) as part of a study abroad programme with Scarriff Community Council. Special thanks to the Burke Family and the Heritage Boat Association. Find out more, click here.



Row the Erne

This film brings to life the work of the fantastic community group Row the Erne, who meet every Saturday to do just that - row on Lough Erne. Olivia Cosgrove tells us about the founding of the club and how it gives novices an opportunity to get on the water and experience the waterway landscape from a unique perspective.  Find out more, click here.

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Google Trekker Loan Programme

A collaborative project between Waterways Ireland & the Google Trekker Loan Programme, kindly supported by Clare County Council. You can access the imagery from Lough Allen to Loop Head via maps.google.com on your PC or laptop or via the Google Earth app on your smartphone or tablet! Find out more, click here.
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Brickmakers of Pollagh

The story of how clay, brick making and the coming of the Grand Canal led to a cottage industry in Pollagh, Co. Offally. The Devery family tell the story. This is a collaborative project between the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020 and the Offaly Heritage Office.  Find out more, click here.

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Ribbontail Paddlers

Having started a canoeing club in Co. Meath a group of parents took on the job of sympathetically restoring an old lock-keepers cottage to serve the local community on the Royal Canal.  This is a collaborative project between the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020 and the Meath Heritage Office.  Find out more, click here.

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Portna Workshop

Replacing lock gates or sluice gates is are rare occurrence on our waterways. Joiner Bradden Braillie who works on the Lower Bann Navigation is used to dealing with technologies that are hundreds of years old and explains how it’s all done.  Find out more, click here.

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The Callows

Archaeologist Christy Cunniffe visits the Callows on the banks of the Shannon Navigation in Co. Galway, site of a once thriving community now almost completely vanished.  This film is a fitting legacy to the resilient families who once populated this ‘island of land’ between the Shannon and Grand Canal. This is a collaborative project between the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020 and the Galway Heritage Office.  Find out more, click here.

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Graiguenamanagh Regatta

The Langton family have been competing in the Graiguenamanagh Regatta on the Barrow Navigation for generations. In 2018 Paul and his daughter Hannah participated in the famous Kilkenny regatta – watch to see how they got on and how everyone comes together on the Barrow for a wonderful community event. This is a collaborative project between the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020, Creative Ireland and the Kilkenny Heritage Office.  Find out more, click here.

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Athy Boat Tours

A great community initiative, Athy boat tours takes people for a leisurely trip down the Barrow Line, through an old lock gate. Skipper Chris McKenna is our guide. This is a collaborative project between the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020 and the Kildare Heritage Office.  Find out more, click here.

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Ballyconnell Looped Walk

Two Cavan friends enjoy their weekly stroll by the Shannon-Erne Waterway, taking in all the pleasures of walking by the water. This is a collaborative project between the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020 and the Cavan Heritage Office.  Find out more, click here.

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