Fun and Adventure as Lough Derg Blueway Opens for Business

  The Lough Derg Blueway was officially launched on Tuesday 6th March 2018 at a special ceremony in Killaloe in the presence of providers of commercial and recreation service providers around Lough Derg. The launch of the initiative is the culmination of a successful partnership between Clare, Tipperary and Galway County Councils, the Lough Derg Marketing Group […]

Waterways Ireland Has Successful Meeting With Local Authority Network

Waterways Ireland recently held a successful Local Authority Networking Meeting in Athlone. Bringing together the key staff from tourism, sport, economic development and heritage; the 19 Local Authorities with whom Waterways Ireland works were well represented on the day. Presentations were made on the different aspects of Waterways Ireland’s work across Blueways, Property, Communications, Heritage, […]

Key Lough Derg Harbour Reopens After Refurbishment In Portumna

Waterways Ireland is delighted to announce that Portumna’s Castle harbour opened to vessels for berthing the first weekend in June following extensive renovation and upgrade. The harbour works included the doubling of mooring capacity at this ever popular location, upgrade of berths, re-paving of quay area and installation of cut stone walls. While the Harbour […]

IWAI PR1 Heritage Bill 2016

Heritage Bill 2016 – Canals Act 1986 (amendment 2016) With no advance notice or consultation with the inland waterways stakeholders & canal communities the Heritage Bill 2016 was published on 4 January 2016. Part 2 deals with amendments to the Canal Act 1986. Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys in introducing the […]

Waterways Ireland 2016 Sponsorship Programme open for applications

Taking place annually for the past 10 years the Waterways Ireland Sponsorship Programme has supported angling, canoeing, rowing, sailing and power-sports events; competitions, learning experiences, community, historical and educational events for people with and without disabilities. Sharon Lavin, Head of Marketing and Communications with Waterways Ireland stated that “The Waterways Ireland sponsorship programme supported over […]

Waterways Ireland lauds tourism potential of Holy Island on Lough Derg

The Chief Executive of Waterways Ireland has said her organisation would be “delighted” to work in partnership with Clare County Council to develop improved public access to Holy Island (Inis Cealtra) on Lough Derg. Dawn Livingstone was speaking following a visit to Holy Island during which she was briefed by the local authority on its plans to secure the […]

Waterways Ireland Advises Swimmers to Swim in Designated Areas Away From Harbours and Marinas.

At last the summer has arrived but with it come some hidden dangers! Waterways Ireland would like to advise swimmers that operating docks, harbours and marinas are not appropriate areas for swimming and that those wishing take a dip in the Shannon should do so in the designated local Authority swim areas. Dock, harbours & […]

Morris welcomes works for Puckane and Dromineer

I would like to welcome the proposal to dedicate 29,000 euros of Communtiy Sport and Cultural grants towards the playground in Dromineer. I have called for the upgrading of this playground which is a very well used facility and North Tipp county council has also promised to cover the cost of the necessary groundworks  North […]

Mayor Morris expresses his disappointment at the refusal of Waterways Ireland to engage with local stakeholders on the future of Lough Derg

At our Nenagh area meeting on Monday 13th Sept we were told of the absolute reluctance of Waterways Ireland to meet public ally the important stakeholders of Lough Derg. I have been in contact with a number of stakeholders who have a vast knowledge of Lough Derg and have been responsible for its up keep […]