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Solstice night in the reeds – Erris Bay

A great experience spending the night in the reeds in Erris Bay in Lough Key. Many members were mooring out for the first time, and by the feedback it will not be the last. The link below is to Drone footage taken of the event!


Summer Solstice – 24th June

Date for your Diary. 24th June 2017 – Summer Solstice Celebrations.

Meet in the Bush Hotel Friday 23rd June for registration.
We intend to travel to Lough Key and moor out overnight (weather permitting) in Erris Bay.
Get to know your neighbour, and if you have not “hung on the hook” before, now is your chance to experience it in the company of friends old and new. If the weather is on our side, this promises to be a magical evening. 

Note: For this year, the Solstice Celebrations replaces the normal June CiC, at the request of some members who would like to support and attend the Carrick Carnival on the June Bank Holiday Weekend.

Protection of White Tailed Sea Eagles

Protection of White Tailed Sea Eagles
We have been advised that rare and protected birds are present and breeding on Cribby Island, near Mount Shannon and on Church Island adjacent to Portumna Forest Park.

To protect and minimise disturbance to these nesting birds in the area, masters are requested to observe a voluntary exclusion zone by not encroaching within 250m of the islands and to proceed directly past and without stopping near the islands, between now and August inclusive.  In particular masters are requested  not to attempt to approach or disembark onto the islands using smaller punts, canoes or kayaks.

Masters should note that deliberate disturbance to nesting birds and their habitat is illegal under the Wildlife Act (1976-2012).

Carrick Branch takes delivery of a new Trailer!

The Branch is proud to announce the arrival of its brand new trailer, which will be used for the storage of various pieces of equipment including the Kayaks. The trailer will be stored locally in Carrick-on-Shannon, where access will be available to members. Watch this space for further details once it has been fitted out and secured. Happy Birthday Trailer! See some photos in the link below.

IWAI Heritage Bill 2016 News Release No 3

Please find a copy of a Press Release on the Heritage Bill. It centres on the motion passed unanimously by Dublin City Council last Monday, an action that was made a reality in no small part by one of our IWAI Carrick on Shannon members.

Dublin City Council unanimously passed an emergency motion proposed by Labour Councillor Dermot Lacey and seconded by Labour Councillor Mary Freehill on Monday night.

The motion calls on “the Minister for Arts and Heritage to defer the introduction of the Heritage Bill 2016, in so far as it proposes to amend the Canals Act 1986, which would see the right of Local Councils to have a meaningful input on the operation and Bye laws regarding the Canals to allow dialogue with Dublin City Council, the Association of Irish Local Government and the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland in relation to same”.
Some further information: The Heritage Bill 2016 is due to be reintroduced to Seanad Éireann at 2pm Wednesday November 9th for Stage 3. Section 2 of this Bill proposes considerable amendments to the Canals Act 1986. The introduction of the Heritage Bill 2016 as drafted will create significant differences between the Canals and other Irish Navigations, the bill if passed will result in reduced usage of the canals and thus impact on the local community through the loss of revenue of the visiting boaters and canal users.

If this Bill passes there will be no opportunity through monthly Council meeting to discuss proposals and engage in consultation on Canals legislation and future Byelaws, as the proposed consultation period will last for just 21 days. Councillors will have no input into legislation that will not put user requirements, tourism development & your communities at the centre of the regulations.
IWAI have called for a consultation period of 90 days to safeguard against this eventuality. The precedent for this has already been established by Waterways Ireland, (the North South Body charged with managing our Inland Waterways), through the Public Consultation on their Corporate Plan in 2014.
In relation to the overall canal section of the bill, IWAI believes that it is a negative and imbalanced approach to introduce legislation that penalises 99% of waterways communities to address the problematic area of 1% (due to unlicensed boats, harbour hogging). These matters can be legislated for without effectively penalising the other less populated areas.

Trish Byron
IWAI Carrick-on-Shannon Branch Hon. Secretary.