This year, the World Canal Conference is taking place in Athlone on the River Shannon, from September 10th to 12th.
The hosts for this international event are the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland, a voluntary body of waterways enthusiasts, and Waterways Ireland, the state body responsible for maintaining the waterways on the island.
As stated “The two main canals the Grand Canal and the Royal Canal are within easy reach and provide first hand evidence of the regeneration that has taken place on these waterways, from commercial motorways to leisure byways. Ireland is proud to showcase the many restoration projects and the re-imagining of the waterways as linear parks & amenity spaces to cater for all lovers of water.”
“The Restore Regenerate Reimagine Theme running through the 2018 conference will enable us to reflect on how 200 year old man-made navigations and infinitely older natural waterway corridors remain relevant and engaging places for people to live, work, play and visit.”
A welcome is being extended to visit “Athlone and experience the re birth of Ireland’s inland waterways for the 21st century.” Tours have been organised to Lough Allen, Ardnacrusha and Clonmacnoise. The programme of events is not available yet, but take a look at information on last year’s event in Syracuse, New York. Here’s a great video celebrating the Erie Canal.