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The Shannon-Erne Waterway -
(formerly the Ballinamore-Ballyconnell Canal)

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The Shannon-Erne Waterway:

The Shannon-Erne Waterway was reopened in 1994, restoring the navigable link between the Shannon and the Erne.

Vital Statistics of the canal.

 

Boating on the Shannon-Erne Waterway:

Clickable Map of Shannon-Erne Waterway  - Complete charts of the Shannon, Shannon-Erne Waterway and the Erne Navigations;

A Cruising Guide and Anthology of the Ballinamore - Ballyconnell Canal (1994)

Books on the Shannon-Erne waterway.;

Charts & Navigation Guides

Charges and Fees - also where to get smartcards;

Known Snags on the Shannon-Erne Waterway (Security, Safety, Navigation difficulties etc.);

Shannon-Erne travel times;

Services: Marinas, Mechanics, Fuel, etc.;

Safety on the Water

 

Rent a boat, boat trips etc.:

Rent a Boat (cruiser or barge) on the Shannon-Erne Waterway

Rent a boat on other waters;

Boat trips, excursions etc.

 

 

 

On Land:

Shannon-Erne Waterway Walks - guide to walking routes (all walks)

Canal Restaurants (all Restaurants)

Community Sites - websites of local towns, etc.

Children's entertainment - playgrounds, attractions etc.

Waterways Heritage Guide - links to information about a wide range of Ireland's waterways heritage.  see also here.

Angling information and supplies

Nature - aquatic flora & fauna

 

Local IWAI Branches

Carrick-on-Shannon

Lough Erne,

Belturbet,

(all branches)

 

Boating Legal & Ethical framework

Putting a Boat on the Water - requirements

Code of Conduct - for Boat Owners and Users.

Guidelines for the use of VHF radios -- Licensing, technical and practical information about the use of VHF radio on the inland waterways

Cordage! - Reminder of the legal requirement to maintain good cordage/ropes/warps/mooring lines (03/2003).

 

The legal stuff

Navigation administration by Waterways Ireland, and boats are required to be registered ( no charge) with engines of over 10bhp.

Shannon navigation Act 1990

Shannon Navigation Bye-Laws 1992

Shannon Navigation (construction of vessels) Bye- Laws 1992

Merchant Shipping (pleasure craft) (lifejackets and operation) (safety) Regulations 2004

Additional town and county bye-laws may also apply.

See also website dedicated to EU Legislation affecting Recreational Boating

 



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Articles and other items related to the Shannon-Erne Waterway:

A Cruising Guide and Anthology of the Ballinamore - Ballyconnell Canal (1994)

The Ballinamore and Ballyconnell Canal It's Unfortunate History by Patrick Flanagan

Loos laws, Brian J Goggin - rules about loos on the canals, the Shannon and the Erne, from IWN Winter 2001

 

Related Sites:

Waterways Ireland is the organisation with responsibility for the navigation.

 

Publications:

  • Navigation charts for the Shannon - Erne Waterway, 1993.
    Laminated charts, 1:20,000 scale

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  • Warner, Dick, and Fallon, Niall, Waterways 4. By steam launch through Ireland, Boxtree, 1995.
    ISBN 1 85283 934 1
    Waterways is the story of a journey in the steam launch Oxlip through the northwest of Ireland along the Shannon-Erne waterway and the Erne lakes.


 

  • Warner, Dick, Shannon Erne Waterway Users Guide, ERA-Maptec Ltd, No date given.
    ISBN 1 873489 11 0
    (an on-line version of this book is here)

  • Flanagan, Patrick, The Shannon-Erne Waterway, Wolfhound Press, 1994.
    ISBN 0 86327 429 3
    This book recreates the extraordinary history of this controversial nineteenth-century waterway - formerly the Ballinamore & Ballyconnell canal, a 'gigantic failure' in its day - and details enthusiastically its 'astonishing rebirth' in the 1990s.

 

 

  • Flanagan, Patrick, The Ballinamore and Ballyconnell Canal, published by David & Charles, 1972.

 

 

 

General Boating Articles

GPS usage on the inland waterways - course by Noel Griffin - see also Dave McCabe's Shannon GPS charts.

Boat Electrics: Batteries, Part 1 of a 3. (from IWN Winter 2006)

PG's Tips: Winter Cruising. ,(from IWN Winter 2006)

The Joys of Springs - Richard Holbrook explains how to tie up your boat so that it remains where it should! - (from IWN Winter 2005)

See Grog's excellent animated knots website if you want some guidance on knots for boating and fishing.

Paul Garlands Tips on what to do when your boat's engine stops! (from IWN Summer 2005)

Baby on Board! - Aileen Flynn provides some insights and advice for folk considering taking small children boating (from IWN Spring 2003).

LPG on boats - article by Roger Lorenz part1, part2

Where can I live on a barge near Dublin? - Brian J Goggin and John Thompson answer one of our most frequently asked questions.

Bringing your boat to Ireland - A look at what's involved in bringing (in this case) a narrowboat over from the UK, and what to expect if you do.

Winterising Diesel Engines - Step by step guide to protecting boat diesel engines from the rigours of an Irish winter

Guidelines for the use of VHF radios - Licensing, technical and practical information about the use of VHF radio on the inland waterways

Putting a boat on the water: What do you have to do if you want to put a boat on the inland waterways?

The ISA/IWAI Certificate of Competency - for Motor Cruising on the the Irish Inland Waterways. Not mandatory (yet), but recommended for all boat skippers.

Metamorphosis: Terry & Jean Frew - The story of the metamorphosis of The Dolphin from an offshore 50-man lifeboat into a comfortable four-berth cabin-cruiser.

Téarmaí Bádóireachta  Boating terms as Gaeilge, le Seán Ó Riain

One day in July - an assembly of different accounts of what was happening on one ordinary summer's day July 14 2002, to give a picture of typical activity on our waterways ( from IWN Autumn 2002) .

The British Boat Safety Scheme, Tommy Murphy

Colm na Cora, the Garda patrol boat from IWN Summer 2002

The Shannon One Design (aka SOD), David Beattie, probably the most successful native one-design class of sailing boats in Ireland - from IWN Summer 2000

Health & Safety:

Weil's Disease (Leptospirosis) - article by Dr John Fleetwood, from IWN Spring 2002

Safety  - Fire, Water, Lifejackets and Carbon Monoxide, Flares. from IWN Spring 20003

See our guide to Buying a lifejacket in Ireland - see also Inflated Opinion - article by John Leech on the merits or otherwise of auto-inflating life jackets - from IWN Winter 2004.

Rescue Groups

Environment:

Electric Boats - article by Alun Goodall - part1 part2

Portable Toilets - article by Brian J Goggin from IWN Summer 2002

Get the solids out of the Shannon - article by Brian J Goggin from IWN Summer 2002

Ecotopia is a yearly two-week gathering of environmental and social activists organised by European Youth For Action (EYFA).  This is a report by Carolan Goggin of a 2002 gathering. (from IWN Autumn 2002)

Loos: Lough Derg and Lough Ree Catchment, Brian J Goggin, from IWN Winter 2001

Loos laws, Brian J Gogggin - rules about loos on the canals, the Shannon and the Erne, from IWN Winter 2001

Winsome loos sum, Brian J Gogggin - more about toilets!, from IWN Winter 2001

Derg and Ree Catchment Monitoring: Final Report or New Beginning?, Paddy Mackey from IWN Autumn 2001

Nature Designations on Waterways: Why Bother? Paddy Mackey, from IWN Spring 2003

 

Nature:

Zebra Mussel Control, Michael Hynes - article from IWN Summer 2004

Bats and Irish Waterways, Dr Niamh Roche - article from IWN Autumn 2001

Dolphins Dr Simon Berrow, from IWN Summer 2001

The magic of the mayfly on the Shannon, John Leech, from IWN Summer 2000

Zebra Mussel Control, Michael Hynes - article from IWN Summer 2004

 

 


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All content is Copyright © The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland - all rights reserved.
Caveat lector! - Information is provided by IWAI in good faith. Where errors or inaccuracies occur, we will endeavour to correct these as early as practicable. Website feedback, errors, corrections etc. are always welcome. As a voluntary organisation, we are always happy to welcome new members or receive donations. You can join on-line today. Alternatively, you can donate by Laser, Credit Card or Paypal if you're feeling generous or appreciative.


This page was last modified Saturday 09 March, 2013.