Welcome to the website of the Newry & Portadown branch of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI). We have the longterm ambition of restoring the Newry canal and once again joining Carlingford Lough with Lough Neagh. The branch has already begun to conserve and restore the waterway with our regular work parties. Volunteers have been removing trees and vegetation from the lock chambers so that the still impressive craftsmanship and architecture can be better appreciated by the public. We have lobbied locally and nationally to have restoration of the canal placed on the political agenda. The branch has successfully applied for funding for projects to increase public awareness of the canal and to encourage the various waterside communities to become part of our cause.
Our future plans are to continue to lobby and campaign; to fund raise and apply for grants; to maintain and conserve the architecture and industrial heritage of the canal and to continue our voluntary groundwork. We are also lobbying for Waterways Ireland to take over the Newry to Portadown Canal as being the best way to have the canal re-opened
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Early signs of Spring along the canal.
Work party at Moneypenny’s Lock.
A stroll along the Coalisland Canal. This is a lovely place for a walk or a cycle but parts of the canal are in a sorry state so there is work to be done. The canal was opened in 1789, connecting Coalisland with Lough Neagh for the transport of coal and grain to Newry and Dublin.
Here’s a lovely addition to the Newry Canal corridor. In Scarva a fantastic woodland garden is being created from overgrown scrub and brambles between the towpath and the little stream. Call in the next time you’re visiting the village and see what must be the largest willow tree in the area, completely hidden until now.
If you’re out on the towpath on Saturday 11th February, call at Moneypenny’s Forge at Moneypenny’s Lock to see the blacksmiths at work from 11:00am to 3:30pm. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, they will be busy making Hearth and Flowers. Well worth a visit!
STRIMMING AT SCARVA: Yesterday’s workparty revisited Scarva where we earlier cleared the harbour walls. This time it was strimming the banks and general clearing up.