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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Busy day at the Sluicekeeper’s Cottage.
Scarva 5K today in aid of Newbridge Integrated School and Children in Crossfire. Plenty of visitors to the Sluicekeeper’s Cottage!
Birds of canal, lake and river.
We had a very productive work party at Canal Wood last Saturday despite the damp conditions. Eight Branch members and Woodland Trust supporters started the summer maintenance programme with enthusiasm. Take a look at what we got up to…
MARIE McSTAY RIP: the branch is very sorry to hear about the death of Marie, the very talented presenter on Your Place and Mine. Marie was a good friend of the canal and gave us lots of coverage. Here she is in 2015 when she did 2 interviews about our building the lock gates on the summit. RIP.
Sluicekeeper’s Cottage open for business. A charming family called in and the girls took a real interest in our displays.