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20/05-27/05 : Biodiversity Snapshot
25/05-28/05 : The Erne Rally organised by Lough Erne and Belturbet branches of IWAI
26/05-27/05 : Athy Water Festival.IWAI boat rally
26/05 : Workparty - Boyne Navigation Restoration Group
1/06- 4/06 : Dingy trip to Lough Rinn, Co. Leitrim. organised by Carrick-on-Shannon branch of IWAI
2/06- 4/06 : Shannon Harbour - Suckling Pig w/e to Ballinasloe
2/06- 4/06 : Carrick-on-Suir: IWAI Boat Rally
2/06 : TriAthy -Athy triathlon
3/06 : Carlow Regatta (Rowing: IARU)
3/06 : Athy - Barrow Triathlon
7/06-10/06 : Athy Blue Grass Festival
8/06-14/06 : New Ross: Newfoundland/SouthEast Festival of the Sea
8/06-11/06 : Small Boat Expedition to the Royal Canal - (Corrib cancelled) organised by Lough Erne Branch of IWAI.
9/06 : Workparty - Boyne Navigation Restoration Group
16/06-17/06 : Newry Boating Rally on the Ship Canal
16/06-17/06 : Lough Erne Annual Cruise in Company
20/06 : Heritage Council Seminar: Towpaths for the Future
23/06-24/06 : 36th Shannon Harbour Canal Boat Rally
23/06 : New Ross - IWAI Boat Rally & mid-Summer Barbaque
23/06 : Workparty - Boyne Navigation Restoration Group
27/06 : Coalisland: Annual Summer Canal Walk (organised by Coalisland Branch of IWAI)
7/07-15/07 : Lough Derg Rally
7/07 : Workparty - Boyne Navigation Restoration Group
20/07-23/07 : Corrib Summer Rally (organised by Corrib branch of IWAI )
21/07-22/07 : Cruising Club CIC to Ballinasloe
23/07-27/07 : Spinal Injuries Ireland Kayak Challenge
28/07- 6/08 : Shannon Boat Rally - Commodore Margaret Groarke.
10/05-25/05 : The Dublin Rally - bring your boat to Dublin
23/05-26/05 : Erne Rally (Belturbet & Northern Ireland Branches)
23/05 : RNLI/Lough Erne Branch Safety Day
24/05-31/05 : Lough Erne Branch Visit to France
24/05 : RNLI/Lough Erne Branch Safety Day
24/05- 5/07 : Carrick-on-Shannon: exhibition at The Dock re the new bridge.
30/05- 2/06 : Carrick-on-Shannon Branch - 30th May to 2nd June Bank Holiday weekend Cruise in Company to Clondra. Commodore Leslie O'Hora
30/05- 2/06 : Dublin Docklands Maritime Festival
31/05- 2/06 : Bank Holiday Weekend Derg Branch Cruise in Company to Ballinasloe
31/05- 2/06 : Cruising Club - C.I.C to Limerick.
0/06 : Carrick-on-Shannon Branch Meeting
14/06-15/06 : Lough Erne Branch - annual CIC
17/06 : Public Discussion - New Bridge for Carrick on Shannon
19/06-22/06 : Ability West Sponsored Walk - Slieve Bloom Mountains and Grand Canal
21/06-22/06 : 37th Shannon Harbour Canal Boat Rally
21/06 : Carrick-on-Shannon Branch - Mid June Solstice
21/06-22/06 : Derg branch Cruise in Company to join the IWAI Shannon Harbour Rally
21/06 : Carrick-on-Shannon Branch invite Power Boat /Speed Boat Skippers
29/06 : The "See Stallion" departs Dublin
29/06 : The Viking replica ship "Sea Stallion" departs Dublin
5/07-12/07 : Lough Derg branch rally
12/07-13/07 : Cruising Club - C.I.C to Banagher / Ballinasloe.
12/07 : Confey: RCAG Dublin and IWAI Dublin Branches will host a small boat rally
12/07 : Sallins: sponsored snorkle along the Grand Canal from Ladenstown to Digby Bridge, Sallins - in aid of Kildare Underwater Search and Recovery Unit.
24/07- 4/08 : GO WITH THE FLOW - Shannon Rowing Challenge By Eimear Brown, Carrick on Shannon Rowing CLub and assistant lockeeper at Rooskey Lock.
25/07- 3/08 : 48th Shannon Boat Rally - Athlone & Carrick-on-Shannon Branches. Friday 25th July to Sunday 3rd August 2008. Commmodore Nora Sleator
25/07 : Lough Derg branch Cruise in Company to Estuary & West Coast. Date & duration TBC.
30/07 : 1807 Maps of Grand Canal/Launch of Float to the Fleadh, Tullamore.
9/05-23/05 : Dublin: The 2009 Dublin Rally
22/05-25/05 : Lough Erne Rally: http://erne.iwai.ie/events.html
23/05 : BBQ at Buttermilk point (Barrow Branch IWAI)
23/05-26/05 : Athlone: CIC to Lough Ree Yacht Club (Athlone Branch IWAI)
23/05 : IWAI Council meeting - The Glenlo Abbey Hotel , Bushypark, Galway at 11:30am
25/05 : Newry City Marathon
26/05 : Dronimeer: Man Overboard Training Course (Lough Derg Branch IWAI)
27/05 : Belfast: Walk and visit to Lock- Keepers cottage and visitor centre (Lagan Branch IWAI)
29/05- 1/06 : Carrick-on-Shannon Branch - Cruise in Company 29th May - 1st June.
30/05- 1/06 : Shannon Harbour - CIC with Derg Branch
30/05 : Lough Erne: Family day at Rossigh
30/05- 1/06 : Derg branch CinC with Shannon Harbour branch
30/05- 1/06 : Boyle River Branch Cruise in Company
30/05- 1/06 : Carrick-on-Suir: Whit Weekend Rally (Barrow Branch IWAI)
1/06- 4/06 : Athlone Branch: CIC to Lecarrow
6/06 : Grand Canal Clean Up
6/06- 7/06 : Lower Bann boat trip (organised by Lagan Branch IWAI)
12/06-14/06 : Lough Erne: SIWA invite toCrinan Canal
12/06-15/06 : Carrick-on-Suir: Clancy festival
19/06-21/06 : Carrick-on-Shannon Branch - National Flight Centre Midsummer Party - 19th to 21st June, 2009 - Nuns Island, Lough Ree.
19/06-21/06 : Thomastown/Enfield: Mullingar RCAG 9th Annual Rally & Canal Festival (Organised by the RCAG)
20/06-21/06 : 38th Shannon Harbour Canal Boat Rally
20/06 : Knockninny: Cruise to Knockninny (Summer solstice) (Belturbet Branch)
20/06 : New Ross Boat Club: Mid Summers B~B~Q (Barrow Branch IWAI)
20/06 : Newry to Portadown: Bike ride in partnership with translink for national bike week
28/06 : Carrick-on-Shannon Branch - Lakeland & Inland Waterways invitation to Discover Carrick-on-Shannon, Sunday 28th June 2009.
4/07 : Grand Canal Clean Up
4/07-11/07 : Derg branch rally
4/07- 5/07 : Wexford: Slaney Rally
4/07 : Ram's Island Heritage Day
11/07 : Barrow Branch Cruise to Kilmore Quay
11/07-12/07 : New Ross: River Festival
11/07 : Belturbet branch open boat trip for charity
12/07 : Dublin: Small Boat Rally on the Grand Canal
12/07 : Shannon Hbr: Introduction to dragonflies and damselflies
14/07-17/07 : Barrow, Nore & Suir - cruising the estuary - Barrow Branch
17/07-19/07 : New Ross, Dunbrody Fest
18/07-19/07 : Lough Derg: Rossmore & Woodford River Cruise in Company (Cruising Club Branch)
24/07- 3/08 : 49th Shannon Boat Rally 2009 Friday 24th July to Sunday 2nd August. Rally Theme "Wild Life On the Waterways".
25/07 : St. Mullins: Barrow Branch BBQ
29/07 : Public Information Meeting, Clonmacnoise Draft Management Plan
31/07-22/08 : Lough Neagh: RBLNA Boat Rally
31/07- 2/08 : Scariff Harbour Festival
31/07- 3/08 : Robertstown, Co. Kildare Canal Fest
8/05-22/05 : The Dublin Rally
15/05-22/05 : Lough Erne: Visit to Norfolk Broads
28/05-31/05 : Lough Erne: Lough Erne Rally
5/06- 7/06 : Derg branch CIC with Shannon Harbour branch.
5/06- 7/06 : Cruising Club - CIC to Lough Erne
5/06 : Lough Erne:Small boat rally Lough Neagh
5/06- 7/06 : Whit Weekend Rally ( Carrick-on-Suir).
12/06-13/06 : Lough Erne:Small boats rally Lower Bann
18/06-20/06 : RCAG 10th Annual Rally, Mullingar
19/06-20/06 : Carrick-on-Shannon Mid Summer Party, National Flight Centre, Nuns Island, Lough Ree 19th - 20th June
19/06 : IWAI Mid-Summer B-B-Q, New Ross Boat Club.
19/06-20/06 : 39th Shannon Harbour Canal Boat Rally
19/06-20/06 : RCAG Enfield Mid Summer Town & Canalside Festival, Enfield
21/06 : 12th Lock Summer Solstice Canal Walk Demonstrations, Canal History, Exhibition and Reception RCAG/Fingal Co. Co., 12th Lock, Castleknock
26/06-27/06 : Carrick-on-Shannon Branch in conjunction with Leitrim County Council, Lough Allen Promotion, cruise to Drumshanbo. http://carrick.iwai.ie
27/06 : RCAG Abbeyshrule local boat rally, Abbeyshrule
4/07 : Ballymahon: RCAG Ballymahon Local Boat Rally
10/07-19/07 : Lough Derg Rally .
11/07 : Cancelled: Dublin: Small Boat Rally, Digby Bridge, Grand Canal
16/07-18/07 : Dunbrody Festival: New Ross.
17/07-18/07 : Cruising Club - CIC to Scariff for a GOURMET weekend
17/07 : Lucan: RCAG Dublin Branch Rolling Rally, 12th Lock
17/07 : Leixlip: RCAG Confey Heritage Day & RR Reception
18/07-23/07 : Maynooth/Kilcock: RCAG Rolling Rally Reception
23/07- 1/08 : 50th Shannon Boat Rally 23rd July to 1st August, 2010 organised by Athlone Branch and Carrick-on-Shannon Branch .
24/07 : IWAI Bahanna Woods Rally & B-B-Q
24/07 : Enfield: RCAG Rolling Rally Reception & Canal Activities
31/07- 2/08 : Derg branch CIC to Banagher.
31/07- 2/08 : Cruise in Company to Inistioge
30/04-28/05 : Dublin: The Dublin Rally
24/05 : Barrow Branch - monthly meeting (last before the Summer)
27/05 : newry city bath-tub race
27/05-30/05 : Loygh Erne Rally
3/06- 6/06 : Carrick-on-Shannon June Bank Holiday Cruise in Company 3rd - 6th June 2011 visiting Drumsna, Clondra http://carrick.iwai.ie/cruiseincompany.htm
3/06- 6/06 : Erne Branch Boat Rally to Royal Canal
4/06- 6/06 : Dublin Docklands Festival
4/06- 6/06 : Derg Branch CIC to Banagher
4/06- 6/06 : Suir Rally (Clancy Festival - Carrick-on-Suir). Bank Holiday weekend.
18/06 : Barrow branch - mid-Summer BBQ, NewRoss Boat Club.
23/06 : CLONES CANAL WORKSHOP, VENUE: CREIGHTON HOTEL CLONES
25/06-26/06 : Carrick-on-Shannon Branch & Jamestown Heritage Society
26/06 : Waterways Racing, Grand Canal Dock
30/06- 3/07 : The Tall Ships: Waterford. There Back ! Probably one of the best Festival weekends in the last 10 years, when they first visited in 2005. Expecting a fantastic weekend of Food, Craic,...oh yes, and some of the worlds most fantastic boats
8/07-10/07 : Haines Owners Club Outing
9/07-17/07 : Lough Derg Rally
18/07-23/07 : NEWRY CANAL FEST & BATH - TUB RACE
22/07- 1/08 : 51st Shannon Boat Rally Carrick-on-Shannon & Athlone Branches 22nd July - 1st August, 2011 http://shannonrally.iwai.ie
23/07-24/07 : Barrow Branch Rally - Bahanna Woods.
30/07- 1/08 : Lough Derg CIC - Quiet Places
30/07- 1/08 : Nore Rally (barrow branch) - Inistioge. Visit one of the most tranquil & beautiful villages on the waterways.
31/07 : Barbecue at the Bridge
12/05-26/05 : The Dublin Rally
22/05 : Dublin: Dunrovin Information Session, 8pm, Box in the Docks
26/05 : Boyne Navigation Branch - Work Party, Saturday 26 May 2012 (Click here for further information)
26/05-27/05 : Dublin Dockland’s Summer Festival, Grand Canal Dock
1/06- 4/06 : Carrick-on-Shannon Cruise in Company 1st June to 4th June, 2012. Details to follow.
1/06- 4/00 : Carrick-on-Shannon Cruise in Company 1st - 4th June 2012. Details to follow.
2/06-10/06 : Lough Erne Branch-Lough Derg Expedition
9/06 : Updated: Boyne Navigation Branch - Work Party, Saturday 09 June 2012 (Click here for further information)
11/06 : Dublin: IWAI Dublin Branch Meeting
12/06 : Boyne Navigation Branch - Monthly meeting 12 June 2012 - Newgrange Lodge (click here additional information)
15/06-17/06 : Shannon Harbour Boat Rally
16/06 : Dublin - Children's event @ the Box in the Docks: Building Barges: What will your barge carry?
17/06 : Cancelled: Boyne Navigation Branch - Branch Open day for the Public, Saturday 17 June 2012 (Click here for further information)
23/06 : Updated: Boyne Navigation Branch - Work Party, Saturday 23 June 2012 (click here for further information)
23/06 : Newry & Portadown branch annual Newry Bath-Tub race
23/06 : Dublin - Children's event @ the Box in the Docks: Magical Mosaics: Shiny, sparkly, colourful and glittery - magical mosaics!
29/06- 7/07 : Limerick / Shannon Estuary Rally 2012
30/06 : Dublin - Children's event @ the Box in the Docks: Swans & Ducks: Decorate your own canal creature to take it home!
7/07-15/07 : Lough Derg Rally 37
7/07 : Updated: Boyne Navigation Branch - Work Party, Saturday 07 July 2012 (click here for further information)
7/07 : Dublin - Children's event @ the Box in the Docks: Castles: Construct a cardboard castle!
10/07 : Boyne Navigation Branch - Monthly meeting 10 July 2012 - Newgrange Lodge (click here additional information)
14/07 : Dublin - Children's event @ the Box in the Docks: Down on the Docks: Build a crane!
21/07 : Updated: Boyne Navigation Branch - Work Party, Saturday 21 July 2012 (click here for further information)
21/07 : Dublin - Children's event @ the Box in the Docks: Otter Hand Puppets: Make a cute otter character!
27/07- 5/08 : Shannon Boat Rally Fri 27th July to Mon 6th August, 2012. Visiting Lough Rea Yacht Club. Shannonbridge, Hot Springs, Terryglass, Banagher, Athlone.
27/07- 6/08 : Jamestown Heritage Festival
28/07 : Boyne Branch Barbecue
28/07 : Dublin - Children's event @ the Box in the Docks: Tall Towers: How high will your tower be?
11/05-25/05 : Dublin: Dublin Rally
25/05 : Boyne Navigation: Work Party - Oldbridge (click here for further information)
25/05 : Boyle River Branch - The Roscommon Gathering
28/05 : Lough Derg Conference
31/05- 3/06 : Carrick-on-Shannon Branch – Cruise in Company Fri 31st May to Mon 3rd June 2013
31/05- 3/06 : Cruising Club CIC to Lough Ree
31/05- 3/06 : Boyle River Branch CIC
1/06- 3/06 : Lough Derg Branch CIC
1/06- 3/06 : Lough Derg Branch CIC
1/06- 3/06 : Royal Canal, Foigha/Kenagh Branch Rally
8/06 : Boyne Navigation - Monthly Meeting
9/06 : Offaly Branch, Daingean Heritage Festival Event
11/06 : Boyne Navigation: Work Party - Oldbridge (click here for further information)
14/06 : Offaly Branch - An Evening at Ballycommon
21/06-30/06 : Dublin: Dublin IWAI Branch meeting
21/06-30/06 : Cruising Club CIC to Carrick-on-Shannon
22/06 : Boyne Navigation: Work Party - Oldbridge (click here for further information)
28/06 : Boyle River Branch Meeting
29/06 : Boyle River Branch Social Event
6/07 : Boyne Navigation - Monthly Meeting
6/07-14/07 : Lough Derg Rally 38
20/07 : Boyne Navigation: Work Party - Oldbridge (click here for further information)
20/07-21/07 : Boyle River Branch CIC
26/07- 5/08 : 53rd Shannnon Boat Rally. Fri 26th July to Mon 5th Aug 2013. Rally Theme: Lords & Ladies. http://carrick.iwai.ie/carrickdiary.htm
27/07 : Bar-be-que - Oldbridge
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New Pedestrian Bridge at Newcomen Bridge|
Dublin City Council have applied for Part VIII permission for a new pedestrian bridge spanning the Royal Canal and Railway at Newcomen Bridge. More details here.
WI Recruiting new CEO
Waterways Ireland are in the process of recruiting a new CEO. Full details here
DUNROVIN - Planning Approved
IWAI has been notified by Westmeath Co. Council that planning permission for the proposed development at Dunrovin has been approved subject to a number of conditions. Further details on theWestmeath Co Co planning system, planning Ref 121030. See here
The Annual General Meeting of IWAI will be held in the Mullingar Park Hotel on Friday April 26th at 8.00pm. Further details about the election of Executive and Council members can be found here
IWAI Introduces Gift Voucher Scheme for Membership Subscriptions.
IWAI has introduced a pilot scheme of Gift Vouchers for membership subscriptions. Vouchers can be bought on-line from the IWAI shop. Recipients can then use the voucher to pay for their annual membership subscription. Vouchers are available for RoI Family and Single Memberships and NI Family Membership. Follow the links for more details.
New houseboat facility for Sallins
WI have applied for planning permission to Kildare Co. Council for permission to construct a new 210m fixed timber house boat mooring facility at Sallins. The facility will be for for 12 boats with electric and water service supply bollards. In addition there will be 45m of a fixed timber short term mooring facility, car parking bays for 12 cars, access pathway suitable for disabled access, and a sewage pumpout for boats. You can see the details on the Kildare Co. Council planning system application number 12645
WI Prosecute harbour hoggers
Waterways Ireland has successfully prosecuted two boaters on Lough Erne for breaking the 48-hour mooring rules. See http://www.iwai.ie/forum/read.php?1,44128,44128#msg-44128 for more details.
RNLI Lough Ree Goes live.
The new RNLI station at Coosan Point on Lough Ree has gone "live". See further details here: http://www.iwai.ie/forum/read.php?1,44131,44131#msg-44131
New Canal Mooring Licence
WI is to introduce a new permit for people wishing to moor on the canals for longer than the 5 days allowed under the current system. The plan is to issue an Extended Mooring Licence allowing the holder to moor in a position allocated by WI on a soft bank area for up to 1 year. The new licence will cost Euro152 pa. The application process for the new licence will open in the autumn when all existing permit holders will be contacted. Boat owners will still require an annual Canal Mooring and Passage Permit to cruise and pass through locks. The fee to hold both the Permit and the Licence in 2012/2013 will be Euro278. WI will enfoce the 5-day rule for vessels without the new licence commencing in Autumn 2012. Queries about the enforcement of the current bye-laws or the Extended Mooring Licence should be directed to Shane Anderson, Assistant Inspector of Navigation: Tel no +353 (0)87 286 5726, Email: email@example.com
Shannon Catchment Flood Risk Management Open Day
Jacobs is inviting the public to a series of open days to introduce the Shannon CFRAM Study. The open days will take place on: Friday 27 April from 5-7pm at the Athlone Radisson Blu Hotel and Saturday 28 April from 10am-4pm at the Athlone Centre Shopping Centre, Mardyke Street. Further details here
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