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The Status of Ireland's Inland Waterways
"Navigating Ireland's Inland Waterways", a Waterways-Ireland-produced 32page
compendium of essential information for navigating the waterways under Waterways
Ireland jurisdiction, including lock times, phone numbers, location of
pump-outs, toilets, slipways etc.
For boating people, anglers, archaeologists and nature lovers Ireland's inland waterways offer scope unmatched in Europe for space, solitude and beauty.
RIVER SHANNON (Map) 160 miles (257 km) of cruising water covering 80 square miles (129 square km) from Killaloe to Lough Allen in Co. Leitrim together with the Carnadoe and Boyle Waters with seven locks. A further 70 miles (113 km) from Killaloe to the sea at Loop Head through Limerick with one double lock at Ardnacrusha Power Station. Navigation administration by Waterways Ireland, and boats are required to be registered ( no charge) with engines of over 10bhp. More Information on the Shannon is here.
Boat dimensions: Killaloe to Lough Key 102 ft (31m) x 30 ft (9m) x 5 ft (1.5m), River Camlin and Lough Allen Canal 64 ft (19.5m) x 13 ft (4m) x 4 ft (1.2m), Killaloe to Limerick 100 ft (30m) x 18 ft (5.5m) x 5 ft (1.5m).
Headroom: Minimum clearance at fixed bridges at normal summer levels Killaloe to Lough Key 13 ft (4m), River Camlin 12 ft (3.7m), Killaloe to Limerick 11 ft (3.4m). Swing or lifting bridges at Portumna 4 ft (1.2m), Tarmonbarry 9 ft (2.7m), Roosky 11 ft (3.3m), in closed positions. Headroom on the Lough Allen Canal is 11.5ft (3.5m) at Battlebridge, the lowest of the bridges on this canal.
Slipways: Facilities for larger craft at Killaloe, Portumna, Banagher, Athlone, Inner Lakes (Lough Ree), Carrick-on -Shannon. For smaller craft at Garrykennedy, Dromineer, Mountshannon, Terryglass, Rossmore, Portumna Castle, Hodson Bay, Barley Harbour, Roosky, Dromod Harbour, Jamestown. For rowing boats at Kilgarvan, Athlone, Portrunny, Lanesbrough, Kilglass, Acres Lake, Cootehall, Rockingham.
Dry docks: Killaloe, Clondara and Roosky.
Charges: €1.50 per lock or opening bridge paid to the keeper.
More Information on the Shannon is here
Boat dimensions: 79 ft (24m) x 15 ft (4.5m) x 4 ft (1.2m).
Headroom: air space 10.5 ft (3.2m) over 10 ft (3.0m) width.
Slipways and Services: Locks and other services are operational from 9.00am until 8.00pm daily. Leitrim, Keshcarrigan, Ballinamore, Haughton's Shore (Lough Garadice), Ballyconnell, Aghalane.
Charges: Swipe Cards are available which operate the locks automatically. The cards can be bought for €6.35 (10 units) and €12.70 (20 units) and €22.80 (40 units) from the Waterway patrollers and at the 1st Lock and 16th Lock. The charges are as follows; Lock Passage 1 unit, Shower 2 units, Laundry-Washing Machine and Drier 5 units each, Chemical Toilet 2 units, Pump-out 10 units. Public toilet free. A full list of Smart Card suppliers is here.
More Information on the Shannon-Erne Waterway is here
Boat dimensions: Beam 20 ft (6m) if lock open. 110 ft (33.5m) x 20 ft (6m) if the lock is operating. Recommended draft not exceeding 4 ft (1.2m).
Headroom: Minimum clearance 20 ft (6m) (railway viaduct 15 ft (4.5m) on an alternative channel). Overhead cables 28 ft (8.5m) (except Kesh River 20 ft (6m) ).
Slipways: For large cruisers at Belturbet, Bellanaleck, Enniskillen, Castle Archdale, Muckross (near Kesh), Belleek. For smaller boats at Blaney Bay, Corrindillar, Carrybridge, Derryadd, Geaglum, Kilmore Manor House, Rosseigh House.
Charges: None, but registration required for craft with engines of more than 10bhp obtainable from: Waterways Ireland.
More Information on the Erne is here
Boat dimensions: 61 ft (18.5m) x 13 ft (3.9m) x 4 ft (1.2m). Depths in dry weather and in Dublin are reduced to 3.5 ft (1m). Barrow Navigation sometimes reduced to 2.5 ft (0.76m).
Headroom: 8.5 ft (2.6m) over a width of 8 ft (2.4m) on curved arches.
Slipways: Clondalkin, Robertstown, Edenderry, Tullamore, Rathangan, Monasterevin, Athy, Carlow, Bagenalstown, Goresbridge, Graiguenamanagh, Inistioge.
Dry docks: Athy, Tullamore, Shannon Harbour.
Charges: Permits at the rate of €0.60 per lock ( large sea lock Ringsend €12.70) obtainable from Waterways Ireland or from Canal Depot, Tullamore or from lockeepers at Lowtown, Shannon Harbour, Carlow and Graiguenamanagh. Bank mooring, free for reasonable stop overs, €12.70 per month. Annual permits allowing unlimited lockage and bank mooring €126. Dry dock: three days €126, extra day €13.90 .
More Information on the Grand Canal and Barrow Line is here
More Information on the Barrow Navigation is here
Slipways: Galway and Oughterard.
More Information on the Corrib is here
Boat dimensions: 120 ft (36.6m) x 20 ft (6.1m) x 5 ft (1.5m).
Charges: £1.00 per lock payable to the lockeeper.
Slipways: Seaton's Marina, Coleraine Marina, The Cutts, Loughan Island, Drumaheglis, Movanagher, Hutchinsons Quay, Portglenone, Newferry, Toome.
Slipways: Antrim, Ballyronan, Kinnego and Maghery. At Benburb, Blackwaterstown, Bond Bridge, Moy and Verner's Bridge on the River Blackwater. At Portadown on the Upper Bann.
More Information on the Lower Bann and Lough Neagh is here
Boat dimensions: 75 ft (22.9m) x 13.3 ft (4.0m) x 4 ft (1.2m).
Headroom: 10.0 ft (3.05m) over a width of 8 ft (2.4m).
Slipways: Near Leixlip, at Maynooth, Enfield, Thomastown, Mullingar, Ballinea Bridge and Ballynacargy.