Naas Harbour © D Maddock
                                                                                                                                                      Naas Harbour © D Maddock
                                                                                                                                        Barrow Line winter sunset © O Conroy
                                                                                                                               Grand Canal and Omer Lockhouse © J Cahill
                                                                                                         71M approaching Robertstown on Grand Canal © J Cahill
                                                                                                                                                            Corbally Line © M Kinahan
                                                                                                                                                               Leinster Mills © C Nolan
                                                                                                                                                           Edenderry 2019 © J Cahill
Kilcock Harbour by C Nolan
                                                                                                                                                           Kilcock Harbour © C Nolan
                                                                                                                                                                     Moyvalley © C Nolan


118B Naas Branch © EOL
                                                                                                                                                        118B on Naas Branch © EOL

IWAI Kildare

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IWAI Kildare, a branch of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland, is the voice of waterways users in Kildare.  Enjoying the present while encompassing the past, IWAI Kildare encourage boating tourism and recreational pursuits on the 120 kilometres of Canal located in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East

For the sports, leisure and health enthusiast, there is boating, canoeing, cruising in company, cycling, fishing, kayaking, touring and walking, along the Grand Canal, the Naas and Corbally Canals, the Milford Feeder, the Barrow Line and the Royal Canal.  Our residential boaters are mainly in Lowtown and Sallins, where their brightly painted barges add to the ambience of the area.  

Kildare – the Canal County – is accessible from all parts of Ireland whether arriving by boat, car or train.  Dublin is 30 minutes away from Sallins by train.  Visitors to Kildare might pause to observe the workings of a Lock as a boat passes through, take an afternoon, day or weeks on a Hire Barge or chose to stay on a Flotel, or view the canal from one of the waterside eateries in Naas and Sallins.  For the nature lover, Pollardstown Fen, the largest remaining calcareous spring-fed fen left in Ireland and home to rare vegetation types and invertebrates, can be reached by small boat along the Milford feeder. 

Lovers of ancient forms of transport will find much to explore.  There are locks, old mills and transhipment buildings, viaducts and vintage boats on the canals.  The old canal towns and villages of Athy, Kilcock, Lyons village, Naas, Robertstown Lowtown and Sallins were transportation centres as far back as 220 years ago; today they retain their boating heritage.  IWAI Kildare organise boating events along the canal where boaters, locals and visitors have the opportunity to meet up.   

With our colleagues in the Barrow, Dublin, North Barrow, Offaly and Royal branches, we support the aims of Nav-Watch.  Navigating the Barrow, Grand and Royal gives boaters a unique perspective on problems affecting banks, structures and the navigation, not obvious when viewed from the paths along the canal corridor. Registering issues on Nav-Watch will help Waterways Ireland in planning the management and maintenance of the navigation.  We actively support the Nav-Watch initiative and we encourage all IWAI members and users of the canal corridors, to log navigation issues. 

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8 months ago

Sandra Willis
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8 months ago

Aisling Mathews
Hi everyone, I just want to clarify that <<IWAI Kildare>> is the new community page for Iwai Kildare(old). This is a page that anyone can post to - you will no longer need to "add" Iwai Kildare as a friend to post!Feel free to post anything here related to waterways in Kildare! ... See MoreSee Less
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10 months ago

IWAI Kildare
**** News Flash - Nav-Watch Report 2020 is here ****A huge thank you to all our friends, supporters and contributors of the IWAI Nav-Watch group to date.Greetings allWe hope you are all keeping well and preparing for the Christmas season.We see some folks are still availing of some winter cruising on the Canals and Barrow and we are still receiving reports to our survey. Thank you to all who have taken the time to log issues this year.You may ask yourself or one of the Nav-Watch team why? What good is it to report an issue?Well, your report gets shared with Waterways Ireland maintenance and operations who can address it for the benefit of all users. Over recent months we have been telling you of a report which was in the pipeline which, we were planning to publish. We are very proud to announce, the report is finished and available publicly from the IWAI Nav-Watch The report is much more than a presentation of issues on the navigations, we illustrate how the most prevalent issues impact vessel progress. We present minimum water displacement requirements for a large barge to maintain 3-4 mph along the navigations. To date, no such report has outlined a minimum standard for navigation on the canal and Barrow navigations while also presenting a data driven pathway for improvement.Implementation of a continuous improvement plan for the navigation will improve the user experience and put the 'can' back in canals. Our report shows a way forward that will realise the full potential of these historic waterways for all users which will bring additional tourists to the rural communities throughout the canal and Barrow networks.Let us know your thoughts, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us here or through our email.Nav-watch[at]iwai . ie.#iwai #inlandwaterwaysassociationofireland #IWAINavWatch #navwatch #canalsireland #RoyalCanal #grandcanal #riverbarrow #barrownavigation #putcanbackincanal #continuousImprovementplan #datadrivenimprovements IWAI Nav-Watch Inland Waterways Association of IrelandOffaly Iwai, IWAI Royal Canal Branch, Iwai Dublin Barrow I.W.A.I North Barrow IWAI, Iwai Kildare IWAI Kildare ... See MoreSee Less
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