The 2018 Member’s Christmas Walk will take place along the Corbally Branch of the Grand Canal.
Meeting Point: Entrance to Kilashee Hotel on the main Kilcullen Road R448. [53.1949271, -6.6749227]
Time: 12:00 at Meeting Point
Walk: The walk is along a grass towpath, so wear suitable footwear
Refreshments: Lunch at Lock 13 in Sallins.
Thanks to Lock 13 and a contribution from IWAI Kildare, the price per person will be €5.00.
Know your Boat Course 2018
An Offaly IWAI
Now entering their 14th year, the Know Your Boat courses continue to receive high levels of praise from participants. People with a range of different skill levels attend including a growing number of lady skippers taking the courses. Remember it’s important for both the Skipper and the First Mate to have an understanding of their boat.
The objectives of the courses are
to enable participants to be familiar and comfortable in maintaining their craft and dealing with maintenance and repairs, mechanical and electrical components of the boat, including engines, transmissions, controls, electrics, hull, superstructure, bilges, fittings and weather proofing
to outline how simple service procedures are carried out and enable participants to cut down on running costs by highlighting the importance of good routine maintenance and demonstrating engine servicing routines with a full size engine
to enable participants to be familiar and comfortable with wintering and new season preparations of their boats and be able to troubleshoot in the event of a failure
The dates for the 2018 courses are
Mechanics & Winterisation Course – Sat 10 November 9.00am to 1.00pm
Electrics Course – Sat 10 November 2.00pm to 6pm
The courses are presented by experienced instructors supported by experienced boat users. All courses involve practical demonstration and encourages interaction and discussion on individuals specific boats
(bring any pictures of equipment on your boat you may wish to discuss)
Courses will take place in the beautiful restored Harbour Buildings, Kilbeggan
The course costs are
Courses 1 & 2 booked together €110 IWAI members, €130 non IWAI members,
Contact by Text on 086 8045244 to book a place. Advance booking is required. Early booking is recommended.
Gift Vouchers are available
Naas Canal Festival 27th –29th October 2018
Cruise in Company Sallins to Naas
10am – 2pm
Boats ascend the Naas Branch to Naas Harbour
11am – 2pm
Registration in the KYS building
Official Launch of the Naas Canal Festival 2018
7pm - late
Visit Naas at your leisure
Naas harbour & KYS building
11am – 12:30pm
12:30pm – 1pm
1pm – 5pm
Afternoon of Events for Public
Boats on Display, Boat Heritage Exhibition, Waterways Information Talks, Small Boat Races, Boat trips on the Corbally Branch
Walk and Talk with Paddy Behan to Jigginstown House
Light up the boats
7pm - late
Safety Theme Fancy Dress, Prize-giving & entertainment in the KYS building
Naas to onward destinations
Boats leave at their own pace. Note: boats travelling west must be clear of locks 16, 17 & 18 on Monday 29th
Ten days to go
Full details available at:
See you there by barge, boat, car or train!
Plans are a hatching!
The 2018 Kildare CIC on the Shannon, starts on August 10 and 11, finishes on August 25 and 26
Week 1 will see the fleet tour the lower end of the North Shannon, visiting Kilglass, Grange, Drumsna, Dromod and finishing in Lough Key.
During Week 2, the fleet will be on the upper end of the North Shannon, visiting Acres Lake, Lough Allen, Drumshambo and finishing in Lanesborough/Ballyleague.
Numbers are growing, so if you are interested in taking part for some or all of the CIC and have not been in touch, do contact our PRO, Niall O’Dowda.
Grand Canal – July 2018
However, as the hot weather lasts, the weed continues to grow at this epidemic rate
It appears the best way to navigate the canal system right now, is to follow a Waterways Ireland weed-cutter
This is water safety awareness week – a message from Irish Water Safety
Shannon Harbour Gathering
Canal Boat Rally 47
Friday June 15 to Sunday June 17 – 2018
1930 The weekend starts with a Wine & Cheese Reception in the Hall – bring your own Glass
We encourage all participants to decorate their boats w/bunting, flags and lights over the weekend
1100 Coffee/Tea Morning – BYO Mug
1100+ Register for the Event and receive your Rally Pack
Sat Bouncy Castle – will be available all day on Saturday
Sat/Sun Face painting for Children at various times
Throughout the day – begin decorating your Gangplank, building a Model Boat, creating your Miniature
Garden, completing your Colouring and Dingbat competitions and practicing for the Talent Competition
1600 Children’s BBQ – hamburgers and sausages – cook your own
1800 Picnic on a Blanket – BYO Picnic – weather permitting on the Lawn
2100 Pat Henry Mischief – Adults – across from the Pub
1100 Coffee/Tea Morning – BYO Mug
1200 Arts & Crafts Event – Adults & Children over 12 years
1200+ Sports Events for Children – on Sun afternoon
1300 Gangplank Decoration – Adults & Children – judging
1400 Colouring and Dingbats Competitions – Adults & Children – return to 33M
1400 Miniature Garden – BYO Container – Adults & Children – judging
1500 Model Boat Competition – Adults & Children – judging
1600 Pat Carolan Talent Competition – up to 16 years
Prize giving for all events – following the Talent Competition
Unless stated otherwise, all events will take place on the Lawn
For the Gangplank Decoration, the Model Boat and the Miniature Garden Competition the judges will be looking for ingenuity and use of recycled materials.
Your Model Boat needs to float and will be tank tested.
The IWAI actively discourages the use of environmentally damaging plastics and related products, such as single use plastic bottles, plates, utensils, cups and paper cups with plastic linings etc.
Fri May 4 – IWAI Kildare boats meet at Lock 12 Grand Canal
Sat May 5 – IWAI Kildare boats start the journey to Dublin
Sat May 12 to Fri May 26 – IWAI Dublin Rally
Sat Jun 9 – IWAI Kildare – Royal Canal 2018 CIC begins at Castleknock and through the Deep Sinking – details TBA
A meeting of the Select Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, took place on April 25 2018, to discuss the Heritage Bill.
Amendments 1 to 17 were presented by Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív to Minister Josepha Madigan.
HBA boats arrive in Harbour throughout the day. Boats dressed in flags, bunting, lights, washing lines! Our hosts, IWAI Royal Canal, will judge the best boat.
1900 – Evening Barbeque
1100 – Walk (3.6 km) along the Lough Owel Feeder towpath from Mullingar Harbour to Lough Owel, passing Mullingar Famine Graveyard and Cullion Fish Farm along the way. Local historian Seamus O’Brien will give us a talk on the Famine Graveyard
1300 – Tea, coffee, snack lunch at Mullingar Sailing Club
1430 – Lake trip on small boats courtesy of IWAI Dublin – weather permitting
1700 – Back to Mullingar Harbour to wrap up.
This year, IWAI Kildare will be travelling to Dublin on Saturday May 5 to join the Dublin Rally, which starts on May 12. Dublin Rally
After what promises to be a fun filled fortnight, the fleet will exit along the Royal Canal on June 1.
Beginning in Castleknock on Saturday June 9, IWAI Kildare will begin their Royal Meander, visiting communities in Kildare, Meath and Westmeath and joining in with IWAI Royal Canal events along the way.
If you are interested in joining this cruise-in-company, e-mail us at email@example.com before April 22.
All Members – Dates for your Diary
The Jamestown Festival starts on Friday evening May 25 th and ends on Sunday June 3 rd.
There is something of interest for everyone whether you arrive by barge, boat or car.
The programme of events is at:
Website of interest – the section ‘Locks’ shows clear aerial views of locks on the Grand Canal and Royal Canal.
Fiona O’Loughlin has welcomed the decision by Kildare County Council and Laois County Council to grant planning permission for a Blueway along 47 Kilometres of the Grand Canal in Kildare and 16 Kilometres in Laois.
The Fianna Fáil TD for Kildare South has said, “This decision to grant permission for the Blueway is fantastic for tourism and as a local amenity for Kildare and Laois. It is a pity that Carlow County Council refused planning for the final section of the Blueway, however, it will not take from the overall project.
“There are tremendous benefits to the Blueway for the local economy and for reviving small towns in Kildare; we have seen the benefits in other counties such as Waterford and Mayo as they continue the process. Irish people are getting more active and this area will be an area for a multitude of people to enjoy in their spare time”.
O’Loughlin concluded, “Necessary precautions have been assessed in relation to the natural habitats for species yet environmental experts within the local authorities involved have given the green light on this project to move forward. I look forward to seeing the end result and to the tourism and revitalisation to towns that is hoped for”.