As part of the National strategy, the Greenways along the canals are at different stages of development.
Work on the 144km of Royal Canal Greenway from Dublin, through Kildare, Meath and Westmeath is nearing completion and is due to open fully later in 2019.
The section along the Grand Canal Main Line in Kildare is at the planning stage with Kildare County Council.
Great progress has occurred on the Offaly Greenway in recent months, with the section from Edenderry to Pullough complete. Money has just been allocated for a new path from the Grand Canal at Ballycommon to the Royal Canal Greenway at Campbell’s Bridge, Kilbeggan and for the extension of the section from Pullough to the Lough Boora Discovery Park on the Grand Canal.
Recently launched by the Nav-Watch Group on the Royal Canal website, the Nav-Watch Survey allows you to record difficulties you come across while navigating the canals.
The objective is to “capture all of the navigational and maintenance issues encountered along the Grand, Royal and Barrow navigations. This list can then assist Waterways Ireland in their efforts to maintain these fantastic amenities in optimum condition.”
We recommend you also report the problems to Waterways Ireland, online at WI Contact
Submissions on the proposed Kildare Greenway are due on Wednesday January 16 2019 before 5 pm.
To submit your comments on-line, go to Kildare Grand Canal Submission Form where you can add your comments or upload a file.
The proposed Greenway, methodology and drawings can be viewed at Kildare Grand Greenway
Note: There are some items of concern for Boaters.
Reminder: The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 16nd January 2019.
Applications must now be made online. The application form and guidance notes can be viewed, and completed online at https://eventsprogramme.waterwaysireland.org . Terms and conditions apply.
Sharon Lavin, Head of Marketing and Communications with Waterways Ireland stated that “The Waterways Ireland Events Programme supports 100’s of community events. The new vision for the Event Programme will activate event organisers to consider how they can build in ongoing activity and sustained use of the waterways corridors into their event. Tourism & participation in recreation has a social and economic impact in waterfront communities, and events are a great way to engage communities with previously under-utilised waterways.”
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.