Canal Greenways – progress Jan

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. 

Irish Tourism awards 2019 – bargetrip

IWAI Kildare are delighted to hear that Carolina and Ger of in Sallins, are one of five finalists in the 2019 Ireland Tourism Best Irish Ancient East Tourism experience. 

Congratulations to all at

Barge trips on Grand Canal available from Sallins in Co Kildare


The Roisin Dubh Flotel – accomodation on Grand Canal, Sallins

Nav-Watch Survey launched – Jan

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

WI Events Programme 2019

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 . 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.”


Christmas Walk 2018 – Corbally – Dec 28

Seasons Greetings to all friends and members of IWAI Kildare

Corbally Line by P Keogh

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

Distance:  4km

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.

  Lock 13 Sallins © James Lawless

Know your boat course – Nov 10


Know your Boat​​ Course​​ 2018


An Offaly IWAI​​ 


​​ ​​ Learning Event


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

  • Mechanics & Winterisation Course - €60​​ IWAI members, €70​​ non IWAI members

  • Electrics Course - €60​​ IWAI members, €70​​ non IWAI members

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 2018 – Oct 26 to 29

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IWAI​​ Kildare​​ 

Naas Canal Festival​​ 27th​​ 29th​​ October​​ 2018



Saturday 27th​​ 

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



Sunday​​ 30th​​ 

Naas harbour & KYS building

11am​​ – 12:30pm

Coffee Morning​​ 

12:30pm – 1pm

Safety Events

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​​ 



Monday​​ 29th​​ 

Naas to onward destinations

From early

Boats leave at their own pace. Note: boats travelling west must be clear of locks 16, 17 & 18 on Monday 29th​​ 


Kildare CIC on the Shannon – Aug

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 weed – July

Grand Canal – July 2018

Our understanding:

  • the weed is undergoing unprecedented rampant growth (native weed, not invasive)
  • it has grown so thick, it has formed dams in places, resulting in low water levels 
  • when the weed-cutters created a channel down the middle, the water levels went back up

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

Shannon Harbour Gathering – Canal Boat Rally No 47 – Jun 15-17

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.

Shannon Harbour Rally by C Nolan

May dates for your Diary – 2018

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

Heritage Bill 2016 – Committee Stage – Apr 25

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.    



Mullingar Small Boat Rally – Apr 14 to 15

Saturday 14

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

Sunday 15

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.

Memories - IWAI Kildare Mullingar Harbour © Conor Nolan

Memories – IWAI Kildare Mullingar Harbour 2012 © Conor Nolan