Planning your Green & Silver route in 2019 – WI Notices

The following WI 2019 Marine notices cover boat passages in and out of Dublin, Newcomen Bridge lift times and problems on the Royal Canal. 


MARINE NOTICE No 14 of 2019

Waterways Ireland wish to remind masters and owners of boat passage arrangements in or out of Dublin on the Royal & Grand Canals in 2019. Movements in or out of the city will be organised by prior arrangement to take place as a single movement in one day. Boaters will be facilitated to travel the system if their passage is considered to be safe by Waterways Ireland and they have the valid permit(s) for mooring and passage.

In order to plan the necessary lock assistance for movements east of Lock 12 on either canal, Masters are requested to contact the Waterways Ireland Eastern Regional Office (M-F 9.30am-4.30pm) on Tel: ++353-(0)1-868-0148 or email prior to making passage. At time of making contact please advise the following details:

– Length, beam, water & air drafts of your craft (provide approximates if don’t have exact dimensions)
– Phone / email contact details
– Permit number and expiry date of current canal permit

On the Grand Canal a minimum of two days’ notice prior to planned passage must be given and, with the exception of pre-arranged events, a maximum of 2 boats per day will be taken through the locks, travelling either East or West. In certain circumstances, e.g. for slower or larger barges, the limit will be 1 boat per day. Due to periodic anti-social activity along some of canal route into Dublin, boat passage will also not be possible in certain weather conditions and at weekends over the late spring & summer period. This can be planned for at time of making contact, and suitable arrangements for passage made.

On the Royal Canal, two weeks’ notice of bridge passage (Newcomen Lifting Bridge) is required for the pre-set lift date, and lock assistance will then also be arranged. A minimum of 2 boats is required for a bridge lift to go ahead. The pre-set lift dates are set out in Marine Notice 13 of 2019.

Masters and owners are also reminded to ensure that they have the following before making the passage through the city locks on both canals. Waterways Ireland reserves the right to postpone passage to another day if all of these are not in place.

– adequate fuel on board
– competent and adequate crew to operate the boat and locks (minimum crew of 3)
– a lock key on board their boat
– mooring lines of adequate length to handle vessel through a lock (approx.15m length)
– no known mechanical problems with their boat

Passages can only be arranged in the boating season from mid-March to end of October. Also note that aquatic weed is generally more prevalent as the season progresses beyond Spring and may hamper passage. Boaters will be facilitated as far as practicable although Waterways Ireland cannot guarantee that passage will be possible on every planned date. Early contact will greatly assist planning and facilitate the making of the necessary arrangements.

Patrick Harkin
Inspector of Navigation
19 Feb 2019


MARINE NOTICE No 13 of 2019

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that the provisional schedule of bridge lift dates 2019 for Newcomen Bridge, Royal Canal, Dublin is as follows:

Thursday 25th April 11am-1pm
Sunday 5th May 9am-1pm
Saturday 1st June 9am-1pm
Tuesday 25th June 11am-1pm
Thursday 25th July 11am-1pm
Thursday 22nd August 11am-1pm
Tuesday 8th October 11am-1pm


1. Arrangements have been made for Iarnród Éireann to open the bridge on the above dates / times, if there is demand.

2. Waterways Ireland Eastern Regional Office (Tel: +353(0)1 868 0148 or ) require 2 weeks’ notice from boaters for use of these lifts. Should there not be a demand (min 2 boats) for a particular date, Iarnród Éireann will be notified by WI that the scheduled lift is cancelled.

3. A maximum number of boats passing will be implemented to keep to the times given above for the planned lifts (16 for the Sat / Sun lifts & 8 for the weekday lifts). Priority will be given on a first come first served basis.

4. On day of lift, boaters and passengers must follow guidance from Waterways Ireland staff about sequence of passage under bridge & through Lock 1, and must remain within signed and designated areas.

Patrick Harkin
Inspector of Navigation
19 Feb 2019


MARINE NOTICE No.15 of 2019

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and users of the Royal Canal that due to unprecedented dry weather conditions and low rainfall levels and subsequent low levels in Lough Owel, we cannot guarantee navigation water levels on certain sections of the Royal Canal particularly the summit level and adjacent levels.

Masters should contact the local Water Patroller prior to any planned journey.

Waterways Ireland thanks it customers for their cooperation in this matter and apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Patrick Harkin
Inspector of Navigation
Tel: 353 90 6494232
18 Feb 2019