Welcome to the website of the Newry & Portadown branch of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI). We have the longterm ambition of restoring the Newry canal and once again joining Carlingford Lough with Lough Neagh. The branch has already begun to conserve and restore the waterway with our regular work parties. Volunteers have been removing trees and vegetation from the lock chambers so that the still impressive craftsmanship and architecture can be better appreciated by the public. In 2015 we manufactured and installed two sets of lock gates at Poyntzpass and near Scarva. We have lobbied locally and nationally to have restoration of the canal placed on the political agenda. The branch has successfully applied for funding for projects to increase public awareness of the canal and to encourage the various waterside communities to become part of our cause.
Our future plans are to continue to lobby and campaign; to fund raise and apply for grants; to maintain and conserve the architecture and industrial heritage of the canal and to continue our voluntary groundwork. We are also lobbying for Waterways Ireland to take over the Newry to Portadown Canal as being the best way to have the canal re-opened
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If there had been more foresight in the past, this is what the turning basin in Newry could have looked like. Not like it is now
Don’t forget. Your basin needs you !! Have your say tomorrow. Make sure yachts can still get to the Albert Basin.
Will the Albert Basin be next !!! If a low bridge is allowed there’ll be not so many boats in the Albert Basin. Then the “greater good” will state we need more carparking so we’ll fill in the Albert Basin just like these other ones were. Stop the thin end of the wedge.
We’re still continuing to tidy up the heritage on the Inland Canal while we struggle to keep the Ship Canal open for what it was built for. Ships!!!!
Keep access to the Albert Basin- If you can’t make it on 6 December. You can email or write too address below. Or use the link to the consultation form: https://www.infrastructure-ni.gov.uk/publications/newry-southern-relief-road-community-drop-sessions-feedback-form