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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Belfast City Hall, Tuesday evening – the Live Here, Love Here Community Awards ceremony was a glittering occasion. Compere Joe Mahon, a great supporter of the Newry Canal, kept the show rolling along as sixteen awards were presented to groups and individuals from across Northern Ireland. Many thanks to the organisers and sponsors for a wonderful evening.
On Tuesday 12 February Bruce and Heather Crawford, Conor and Michael O Loughlin, George Beattie, and Brian Cunningham attended the ‘Live Here- Live Here Awards’ and we’re happy to announce that we won the Litter Heroes Award. See link to ‘Live Here – Love Here Announcement’. Bruce, our Chair, accepted the award on behalf of the Branch. More to follow.
Our monthly Branch meeting on Monday evening took place in the cosy surroundings of the Park Inn in Scarva. Well worth a visit if you find yourself in the village during the evening or at weekends.The meeting ended with an illustrated talk which took us back to a spectacular event the branch organised in June 2014. Take a look at our wonderful canal in operation.
Just in case you haven’t been in the Moneypenny’s Lock area recently, the towpath has been opened again with the contractor taking just over a week to carry out major repairs.