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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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Our Visitor Centre at Acton Lake opened for the summer season today and the weather couldn’t have been better for us.Lots of walkers and cyclists were enjoying balmy conditions on the towpath so we had plenty of visitors. As you can see, our Canal Race board game is proving a hit with the youngsters again this year! When volunteers are available we hope to be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm throughout the summer.

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IWAI newry and portadown

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Photos from IWAI newry and portadown's post

Our Branch chairman has been passing on his Boyne curragh building skills to the next generation. Jake is a regular volunteer at our canal workparties and has been beavering away for many weeks constructing his own hide covered boat. It’s nearly finished and it won’t be long before “sea” trials begin on the canal. Take a look at progress so far.

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Photos from IWAI newry and portadown's post

Spring flowers in Canal Wood.

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Photos from IWAI newry and portadown's post

A great day’s work done yesterday near Carnbane. A tree across the Canal removed, all the brash gathered and chipped. Then the leaf blower to tidy up the towpath. We have a great bunch of volunteers. Why not come and join us?

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For all you canoeists out there. If you’re thinking of visiting Moneypenny’s Lock via the Bann from Portadown, now’s your chance. The Cut from Point of Whitecoat looks clear at the moment but it won’t be long before it’s choked with weeds again. There are canoe steps at Moneypenny’s and places to have a picnic (and litter bins!)

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Newry Canal Towpath Tour

Now available to download to a phone or tablet. You can also view the tour immediately on a webpage. Click the phone app image below.