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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We had an excellent turnout today for our AGM at the Sluicekeeper’s cottage. We are pleased to report that Paul McKeown was re-elected as Vice Chairman, Brian Cunningham as Hon. Secretary and Peter Maxwell as Hon. Treasurer. After two years of exceptional service, Tom Johnston has stood down as Chairman and Bruce Crawford was unanimously elected to serve as Chairman for 2019. After the customary festive refreshments, we were entertained with a fascinating talk by Brendan O’Neill on the Red Star ferry service across Carlingford Lough.
Last week’s heavy rain has had a catastrophic effect on the rubble wall at the Newry end of lock 5. It was to have been pinned and stabilized but the weather got there first and half of it has collapsed. It shows just what a precarious state some of the canal structures are in. We’re doing all we can to preserve the Newry Canal for future generations, but we need more help. Please join us! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact details and we’ll get back to you. Help spread the word by liking and sharing this post.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT Imagine an empty basin – never seeing ships like these in the Albert Basin That’s why you must support a 35 metre clearance for tall ships. The NSRR could deny access to ships such as this. See, in the top post, what you can do to help our campaign.
CALLING ALL OUR FACEBOOK FRIENDS- Ship access to the Albert Basin must be maintained. The local branch of the IWAI intend using public and media pressure to ensure that the NSRR allows navigational access to the Albert basin. It is imperative that this major objective, as outlined by the NMDD Council in 2008, is fulfilled. That is – navigational access for tall ships with a mast height of 35 metres. PLEASE CALL to this drop-in session and ask if access for masts of this height is planned. If not, fill in a consultation form insisting on 35 metre access.
Late Autumn and the canal is in spate at Moneypenny’s Lock. Signs of flooding in some of the fields near the canal.
NEW DONATE BUTTON. Read on for more info. Volunteers are the lifeblood of every community group and we are very proud of the commitment shown by our members and their passion for canal restoration work. We’re always keen to welcome new members to our merry band. We also know that people are busy and have personal commitments that prevent them from joining our work parties. We now have a donate button on our page so you can make a financial contribution to our restoration campaign. We need funds for volunteer support, training and workparty running costs like fuel for the machinery and food for the hungry navvies. Either hit the “Donate” button on our page or click https://www.iwai.ie/newry/donations/ Both take you to the same place. Your encouragement is very important to us and we want to thank everone who reads our page and supports our aims.