A selection of books and maps (not for navigation) related to the Irish Inland Waterways

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    A guide to the wide variety flora and fauna along our canals. Written by Brigid Johnston and Marie Dromey for Duchas - The Heritage Service a number of years ago, this 48 page book will appeal to adults and children alike.
  • Published by IWAI Athlone Branch in 1979 to celebrate the first 25 years of the Athlone Branch. Contains information about the history of the branch up to that point, the events that took place and other information. The book contains many interesting photos of people, vessels and events from the period. Paperback, 72 pages, black & white, 240x180x5mm. These books are unused but have been in storage for many years and so are not in perfect condition.
  • Historic Killaloe - A Guide to its Antiquities by Sean Kierse.  First published 1983, this edition 2001. A short guide to the built heritage of the Historic Town of Killaloe and it's environs including St Flannan's Cathederal, Kincora and the Graves of the Leinstermen. 46 Pages, Fully illustrated in B&W with colour cover.  210 x 146 x 3mm.
  • Sixty years old this year, the first meeting of the IWAI in 1954 attracted some 200 like minded people who had the foresight to come together with the shared aims of promoting traffic on the rivers and canals, opposing any obstructions and campaigning for the conservation and preservation of a working navigation. Today the IWAI boasts a membership of around 3,500 who carry on the work of their predecessors. The commitment of each and every member of the Association has seen the achievement of many great feats and overcome many challenges which has ensured that boats can still enjoy free access on the inland waterways from Limerick to Beleek and further afield. This book is a marvelous insight into the Association and a formal record of its sixty year history and is a must have for anyone with an interest in Ireland's wonderful inland waterways. Hard Cover 188p
  • Driftwood: From the Shannon to the Marne - By Harry Sheehy This is the wonderful adventure story of a boat called Driftwood. It's not a trip to the North Pole or a climb to the peak of Mount Everest. This is the every man's adventure. It is within the of all of us to go on a voyage of this kind and it is that fact that makes Driftwood such a compelling read. After spending three years planning this trip the author grabs the bull by the horns and with no real idea what he is doing he points the sharp end of his boat out into the Atlantic Ocean. Some days things go well and some days they don't but every day is an adventure. The story is told with humor and with humility The crew of Driftwood have to grapple with bad weather, engine trouble as well as the occasional bad pint of Guinness. After crossing the Celtic Sea and the Channel they enter the French Inland Waterways and the true adventure really begins. Harry describes the characters he met along the way in his own gripping style.
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    By Brian J. Goggin. The Royal Under the Railway tells the story of a number of remarkable features of Ireland's Royal Canal including a 120ft long steam-powered narrow-boat, canal boats in on-board stabling, a floating bridge and a fleet of iron cattle-carrying boats with doors in their sides. Ireland has two canals connecting Dublin to the river Shannon. The more northerly, the Royal Canal, was much less successful than its rival the Grand Canal, and was bought by the Midland Great Western Railway in 1845. It remained open, with declining traffic for another 100 years; it closed in 1961 but reopened as a recreational waterway in 2010. This book draws on online archives and information resources to supplement existing histories of the Royal Canal. It provides new information about engineering works, canal carrying and a surprising source of finance. 72pages, Paperback, B&W with colour covers, 235x156x5mm About the author: B J Goggin spent some years as Honorary Editor of Inland Waterways News, the quarterly magazine of IWAI. He then began research on steamer traffic on the river Shannon from the 1820s to the 1850s; he thinks that the end is now in sight. He maintains an extensive ad-free website at https://irishwaterwayshistory.com with historical articles and comment on current waterways issues. Brian and his wife Anne own a converted 100-year-old former tug-barge, the "Knocknagow", which takes up their leisure time and much of their income.
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    - Ruth Delany The Grand Canal of Ireland, Second edition, Office of Public Works and Lilliput Press, 1995. First edition published by David and Charles, 1973. This classic book provides an incomparable picture of a great canal over two and a quarter centuries. The book is well researched and draws together material from many historic documents.  
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    EAST OF IRELAND WALKS - ON RIVER AND CANAL - A Walking Guide by Lenny Antonelli. Like secret highways, Ireland's rivers and canals wind their way through undiscovered parts of the country that are rich in wildlife, history and folklore. Walking our little used waterside trails reveals hidden threads of wilderness through rural and urban Ireland, rich in flora and fauna, and uncovers remnants of a time when life in Ireland revolved around its waterways rather than its roads. This guide introduces some of the best river and canal trails in Leinster, from short strolls to long day-hikes, and one multi-day trek. It features deep wooded valleys in Wicklow, the big rivers of the south-east, old canals that criss-cross the midlands, and suburban rivers in Dublin. With an eye out for wildlife, the author describes these walking routes by Ireland's rivers and Canal, while recounting local history and offering practical advice for walkers. Whether you are new to hiking in Ireland or an experienced walker, these new and less-trodden paths will bring you to places of unexpected beauty. 128 Pages. Paperback. Full colour. 198x127x8mm
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    A guide like no other: In 2014, the author, who hadn't been on a bike in 30 years, resolved to cycle 180km in a single day.  To insure against permanent bodily harm, he began training "along the banks of the Royal Canal", the Irish inland waterway made famous by Brendan Behan's song "The Auld Triangle" In addition to a path to fitness he found a window into Ireland's history, heart and soul. He also just happened upon what will become one of Europe's finest greenay CYCLING trails.  Now you too can Journey down the canal with this excellent guide covering all the travel necessities as well as answering some truly offbeat questions (What's a squib and why do we care if it's damp?) Include route guides, maps, photos of major landmarks and references food and lodging for the Royal Canal Way. 247 pages, full colour, paperback.  240x170x15mm
  • The Motor Yacht Club of Ireland by Vincent Delany describes motor boating in Ireland 1907-1935 including the arrival of outboard engines n Ireland, the Tailteann Games 1924 with inboard engines and 1928 with inboard and outboard engines and the arrival of hydroplane racing in Ireland. It describes events in Kingstown, Pembroke, Clontarf, Waterford, Cork Harbour, Belfast Lough, River Bann, Loughs Boderg, Bofin, Forbes, Ree and Tarmonbarry. The book is modest in size but carries historic photographs of the people and vessels. Paperback, 48 pages with many photographs.  229 x 153 x 5mm.