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  • Waterways Ireland feature in the latest issue of Nature's Web!
    Waterways Ireland feature in the latest issue of Nature's Web!

    ​We are delighted to feature in the latest issue of Natures Web!

    Nature's Web is an exciting newsletter for children, featuring news, games and stories about nature and the environment. This month's Special Feature is Ireland's Waterways.

    Click on the full newsletter here to find out fun facts about Ireland's Inland Waterways, Locks and Bridges as well as some of the work of our fantastic Lock keepers. You can also read all about a day in the life of our Environment and Heritage Officer, Cormac!

  • Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017
    Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017

     

    Waterways Ireland celebrates Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017!

    Waterways Ireland took part in Seachtain na Gaeilge for the 3rd consecutive yeart by offering free school tours ás gaeilge  of the Grand Canal Basin in Dublin's Docklands on March 10th. Gaeilgeoir Cormac MacCashin led the tours enthralling school groups with his knowledge of the Grand Canal. 

    Seachtain Na Gaeilge is an international Irish language festival and one of the biggest celebrations of our native language and culture. It takes place each year in Ireland and in many other countries.

    School groups from Griffeen Valley ETNS in Lucan toured the docks as part of this International Irish Language Festival. From hearing about the waterways in the past to the biodiversity of the canal ecosystem, how a Lock operates and why we have them as well as an exciting treasure hunt, each group received an eclectic mix of stories throughout their tours.

    Both groups were full of questions and the event caught the attention of some passers-by who stopped to listen to the energetic conversation ás gaeilge!


     

  • Engineers Week 2017
    Engineers Week 2017

    Waterways Ireland brings the Future of Engineering to you during Engineers Week 2017!

    Engineers Week at Waterways Ireland was a great success again this year! A series of free site visits and workshops were on offer to primary and post primary school students at Headquarters in Enniskillen, at Monasterevin Lock and Lifting Bridge in Kildare and Portumna Bridge in Galway. Demand was extremely high with in excess of 330 students participating.

    Led by our Engineering teams, students got the opportunity to see a unique swing bridge in operation in Portumna and learn a little bit about the automated mechanisms required to make this happen. They took part in engineering based workshops in Enniskillen and learned about lifting bridge and Lock operation in Monasterevin!

    Engineers Week took place from 4th to 10th March and is a programme of nationwide events with the aim of celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland. The theme for 2017 was 'Engineering Our Future' – aimed at igniting the imaginations of the next generation of engineers.

    Feedback from schools has been very positive with many expressing interest in attending future educational events hosted by Waterways Ireland. A number of students have stated they wanted to become Engineers in the future – so the event has inspired the next generation!

    Engineers Week is coordinated by Engineers Ireland and is a platform to highlight engineering as a career and recognise the importance of the continually evolving engineering profession. The event is an ideal opportunity to showcase the positive contribution made by Waterways Ireland to local communities. There are a range of engineering professionals including civil and mechanical engineers and technicians working within Waterways Ireland. The projects carried out on all seven navigations managed by the organisation are wide and varied. Projects include navigation operation, maintenance and development, structural design, project management, fleet management, development and maintenance of electro-hydraulically operated lock gates and accompanying smart card system and much more.

    Each year Waterways Ireland Engineers share their expertise by leading hands on workshops, giving presentations and hosting site visits with local school groups which always prove extremely popular, booking up well in advance.

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