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  • Waterways Ireland look forward to celebrating Midlands Science Fest 2017
    Waterways Ireland look forward to celebrating Midlands Science Fest 2017

    Midlands Science Festival takes place this November from the 12th - 19th. The aim of the festival (which coincides with Science Week) is to increase awareness of the value of  Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in the midlands region amongst all age groups.

    As part of Science Week Waterways Ireland will host a series of Biodiversity workshops on the 16th of November in Daingean N.S., Co. Offaly focusing on the Grand Canal. The Grand Canal is said to one of Ireland's greatest engineering achievements, during these short workshops students explored the history of building the canal, the uses of the grand canal past and present and the wonderful wildlife that call the canal their home!

  • Nature's Web Magazine feature the River Shannon!
    Nature's Web Magazine feature the River Shannon!

    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 the River Shannon

    Click on the full newsletter HERE to find out fun facts about Ireland's longest river, the Shannon. You'll also find out about the Timeline of the Shannon Navigation and all about the navigation information and history of the River.

  • River Explorers Programme takes off in October!
    River Explorers Programme takes off in October!

    ​Waterways Ireland and Leave No Trace Ireland have been working in partnership to develop a new 'River Explorers' programme. This exciting one day programme aims to enable participants to become aware of the geographical location, leisure potential and biodiversity value of their local river, lake or canal. It will also introduce participants to Leave no Trace and provide opportunities to explore their own behaviour in the outdoors in an interactive, fun and educational manner.

    We are hosting a series of one day workshops along the Royal Canal at the 12th Lock Castleknock and Richmond Harbour, the Grand Canal at the 9th Lock Clondalkin and the Shannon-Erne Waterway in Ballyconnell. Each school group will take part in classroom based sessions in the morning followed by outdoors session in the afternoon at their local waterway. Both sessions are packed with interactive and hands on activities which will certainly keep students enthralled!

    Environmental expert, David Horkan, will deliver the programme to 17 primary school groups throughout October and November. Participants will discover the vast array of wildlife that call the inland waterways their home! Each group will learn how to identify some of the plants and trees along canal and river banks and come face to face with some mini beasts living in these ecosystems.

    We are really looking forward to what promises to be an excellent Education Programme!  

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