News & Events

News & Events
  • Upcoming Events in Spring 2018!
    Upcoming Events in Spring 2018!

    ​Spring 2018 is off to a flying start with lots of events taking place at Waterways Ireland!

    Northern Ireland Science Festival runs from 15th - 25th February and our 'Waterways Wildlife Wonders' day takes place on Friday 23rd February as part of this event. Educational ecologist Billy Flynn who will be introducing participants to some of the living things found in the wild meadow at our Headquarters in Enniskillen. The focus will be on discovery so groups will work together to identify some aquatic creatures, learn to identify at least 3 plants found within the meadow and get familiar with some birdsongs and calls. Workshops are most suited to Key Stage 2 students.

    Engineers Week takes place from 24th February - 2nd March. Waterays Ireland is delighted to take part in this popular nationwide event once again in 2018. Plans are afoot to host site visits and workshops across the waterways with engineering teams from the Erne and Shannon-Erne already on board ignite the imaginations of the next generation of engineers! Be sure to contact our Education Officer, Manus Tiernan, at if you would like to get involved.

    Seachtain na Gailge runs from 1st - 17th March. This international Irish language festival and one of the biggest celebrations of our native language and culture. Waterways Ireland plans to take part in the event by offering fee school tours ás gaeilge from our Visitor Centre in March. Gaeilgeoir Cormac MacCashin will lead tours around Grand Canal Quay enthralling school groups with his knowledge of the Grand Canal.

    For more information on any of these events, to get involved or make a booking, please contact


  • Waterways Ireland takes part in Midlands Science Fest 2017!
    Waterways Ireland takes part in Midlands Science Fest 2017!

    We were delighted to participate in this year's Midlands Science Festival which took place as part of Science Week 2017 in November. The event is a fantastic opportunity to promote science subjects within Midlands schools and to reach young children at an early age. This year we had the pleasure of visiting Daingean National School to provide a series of workshops all about the Grand Canal; one of Ireland's greatest engineering achievements.

    Pupils were introduced to the rich biodiversity of the canal and met some of the mini beasts who call the canal their home! They also had the opportunity to explore the history of the Grand Canal and the uses of the canal past and present. The festival provides ideal activities and events to enable schools to learn about science and in this case also about heritage in a fun and interesting way.

  • 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.

  • Our Island Explorers set sail for Devenish Island on Lough Erne
    Our Island Explorers set sail for Devenish Island on Lough Erne

    ​We were delighted to welcome our newest Island Explorers from St. Ronans P.S., Lisnaskea and St. Paul's P.S., Ivinestown, to Devenish Island this September. The Island Explorers Programme was free of charge and took students out to the iconic Devenish Island on Lough Erne where they had the opportunity to participate in rowing, biodiversity and heritage workshops.

    Row the Erne's Olivia Cosgrove and crew introduced the students to teamwork, teaching them rowing techniques and all about the history of the Currach, a traditional Lough Erne boat. At 33 foot long, they all quickly learned they had to work together to manoevre the boat to the Island!

    Once on the island Ecologist, Billy Flynn, delved into the biodiversity of the ancient landscape. He used illustrated guides to let the students explore the monastic island for themselves, discovering species, finding out where they live and why. After learning all about the biodiversity Historians, Seamus McCanny and John Cunningham, took them through over 1,000 years of history, giving them a tour of the 6th century monastic site including the ruins of St Molaise's House, St Mary's Priory and the Great Church.

    They even got a pit stop for lunch before heading back home! A massive thank you and well done to all our new Island Explorers, we look forward to seeing you out and about on our Waterways in the future. If you would like to learn more about the Island Explorers Programme or similar programmes please email

  • Our new Lakeland Explorers Booklet is now available!
    Our new Lakeland Explorers Booklet is now available!

    ​Our brand new Lakeland Explorers booklet it now available as a resource here. This fantastic publication offers a first step to discovering Ireland's Lakelands. 

    Full to the brim with fun facts on the history of the waterways and the wildlife who call it their home this book also offers loads of fun games and activies for students to complete whether from the comfort of their living room or in a classroom.

    You'll also learn about engineering, hidden histories and get given more than enough information to start planning your next adventure!

  • Biodiversity Week 2017
    Biodiversity Week 2017

    National Biodiversity Week is all about connecting people with nature and showing the fun and wonder that can be found outside. To celebrate the event this year, Waterways Ireland together with IPCC (Irish Peatland Conservation Council) ran a series of biodiversity workshops along the Grand Canal in Monasterevin.

    Students and teachers from St. John's NS in Monasterevin met Nuala Madigan from IPCC and our Education Office Manus Tiernan to discover the vast array of wildlife that call the canal their home. Each group made their own leaf dials in the classroom before taking a walk along the towpath where they learned how to identity the trees along the canal banks. They also made colour dabs to investigate all the vibrant colours of the canal and even came face to face with some mini beasts!

    Feedback from this schools expedition along the canal has been very positive. Both students and teachers were full of questions and eager to impart their local knowledge about the canal. Everybody had a fantastic day exploring the biodiversity of the Grand Canal in Monasterevin!