News & Events

News & Events
  • 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!  

  • 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!