News & Events

News & Events
  • Upcoming events during April & May!
    Upcoming events during April & May!

    The River Explorers Programme, Waterways Ireland and Leave No Trace Ireland have teamed up once again to deliver the '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 the Leave no Trace principles and provides opportunities to explore their own behaviour in the outdoors in an interactive, fun and educational manner. Dates are to be confirmed but the programme is planned to run during late April and Early May 2020.

    National Biodiversity Week takes place each year during May. The aim of the programme is to connect people with nature and show the fun and wonder that can be found outside. Waterways Ireland runs a series of tailored workshops aimed to showcase the important biodiversity value a local waterway has to offer and motivate participants to play their part in protecting it.

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

  • Engineers Week 2020
    Engineers Week 2020

    ​Our hugely popular Engineers Week events ran during the first week of March with a series of activities taking place across the waterways. Engineering teams led the activities on the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal, the Erne, the North Shannon, the Lower Bann and the Barrow. From lock gate construction and replacement, lifting bridges to aqueducts and lock operation, interactive presentations to hands on engineering based workshops…. There was something for everybody!

    These activities allow students to discover the world of engineering and to participate in hands-on activities showcasing the skills and expertise required in this field and hopefully inspire the next generation. We were delighted to support the event again this year with Engineers Ireland @engineersireland #EngineersWeek #STEPS

  • NI Science Festival 2020
    NI Science Festival 2020

    ​Northern Ireland Science Festival 2020 runs from the 13th- 23rd February. Waterways Ireland was delighted to be part of the event once again this year! Schools took part in our 'Waterways Wildlife Wonders' workshops at our HQ in Enniskillen and at the Lock Keepers Cottage in Toome. We teamed up with Educational ecologist Billy Flynn, Source to Tap and the RSPB to deliver the workshops, which explored some of the living things found in and along Lough Erne and the Toome Canal. The focus of the workshops was discovery, with groups working together to identify some aquatic creatures, learn to identify some plants and trees and get familiar with some birdsongs and calls. Check out the Northern Ireland Science Festival website to find out more about the event!

  • Celebrating Science Week 2019!
    Celebrating Science Week 2019!

    Science Week 2019 – took place 10th – 16th November 2019. Our Education team partnered with Midland Science Festival and the Irish Peatland Conservation Council to deliver a series of biodiversity workshops as part of Science Week. The workshops were rolled out to 166 primary school children form 5 midlands schools in conjunction with Portlaoise and Edenderry Libraries. This event introduced science and the world around us in an informative but also fun and interesting way. Students had the opportunity to learn and discuss the journey rivers take from source to sea and compare this with the man-made structure of the Grand Canal. As these two features within the Irish landscape pass through our towns and villages the workshops then turned its focus on the variety of wildlife that call these waterbodies their home. The young people taking part had an opportunity to experience life from beneath the water surface with a live freshwater invertebrate identification session. The event provided a great example of how WI strives to be actively engaged in the communities where we operate while promoting the importance of science education to local young people.

  • Bugs & Beasties Halloween Workshop 2019!!
    Bugs & Beasties Halloween Workshop 2019!!

    ​Waterways Ireland along with Source to Tap hosted our "Bugs and Beasties" Halloween workshops at our HQ in Enniskillen last week.

    The workshops brought to life the vast array of species which can be found along our waterways from animals and plants to mini-beasts. Six schools from Fermanagh took part in the workshops on Thursday 24th & Friday 25th October last. Each group learned about the importance of biodiversity and fully functioning ecosystems and discussed the relationships between organisms within food webs. The schools children also got the opportunity to get hands on with a pond dipping exercise and were challenged to identify the various species they found! Feedback from schools who took part in the workshops has been very positive. Both students and teachers were full of questions and eager to impart their local knowledge about their local waterway.

    Happy Halloween everybody!

  • LELP & Share Centre Schools Convention
    LELP & Share Centre Schools Convention

    ​Waterways Ireland was delighted to be part of the schools convention at Share Discovery Village as part of their LELP project in September. The aim of the convention was to provide primary schools pupils with a unique opportunity to learn and participate in the natural and built heritage of Upper Lough Erne, to develop skills and to learn how to conserve and be a part of their natural environment.

    Over 350 local children from 15 schools, mainly in Primary 6, had the opportunity to spend half of the day out canoeing on the lough with Share Discovery Village and Erne Paddlers and the other half of the day was spent attending nature based educational workshops with specialist organisations.

    The event was a great opportunity to network with other organisations who work with schools throughout Fermanagh including: the RSPB, Fermanagh Beekeepers Association, Butterfly Conservation, Bug Life, Source to Tap, Marble Arch Global Geopark and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.