Welcome to the website of the Newry & Portadown branch of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI). We have the longterm ambition of restoring the Newry canal and once again joining Carlingford Lough with Lough Neagh. The branch has already begun to conserve and restore the waterway with our regular work parties. Volunteers have been removing trees and vegetation from the lock chambers so that the still impressive craftsmanship and architecture can be better appreciated by the public. We have lobbied locally and nationally to have restoration of the canal placed on the political agenda. The branch has successfully applied for funding for projects to increase public awareness of the canal and to encourage the various waterside communities to become part of our cause.
Our future plans are to continue to lobby and campaign; to fund raise and apply for grants; to maintain and conserve the architecture and industrial heritage of the canal and to continue our voluntary groundwork. We are also lobbying for Waterways Ireland to take over the Newry to Portadown Canal as being the best way to have the canal re-opened
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Here’s a photo of Poyntz Bridge which passes over a canal – but which canal? A clue for you – it’s nowhere near Poyntzpass.
BATH-TUB 2012: Here’s a blast from the past – some of the rafts that entered the race in 2012 with Courtney’s restaurants being the eventual winners.
Thanks to N & P Branch members James and Eamonn, the grass paths at Canal Wood are freshly cut and ready for visitors. IWAI volunteers have been doing a great job in caring for the wood during the past few years. Why not rent a bike from Scarva Cycle Hire and pedal down to visit this beautiful Woodland Trust site on the towpath near Jerrettspass? Orange Tip butterflies and Damselflies are on the wing fight now.
Connor Sweeney has made a remarkable video of the entire length of the Newry – Lough Neagh Canal, from Bannfoot to Victoria Lock, and out into Carlingford Lough. It is a seamless production and a work of great beauty. Please watch, like, and SHARE. It gives a sense of the scale of the achievement of the men who build it between 1731-1742. A monument worth preserving and restoring. Thanks Connor. https://youtu.be/QGfnWX7S5-c
Steenson’s bridge, with its three arches, must be one of the finest of the early bridges on the canal. Our volunteers recently cleaned the bridge stone work and tidied the geology garden (photos1 &2). But photo 3 shows the true beauty and scale of the bridge after a major clean about 6 years ago.
The canal near Scarva is looking beautiful after our volunteers’ clearance work last winter and with the raised water level. Take your camera with you next time you go for a walk and see what you can capture.