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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EASTERN GREENWAY: sneak preview of phase 1 of the new path down the Newry Canal Middle Bank. Doesn’t it look sensational and there is funding in place to continue beyond this bridge over the weir right on down to Victoria Lock. Our dream of a Newry Canal Blueway comes one step closer as there are plans to put in canoe launching facilities. The Greenway will eventually link up with the Omeath to Carlingford path. Starting in Portadown this will make more than 30 miles of traffic free towpath/waterside cycling. Brilliant!!!
The branch were in the St. Patrick’s day parade in Newry again this year, A bit wet, but a great way to showcase the IWAI and help add a bit to a great cross community event.
Mullingar to Athlone: The Royal Canal and the River Shannon.
POYNTZPASS CLEARWAY: winter floods had deposited a lot of stones at the end of the Ball-alley stream in Poyntzpass and they were blocking the channel which we hope will be used by many canoes again this season. George offered the use of his little digger to clear them and what a super job he made. Just add water now
Spring is on the way…
More like Spring along the canal.