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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.  In 2015 we manufactured and installed two sets of lock gates at Poyntzpass and near Scarva. 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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Don’t forget about this great charity event.

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The Navvies met Joe Mahon during the week for some filming along the summit of the canal. Joe’s making a series about Norn Iron’s civil engineering giants and the Newry canal surely meets that target being the oldest canal in the UK and Ireland. We had great fun working with the Lesser Spotted Giant himself and look forward to seeing the programme next year.

79 likes, 5 comments5 days ago

Photos from IWAI newry and portadown's post

It’s worth being at the IWAI Newry and Portadown cottage at Lough Shark/Acton Lake at dawn. The views are breathtaking.

54 likes, 3 comments1 week ago

Timeline Photos

More on Henry Barcroft and his propellors. His son, Joseph, was a eminent physiologist. The propellors weren’t a great success. The Barcrofts were one of Newry’s most talented families.

10 likes, 1 comments1 week ago

Timeline Photos

This is the barge ‘Ulster’- to the right of the photo is the middle bank in Newry where the bus station now stands. There’s no prizes for correct answer but can you name the type of propellers on the barge?

38 likes, 8 comments1 week ago

Photos from IWAI newry and portadown's post

Remember this? Himalayan Balsam towering over the towpath near Moneypenny’s Lock last summer. This pernicious foreign weed smothers native flowers and shades out the grass. It dies down completely in the winter leaving the canal banks bare and subject to erosion. All those leaves and stalks go into the water, rotting down and forming choking silt. Let’s hope that action will be taken soon to halt the spread of this invader.

37 likes, 1 comments2 weeks ago

Newry Canal Towpath Tour

Now available to download to a phone or tablet. You can also view the tour immediately on a webpage. Click the phone app image below.