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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GOING GREENER: IWAI Newry & Portadown are proud to report that our proposal to ditch single use plastic at IWAI events and activities has been endorsed by the entire association. Branch secretary Brian and treasurer Peter brought the proposal to the last IWAI Council where it was unanimously adopted. And did you know you can get fully compostable (brown bin) single use cups etc from Down2Earth Materials. Go on ditch the blue and go green
More signs of Spring.
Signs of Spring.
Spotted this morning! The knowledgeable Joe Devlin and his enthusiastic group of ornithologists enjoying the views across Acton Lake. Despite the unseasonable temperatures, willow warblers and chiffchaffs have migrated back to the canal corridor to begin their breeding cycle. Swallows were also spotted skimming the lake on Tuesday. Surely warm spring days are on the way…
Here’s a sight that would have been familiar to everyone who lived and worked along the Newry Canal in days gone by. There are still some horse-drawn barges on the English canal network – this one was photographed on the Leeds Liverpool Canal a couple of years ago. It explains why trees were never allowed to become established on the bank between the canal and the towpath!
There’s some great information for walkers on the WalkNI site. It’s worth visiting our app as well. http://www.walkni.com/walks/13/newry-canal-way