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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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Building lock gates

Our nomination for Heritage Angels NI is in the category Best Rescue, Recording and Interpretation of a historic place. Here’s a recording of The Bus Pass Boys building the lock gates to re-water the summit from Poyntzpass to Terryhoogan in 2015 from Jennings Motion Pictures. One of the welders on this video is Patrick Watson who recently won a Local Hero award from Live Here Love Here. Please vote for us on Live Here Love Here Poyntzpass & District Local History Society Ulster Architectural Heritage Society Love Heritage NI

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Photos from IWAI newry and portadown's post

In the run up to the Heritage Angel NI Awards we’re going to blow our own celestial trumpet a wee bit and remind everyone of the work we are being recognised for. We are shortlisted in the Best Rescue, Recording and Interpretation of a historic place. So here’s some photos of our Rescue of Campbell’s Lock, Terryhoogan. From overgrown and derelict to a 4 mile stretch of canoe-able water. Please vote for us on Ulster Architectural Heritage Society Mourne and Down Paddlers – MAD Paddlers Banbridge Kayak and Canoe Club Newry and Mourne Sea-kayaking and Canoe Club Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council Love Heritage NI

78 likes, 3 comments3 days ago

Heritage Angel Nomination

We’re very proud to be able to announce that the branch has reached the final shortlist for the Heritage Angel awards – yippee!!! We are in the category: Best Rescue, Recording or Interpretation of a Historic Place. This video was taken to give people an idea of what we do as the public can vote for their favourite entrant. You know what’s coming next :-) VOTE FOR IWAI NEWRY & PORTADOWN!! ‘New life for the old canal!’ Please share and follow the link to vote. Voting closing on 27th October. We really appreciate your support and thank you in advance for your vote. Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council Banbridge Area News Ring Of Gullion AONB Ulster Architectural Heritage Society

93 likes, 22 comments6 days ago

Photos from IWAI newry and portadown's post

One of many good things about being a member of the Newry/Portadown branch of IWAI is having free access to the Southern Health Trust bicycles at Scarva. Three of our trained cycle leaders have been guiding branch members along the towpath on Tuesdays for several years. Take a look at our expedition this morning…

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Photos from IWAI newry and portadown's post

CONGRATULATIIONS PAT! Branch Officers accompanied Local Hero nominee Pat Watson and his wife Loretta to a dinner at Stormont yesterday evening to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Coast Care Awards. Hosted by Live Here Love Here in partnership with Coca Cola HBC Ireland & Northern Ireland, the annual event highlights the work of volunteer groups committed to improving the marine and inland waterway environments. To our delight, Pat received the Local Hero award for outstanding individual commitment to the Newry Canal corridor. He follows in the footsteps of another Branch member and great friend, Eamonn Burke who achieved the same accolade in 2013.

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Photos from IWAI newry and portadown's post

October reflections.

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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.