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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Canal Wood, beside the towpath near Jerrettspass, will be full of bluebells next spring thanks to funding from the Live Here Love Here Small Grants scheme. We’re looking forward to inviting the public along to help plant 750 native bluebell bulbs in this lovely Woodland Trust site during the autumn.Keep watching our Facebook page for more details later in the year.
Nine Newry/Portadown navvies teamed up with the Lagan Branch IWAI for an excellent day out to Derry/Londonderry by train this week. Lunch was followed by a guided tour of the city walls and a visit to St. Columb’s Cathedral. As you can see, we were caught in a shower on the walls – a different type of inland waterway from the usual!
Here’s a problem giving us cause for concern. Newry/Portadown Branch member Pat took these photos of towpath subsidence just in front of our Visitor’s Centre at Acton Lake. The foundations of the fence posts are exposed now so be careful if you’re walking or cycling in this area.
Along the Newry Canal.
In spite of a wet morning there was a great number of visitors to the Sluice Keeper’s Cottage later in day. These ladies from The Chrysalis Walking Club enjoyed their day out.
From Guildford to Weybridge on the fully restored Wey Navigations, completed in 1653. It was built by a Royalist Engineer working under Oliver Cromwell during the Civil War, one of the most difficult periods of English history.