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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. 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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Photos from IWAI newry and portadown's post

A dull day by the canal… not true actually, no day by the canal could possibly be dull. Eamon Burke was spotted with grandson James gathering logs for the stove in the cottage but he disappeared before a video could be made…

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Photos from IWAI newry and portadown's post

Lough Shark / Acton Lake on fire at sunrise.

58 likes, 1 comments1 day ago

Work continues on the shores of Lough Shark/Acton Lake, even in the cold dark days of December.

23 likes, 3 comments6 days ago

Photos from IWAI newry and portadown's post

Something old, something new…

57 likes, 0 comments6 days ago

Photos from IWAI newry and portadown's post

Poyntzpass has a great history thanks to the local historical society based at Petty Sessions café.

53 likes, 3 comments1 week ago

Photos from IWAI newry and portadown's post

IWAI Newry and Portadown branch headquarters and some views of the Newry Canal and River Bann.

58 likes, 5 comments1 week 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.