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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Great job! Well done ABC Council for forging ahead and repairing Moneypenny’s Lock. Congratulations to the engineers, Seeley Consulting, for their design and management of the project and to the contractor, A.G. Wilson Ltd, for their excellent work on site. Thank you everyone who visits our Facebook page – it’s fantastic to have your encouragement and enthusiasm. Keep in touch! Other exciting developments are anticipated along the waterway soon. There’s life in the old canal yet….
It was great to see Carla Lockhart MLA at the Newry Canal yesterday evening taking a keen interest in our restoration progress. IWAI branch officers met Carla in Scarva, then went on to Campbell’s Lock to view the half-height lock gates made by our members in 2015. Her visit ended with tea at the Sluicekeeper’s Cottage where she had the opportunity to meet other branch members and discuss our hopes for the future of the Newry Canal.
The cill is in place! Although it looks very bright and new at the moment, it will mellow once the water starts flowing over it. By the end of next week Moneypenny’s Lock should have the sound of a waterfall and the lock walls will no longer be at risk of collapse.
More exciting developments from Moneypenny’s Lock this morning. The reinforcement for the new cill was being carefully put in place giving a good impression of the finished height. There has been huge interest in our Facebook page since the repair project started. Many thanks to all who have liked, commented and shared. More posts to come! It’s brilliant to see your enthusiasm for the Newry Canal.