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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Scarvagh trail race is on tomorrow and the IWAI newry and portadown navvies have been busy creating a greenway around Acton Lake using the wonderful Whipper-Snapper. This is a lawnmower on steroids that goes over uneven ground and cuts down brambles with no bother. Note the unique all-terrain ‘tyres’. Good luck to everyone running tomorrow and congratulations to Kernan Run Club for organising such a unique event.
Check out the brand new Greenway from Newry to Victoria Lock. Beautiful path between the Newry Canal and Carlingford Lough. We’ll worth a visit! It will eventually link up with the Omeath to Carlingford Greenway.
Trimming back the brambles and grass on the bank opposite the Sluice Keeper’s Cottage in preparation for the big trail run on the 19th of May. The run is organised by Kernan Run Club and is in aid of Guide Dogs NI. Yes some of the pics are from a drone!
Back in February 2016 the Newry Portadown navvies trimmed ivy on the canal side of the towpath at Moneypenny’s Lock, leaving the opposite side untouched for wildlife. Now the wildlife has decided to move into the light! Look what has been spotted enjoying the dappled sunlight this week…
Open for business on Sunday 6 May. Volunteers hope to be on duty at the cottage on most weekends until September.
Marvellous May along the canal. Best month for blossoms and blooms. Have a look before they are gone for another year!