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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Here’s an event not to be missed. As part of the European Heritage Open Day programme, Poyntzpass Local History Society is hosting two guided walks around the village on Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th September at 2:30pm. The Newry Canal is included in the route as is this lovely lady, hidden in a stone wall. And for railway enthusiasts, the signal box will be open from 10:00 to 5:00pm on Saturday and 2:00 to 5:00pm on Sunday. For more information go to http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/ehod.
One week to go! We’re ready for our big event next Sunday just like these Bathtub enthusiasts moving to start line in 2013. There is still time to enter your Bathtub. For full details and entry requirements, contact Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07591 403199. Come and cheer us on at Albert Basin, Newry on Sunday 28th August at 2.00pm.
Campbell’s Lock, at the Portadown end of the summit level, was looking beautiful today. There were even two kingfishers skimming across the water! Just right for a paddle around in a curragh after a bit of clearance of the lock gates (with a life jacket on, of course!)
Well done ABC Council for taking prompt action to deal with this outbreak of Japanese Knotweed on the canal bank. After it had been spotted by our Branch cycle group and reported, the infestation near Terryhoogan was sprayed by Council staff. It will take several years of treatment to eradicate this patch completely. There are other invasive weeds along the canal corridor – Himalayan Balsam and Giant Hogweed – which the Councils and our volunteers are trying to eliminate, but it’s a huge task.
Still thinking about the design of your BATH TUB? Take some inspiration from these fantastic creations in our 2013 race. Come along to the Festival of Water on the Newry Canal, Albert Basin, on Sunday 28th August from 11.30am. It’s a really good day out for all the family. The IWAI Bath Tub race starts at 2.00pm.
Have you got your BATH TUB ready? All of us at IWAI Newry Portadown branch are looking forward to our annual splash-about during the Newry Festival of Water in the Albert Basin on Sunday 28th August. There are still a few places left for entries – contact Paul at email@example.com for full details. Remember! The more imaginative the bath tub or raft the better!