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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WEDNESDAY’S WOTZIT WHERZIT: Who was this man and what is his significance to the canal we know and love today?
WEEKEND VISITORS: Branch chairman Peter Maxwell is pictured with some of our guests from the IWAI Barrow branch. Peter and our P.R.O. Geraldine Foley showed them some canal highlights and our restoration work. Geraldine gave a commentary on the history of the canal while the bus travelled from Carlingford to the Sluicekeeper’s Cottage. There wasn’t time to visit the ‘gate factory’ but we hope to see Barrow boats joining us afloat on the summit later in the season.
IT’S A GATE:-) Few pics of some of those who worked on the Big Weld and their precious baby! with Peter Maxwell Tanya Duffy Peter White Brian Cunningham Jonathan Cully Donal Jennings Patrick Watson Leitrim Sawmills Fidelma Mc Keever James Burke Ballyconnell LogCabins
THE BIG WELD WEEKEND: Part 2 of Jennings Motion Pictures’ footage of building the lock gates. Last weekend the navvies were busy with Pat Watson in particular showing off his skills and putting in more than 20 volunteer hours welding. We’re all getting very excited about how well the project is progressing. For better quality video go to https://vimeo.com/119376221
MONEYPENNY’S BLACKSMITHS another open day at the forge this Saturday 28th. The blacksmiths will be making a seat for outside the bothy at Moneypenny’s lock. Other traditional crafts will be on display and the forecast looks good so why not visit – 11 to 3pm.