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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Enjoy the views of Lough Shark/Acton Lake now that IWAI volunteers have cleared away much of the undergrowth.
Small band of volunteers working to clear the undergrowth from the shores of the Lough on a cold and sunny morning on 21st January 2017.
IWAI volunteers enjoy a beautiful frosty morning at Lough Shark/Acton Lake.
The Holly and the IWAI.
Enjoy the delights of the River Bann and the. Newry – Portadown Canal in the depths of winter.
IWAI working party at Moneypenny’s Lock on Saturday 7th January 2017.