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Shannon - Erne Waterway | Ireland: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 61 km
Number of locks: 16
Lock dimensions: 24.00 x 4.50
Max. depth: 1.20
Max. headroom: 3.00
Degree of difficulty: For beginners (few locks)
Requirements: No license asked for hired boats
Character of waterway: back to nature, old waterway, to be rediscovered
Profile of waterway: Used by tourists only
Facilities groundside: Good

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Waterway has access to:

Shannon Navigation - Lough Key & Lough Allen | Ireland
Ulster Canal & Blackwater River | Ireland
Atlantic Sea

Shannon-Erne Waterway
Ballynamore and Ballyconnell Canal
There is life in the old dog yet....
If this has ever been true for a waterway, it is for the Ballinamore and Balliconnell Canal. The lows of Ireland stipulated that a canal must serve for de-watering and transportation. That meant, the necessary compromises, didn't really help any of the two concerns.   
Together with Shannon and Ulster Canal, it was thought as a link from Limerik to Belfast. After the opening in 1860 one discovered that there was nothing to be transported on this stretch.
After a short dozen of commercial vessels had passed the entire first nine years, it was used for de-watering only and it degenerated visibly.
Since boating tourism become more and more important on the Shannon, IWAI and the Council of Leitim started a fact finding for a possible instauration.
Already in 1991 renovation of the canal started, highly supported by the EU regional found and in 1994 the, now called, Shannon-Erne Waterway, was inaugurated by politicians of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Today, the Shannon-Erne Waterway is the most modern waterway of Ireland.

Barges, Houseboat & Narrow-boat Hirers on Shannon Erne Waterway

Locaboat Holidays, Ballinamore

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IWAI / The Inland Waterway Association of Ireland