Inland Waterways

Ireland’s inland waterways are important parts of our transport and industrial heritage. They hold aesthetic, recreational and spiritual values, as well as important habitats for many forms of wildlife.

Welcome to Inland Waterways

The Heritage Act, 1995 [pdf 96kb] defines ‘inland waterways’ as canals, canalised sections of rivers and lakes, navigation channels in rivers and lakes, and their associated navigational features. Ireland’s inland waterways are integral parts of the communities on their banks and the activities which take place along them. The Heritage Council aims to enhance the enjoyment and appreciation of inland waterways as part of our living heritage, both for this generation and for those to come.


LATEST NEWS

Results of Research on Heritage Awareness Released

Research carried out by Behaviour and Attitudes last month on behalf of the Heritage Council had some good news about people’s interest in and involvement in heritage locally. [more]

Register Your Event for Heritage Week

Register your event by 7th June for inclusion in our National Heritage Week Guide. [more]

The Heritage Council lobbies TDs and Senators for Greater Financial Support for Local Heritage Projects

On Wednesday 13th May,an Oireachtas Information Day was held for TDs and Senators from all over the country. [more]

CBH05296, West Cork Maritime Heritage Company have been awarded €3,500 for restoration of the only known sand boat in Ireland.

Heritage Council announces funding for 197 heritage projects nationwide

Our Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme supports the continuing conservation and development of Irish heritage through local community based groups[more]

County Sligo Heritage Plan 2016-2020 Have Your Say in the Future of our Heritage!

Sligo County Council, together with the County Sligo Heritage Forum, is preparing the third Heritage Plan for Sligo and is seeking your views on the key priorities and opportunities for Sligo’s heritage over the next five years.[more]

Heritage Council Staff with Heather Humprhreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and John-Paul Phelan, TD.

Heritage Council Opens its Community Grant Scheme 2015

The Heritage Council intends to allocate the sum of €600,000 to its Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme in 2015.[more]

New Heritage Officer for County Leitrim

Aoife Mulacahy has been appointed Heritage Officer for County Leitrim. [more]

European Commission’s Natura 2000 Award opens for a second year of applications.

The annual award is open to any entity involved in activities related to Natura 2000. Local and national authorities, businesses, site managers, land owners, NGOs, educational institutions and individuals[more]

Heritage Council Seeks Sponsor for National Heritage Week

Would you like to sponsor the largest cultural event in Ireland with almost 1000 organisations and individuals involved in hosting 1800 unique events over 9 days?[more]

Irish documentary wins big on the International Stage

On A River in Ireland, broadcast on Irish TV as "The Secret Life of the Shannon", has won the top award at this year's Wildscreen Festival as well as taking away awards for Best Cinematography and Best Script. [more]

National Heritage Week kicks off This Weekend

Over the next eight days, over 400,000 people are expected to take part in National Heritage Week which runs from Saturday 23rd August until Sunday 31st August. This year a new record with over 1800 events are due to take place.[more]

Generations encouraged to explore Heritage Together during Heritage Week 2014

2014 marks the UN 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family. The theme for National Heritage Week 2014 is 'generations exploring heritage together’. Find out more about what events are happening in your area.[more]

Have you a story to tell about the River Shannon?

Limerick Playwright wants your stories for her new play about

The River Shannon.

[more]

Salthouse and associated quay in Slade, Hook Head, Co Wexford which is receiving funding for a conservation and management plan under the scheme.

Grant Awards for Heritage Management & Conservation Projects Announced

A total of €652,550 has been allocated to 144 projects under our 2014 Heritage Management Scheme for various management and conservation projects throughout the country[more]

The Heritage Council Opens its Grant Programme 2014

The Heritage Council intends to allocate €700,000 to its Heritage Management Scheme in to support projects that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections or objects (including buildings).[more]

The Heritage Council launches Heritage Maps

Heritage Maps brings together heritage data from government departments, state agencies and local authorities to produce our wide range of data sets, many of which have never been shown publicly before![more]

New Heritage Course by Loophead Tourism Network

Loophead Tourism network have developed a training course which will enable participants to identify and utilise the heritage resources of their local area in the development of sustainable tourism products. [more]

100 Stories about County Offaly

100 great stories about Offaly's Heritage. Did you know? . . one of Ireland’s last public hangings took place at Tullamore Gaol . . Croghan Hill is a volcano . . .a U.S. president is descended from a Moneygall shoemaker. Read...[more]

New Report on the Onshore Windfarm Sector in Ireland produced by The Heritage Council

The Heritage Council as a national statutory body seeks to ensure that the development of the renewable energy sector in Ireland can be carried out in harmony with our unique and world-renowned national heritage.[more]

New Heritage Guide for Waterford’s Historic Coast

Historic Waterford —The Coast is a new Heritage Tourism Guide on the archaeology and built heritage of the Waterford Coastline from Cheekpoint to the Blackwater Estuary. [more]

Public Consultation on Renewable Energy Begins

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr Pat Rabbitte, T.D. announces the commencement of the first phase of public consultation on the proposed Renewable Energy Export Policy and Development Framework.[more]

Heritage Award for St John's Parish Heritage Group at Tidy Towns Awards 2013

St John's Parish Heritage group, Co. Roscommon won the Heritage Award for their work on the Rindoon Project as part of the Tidy Towns Awards.[more]

National Heritage Week 2013 set to reach record total with 1700 events nationwide

National Heritage Week 2013 which takes place nationwide from 17th — 25th August 2013, looks set to reach a record total of 1700 events this year, the majority of which will be FREE to attend[more]

Enjoy the outdoors responsibly, a message from Leave No Trace Ireland

Summer has arrived and as many thousands of people venture into the outdoors to enjoy our beautiful beaches, forests, parks, mountains and lakes, Leave No Trace Ireland is encouraging everyone to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.[more]

Lough Derg Heritage Trail Apps Apps, Brochures and DVDs just Launched

The app has detailed descriptions of trails around Lough Derg with all the points of interest along the way.[more]

UCD launch Distance Learning courses on World Heritage Conservation

The Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in World Heritage Conservation are part-time, online, distance learning courses.[more]

New Heritage Plan for County Monaghan

A new Heritage Plan for County Monaghan by Monaghan County Council was launched recently by Conor Newman, Heritage Council Chairman and Monaghan Mayor Cllr. Hugh McElvaney.[more]

Online Event Registration- Now open for Heritage Week

In the year of The Gathering, people are encouraged to get involved in National Heritage Week 2013 by organising an event in their community and showcase their local natural and cultural heritage[more]

Call for Candidacies for the 6th European Greenways Award (EGA)

This biennial award will recognize examples of best practices in greenways under three categories: Excellence Awards, Exemplary initiatives & Tourism Product in Greenways.[more]

Interactive Map of the Shannon, the Grand and Royal Canals

This map was created using GIS and will allow you to zoom down to sections of the Shannon and canals covered under the Heritage Council's Corridor Studies. [more]

UPCOMING EVENTS

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FEATURED INITIATIVE

Climate Change Review
The Heritage Council and Fáilte Ireland commissioned this review to better inform policy, research and grant support. The main findings of the review is that the heritage of Ireland's coast is at particular risk, and that this will impact on tourism-related activities.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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