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Waterways Ireland
Uiscebhealaí Éireann (Irish)
Watterweys Airlann (Ulster-Scots)
Waterways ireland logo.svg
Implementation body overview
Jurisdiction Northern Ireland
Republic of Ireland
Headquarters Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
Parent department Northern Ireland Assembly
Government of Ireland
Key document
Website www.waterwaysireland.org

Waterways Ireland (Irish : Uiscebhealaí Éireann; Ulster-Scots: Watterweys Airlann) [1] is one of the six all-Ireland North/South implementation bodies established under the Belfast Agreement in 1999. It is responsible for the management, maintenance, development, and restoration of inland navigable waterways primarily for recreational purposes. Included as inland waterways are the Barrow Navigation, the Erne System, the Grand Canal, the Lower Bann, the Royal Canal, the Shannon–Erne Waterway and the Shannon Navigation.

Irish language Goidelic (Gaelic) language spoken in Ireland and by Irish people

Irish is a member of the Goidelic (Gaelic) language branch of the Celtic languages originating in Ireland and historically spoken by the Irish people. Irish is spoken as a first language in substantial areas of counties Galway, Kerry, Cork and Donegal, smaller areas of Waterford, Mayo and Meath, and a few other locations, and as a second language by a larger group of non-habitual speakers across the country.

Ulster Scots dialects dialect

Ulster Scots or Ulster-Scots, also known as Ulster Scotch, Scots-Irish and Ullans, is the Scots language as spoken in parts of Ulster in Ireland. It is generally considered a dialect or group of dialects of Scots, although groups such as the Ulster-Scots Language Society and Ulster-Scots Academy consider it a language in its own right, and the Ulster-Scots Agency and former Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure have used the terminology Ulster-Scots language.

All-Ireland Term which emphasises the whole of the island of Ireland

"All-Ireland" is an attributive term which emphasises the whole of the island of Ireland. It contrasts with terms such as Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland, which apply only to specific jurisdictions on the island. "All-Ireland" is most frequently used to refer to sporting teams or events which apply to the whole island, but also has related meanings in politics and religion.

Waterways Ireland has its headquarters in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, and regional offices in Carrick-on-Shannon, Dublin, and Scarriff in the Republic of Ireland.

Enniskillen town and civil parish in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Enniskillen is a town and civil parish in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. It is located almost exactly in the centre of the county, between the Upper and Lower sections of Lough Erne. It had a population of 13,823 in the 2011 census. It was the seat of local government for the former Fermanagh District Council, and is the county town of Fermanagh as well as its largest town.

Northern Ireland Part of the United Kingdom lying in the north-east of the island of Ireland, created 1921

Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom in the north-east of the island of Ireland, variously described as a country, province or region. Northern Ireland shares a border to the south and west with the Republic of Ireland. In 2011, its population was 1,810,863, constituting about 30% of the island's total population and about 3% of the UK's population. Established by the Northern Ireland Act 1998 as part of the Good Friday Agreement, the Northern Ireland Assembly holds responsibility for a range of devolved policy matters, while other areas are reserved for the British government. Northern Ireland co-operates with the Republic of Ireland in some areas, and the Agreement granted the Republic the ability to "put forward views and proposals" with "determined efforts to resolve disagreements between the two governments".

Carrick-on-Shannon Town in Connacht, Ireland

Carrick-on-Shannon is the county town of County Leitrim in Ireland. It is the largest town in the county of Leitrim and the smallest main county town in the entire country. A smaller part of the town lies in County Roscommon. The population of the town was 4,062 in 2016. It is situated on a strategic crossing point of the River Shannon. The Leitrim part of the town is in the civil parish of Kiltoghert which is in the ancient barony of Leitrim. For ecclesiastical purposes, the town is in the parish of Kiltoghert in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise A Church of Ireland church also lies close to the town centre.

The Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre is located at 2 Grand Canal Quay, Ringsend, Dublin. The building was constructed on the waters of the inner basin of Grand Canal Dock.

Grand Canal Dock

Grand Canal Dock is a Southside area near the city centre of Dublin, Ireland. It is located on the border of eastern Dublin 2 and the westernmost part of Ringsend in Dublin 4, surrounding the Grand Canal Docks, an enclosed harbour where the Grand Canal comes to the River Liffey. The area has undergone significant redevelopment since 2000, as part of the Dublin Docklands area redevelopment project.

Waterways Ireland Daewoo Solar 150LC-V crawler excavator, used for canal maintenance. Daewoo digger.jpg
Waterways Ireland Daewoo Solar 150LC-V crawler excavator, used for canal maintenance.

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River Barrow Sidestrem of the river Suir

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Ulster Canal

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Shannon–Erne Waterway

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Inland Waterways Association of Ireland organization

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  1. Wattèrgates Airlann is also used.

Coordinates: 54°20′36″N7°38′54″W / 54.3432°N 7.6482°W / 54.3432; -7.6482

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