Bylaws proposed by Waterways Ireland will see a range of charges rise significantly as the authority tries to draw waterways users to the canals and prevent boats  from blocking key moorings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Plans to introduce charges of up to €3,500 per year for houseboats on the Grand and Royal canals and the river Barrow have bee(...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan: has put a four-week stay on plans by Waterways Ireland to break up the Aran island ferry Naomh Éanna. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan has said that any proposal to save the former Aran island ferry (...)

The Naomh Éanna after it was towed into a dry dock in the Grand Canal Basin for dismantling. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has rejected appeals to save the former Aran island ferry Naomh Éanna, which is due to be br(...)

MV Naomh Éanna, the CIÉ transport ship that serviced the Aran islands for years, is awaiting scrappage at Grand Canal  Docks in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Joyce’s Ulysses publisher Sylvia Beach and writers Brendan Behan and Breandán Ó hÉithir were among the many who travelled and reminisced about travell(...)

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more than 200 years of boating activity on the canal system “could be killed off with the stroke of a Minister’s pen”.

Revised bylaws and new charges for boat users could result in a “serious decline in boat traffic” on the Grand and Royal canals and Barrow Navigation,(...)

The recent water supply restrictions in the Dublin area reminded me that it has been over two years since I spoke at conferences there, outlining the (...)

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has seen its overall budget cut by 7 per cent for 2014.  Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s been a tough Budget for the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, with the Government continuing its blunt policy of recent years of cu(...)

Up to a dozen bodies responsible for environmental protection and tourism development on Lough Derg, should copy the efforts of international commiss(...)

Ruth O’Connor with Sam Kinsella and children Lúí (5) and Rohan (22 months), on board Scéal Eile, during their barge trip on the Grand Canal, Dublin. Photographs: Dara Mac Dónaill

It has become a running joke at home that a barge trip on the Shannon would drive me batty with boredom. But a barge in the heart of Dublin cit(...)