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Community Groups & Voluntary Organisations in County Kildare

Community Listing: I.W.A.I. (Kildare Branch)

Contact: Niall O'Dowda



Kildare IWAI is a group of volunteers promoting the use, maintenance, protection, restoration and improvement of Kildare's waterways.

Kildare IWAI covers the waterways from Lock 12 at Newcastle Road to Lock 20 at Ticknevin on the Grand Canal Main Line, the Naas and Corbally Branch, the Milltown Feeder and south on the Barrow Line as far as Lock 22 at Glenaree. On the Royal Canal, Kildare IWAI has an interest from Confey near Leixlip west to Kilcock.

Whether you enjoy architecture, boating, botany, cruising in company, cycling, fishing, heritage, history, living on board, walking, wildlife, participating in community events and rallies or just getting away from it all, there is something for everyone to enjoy on the picturesque waterways of Kildare.

The IWAI also promote the restoration and maintenance of every navigable waterway on this island. Along the eastern canals, this has included the campaign to keep the Grand Canal open when threatened with closure in the 1960s. They celebrated the opening of the regenerated Royal Canal in 2010 after a thirty-year campaign and voluntary work by the Royal Canal Amenity Group and by Waterways Ireland.

For the past few years, there has been a dredging programme taking place on the Barrow Line, which is nearing completion.

Current Activities:
Naas Canal Festival
Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) Kildare hosted its annual Naas Canal Festival from Friday October 23rd to Monday October 26th. A large fleet of boats assembled in Sallins harbour on Friday followed by a parade along the Grand Canal, up through the flight of five locks into Naas harbour. The parade left Sallins at 11am and all boats were in Naas harbour by 5pm.

Year Formed: 1984

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