Welcome to the website of Kildare Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI), the voice of waterways users and enthusiasts in Kildare. 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.
As well as enjoying our waterways, the IWAI 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. We 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 latterly, by Waterways Ireland. Volunteers and the OPW restored the Naas Branch in the 1980s. Major dredging on the Dublin stretch of the Grand Canal was finally started in 2010 and dredging on the Barrow Line is nearing completion. The campaign continues for the removal of the culvert blocking the Corbally/Herbertstown Branch in Kildare.
IWAI is currently battling to safeguard the future of the waterways for all users in Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Meath, Offaly and Westmeath. IWAI’s submission for fair Bye-Laws to Waterways Ireland is at IWAI byelaws. Information on our campaign is at Byelaws and IWAI Canals or listen to