The project entails the development of the Blueway through the townlands of Lowtown, Rathangan, Monasterevin, Vicarstown and Athy. The route runs from Lowtown along the route of the Grand Canal Barrow line and follow the trackway along the river.

The main components of the works include:

  • Improvement works to road crossings and associated road paving, road marking, safety signage, public lighting, footpath provision, fencing and railings.
  • Construction of various ancillary works

Shannon Blueway

AIE 2002-003 to Waterways Ireland on Greenways/Blueways

  • Drumshambo to Battlebridge Blueway

  • 03 Maps EclA

  • Drum Lock AASc

  • Drumshanbo to Battlebridge BlueW AASc (Screening for Approprate Assessment)

  • EclA Drum Lock

  • EclA Drumshanbo to Battlebridge BlueW

  • Waterways Ireland_Bat Survey Report_Lough Allen Canal_09.01.2020

  • Portumna Blueway

  • NIS

  • T01-WSS-AA404-P-01-15 Drawings Final 13.12.18

Shannon Erne Waterway

AIE 2002-003 to Waterways Ireland on Greenways/Blueways

  • Ballyconnell to Bellaheady Trail

  • Appendix 1 – Habitat Maps

  • Archaeological Assessment – ShE Ballyconnell to Bellaheady Bridge

  • Ballyconnell Canal Env Management

Ballyconnell to Bellaheady Bridge Recreational Trail Project: Environmental Management Proposals

  • Brian Keely Follow up Mammal Survey Jan 2018

Further Assessment of Otter and Badger Potential Along the Amenity Path Proposed Along the Shannon Erne Waterway Between Ballyconnell and Ballyheady Bridge, County Cavan

Article 6(3) Screening Report: Cavan – Leitrim Greenway: Ballyconnell to Bellaheady Bridge

  • FINAL 2017 Woodrow Mammal Survey

  • Lamprey Survey Results 11122019

  • SE Aquatic Ecology

  • Shannon Erne Schedule of Mitigation rev 2.

Aghoo to Garadice Recreational Route – Appropriate Assessment

Article 6(3) Screening Report: Shannon Erne Waterway Trackway Enhancement Works
Longstones Drain to Garadice Lough, Co. Leitrim

  • Eco Reports 2015

  • EcoA Report Aghoo-Garadice – 2015

  • EcoA Report B-E- 2015

  • EcoA Report L-S -2015

  • Eco Reports 2016

  • EcoA Report G-B – 2016

  • EcoA Report S-A – 2016

  • SEW Blueway – Leitrim to Kilclare

  • Final Shannon Erne Blueway (Leitrim to Kilclare) HAD

  • S200-07B_Bank Revetment Drawing

  • Typical Trail Cross Section Details

  • SEW Blueway Belturbet to Ballyconnell

  • Bec Eco Survey app1 Map 218

  • Bec Eco Survey Appendix 1a

  • Bec Eco Survey Appendix 2

  • Belturbet L1 Culthert Impact 2018
    • L1 to Aghalane Eco Survey BEC2018

  • SEW Walkway Aghoo to Garadice
    • Aghoo to Garadice Walkway
  • SEW Walkway Ballinamore to Aghoo

  • NIS

  • Final NIS 091008-NIS-2010.03.30 – F

Natura Impact Statement

  • FINAL Report

Ecological Impact Assessment: Waterways Ireland – Walkway Improvement Works

Files to follow

Lough Derg Canoe Trail

Natura Impact Statement

Combined Map

Individual Maps

Barrow Blueway, Counties Kildare, Laois and Carlow

Natura Impact Statement

Environmental Impact Statement
Proposed Barrow Blueway Co. Kildare, Laois & Carlow
Volume 1: Non-Technical Summary & Environmental Impact

Environmental Impact Statement


Chapter 2: Background

Chapter 3 Project Description

Chapter 4: Human Beings

Chapter 5: Biodiversity

Chapter 6: Soil

Chapter 7: Air, Climate, Noise

Chapter 8: Landscape

Chapter 9: Cultural Heritage

Chapter 10: Material Assets

Chapter 11:

Barrow Reports

Barrow Product Development Study

Barrow Line Ecological Survey

Barrow Navigation Ecological Survey

Market Research on the Barrow​​

Waterways Ireland, Framework for Blueway and Greenway Visitor Experience Development Planning


On the 24th of March 2021, Waterways Ireland in working in partnership with the four Local Authorities (Kildare, Meath, Westmeath, and Longford) officially launched the Royal Canal Greenway. The Greenway is the latest of a range of greenway options available in Ireland. It is a product of scale, the longest of its kind, stretching for 130km from Maynooth to Longford Town / Cloondara alongside the tranquil and historic Royal Canal. It has potential for local / community use as a recreational space, to attract domestic visitors from Ireland, and to cater for an international audience, interested in completing a long-distance experience.

A steering group (the “Steering Group”) has been established to co-ordinate the development, activation and marketing of the Royal Canal Greenway comprising Waterways Ireland, Longford County Council, Westmeath County Council, Meath County Council and Kildare County Council.

Waterways Ireland wishes to learn from and build upon the experience gained in undertaking this project as it is anticipated that the initial contract in respect of the Royal Canal Greenway will be the first in a series. Waterways Ireland and partner agencies are developing other long distance multi-activity trails alongside its canals which will be branded as either Greenways or Blueways.

Limerick Greenway (Castletroy)

Conclusion: No significant effects likely to arise associated with the potential impacts on environmental parameters

The proposed greenway development at Newtown Castletroy does not trigger the threshold for mandatory EIA/EIAR as set out in the 2001 Regulations (as Amended) and has been assessed as a sub-threshold EIA development. This EIA Screening Assessment has determined that the characteristics of the proposed development are considered not significant due to the scale and nature of the proposed development and its footprint, which is confined to an area of approximately 1.1ha, the characteristics and sensitivities of the receiving environment and design and mitigation measures that will be implemented as part of the construction phase and operation phase of the proposed development

Midleton Youghal Greenway

The proposed development does not exceed any of the thresholds outlined in the Roads Act 1993-2007 that would trigger a mandatory requirement to prepare an EIA Report

An ecological report was prepared for the proposed greenway and this was accompanied by a Stage 1 AA Screening Report. The AA states it is considered that the proposed works do not require progression to second stage Appropriate Assessment

The proposed greenway through the pNHA is to be located on a raised boardwalk

The proposed development Under Section 50 (1) (c) of the Roads Act 1997-2007 and the guidance contained in Section 1 and 2 of the Screening Report is unlikely to have a significant effect on the environment.

This EIA Screening Report concludes that an EIA for the proposed development is not required.

Part 8 Planning Documents 

Midleton to Youghal Greenway Part 8 Chief executive’s Report

Appendix 3 Ammended Figure No. 5.20 (Ecology Report)

Midleton to Youghal Greenway Site Notice

Part 8 Particulars

Part 8 Planning Report

Appendix 1 Cultural Heritage sites 1-13

EIA Screening Report

Appropriate Assessment Screening Report

Ecology Report

Flood Risk Assessment Report

Scheme Drawings

Site Notice & Examiner Press Notice