Waterways Ireland was awarded ‘The Guardian Award’ at the 2016 World Canals Conference, for its Traditional Heritage Boat Survey (Ireland) of the Royal Canal, Grand Canal, Barrow Line Canal and Barrow Navigation.

The survey is the first-ever systematic audit of traditional heritage boats on Ireland’s inland waterways. A team of boat experts, maritime archaeologists, academics and artists captured the historic vessels on the waterways – from iron canal boats and World War II amphibious vehicles – to fine wooden sculling boats.WI Award at WCC

Nicky Marr, awards host; David Mitchell, Director of Conservation at Historic Environmental Scotland and Cormac McCarthy, Waterways Ireland Environment Officer

Undertaken under the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan, the project was led by Environment Officer, Cormac McCarthy.

Delegates attending the conference (Inverness, Scotland, Sept 19-22) included international waterway experts, business leaders and global professionals who explored innovation in sustainable tourism, regeneration, engineering and heritage management of our waterways.

The Guardian Award is sponsored by Historic Environment Scotland and celebrates outstanding work to safeguard the heritage of the world’s waterways.

Waterways Ireland’s Heritage Plan 2016-2020.