In September 2018, the World Canals Conference will take place in Ireland. We invite you to journey to Athlone Co. Westmeath in the heart of Ireland and at the heart of the Irish Inland Waterways network.

Overlooking the mighty River Shannon, the longest navigable river in Ireland and the UK, Athlone is the perfect base in Ireland from which to explore the beauty of the country’s inland waterways. The two main lateral canals the Grand Canal & the Royal Canal are within easy reach and provide first hand evidence of the regeneration that has taken place on these waterways, from commercial motorways to leisure byways. Ireland is proud to showcase the many restoration projects and the re-imagining of the waterways as linear parks & amenity spaces to cater for all lovers of water. A shining example of this is the Blueway concept.

All of this packed into a three day event, to say nothing of the traditional Irish Céad Mile Fáilte welcome extended to visitors from far and near. So come to Athlone and experience the re birth of Ireland’s inland waterways for the 21st century.

Access to Athlone

Ireland is easily accessible by both air and sea. Two of Ireland’s primary Airports Dublin and Shannon are within easy access of Athlone.

Dublin Airport

Dublin is easily accessible from the UK, Continental Europe and the east and west coast of the USA.  There are more than 36 scheduled airlines flying into Dublin Airport, which is located 12 km from the city centre.  Dublin Airport serves 7 domestic, 29 UK, 36 Continental European and 9 international destinations. For more information please visit www.daa.ie

Shannon Airport

Shannon is easily accessible from the UK, Continental Europe and the USA and Canada. Shannon Airport serves 6 UK, 17 Continental European and 5 international destinations. For more information please visit www.shannonairport.ie

Access to Athlone by Bus, Train and Car.

By Bus: Bus Eireann has a coach service from Dublin Airport and Shannon Airport to Athlone. Visit www.buseireann.ie for more information. From Dublin Airport, Citylink offer comfortably hourly services – see www.citylink.ie

By Rail: Irish Rail is Ireland’s national train company and serves a direct train to Athlone from Dublin City and a changover train from Limerick to Athlone. Please visit www.irishrail.ie for more information. Both Airports have buses that travel to the Train Stations.

By Car: Both airports have onsite facilities for car rental. To travel by car from Dublin Airport to Athlone will take approx 1hr 23minutes and from Shannon Airport to Athlone will take approx. 1hr 32 minutes. Please visit https://www.dublinairport.com/to-from-the-airport/car-rental and http://www.shannonairport.ie/gns/Passengers/Go/car-rental.aspx

Local Organising Committee:

Sharon Lavin

Waterways Ireland

Manus Tiernan

Waterways Ireland

Alan Kelly


Colin Becker


John Boyle

Waterways Ireland


Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

If you would like to find out more information on becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, please contact:
Colm O’Grady, Commerical Director
Conference Parteners Ltd,
T: +353 1 296 7254
E: WCC2018Sponsorship@conferencepartners.ie

Further Information

For further information on accommodation, social programme and registration please contact:
Conference Partners Ltd
T: + 353 1 296 8688
E: WCC2018@conferencepartners.ie
If you would like further information on the programme, please contact: WCC2018Programme@conferencepartners.ie