Corrib Connect



Management of the Corrib is vested in a number of organisations with the result that it is often difficult to ascertain who is responsible for what!  

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPSW)

Lough Corrib is designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and as such certain aspects of its management come under the auspices of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).SACs are are prime wildlife conservation areas in the country, considered to be important on a European as well as Irish level. The legal basis on which SACs are selected and designated is the EU Habitats Directive, transposed into Irish law in the as amended in 1998 and 2005. The 25 species that must be protected include salmon, otter and freshwater pearl mussel all of which are found in the Corrib.

Lough Corrib is also an Special Protection Area (SPA). Ireland is required under the terms of the EU Birds Directive (2009/147/EC) to designate Special Protection Areas (SPAs) for the protection of endangered species of wild birds.

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI)

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is the state agency responsible for the protection, management and conservation of Ireland's inland fisheries and sea angling resources and as such plays a key role in manganing the Corrib. IFI was formed on July 1, 2010 following the amalgamation of the Central Fisheries Board and the seven Regional Fisheries Boards into a single agency. Ireland has over 74,000 kilometres of rivers and streams and 128,000 hectares of lakes all of which fall under the jurisdiction of IFI. Prior to the formation of IFI, fishing on the Corrib was managed by the Western Regional Fisheries Board. IFI operates a dedicated angline site - this can be searched for information on angling in Lough Corrib.

Lough Corrib Navigation Trustees (LCNT)

The Lough Corrib Navigation Trustees (LCNT) were established by the Navigation Act of 1859 made by the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland. The Trustees are responsible for the maintenance of navigation aids, a limited number of piers on the Corrib system (Steamer’s Quay, Kilbeg, Knockferry, Oughterard and Lisloughrey), maintenance of the Eglinton canal system including the Claddagh Basin, associated walkways, tow paths, lock gates and boundary walls.

 LCNT is comprised of representatives of Galway City Council (3), Galway County Council (2) and Mayo County Council (1). In addition they have the power to coopt a number of members (typically 2) from stakeholder organisations. The Trustees meet four times a year with the Officials of Galway City Council.

Archivist of Galway County Council has written a detailed history of the LCNT - click here to view it.

Office of Public Works (OPW)

The OPW are responsibe for maintaining water levels on the Corrib and have a man permanently stationed at the gates on the salmon weir to open and close gates as required. There are a number of water level monitoring stations on the Corrib, Salmon Weir, Dangan, angliham, Annaghdown Pier and Lisloughrey Pier. Typical Corrib water level is approximately 8 m above the ordinance datum at Poolbeg. All the details can be seen here.

OPW has responsibility for the day-to-day running of all National Monuments and National Historic Properties and as such are responsible for maintaining the churches and graveyard and other monuments on Inchagoill.

Galway County Council

Galway County Council are responsible for maintaining piers at Annaghdown, Collinamuck and Maam Bridge (constructed by the IWAI Corrib branch in 1993). They are also responsible for implementing personal watercraft i.e. Jet Ski legislation


Coillte are responsible for maintaining Inchagoill island and also own the piers at Inchagoill - the new pier was constructed by the IWAI Corrib branch in 1992.