Waterways Ireland has kindly supplied me with the Shannon traffic figures for January and February 2014. The usual caveats apply. I have not made any charts because the traffic levels were so low:
- in January, nineteen boats were recorded; of them, ten went through Portumna Bridge. Thirteen boats were private and six hired
- in February, thirteen boats were recorded, five of them at Portumna; nine were private and four hired.
The total of 32 boats in the two months is extremely low. Since 2003, the Jan–Feb totals have been:
As Waterways Ireland intends to “prioritise navigation opening times to the times of greatest use, in order to achieve maximum use of resources available”, we may expect the Shannon to be closed in winter.