What’s On Summer 2017

Grand Canal – Paddle’s Up
27/03/2017 – 19/05/2017
Schools Canoeing Programme to be rolled out in GCD

Royal Canal – The Five Lamps Arts Festival
Canal day with barges, music, walks, plays and watersports

Grand Canal Dock – TCD vs UCD Sailing Competition
Sailing Regatta between UCD & Trinity

Canals Action Day
Volunteer Clean up day on Grand & Royal Canals

Docklands Volunteer Day
Volunteer Clean up day in the city Docks

Inlands Waterways Association of Ireland Dublin Rally
06/05/2017 – 21/05/2017 www.iwai.ie/events

Grand Canal -Hanover Quay Rowing Blitz
Schools Rowing Regatta in GCD

Docklands Summer Festival
20/05/2017 – 21/05/2017 www.docklandssummerfestival.com
Royal Canal – Walking to a Better Life
Art installation at Spencer Dock to mark Famine Walk

Royal Canal – Arrival of the Famine Walk
Arrival of the famine walkers from RC200 & Strokestown House

Royal Canal – Spencer Dock Family Fun Day
Swimming, Canoeing and boating in Spencer Dock

Docklands -River Fest
03/06/2017 – 05/06/2017
Dublin Port Organised Liffey Festival

Royal Canal – Cabra Summer Splash on the Royal Canal
05/06/2017 – 24/08/2017

Grand Canal – South Docks Festival 2017
17/07/2017 – 21/07/2017

Royal Canal -The Docklands Dip
Swimming in Spencer Dock

Royal Canal – Irish Club Championships
22/07/2017 – 23/07/2017
Canoe Polo in Phibsborough

Royal Canal Park Community Association Summer Event
Family event at Royal Canal Park

Grand Canal Dock – Corporate Dragon Boat Regatta
Corporate Dragon Boat Regatta

Grand Canal – Irish Wheelchair Association Lucan Fishing Competition
Lucan fishing event

Grand Canal – Dublin Dragon Boat Regatta
09/09/2017 – 10/09/2017
Dragon Boat Regatta in Grand Canal Dock

Grand Canal – Across the Waterways – From Kilkeel to Carna
01/06/2017 – 30/10/2017
Performing Arts in Visitor Centre for Culture Night

Grand Canal – Canalaphonic Music & Culture Festival
22/09/2017 – 24/09/2017
Music Festival with bank and water activity at Portobello

Grand Canal – Dublin Night Run 5km or 10km
26/09/2017 – 26/09/2017
Parkwest running event

Grand Canal – Open House Dublin
14/10/2017 – 15/10/2017
Open barges for public to visit

Public Consultation on Heritage Plan

Waterways Ireland in conjunction with the Heritage Forum has prepared a Waterways Ireland Draft Heritage Plan 2016 – 2020 and is looking for your views from now until Friday , the 6th of November 2015.

What does the plan contain?

The Draft Plan sets out the heritage objectives and actions which are prioritised up until 2020. The actions will help identify, raise awareness of and promote the conservation of the built, natural and cultural heritage of the inland navigable waterways.


Download the plan and view more information about the process at http://www.waterwaysireland.org/Pages/Public-Consultation.aspx


Canals Action Day – 25th April

Join us on April 25th, 2015 for our first Dublin Canals Action Day. Give us just two hours of your time on a Saturday afternoon during An Táisce’s National Spring Clean. Equipment will be provided, you’ll get to meet great people and you’ll sleep soundly knowing that you’ve helped make our canals beautiful!!

More info and sign-up at Volunteer Ireland website.

A case for conservation of the Graving docks at Ringsend

A case for conservation of the Graving docks at Ringsend

A wonderful thesis has been written by Trinity College Dublin student Jamie McNamara. His thesis covers the history of the Graving Docks in Grand Canal Basin, Ringsend and details why they need to be restored as an important part of Ireland’s industrial heritage.

The thesis can be found in our studies section.

New Waterways Ireland Website launched by Minister Deenihan

Waterways Ireland’s new website has been launched by Minister Deenihan and Martin Cullen, Director SMS&P, Microsoft Ireland. The launch took place in the heart of Dublin’s Digital Docks at the Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre on Grand Canal Basin on Thursday 18th April 2013.

The new website www.waterwaysireland.org aims to actively recruit people into recreational waterside activity through an entire activity section, events section and by enabling related business and event organisers to load their information onto the site so that it can be more effectively promoted and shared with the public.

Minister Deenihan at the launch confirmed his support stating “Waterways Ireland has developed a user friendly and attractive website as part of its marketing plan and is engaging meaningfully with business and the community to maximise the opportunities available. Increasing recreational use of our waterways has a social, health and economic benefit and this website is a key tool to assist Waterways Ireland in achieving it.”

The Waterways Ireland website is cutting edge in its systems and design using Sharepoint 2013 to optimise viewing experiences across different mobile platforms (from phones to tablets). The new functionality also allows users to share and collaborate with others. The new Fast Search enables a search-driven result page of all site content which really assist consumers in finding what they need quickly.  Additionally from a Waterways Ireland perspective it is a comprehensive, easily-managed and integrated platform able to meet the business need.

Additionally Waterways Ireland has grasped the potential of social media and begun the process of meeting the needs of the recreational waterway users, local communities and tourists through Facebook and Twitter, to name a few.

Martin Cullen, Director, SMS&P Microsoft Ireland commented on the process “We’re delighted to see SharePoint 2013 enable Waterways Ireland connect with the information and people that matter most to them through social, video, Skype and Yammer. With the enterprise social capabilities built right in to Sharepoint, Waterways Ireland and waterway enthusiasts will be able to quickly access and share information share all the information and great experiences Waterways Ireland has to offer through its new website.”

Head of Marketing, Waterways Ireland Éanna Rowe assured“Waterways Irelands aims to attract increasing numbers of people to our canals, rivers and lakes, because of the considerable economic and social impact on communities, villages and towns all across this island. In many instances the waterways are the only economic driver and a backbone of the community. The tactics used by Waterways Ireland through the new website and other marketing tools are all aimed at maximising the opportunities available for business and community.

Peter McVerry Trust – Long Walk Home

The Peter McVerry Trust supports young homeless people to break the cycle of homelessness and move towards independent living through the provision of a continium of core services. To find out more about the organisation, please visit their website: www.pmvtrust.ie

This year is the 30th anniversary of Peter McVerry Trust.  We are running our 2nd Long Walk Home – Grand Canal Challenge – 80km walk  between Shannon Harbour and Dublin over the May Bank holiday to raise vital funds towards our work with young homeless people. Walking along grass verges and gravel footpaths you will pass beautiful stone bridges, quaint lock keepers’ cottages, historic buildings and pretty villages. You will walk across the Bog of Allen, glimpsing distant views of the Slieve Bloom mountains and admire the canal boats at Lowtown and Sallins. All in aid of Peter McVerry Trust’s work with homeless youths.

To find out more, or to download a brochure and/or application form, please follow this link: http://www.pmvtrust.ie/en/latest_news.aspx?article=9abc982e-586d-42a2-ac69-d4e47229ef71


January Clean Up

Greetings Fellow Grand Canal People, I hope it’s a wonderfully Happy New Year for everyone. This is the first Call to Clean Up of the New Year and I hope that the benign weather will encourage you out in the air this Saturday morning to spend some time along the Grand Canal Bank among like minded souls.

Once again, Joan Wadsworth has kindly agreed to lead the Clean Up. I have exams on Saturdays this month. Details are as follows:

*When? Saturday 5th Jan from 10am – 12noon

*Where? Meet at Leeson St. Bridge, the city side, at a canal bench.

*What? You’ll be using litter pickers to collect rubbish from along the banks of the Grand Canal.

*Do you need to bring anything? No, all you need to do is bring yourself and some energy. Joan will have litter pickers, rubbish bags and gloves for you to use.

*Cofffee? As always, Starbucks will be supporting our Clean Up work by providing us with a big pot of delicious coffee and biscuits to have in the open air when the work is done!

Breffnie O Kelly


Guided Walk 19/01/13

Mick Kinahan of Dublin Branch IWAI will be leading an entertaining guided walk along Grand Canal (Circular Line) on Saturday, 19th January, 2013 as part of the Corrib Branch Dublin Weekend. Meet at Mespil Hotel, Mespil Road, Dublin 4 at 11 a.m. “Five Bridges & Five Locks” ~ approx. 90 mins duration.

The walk finishes at the Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre in Grand Canal Quay and WI are kindly providing coffee and bikkies. All welcome ~ No charge ~ Coffee included.

Tel. (087) 23 71 719 or zara@iol.ie