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


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.

IWAI – Dublin Rally 2014 – Through The Decades


The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland’s Dublin Rally will take place from Sunday 4th to Saturday 24th May 2014.

This year will be a special celebration as there are a number of significant anniversaries to be celebrated……

The IWAI celebrates it’s 60th Anniversary…

The Dublin Branch it’s 50th Anniversary…

The Royal Canal Amenity Group celebrates it’s 40th Anniversary…

It’s the 30th Dublin Rally…

20 years since the Shannon Erne Waterways were reopened…

and finally, the Boyne Branch of IWAI celebrate their 10th Anniversary.

There are numerous events taking place including family fun days, BBQs and parties in various locations, visits to a martello tower, workshops, competitions, the launch of the “Time Lapse” show, and a parade of lights on the Liffey.

For a full schedule of events and information on how you can get involved with the Rally see

The Rally also coincides with Waterways Ireland’s Docklands Maritime Festival

Come along and join the fun…


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Information Evening and Networking Event April 2014

Hi all,

The Grand Canal Sub Committee will be holding an Information Meeting and Networking Event at 7pm on Wednesday 30th April 2014 in The Aspect Hotel, Park West.

This is an opportunity for you to meet up with other Canal users and Voluntary Clean Up Groups and to raise any queries or issues that you have regarding the Canal and it’s use and development.

There will also be a number of presentations on various aspects of the Canal and related subjects.

If you have any queries to raise, please email and we will try our best to have an answer ready at the event.

Changes to the Bye-Laws on the Grand Canal, Royal Canal and Barrow Navigation

Waterways Ireland will be consulting with individuals and organisations early in 2014 about the changes to the Bye-Laws contained in the Draft Canals Act, 1986 (Amendment) Byelaws, 2014. The consultation will open on the 6th January and close on the 3rd February 2014
Waterways Ireland has written to all the permit holders informing them that the consultation is taking place, and has invited the key organisations to meet with us to discuss the matter. Additionally an advertisement will be placed in one of the national papers to ensure wider public knowledge of the consultation.
View the Draft Canals Act, 1986 (Amendment) Byelaws, 2014 Public Consultation Documentation;
· By arrangement in Waterways Ireland offices in Dublin and Enniskillen
Make Submissions
Deadline for Submissions 3pm, 3rd February 2014.Submissions by:
· Online at by clicking the online submission link
· Post or by hand, marked PUBLIC CONSULTATION and addressed to Edel Trainor,
· Waterways Ireland, Eastern Regional Office, Floor 2 Block C, Ashtowngate, Dublin 15 or
· Waterways Ireland, 2 Sligo Rd, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, BT74 7JY,

Have your say…. Information Meeting and Networking Event

Hi all,

The Grand Canal Sub Committee will be holding an Information Meeting and Networking Event on Wednesday 13th November 2013 in The Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Dock.

This is an opportunity for you to meet up with other Canal users and Voluntary Clean Up Groups and to raise any queries or issues that you have regarding the Canal and it’s use and development.

There will also be a number of presentations on various aspects of the Canal and related subjects.

If you have any queries to raise or would like an answer to, please email by Friday 8th November and we will try our best to have an answer ready at the event.


Please see attached Networking Event poster

Information on feeding swans


Information On Feeding Swans And Other Wildfowl

The activity of feeding bread and food to swans and ducks is a long standing tradition for people and families using the canals. However, much of the foods we regularly feed to swans is actually unsuitable for them, contains little nutritional value and causes digestive and other health problems for them.  Stale and mouldy breads in particular can be damaging to water fowl by damaging the waterproofing function of their feathers, which can result in the birds contracting a form of cold, flu or even hypothermia.  Birds also need gritty grain materials to help their digestive systems function properly.

Swans normally find enough food in the wild without supplementary feeding. It is only during the winter in freezing weather that extra food can be helpful.



  • Grains: wheat, corn, barley etc. (Specially formulated wildfowl/swans feed mixes can be purchased from some pet food shops/suppliers.)
  • Fresh Raw vegetables: green lettuce, spinach, celery, chopped carrots, chopped/diced potatoes.
  • Unprocessed, sugar-free and fruit free muesli mixes
  • Grasses found along the canal bank
  • All food should be bite sized and thrown onto the water so that they can swallow water with the food.
  • Feeding swans/ducks on land:
    • encourages them onto land bringing them into harm from cars, dogs etc.,
    • Encourages pests such as rats and mice
    • Results in erosion of the bank edges.



  • Processed Breads – especially white bread, chips, cake, crackers, cookies, biscuits, processed cereals (Cheerio’s etc), popcorn, crisps.
  • Sugary, starchy or fatty foods, junk food, fast food, cooked or processed food.


For further information, please see:



May 2013 – IWAI Dublin Rally, FESTA and Docklands Summer Festival review and photos


The Dublin branch of Inland Waterways Association of Ireland’s Dublin Rally takes place throughout May each year. Members of the boating community travel to Dublin along both the Royal and Grand Canals, some come in one canal and leave by the other (Green & Silver Challenge), and then take part in a host of activities along the Dublin stretches of the canals, moor at Grand Canal Dock for the Dublin Docklands Festival and finally depart back along the canals. This year during the inbound journey along the Grand Canal, FESTA, an artistic intervention, took place which celebrated the past and present history of labour and leisure in the Rialto area and all along the canal.

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Dublin Rally: Boaters began their journey along the Dublin end of the Grand Canal on Friday 10th May, participated in the FESTA parade on Saturday 11th (more details below), and travelled to Grand Canal Dock for Sunday 12th where they met up with their Royal Canal counterparts. The Rally and FESTA were officially launched by then Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Naoise Ó’Muirí and a drinks reception and barbeque took place that evening.

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Over the course of the next few days a plethora of events took place, including the annual Liffey Cruise, trips to the restored Martello tower in Killiney, the Lord Mayor’s coach and Dun Laoghaire’s Maritime Museum, a cheque presentation to the Irish Cancer Society by the Heritage Boats Association from the proceeds of their “River Rats” charity calendar, barbeques, nights out and of course the 2013 Dublin Docklands Festival. Boats then departed back along the canal from Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th, taking in a barbeque at Mespil Road Bridge/Lock 4 on Thursday 23rd and a final meet up in the Lower Deck pub on Friday 24th May.

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FESTA: Taking place on 11th and 12th May, FESTA, an “artistic nuisance” created by Kathryn Maguire, artist in residence at Common Ground’s Studio 468, celebrated the history of labour and leisure in Rialto and other areas through which the Grand Canal flows.

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Artworks produced by Kathryn included “US Again”, a floating mirrored shed, and “The Exchange”, a floating garden created by St. Andrew’s Community Centre’s Gardening Group using Dolphin’s Barn brick. There were also a series of talks – the FESTA Dialogues – on a barge at Suir Bridge, a nature trail and boat rides on Dubhlinn courtesy of IWAI. FESTA culminated on Sunday 12th in Grand Canal Dock where hundreds of origami boats, made by young people from the local communities and members of the boating community, were launched around the floating artworks, all accompanied by jazz musician Nick Roth’s “Water Project”

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Dublin Docklands Summer Festival: A weekend of celebration on Grand Canal Dock took place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May with entertainment and competitions of all kinds on water and on land, organised by Waterways Ireland and Docklands Business Forum, in association with Dublin City Council.

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There were food markets, funfairs, live music from bands and djs, children’s creative workshops, canal barge tours, a race night at Shelbourne Stadium, ‘Come try it (kayaking and stand up paddle boarding) sessions’ with Surfdock, skateboard, urban sports and creative  workshops with Kings of Concrete, art exhibitions, wakeboard, dragon boat and street performance displays, an IUSRU raft race, the Gibson Hotel’s charity (rubber) duck race, a flyover by the Coast Guard helicopter, Maldron Hotel’s golf water challenge and a screening of Disney’s the Lion King on a floating cinema.


Photographs courtesy and copyright of Inland Waterways Association of Ireland, Surfdock, Robert Harte, Dublin Docklands Festival, Kings of Concrete, Waterways Ireland and Dublin City Council.

For further information and more photos please see: