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
01/04/2017
Canal day with barges, music, walks, plays and watersports

Grand Canal Dock – TCD vs UCD Sailing Competition
01/04/2017
Sailing Regatta between UCD & Trinity

Canals Action Day
22/04/2017
Volunteer Clean up day on Grand & Royal Canals

Docklands Volunteer Day
28/04/2017
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
12/05/2017
Schools Rowing Regatta in GCD

Docklands Summer Festival
20/05/2017 – 21/05/2017 www.docklandssummerfestival.com
Royal Canal – Walking to a Better Life
27/05/2017
Art installation at Spencer Dock to mark Famine Walk

Royal Canal – Arrival of the Famine Walk
01/06/2017
Arrival of the famine walkers from RC200 & Strokestown House

Royal Canal – Spencer Dock Family Fun Day
02/06/2017
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
19/07/2017
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
19/08/2017
Family event at Royal Canal Park

Grand Canal Dock – Corporate Dragon Boat Regatta
25/08/2017
Corporate Dragon Boat Regatta

Grand Canal – Irish Wheelchair Association Lucan Fishing Competition
07/09/2017
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.

IWAI – Dublin Rally 2014 – Through The Decades

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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 http://dublin.iwai.ie/events.html#Rally2014

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

http://www.docklandssummerfestival.com/

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 simon.daly@dublincity.ie 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 www.waterwaysireland.org/public-consultation 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 simon.daly@dublincity.ie 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

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Information On Feeding Swans And Other Wildfowl

www.grandcanaldublin.com

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.

 

WHAT AND HOW TO FEED:

  • 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.

 

WHAT NOT TO FEED:

  • 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.

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For further information, please see: http://www.avianweb.com/swandiet.html