Monthly Archives: May 2013

May 2013 on the Grand Canal – IWAI Dublin Rally, FESTA 2013 and Dublin Docklands Summer Festival

The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland’s 29th Dublin Rally takes place over the month of May, beginning on the Royal Canal over the May bank holiday weekend.

The Grand Canal then becomes involved from the 10th of May when boats will be inbound towards Grand Canal Dock from the 10th to 12th. The Liffey Cruise takes place over the weekend of 18/19th May and boats will depart along the Grand Canal from 21st to 25th May.

For a full programme of events please follow this link

The Rally will incorporate FESTA 2013 and the Dublin Docklands Festival

FESTA 2013    10th to 12th May 2013

Visual artist Kathryn Maguire, the current studio 468 artist developed FESTA over the last eight months.  FESTA is an “artistic nuisance” created by visual artist Kathryn Maguire to celebrate the impact and influence the Grand Canal has had on labour and leisure in Rialto and other areas through which it flows. Kathryn has produced floating artworks US’ Again (a floating mirrored shed) and The Exchange (a floating vegetable garden created by the men’s Gardening Group based in St Andrew’s Community Centre using the iconic Dolphin’s Barn bricks). 

FESTA is a central part of Inland Waterway’s Dublin Rally on the Grand Canal on May 11th and 12th 2013. FESTA also includes a series of events including public talks – the Festa Dialogues – on a barge docked at Suir Bridge on Saturday May 11 from 2pm, featuring experts in the field of ecology, the built environment and the Grand Canal. Free ticketed boat rides and a nature trail will also take place. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

FESTA culminates on Sunday May 12 at 4pm with a spectacle in Grand Canal Dock, when hundreds of origami boats, made by young people from the Canal Communities, will be launched around the floating artworks. Children (aged 10+) are invited to a free workshop at 2.30pm at the Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre in Grand Canal Dock to make the final origami boats to be included in this spectacular launch, all accompanied by jazz musician Nick Roth’s ‘Water Project’.

For more information & to register for FESTA dialogues and the nature trail please email:

Dublin Dockland’s Summer Festival. 17th to 19th May 2013

A celebration on Grand Canal Dock with a weekend of entertainment and competitions on both the water and the land. With everything from open air DJ’s, Come Try it Sessions, Wake Boarding demonstrations to international food markets, the Docklands Summer Festival promises an entertaining and fun filled weekend for all.