IWAI - Dublin Branch - 2010 AGM


Minutes - 2010 AGM

The 2010 AGM of Dublin Branch IWAI was held on Mon 13th Dec at the Wellington Lounge, Baggot St.

Attendance; As per the Attendance Sheet (~25 people)

Apologies; Gavin Mc Auliffe, David Mc Auliffe.

Chairman Peter Johnson welcomed members.

Minutes of the 2009 AGM were read by the Secretary, M Prince. Proposed Mick Kinahan, seconded Michael Slevin. There being no objections these were accepted.

Chairman’s Report.

The Chairman listed the Branch achievements during 2010.

We had two meetings with Waterways Ireland at Ashtown gate with Jenny Blackford.  Both were very constructive with interest and respect from both sides

In February there was a clean up of the Spencer dock organized by Mick Kinahan in conjunction with Dublin City Council. The clean up was successful with much debris removed. Measurements of Sheriff Street Bridge and ESB cable draft was also taken.

November a visit to the graving docks in the Grand Canal Basin with a view to organising clean up work and restoration party’s in 2011. Martin Clarke the Harbour master is very supportive of the restoration idea.

Canals Survey and report: the report and recommendations have been presented to the Dublin City Council the most important aspect appears to be that committees should be set up on the Northside and Southside to bring recommendations to fruition. The branch is working with the DCC to get the working groups up and running. The 1st meeting has been earmarked for 11 Feb 2011. The canals report and branch response can be viewed on the branch website.

The Dublin Branch of IWAI made a submission in respect of the Draft Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017

Rallies in 2010, Small boat rallies included a combined rally with other branches at Pollardstown Fen and 4 other rallies on the Royal, Grand and the upper Liffey. The Dublin Rally was strengthened this year by a significant presence of the Heritage Boat Association.  Approx 30 boats came into Dublin. The boats moored next to the Grand Canal Theatre and were visited by Dublin Mayor Emer Costello. The event got good publicity and some TV coverage. Overall the Rally was very successful.

Dublin branch participated in a big way to the Phizefest (Community event based in Phibsborough) with the presence of the IWAI trailer the branch boat and 3 smaller boats. Trips on the canal were given to the public which proved very popular. The event was successful and the branch has been requested to attend again next year.

There were 5 talks in 2010, Mick Kinahan gave a talk to the Historian society on the Grand Canal, and Peter Hanna gave a talk on cruising the French canals, Noel Griffin on GPS systems, Mick Kinahan on winterising your boat and Mick Slevin on the proposed canal by laws.

Opening of the Royal canal. The Dubhlinn was one of the boats nominated to attend the opening of the Royal canal at Richmond Harbour. This allowed the Dubhlinn to begin the first leg of the of the Green and Silver route (Shannon-Royal canal- Liffey- Grand canal in any direction). After the opening ceremony the Dubhlinn continued its journey to complete the Green and Silver route. Special thanks go to all the branch members who assisted in its journey.  Crew included: Mick Kinahan, Derek Whelan, Brian Mulkeen, Ken McCullagh, Liam Murphy, Malcolm Prince, Peter Johnson, Michael Slevin, Richard Holbrook, Fergus Parkinson, Jim O'Riordan, Alison Maddock, Declan Enright, Seán Slevin. (Contact us if we've missed you!).

Plans for the year ahead

  • 4 talks.
  • Development of dry/graving docks.
  • Dublin Rally May (To involve as many community groups as possible).
  • Phizzfest.
  • Green and Silver route formalised with log book and plaque.

Finally thanks to the following

  • Vice Chairman Jim O’Riordan for his support
  • David and Gavin Mc Auliffe with there help with the canopy on the Dubhlinn.
  • Derek Whelan although not on the committee any longer for his help and advice throughout the year.
  • Michael Slevin for his tireless work on the website
  • Mick Kinahan for his continued enthusiasm and knowledge.

Accounts for 2010

Copies of the accounts were circulated showing a balance of 15,169 Euros

The Accounts were adopted; Proposed by Declan Enright, Seconded by Liam Murphy.

Election of Officers for 2011

  • Chairman; P Johnson Proposed by M Kinahan, seconded by J O Riordan
  • V. Chair; J O Riordan Proposed by M Prince, seconded by P Johnson
  • Secretary; M Prince Proposed by J O Riordan, seconded by P Johnson
  • Treasurer; Alison Maddock Proposed by M Kinahan, seconded by P Johnson
  • Public Relations; M Kinahan Proposed by M Prince, seconded by P Johnson
  • Webmaster; M Slevin Proposed By M Kinahan
  • Child Protection Officer; Declan Enright Proposed by P Johnson

There being no other nominations the above were declared elected.

Election of Committee.

  • Nominated; Gavin Mc Auliffe (Proposed M Kinahan, Seconded D Mc Auliffe )
  • Liam Murphy (D Whelan, M Slevin)
  • Alison Maddock (P Johnson, M Kinahan)
  • David Mc Auliffe (M Kinahan, M Slevin)
  • Declan Enright (D Whelan, M Kinahan)
  • John Connelon (P Johnson, M Kinahan)

All above were declared elected


A Rally Plaque was presented to Ian Bath for his tireless efforts w.r.t. the restoration of the Royal Canal.

Three Green & Silver Route presentations were made:

  1. certificate 001 to Sonya Rolt for the completion of the trip in Le Coq in 1946, this is to be framed and sent to her.
  2. certificate 002 presented to Ruth Delaney for the completion of the route between the 8th April 1955 and the 4th May 1955 in the Hark
  3. certificate 003 to Mick Kinahan and the Dublin branch for the completion of the route on the 15 November 2010 in the Dubhlinn.

Examples of the certificate and initial plaque design were passed around to all attendees. An example of the proposed log book and lock keeper stamp was also shown special thanks goes to Michael Slevin for his work on that.

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