Dublin Branch IWAI AGM 12th December 2005
The AGM of the Dublin Branch of the IWAI was held on 8/12/2005 in the Poolbeg Yacht Boat Club & Marina. 23 members attended with apologies
from Jim Murray, Pádraig Ó Brolcháin, Ruth Heard and Séamus Costello. At the start of the meeting a minute's silence was observed in memory
of Alan O'Leary, Robert Law and Maureen Denham. The minutes of the AGM of 2004 were read and their adoption was proposed by Derek Whelan and
seconded by Alan Tomlin.
In a comprehensive report Michael Kinahan dealt with many of the activities of the branch during the year. Some of these were:
Dublin Boat Show
participation in the first Lagan rally
Work parties on the Boyne
Boyne small boat rally
Dublin Boat Rally and various activities connected with the same
Boyne Open Day
Meetings with Waterways Ireland
Participation in RTÉ radio programme "As the River Flows"
Acquisition of three small boats, two engines and a trailer to move these around
The chairman also outlined some ideas for 2006 to include:
Work on the Boyne
Boat Show in Citywest in March
More involvement on the Royal and Grand canals
A lively discussion followed. Mention was made of weeds in the canal and the meeting was informed that anglers and the Department of the
Environment have an input into the timing of weed cutting. It was hoped that the regional meetings with Waterways Ireland should help with
Was read and adopted. The small attendance was queried and a suggestion was made that spot prizes/e-mails might encourage a better attendance
next year. An informal agenda might also encourage young people to attend.
Shows the Branch with net assets of 35532 euro. The following motion was passed: "that the accounting year for the branch be altered as
necessary to facilitate the preparation of accounts by the branch treasurer", proposed by Brian Dwyer and seconded by Padraic Costello. The
possibility of purchasing a boat to use for educational purposes on the canals was mooted by Noel Spaine and Alan Tomlin.
Tommy McLoughlin gave a brief history of the Drogheda to Navan navigation which has been closed for 75 years. Some sections are watered but
there is flooding which is being addressed by Louth and Meath County Councils. A breach in February 2004 could have cost 10,00 euro to repair
but, in fact, was repaired at no cost due to generous donations of materials and machinery. The Boyne Canal Action Group is a sub-committee
of the Dublin Branch and is active in this restoration work. Funding for the removal of the concrete dam will be required. However, a grant of
30,000 euro for new lock gates has been sanctioned by the Heritage Council and Meath County Council has agree a grant of 25,000 euro for a
new lock so there will be approximately 9 miles of navigation. Also a missing spillway is to be re-introduced by Meath County Council and
this will alleviate flooding. The Boyne Navigation is unique in that it has the historic town of Drogheda, the Battle of the Boyne site and
Brú na Bóinne on its banks. More local help is needed.
Election of officers
Michael Kinahan was proposed by Myles Brady and seconded by Derek Whelan
Tommy McLoughlin was proposed by Michael Kinahan and seconded by L. Mac Mathúna.
Liam Mac Mathúna was proposed by Natasha Johnston and seconded by Padraic Costello.
Gerry O'Hara was proposed by Natasha Johnston and seconded by Alan Tomlin.
There were two proposals: Peter Johnson proposed by Michael Kinahan and seconded by Derek Whelan and Frank Godfrey was proposed by Tommy
McLoughlin and seconded by Gerry O'Hara. Peter Johnson was elected on a show of hands (19-2).
D. Ó Síocháin proposed by Michael Kinahan and seconded by L. Mac Mathúna; Brian Dwyer proposed by Gerry O'Hara and seconded by Peter Johnson;
Linda O'Dwyer proposed by Michael Kinahan and seconded by Tommy McLoughlin.
Dublin Branch has been asked by Executive of IWAI to provide the stand at the Citywest Boar Show. It was suggested that 50 euro per day plus
expenses be offered to the people who man the stand. Dublin Branch to be solely in charge. Management team/Design team/Sales team to be
selected by Michael Kinahan and Dublin Branch and they will be in complete and total charge of the stand.
Membership: At Dublin Boat Rally give every entrant a large poster inviting people to the next rally.
Secure mooring: Dublin City Council and Parkwest are looking at the possibility of a safe harbour on the canal, e.g. Parkwest and/or
Griffith Barracks. There is great goodwill towards the Canals in the City Council.
Royal Canal: Noel Spaine outlined plans for two marinas at 8th and 9th levels. It is hoped to encourage community groups top buy their own
boats and to arrange for better communication with like-minded groups such as the Irish Canal Union.
Committee meetings to be held on the first Thursday of the month.