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.

Chairman's report

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
  • Hamilton celebrations
  • IWAI Conference
  • 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 this problem.

    Secretary's report

    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.

    Treasurer's report

    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.

    Boyne report

    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

    Chairperson

    Michael Kinahan was proposed by Myles Brady and seconded by Derek Whelan

    Vice-chairperson

    Tommy McLoughlin was proposed by Michael Kinahan and seconded by L. Mac Mathúna.

    Secretary

    Liam Mac Mathúna was proposed by Natasha Johnston and seconded by Padraic Costello.

    Treasurer

    Gerry O'Hara was proposed by Natasha Johnston and seconded by Alan Tomlin.

    PRO

    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).

    Committee members

    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.

    Other business

    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.