IWAI - Dublin Branch Dublin Rally 2010


08TH – 22nd MAY 2010

See the
Rally Photos here

Peter Johnson - 087 2301494,
Mick Kinahan - 086 8150483
If joining the full rally, contact any of the above

Download the Main Rally Entry form and return to the address on the form.
See our guide to Navigating the Liffey (intended to assist Dublin Rally participants)

If interested in joining one of the small boat rallies, then download the Small Boat Rally Entry form

We have spaces for members without access to their own boat –
be sure to check availability and reserve a spot in advance

contact the Dublin Branch committee by email by clicking here
or see the phone numbers above.



  1. 5 Grand Canal barges left Dublin on Thursday/
    Friday May 21st, reaching Hazelhatch on the
    Friday night.  16 boats left Dublin on Saturday 22nd.

  2. The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Emer Costello, will visit the fleet on Sunday at 6pm.

  3. Updated the times (again) for the Liffey Rally on Saturday - updated 12/05/10

  4. Updated times for Tuesday's and Wednesday's
    Small Boat Rally.

  5. The GPS talk is moved to Tuesday 18th.

  6. The Rally made the RTE 6 and 9 o'clock news -
    check out the report  here

  7. Initial set of photos are found here
    Please send your photos to us for publication to pics AT iwai.ie

08 May 2010 -
22 May 2010

The Dublin Rally

The Dublin Rally is from May 8th to 22ndthis year and we welcome all who will make the trip from the Erne, the Shannon, the Barrow and the Grand Canal
- details below are subject to change.

08 May 2010
  Fleet descends from 12th Lock (Lucan) to the Grand Canal Basin

12 boats came in on Saturday - see the photos here.
11 May 2010
Small Boat Rally on the Upper Reaches of the Liffey (1 of 2),

assemble Municipal Rowing Club (between Neptune and Garda Rowing Clubs) in Chapelizod, 5:30pm - see google map here
There are parking facilities. It should also be noted, that there is no slip facility for launching and that boats will have to be lifted into water - it is therefore only suitable for small inflatables or similar that can be easily lifted in and out. We suggest that people should wear weather shoes/runners as feet will get wet.

If you're interested in joining us on other small-boat rallies on our canals and rivers, please register your interest with us.

Just 3 RIBs participated - see the photos hereWe scored a prize, a keg of Murphy's Stout (probably trying to sneak into Dublin) - the photos don't show the downpours just before we started and another just before we reached dry land!

Wednesday 12 May 2010 Small Boat Rally on the Upper Reaches of the Liffey (2 of 2)

assemble West County Hotel, Palmerstown, 5:30pm
14 May 2010
Visit to Spencer Dock

Skippers Meeting 6 – 7pm, ....

15 May 2010

Catherine, Sean & Michael Reynolds on the Small Boat Rally on the Liffey with Hueston station at the back 19th May 2007, photo by Mary Monaghan

Cruise on River Liffey,
including Small Boat Rally

Cruise from Grand Canal Docks/Poolbeg to Islandbridge

See our River Liffey Notes (intended to assist Dublin Rally participants)

The following are the tide tables for the weekend 14-16/05/2010.

High tide on Saturday is at ~13:20.

Boat skippers intending to take part in this event should note the advice given on navigating the Liffey which is a tidal waterway.

(1) Skippers of boats taking part in the Liffey trip should advise the Rally Organisers in advance

(2) Passage through the Ringsend Sea Lock will take place between 09.00 and 10.00 on that day

(3) Lock back into Grand Canal Dock after the rally from 15:30.

 The cruise will be followed by a BBQ

A Fantastic day on the Liffey - see the photos here.

16 May 2010
  The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Emer Costello will visit the fleet @ 6pm
Grand Canal Dock (Box in the Docks moorings)

Sunday turned out to be another perfect day - see the photos of the Lord Mayor's visit here and more photos of proceedings in the basin
17 May 2010
  a night off!
18 May 2010
Talk: GPS for Inland Navigation
A Hands-on introduction to GPS by Noel Griffin

This is a 2hr session starting @ 7:30pm
at Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club
click on map at right.
19 May 2010

Fleet moves to Mespil Rd.

On a quiet afternoon on 27 May 1960, there was only one barge loading in the Grand Canal Harbour, James Street. It was the 51M, which was being loaded with a large cargo of Guinness to go to Limerick.The boat left for Limerick at tea-time.  The 51M was the last trade boat to leave Dublin.

Fifty years after Canal Boat 51M carried the last commercial cargo from Dublin outbound to Limerick along the Grand Canal and River Shannon, the Heritage Boat Association (HBA) will re-create her historic voyage.

51M will depart from the Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre in Grand Canal Basin on Wednesday 19th May at 2pm.

The pictures show 51M on the moorings at the Box in the Docks on 8th May 2010 and on its final delivery run in May 1960.

see here for more details.

20 May 2010
 BYO BBQ at Mespil Road
21 May 2010
  Fleet ascends to Portobello - Drinks in "The Lower Deck"
22 May 2010
  Fleet ascends to 12th Lock and on to Hazelhatch

16 boats left Dublin on Saturday 22nd.
- see the photos hereAgain the weather was perfect and the humour was great.
  1. Boats entered for the Rally must be under the control of a person who is a member, in good standing, of IWAI (any branch)
  2. All boats entered must have adequate insurance (minimum Third Party)
  3. Boats should have adequate crew during all boat movements
  4. All Rally participants must submit a signed Entry Form and pay the Rally fee
  5. Boat skippers and crew should comply with instructions given by Lock crews at each lock; whether these be Waterways Ireland staff or IWAI Volunteer crews.
  6. Boats using mooring facilities on the Liffey must comply with conditions set by the relevant authority ( DDDA, Poolbeg Club, Dublin Port)

Reports from previous years are found on our News page
Photos from previous years can be found on our Gallery


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