Naomh Eanna, the ship that has been moored at
Grand Canal Dock since the late 1980's has been moved to the middle one of
the old Graving Docks.
Follow the unfolding saga at
Public Meeting held to raise awareness of proposed changes to the
Canal bye-laws (28/01/2014).
Waterways Ireland (who manage the navigations) have proposed an
amendment to the Canal bye-laws, available at
www.waterwaysireland.org/Public-consultation . The consultation
period process is an opportunity for interested parties to comment.
Consultation opened on 6th January 2014 and closes on 3rd February
In brief, a range of permits are being introduced, none of which
accommodate the average recreational boat user on the canals. Costs
for the permits are prohibitive and severe penalties are being
introduced. In Dublin, new tolls are being introduced which run
counter to the goals of the local area development plans.
IWAI believe that the proposed Canal Bye Laws amendment is
counter-productive. See the
main IWAI website page on
the bye-law changes.
A large crowd turned out to a public meeting held on Tuesday 28th Jan
Grand Canal Information Evening November 13, 2013 at 7pm
Waterways Ireland, the Inland Waterways Association, and
Dublin City Council
will sponsor an Information Evening for all things Grand Canal.
The event will be at the Marker Hotel on Grand Canal Square on November 13
Engaging with the community around Sheriff St.
Dublin Branch, The HBA and The RCAG were recently invited by MCO Projects
who have been appointed by DCC (Roads and Traffic Department)....."to
prepare and implement a community engagement plan for the proposed
development of a section of the Royal Canal Cycle and Pedestrian Route in
the North Wall area, from Sheriff St Upper to North Strand Road.
MCO's role is to assist both DCC, the local community and all stakeholders
in the agreement of a partnership proposal for the design of the proposed
premium cycle and pedestrian route. This process will inform a preliminary
design brief for the route and will take place 'till September 2013. The
pre- planning process and design of the route would follow as a later stage.
We have identified your organisation as a key stakeholder and wanted to
inform you of the process in order to gain your feedback and thoughts in
relation to hopes and concerns for the development of the site."
Following an initial meeting to get our points "on the record", between
myself, Joe Treacy (HBA), Noel Spaine (RCAG) and Aoife McElwain (MCO
Projects), it was decided to engage with some of the schools in the area to
try an involve some of the local kids by means of some arts/project work. It
is also planned to display the kids work at an event for some of the local
community organisations early next month.
On Tuesday 1st October, in conjunction with the last Effin Bridge Lift this
year, The Dubhlinn brought 40 5th and 6th class kids and their teachers,
from St Laurence O'Toole's Boys and Girls National Schools on Sherriff St.,
for a spin around Spencer Dock and up to Effin Bridge to see the boats
passing through. The purpose of the day was to give the kids a bit of
background information on the canal and the waste ground to be developed,
for their arts/project work. Joe Treacy was also on hand with the HBA story
boards to help out with the background info. Noel Spaine had a previous
engagement and couldn't make it on the day.
Despite the really horribly wet weather the kids seemed to enjoy the spin
and hopefully learned something from the day...!!
Pictures courtesy of Aoife McElwain, MCO Projects [www.mco.ie]
Boland's Mill site plans
The Sunday Times reported on 11/08/2013 that NAMA wants to build a
"world class urban quarter" on the Boland's Mill site including up to three
15-storey towers, one of which would be residential. They would equal
the height of the Google building. The plans include the demolition of
the grain silos, and the construction of of two streets leading to public
spaces on the waterfront at Grand Canal Dock. BKD architects are
reported to have drawn up the plans.
The following is the announcement from WI made, 28th November 2012
Waterways Ireland announced today the 28th November 2012 the second set of
Extended Mooring Locations which will open on the 3rd December 2012. The
Extended Mooring Permit ( E.M.P) is a change in the permit system on the
Grand & Royal Canals and Barrow Navigation allowing for up to year-long
mooring permits in single location.
The second set of locations offering the E.M.P include the Floating
Moorings on the Grand Canal Dock beside the Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre
on which a permit will be offered until March 2013. Additionally
extended mooring locations will also be opened on the Grand Canal near Lock
34 in Co Offaly, Pike Bridge in Co Kildare and Abbeyshrule in Co Longford.
The full details of the locations including the GPS co-ordinates, the
Application Form and Guidance Notes will be available on [www.waterwaysireland.org]
from the 3rd December. The application process for the E.M.P for these
locations will remain open for 2 weeks. The full list of Extended
Mooring Locations has been published and is available on [www.waterwaysireland.org]
in the New Canal Permit section.
Permits will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so to receive
a preferred location early application is advised. Applications can only be
accepted from holders of valid annual Combined Mooring and Passage Permit.
Boat owners without a Combined Mooring & Passage Permit who wish to apply
for an E.M.P can do so by ticking the box on the Extended Mooring
Application Form and supplying the additional fee.
Applicants will be notified within 28 days of the success of their
application. Successful applicants will be required to sign the E.M.P.
license and will then have a period in which to move to their new mooring.
Enforcement of the 5 day rule will begin in the area following the issue of
a Marine Notice.
Applications for the next set of Extended Mooring Locations will continue on
a rolling basis thereafter with Waterways Ireland intention to open
sufficient locations to cover demand on all of the canals by the end of
Boats that cruise and move (staying at a mooring for up to 5 days) will not
require an E.M.P. or be in breach of the Bye-laws.
Waterways Ireland will continue to contact permit holders regularly to
ensure they are kept up to date with the roll-out of the new permit. All
queries about the enforcement of the current bye-laws or the E.M.P should be
directed to Shane Anderson, Assistant Inspector of Navigation: Tel no +353
(0)87 286 5726, Email
These changes are necessary steps to improve the management of the canals
and waterway amenities for both the navigational and recreational user, so
that investment in the new infrastructure and facilities which Waterways
Ireland has undertaken is maximised for every user.
Ireland has confirmed that further dredging of the Dublin inner city section
of the Grand Canal will commence in October 2012. This work follows on from
previous dredging contracts completed on the Grand Canal between November
2009 and April 2011 from Grand Canal Basin to Lock C7 at Portobello. The
work is necessary to keep the Canal navigable for a large range of boats.
To facilitate works the Grand Canal will be closed to navigation from
October 2012 to March 2013 between Lock C7 at Portobello on the Circular
Line and Lock 2, Davitt Road on the Main Line. The work will be executed
under contract by L & M Keating Limited and will involve the use of
excavating machinery working within the canal property. The works are due to
be completed by end of March 2013.
The work will involve the removal of sediment deposits from the central
navigation channel of the canals and the clearance of rubbish. Traffic
Management Plans agreed with Dublin City Council, have been designed to keep
disruption to a minimum.
Extensive discussions have taken place with National Parks and Wildlife
Service on measures to minimise the impact of these essential maintenance
works on the sensitive habitats established within the canals. All material
removed from the canals will be transported to licensed disposal facilities.
The work is funded by the Government under the National Development Plan
2007 - 2013. For further information on the project please visit the
Waterways Ireland web site
www.waterwaysireland.org and check out the 'Navigation Information,
Planned Works' page.
Dublin branch of IWAI welcome this development and look forward to an
easier passage by boats into and out of Dublin. The photo above is from
the 2010 work.
A new website has been create by the Grand Canal working
group, a group comprising members of Dublin City Council, Waterways Ireland,
and voluntary groups including the IWAI. .
- see grandcanaldublin.com
The Dublin Rally timeplan is found here, with photos
of the rally here.
were honoured by both Ruth Delany & Dr. Ian Bath who provided
narration to a pair of archive films. The first film, shot by Douglas
Heard, documented Hark's voyage up the Royal Canal in 1955 -
the last boat to travel the canal before its reopening in 2010. Ruth
was one of the crew of six, and the first-hand account, together with
the historic and moving footage, had all enthralled. Some of this
footage featured in the recent airing of Waterways with the Rambler
and the voyage itself was written up in the book "Ireland's Royal
Canal". Ian presented a short film, shot in the '70s showing the state
of the Royal Canal at that time, pre-restoration. Nobody who was in
attendance will ever complain about the state of a lock again! The
audience of approx 100 people were truely appreciative and both
presenters received a long standing ovation at the end. Ruth and Ian
were each presented with a Green & Silver plaque by the branch in
appreciation of their long standing devotion to the waterways.
100 or so people gathered at the Box in the Docks on the 20th of May
for the launch of the HBA's River Rats 2013 calendar - our
congratulations to all involved and thanks to Victor Henry who put his
body on the line on the day.
events saw ~30 people visit the Maritime Museum, Dún Laoghaire &
Martello Tower no. 7 a fully restored Martello tower in Killiney, now
in private ownership and complete with a fully functional 18-pounder
cannon mounted on a carriage on the crown of the Tower. Our only
regret was that both events happened on the same evening as both
destinations deserved an evening to themselves. Our sincere thanks to
Pádraig Ó Brolcháin & Eoghan Ganley of the Maritime Museum and to
Niall O'Donoghue for the Martello-tower tour. We'll be back again, if
Another evening was given over to a very informative presentation on
the Dunrovin project with many views both for and against expressed.
The exodus from Dublin (on both canals) was relatively straightforward
with very few collecting any "diver" stamps in their Green & Silver
logbooks. A total of 19 boats headed out the Royal over the June Bank
Holiday weekend. Many thanks to WI staff and to the volunteer lock
keepers who had a few pretty busy days getting the fleets in and out.
Dublin Branch endeavour cup was presented to the John Dolan and
Catriona Hilliard who brought their treasured Float No. 1 into
Dublin on its maiden long-distance voyage - a great act of faith in
the quality of the restoration work and appreciated by all. Catriona
had the pleasure of locking the boat into the 12th lock, Castleknock,
to fulfil a long-held dream.
Branch gets new Work Platform (03 May 2012)
Dublin Branch of IWAI has invested in a new work platform to help with canal cleanups
and the like. The platform area is approx. 12' x 6' with an overall size
of approx 16' x 7.5'. Its first action was as a floating refuse platform
for the duration of the rally.
Bridge on the Liffey (May 2012)
Marlborough Street to Hawkins Street.
Earlier NEWS items can
If you have views on Dublin Waterways you are welcome to express them to Dublin Branch, IWAI.
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