IWAI - Dublin Branch - News & Past Events of 2012-2014

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Naomh Éanna

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 http://www.iwai.ie/forum/read.php?1,53753 

 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 2014.

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 2014

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 at 7pm.

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 actual
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]

http://www.iwai.ie/forum/file.php?1,file=4388 RCRBoattrip-402.jpg


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.

2012: Waterways Ireland to issue licenses for boats in Grand Canal Dock

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 March 2013.

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 shane.anderson@waterwaysireland.org .

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.


Grand Canal Circular Line Dredging (LC7 to L2)

Waterways 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.

New Grand Canal website goes live

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

Rally Timetable is here:
Some photos here

2012 Dublin Rally

The Dublin Rally timeplan is found here, with photos of the rally here.  

The annual Dublin Rally was held in May, with the first boats arriving via the Royal in conjunction with planned bridge lifts on April 14th and May 6th. A fleet of HBA vessels also arrived in via the Grand on April 18th. Among the fleet on the 6th were two boats who completed their Green & Silver journey that day, Nieuwe Zorgen at Spencer Dock and Laurie Lavender in Grand Canal Dock. Boat numbers from the Royal were well down this year due to the unexpected closure of the Summit Level in early April which caused 12 boats to cancel/turn back. The overnight stop in Phibsboro is proving to be very popular, with the Shandon Garden Residents/Phizzfest once again hosting a barbecue and providing music for the visiting boats. Since the branch boat, Dubh Linn, was present, on its way back from the Ashtown Canal Festival the previous weekend, we thanked them by doing boat trips for the afternoon.


Saturday 12th May saw 15 boats make the descent from 12th Lock, Lucan to the basin in superb weather. The good weather put everyone in great humour, and a relatively easy passage ensued, with the only major hold-up being at the 3rd lock, where Float No. 1 was the only boat to get through before the gates jammed - a wheeley-bin behind a gate being the culprit. Otherwise, it was plain sailing and crowds of friendly on-lookers at each lock made for a great atmosphere, with lots of very willing helpers, young and old, professional and volunteer operating the locks. A pleasant surprise awaited at the Luas Bridge where the Rialto Environment Group had set up a little picnic area with Tea & Scones on offer to the visiting crews and IWAI volunteers - a gesture much appreciated by all. Slightly stronger refreshments were taken on-board by some at The Barge pub, adjacent to the 6th lock on the Circular line.

The traditional Liffey cruise was ruled out by the construction of a new bridge just downstream of O'Connell Bridge. This will serve a new Luas line and city buses, and will link Marlborough Street to Hawkins Street. While attending the Dublin Rally is as much about the journey as the final arrival, a number of his year's off-water events proved to be the highlights of the rally.

We 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.

Another 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.

Evening 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 we're let.

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.

The 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.

Dublin Branch gets new Work Platform (03 May 2012)

The 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.

New Bridge on the Liffey (May 2012)

A new bridge is under construction just downstream of O'Connell Bridge.  This will serve a new Luas line and city buses and will link Marlborough Street to Hawkins Street. 

Earlier NEWS items can be found

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