Royal Canal Events for August 2017

Tuesday 15th; Royal Canal Cabra Festive, Guided Walk

Walk from Cross Guns Bridge to Ashtown with Peter Clarke (author of Walking the Royal Canal). The walk departs Cross Guns Bridge (5th Lock) at 2.30pm and is about 4.5Km. All are welcome and the event is free. For more information contact phone 01 687 7034 or email

Monday 21st; Royal Canal talk in Phibsboro Library

A talk by Peter Clarke (author of Walking the Royal Canal) on the history and restoration of the Royal Canal will take place in Phibsboro library at 6.30pm. All are welcome and the event is free. For more information contact phone 01 687 7034 or email

Saturday the 19th – 27th; Royal Canal Heritage Week Guided Walks

This year Heritage Week is 19th-27th August, and The Royal Canal Amenity Group are running our usual series of Heritage Week guided walks. They will take place on both the Royal and Grand Canals

  • Royal Canal; The walks start at Binns Bridge (Drumcondra Road)  and go to the Blessington Street Basin (one way).
  • Grand Canal; The walks start at the 1916 monument at the junction of Northumberland Rd. and Percy Place.
  • For full details and times see Heritage Week Walks

Booking is necessary!  You can book HERE! or Contact Us or Telephone:  01 6991031

Sunday 27th; Royal Canal Guided Walk from Binns Bridge

Walk from Cross Bins Bridge to the City Basin with Peter Clarke (author of Walking the Royal Canal). The walk departs Binns Bridge at 2.30pm and is just under 2km. All are welcome and the event is free. For more information contact phone 01 687 7034 or email

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A Stroll along the Royal Canal in Longford

Why not take a leisurely walk along the Royal Canal in Longford. For encouragement see  walking the Royal Canal in Longford on You Tube

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Royal Canal Bicentenary; In Picture

Selection of pictures from the Royal Canal Bicentenary held in Richmond Harbour Cloondara, Co Longford on 27th May 2017. Also see report in Afloat













Royal Canal Bicentenary; School Art Competition Winners

Painting selected by President Higgins for a special prize














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The Royal Canal by Kayak

If you would like to explore the Royal Canals waterway you don’t need to own a barge or boat; It can be done in sections by Kayak; see Kayaking on the Royal

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Smart Canal; Royal Canal QR/NFC Tags

‘Information at you fingertips as you walk, cycle or boat.’ With our Royal Canal Smart-Tags now in place from  Binns Bridge through Ashtown, Castleknock,  Maynooth, Kilcock, Thomastown, Mullingar and Richmond harbour. Details about the canal, its history and local information can be accessed as you make your way along the ‘Royal.’

Provided you have a suitable smart-phone you can access a wealth of information along the canal from Dublin to Mullingar (and eventually to the Shannon when we complete our project later this year).

Information on how to access and use the system is available here

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Towpath Users.

We request all towpath users to please note the following

  1. Share the space; Consider other people and the local environment whenever you’re on the canal. Remember some people may move less predictably, for example young children or those with visual or mobility impairments.
  2. Drop your pace; Considerate sharing of the limited towpath space is the key. Jogging and cycling are welcome, but drop your pace in good time and let people know you are approaching by ringing a bell or politely calling out before waiting to pass slowly.
  3. Pedestrians have priority; Towpaths are shared routes where pedestrians have priority and vehicles, except bicycles and mobility aids, are excluded.
  4. Be courteous to others; A smile can go a long way. Abusive or threatening behaviour is not acceptable and should be reported to the Police.
  5. Follow signs and obey local by-laws; They are there for the safety of everyone. Cyclists should dismount where required and use common sense in busy or restricted areas, recognising that pedestrians have priority.
  6. Give way to oncoming people beneath bridges; Whether they are on foot or bike and be extra careful at bends and entrances where visibility is limited.
  7. When travelling in large groupsGive way to others, especially if you are running or cycling, use common sense.
  8. Try to avoid wearing headphones; Headphones makes you less aware of your surroundings, possible hazards and others sharing the same space.
  9. Keep dogs under control; Ideally use a short lead on busy towpaths and clean-up after them. Dog fouling is very unpleasant and is a health hazard.
  10. At all times, keep children close to you; Encourage them to learn and follow the rules for towpaths.

See the video below from the Canal & River Trust in the UK


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