Cabra Youth Group; Kayaking on the Royal Canal Sat 24th June

The ‘Cabra For Youth Group’ are holding a ”Kayaking Taster Event” on the Royal Canal at 2.00pm. It starts at 10th Lock Ashtown and proceeds down to the 5th Lock at Shandon, Phibsboro and finishes around 5.00pm approx.

The event aims to encourage people to try out the sport of Kayaking so advice and information on Kayaking will be available on the day

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Royal Canal Festival, Enfield Sun 25 June.

The Enfield Royal Canal festival takes place on Sunday the 25th June. It will be held in the Enfield Royal Canal Amenity park starting at 1pm. Make a date and come along to enjoy fun and events for all the family. The event features kayaking / canoeing activities, a BBQ and live music.

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Royal Canal Open Day; Sat 1st July

The Royal Canal Amenity Group are running a canal awareness day in Maynooth Harbour between 10.00am and 5.00pm. Information about developments and leisure activities along the canal will be available on the day

The event will include Kayaking demonstrations advice and information (See Video). A steam driven launch and a restored barge will also be in the harbour.

The Maynooth summer festival is taking place over the weekend and will featuring historic walks, live music, family fun and children’s entertainment in Maynooth castle. So come along and enjoy a day out in Historic Maynooth.

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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

Smart 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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