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  • Biodiversity Week 2017
    Biodiversity Week 2017

    National Biodiversity Week is all about connecting people with nature and showing the fun and wonder that can be found outside. To celebrate the event this year, Waterways Ireland together with IPCC (Irish Peatland Conservation Council) ran a series of biodiversity workshops along the Grand Canal in Monasterevin.

    Students and teachers from St. John's NS in Monasterevin met Nuala Madigan from IPCC and our Education Office Manus Tiernan to discover the vast array of wildlife that call the canal their home. Each group made their own leaf dials in the classroom before taking a walk along the towpath where they learned how to identity the trees along the canal banks. They also made colour dabs to investigate all the vibrant colours of the canal and even came face to face with some mini beasts!

    Feedback from this schools expedition along the canal has been very positive. Both students and teachers were full of questions and eager to impart their local knowledge about the canal. Everybody had a fantastic day exploring the biodiversity of the Grand Canal in Monasterevin!

  • Waterways Ireland feature in the latest issue of Nature's Web!
    Waterways Ireland feature in the latest issue of Nature's Web!

    ​We are delighted to feature in the latest issue of Natures Web!

    Nature's Web is an exciting newsletter for children, featuring news, games and stories about nature and the environment. This month's Special Feature is Ireland's Waterways.

    Click on the full newsletter here to find out fun facts about Ireland's Inland Waterways, Locks and Bridges as well as some of the work of our fantastic Lock keepers. You can also read all about a day in the life of our Environment and Heritage Officer, Cormac!

  • Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017
    Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017


    Waterways Ireland celebrates Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017!

    Waterways Ireland took part in Seachtain na Gaeilge for the 3rd consecutive yeart by offering free school tours ás gaeilge  of the Grand Canal Basin in Dublin's Docklands on March 10th. Gaeilgeoir Cormac MacCashin led the tours enthralling school groups with his knowledge of the Grand Canal. 

    Seachtain Na Gaeilge is an international Irish language festival and one of the biggest celebrations of our native language and culture. It takes place each year in Ireland and in many other countries.

    School groups from Griffeen Valley ETNS in Lucan toured the docks as part of this International Irish Language Festival. From hearing about the waterways in the past to the biodiversity of the canal ecosystem, how a Lock operates and why we have them as well as an exciting treasure hunt, each group received an eclectic mix of stories throughout their tours.

    Both groups were full of questions and the event caught the attention of some passers-by who stopped to listen to the energetic conversation ás gaeilge!


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