Canals and Community 

From historic origins, the canals today have emerged as a relaxing haven for anyone seeking the leisurely pace and secluded spots along its banks which are enjoyed by residents, visitors and wildlife.

The Canals meet in the heart of the city and spread-out North and South through its neighbourhoods, villages and communities encompassing the best of what Dublin has to offer.

Many of these communities host activities and events associated with the canals, with hundreds of volunteers involved in monthly cleanups, ecological projects and other activities. 

Our volunteers are a tremendous asset in keeping our waterways litter free and welcoming places to experience. This film showcases the great work of our Dublin Canal clean-up groups.

Environmental and clean-up groups

There are many groups who care for the canals in Dublin. If you would like to get involved, please contact the groups directly for further information:  

Tidy Towns

Tidy Towns initivatives are in place throughout Ireland and within the areas where the Dublin Canals traverse. They contribute to the upkeep and care of both the Grand and the Royal Canals in various areas and communities accross the city. Waterways Ireland supports Tidy Towns initiatives throughout Ireland and Dublin.


Waterway users

The Inland Waterways Association

The IWAI is a voluntary body of waterways' enthusiasts which was founded in 1954. It was formed to encourage the use and development of Ireland's navigable waterways. The IWAI also promote work parties and clean up groups which operate throughout the inland waterways of Ireland.

The Royal Canal Amenity Group

The Royal Canal Amenity Group is a voluntary organisation founded in 1974 with the aim of saving the neglected Royal Canal from destruction. The organisation was instrumental in the restoration of the canal and in raising awareness of its value as a public amenity. Today the RCAG works to promote recreation, heritage, education and tourism along the Royal Canal.

Cabra Kayak Club

Cabra Kayak Club is a voluntary club operating out of the Lock Keepers Cottage in Cabra. They are heavily involved in community work along the Royal canal. 

Other ways to get involved

Corporate Social Responsibility

There are lots of opportunities for businesses and companies to participate in clean-ups or activity days along the canals. Learn more about corporate clean-up opportunities from Clean Coast/An Taisce or Volunteering Ireland.