KILDARE is to feature in the 2020BC (Big Cruise) calendar of events on the inland navigations of The Green and Silver route, a project launched in Dublin on 1 January by the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI). Details of the final draft calendar are set to be available in the coming weeks.
The Green and Silver route encompasses the Royal Canal, River Liffey, Grand Canal, the River Shannon and the Camlin River. Led by IWAI Dublin, which promotes this route strongly, 2020BC will centre around a calendar of waterside community celebrations and events which boaters and other waterway users can attend. The project is being coordinated for IWAI Dublin by long time waterways advocate Mick Kinahan, with support from IWAI Kildare, Offaly, Shannon Harbour, Royal Canal and Barrow branches.
New Year’s Day marked the 60th anniversary to the day of the closure of the Grand Canal to commercial traffic by CIÉ, and the event featured a flotilla of light and fast boats travelling on the River Liffey from the sea lock at Grand Canal Dock to Seán Heuston Bridge below Heuston Station.
The flotilla brought some offerings from the Grand Canal to Heuston Station – symbols from locations along the canal’s length, of both past and present commercial and leisure activities, including a St Brigid’s cross for Kildare.
“IWAI Dublin look forward to 2020BC and are grateful for the support from our peer IWAI branches around the inland waterways network for the project,” said IWAI Dublin chairperson Jim O’Riordan, who noted his thanks to those involved in planning the launch and events for the coming year. “For 2020BC, what we are promoting is not just about boating, we intend to work with as many communities as possible to develop their interests further in the inland waterways in their vicinities and look forward to meeting many new waterways friends.”