About us - who we are, what we do...

Welcome to www.fotc.ie

This is the website of Friends of the Camac, a voluntary group

 who meet regularly to clean the Camac River and it's environs,

and improve the environment.

This website was last updated on
10 September 2023.

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Call us to report illegal fishing, water pollution or invasive species
on our NEW number: 0818 34 74 24

Check their website for more information - here's the link - 

River Camac Cleanup Saturday  09 September  2023.

On Saturday 09 September our 9 Volunteers collected a total of 7 bags made up as follows - 3.5 bags General Waste, 3 bags drinks cans and plastic bottles (re-cycled with Round Towers GAA, 0.5 bags glass bottles (re-cycled at The mills Centre Bring Centre, leaving 3.5 bags of general waste plus some miscellaneous rubbish for SDCC to collect.
Well done to all our volunteers - may hands make light work!
The next scheduled River Camac Clean Up is on the second Saturday of October, which falls on 14th October. Hope to see you there.
The table showing our Year to Date figures attached and Pictures from the day to follow.So far this year we have re-cycled 57 bags from a total of 88.5 bags collected as can be seen on the attached spreadsheet.

Thanks to SDCC for their support in our efforts, and also to our intrepid volunteers for their commitment to our goal to improve and maintain the River Camac and its environment.

The next scheduled River Cleanup is on Saturday 14 October 2023 - make a note in your diary!!

New Email address

Please note our new e-mail address is

All future correspondence should use this address.
Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Stay untidy for wildlife

This image from the Hungarian Entomological Society shows the importance of wild places, even gardens, are for biodiversity and insects.

A perfectly neat and manicured garden can be like a desert for the creepy crawlies we all depend on.

So, give the lawn mower a rest for the next few weeks.

Heritage Week Events 2023.

Friends of the Camac – Heritage Week 2023 events.

Heritage Week this year runs from Sunday 13 August to 20 August and Friends of the Camac are delighted to announce 2 events which we will host during the week.

On Sunday 13th August we will host a Walk and Talk along the River Camac from 14h00 to 15h30,

Meet at South Dublin County Civic Plaza, 9th Lock Road, Clondalkin, Dublin D22 E9X5

The flow of the river Camac through time . Come along and enjoy an interactive walk and talk along the Camac River. Listen and share stories about, its rich heritage, history, birds, fishing, fauna, the restoration of the Camac River and its importance both past and present.

On the following Sunday 20th August, we will host a Fishing is Fun event.

Enjoy Heritage Water Day with an introduction to fly casting and spinning for all the family. Come along and meet with Members of the former Clondalkin Anglers Association about past times fishing on the river.

Try your hand at casting and spinning and learn about your wonderful local amenity that is the Camac River. We will provide rods and experts to show you how to get started. Anyone can do it and all are welcome.

Meet in Car Park of Clondalkin Leisure Centre, Old Nangor Road, Eircode D22 E283

Children must be accompanied by an adult on both events.

Check our website for up to date information – www.fotc.ie

Paula Galvin retires!

Wishing our Honorary Secretary Paula Galvin a long and happy retirement as she finishes school today in Our Lady Queen of the Apostles where she was a great influence on her students to be aware of nature and the environment.

Paula was a key player in setting up Clondallkin as a Fair Trade town, and her students have won awards for environmental matters under her guidance and leadership.

We are lucky to have such a dedicated and enthusiastic environmentalist as our Honorary Secretary.

Bawnogue Summer Market – Saturday 17 June 2023

The Bawnogue Summer Market – Saturday 17 June, from 12.00 noon to 4.00 p.m.

This event was held at the Bawnogue Youth and Community Center, on Saturday 17 June.

The Friends of the Camac Voluntary Group had a stand there (beside the Clondalkin Fairtrade Town Stand), where we enlightened visitors about who we are, what we do, and how to volunteer with us.

Thanks to Tommy Keogh for the picture of our stand, left to right are:-

Committee Members Tommy Keogh, Tim O'Brien, Lile Frost, Brian Nolan, Paula Galvin and Adair Cowan.

No Mow May to help the Bees

No Mow May - give the lawnmower a month off!

Check this link - https://www.anpost.com/Sustainability

Common Irish Bumblebees

Check out this on the Irish Wildlife Trust website - here's the link - https://iwt.ie/people-for-bees/

How to help pollinators

Check out this website link too help the Pollinators https://pollinators.ie/top-ten-ways-to-help-pollinators/

Bags collected 2022

Here's a spreadsheet of the Bags we've collected in all of 2022.
By using the 3 bag system to sort out General waste, Plastic drinks bottles and cans, and finally glass bottles, we have saved 80.5 bags out of a total of 132.5 bags from going to landfill.  Check the Facebook page and website – www.fotc.ie - for more details.
Well done to all our volunteers!
This spreadsheet last updated 17/12/2022.
The next Cleanup is scheduled for 11 February 2023 - Hope to see ye there - make a note in yizzer diaries!!

Winter 2022 Newsletter - click below to download

Re-cycled rucksacks and drinks bottles

Friends of the Camac have taken delivery of the rucksacks and bottles generously funded through the South Dublin County Council's Antilitter / Anti-graffiti Initiatives. The reuseable water bottles and recycled rucksacks are being delivered to local schools this week. The design element was deliberately high so that the children would value the items. It also means something to them that the bags are made from the kinds of plastic bottles the children pick up when they participate in our community clean-up days along the River Camac in Clondalkin. 
We are also supporting the teachers in their efforts around this year's Green Flag projects i.e. global citizenship, litter and waste.
Each bag is made from 100% recycled post-consumer plastic and produced with 3.5 recycled PET bottles, so it is a real good news story. 

George Smith RIP

George Smith RIP - Picture shows George Smith's family members Reese, Anita and Georgina with the "Volunteer Ireland Certificate of Lifetime Volunteering" posthumously awarded to George at the recent Volunteer Ireland Awards Ceremony. Thanks to Tommy Keogh for the photo.


2023 Calendar update

On Friday 02/12/22 Brian, Lile, Kevin and myself were in the Mills Centre, explaining to shoppers about our work on and around the Camac River and it's environment. A few promised to come to our next cleanup on the second Saturday of December which falls on the 10th, everyone welcome!

We also gave away a number of Newsletter and Camac Connections booklets and our 2023 Friends of the Camac calendars with a suggested donation of €10.

We will be there next Friday as well from 2.00 to 4.00 p.m., but if you need calendars in the meantime they are available in Mannion's Daybreak in Castle Crescent (Eircode D22 R7P3), and Delaney's (formerly Reynolds) at 11 St Brigid's Road, (Eircode D22 F890).

Thanks to these shop keepers for their assistance, and also to Sandra Crosby, Manager of The Mills Centre for accommodating us.

2023 Calendar now available.

Good news! Our popular Friends of the Camac calendar is now available at Mannions Daybreak in Castle Crescent D22 R7P3, and at Delaneys, St Brigids Road, or  by contacting us at friendsofthecamac@hotmail.com

Many thanks to Joe and Caroline Mannion, and Tony Delaney for their support, and to all our fantastic photographers and volunteers. 
The suggested donation of 10euro will help us continue to clean and preserve the River Camac and its greenway for the people of Clondalkin. Thank you!

Best regards,
The Committee
Friends of the Camac

Huge thanks to our sponsors this year, LAWPRO and South Dublin County Council 'Antilitter / Antigraffiti Initiatives'.

Bags we've collected this year

Here's a spreadsheet of the Bags we've collected so far this year.
By using the 3 bag system to sort out General waste, Plastic drinks bottles and cans, and finally glass bottles, we have saved 80.5 bags out of a total of 132.5 bags from going to landfill.  Check the Facebook page and website – www.fotc.ie - for more details.
Well done to all our volunteers!
This spreadsheet last updated 12/11/2022.
The next Cleanup is scheduled for 10 December 2022 - Hope to see ye there - make a note in yizzer diaries!!

George Smith RIP

Friends of the Camac are deeply saddened to report the death of one of our long time volunteers, George Smith, from St Killian's Park.  George was always available to help us in our efforts and was often there to help on the 'behind the scenes' work, such as wildflower planting, sluice removal, as well as the monthly river Clean Ups.  George can be seen on the right of this picture at the Wildflower / Pollinator planting a few years ago.   He was also a very active member of Clondalkin Tidy Towns, and was a role model of a dedicated local citizen trying always to improve the local environment. George was the chair of the St Killian's Residents Association keeping their estate and green space well maintained, also George was been forefront with Clondalkin Mens Shed in maintaining the St Brigids Well on Boot Rd.He will be sadly missed.
Beannacht Dé le George, suaimhneas síoraí go raibh aige.

Wetlands Mini Clean Up.

Mini Clean up at the Wetlands 31 August 2020 by Kevin, Brian R, Gerry and Dermot. We collected 2 bags of drinks cans and plastic bottles, 1 bag of glass bottles, so only 1 bag of general waste and a kiddies pushchair for SDCC to collect. That means that 3 of the 4 bags collected went to re-cycling, not landfill. Well done everyone. 
The next scheduled River Clean up is second Saturday of September which is on 10 September. Check website for details - here's the link - www.fotc.ie

River Cleanup 13 August 2022.

On Saturday 13 August 2022 our 18 volunteers collected 5 bags of general waste, 5 bags of plastic bottles and drinks cans (which were re-cycled at Round Towers GAA Club) , and 1 bag of glass bottles (which were re-cycled at The Mills Centre bottle bank). There was also a chair and various other large items.

This meant that of 11 bags collected only 5 remained for collection by South Dublin County Council, and 6 avoided going to land fill.

So well done everyone, and a big “Thank You” to our new Volunteers.

The eagle eyed among you may have noticed only 17 volunteers in the photo as one the extra volunteer

 was our photographer, Tommy Keogh.

The next cleanup is scheduled for the second Saturday of September which falls on the 10th 

– make a note in your diary to join us, and watch the website and Facebook page for updates.

Autumn 2022 Newsletter - click below to download

Thank You SDCC

Thank You 

Thank you to South Dublin County Council for their generous funding of €500 from the Community Development Fund to help Friends of the Camac with the cost of producing newsletters and the replacement of equipment.

The Monthly River Cleanup is held
on the 2nd Saturday of the month

The last Camac River Cleanup was on Saturday 11 June 2022 - 

see report and pictures above.

The next official River Clean Up will be on
Saturday 09 July 2022

depending on the COVID-19 restrictions in place at that time.
We meet at 09.45 at the Clondalkin Sports and Leisure Centre first car park nearest to the Old Nangor Road entrance -  
the Eircode is D22 E283.

Watch this space for confirmation.

The Spring 2022 newsletter is out now.

Did you know??
That we issue quarterly Newsletters and you can get an electronic version by sending us an e-mail with
"Yes" in the subject line to friendsofthecamac@gmail.com
Click on the Download button below.

09 April 2022 Clean up

16 Bags collected

On this lovely sunny spring morning our 12 volunteers collected a total of 16 bags of which 5 bags of plastic bottles and drinks cans, to be re-cycled at Round Towers GAA, 2 bag of glass bottles, to be re-cycled at the Mills Centre Bring Bank, leaving only 9 bags of general waste for SDCC to collect.  Well done to all our Volunteers.

February 2022 River Clean up

As our January Clean Up was cancelled due to the high cases of COVID-19, this was our first cleanup since 11 December.  So on Saturday 12 Feb, our 23 Volunteers collected a total of 20 bags of litter, made up as follows - 4 bags of glass bottles (recycled at The Mills Centre Bring Centre), 7 bags of plastic drinks bottles and tins (recycled at Round Towers Monastery Road, and 9 bags of general waste, which SDCC will collect. Well done everybody.  Great to see so many new faces joining us for the first time.The next cleanup is scheduled for 2nd Saturday of March which falls on 12th March -please  note this in your diaries.
Picture (from Kevin Keogh) shows some of today's volunteers.

Dublin Bus Community Grant

We would like to acknowledge the grant of €1,000 from Dublin Bus from their Community Grant Scheme.  This funding has enabled us to purchase the necessary equipment needed for the clearance and maintenance of the river channel.
Such funding is vital to allow us to continue our volunteering work on the River Camac and its riparian environment.

FOTC Calendar 2022 - Thanks

Sold Out!! Great news!Our Friends of the Camac 2022 Calendar has sold out!!
Many thanks to all who purchased as this is a major fund raiser for our Voluntary Organisation to help us care for our local river and it's environment.

Also, thanks to those who compiled and sold the calendar. Special thanks to Mannions and East Village, South Dublin County Council and The Mills Centre for their help in this matter.

River Cleanup Saturday 11 December 2021 - sorting rubbish pays dividends.

On Saturday 11/12/2021 our 10 volunteers collected a total of 14 bags consisting of 8 bags of general waste, 5 bags of plastic bottles and cans (which will be donated to Round Towers GAA for re-cycling), and 1 bag of glass bottles (which were re-cycled in the Mills Centre Bring Centre), along with a babies pushchair, footballs, and various bits of metal and wood.

So that just left 8 bags of general waste and other bulky items for SDCC to collect. The picture shows the volunteers who gave of their time on Saturday.  A big Thank You to them all.

The next scheduled River clean up will be on the second Saturday of January 2022, which falls on 8th January.

Annual General Meeting 2021

On Thursday 11 November our Annual General meeting was held by Zoom Videoconference.  
The Committee for the 2021 / 22 season was elected as follows - Chair = Lile Frost, Hon Secretary = Maria O'Connor, Treasurer = Brian Ronan, other Committee Members = Tommy Keogh, Kevin Keogh, Brian Nolan, Tim O'Brien. Peter Ging and Adair Cowan.  The Auditors elected were Patrick Ging and Ian Church.  A full report will be emailed to the Members shortly.

The Winter 2021 newsletter is out now.

Did you know??
That we issue quarterly Newsletters and you can get an electronic version by sending us an e-mail with
"Yes" in the subject line to friendsofthecamac@gmail.com
Click on the Download button below.

Winter 2021 Newsletter.pdf

Flood Prevention

Floods on 06 July 2021.

Here are some of Kevin Keogh's pictures of the flooding following heavy rains on 06 July 2021. It clearly shows the spillway (overflow) near the pedestrian entrance at the Fonthill Road Bridge, and the water flooding the drainage ditch between Cherrywood and the GAA fields, and where it nears the bridge at the Horses Drink. This overflow is operating exactly as it was designed to to, and diverts some water away from the Sandy Hole and wetlands area. The surplus water re-enters the river at the Horses Drink bridge.

3 men and a boat, er, a canoe actually

Thanks to Vincent O'Sullivan for his help.

Our Safety Officer, Kevin Keogh, enlisted the help of his neighbour Vincent O'Sullivan and his canoe to help clear the litter and other items washed downstream and lodged in the trees on the Big Pond.  The pictures show the Before, During, and After images. Vincent is a member of the Celbridge Paddlers Group and more information on their activities can be found on their website which is www.celbridgepaddlers.ie.  
The Third Man mentioned in the title was Patrick Ging, who helped sort and bag the rubbish collected by Vincent. SDCC plan to cut back some of the trees which are causing log jams to the flow of the river this coming autumn.


The Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee and Wetland Surveys Ireland are delighted to announce the winners of the World Wetlands Day Photo Competition for the month of April.

For more information check out - http://irishwetlands.ie/the-world-wetlands-day-photo-competition/

Congratulations to Tommy Keogh, who won 2nd place for his "calming and charismatic photo of Clondalkin Park wetland, Co. Dublin".

The Camac Connections Booklet has been published

Camac Connections Booklet -

Click on this link to view and download


Welcome to www.fotc.ie

This is the website of Friends of the Camac, a voluntary group who meet regularly to clean the river, and improve the environment.

Our Mission Statement

Protecting, preserving and enhancing the Camac River in Clondalkin; it’s heritage, wildlife and ecosystems; for present and future generations.

White Clawed Crayfish

This image is of a native White Clawed Crayfish, a species which occurs in the Camac and is endangered due to a virus.
Careful cleaning of fishing gear and clothing can prevent it's demise.

Catching and removing Crayfish from the river is an offence under the Wildlife legislation.

Insects and Fish

Thanks to Prof. Jan-Robert Baars from the UCD School of Biology and Environment Science for the use of the images below.

Left to right - a type of Mayfly, Ephemera danica, Large Red Damselfly, Pyrrhosoma Nymphula, Trout taking insect from the water surface.

Both the adult insects and their larval stages provide food for fish in the pools and river courses.


We arranged to have 2 surveys on the river, and they were carried out by Triturus Environmental Ltd.

They were generously funded by the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPro).

1) Biodiversity Assessment of the River Camac, Clondalkin, Co. Dublin - December 2018.
2) Fisheries Assessment of the River Camac, Clondalkin, Co. Dublin - August 2019.

We have taken the advice and recommendations arising from these surveys into consideration while planning our programmes and working on the improvement of the river's water quality and on the nearby environment.

Our Sponsors - Thank You!!

As a voluntary group we depend on help, both physical in the form of boots on the ground during our clean up days (2ndSaturday of the month) and on other special projects – like wildflower planting, hedgerow maintenance and so on, and also with financial assistance to help us purchase and maintain our equipment, and cover our running costs, printing costs of the quarterly newsletters, calendar, insurance and other costs. Contact with other groups to share ideas and knowledge is also vital, and we have received a lot of invaluable advice and guidance from a large number of individuals and organisations.

In that regard we would like to say a big “Thank You” to all those individuals and groups who have helped, and continue to help, us in our efforts.

Firstly to the people of Clondalkin for their ongoing support and encouragement, and then the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO), South Dublin County Council (SDCC), South Dublin Partnership, Professor Ken Whelan, Trituras Environmental Limited, Local representatives, especially the local County Councillors, Inland Fisheries Ireland, An Garda Siochana, Tower Credit Union, Bank of Ireland branch Clondalkin, Supervalu Tidy Towns, Clondalkin Tidy Towns, Clondalkin Mens Shed, Clondalkin Partnership, Clondalkin Civil Defence, Clondalkin Chamber of Commerce, Bawnogue Enterprise Centre, Bat Conservation Ireland, The Marist Brothers of Moyle Park College, Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcain, Clondalkin Leisure Centre, St Joseph's BNS, Killinarden Angling Initiative, Kilmainham and Inchicore Heritage Centre, TESCO Clondalkin, PD Visual, Four Districts Woodland Group, Ted Keane, Brendan Kneafsey, Paddy Barrett, the Ging Family, the Colley Family, the Kavanagh Family, Gaelscoil na Camoige. Paul Kavanagh, Brian McElroy Funeral Directors, Dublin Bus, Keane's Tyres Saggart, Round Towers GAA Club, CPM Sports and Social Club, Joe Mannions of Mannion's Daybreak, Castle Crescent .

Go raibh mile mile math agaibh go leir