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
09 June 2024.

Monthly River Camac Cleanup Sat 08 June 24

Next River Camac Cleanup is on Saturday 08 June 2024.

NEXT MONTHLY RIVER CAMAC CLEAN UP IS ON THE SECOND SATURDAY OF THE MONTH WHICH FALLS ON NEXT SATURDAY 08 June 2024.

The last Camac River Cleanup was on Saturday 11 May 2024.

We normally 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.

Protective clothing, Hi Viz vests, gloves and pickers will be provided. Dress for the weather and make sure to wear suitable footwear.

AS THIS IS WEATHER DEPENDENT PLEASE MAKE SURE TO CHECK THE WEBSITE, FACEBOOK PAGE AND WHATSAPP GROUP FOR UPDATES.

Spread the word! Many hands make light work! Hope to see you there.

Next River Camac Cleanup is on Saturday 11 May 2024.

NEXT MONTHLY RIVER CAMAC CLEAN UP IS ON THE SECOND SATURDAY OF THE MONTH WHICH FALLS ON NEXT SATURDAY 11 May 2024.

The last Camac River Cleanup was on Saturday 13 April 2024.

We normally 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.

Protective clothing, Hi Viz vests, gloves and pickers will be provided. Dress for the weather and make sure to wear suitable footwear.

AS THIS IS WEATHER DEPENDENT PLEASE MAKE SURE TO CHECK THE WEBSITE, 

FACEBOOK PAGE AND WHATSAPP GROUP FOR UPDATES.

Spread the word! Many hands make light work! Hope to see you there.

Pollution Report

Update from IFI re blue dye in Camac from source above Corkagh: 

This was reported to Pollution Hotline 0818 347424 and escalated to SDCC and IFI.  
The water has been tested, and no harm to fish/wildlife and no harmful residue.

 It will take a few days for the blue colour to flush out.

ITS IMPORTANT THAT REPORTS OF POLLUTION, FISH KILLS ETC ARE REPORTED
PROMPTLY TO

THE INLAND FISHERIES HOTLINE ON 0818-347-424.

Camac FAS

We have made a submission to the Camac FAS Public Consultation held on 17 and 18 April 2024 which can be seen by downloading the pdf which will be uploaded shortly.

CamacFAS Submission 17 + 18 April 2024.

CamacFas180424.pdf

National Spring Clean Up Day

We have just registered with An Taisce for the National Spring Clean Up Day which for us falls on Saturday 13 April 2024.

Here's what we said in our submission - "We are the Friends of the Camac, a voluntary group who meet regularly to clean the Camac River and its environs, and improve the environment.

We normally 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. 

 We sort the items we collect and so far this year have saved 32 bags from landfill of the total of 52 collected. 

And last year of the total number of bags collected of 132.5, we have saved 81 bags (that's 61%) from landfill.
We meet on other occasions as the need arises, such as weir and sluice maintenance.


World Water Day Friday 22 March 2024.

On World Water Day, Friday 22 March 2024, some of our volunteers (Pat, Brian R, Brian R, Adair, Tim, Dermot and Paula),  joined other Volunteers from Local Authority Waters Programme, Saggart Tidy Towns, Willbrook Litter Mugs, Dodder Action to help clean up a stretch of river at Mill Lane, Saggart, which had been heavily dumped on.

 Between us we collected a truckload of mixed rubbish of all shapes and sizes, as van be seen on the full report are available on Litter Mug's Facebook pages.

Our images show the pre clean up discussion and a photo shoot of some of the windswept volunteers after a well deserved coffee and muffin at Insomnia Cafe Saggart.

Here's what John Litter Mug had to say about the cleanup -

"It was a beautiful day for a tricky clean up on the Old Slade Road in Saggart this morning. Organised by Local Authority Waters Programme & Saggart Tidy Towns volunteers from Willbrook Litter Mugs, Friends of the Camac, and Dodder Action assembled to tackle a litter black spot.

Today's haul included some unusual items. Along with the usual litter we retrieved more than 20 car tyres, 25 large nitous oxide cannisters, 40 large bottles of what appeared to be urine, two cash boxes, a wall safe with a Boss watch, five passports, and €1,500 in cash, 10 car reg plates, and a live 15cm brown trout. The trout was safely returned to the stream and the valuable items were surrendered to the Gardai."

And here's a link to his Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=john%20litter%20mug

LAWPRO Meeting

We were delighted to meet Eanna Gallagher and Ruth McKeever from LAWPRO on Wednesday 06 March 2024,  and walk the river with them, pointing out the features, and showing them the work we have undertaken to improve the river over the past few years.  Eanna and Ruth's predecessors Thomas Carolan and Sinead Hurson, gave us great advice and grant support in the past.
We look forward to continuing our successful partnership in the future.The picture (LtoR) shows Ruth McKeever, Gerry Caroll, Brian Nolan, Eanna Gallagher, Chair Paula Galvan, Tim O'Brien, and Adair Cowan (photographer) and Kevin Keogh (and his dog Socks) also attended the walk.

 NEXT MONTHLY RIVER CAMAC CLEAN UP IS ON
NEXT SATURDAY 09 March 2024.

NEXT MONTHLY RIVER CAMAC CLEAN UP IS ON THE SECOND SATURDAY OF THE MONTH WHICH FALLS ON
NEXT SATURDAY 09 March 2024.

The last Camac River Cleanup was on Saturday 10 February 2024.

The next official River Clean Up will be on Saturday 09 March 2024, all welcome.

We normally 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.

Protective clothing, Hi Viz vests, gloves and pickers will be provided. Dress for the weather and make sure to wear suitable footwear.

AS THIS IS WEATHER DEPENDENT PLEASE MAKE SURE TO CHECK THE WEBSITE, FACEBOOK PAGE AND WHATSAPP GROUP FOR UPDATES.

Spread the word! Many hands make light work! Hope to see you there.



From 01 February 2024 a new scheme will come into effect to promote the return of plastic Drink bottles and aluminium cans.

For more details about how this scheme will work see www.re-turn.ie for details.

We hope that this will reduce the amount of dumped plastic bottles and drinks cans we find on our Clean Up days.

Over the last 2 years we collected and re-cycled a total of 108.5 bags of plastic bottles and drinks cans 
out of a total of 265 bags collected, about 40% of all we collected.

These bags, along with 53 bags of glass bottles,  were saved from landfill, about 60% of everything we collected.

Well done to all our volunteers.


Who you gonna call??

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

Check their website for more information - here's the link -
https://www.fisheriesireland.ie
and

The emergency number for SDCC is 01 4149000. 

The pollution officer's name is Liam McGauley 

and his email :       lmcgauley@sdublincoco.ie  


Well done Paula!

Best wishes & congratulations to our Hon Secretary Paula Galvan on being selected to attend 
GOP 28 for her Students climate change poetry book.
Paula's enthusiasm and leadership is exemplary. Well done!

Annual General Meeting 30/11/23 8.15 p.m.

Summary of the AGM – more detailed report to follow.

The Annual General Meeting of The Friends of The Camac Voluntary Group was held on Thursday 30 November in Aras Chronain, Watery Lane, Clondalkin and was attended by 19 people, details to follow.

The Agenda was handed out to the participants, and Tommy Keogh opened the meeting at 20.25 in the absence of Chair Lile Frost who was unable to attend. It was suggested that Tommy Keogh would deputise for Lile Frost and chair the meeting, proposed by Tim O’Brien and seconded by Maria O’Connor.

1. Tommy Keogh read our Chair Lile Frost’s welcome and address.

2. The Adoption of the Adjourned AGM held on 05 April 2023 was proposed by Pat Ging and seconded by Kevin Keogh.

3. Paula Galvan delivered the Hon Secretary’s Report and a discussion about the Fish Kill in Saggart took place. It appears there was an accidental leak of Chlorine into the river and prompt action by SDCC and Inland Fisheries Ireland minimised the damage. Brian Nolan and Gerry Carroll walked the river the next day and reported no serious effects downstream. It was stressed that prompt action in reporting any such incidents to SDCC and Inland Fisheries Ireland are vital, especially if a prosecution may follow. The Inland Fisheries Ireland Hotline to report such matters is 0818.347.424. The adoption of the Honorary Secretary’s Report was proposed by Tim O’Brien and seconded by Brian Ronan.

4. Tim O’Brien delivered the (Interim) Treasurer’s report and presented the account summary which had been reviewed by the Honorary Auditors Peter Ging and Maria O’Connor. We ended the year with funds of €8,381.24. The adoption of the Treasurer’s Report was proposed by Adair Cowan and seconded by Cllr Francis Timmons.

5. The election of the new Committee was next on the Agenda. Chair Lile Frost has to step down from that role having completed 3 years, but is prepared to stay on as a Committee Member. Following a lot of discussion of options available the meeting decided that Tommy Keogh would act as Chair and that Maria O’Connor would act as Deputy Chair, which was unanimously endorsed by the meeting.

Paula Galvan is prepared to stay on as Hon Secretary, proposed by Tommy Keogh and seconded by Maria O’Connor.

The role of Treasurer will be undertaken by Oyewale Amiola, proposed by Paula Galvan and seconded by Maria O’Connor.

The rest of the Committee who volunteered themselves to stay on are Pat Ging, Gerry Carroll, Brian Nolan, Adair Cowan, Lile Frost, and Tim O’Brien (who will stay on as Minutes and Media Secretary). Dermot Doyle volunteered to be on the Committee, and these persons were proposed by Cllr Francois Timmons and seconded by Kevin Keogh.

It was noted that Kevin Keogh will step down from the Committee but will stay on as Safety Officer and will continue to store our equipment, for which thanks is due.

6. The election of the Honorary Auditors was next on the Agenda, and the current Honorary Auditors Peter Ging and Maria O’Connor volunteered for these roles and were proposed by Tommy Keogh and Pat Ging.

7. No Motions or Recommendations had been submitted.

The new Committee will meet at a date to be decided.

As this completed the business of the Annual General Meeting, Tommy Keogh thanked all for their attendance and input, and closed the AGM at 21.25.

Environmental and Biodiversity Studies


We have been contacted by Anne O’Brien of Cathal Brugha FET College, City of Dublin ETB, regarding a Course entitled Engineering for Sustainability which will commence in September 2024.

Details about the course can be found on the College’s website – here’s the link - www.cathalbrughafet.ie and Anne can be contacted by e-mail at anne.obrien@kmcfe.cdetb.ie


The course is open to Mature Students.


River Camac Cleanup Saturday 11 November  2023.

On Saturday 11 November our 26 Volunteers collected a total of 19 bags made up as follows - 9 bags General Waste, 7 bags drinks cans and plastic bottles (re-cycled with Round Towers GAA, 3 bags glass bottles (re-cycled at The Mills Centre Bring Centre), leaving 9 bags of general waste plus some miscellaneous rubbish for SDCC to collect.
Well done to all our volunteers - many hands make light work!

We were joined today by Professor Ken Whelan and some of his students and we explained to them the work we do and our achievements to date.
The next scheduled River Camac Clean Up is on the second Saturday of
December, which falls on 9th December at the usual time of 09.45
Make a note in your diary and we hope to see you there.
The table showing our Year to Date figures
and some photos are attached – more to follow. 

So far this year we have re-cycled 76 bags from a total of 124.5 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.

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
friendsofthecamac@gmail.com

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
OR
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
OR
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.

WETLAND PHOTO WINNERS APRIL 2021

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

https://indd.adobe.com/view/d91e039d-f6f7-4c12-b528-4a844bcb1d06


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.

Surveys

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 .

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