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.

The last Camac River Cleanup was on Saturday 05 December 2020. 

However, the next official River Clean Up will be on Saturday 12 June,
depending on the COVID-19 restrictions in place at that time.  
Watch this space for confirmation.
This website was last updated on 01/06/2021

Dublin Bus Award

Great News! - Here is the text of a message received from Dublin Bus, telling us that we have been awarded €1,000 from their Community Spirit Award fund.

"I am pleased to inform you that your organisation has been awarded €1000 under the 2020 Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards.
I have attached a digital winners certificate and I would be delighted if you could share this across your social media channels to announce that The Friends of the Camac has been awarded in recognition and support of your work in the local community. Can you please tag @dublinbusnews in your social posts and use #DBCommunitySpirit.
This funding is made available to you subject to the terms and conditions applicable to the Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards."

This award will go a long way in helping us to continue our work on the Camac river and it's riverine environment.

The Summer 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@hotmail.com
Click on the Download button below.

Summer 2021 Newsletter.pdf

Camac and Canal

Go to our Pictures and Memories page to read Paul Nixon's story about Clondalkin in the 1960s

My Favourite Season Art Competition

The results are in!
We have added the list of winning entries to our Events page with pictures of the winners being presented with their prizes. Well done all!

The Camac Connections Booklet has been published

Camac Connections Booklet -

Click on this link to view and download


River Cleanup Saturday 05 December 2020

Hi all, Just to report that we had our first River Clean Up (since the relaxation of the COVID-19 restrictions) on Saturday 05 December 2020.  Our (socially distanced) volunteers collected 4 bags of plastic bottles and drinks cans which will be recycled by Round Towers GAA Club, 2 bags of glass bottles which were recycled in the Mills Centre Bottle Bank, leaving only 5 bags of rubbish of general waste for collection by SDCC. This meant that by sorting the 11 bags of litter we collected, we prevented 6 bags of litter going to general waste and ultimately into landfill.

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.