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.
This year Friends of the Camac were delighted to receive lots of entries for our art competition. The theme this year was “Life in Our Rivers”, and as you can see from the winning entries, the standard was extremely high.
We had very difficult decisions to make and wished we could give prizes to all the children who entered. We think you will agree that the winners’ artworks really capture life in our rivers and we congratulate all the children, their parents and teachers for taking part.
All winners received a €25 cash prize, a mounted copy of their artwork, and an award certificate.
Maith thú do na daltaí, do na muinteorí agus do na tuismitheoirí go lair!
Presentations were made to the Winners by Lile Frost, (Chair), and Brian Ronan (Treasurer) on 20 December 2021 at the Winners schools. Photos of the Presentations by Tommy Keogh.
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.
On Thursday 16 December 2021, Volunteers Brian Nolan, Adair, Dermot, Gerry and Pat tackled the brambles which were causing a logjam at The Marchioness. The before, during and after pictures show the progress made.
These pictures are from some of our recent events, The Transition years students from Colaiste Cillian helped with planting Pollinator bulbs, Work team at the sluice planks to lower the levels before the winter rains, and some images from the Information Day at the Mills Centre where we sold calendars, and handed out the Camac Connections booklets and give information out about our volunteers and their work.
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.
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/
Protecting, preserving and enhancing the Camac River in Clondalkin; it’s heritage, wildlife and ecosystems; for present and future generations.
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.
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.
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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