The results are in!
We have added the list of winning entries to our Events page and hope to showcase the winning (and other) entries soon.
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. 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.
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FOTC AGM was held on November 12th, 2020, by Zoom Video Conference.
Here is a section of the AGM Report already circulated to the Members by the Hon Secretary, Maria O'Connor.
Adair Cowan, Breeda Bonner, Brendan Cronin, Brian Nolan, Brian Ronan, Daire Fitzharris, Dermot Doyle, Eoin O’Broin, Fintan Mullaly, Katie Goodwin, Kevin Keogh, Lar Ging, Lile Frost, Marguerite Sherry, Maria O’Connor, Pat Ging, Peter Ging, Sinead Hurson, Thomas Carolan, Tim O’Brien, Tommy Keogh.
Eleanor Foxe, Robert Dowds.
Election of Officers
The Chair (Tommy Keogh) introduced the election of Officers and the Committee for the coming year. He noted that it has been a pleasure to work with the committee in his time as Chair. As both the Chair and the Hon. Secretary (Maria O'Connor) have both served three years, they automatically step down this year.
Chair: Breeda Bonner proposed Lile Frost for Chair, seconded by Maria O’Connor. Elected.
Secretary: Kevin Keogh proposed Daire Fitzharris for Secretary, seconded by Brian Nolan. Elected.
Treasurer: Maria O’Connor proposed Brian Ronan for Treasurer, seconded by Pat Ging. Elected.
A round of applause was given for the work of the officers in the past year.
Election of Committee
Chair Tommy Keogh went through proposed Committee members, and asked the meeting if they would agree to one proposal and vote for all members, which was agreed:
Names of Incoming Committee members
Tommy Keogh, Kevin Keogh, Tim O’Brien, Peter Ging, Brian Nolan, Adair Cowan.
The New Committee was proposed by Brendan Cronin, and seconded by Pat Ging. The Committee was elected.
Breeda Bonner, Thomas Carolan and Sinead Hurson agreed to continue as advisors to the group.
Name Proposed by Seconded by
Pat Ging Kevin Keogh Daire Fitzharris
Ian Church Kevin Keogh Daire Fitzharris
The Hon. Auditors were duly elected.
Congratulations to all elected Members of the new Committee for the 2020 / 2021 year.
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.
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