As part of Heritage Week 2023, Friends of the Camac hosted a River Camac Walk and Talk, starting at the Civic Plaza, and following the course of the River to The Sandy Hole, and the Turbine Pond.
Led by Pat Ging who had a wealth of information about the River and it's history, and assisted by Brian Nolan who spoke about the plant, invertebrates and fishlife in the river, and Tim O'Brien who spoke about the birds seen on and near the river.
The event was attended by a fair sized crowd of 18 and we were blessed with the good weather.
Thanks to Tommy Keogh for the pictures.
Recent events with FOTC –
Brother Colman of Moyle Park had asked for a work team to clear brambles from the riverside and so a team
(Pat, Dermot, Breeda, Brendan, Kevin, Adair, Brian R and Brian N, Francis and Tommy)
went there on Tuesday 28 March and had a clearing out before
the hedge cutting ban came into effect on 1st March. Pictures below.
On Sunday 05 March, we released frogspawn into the river at the Wetlands.
So hopefully they will hatch adding to the wildlife of the River.
Friends of the Camac were actively involved in the local events for National Heritage Week 2021, which, this year, was held from 14 to 21 August. These items included an exhibition of photos in Clondalkin Library, curated by Tommy Keogh and Maria O'Connor, where you could see the history and beautify of your local Camac river , including the photo archives of the Clondalkin Anglers Association (1958-1987). The first image shows L/R Lisa Colwell (Library staff), Adair Cowan (FOTC), Una Ruddock SDCC PPN Secretariat,Maria O'Connor (FOTC), Trevor Kilgannon (Library Staff) , Brian Ronan (FOTC)
A River Camac walk on Sunday afternoon was led by Brian Nolan and Patrick Ging, who explained how the river was harnessed to provide power and water for a succession of industries, from gun powder mills to paper mills, and was a vital source of water for the Monastic settlement founded by St Chronain as far back as the seventh century.
The pictures below show the fruits of volunteers Maria O'Connor and Brian Ronan's labour in tidying up the wildflower plantings near the soccer fields in Clondalkin Park (near Clondalkin Leisure Centre). These wildflowers had been planted some time ago by other volunteers.
We are delighted to announce the Winners of our recent Children's Art Competition which had a theme of "My Favourite Season" and attracted a large number of entries. "Well done" to all who entered, and the schools and staff who supported them in their efforts. Hopefully this Competition will be an annual event on our calendar.
The winning entries were judged by a local artist, who is a member of the Friends of the Camac Group, and the pictures show the winning students and school staff.
1. Our Lady Queen of Apostles school, Clonburris. Fiona Roebuck, principal. Paula Kenny, teacher.
2. Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcain. Sean Mac Carthaigh, principal. Laura Ni Mhuircheartaigh, teacher. Child, Keevah Ní Caomhanaigh
3. Gaelscoil na Camoige. Sinead ni Dhurcain, teacher. Aoife ni Raghallaigh, principal. Child Sophia, Rang A4.
4. St Joseph's Boys National School. Principal, Niall Desmond. Child Sammith Maturu.
5. The King's Hospital School, Rachel Lang (Student) Miss Murphy.
The presentations of Certificates and prizes were made by Lile Frost, (Chair), Brian Ronan (Treasurer) and Committee member Adair Cowan,
We hope to show the winning entries and some of the other entries soon - watch this space.
Top Row - left to right - Keevah Ní Caomhanaigh, Mille Brazil, Rachel Lang,
Bottom Row - left to right -
Sammith Maturu, Sophia (Rang A4).
During Heritage week 2019 we arranged a walking tour of the river. Also on Water Day on 25 August 2019 we hosted a Fishing is Fun event under the which was a family friendly event. Our volunteers showed how to tie flies to fishing line, as well as how to cast.
The event was well attended, and everyone had fun.
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