In the past, Canals were a major part of the transport infrastructure of the country. They've since been superseded in that role by faster routes - but their sedate nature means they have fantastic amenity value.
Formed in 1974, the original objective of the RCAG was to promote and participate in the development of the full amenity potential of the Royal Canal in County Dublin. From these small beginnings the group continued to grow and now has a membership of approximately 500. It was not long before the groups activities extended eastwards into the City and westwards into Kildare and Meath, and very soon it had assumed 'responsibility' for the whole canal. There are also very active branches in Westmeath and Longford.
In 2010, the Royal Canal was fully re-opened for both water-borne traffic and, on it's banks, for pedestrians. Far from resting on its laurels, the work of the Royal Canal Amenity Group is, in some ways, just beginning. This website is part of that work - whether you're a member of a local Group, a tourist, an angler, a hiker, or a dog-walker, we hope you find it useful. Check back with us for news, dates of events, and navigation info! In the meantime, if you are planning any sort of trip along the canal, we highly recommend the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) 'Guide to the Royal Canal'.
We will be making the Newsletter available as a downloadable PDF as soon as possible. In the meantime, have a look around the site, and let us know if you like it, or what you would like to see on it in future.