Established in the 1800’s The Grand and the Royal Canal served Dublin with freight and passenger transport up until the 1960’s.
As the last commercial barge passed through the waterways, settlements of people living in houseboats slowly started to emerge along the canals creating small communities and bringing life back to the abandoned canals.
Up until recent years these communities have existed with little intervention from the government except essential mooring contracts and fees. Currently a new set of legislation proposed by Waterways Ireland, threatens to yet again change life on the canals.
This project is a documentation of the canals residents and a community in a time of uncertainty and prospect of transition.