Opened at the turn of the nineteenth century, the Grand Canal and the Royal Canal served Dublin, Ireland, with freight and passenger transport up until the early 1960s, when developments in rail and road transportation made the canals redundant.
As the last commercial barge passed through the waterways, settlements of people living in houseboats slowly began to emerge along the canals, creating small communities and bringing life back to the abandoned canals.
Until recently, these communities have existed with little intervention from the government, other than the requirement of mooring contracts and fees. Currently, a new set of legislation proposed by Waterways Ireland threatens to yet again change life on the canals.
These new bylaws may force the residents to relocate their homes by several kilometers every five days, as well as increase mooring fees, in some cases to almost thirty times the current cost. This project is a documentation of the canals’ residents and their communities in a time of uncertainty and transition.