Work underway to clear an area of the Grand Canal in Limerick city and make the waterway navigable again.

A cleanup operation along a section of the Grand Canal in Limerick which began at the start of this month continued at the weekend.

This section of the canal has not been navigable for many years, but at one time connected the river Shannon to Dublin and the Irish Sea,

At one stage the canal was used by barges carrying Guinness from Dublin.

Organised by the Abbey and Plassey Regatta Committees, the formerly overgrown canal banks have been cleared of bushes and volunteers also turned their attention to removing weeds and debris from the waterway itself.

Seamus O'Kennedy and Gouldie Madden looked on as the work got underway. It is hoped that a boathouse and slipway will be constructed near the canal, dedicated to the memory of the famous Limerick boatman Mike Madden.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 November 1977. The reporter is Dermot Mullane.