Lock 1 Lockhouse Royal Canal

Read about the history of lock house at Lock 1 on the Royal Canal and learn about the exciting new project coming to give this building a new lease of life...​

Waterways Ireland are delighted to confirm they have selected The Adventure Project for a licence agreement at the Royal Canal Lock 1 Cottage. The building in question is an old lock keepers cottage in North Strand, owned by Waterways Ireland, that has been out of use for a number of years now. The lock house was constructed around the time construction on the Royal Canal commenced all the way back in 1790. The lock house is located beside Newcomen Bridge, which has a keystone dated 1795, which fits into this timeframe. From the early 1970s until just a few years ago the cottage was occupied by the Lynch family who have since moved on.


Images of the lock house from 1995

This project aims to give the cottage a new lease of life and bring much needed life and animation to the heart of the north east inner city in advance of the linear park and greenway development through that area. 

The Adventure Project, who will take over the building, are a Dublin based non profit organisation running adventure therapy programs for addiction services, young people in care, crime diversion projects & the prison service. They have huge experience in the area of Adventure Sport and Social Engagement and will now begin work with Waterways Ireland on a new Canal Adventure Program.

The Adventure Project have also been shortlisted as finalists in a €10,000 LEO grant under the ICE social enterprise scheme to refurbish the cottage, to be awarded in early August. They have also launched a public appeal on their facebook page for volunteers to help with renovations. If you have a skill that you think may be useful please contact

More recent images of the lock house

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