Discover Barge Cadhla

barge cadhla
The Irish name Cadhla, pronounced ‘Ky-la’, means "beautiful" and "graceful," perfectly encapsulating the essence of this authentic replica inspired by a 1922 Guinness brewery canal barge. A time-travelling beauty, it provides Dubliners and visitors with a distinctive experience while cruising along the Grand Canal.

A barge with a story

Cadhla combines tradition and modernity with a hull form based on a traditional Guinness canal barge vessel and a contemporary art-deco interior that exudes elegance and style.

Arriving in Dún Laoghaire, Monkstown by trailer from the Netherlands on 21 December 2009, the first lady of ceremony was her namesake, 4-year-old Miss Keela (Cadhla) Rigby, who cracked a bottle of Guinness Stout across her bows.

It later set sail for the Grand Canal Dock for a final fit-out, opening its doors in February 2010.

Measuring 17 metres in length and 3.8 metres in width, Cadhla prioritises comfort and spaciousness, the interior has a full audio system, an on-board galley (kitchen) and a fully-stocked bar.

Choose Your Cruise

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Dining Cruise

Discover our group two-hour evening cruise with a three-course meal on Dublin’s Grand Canal – scheduled sailings on most Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and on other weeknights. Please check online for availability. 


Private Hire

Host your next event with us! Our barge can be booked in its entirety for private hire, from a personal celebration to a corporate meeting or party.

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