April 2015

Club Champs Results

First of all thanks to everyone who took part and helped with the organisation of the Club Champs. It was a fantastic success and we are very proud to have been a part of it. The carnival atmosphere that you all generated over the weekend was just a pleasure to be a part of.

Due to the administrative complications on the day, there were some errors in the Club championship results. We here in Canoeing Ireland are incredibly sorry for this happening and for any confusion caused by it. We have put in place automated systems for next year to avoid this happening again. This process should ensure that next year the full results will be available within an hour of the Club Champs competition having finished.

Again we are incredibly sorry for any inconvenience caused. Well done to everyone who took part!

Check out the results for Club Champs for 2015: http://canoe.ie/club-championships/club-championship-results-2015/

Golden Eagle Trust Guidelines – Eagle Breeding Season

The Golden Eagle Trust is kindly requesting that waterways users, particularly canoeists and kayakers, take particular care not to disturb eagle nests this spring. Our White Tailed Sea Eagles are very vulnerable to disturbance and we have drawn up a set of guidelines for inland waterways users and sea kayakers to ensure the eagles are kept safe. We would appreciate it if you could distribute the attached document to your members, clients and any waterways enthusiasts you may know. It can also be loaded on to websites and Facebook.


Our White Tailed Sea Eagles are at an absolutely crucial point in the reintroduction programme and with your help we can ensure this breeding season is a successful one.



Kayaking Accident

Canoeing Ireland are deeply saddened to hear that a member of our community passed away last Sunday following a tragic accident on the Soca River in Slovenia. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.

Longford Blueway Festival – April 24-26th

Longford Blueway festival will be held on the 24th-26th April. Please check out the images attached for details. This will be a fantastic event, run in a beautiful stretch of the country.

Friday, 24th April 2015

Official launch of the waterway by Minister Ring. This will consist of canoeing/kayaking paddlers and stand up paddlers meeting the Minister’s boat at John Burke’s Lock and escorting it into Clondra Harbour. If you are interested in assisting/being a part of the launch paddle, please complete this short registration on https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/blueways-camlin-loop-launch-longford-tickets-16576993233 ASAP. We’re mindful it’s a weekday but we would very much appreciate your support where at all possible.


Saturday, 25th April 2015

Elves and the Shoemakers Shows at the Backstage Theatre

Youth Parade from Market Square to Backstage Theatre

Royal Canal Marathon

Walk from Killashee to Clondra

Music in the Marquee


Sunday, 26th April 2015

10km Family Canal Cycle – bring your own bike

Try-a-Kayak – delivered by Outdoor Discovery supported by local groups

Stand Up Paddle Boarding – delivered by Leitrim Surf Co.

Scuba Skills Demonstration – Longford Scuba Divers

Canoe Polo – Canoe Polo Ireland

Aerial Display – Fidget Feet

Music in the Marquee


Timing and resources have not allowed for a larger event along the whole 10km Blueway Trail at this time, but a commitment has been made that a single dedicated event along the full 10km Camlin Loop will be held over a weekend day in the Summer. We would hope to have your continued and valuable support in the build up to this event. A date will be circulated shortly.

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Please take two minutes of your time to fill in the survey below.

The bend in the road in Lucan is being redeveloped and will no longer be an accessible access point for kayakers, clubs and providers. Canoeing Ireland are looking to address this issue and need you help gathering the facts on how this will effect water users. Please take two minutes of your time to fill in the survey below.



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