May 2015

See Change – help reduce the stigma around mental health

Canoeing Ireland is supporting the See Change – Green Ribbon initiative this May to help reduce the stigma around mental health. Green Ribbon would like our help to promote #greenribbonIRL on twitter and facebook by taking pictures and videos of kayaking adventures around Ireland and the world in the month of May with people wearing Green Ribbons. We have over 1,000 ribbons here in the office to distribute to our members to promote this initiative. So whether you’re going for a leisurely paddle on your local run, training for a competition or heading off on an adventure abroad in May, get in touch with us and we’ll send you on some ribbons to take photos with and help reduce the stigma around mental health.

So go on – show people that Irish kayakers are fully up for reducing the stigma around mental health!

We have attached a poster and information letter for your information or go to for further information.

To order, please email requesting a quantity of ribbons.

See Change Poster and Letter


Special Olympic World Games – July 2015

Check out the Irish Special Olympic Team that will be representing our country at the World Games in Kayaking at Los Angeles, USA in July 2015. Good Luck and well done on all the hard work put in so far.

Back Row (Left to Right): Roisin Henry (Chaperone / Coach); Ian Staunton (Connaught Athlete); Michael Fahy (Head Coach); Angelina Foley (Chaperone / Coach).

Front Row Left to Right): Rita Quirke ((Leinster Athlete); Nuala Browne (Ulster Athlete); Nicola Higgins (Eastern Region Athlete).

Irish Kayak Special Olympics Team 2015

Landon Carver Program – Chamonix Project

Some last minute funding that wasn’t being used came through last week. We were able to speak with our partners in Chamonix and build this program. Please contact for more information.

At the moment there are 14 places in Chamonix for two weeks. program is for outdoor  leaders  who are interested in returning with their own youth group, scouts, etc. Info attached. Exact dates to be confirmed.


KA1 Brief – Action Outdoors Chamonix Team Leader Programme

Junior Liffey Descent entries close this friday

Junior Liffey Descent entry deadline is this Friday 15th May 2015. Get your entries in to avoid disappointment. Late Entry now applies €25 per person.
See link for more details:

Castilla y León Gran Prix 2015

The Spanish Canoe Federation has invited Canoe Marathon Ireland to send a team to theCastilla y León Gran Prix 2015, National Teams Cup k4 event held at Valladolid and Sanabria, 17th, 18th, 19th July. Accommodation will be provided with transfers between Valladolid and Sanabria and to the airport. A k4 will be provided and all maintenance costs covered.

The marathon committee are looking to select a team for this event and would ask that all interested parties please email by June 4th at which point all entries will be considered for selection. Entries are limited to division 1 and 2 paddlers only.

the Big Paddle Down – In aid of the Nepal Earthquake Appeal​ are organising an open event to raise much needed funds in support of the Concern Nepal Earthquake Appeal. The event consists of a paddle down the River Liffey as a collective community followed later by an Open-Air screening of DamNation​ with support from our friends in Patagonia​ on site at our base at the Canoe Centre​, Palmerstown.


We are requesting a minimum donation of €10 to participate in both the paddle and attend the screening afterwards. HOW MUCH I hear you say? Not much we know but if you can afford more we will welcome all donations.


What, where, when, why, how, who????



A peer-to-peer paddle down the Liffey through the Strawberry Beds from Lucan to Palmerstown. Open to all paddlers across all the various disciplines within our sport.



From St.Catherines Park (Sluice​) in Lucan to our raft base at the Canoe Centre in Palmerstown.



Saturday 6th June with a start time of 5pm at Sluice.



Unless you’ve been underwater for the past few weeks you’ll have heard about the devastation caused by the earthquakes in Nepal. They need our help. All donations raised will be sent to Concern Worldwide​ to aid there efforts.



Paddlers can run their own shuttle from the Canoe Centre in Palmerstown up to the car park at Sluice​. Please allow sufficient time to shuttle from Palmerstown to Lucan to be ready to launch at 5! There are changing facilities available on-site at the Canoe Centre.



Anyone that can hold a paddle. All manner of crafts & paddlers are welcome, Canoe, Kayak, Raft, Sit-On-Top, SUP Board, River Tube….you name it no exclusions!


Safety on the water will operate on a peer-to-peer principle and we would expect all paddlers to be there for each other.


The Open-Air premiere of DamNation will take place at our River Bank Cinema you can see the trailer here:


More details to follow……


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