May 2015

Canoeing Ireland News

Another Exciting week for Canoeing Ireland

On the home front the Junior Liffey last Saturday had all the right ingredients, Sunshine, good water and lot of thrills and spills it was a great success with 130 junior  paddlers taking on the might of the  Liffey , for many this was their first Junior Liffey. A big thank you to all the Rescue Crews on the weirs without whom the race would not happen.

On the International front our Parcanoeist Pat O Leary placed 4th at the world cup sprint regatta in Duisburg Germany.

Oisín Ó Fearghaíl from  Kilcullen canoe club  placed 2nd in Div. 1 Slalom in Nottingham.

Watch out for Hannah Craig who is racing this weekend in the slalom European Championships in Germany.  Live Results here.

The Sprint action moves to Denmark for World Cup 3 where Barry Watkins and Michael Fitzsimon compete in K2 1000m and Andrzej Jeziersk  competes in C1 200M  or watch it live here 

 Level 5 Skills Training & Assessment in Italy

Canoeing Ireland is happy to announce seven new Level 5 Skills Trainees and eight new Level 5 Skills Paddlers following a very busy week of training and assessments in Italy in May 2015.  With a dreadful forecast predicting 180mm of rain over 4 days it was looking like the courses and assessments would have to leave Italy and move to France or Switzerland, but for once the river Gods were on our side and forecast dramatically improved giving a very Irish Climate in Italy of showers and sunny spells with ideal water levels.

Congratulations to Mateja Trpin, Dervla McAuley, Kevin Foynes, Leo Riedmuller, Patrick Finn, Barry Loughnane and David Higgins who all completed their Level 5 Skills Training in ideal water conditions on the emerald green waters of the Sermenza and the crystal blue waters of the Egua river in Val Sesia.

Laura Griffin Showing Off her Skills at Boof Graduation Drop

Congratulations to Dave Holden, Dave Horkan, Derek Murphy, Simon Cadec, Laura Griffin, Susan Doyle, Frank Carr and Ultan O’Kane who all successfully passed their Level 5 Skills Assesments on the challenging waters of the Middle Sermenza, Lower Sermenza and the challenging Sesia Gorge.

Dave Holden showing us how it's done on the Middle Sermenza

We look forward to seeing many of the trainees moving forward to complete the Level 4 Instructor Training Course and the 8 successful assessees applying for Level 4 Instructor Assessment in the coming months.

At home coming up this weekend we have the :

Canoe Polo Galway Open  Sat May 30 – Sun May 31, 2015, more details available on


Blueway Canoe Marathon Challenge on 31 May 2015 in Athy, more details at

Canoeing Ireland :-Newsround

Dear Members,

With so many great events happening at the moment from so many clubs and a huge variety of disciplines, we would like to issue a big thank you to all the coaches and volunteers and especially the participants who are out helping and participating every weekend, good time had by all!

What a great weekend just gone for Canoeing Ireland:-

We had the Canoe Polo “Under 21 development team” selections in Kilcock, Co. Kildare while the Slalom Development Squad were training on the Lucan sluice, Lucan, Co. Dublin. It was great to see our Junior and U23 Squad coach, Olympian  Eoin Rheinish out working with the squad on sluice.

Office News:-

Benny Cullen, our Development Officer is away in Italy this week running Level 5 kayak skills training courses and level 5 kayak skills assessments, by all accounts water levels are good( so much so “his phone got water logged” or so he tells us).

Coming up….:-

The Junior Liffey Descent 2015 kayak race is on this saturday, this 11.5Km race consists of 4 weirs and 1 portage. It starts at Salmon Leap Canoe Club, Leixlip, Co. Kildare and finishes at the Canoeing Ireland training centre in Strawberry beds, Chapalizod, Dublin.

Come one, come all, this is a flagship event for Junior kayakers and a great spectacle from start to finish.

Why not drop along to show your support for all of the juniors racing from around the country. If you’re free on the day and can give a hand, rescue, Marshal, do boat check, etc, please contact the office: and let us know. We would ask all drivers along the route to be careful as there will be a lot of pedestrians, especially around Lucan sluice, Lucan, Wrens nest and around the training centre. Please car pool where possible. We would ask that you also respect other road users especially with parking in and around the Training Centre, Strawberry beds, Chapelizod, Dublin.

On a final note:-

Pat O Leary has made the final of the Paracanoe World cup race in Duisburg Germany, Also at this event is Jenny Egan back racing after her Bronze Medal at the European Champs a few weeks back.

Full live results can be found here

That’s all for now….chat next week…

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……


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.

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:

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