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