July 2017

#WePlay: Inspiring Girls in Sport

As you may be aware Swim Ireland will be hosting a Conference #WePlay: Inspiring Girls in Sport on Thursday next July 6th at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena. We were delighted this week to confirm London 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist Ruta Meilutyte as one of our speakers. Ruta has a wealth of high performance swimming experience and will be discussing her swimming journey as well as being available to take questions from the athletes. The Conference is  a fantastic opportunity for our young athletes to come together and hear speakers from a range of areas talk about body image, balancing life as an athlete and sport psychology and to meet other athletes of their age from different sports.

Please find attached a schedule of events for next week.

Date: Thursday July 6th

Time: 10am – 6pm

Cost: €10 (includes lunch)

Registration: https://form.jotformeu.com/71492985234364

Facebook Event: CLICK HERE

Survey of river birds nesting in built structures during 2017

Survey of river birds nesting in built structures during 2017  

This year with support from the Heritage Council, BirdWatch Ireland is appealing to users of our nations waterways to get involved in our Riverbirds in Man-made Structures Survey!

Ireland supports a rich and diverse network of rivers, canals and other waterways. Though often difficult to access, these sites are regularly visited by tourists, anglers, canoeists and other recreational users. If you use our national waterways this summer, you can help us by recording any river bird nest sites you encounter. We are specifically looking for sightings of birds nesting in or on man-made structures: for example, Dippers nesting under bridges, Sand Martins nesting in quay walls, Grey Wagtails nesting in holes in old mill walls or Kingfishers nesting in artificial banks. 

If you are out on one of our fantastic waterways please keep an eye out for the nesting activity described above.

If you do observe nest site please record it on our easy to use online platform. All we need is a small amount of details (location etc) and you can also add a photo of the site if you managed to capture one.

Please submit your records at the project webpage linked below:



Well done Ronan Foley

2017 ECA Canoe Marathon EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (29th June 2017) – Ronan Foley.


This is the Junior race where Ronan Foley of Kilcullen Canoe Club gets the bronze medal after a wonderful performance where the commentators have crowned him man of the match.

National K1 and K2 Marathon Championships 2017







Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July 2017

Location: Salmon Leap Canoe Club

Saturday 22nd July, Day 1 K1

Men’s Div.1 & 2   20k (5 laps)

Boy’s U18 / Div.3 / Women’s / Veterans’   16k (4 laps)

Div.4 / Girl’s U18   12k (3 laps)

Boy’s/Girl’s U15 (Div.5)   8k (2 laps)


Sunday 23rd July, Day 2 K2

Men’s Div.1 & 2   20k (5 laps)

Boy’s U18 / Div.3 / Women’s / Veterans’   16k (4 laps)

Div.4 / Girl’s U18   12k (3 laps)

Boy’s/Girl’s U15 (Div.5)   8k (2 laps)


20km   3 portages      16km   2 portage

12km   1 Portage      8km   No Portage

 Last entries 11:30           First Start 12:00 Sharp

Fees:          Seniors: €10 per seat   Juniors: € 5 per seat

  • CI/CANI/BCU membership cards must be presented when entering. You can find your CI Membership card on your online profile on the Canoeing Ireland database. ( If you have never logged on before. Go to www.canoe.ie, Click on member logon, enter email address given to CI, Click reset password and follow prompts. Above personal on your profile is your membership card in PDF form.)
  • Neither the organisers nor the CI accept responsibility for any damage or loss.
  • CI Safety Rules Apply.
  • If you wish to volunteer to help out at race please contact Aisa Cooper at aisacooper@hotmail.com or 0866051787

2017 Canoe Slalom U23 & Junior World Championships in Bratislava

Best of Luck to our 2017 Canoe Slalom Junior & U 23 Team!

Mens U23 C1  Liam Jegou, Robert Hendrick ,Jake Cochrane
Mens Junior c1 James Gibbons , Sean McLarnon
Womens U23 C1 Caoimhe O’Ferrall

Mens K1 Eoin Teague, Sam Curtis , Oisin Farrell

Mens JuniorK1 Louis Hannon

Womens Junior K1: Kiera Davidson, Ciara Farrell

Good luck to one and all!

2017 World Championships Mens C1 off with a Bang!

Congratualtions to……

U 23 –Liam Jegou, Robert Hendrick, Jake Cochrane and Junior James Gibbons for making Semis in today Mens C1 event!

Great work!!!!!!!!

Tomorrow more racing… Mens K1 and Womens C1!  Good luck to all!









Mens C1 Makes Irish Canoe Slalom History!

Terrific results for the Irish team in the heats of the Jun/U23 Slalom World Championships which started today in Bratislava, Slovakia.

In C1M U23, Liam Jegou in only his third competitive outing following his lay-off for hip surgery in March, put in a fast and clean run of 98.83secs in Heat 1 to finish 8th of the 20 paddlers to progress direct to the semi-finals on Friday morning. Then came Robert Hendrick who put in a super clean run of 102.57secs to take 15th place and qualify direct.

Jake Cochrane made an error half-way down the course on his first run which saw him miss an upstream gate and put him well outside the cut. So as one of the remaining 42 paddlers, Jake went into the second run knowing he had to make top ten to progress to the semis, a very high-pressure situation for him. He rose to the occasion and put in a very solid clean run of 102.25secs to take 8th position and earn his place in the semis.

In the C1M Junior class we fielded two paddlers who were making their debut at this level of competition – James Gibbons and Sean McLarnon. In their first run, both paddlers missed gates on the end section of this very difficult course and put themselves under pressure to make top ten of the remaining 30 paddlers in the second run. James put in a very good performance to finish in 7th place and book his place in Friday’s semi-final. It was not to be for Sean who again had major difficulties on the bottom section of the course and unfortunately did not progress beyond the heats. Sean has this experience in the bank now for the next few years of participation.

So, all three Irish U23’s in the 30-boat field for Friday’s semis and they are joined by James Gibbons in the Junior semis. A terrific and historic result for an Irish team. One which showcases the strength of C1 paddling in Ireland and bodes well for the future.

Tomorrow is the turn of Caoimhe O’Ferrall in U23 C1W and Oisin Farrell, Eoin Teague and Sam Curtis in U23 K1M. Good luck to all and you can follow their progress on https://www.canoeicf.com/canoe-slalom-world-championships/bratislava-2017

Day 2 of the Junior & U 23 Canoe Slalom World Championships, Bratislava 2017


It was a day of mixed fortunes today for the Irish team in the K1M and C1W heats of the Jun/U23 Slalom World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia.

On her first run, Caoimhe O’Ferrall, in C1W U23, fell foul of the big “Niagra” drop at the end of the course resulting in a capsize on the way into upstream 21 and picking up 50’s on the last three gates. Her second run was better but four penalties for two touches put her two places off the group of 30 paddlers who progress to the semi-final over both runs.

In the K1M U23 first run, Sam Curtis’s time of 95.47secs (without the two touches he incurred) would have put him just 0.11secs off making the top 30 to qualify direct to the semi-final from run 1. Eoin Teague and Oisin Farrell had slower times and picked up penalty touches to put them five and seven places respectively behind Sam.

In second runs, Eoin was best of the Irish with a time of 94.88secs which would have put him 0.97secs off the top ten progressing to the semis, but he also picked up one touch which placed him seven places off the cut. Sam was two places behind Eoin, also with a touch and 0.23secs behind on time. Oisin had a nightmare time in negotiating upstream gates 14, 17 and 21 and picked up two touches which put him further down the field. So unfortunately, no progression to the semis in K1M U23.

In the afternoon, it was the turn of Louis Hannon in K1M Junior, making his debut at this level of competition. And what a debut it was! In his first run, Louis put in a very controlled and impressive run of 106.12 secs with the addition of six penalties for three gate touches, which left him in 36th place in the field of 81 competitors and just 6 places and 5.95secs off direct qualification for the semi-finals. A brilliant result for such a young paddler in his first outing at this level of competition.

Needing a top ten position in the second run to progress, Louis dug deep and again put in a great performance in a time of 98.99secs, shaving more than seven secs off his first run time, but picking up four penalties for two touches in the first third of the course. With six paddlers left to run, he was “on the bubble” in 10th position but unfortunately was overtaken by three of those paddlers.

Nonetheless, it was an excellent, mature performance by such a young paddler at the start of what promises to be a great paddling career ahead. His second run result would have put him in 26th position in Heat 1 and directly into the semi-final in the first run of his first outing at this level. Well done Louis and congratulations also to proud Dad Stephen who is serving as Team Manager for the event.

Tomorrow is the turn of Kiera Davidson and Ciara Farrell in K1W Jun, with Kiera (Bib 59) off at 12.06 Irish time followed by Ciara (Bib 46) at 12.19. Good luck to both girls and you can follow their progress on https://www.canoeicf.com/canoe-slalom-world-championships/bratislava-2017

Club Champs 2017 Review

Please fill in our review of Club champs 2017.


This information will help us improve, modify and inform Canoeing Ireland of how we can better our events and serve the membership in a more useful and productive manner.

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