December 2017

Announcement of TDO Appointment

Canoeing Ireland is pleased to welcome Jon Mackey to the key role of Training and Development Officer.  Jon, currently the Chairperson of Wild Water Kayak Club, is a level 3 Canoeing Ireland Instructor, as well as a Kickboxing Ireland National Coach. 

Jon will align his considerable experience in coaching, development and organisation with his passion for sport when he takes up the post early in January 2018. 


Paddy Boyd, CEO of Canoeing Ireland, said ”Canoeing Ireland was delighted with the quality of applicants for this important position.  Jon will play a key role in delivering the goals and targets identified in the Strategic Plan and the board and staff look forward to working closely with him.” 

Defence Forces Canoe Polo Competition 2018

The Defence Forces Canoe Polo Competition is back for 2018!!!!
The Competition will be on the 13th-14th of January in the Curragh Camp Swimming Polo.

Entries are now open on
They are running divisions in D1/2 and Div3
Limited Spaces Available.

Please visit the below link for all the information and to enter.

Turkey Race 2017 – 17th Dec

Directions to Race Start and Parking

The race starts above Templemills Weir on the Ardclough Road

The race start is at 1.00 o’clock 

Prize giving and raffle after the race is at The Abbey Lodge Celbridge

Ample parking is available along the Ardclough Road and Celbridge area.

All the proceeds from the race will go to St Vincent de Paul

Directions to the Ardclough Road

From Lucan:

As you approach Celbridge village from the Lucan Road, the road veers right over a bridge into the town. There will be a big stone pub on the corner to your right, The Abbey Lodge. Instead of driving over the bridge, continue to drive straight, following the road alongside the river, this is the Ardclough Road.

From Newcastle

If you are coming from Newcastle when you reach the intersection into Celbridge village the bridge into the town is straight ahead and there will be a big stone pub on the corner across the road to the right of the bridge (The Abbey Lodge). Do not drive into the village, take a sharp left onto the Ardclough Road.

From Maynooth

If you are coming from Maynooth, drive through Celbridge village and then left out over the bridge and then take the immediate right onto the Ardclough Road.

Directions FROM the Ardclough Road to Weirgate

Once you are on the Ardclough Road proceed for ca 1.5 miles up this road. You will pass a large residential estate (Temple Manor) on the left, slow down at this point and PREPARE TO PARK. There is a decent sized hard shoulder and we would ask you please to park here.

The race start is just above Templemills Weir at 1.00pm. Entries will be taken at Chelmsford (100 metres beyond Temple Manor estate on the left hand side).

Draft 2018 Selection policy for review

Dear Athletes and Friends of Irish Canoe Slalom,

The slalom committee has prepared the attached draft selection policy for 2018 and now ask our athletes and coaches to review it and let us have their feedback.

All opinions are welcome and should be provided to this email address by the 23rd of December in order to enable a final version of the policy to be issued in early January.


Best wishes,

The Slalom committee

Draft Irish Canoe Slalom Selection Policy 2018, for review by Athletes and Coaches

Outsider Awards are live


Outsider Awards are LIVE | OUTSIDER MAGAZINE 


We are completely astounded by the calibre of nominees for this year’s Outsider Awards in association with Just Eat, Columbia Sportswear and Great Outdoors. From the inspiring to the devoted to the down-right mad, they are a great bunch altogether!

We are also thrilled to announce that thanks to our amazing sponsors, Just Eat, Columbia and Great Outdoors, we’ll be having our famous annual awards ceremony on the evening of Wednesday 24 January 2018. We hope we’ll see you there to help us celebrate Ireland’s vibrant outdoor and adventure scene.

Tickets are available for just €5 (plus booking fee). You can purchase them here.

In the meantime, why not take a few minutes out from your busy day to read all about some of the amazing people that have been nominated.

And don’t forget you can also vote for the following categories now: 

Most Inspiring Person of the Year – The Olly O’Neill Award
The most inspiring people from the Irish outdoor and adventure scene in 2017! Read More.


Woman of the Year 2017
From solo channel swims to 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents these women have pushed the boundaries.
Read more…
Man of the Year 2017
From 10 Ironmans in 10 days to record-breaking runs and cycles, these men are hardcore!
Read more…


Breakthrough Award 2017 
Meet the guys making names for themselves on the outdoor adventure scene.
Read more…
The Youth Award 2017
The future for adventure in Ireland is bright if these youngsters are anything to go by!
Read more…


Leave No Trace & Clean Coasts Most Devoted to the Environment Award
Celebrating the amazing organisations that help to maintain our beautiful country.


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Sports Capital Grant 2017/2018

Canoeing Ireland Sports Capital grant 

Canoeing Ireland member clubs have been awarded nearly €140,000 in capital grants from the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport’s Sport Capital Programme for 2017. 1700 different projects submitted by sports clubs are to benefit from a total fund of €56m.

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