August 2018

Sports Capital Programme 2018

Get your applications in now!

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. and the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin T.D., today announced that €40 million is being made available under a new round of the Sports Capital Programme (SCP). The SCP is the Government’s primary vehicle for providing support to sports clubs and communities to develop sports infrastructure around the country. Applications can only be made online from 9am on Friday 7th September until 5pm on Friday 19th October, 2018.

Minister Ross stated “This is further excellent news following a superb summer of Irish sporting achievements. Recently we launched our new National Sports Policy 2018 – 2027 which confirmed our commitment to invest in sports facilities in the years ahead. The opening of a new round of the Sports Capital Programme shows that we are committed to delivering on this objective. The programme itself has already transformed sports facilities in practically every community in Ireland. The €40 million that is now available provides an opportunity for even further improvements and I would urge all organisations with a suitable project to apply”.

The Minister of State, Brendan Griffin highlighted the changes to the terms of the new programme. “While the Sports Capital Programme is already hugely popular with sports clubs across so many different sporting disciplines, we are determined to make the application process as simple and user-friendly as possible.  We undertook a detailed review of the 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme and the recommendations arising have been fully factored in to the new terms and conditions of the 2018 scheme.  In particular, we are introducing some significant changes in our assessment methodology to ensure that we minimise the number of invalid applications. We will also give even greater priority to applications from disadvantaged areas and projects that promote the sharing of sports facilities with other clubs and the wider community.”

All applicants must be registered on the Department’s online system and the Ministers encouraged any clubs which are not already registered to do so now. The guide to making an application was also published on the Department’s website today on is external). Registrations will close at 5pm on Friday 5th October.

Welcoming the opening of applications, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D. said, “I’m delighted that this year, following an agreement by both my own Department and the Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport, that all schools may now be able to avail of the Sports Capital Grant Scheme as long as they do so in conjunction with a sports club. This is a great opportunity and I encourage all interested schools to apply.”

Clubs who wish to register on the Department’s online system can do so now at is external). Once registered, all applications must be made on the same website. The system will be open for applications from 9am on Friday 7th September to 5pm on Friday 19th October, 2018.

A guide to making an application and a link to YouTube video instructions is also available on the Department’s website.


Junior Paddlefest 2018

It’s that time of year again.

If you are interested in helping or loaning gear to Junior Paddlefest on the 22/23rd September 2018 please fill in the below forms. – Junior Paddlefest Volunteer form. – Junior Paddlefest Gear form.

To Determine Water Athletes Awareness of Surfers Ear or Exostosis and Attitudes to wearing Ear Plugs

Seamus Boyle has drafted a questionnaire titled, ‘To Determine Water Athletes Awareness of Surfers Ear or Exostosis and Attitudes to wearing Ear Plugs’. I am sending this questionnaire to triathlets, surfers, open water swimmers, sub aqua and to non-water athletes.

Click here to be directed to questionnaire

This is purely a questionnaire and no intervention will be performed. It has received Ethical Approval by the Ethics Department at Sligo University Hospital. I wish to gather as much data as possible and obviously discussing this through yourself would facilitate this. Similar study was performed in the UK (Awareness and attitudes towards external auditory canal exostosis and its preventability in surfers in the UK by S Morris et al).

Another study in Ireland determined 66% of Irish Surfers have exostosis, 88% unaware of their diagnosis.

I understand entirely if you can’t help for several reasons, but would be very grateful it you could. Here’s a link to the introduction to the questionnaire and questionnaire itself.

Kind Regards,

Dr Seamus Boyle

Kayaker, Triathlete, Open Water-Swimmer and ENT SpR Sligo University Hospital

Job Opportunity with CANI and Belfast Boat Club

Job Opportunity with CANI and Belfast Boat Club

Belfast Boat Club and CANI are pleased to announce a new job opportunity as Club and Workforce Officer. CANI would be grateful if you advertise this for us.

Please follow link for information for information and details;


We have moved office, new contact details are;

The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland,

Belfast Boat Club,

12 Lockview Road,



(M) 07747794343

(O) 02895438094


Canoe Centre Lower Liffey Race Notice

Race notice for next weekends Lower Liffey Race, 01/09/2018

With the Liffey Descent looking like it may not have the usual flood this race could give a valuable look at what the river will be like on Descent day. as part of the descent series there are classes are defined by boat type i.e. K1, K2, GP, Canoe.

Pre entry available here

There is online entry available & entries will be taken on the day.

Information on the sprees race entertainment here:


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