April 2019

Canoeing Ireland 58th AGM Notice


Irish Canoe Union Limited trading as Canoeing Ireland (“the Company”)

Sunday, 19th May 2019 at 2pm.

 Irish Sport HQ, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

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Minister Stanton launches 2019 Communities Integration Fund

Minister Stanton launches 2019 Communities Integration Fund

€526,000 available for local community projects in 2019

Additional funding included this year for art-based integration projects

Mr David Stanton, TD., Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration & Integration, today announced funding of €526,000 for community integration projects to be carried out in 2019.

The Communities Integration Fund will provide grant funding for local community projects that support the integration of migrants. Applications can now be made online to the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration at the Department of Justice and Equality.

Attending the launch of the Cork City of Sanctuary Movement Strategic Plan of Action 2018-2020 in Millennium Hall, City Hall Cork, the Minister said:

What happens at the local level is critical to successful integration. The Communities Integration Fund is about bringing people together. We are looking to community groups to tap into the rich diversity of their local area and create opportunities for people to get to know one another.

This year’s fund includes a sum of €26,000 from the Office of Public Works for art-based integration projects.  This has been made possible by the “Per Cent for Art Scheme” under which 1% of capital works can be allocated to commissioning works of art.  This is a once off inclusion in the Communities Integration Fund.

The Minister added :

“Ireland’s National Migrant Integration Strategy recognises that culture and the arts can be a powerful means of promoting integration . I am particularly pleased that we are able to fund additional art-based integration projects this year with support from the Office of Public Works.”

Applications must be submitted electronically using the “Communities Integration Fund 2019  Application” form so as to arrive before 21.00 on the 2nd of May, 2019. The online Application Form and other relevant documentation/information, including assessment criteria, can be accessed at Communities Integration Fund 2019 

This call is open to local community based groups carrying out the following projects/activities:

  • Intercultural Awareness – Projects and events that bring host communities and migrant communities together to learn about and celebrate each other’s cultures and customs;
  • Combating Racism and Xenophobia – Interventions aimed at preventing racism and xenophobia among local communities;
  • Sport & Community Games– Projects that seek to facilitate local migrant integration and improve the mental and physical well-being of migrants by encouraging them to get involved in sport;
  • Arts – Projects that encourage migrants and local host communities to interact with each other through arts and crafts, music, dance, theatre and literature;
  • Other Community Events – Projects involving a more broad-based community event adapted to be more inclusive of migrants, e.g. a pre-existing Annual Fair to which migrant specific stalls, entertainment, etc., has been added;
  • Capacity Building – Projects with a social inclusion focus that seek to help particularly vulnerable groups of migrants overcome specific difficulties (e.g. parenting classes for young migrant parents);
  • Employment – Projects that offer advice on seeking employment and offer employment opportunities through training, sponsorship by local businesses and skills assessment;
  • Integration Research – Projects that identify local knowledge gaps and carry out local needs assessments so that local community resources for migrant integration can be utilised to the maximum benefit;
  • Food/Cuisine – Projects that promote interculturalism and integration through the sharing of different cuisines and cooking methods;
  • Education – Projects focused on the educational needs of migrants through provision of additional supports to help migrant children to maximise the benefit of their school attendance (e.g. homework clubs) and older migrants to develop their language skills and better orient themselves in Irish society;
  • Transportation – Projects that target immobility and social isolation among the migrant population due to an inability to drive or difficulties accessing public and private transport.

As this Fund is intended to support the integration of migrant and host communities, all applications must demonstrate how they will involve both migrant and host communities in the activities proposed. The maximum grant amount that can be applied for is €5,000 and the minimum grant is €1,000.

A busy weekend for Junior Canoe Polo

A busy weekend for Junior Canoe Polo.

Canoe Polo Junior Development days bring together children from 8 to 18 years of age,   grouped into beginner, intermediate and advanced players.   Its all part of a determined effort grow their discipline at Junior level through fun and learning, and it seems to be working.

This weekend saw 50 Juniors in the newly developed Mullingar Harbour Canoe Polo center.   Three lead coaches took beginners (Michelle Power), intermediate (Reno Insoda) and advanced (Conor Lane) and while it looked like a lot was being learned, there were smiles everywhere, and somehow the sun kept shining.  Our own CEO Moira Aston had a great time watching, learning about Polo and meeting the team.

For some of the participants as young as 8 it was their first time in a Kayak, with 12 of them already signed up for a beginners course in Mullingar Harbour in May.    A great buzz at this beautiful central location – there were children from Galway, Kilkenny, Wildwater Kayak Club, Tullamore, Kilcock and of course Mullingar.

If any club wants to get involved in this great initiative, give the team a shout on develop@canoepolo.ie or just message their page @CanoePoloIreland.

Canoeing Ireland Training centre is hiring

Canoeing Ireland is Hiring

The Canoeing Ireland Training Centre is looking for enthusiastic and committed Canoe & Kayak Instructors to join its panel of part-time /casual staff at the training centre in the Strawberry Beds, Chapelizod.

The Centre will be running a variety of canoeing and kayaking courses from May to September including summer camps, skills courses, sessions for adults and young people. Positions will be on a part-time/ casual basis on a fixed term contract. The Centre offers attractive pay rates and an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience while working with a team of dedicated and experienced Instructors at Canoeing Ireland’s National Training Centre.

To apply to join the 2019 panel please send a CV to the Centre Manager at trainingcentre@canoe.ie outlining your qualifications and experience and why you would like to work in Training Centre.

For further details or queries, you can contact Conor Ryan on 085 8506025 or email: trainingcentre@canoe.ie.

TDU AGM – May 12th 2019

TDU AGM Notice

Canoeing Ireland Training & Development Unit AGM to be held at

Time: 4.30pm on Sunday May 12th 2019 in Dublin.

Exact Location: TBC

As per the constitution:

6.6. The following business shall be transacted at the AGM;

A. The minutes of the previous AGM.

B. Executive Officers’ Reports.

C. Other officers’ reports.

D. Motions notified.

E. Election of officers.

F. Any other business

6.7. Motions must be submitted to the secretary in written or email to the committee a minimum of 14 days prior to the date of the AGM. Each motion must be proposed and seconded by current voting members of the Training Development Unit.

6.8. Nominations for executive and/or officer positions must be submitted in written or email form to the secretary of the committee a minimum of 14 days prior to the AGM. Each nomination must be proposed and nominated by current voting members of the Training Development Unit.

Officer’s positions include: Chairperson, Secretary, Treasure, River Kayak Officer, Sea Kayak officer, Open Canoe Officer, Paddle Surf Officer, Coach Officer, Safety Officer, PRO/Club Liaison Officer, Environmental and Access Officer.

All Nominations, motions for the 2019 AGM should be sent to TDU@canoe.ie before midnight Sunday April 28th.

There will hopefully be a number of CPDs run on the day of the AGM.

TDU Committee


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