Canoeing Ireland

58th Annual General Meeting

19th May 2019

The 58th Annual General Meeting of Canoeing Ireland took place on Sunday the 19th May 2019 at Irish Sport HQ, Abbottstown. The meeting was well attended with club representations from across the country.  Proceedings were positive with active engagement throughout from members and Board.

The meeting was a poignant one as Paul Donnelly concluded his term as President of the organisation. Paul through his wealth of knowledge executed his duties with energy, passion and integrity. The members gave Paul a hearty round of applause as he signed off for the last time as President.  Canoeing Ireland would like to recognise Paul’s leadership and guidance during his term and we wish him well.

Brian Ogilvie (L) and Paul Donnelly (R)

The 58th AGM proceeded to elect Mr. Brian Ogilvie as the new President of Canoeing Ireland.  Brian is a long-time member of Laois Kayak & Canoe Club and is moving into the Presidency from his former role as Honorary Secretary.  On his election Brian thanked the out-going President for his support and commitment to Canoeing Ireland. Brian advised members that Canoeing Ireland has commenced the second of its three-year recovery strategy of Stabilization, Consolidation and Growth. The focus for 2019 is on growing the organization through a three-pronged approach of enhancing Clubs, building Collaborations and enabling Competitors. Brian is looking forward to working with the Board, CEO Moira Aston, staff, clubs and members.

Following further elections, the Board of Canoeing Ireland comprises of:

President – Brian Ogilvie

Honorary Treasurer – Aisling Conlan

Executive Member – Leigh Blackmore

Executive Member – Lynda Byron

Leinster Representative – Bryan Fennell

Non-Olympic Representative – Luke Logan

The 58th AGM concluded after an insightful presentation from Canoeing Ireland’s insurance providers, O’Driscoll & O’Neil. This provided members with useful information on the extent of the insurance cover that a Canoeing Ireland member receives. The members joined the Board after the AGM for refreshments and discussions.  The meeting closed with agreement on a positive future ahead.