With an aim to increase environmental awareness in Paddlesports the River Clean Up week took place from 17th – 22nd April and saw brilliant engagement from clubs and paddlers around the country. As well as the litter clean ups on our waterways the week had an online focus, delivering tips and information for clubs and members to make impactful changes to their habits to make our sport as green as possible. Making small changes to some of our every day habits can go a long way to reducing our impact on the beautiful environments we enjoy our sport in.

The main focus of the week were the litter clean ups our clubs performed on rivers and waterways all around the country. We were extremely proud of how our members took ownership of their home river and did their part in keeping our waterways litter free. A huge thank you to all clubs who took part and the following clubs who engaged with us on the River Clean Up Campaign –

  • Cabra Kayak Club
  • Poulaphouca Paddlers
  • Lucan Kayak Club
  • Shannon Paddlers
  • WWKC
  • The Canoe Centre
  • Celbridge Paddlers Canoe Club
  • Salmon Leap Canoe Club
  • Ribbontail Paddlers
  • Canoeing Ireland Training Centre
  • Bunclody Paddle Sports Club
  • Phoenix Kayak
  • I-canoe

Our thanks as well to the Local Authorities and County Councils who gave their support and disposed of the waste collected on the river clean ups.

Litter clean ups should be part of our daily paddlesports activity. We have loved the focus all our members put on their environmental impact over the last week, but every day is an opportunity to make a small impact. Any time you get out on the river pick up 3 pieces of litter you see and dispose of them at the end of our paddle. Let’s make paddlesports green.