About the Training Centre

Canoeing Ireland operates a variety of courses from it’s Training Centre on the River Liffey. The Centre is located in Strawberry Beds which is between Chapelizod and Lucan, the Centre offers a range of skills and instructor training courses.


The Training  Centre is equipped with a full fleet of kayaks, wetsuits, buoyancy aids, spraydecks, cags, helmets and paddles. There are male and female changing rooms with hot showers. There is also a large lecture room.

How to join a course

Search through our courses on the right of this page and select a course suitable for you.

Download the Application Form and you can either email it to training@canoe.ie or post the form, along with the course fee, to –

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

Or visit our Online Booking page.

How to get there

From Dublin:

From Town:
From Parkgate Street (on the north bank of the River Liffey, opposite Heuston Railway Station), proceed along Conyngham road. This runs parallel between the River Liffey and the wall of the Phoenix Park. At the traffic lights at the end of Coyngham Road, continue straight.
Drive up Knockmaroon Hill and take a left at the next lights. Drive down the hill, onto the Strawberry Beds Road, past The Anglers Rest restaurant on your right. Continue for nearly two kilometers, passing under a rusty metal bridge, the training centre is on your left with a semi circular entrance wall.

From Lucan:

From Lucan Village, go over the Lucan Bridge and turn right. Proceed along this road until you pass the Strawberry Hall pub and then under the Westlink Bridge. In about 500 metres, the Centre will appear on your right