The International Liffey Descent

The 60th International Liffey Descent will be on the 14th September 2019.

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 What is the Liffey Descent?

Started back in 1959 as an inter-club event, the illustrious Liffey Descent kayaking race now attracts paddlers from many parts of the world and is a major event on the international calendar. It’s renowned for its Irish party atmosphere but also guaranteed good conditions.


The race course consists of 10 Weirs and 1 portage. It starts within the grounds of the world famous K Club in Straffan, Co. Kildare and finishes 30+ kilometre later at the Garda Boat Club, Islandbridge, Dublin.

2005 Liffey DescentApproximately a third of entries are in the true racing classes and the remaining places are taken up with ‘fun’ paddlers who are there to enjoy the event no matter how long it takes them to get to the finish line. The challenge is will they make it to the finish without a swim!!

Many canoe clubs from at home and internationally attend the event, returning year after year, adding to the fun and experience of the entire race weekend.

After the race, there is plenty of time and space to network and socialise when competitors, volunteers and their families congregate in the welcoming clubhouse. There is also the world famous after-race party at the race finish.