May 2017

Canoeing Ireland AGM Notice 2017





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

Saturday, 24th June 2017 at 2pm.

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



26th May 2017

Dear Club Secretary/Member,

In accordance with Article 17 of the Irish Canoe Union’s Constitution, notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) of the Company will be held at 2pm on Saturday 24th June 2017 in Irish Sport HQ, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.


Clubs registered with Canoeing Ireland are eligible to attend and vote at the AGM. Clubs should try to ensure that at least one club representative, eligible to vote, attends the AGM. Individual senior members registered with Canoeing Ireland are also eligible to attend and vote at the AGM. Further important information on the AGM and voting rights and procedures are contained in Rule 10.


Nominations must be submitted on the official nomination form, which is circulated with this notice, outlining the relevant experience and qualifications of the candidate which will be made available to all Members having voting rights. The procedure for Nominations is set out in Rule 11.


Nominations for the following positions are invited:


Positions to be filled Term
President 2 years
Hon Treasurer 2 years
Executive Member 2 years
Dublin Representative 2 years
Munster Representative 2 years
Non-Olympic Discipline Representative*  2 years
Leinster Representative 1 year
Olympic Discipline Representative** 1 year
Training, Coaching & Accreditation Representative*** 1 year


*   Nomination for this position shall be from the Chairs of the WW Racing, Marathon, Surf,    Polo and Freestyle Technical Committees.

**  Nomination for this position shall be from the Chairs of the Slalom, Sprint Committees.

*** Nomination for this position shall be from the Chair of the Training and Development Unit.


Rules 15 and 16 cover the operations of the Board and Executive Committee and Rules 17-24 cover the roles and responsibilities of Board members.


A motion may be put forward by any two paid up Member Clubs or a bloc of 10 Individual members, provided it deals with a single subject and it is approved by the committees of the nominating and seconding Clubs or signed by all 10 Individual members. Motions should be notified in writing, on the official motion form, which is circulated with this notice, countersigned by the chairpersons of the nominating and seconding clubs. The procedure for Motions is set out in Canoeing Ireland Rule 13.


Copies of the statutory financial statements together with Directors and Auditors reports are circulated with this notice. Member’s queries relating to the financial statements shall be submitted to the Honorary Secretary, in writing, not less than 14 days before the date of the meeting and a response shall be published not later than 7 days before the date of the meeting.


All Nominations / Motions / queries on the financial statements should be notified in writing to the Honorary Secretary of Canoeing Ireland no later than close of business on Friday 09th June 2017 by post to Canoeing Ireland, Irish Sport HQ, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. or email to


The company’s Constitution and Rulebook can be inspected or downloaded from


Yours in Sport,


Brian Ogilvie

Honorary Secretary




  1. 1. President’s opening address
  2. 2. Apologies and correspondence
  3. 3. Adoption of the Agenda for the 56th Annual General Meeting
  4. 4. Adoption of Standing Orders for the 56th Annual General Meeting
  5. 5. Confirmation of the Quorum for the 56th Annual General Meeting
  6. 6. Minutes of the 55th (2016) Annual General Meeting
  7. 7. Presentation and adoption of the Board’s Report & Review
  8. 8. Presentation and adoption of the draft Audited Accounts for 2016
  9. 9. Motions received
  10. 10. Nominations and election of members to the Board of Directors
  11. 12. Appointment of Auditor
  12. 13. Any Other Business
  13. 14. President’s closing address


AGM documents and Notice




Recreational use of Irish waterways Survey

We are researching infections that are possibly associated with recreational use of open water. We want to hear from you about your awareness of, or any previous experience of such infection that you may have had. This research is being carried out by the Public Health Bathing Water Group of the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Participation is voluntary and all responses are anonymous.
This will take 5 – 6 minutes and to thank you for taking part there is a chance to win a prize of €150 One4all gift voucher. If you wish to enter this draw, you will be asked for your e-mail address. Please note that e-mail addresses will not be shared with any 3rd parties, are not linked to responses and will only be used for the purposes of the prize draw.

Your anonymous feedback will be used to help us to get a better understanding of the burden of illness with the intent of producing health advice to minimise this risk.

If you have questions at any time about the study, please feel free to contact the principal investigator Dr Katharine Harkin by email at:

To complete the survey, please click on the link below:

Crayfish Plague – Emergency Containment Measures


In response to a recent outbreak of Crayfish Plague in the River Suir, emergency disease containment measures are needed to help prevent its spread.

Crayfish Plague is a disease that kills our native White-clawed Crayfish. All crayfish that become infected will die. Crayfish Plague is easily transmitted in water or via contaminated equipment (for example on canoes, waders or nets).

Ireland holds the largest population of the White-clawed Crayfish that remains in Europe.


All water users are asked to operate a temporary ban on moving water sports and angling equipment out of the River Suir catchment – commencing immediately.

Water sports and angling equipment currently in use in the Suir catchment may continue to be used there; but boats or angling equipment should not be transferred out of the catchment.

Limit your activity to the river section where you normally operate, avoid moving around the catchment and follow biosecurity protocols – Check, Clean, Dry.

Source – Inter Agency response from National Parks and Wildlife Service, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Environmental Protection Agency, Tipperary County Council, Tipperary Sports Partnership, Waterford City and County Council, Marine Institute, Local Authority Water and Communities Office, Waterways Ireland and National Biodiversity Data Centre

Liffey Odyssey 2017

Date:                  Sunday 28th May

Start Time:         12.00

Duration:           2 – 3 hours

Registration:     €10

The Liffey Odyssey is a leisurely 8 kilometre Canoe journey on the River Liffey through the heart of Dublin from Island Bridge to the East Link Bridge. It is being run as a fundraiser for CMRF – Crumlin (Crumlin Children’s Hospital) and proudly supported by I-Canoe and Dublin Port Company.    This event is open to the general public – however all participants must satisfy the organisers they have sufficient ability to participate. Open Canoes are the preferred craft however it is open to other craft that use a paddle such as Kayaks, Sit-on-Tops, Stand –Up- Paddle Boards and Rafts. It is primarily intended to be a fun day out to raise much needed funds for Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

Fancy Dress is strongly encouraged
Further details will be posted on Liffey Odyssey Facebook page

Press Release – Water users asked to take measures to prevent spread of Crayfish plague on River Suir

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs press release issued: Thursday, 18th May 2017

Water users urged to take precautions to limit an outbreak of Crayfish Plague on River Suirdownstream of Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir.


All water users are being urged to take precautions after confirmation of an outbreak of Crayfish Plague on a stretch of the River Suir downstream of Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir. It comes after large numbers of dead freshwater crayfish were reported on the river earlier this month. DNA analysis has now confirmed that the cause of death was crayfish plague.

The kill has only impacted White-clawed Crayfish and other freshwater animals are not affected. This is a characteristic feature of the disease which only infects species of crayfish but causes 100% mortality. All agencies including the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Inland Fisheries Ireland and Tipperary County Council will be working to contain the outbreak to this stretch of the River Suir. Given the experience of outbreaks elsewhere, a total kill of the population is expected which will have major consequences for the ecology of the river. Crayfish are very common in the Suir and are important in maintaining its ecology.

Protected White-clawed crayfish (D. Gerke)
Dead White-clawed crayfish in the River Suir (B. Nelson)









Anyone using the river is being urged to observe the ‘Check, Clean and Dry’ protocol once they leave the river and before using it again. This means that all wet gear (boats, clothing and equipment) should be checked for any silt or mud, plant material or animals before being cleaned and finally dried. Disinfectant or hot water (over 40 degrees Celsius) should be used to clean all equipment and this should be followed by a 24 hour drying period.


The drying period is especially important in ensuring that all equipment is clear of infectious organism, including the removal of any water inside the boat. The crayfish plague organism can be carried on wet equipment to new sites and containment of the outbreak is essential to prevent spread to other unaffected populations in Ireland.


This is the second confirmed outbreak of the disease in Ireland following one in County Cavan in 2015. There is no indication of how the disease reached the Suir although a link to the Cavan outbreak is considered unlikely as the disease there appears to have run its course. This outbreak on the River Suir is of great concern as the stretch of river affected is popular with anglers and canoeists.

The White-clawed Crayfish is a globally threatened species and Ireland holds one of the largest surviving population. It is the only freshwater crayfish species found in Ireland and is present in lakes, rivers and streams over much of the island. Throughout its European range, this species has been decimated by the impact of Crayfish Plague which spread to Europe with the introduction of North American species of crayfish. Until 2015, Ireland was considered free of the disease and it remains the only European country without any established non-native crayfish species.

If Crayfish Plague becomes established there is a high probability that the White-clawed

Crayfish, which is currently protected under Irish Law and the EU Habitats Directive, will be eliminated from much of Ireland. If non-native crayfish are found to be established in Ireland, this could have a severe impact on habitats as they can destabilise canal and river banks by burrowing. It could also impact other freshwater species, such as salmon and trout fisheries. At this time however, there is no evidence that non-native freshwater crayfish have been introduced in this country.

The public are asked to follow the ‘Check, Clean and Dry’ protocol when using the river and to alert the authorities of any mass mortality of crayfish as well as sightings of unusual crayfish (e.g. red claws, large size).  by emailing Colette O’Flynn (  at the National Biodiversity Data Centre, Waterford.

For further media information:

Brian Nelson – T: 087 967 9937; E:

Ciaran O’Keeffe T: 087 2646416) E:

Notes to Editors:

  • Anyone who sees any dead or dying crayfish should report this to National Parks and Wildlife Service, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Tipperary County Council or Colette O’Flynn at the National Biodiversity Data Centre, Waterford (email:
  • Members of the public who suspect they have seen a non-native species of crayfish are asked to take a picture of it showing the underside of the claws and submit this through this web page direct to Colette O’Flynn (email: Phone: 051 306248
  • White-clawed Crayfish Austropotamobius pallipes: This occurs throughout Ireland mainly but not exclusively in areas of limestone geology. It lives in a very broad range of freshwater from tiny streams and ditches to many small, medium and large lakes. The species is a generalist feeder and it in turn is a significant prey item of the Otter.
  • Crayfish Plague is caused by a fungus-like organism Aphanomyces astaci which is of North American origin but now occurs throughout Europe. The Crayfish Plague organism (technically an Oomycete and often called water moulds) normally grows on the outer shell of crayfish and as North American crayfish are generally immune to it, as they can prevent any infection reaching their body tissues. However, when the water mould infects White-clawed and other European crayfish, it rapidly, and fatally, spreads into the body tissues. Infected animals become distressed and behave abnormally and may survive several weeks before dying.
  • Non-indigenous Crayfish: These are any species which are not native to the country. Many crayfish species have been moved within Europe and into Europe from North America and Australia. The most significant of these is the North American Signal Crayfish Pacifastacus leniusculus which is one of the main carriers of Crayfish Plague. This species is much larger than the White-clawed Crayfish and with distinctive red coloration on the underside of the claws.

Notice of appointment as Interim CEO

Canoeing Ireland is delighted to announce the appointment by the Board, of Paddy Boyd, as Interim CEO. Nominated by Sport Ireland for the position, Paddy was CEO of Irish Sailing for 16 years up to 2004 and served as Executive Director of Sail Canada for six and a half years until his return to Ireland last year. He has had an accomplished career in top sport management positions and we look forward to availing of his expertise to guide and lead our sport towards a successful and sustainable future.