September 2017

Summerhill College (past pupils include Albert Reynolds and Tommy Gorman) Whitewater Kayak club tells a story of the goodwill that exists within the Sligo community. The club had almost everything it needed: support from the school, kayaks, equipment, qualified instructors, a great river, lots of rain and of course a bunch of lads eager to get on the water. One important component was however sorely lacking; a place near the river to store kayaks.

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Bio-security and the Barrow

The Crayfish plague is now on the Barrow from Royal oak.

It will only spread downstream of the location of infection.

For people operating on the Barrow, stick to you local area and if you have to move gear and boats, wash and dry for at least 48 hours before going to another water course.

  • Drain water from watercraft.
  • Inspect watercraft (inside and out) and other gear. Remove and safely dispose of all attached plant and animal material, mud or debris.
  • Rinse and disinfect all gear thoroughly this should be followed by a 24 hour drying period.  Milton can be used as a disinfectant, either make a solution or a spray. Or by washing gear in water over 40 degrees.
  • Disinfecting kayaks/canoes/paddles with (Virkon / Milton Solution or power hose with hot water over 40 degrees Celsius this should be followed by a 48 hour drying period.

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