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Junior Paddlefest Volunteer Forms

To Volunteer for Junior Paddlefest, please fill in the below googleform:

This form is to register volunteer instructors, Coaches and trainees interested in helping out at Junior Paddlefest 2017 16th/17th September. Junior Paddlefest is the largest junior paddling event in Europe attracting up to 500 kids to take part in canoeing workshops across a huge range of disciplines. The weekend offers an excellent opportunity for trainee instructors and coaches to log hours with a large variety of qualified individuals while helping out at the weekend.

Please note that volunteers must make their own accommodation arrangements with the Hidden Valley campsite if staying over night,

For all people bringing gear to Junior Paddlefest, please fill in the below form:

Club Champs 2017 Review

Please fill in our review of Club champs 2017.

This information will help us improve, modify and inform Canoeing Ireland of how we can better our events and serve the membership in a more useful and productive manner.

National K1 and K2 Marathon Championships 2017







Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July 2017

Location: Salmon Leap Canoe Club

Saturday 22nd July, Day 1 K1

Men’s Div.1 & 2   20k (5 laps)

Boy’s U18 / Div.3 / Women’s / Veterans’   16k (4 laps)

Div.4 / Girl’s U18   12k (3 laps)

Boy’s/Girl’s U15 (Div.5)   8k (2 laps)


Sunday 23rd July, Day 2 K2

Men’s Div.1 & 2   20k (5 laps)

Boy’s U18 / Div.3 / Women’s / Veterans’   16k (4 laps)

Div.4 / Girl’s U18   12k (3 laps)

Boy’s/Girl’s U15 (Div.5)   8k (2 laps)


20km   3 portages      16km   2 portage

12km   1 Portage      8km   No Portage

 Last entries 11:30           First Start 12:00 Sharp

Fees:          Seniors: €10 per seat   Juniors: € 5 per seat

  • CI/CANI/BCU membership cards must be presented when entering. You can find your CI Membership card on your online profile on the Canoeing Ireland database. ( If you have never logged on before. Go to, Click on member logon, enter email address given to CI, Click reset password and follow prompts. Above personal on your profile is your membership card in PDF form.)
  • Neither the organisers nor the CI accept responsibility for any damage or loss.
  • CI Safety Rules Apply.
  • If you wish to volunteer to help out at race please contact Aisa Cooper at or 0866051787

Well done Ronan Foley

2017 ECA Canoe Marathon EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (29th June 2017) – Ronan Foley.


This is the Junior race where Ronan Foley of Kilcullen Canoe Club gets the bronze medal after a wonderful performance where the commentators have crowned him man of the match.

Survey of river birds nesting in built structures during 2017

Survey of river birds nesting in built structures during 2017  

This year with support from the Heritage Council, BirdWatch Ireland is appealing to users of our nations waterways to get involved in our Riverbirds in Man-made Structures Survey!

Ireland supports a rich and diverse network of rivers, canals and other waterways. Though often difficult to access, these sites are regularly visited by tourists, anglers, canoeists and other recreational users. If you use our national waterways this summer, you can help us by recording any river bird nest sites you encounter. We are specifically looking for sightings of birds nesting in or on man-made structures: for example, Dippers nesting under bridges, Sand Martins nesting in quay walls, Grey Wagtails nesting in holes in old mill walls or Kingfishers nesting in artificial banks. 

If you are out on one of our fantastic waterways please keep an eye out for the nesting activity described above.

If you do observe nest site please record it on our easy to use online platform. All we need is a small amount of details (location etc) and you can also add a photo of the site if you managed to capture one.

Please submit your records at the project webpage linked below:


#WePlay: Inspiring Girls in Sport

As you may be aware Swim Ireland will be hosting a Conference #WePlay: Inspiring Girls in Sport on Thursday next July 6th at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena. We were delighted this week to confirm London 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist Ruta Meilutyte as one of our speakers. Ruta has a wealth of high performance swimming experience and will be discussing her swimming journey as well as being available to take questions from the athletes. The Conference is  a fantastic opportunity for our young athletes to come together and hear speakers from a range of areas talk about body image, balancing life as an athlete and sport psychology and to meet other athletes of their age from different sports.

Please find attached a schedule of events for next week.

Date: Thursday July 6th

Time: 10am – 6pm

Cost: €10 (includes lunch)


Facebook Event: CLICK HERE

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.

TDU AGM – 6th May – UL Limerick

Notice is given for the the training and development unit agm for the 6th of may in the university of limerick. This will be run in conjunction with a rolling cpd.

Motions and nominations need to be in by the 22nd of April to motions and nominations need to be proposed and seconded by current tdu members.


Kieran Mckevitt

Secretary training and development unit