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Sad loss of Respected Paddler – Eamonn O’Donohoe

Canoeing Ireland has learned with great sadness of the passing yesterday of Eamonn O’Donohoe, a much-respected and well known member of our paddling community.

A passionate canoeist who was involved as a keen competitor in many of our sport’s disciplines including marathon, wildwater and slalom, Eamonn lost his life as a result of a paddling accident on Lough Ree, despite the valiant efforts of those involved in the rescue effort, particularly Lough Ree RNLI, Athlone Sub-Aqua, the Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter crew, Garda and ambulance emergency services personnel.

Our thoughts are with his grieving family and close friends at this very difficult time.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Resignation of Karl Dunne, CEO

Canoeing Ireland statement on resignation of Mr. Karl Dunne with effect from 14/2/17

Canoeing Ireland wishes to advise that Mr. Karl Dunne has resigned from the post of Chief Executive Officer with Canoeing Ireland.

Karl was the most senior employee of the organisation for the entire period of his service with Canoeing Ireland since 1 March 2012, and as such oversaw a series of exciting and innovative developments in the sport of canoeing. He served as company secretary, high performance director, designated person in relation to child protection and as Canoeing Ireland’s Anti-doping officer.

As Chief Executive Officer of Canoeing Ireland, Karl discharged a wide range of responsibilities to develop and drive the strategic goals of the organisation and for fostering and promoting contacts with stakeholders and the media in order to promote the profile and interests of Canoeing Ireland and the sport of canoeing in Ireland.

Karl was responsible for the organisation and running of the International Liffey Descent; Canoeing Ireland’s flagship event.  He also oversaw the High Performance strategy for the organisation and served as Team Manager for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

We wish Karl every success in the future and thank him for his efforts on behalf of Canoeing in Ireland.

Olympic Council of Ireland EGM results

At the Olympic Council of Ireland EGM held this evening, a new Olympic council have been voted into place by the national Governing bodies. Canoeing Ireland’s interests were represented by Paul Donnelly – President, Neil Fleming – High performance Representative and Executive board member – Ike Jacob.

These are the results of the votes for the IOC:

President: Sarah Keane

1st Vice President: Colin Barrington

2nd vice president: Robert Norwood

Hon General Secretary: Sarah O’Shea

Hon Treasurer: Billy Kennedy

Executive: Robert Johnson

Executive: Denis Toomey

Executive: Lochlann Walsh

Executive: Georgina Drumm

Executive: Ciaran Gallagher

Executive: Patrick John Nolan

Executive: Darren O’Neill

Athy Rowing & Canoeing Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k

Sunday, 5th March 2017.

Marathon (42k approx.) – €10.

(Start window – 9.30 to 11.30am from Athy)

Athy (start – above the lock at the Stradbally Road Bridge) to Monasterevin via the Grand Canal; Portage from canal to river (two stage portage); Monasterevin to Athy via the River Barrow

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Local Sports Partnership Workshops



The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in partnership with Local Sports Partnerships is organising a series of workshops on How to make an application under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme.  For information on the seminars and to make a booking click on the links in the table below.


Once you have made a booking you will receive a booking confirmation email and you should bring this with you to the event.


Location Limerick Athlone Dublin Cork Sligo
Facility Thomond Park, Conference Centre Athlone Institute of Technology, Main Building, Business Section Conference Centre,

National Sports Campus

Cork Constitution FC, Churchyard Lane Sligo Regional Sports Centre


Dates Monday, 06/02/2017 Tuesday, 07/02/2017 Wednesday, 08/02/2017 Friday, 10/02/2017 Monday, 13/02/2017
Time 7-9pm 7-9pm 6.00-7.30pm &


7-9pm 7pm-9pm
To make a booking



The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is operated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and provides grants to assist in the development or refurbishment of sports facilities and the provision of sports equipment.

The Programme aims to foster an integrated and planned approach to developing sports and physical recreation facilities throughout the country. In particular, its stated objectives are to:

  • Assist voluntary and community organisations, national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport, local authorities and Education and Training Boards and schools to develop high quality, accessible, safe, well-designed, sustainable facilities in appropriate locations and to provide appropriate equipment to help maximise participation in sport and physical recreation.
  • Prioritise the needs of disadvantaged areas in the provision of sports facilities.
  • Encourage the sharing of local, regional and national sports facilities by clubs, community organisations and national governing bodies of sport.

Grants are available to sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities.  Third level colleges, Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and schools may only apply for funding jointly with sports clubs or organisations.


All applications must be made online at


The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 24 February


For more information on the Programme including a YouTube guide to application process and a sample application form visit



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Waterford Sports Partnership – Funding & Conference Update

2017 Sports Capital Programme Workshops

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in partnership with Local Sports Partnerships is organising a series of workshops on
How to make an application under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme.’
The nearest Workshop for Waterford Clubs is in Cork on Friday 10th February from 7 to 9pm at Cork Constitution Football Club.
Click on the link below to book a ticket for this FREE event.



There are also WORKSHOPS in….
Limerick (Mon 6th Feb – 7 to 9pm) BOOK A TICKET FOR LIMERICK WORKSHOP

Dublin (Wed 8th Feb – 6 to 7.30pm) BOOK A TICKET FOR DUBLIN 6 to 7.30pm

Dublin (Wed 8th Feb – 8 to 9.30pm) BOOK A TICKET FOR DUBLIN 8 to 9.30pm




REMEMBER if your CLUB is planning to apply for 2017 SPORTS CAPITAL GRANTS FUNDING – YOU MUST be registered on OSCAR (online sports capital register) first.





Waterford City & County Council – Supporting Waterford Communities Fund 2017

Waterford City & County Council is committed to encouraging communities and empowering residents to make a difference to their areas.
To support this, the Council is inviting applications to its Supporting Communities Fund 2017.

The Supporting Communities Fund provides grant aid assistance to Residents Associations, Community Groups, Sports Clubs and other groups/committees engaged in community activity,
providing community services or carrying out improvement works at local or county level. Groups can apply under one of the following 3 funding strands:

1. Residents Association Fund
2. Community Activity Fund
3. Sports & Recreation Fund


Closing date for applications is Tuesday 28th February 2017.

Click here to find out more


Community Connect Conference – Wednesday 1st March 2017 – 8.30am to 4.15pm – Tower Hotel Waterford
Inaugural  Community Connect Conference specifically for the community, voluntary and charitable sector.
This conference, whose theme is “Sharing Resources, Driving Innovation” is designed to support the sector in a variety of ways.
There will be general sessions and educational sessions that are presented by knowledgeable and experienced professionals that will provide you with information,
tools and resources to help drive your organisation forward in an era of increasing governance and compliance.
Click here for more information