C1 Canoeing Workshop – 24th February 2018

Canoeing Ireland and the Irish Slalom Committee are delighted to invite paddlers to a C1 canoeing workshop coached by a number of athletes who’ve represented Ireland internationally.

C1 is a category of canoeing where paddlers kneel in a boat with a single bladed paddle and these boats can be found across all the disciplines. Ireland traditionally has a great history of this discipline abroad in in competition.

Wild Water Racing and Canoe Slalom C1 will be the focus of the day. The event will take place in Wild Water Canoe Club on Saturday the 24th of February starting at 10am and finishing around 4pm. The workshop is open to all ages and abilities! Boats and Paddles will be provided and there is no charge for the day. Anyone interested please contact Robert Hendrick – for more information.

Coaching Children Programme

We will be running a Coaching Children Programme for a 4 week period beginning on Monday, 19th February. It’s a great opportunity for coaches & volunteers to gain knowledge in this area.  The workshops will take place over 4 Monday’s from 6.30pm – 9.30pm in The Samuel Beckett Civic Campus Ballyogan.

If  you could please share the attached poster with your clubs, services and contacts it would be greatly appreciated.

Please note places are limited & the cost is a onetime offer.

To reserve your place on the course please contact or call 01-2719502.


Below is an outline of the programme;

Coaching Ireland have developed 4 modules, specifically to provide particpants with a better understanding of children’s sport and physical activity and best ways to optimise children’s enjoyment, participation and positive outcomes.

Workshop 1: Coaching Children Successfully in Sport – An Introduction for Coaches.

Workshop 2:  Child-Centred Coaching – Understanding Child Development & Learning and its Impact on How We Coach.

Workshop 3:  Developing Physical Literacy through Sport 1 – Coaching Children to Move.

Workshop 4:  Developing Physical Literacy through Sport 2.

Kind Regards,


Rachel Sinnott | Community Sports Development Officer |Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership.
County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.
T +353 1 271 9507

2018 Youth Olympic Games Selection

Canoeing Ireland will host a Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Canoe Slalom and Canoe Sprint selection race for young athletes aged 15 and 16 at Leixlip Lake on Saturday 27th January 2018. Athletes must compete in both Sprint and Slalom events of the same category, K1 or C1. From this selection race a team of up 8 athletes, 2 K1 Men, 2 K1 Women, 2 C1 Men and 2 C1 Women can be selected to compete at the ICF World Qualification event in Barcelona, Spain from the 12th – 15th April 2018.
Any young athletes interested in competing at this selection race please contact Pat Hendrick directly, email for further details before the 22nd January 2018.

You can also view the selection criteria and further information about YOG at the following links;

ICS 2018 Youth Olympic Games Selection Event Poster1

The Youth Olympic Games are an elite sporting event for young people from all over the world. An event distinct from other youth sports events, as they also integrate a unique Culture and Education Programme (CEP), based around five main themes: Olympism, Social Responsibility, Skills Development, Expression and Well-being and Healthy Lifestyles. *****************************************************************

Announcement of TDO Appointment

Canoeing Ireland is pleased to welcome Jon Mackey to the key role of Training and Development Officer.  Jon, currently the Chairperson of Wild Water Kayak Club, is a level 3 Canoeing Ireland Instructor, as well as a Kickboxing Ireland National Coach. 

Jon will align his considerable experience in coaching, development and organisation with his passion for sport when he takes up the post early in January 2018. 


Paddy Boyd, CEO of Canoeing Ireland, said ”Canoeing Ireland was delighted with the quality of applicants for this important position.  Jon will play a key role in delivering the goals and targets identified in the Strategic Plan and the board and staff look forward to working closely with him.” 

Turkey Race 2017 – 17th Dec

Directions to Race Start and Parking

The race starts above Templemills Weir on the Ardclough Road

The race start is at 1.00 o’clock 

Prize giving and raffle after the race is at The Abbey Lodge Celbridge

Ample parking is available along the Ardclough Road and Celbridge area.

All the proceeds from the race will go to St Vincent de Paul

Directions to the Ardclough Road

From Lucan:

As you approach Celbridge village from the Lucan Road, the road veers right over a bridge into the town. There will be a big stone pub on the corner to your right, The Abbey Lodge. Instead of driving over the bridge, continue to drive straight, following the road alongside the river, this is the Ardclough Road.

From Newcastle

If you are coming from Newcastle when you reach the intersection into Celbridge village the bridge into the town is straight ahead and there will be a big stone pub on the corner across the road to the right of the bridge (The Abbey Lodge). Do not drive into the village, take a sharp left onto the Ardclough Road.

From Maynooth

If you are coming from Maynooth, drive through Celbridge village and then left out over the bridge and then take the immediate right onto the Ardclough Road.

Directions FROM the Ardclough Road to Weirgate

Once you are on the Ardclough Road proceed for ca 1.5 miles up this road. You will pass a large residential estate (Temple Manor) on the left, slow down at this point and PREPARE TO PARK. There is a decent sized hard shoulder and we would ask you please to park here.

The race start is just above Templemills Weir at 1.00pm. Entries will be taken at Chelmsford (100 metres beyond Temple Manor estate on the left hand side).

Draft 2018 Selection policy for review

Dear Athletes and Friends of Irish Canoe Slalom,

The slalom committee has prepared the attached draft selection policy for 2018 and now ask our athletes and coaches to review it and let us have their feedback.

All opinions are welcome and should be provided to this email address by the 23rd of December in order to enable a final version of the policy to be issued in early January.


Best wishes,

The Slalom committee

Draft Irish Canoe Slalom Selection Policy 2018, for review by Athletes and Coaches