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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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:

Volunteers for Liffey Descent

We are looking for volunteers for Liffey Descent 2017.

If you are interested in the following, please fill in the google form:

Email all rescue queries to

Rescue Volunteer:

On the day volunteer:

If you wish to book Camping:

Garda vetting Process – Garda Vetting email

Please be aware that when you send your paper application to Canoeing Ireland, you will then be contacted via Email from the Garda Vetting Bureau to complete your Garda Vetting online.

The process within the office is as follows:

  • Once the form is received by Canoeing Ireland.
  • The vetting System sends invite to Applicant.
  • Applicant has 30 days to complete the process.
  • If the process online is not completed the application expires
  • If process is completed, a letter is sent from Canoeing Ireland to the applicant stating whether it has been successful or not.
  • Otherwise a new application has to be created.

If you are unsure of the process or the forms, please go to the Garda Vetting page for more information.

Junior Paddlefest 2017

Junior Paddlefest:

This year’s event will be held over the weekend of 15 / 16 / 17th September at the Hidden Valley Campsite in Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow.

Clinics take place on the 16th and 17th September; with registration from 8pm on the 15th September, and from 7.30am on the 16th September.

Registration  Forms.

To Help with clarifying all of the relevant application  forms, the following colour codes should be used;

  • Information and compulsory reading, Please refer to Red Header Forms
  • Paddlefest Main Event, Signets, Signets Improver, Adults, Adult Improver, Please refer to Blue Header Forms
  • Over 15 Clinics, Please refer to Purple Header Forms
  • Super 12,s, Please refer to Orange Header Forms

Please note that all participants must be members of Canoeing Ireland. Read more

Irish National Sprint Championships 2017


Irish National Sprint Championships 2017

The Irish National Sprint Championships, Scheduled for August 12th in Lough Rynn.

Due to a busy Summer racing schedule both locally and Internationally in all Canoeing disciplines, we are postponing to a later date. We are proposing Saturday 30th September 2017 in Lough Rynn, The weekend after the Liffey Descent. Confirmation to follow.

If you aren’t racing on the day and are available we would welcome volunteers to help.

Any comments or suggestions should be made to: