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

Crayfish Plague – Emergency Containment Measures – River Suir & River Deel


In response to a recent outbreak of Crayfish Plague in the River Suir and River Deel, emergency disease containment measures are needed to help prevent its spread.

Crayfish Plague is a disease that kills our native White-clawed Crayfish. All crayfish that become infected will die. Crayfish Plague is easily transmitted in water or via contaminated equipment (for example on canoes, waders or nets).

Ireland holds the largest population of the White-clawed Crayfish that remains in Europe.


All water users are asked to operate a temporary ban on moving water sports and angling equipment out of the River Suir and the River Deel catchment – commencing immediately.

Water sports and angling equipment currently in use in the Suir catchment may continue to be used there; but boats or angling equipment should not be transferred out of the catchment.

Limit your activity to the river section where you normally operate, avoid moving around the catchment and follow biosecurity protocols – Check, Clean, Dry.

Source – Inter Agency response from National Parks and Wildlife Service, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Environmental Protection Agency, Limerick County Council, Cork County Council, Tipperary County Council, Tipperary Sports Partnership, Waterford City and County Council, Marine Institute, Local Authority Water and Communities Office, Waterways Ireland and National Biodiversity Data Centre

Irish Men’s Canoe Polo Squad Fundraising Initiative

“As part of our fund raising this year, Irish Men’s Canoe Polo Squad have entered Version 1’s Community Trust Grant scheme.

This is a vote based competition for a 5K grant that will go towards equipment, uniforms, travel and subsistence for our 2017 European Canoe Championship Campaign.

Please give us your support by voting for us at the following link :

You will be taken to Version 1’s Facebook page where you can vote for our entry directly, and see a promotional video of a squad training session!

Thanks in advance for your support!”

Women in Sport resource

Check out some excellent resources designed to help and keep women in sport.