The Irish Canoe Union was formed in 1960 and is registered as a limited company in order to provide liability protection for its members. It is recognised by the Irish Sports Council and the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) as the governing body of the sport and recreation of canoeing in Ireland. It is affiliated to the International and European Canoe Federations.
Aims and objectives of the Irish Canoe Union:
- The promotion of canoeing in all its forms.
- To organise and assist in promoting and organising competitive and recreational canoeing events.
- To select, train, and administer competitors to represent Ireland at international events.
- To arrange and provide the holding of instruction in canoeing skills and techniques, the establishment and conduct of a system of tests and qualifications, and the promotion of safety.
- To issue guidelines and make regulations for all forms of canoeing as appropriate and to encourage the observance by canoeists of a code of conduct.
- To protect the interests of canoeists and to work for improved facilities.
- To support administrative or legislative measures which will improve facilities for canoeing and to act to prevent the introduction of such measures injurious to the sport.
- To create and promote by publicity and education an informed and interested public opinion of the value and importance of canoeing in all its forms.
- To provide and supply information and advice to members by means of books, periodicals and other methods.
- To provide services as far as possible and appropriate for other organisations, clubs and persons interested in or associated with the sport and recreation of canoeing.