The Liffey Descent

The 58th International Liffey Descent will be on the 23rd September 2017.


Liffey Descent 2017 entries are now closed


 What is the Liffey Descent?

In 1959 Canoeing Ireland started a marathon canoe race on the river Liffey that was destined to become one of the worlds most famous and exciting canoeing events, Over the years its reputation has grown and attracted paddlers from all over the world to experience both the event itself and the unique atmosphere of fun and friendship that surrounds it.

The race course is 28.2 kilometres consisting of 10 Weirs and 1 portage. (More information to follow) It starts at the K Club above Straffan Weir, Co. Kildare and about 28.2 kilometre later finishes at Trinity Rowing Club in Dublin.

2005 Liffey DescentApproximately a third of entries are in the true racing classes and the remaining places are taken up with ‘fun’ paddlers who are there to enjoy the event no matter how long it takes them to get to the finish line. The challenge is will they make it to the finish without a swim!!

Many canoe clubs from at home and internationally attend the event, returning year after year, adding to the fun and experience of the entire race weekend.

After the race, there is plenty of time and space to network and socialise when competitors, volunteers and their families congregate in the welcoming clubhouse. There is also an after-race party with either a live band or a DJ which is included in the price of entry.

Liffey Descent 2017