2017 European Canoe Slalom Junior & U23 Championships

The European Canoe Slalom Junior & U23 Championships get under way tomorrow

Thursday August 17th in Hohenlimburg, Germany.

We wish all of our Athletes the very best of Luck –

Mens Junior K1 –Neil Dignam & Louis Hannon

Womens Junior K1 –Kiera Davidson & Ciara Farrell

Mens Junior C1—James Gibbons & Sean McLarnon

Mens U23 K1 – Samuel Curtis, Eoin Teague, Noel Hendrick

Womens U23 C1 –Caoimhe O’Ferrall

Mens U23 C1 – Liam Jegou, Jake Cochrane, Robert Hendrick


Wednesday, 16/08/2017
19:00 Opening Ceremony
Thursday 17/08/2017

10:30 – 18:10 Heats C2M, K1W, K1M (Junior & U23)

Friday, 18/08/2017

9:00 – 13:15 Heats C1W, C1M (Junior & U23)

14:30 – 18:45 Team events K1W U23, C1W Junior, C1M Junior, K1M Junior, C1W U23, C1M U23, K1M U23, K1W Junior

Saturday, 19/08/2017

11:00 – 17:35 Semi-final & Final K1W U23, K1M U23, K1W Junior, K1M Junior Final C2M U23, C2M Junior (*direct final from heats)

Sunday, 20/08/2017

11:00 – 15:30 Semi-final & Final C1W U23, C1M U23, C1W Junior, C1M Junior

Livestreaming will be available on Canoe Europe Youtube Channel:

Official event website: http://em2017.holibu.de/en/
Promo video: https://www.facebook.com/kchohenlimburg/videos/1317452394974489/


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: canoesprintireland@gmail.com

Lower Liffey Ranking Race 2017

Lower Liffey Ranking Race 2017

Date:                3rd September 2017

Start time:        12.00

Long course:    Salmon Leap Canoe Club (2 Laps of the lake) to Canoe Centre, distance approx 20km

Short course:   Salmon Leap Canoe Club to Canoe Centre, distance approx 14km

Both courses include 1 Portage, 5 Wiers


  • K2 / T2 (long – 20k)
  • K2 / T2 (short – 14k)
  • Div 1 – K1 (long – 20k)
  • Div 2 – K1 (long – 20k)
  • Div 3 – K1 (short – 14k)
  • Div 4 – K1 (short – 14k) including Deceptor, Gola Sprint, Wavehopper, Wild Water Racers, and Sea Kayaks
  • Ladies Div 4 K1 (short – 14k)
  • Junior Div 5 K1 (short – 14k)
  • GP – men, women, u18 male, u18 female, u15 male, u15 female (short – 14k)
  • Canadian including Open Canoe Single, Open Canoe Double, Open Canoe Triple


Seniors – €10

Juniors – €5

Online entries will be available through www.canoe.ie once open

Last entries onsite – 11.00am

  • CI/CANI/BCU membership cards must be presented when entering.
  • Neither the organisers nor the ICU accept responsibility for any damage or loss.
  • Rough water course with Grade 1 / Grade 2 rapids
  • CI Safety Rules Apply.
  • This race is not suitable for Novices/ Beginners. River will be in flood.
  • All Junior, GP and Canadian paddlers must wear helmets.
  • Neither the organisers nor Canoeing Ireland accept any responsibility for any damage or loss to persons or equipment.

If you wish to volunteer to help out at race please contact the Race Organiser;

Shane Cronin

01 6264363


Are you using the Inland Waterways of Ireland

Are you using the inland waterways of Ireland?

Waterways Ireland are conducting a survey on the usage of the inland waterways within Ireland. We wish to find out if you have used the facilities that have been built around the country recently and if they meet your needs. Waterways Ireland want to continue to invest in improving the waterways and waterside experiences visitors have while supporting businesses and communities to grow in these areas. By increasing recreational and tourism use of the waterways, we allow communities to grow jobs and bring income into your area. Canoeing Ireland and Waterways Ireland are working together in finding out how to improve on what has already been done. We would appreciate if you could please take a minute to complete this short questionnaire.


Liam Jegou takes 5th Place Mens Final C1 U 23 & Junior World Championships and Team Racing Tomorrow

Jun/U23 Slalom World Championships – C1M Final

After qualifying 7th of the 10 paddlers to contest the final, Liam was aiming to improve on his 9th placing in this event in 2016 and did just that, putting in a great run to take 5th place in a race won by local paddler Marko Mirgorodsky, with Czech paddler Vaclav Chaloupka taking Silver and the German Florian Breuer taking Bronze.

This is a super result for Liam who was out of his C1 due to injury for most of the winter and since his hip surgery at the end of March, after which he underwent a long and painful period of rehabilitation, only getting back to competition for the second race of the senior World Cup series in Augsburg just a month ago.

Well done Liam and to all of the Irish team paddlers who gave us such good individual performances over the past week.

Tomorrow, the Championships conclude with the team races with Sam Curtis, Eoin Teague and Oisin Farrell in K1M off at 09.52 Irish time and Liam Jegou, Jake Cochrane and Robert Hendrick in C1M off at 14.09. Good luck guys!

Follow the action on:


U23 & Junior World Championships C1 Semi Finals and Liam Jegou heading into finals this afternoon!!!

Jun/U23 Slalom World Championships – C1M Semi-Finals

This morning’s programme at the Jun/U23 Slalom World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia saw the Irish team competing in the semi-finals of the C1M U23 and Junior classes.

Jake Cochrane was first-off, of the Irish U23 trio, on a very tight technical course. He lost a little time on gate 3, picking up a penalty in the process and shaved it a little tight on two following offset moves to pick up further touches on gates 8 and 13 to leave him in 23rd position overall of the 62 competitors in this class with a time of 107.55 plus six added penalties.

Robert Hendrick was next off and he put in a very controlled, penalty-free run of 109.06secs to finish up in 20th position overall.

Liam Jegou knew he had to put in a top ten performance to progress to this afternoon’s final and he put in a very solid, penalty-free run of 100.41secs to qualify in 7th position. So, one of our three U23 semi-finalists progress to the finals this afternoon.

In the C1M Junior class James Gibbons was next up and was going well and clear up to gate 14 but was off-line for the following very difficult offset sequence and missed gates 15 and 16. Despite going back for the gates, he lost at least 30secs and took 50’s on both which ended his challenge. Still a very good debut at this level of competition for this young paddler which he will be hoping to build on at next month’s European Championships.

All eyes now on Liam’s final run which is scheduled for 15.20 Irish time, with Liam 4th off of the 10 finalists. Follow him on: