March 2018

Liffey Odyssey – 29th April

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your company can support Crumlin Children’s Hospital by sponsoring a
canoe in the Liffey Odyssey on Sunday 29th of April.

The Liffey Odyssey is an opportunity to promote your business, build teamwork and help raise much needed funds for Crumlin Children’s Hospital while joining the fun in a unique canoeing experience on the River Liffey through the heart of Dublin.
There are opportunities to promote your business at the start, the finish and of course from the Liffey as you paddle along the route.

For a €100 donation to the Liffey Odyssey CMRF – Crumlin fund your company will be provided with a canoe, all safety gear and the necessary safety training for two people. The Liffey Odyssey starts at Garda Boat Club at Islandbridge and finishes at the East Link Bridge beside the 3 Arena with commemoration photos and refreshments. This event is being hosted by Lucan Kayak Club and supported by Dublin Port Company and I-Canoe as a fundraiser for Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
For further details on how to Sponsor a Canoe, please contact Conor Ryan or Brendan Stears by email or phone.

Conor: yodaconor@gmail.com | 085 8506025 Brendan: brenstears@gmail.com | 086 8516410

Minister Josepha Madigan promotes ‘Check Clean Dry’ initiative

Minister Josepha Madigan promotes ‘Check Clean Dry’ initiative as part of Invasive Species Week
Ahead of the Easter holiday period, and as part of Invasive Species Week, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaelacht Josepha Madigan TD today (Tuesday 27 March) highlighted the importance of water amenity users (such as anglers, canoeists, and walkers) following the ‘Check Clean Dry’ protocol.
The Minister was speaking in advance of a National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS), Canoeing Ireland and Wild Water Kayak Club hosted, and Waterways Ireland supported, canoe-wash at Islandbridge, Dublin to illustrate the practical application of the measures.
‘Check Clean Dry’ is a vital biosecurity initiative that is aimed at helping stop the spread of non-native invasive freshwater plants and animals, as water users may unknowingly be helping to spread invasive species from one water body to another in equipment, shoes and clothing.
The campaign urges stakeholders to:
·         Check equipment and clothing for living organisms;
·         Clean and wash all equipment, footwear and clothes thoroughly;
·         Dry all equipment and clothing.
Speaking ahead of the event at Islandbridge, Minister Madigan said:
I am delighted that today’s event highlights the co-ordination and co-operation between water sports enthusiasts and Government Departments and agencies that is the cornerstone of effective biosecurity measures. It is essential that initiatives such as ‘Check Clean Dry’ are followed so as to ensure that our wonderful natural amenities available nationwide remain accessible and useable to those who wish to use them – not just during the forthcoming Easter holidays, but for future generations also.
Recreational facilities can suffer as a result of invasive species. Fish populations may reduce or change, while invasive plants may restrict navigation through waterways, clog up propellers and add significantly to the management costs of our waterways.
This highlights the fact that as well as the irreplaceable cost to wildlife, the financial costs of invasive species can run into millions of Euro.”

The McInerney sisters from WWKC helping raise awareness this week


At the event, Canoeing Ireland highlighted the awareness work carried out by their organisation:

“Canoeing Ireland takes its responsibility towards bio security awareness very seriously. For Invasive Species week we have been proactively engaged with our membership encouraging continued vigilance and use of our Check Clean Dry protocols.  Canoeing Ireland would like to take this opportunity to thank its membership and the wider paddlesports community for setting a fine example of responsible use of Ireland’s waterways.”

Waterways Ireland urged those using blue ways and engaging in water-based recreational activity throughout the country to ensure they use the ‘Check, Clean, Dry’ protocol:
“Invasive species pose a significant threat to water-based tourism and recreation on the inland waterways. These waterways are crucially important environmental and recreational assets with significant biodiversity value. Invasive alien species seriously threaten these crucially important environments & recreational spaces and impact the socio-economic development of waterfront communities. To help in the fight against invasive species, Waterways Ireland will continue to work closely with interagency groups, recreational bodies and local communities to tackle their spread and to implement biosecurity protocols.”
ENDS

TDU AGM

Notice for TDU AGM 15th of April 2018
Location: Canoeing Ireland Training centre, Strawberry beds Dublin

Time: 4:00pm

Positions of the committee

· Chairperson

· Secretary

· Treasurer

· Kayak Officer

· Sea Officer

· Open Canoe Officer

· Coach Officer

· Safety Officer

· PRO/Club Liaison Officer

· Environmental and Access officer All nominations and motions must be sent to the TDU secretary tdu@canoe.ie by the 1st of April 2018

Nominations and motions need to be proposed and seconded by current TDU members to be valid

AGM agenda, nominations, motions received will be published on the 7th of April 2018 on the Canoeing Ireland website.

There will be a number of CPD’s available to all instructors and trainees on the day of the AGM details of which will be published shortly.

Children’s First Act 2018

Dear Club/Committee Chair,

The Children First Act, which was signed into law in December 2015, has a number of implications for Canoeing Ireland Clubs and Committees. The most significant of these is the requirement for organisations to conduct a risk assessment and generate a Child Safeguarding Statement.

Details of how to proceed in this matter are attached along with templates to assist you with compliance. Please note that the date of compliance is March 11th 2018. Don’t forget to confirm compliance on the google form.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email info@canoe.ie.

Generic Risk Assessment template

Child Safeguarding Statement

Letter to Clubs re Children First 2015 compliance