About Canoeing Ireland

The Irish Canoe Union T/A Canoeing Ireland 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 Federation of Ireland (OFI) 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 Canoeing Ireland:

  • The promotion of canoeing in all its forms.
  • To organise/assist in organising and promoting 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.

Structure of Canoeing Ireland

Board of Management

The affairs of Canoeing Ireland are managed by an elected Management Board. The Board has overriding authority in all matters. However, it has authority to delegate responsibility to a number of Standing Committees as follows:

Board Of Management
Leinster Representative TBC
Connacht/Ulster Representative TBC
Munster Representative TBC
Dublin Representative TBC
HIgh Performance Representative TBC
Non HP Representative Luke Logan
Training, Coaching & Accreditation Representative TBC
Independent Director Brendan Quinn
Independent Director TBC


The Executive is responsible for the day to day financial and administrative affairs of the Union, employment of staff, and the achievement of the Union’s policies and objectives. The current members of the Executive are:

President Brian Ogilvie
Honorary Secretary
Honorary Treasurer Aisling Conlan
Executive Member Lynda Byron
Executive Member Leigh Blackmore

Discipline Committees

The Board further delegates its responsibilities to a number of Discipline Committees, who are authorised to act in all matters connected with their own branch of the sport, and to draft regulations for the proper management of their discipline.  The Specialist Committees are:


Operationa Contacts

Name Role Contact
Moira Aston
  • Governance and operational management of Canoeing Ireland
Jon Mackey
  • High Performance
  • Committees in relation to performance
  • Competition
  • Flow State Magazine
Aidan Doran
  • Training and development of Paddlesports in Ireland.
  • Courses
  • Award Scheme
  • Development
Conor Ryan
  •  All training centre related queries, based in Strawberry Beds, Chapelizod.
Vicki Guy
  • All events within the Canoeing Ireland Banner
  • Assets and loan agreements
  • Certificate processing
Vicki Guy
  • All Garda vetting queries.
Sheelagh Hennesy
  • All Clonmel related questions.
Vicki Guy All queries relating to

  • Clubs,
  • Members
  • Committees
  • Competitions
  • Logbooks
  • Child protection
Sheena Carroll
  • Accounts
  • Certs
Shane Cronin
  • All matters relating to Liffey Descent

Training & Development Unit 

The Training & Development Unit through its countrywide network of qualified instructors (Training Unit) is responsible for the promotion of recreational canoeing in all its forms. The Training & Development Unit (TDU) is the annually elected representative body of the TU. The Committee contains the following positions:


Executive Officers Sub Committees
Chairman Kayak Training Advisory Panel
Secretary Sea Kayak  
Treasurer Open Canoe  
Safety PRO  
Regional Liaison


The TDU is involved in making policy decisions, setting operational standards, promoting the training and qualifying of Outdoor Adventure staff, developing resource material, research, training of instructors, consultation, provision of equipment, and promotion of all disciplines through non certificate training courses.

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