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 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 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 Bryan Fennell
Connacht/Ulster Representative Paul Pierce
Munster Representative Evan Roberts
Dublin Representative TBC
Olympic Representative TBC
Non Olympic Representative TBC
Training, Coaching & Accreditation Representative Colm Slevin
Independent Director TBC
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 Paul Donnelly
Honorary Secretary Brian Ogilvie
Honorary Treasurer TBC
Executive Member Adrian Shanahan
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:


Training & Development Committee 

The Training & Development Committee through its countrywide network of qualified instructors (Training Unit) is responsible for the promotion of recreational canoeing in all its forms. The Training & Development Committee (TDC) 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 TDC is involved in making policy decisions, setting operational standards, promoting the training and qualifying of Outdoor Adventure Centre staff, developing resource material, research, training of instructors, consultation, provision of equipment, and promotion of all disciplines through non certificate training courses.

The Training Unit also operates its own website at www.tdu.ie

(Please note: Canoeing Ireland is not responsible for external links. The views expressed on external websites do not necessarily represent official Canoeing Ireland policy)