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


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:       Luke Logan


Honorary Treasurer:       Aisling Conlan


Executive Member 1:     Leigh Blackmore


Executive Member 2:     Lynda Byron

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:

Dublin Representative:          John Murray

Independent Director:           Brendan Quinn

Positions Open for:

Leinster Representative

Connacht/Ulster Representative

Munster Representative

High Performance Representative

Non HP Representative

Training, Coaching & Accreditation Representative

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:

Canoe Polo

Canoe Slalom


Paddle Surf

Marathon Racing

Canoe Sprint Racing

Wild Water Racing


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:

Chairperson:                      Jon Hynes

Secretary:                           Conor Ryan

Treasurer:                           Craig Keyworth


Kayak Officer:                    Darryl Audioire

Sea Officer:                        Tom Ronayne

Open Canoe Officer:        Lorcan McDonnell

Public Relations Officer: Rosie O’Sullivan

Safety Officer:                   Terrance Glancy

Access & Environment: TBC

Youth:                                   TBC

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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Moira Aston

Chief executive Officer



Jon Mackey

High Performance

Flow State Magazine



Aidan Doran




Conor Ryan

Training Centre Manager



Emer Carton

Diversity Development Manager



David Lee

Senior Instructor



Sheelagh Hennesy

Clonmel Sports Partnership officer



Sheena Carroll

Operational Support



Shane Cronin

Liffey Descent Coordinator