Canoeing Ireland Awards Gala

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Canoeing Ireland are delighted to announce that our Inaugural Awards Gala will take place on the 26th January 2019 at the Lucan Spa Hotel, Co. Dublin.

The awards will recognise the amazing work done by clubs, volunteers and athletes throughout the year of 2018.

The awards categories are as follows;

Club Volunteer of the Year 2018
The volunteer of the year can be anyone within a club environment, an ordinary member, a coach, an assistant, a parent, a supporter.  This award recognises volunteers for their outstanding contributions to canoeing and kayaking activities at Canoeing Ireland member clubs. The contribution can be related to activities by the candidate over a period of years or to a specific event or program during a particular year. The award cannot be awarded to a current employee of Canoeing Ireland.
A panel of independent adjudicators will decide the winner of this award.

Athlete of the Year 2018
Each of the 7 competitive disciplines will have the following categories;
Best Senior Male
Best Senior Female
Best Junior Male
Best Junior Female
The athlete of the year award will be based on results and performances of 2018. Nominees will only be accepted from the discipline committees and/or national coach.

Community Impact Award
This is based on the give-back to the local community from a Canoeing Ireland club.   Example – Charity event for a local good cause, participation programmes for disadvantaged areas, inclusion programmes.
Clubs can nominate themselves,  but they will have to make their case.
The Board of Canoeing Ireland will adjudicate on this award

Best Event of 2018
Every Canoeing Ireland member is free to nominate a canoeing/kayaking event. Members are asked to nominate their favourite event of 2018!
This award will be decided on via an online public poll

Best Team of 2018 (Perpetual Award)
Dedicated to our team sports; This award recognises outstanding achievements made by our teams. Club teams and/or national teams can be included in the nominations. One team will be selected based on their achievements of 2018.
This award will be adjudicated on by the HP Unit of Canoeing Ireland.

Safeguarding 1-Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course

Canoeing Ireland is offering Children First Safeguarding Course to all of it members. This workshop is for the benefit of all members involved in children’s sport in our Canoeing community ( parents/guardians, instructors, committee members’,  etc).

It provides introductory information on codes of conduct, bullying, recruitment, etc. as well as child protection guidelines. By following the principles, policy and practical guidelines contained in the Code, sports leaders are playing their part in providing a safe and enjoyable environment in which children can learn and thrive.

This is a mandatory course for (a) any person responsible for managing staff and (b) staff working or volunteering with children in any capacity.

If you have completed this course in the past and need to refresh it please click the link.




Course Details

Date: 03rd Dec 18

Time: 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm ( Please arrive at reception 15mins early )

Location: Irish Sport HQ, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Cost: €25

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Deepest Sympathies

Canoeing Ireland is deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic loss of life due to an incident on the River Roughty, Co. Kerry, yesterday afternoon. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the deceased’s family and friends at this very sad time.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors & Staff of Canoeing Ireland.

Crayfish Plague in Monasterevin

The department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine were collecting eDNA samples at the main bridge in Monasterevin (Lat and Long: +53° 8′ 16.807″,-7° 4′ 0.160″ ING ref: Easting: 262509.43, Northing: 210094.81) accompanied by NPWS rangers. While taking the water samples they spotted one live but lethargic crayfish and one freshly dead crayfish – they collected and tested the freshly dead crayfish back at the lab. This one crayfish has tested positive for Crayfish plague with a CT value of 20, which is quite a strong positive.

This result would suggest that the presence of Crayfish plague has continued to spread over the past 12 months in the Barrow catchment. The most northerly confirmed area in the Barrow catchment that I am aware of was just north of Leighlinbridge –  this would have been confirmed about a year ago.

Also, in September 2017, GMIT were carrying out survey work in the Barrow catchment and only 12 crayfish were caught by sweep net at a site in Monasterevin, with a number of crayfish recordings at various sites further North of Leighlinbridge.

A year later, the presence of Crayfish plague has been confirmed at the same area in Monasterevin. Here is a link on google maps showing the Monasterevin site highlighted in yellow –

Please remember to Check, Clean and Dry your gear when moving around the rivers of Ireland.

Canoeing Ireland High Performance Coordinator

Canoeing Ireland High Performance

Canoeing Ireland has been reviewing its operational structure with regards to high performance activities for some time now.  It has been acknowledged that the current support for this area falls below the standard set by other Olympic/Paralympic National Governing Bodies and that significant action is needed if Canoeing Ireland athletes are to fulfil their potential on the International Stage.  To address this issue, Canoeing Ireland’s Training And Development Officer Jon Mackey is taking on the additional responsibility for High Performance.  Jon is no stranger to high performance, he is a National coach for Kickboxing Ireland whose team enjoyed huge success at last month’s  junior World Championship in Italy, finishing 4th in the medal table out of 65 countries. Jon is currently studying for a Masters degree in ‘Coaching Science in Sport’ at UCD.

Jon will work closely with all the performance disciplines, Sport Ireland, the Sport Ireland Institute and the Olympic Federation to identify and nurture the undoubted talent within our sport.  Canoeing Ireland are exploring ways to support Jon with his diverse roles, to ensure that all areas receive the attention they deserve.

Paddy Boyd, Canoeing Ireland CEO, said  “I am really delighted that we are addressing this important area of our sport.  There is undoubted paddling talent in Ireland, borne out by recent results.  It is incumbent on Canoeing Ireland to provide the support for our ambitious young athletes”.

Jon Mackey said “I’m very much looking forward to working with the athletes, coaching staff and discipline committees within Canoeing Ireland. 2018 has seen some of our best results on the international stage across a number of competitive disciplines. We have a team with huge potential and I look forward to working alongside them as we endeavour to make our mark on the European, World and Olympic stage.”

New CEO for Canoeing Ireland

Following a comprehensive recruitment process, Canoeing Ireland is pleased to announce that Moira Aston will take up the position of Chief Executive, commencing December 3rd 2018.  Read more

Extras for Vikings TV show

Vikings are looking for extras with canoeing experience for filming in late October and early November. We are looking for specific ethnicities; Tibetan, Nepalese, Mongolian, Balinese, Myanmar & Burmese, Indigenous Central & South American, Central Asian, for example Kazak/Tajik, Afghan. Read more

National Sprint Championships 2018


Canoe Sprint Ireland

National Sprint Championships 2018

Date: Saturday 13th October 2018

Venue: Lough Rynn Canoeing/Rowing Regatta Centre, Mohill, Co. Leitrim

Events: K1 200m, 500m & 1000m            K2 500m

Classes: Male/Female Senior, ParaCanoe, Masters (35+), U-23, U-18, U-16, U-14, U-12/Guppies. In the case of K2 clubs may be combined to form crews.

Entry Form: entry form

Entry details: Unlimited entry fee: Juniors €15, Seniors €25. Entries should be completed online and emailed to before Wednesday 10th October @ 6:00PM to avoid late entry fee. Late entry is €5 per person and will be accepted up until Friday 12th October @ 12:00PM. Entries will not be accepted after this. Payment will be accepted on the day before commencement of racing between the times of 8:00AM – 9:30AM. Failure to pay will result in a withheld entry.

Event Details: ICF standard Canoe Sprint 9 lane regatta course. K1 heats will be open and may be seeded for all classes combined based on past history, performance, etc. at the organisers discretion. Times will determine qualification to the finals.

Racing order: First race starts at 10:00AM sharp with K1 U14 200M heats, racing will proceed in ascending order of age and finals will occur after heats, followed by the 500m heats and finals and the 1000m heats and finals. Event will finish with the K2 500m heats and finals.

As per national guidelines and Canoeing Ireland rules, life jackets or PFDs must be worn when on the water.

Accommodation and additional info:

Lough Rynn Castle self-catering houses contact 071-9632700.

B&Bs in area: Lough Rynn View 087 277 8942 and Lough Rynn Gatehouse 086 856 8284.

Camping for campervans and caravans at the centre.