Junior Paddlefest presents Junior Liffey Descent 2018

Dear Paddler,

Welcome to the 2018 Junior Liffey Descent sponsored by Junior Paddlfest, we have attached the race brief.
Please read the pack carefully as it contains all the information you will need for the race.
The information will be on https://canoe.ie/junior-liffey-descent/ and a link on Facebook. Please like and share.

Bib collection is on Saturday in Salmon Leap Canoe club from 10:00-11:00.
Race finishes at the Canoeing Ireland Training Centre.
Finishing Ceremony will be between 3:30pm and 4:00pm.

Read your race brief carefully as the race starts at 12:00.
Although the weather looks good at the moment, there will be a good release on the Liffey so dress appropriately and check the weather forecast.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing you,

Liffey Descent Committee,
Canoeing Ireland.
Visit us on the web at www.Canoe.ie


Registration Criteria

Registration to be a provider of the Canoeing Ireland Blueway provider scheme is open to all individuals, clubs, businesses and social, community, educational or commercial organisations offering canoeing activity in a commercial or not for profit context and who meet the Canoeing Ireland provider requirements.

For each provider registration application Canoeing Ireland will carry a desk-based instructor qualifications, insurance, standard operating procedures and risk assessments, equipment, tax compliance as detailed below. All Canoeing Ireland Blueway providers must be approved by the Board of Canoeing Ireland. No provider may take part in any events or training until registration has been completed and CI board approval received.

Staffing Qualifications

Registered providers must provide a list of their primary/core Canoeing Ireland qualified instructors. All instructors must be listed including ad-hoc and freelance instructors.

Registered providers can only use instructors who hold the qualifications relevant to the environment and courses they are delivering. Instructors may only operate within their remit and Canoeing Ireland pupil instructor ratios apply at all times.

All instructors must be current members of Canoeing Ireland and have completed Canoeing Ireland Garda Vetting.

Registered providers must provide copies of up to date first aid certificates for all instructors which will be recorded on the CI database.


Registered providers must provide a copy of their insurance certificate and details of their conditions of cover and operating environment.


Registered providers must provide a summary list of their equipment, including brands and models. The list must be supported with photographs of the equipment in bulk, e.g. photo of areas of the stores where equipment is kept, or photos of the equipment in use by groups.

Equipment must be fit for purpose and carry the required CE approval.

Standard Operating Procedures, Risk Assessments and Child Protection

Registered providers must provide copies of their standard operating procedures, risk assessments and proof of compliance with Child protection guidelines.

Tax Clearance

Where applicable registered providers must provide a valid tax clearance certificate.


Canoeing Ireland reserves the rights to carry onsite inspection of program delivery without notice.

Tidy Towns Waters and Communities Special Award 2018

The Waters and Communities Special Award is open for applications with a deadline of 23rd May 2018. The Award is run in conjunction with the main Super Valu Tidy Towns Awards, which this year celebrates its 60th year of encouraging and rewarding community effort. Read more

Clare Sports Partnership Courses

It has been a busy few months in Clare Sports Partnership and we also have moved offices. Our address and phone number remain the same we have just moved down the back of the building and access is now through the side of the building through Clare Local Development’s door and straight ahead rather than going up the stairs.


Safeguarding 1
Wednesday May 16th 6.30pm – 9.30pm

All Coaches, Club Children’s Officers (CCO) and Designated Liaison Persons (DLP) must first complete the 3 hour Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course now called Safeguarding1. This course educates participants on the implementation of best practice in protecting the welfare of children involved in sport.

You can register for this course HERE

Safeguarding 2 Club Children’s Officer

Tuesday May 29th 6pm – 9pm

A person appointed to the Club Children’s Officer position in a club must have completed safeguarding 1 (Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness workshop) and should complete the NEW Club Children’s Officer 3 hour workshop. This course will help the Club Children’s Officer to carry out the function of their role in the club and support the implementation of best practice in the club. Participants will also receive a Club Children’s Officer Action Planning document as part of the training. Club Children’s Officers

Club Children’s Officers should be child centered in focus and have as the primary aim the establishment of a child centered ethos within the club. S/he is the link between the children and the adults in the club. S/he also takes responsibility for monitoring and reporting to the Club Management Committee on how club policy impacts on young people and Sports Leaders

You can register for this course HERE

Safeguarding 3 Designated Liaison Person

Wednesday June 6th 6pm – 9pm

A person appointed to the Designated Liaison Person position in a club must have completed the Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course and should complete the NEW Designated Liaison Person 3 hour workshop. A club may appoint the same person to both the CCO and DLP positions however best practice advises that they are kept as separate roles.

Every club/organisation should designate a person to be responsible for dealing with any concerns about the protection of children. The Designated Liaison Person is responsible for reporting allegations or suspicions of child abuse to TULSA Child and Family Agency or Social Services (NI) and/or An Garda Siochana/ PSNI. It is recommended that this person is a senior club person. However, if there is difficulty identifying a separate individual to take this role, the Club Children’s Officer can be appointed as Designated Liaison Person once the club/organisation is clear about the responsibilities of each role. The organisation’s child protection policy and procedures should include the name and contact details of the Designated Liaison Person and the responsibilities attached to the role.

You can register for this course HERE

Sports First Aid

Saturday April 28th 10am -5pm

This course is ideal for anyone who is involved in sporting organisations either as a coach or club volunteer. This course deals with common sporting injuries such as strains and sprains to the rare and more serious injuries such as spinal injuries and cardiac arrest.

Course Content:

Safe accident scene management

Correct Procedure for calling the emergency services

Circulation, wounds and bleeding

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation for Adult and Child Introduction to defibrillators (CPR)

Unconsciousness including head injuries such as concussion.

Fractures, sprains, strains and dislocations

Diabetes, Epilepsy and Asthma.

Crush Injuries

Spinal Injuries

Qualification Achieved:

All successful candidates will receive a certificate training from Safe-T-Group

The cost of this course is subsidised through our Club Development fund and has reduced the fee to €55 per person

You can register for this course HERE

Places are limited on all courses so book early to avoid disappointment.



Coaches in the North Clare Area recently completed Disability Awareness Training.

It is hoped that more communities will avail of this ‘free of charg’e training course on how to involve and include people with disabilities, within main stream sports clubs.  This  two hour introductory course covers perceptions, communication & etiquette, case study scenarios and it is the first step, for a club, on the inclusion ladder. This course is also available to schools. for further information contact james@claresports.ie


Healthy Ireland Fund 

Through Healthy Ireland we secured funding for a number of different projects these include;

– 11 sports wheelchairs to use within our wheelchair sports programme in conjunction with Banner Spokes.

– 24 older adult physical activity resocurce packs that will be used on a weekly basis by the various groups around the county

– expansion of our Adventure Walks App to 15 locations countywide covering 80 trails (the Adventure Walks app can be downloaded from the play store or App Store

– Development of online resources to assist coaches in the delivery of programmes to children


If you wish to speak to any of the staff we can be contacted at 065-6865434

or email Co-ordinator, John Sweeney – john@claresports.ie

Administrator, Catherine Ryan (general queries & course bookings) – cathy@claresports.ie

Sports Inclusion Disability Officer James Murrihy (disability & older adults) – james@claresports.ie

Community Development Officer, Marian Rodgers (schools, community & workplace) – marian@claresports.ie

ASPIRE Graduate, Bryan Murphy (Men on the Move & walking)  – bryan@claresports.ie


Lake to Sea May Bank Holiday – Rescue crews

Race Notice

The inaugural Lake to Sea Race will take place on Saturday 05th May 2018. The race will start at Salmon Leap Canoe Club and finish at the Sean O’Casey Bridge, in Dublin City Centre. Race length approximately 23km.

A complete race notice and guide with information on classes, logistics and race rules will be published in due course. Entry will be via the Canoeing Ireland database once opened.

To sign up for rescue, please fill in the google form indicating where you would be able to support the race – https://goo.gl/forms/GNPXmRQ4TGc4KWs83

Timings for each rescue station are estimated on the google form.

GDPR Seminar

Dear NGB,

Information attached will be of interest to yourselves and to clubs in your area, any other questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. Read more