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#CanoeingLiffeyDescent: Neil Fleming and Robin Koenders were the fastest crew home at the 56th Liffey Descent today. In a race run in warm sunshine and light winds from Straffan to Islandbridge, the K2 of Fleming and Dutchman Koenders gained a considerable lead by Lucan over nearest challengers Gary Mawer and Barry Watkins. The winning time of one hour 48 minutes 32 seconds was outside the record for the course.

 The fastest K1 paddler was Tom Brennan, winning this class for the first time, and coming home well under two hours.

 Jenny Egan and her boyfriend Jon Simmons won the mixed K2. They set a new record time of one hour 53 minutes and 26 seconds.

Liffey Descent 2015 (Selected Results)

K2: 1 R Koenders, N Fleming 1 hour 48 minutes 32 seconds, 2 B Watkins, G Mawer 1:51.00, 3 L Van Riet, E Van Riet (Sth Africa) 1:51.42. Junior: C Crate, J O’Hagan 2:05.04. Master: D Halton, J Morrissey 2:02.51.

K1: 1 T Brennan 1:56.22, 2 J Boyton 1:59.38, 3 M Brennan 1:59.44. Junior: E Forristal 2:05.35.

K2 Mixed: J Simmons, J Egan 1:53.26.

Wildwater - Junior: C Clarke 2:19.16

General Purpose – Junior: 2:35.34. Masters: J Mescal 2:31.30. Veteran: E Moran 2:43.36.

Published in Liffey Descent

#CANOEING: Gary Mawer (44) and Barry Watkins (25) in a K2 racing kayak were fastest home in the Liffey Descent race today. The new partnership covered the journey from Straffan to Islandbridge in a time of one hour 48 minutes and 39 seconds - beating  the Spanish duo of Luis Amado-Perez Blanco and Miguel Llorens Lopez. Mawer, who was winning his 15th senior Liffey Descent, and Watkins, who was taking his first, did not have a single capsize. The K1 winner, Spaniard Kiko Vega (36), was making his debut in the event but also managed to negotiate the course without a capsize. Seán McCarthy led into the Palmerstown weir but took a swim there.

Liffey Descent (Selected Results)

Men

K2 – Senior: 1 G Mawer, B Watkins 1:48.39, 2 L Amado-Perez Blanco, Miguel Llorens Lopez 1:48.49, 3 T Daniels, A Daniels 1:50.02. Junior: 1 C Cummins, M Slattery 2:05.54. Masters: 1 D Halton, L McCarthy 2:04.11, 2 C Pilliner, J Hyde 2:21.32, 3 T Dillon, B O’Brien 2:23.42. Veterans: G Woodhead, C Horn 2:15.25.

K1 – Senior: 1 F Vega 1:57.17, 2 S McCarthy 1:58.48, 3 D Francis 2:00.37. Junior: 1 J O’Hagan 2:04.19, 2 F Maya Mart 2:15.59, 3 B O’Neill 2:17.09. Masters: 1 S Baker 2:01.00 2 M Banks 2:01.04, 3 J Butler 2:04.39.

Wildwater – Senior: 1 J Christie 2:07.46, 2 P Forristal 2:15.25, 3 S Hadland 2:25.12. Junior: 1 C Quinn 2:12.46, 2 C Clarke 2:23.58, 3 E Moorhouse 2:36.57.

General Purpose – Senior: 1 M Redmond 2:29.02, 2 K Cahill 2:29.54, 3 E Keyes 2:33.02. Juniors: 1 O Farrell 2:28.52, J Ledwith 2:34.10, S Cahill 2:39. 25. Masters: 1 E Broekaart 2:30.38, 2 J Mollohan 2:32.13, 3 R McKernan 2:34.08.

Canadian Triple: 1 F O’Donovan, D Comerford, C Broderick 2:46.25, 2 Y Kalogerakis, A Cobban, D Mernin 2:46.25, 3 N Slevin, M Lynch, J Byrne 2:49.35.

Canadian Double: D Bradburn, B McNulty 2:36.11, 2 K Durkan, M Fitzsimons 2:46.30, 3 J Wilkinson, H Wilkinson 2:53.00.

Touring Canadian Single: 1 A Redmond 3:18.41, 2 T Shortt 3:43.53, 3 P Magee 3:54.52.

Touring Kayak Double: 1 M Keating, D Keating 2:11.50, 2 G Collins, B Gallagher 2:14.04, 3 D McDonnell, N O’Connell 2:15.07.

Women

K1: A Smith 2:17.13.

General Purpose – Senior: 1 L Griffin 2:41.35, 2 E Kelly 2:49.03, 3 E Mulroe 3:00.18. Junior: C Gurhy 2:51.20.

Mixed

K2: 1 J Boyton, J Egan 1:58.44, 2 A Bunzel, J Smyth 2:06.15, 3 P Shelley, A Galloway 2:10.26.

Published in Canoeing

#LiffeyDescent: Peter Egan and Jon Simmons won a long battle with Déaglán Ó Drisceoil and Tom Brennan to come home fastest in the Liffey Descent today. The two crews were the only to come in under two hours in a race made difficult by shallow water. There were dramatic capsizes and crashes at the start, and crews struggled with damage to their rudders. Because of the dry weather, the ESB could release not much more than half their usual flood.

The fastest K1 home was piloted by Dermot Hudson. Tomas Jerek of the Czech Republic pushed him hard, but capsized and had to recover.

Jenny Egan and another Czech paddler, Martin Kolanda, won the mixed K2, while Gary Mawer won the Masters K1.

Published in Canoeing
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# CANOEING: Two K2 boats with a very marked combination of experience and youth led the way home at the Liffey Descent today. Deaglan O Drisceoil (47) and Tom Brennan (20) won in a fine time of one hour 47 minutes and 54 seconds, while the father-and-son combination of Malcolm Banks (50) and Liam Banks (20) followed them in. The K2 of Peter Egan and British international paddler Jon Simmons were third, although they suffered a capsize at Straffan weir, where there were a series of chaotic collisions.

Mickie Brennan of Thomastown Paddlers was an impressive winner in the K1 class, taking this title for the first time. Kevin Pierce of Wildwater Kayak Club was second, with Brennan’s clubmate Anthony Forristal third.

The good conditions made for a satisfactory day out at the new venue of Garda Boat Club. The prizes were presented by Kieran Mulvey and John Treacy of the Irish Sports Council.

Liffey Descent, Straffan to Islandbridge, Saturday (Selected Results)

K1 – Senior Men: 1 M Brennan (Thomastown Paddlers) 1:54.33, 2 K Pierce (Wildwater KC) 1:55.10, 3 A Forristal (Thomastown Paddlers) 1:59.11. Senior Women: A Smith (Wildwater KC) 2:18.35. Masters: 1 G Mawer (Salmon Leap) 1:55.09

K2 – Senior: 1 D O Drisceoil, T Brennan (Salmon Leap) 1:47.54, 2 M Banks, L Banks 1:48.10, 3 P Egan, J Simmons 1:48.49. Mixed: 1 J Egan, B Farrell (Salmon Leap) 1:56.07. Junior: 1 B O Casaide, R Brady (Salmon Leap) 2:11.40. Masters: A Seaford, J Treadgoud (Reading) 2:06.34. Veteran: 1 T Dillon, P Moroney (Wildwater KC) 2:04.04.

Touring Kayak Double: 1 P Scott, M Cooper 2:06.17, 2 S Martin, A Martin (Richmond) 2:06.49, 3 G Collins, B Gallagher (Salmon Leap) 2:12.07.

Wildwater – Senior Men: 1 A Hamel 2:04.16, 2 I Mac Giolla (Salmon Leap) 2:05.07, 3 J Gallagher (Galway KC) 2:13.57.

Canadian Triple: 1 S Doyle, M McGrath, D Doyle (Tullow) 2:53.31, 2 D Carroll, L Griffin, C Cullen 3:01.47, 3 C Slevin, N Slevin, M Slevin (32nd Limerick Scouts) 3:03.52.

Canadian Double: 1 B McNulty, D Bradburn (Chester) 2:39.36, 2 A Magrath, P Tennant (Paddleplus) 2:35.10, 3 N Canavan, T Marron (Mid Antrim) 2:38.47.

Canadian Single (ICF): 1 A Hales (Czech Canoe Team) 2:04.33, 2 D Jirka (Czech) 2:05.01, 3 M Novak (Czech) 2:05.40. Canadian Single: 1 C Smith 2:54.08, 2 K McCabe (Lisburn City) 3:16.47, 3 A Redmond 3:24.20.

General Purpose – Senior Men: 1 S Hendrick (Ribbontail Paddlers) 2:21.33, 2 D Horkan (Moy) 2:21.48, 3 M Redmond (Wildwater KC) 2:26.28. Senior Women: 1 H Clarke 2:32.56, 2 J Kilbride 2:39.39, 3 E Kelly (Castleknock College) 2:40.19. Junior: R Mac Ghiolla Rua (Celbridge) 2:28.59, 2 P Deering (ICU) 2:29.47, 3 G Doolan (Celbridge Paddlers) 2:36.41. Junior Women: C Nic Ghiolla Rua (Celbridge) 2:56.26. Masters: R Vincent (Saor Valley) 2:17.05, 2 J Keegan 2:23.33, 3 N Butler (DBSC) 2:25.30.

Published in Liffey Descent

Neil Fleming and Peter Egan in K2 (racing kayak) were the fastest crews in the Liffey Descent today, covering the course in a fast one hour 49 minutes and 10 seconds. John Boyton and Graham O’Regan were almost six minutes behind them in second.


Liffey Descent  Results                   

Class Place    Time    BIB    First    Surname         Club    Class
1    02:04:44    43    Sean    McCarthy         Salmon Leap    JUNIOR RACING KAYAK - K1
2    02:14:20    51    Matthew    Burke         Salmon Leap    JUNIOR RACING KAYAK - K1
3    02:18:43    48    Iomhar    MacGiollaPhadraig         Salmon Leap    JUNIOR RACING KAYAK - K1
4    02:19:51    42    Anthony    Forristal         Thomastown    JUNIOR RACING KAYAK - K1
5    02:35:21    44    Gerald    O'Halloran         WWKC    JUNIOR RACING KAYAK - K1
6    03:07:27    47    Ryan    Brady         Slalom leap Canoe Club    JUNIOR RACING KAYAK - K1

1    02:08:21    581    George    Barnicoat         Longridge    JUNIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:08:21    581    James    Allen         Longridge    JUNIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
2    02:49:33    584    Donal    Devenney         Salmon Leap CC    JUNIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:49:33    584    Caoimhin    Croc         Salmon Leap CC    JUNIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2

1    02:18:28    81    Aisling    Smith         WWKC    JUNIOR WILD WATER RACERS
2    02:32:53    85    Grimes    Daniel              JUNIOR WILD WATER RACERS              
3    02:40:53    84    Brian    McGuinness         Salmon Leap    JUNIOR WILD WATER RACERS              
4    02:46:52    82    Conor    Quinn         wwkc    JUNIOR WILD WATER RACERS              
5    03:10:47    83    Eadaoin    Whelan         WWKC    JUNIOR WILD WATER RACERS              

1    04:23:07    523    Niall    Killeen         Mulligar Kayak Club    MENS SENIOR RACING KAYAK TRIPLES - K3              
04:23:07    523    David    Corcoran         Mulligar Kayak Club    MENS SENIOR RACING KAYAK TRIPLES - K3              
04:23:07    523    Pat    Clifford         Mulligar Kayak Club    MENS SENIOR RACING KAYAK TRIPLES - K3              

1    02:29:19    138    John    Keegan         ICU    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE              
2    02:29:49    160    Eamonn    O'Callanain         ICU    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE              
3    02:30:43    180    Kieran    Varley         Thomastown    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE              
4    02:31:38    105    Edward    Broekaart         Donegal Canoe Club    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE              
5    02:36:35    153    John    Mollohan         Citywise    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE              
6    02:42:28    109    Brendan    Buggy         Celbridge    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE              
7    02:42:39    173    Gerard    Ryan         Salmon Leap    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE              
8    02:48:14    104    Malcolm    Blowers         BRITISH CU    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
9    02:49:22    103    Ivan    Barrett         Malahide Sea Scouts    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
10    02:50:03    148    David    Leonard         Donegal Canoe Club    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
11    02:55:00    169    Richard    Reid         ICU    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
12    02:55:52    166    Donal    O'Mathuna         Dromore    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
13    02:56:41    188    Catriona    Woods         Lisburn City Paddlers    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
14    02:57:16    134    Cathal    Herron         Donegal Canoe Club    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
15    02:59:29    112    Denis    Conlan         Kilcullen Canoe Club    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
16    03:00:45    151    Roy    McConnell         BCU/CANI    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
17    03:01:46    186    Norman    Woods         CCKA    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
18    03:02:10    191    John    Dooley         Killkenny Aqua Canoe Club    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
19    03:03:26    133    Patrick    Hannon         ICU    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
20    03:04:02    193    Tom    Shortt         ICU    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
21    03:05:19    165    James    O'Keeffe         Voyagers CC    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
22    03:05:46    106    Alan    Brook         BRITISH CU (CANI)    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
23    03:07:03    149    Andrew    Lindsay         ICU    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
24    03:08:41    120    Peter    Durnin         Rockhoppers    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
25    03:08:56    167    Seamus    O'Drisceoil         Espori/Cape Clear    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
26    03:14:34    171    Frank    Roche         Donegal Canoe Club    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
27    03:14:51    194    Paul    Heffernan         Phoenix Kayak Club    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
28    03:15:42    156    Eamon    Moran         Kilcullen    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
29    03:15:46    168    Finbar    Rafferty         DUCC    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
30    03:18:04    163    Donal    O'Kane         DUKC    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
31    03:21:07    142    Lorcan    Keyes         32nd Limerick Scouts    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
32    03:22:12    136    Peter    Hickey         ICU    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
33    03:22:14    130    Paul    Gurhy         Voyagers CC    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
34    03:22:52    176    david    Steele         icu    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
35    03:25:19    126    David    Gill         British CU /NI    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
36    03:27:51    155    Ian    Moore         BRITISH CU    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
37    03:28:35    182    Malcolm    Vincent         Belfast    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
38    03:29:32    123    Padraig    Flynn         ICU    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
39    03:34:14    152    Paul    McGovern         Celbridge Paddlers    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
40    03:34:16    137    Gerry    Keane         Celbridge Paddlers    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
41    03:37:59    129    Eugene    Gracey         BCU/CANI    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
42    03:38:05    132    Rick    Hanna         Lisburn City Paddlers    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
43    03:38:23    177    Derek    Stephenson         BCU/CANI    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
44    03:47:19    179    Carthy    Brian              MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
45    03:49:04    115    John    Daly         ICU    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
46    03:50:50    121    Michael    Fahy         TDU    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
47    03:51:11    118    Fergus    Doyle         Tullow Kayak Club    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
48    03:52:54    197    Sammon    Martin              MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
49    03:54:28    145    Paul    Laing         BCU    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
50    03:55:06    175    Stefan    Schuller         BRITISH CU    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
51    03:59:37    150    Paul    Maguire         Silverbridge    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
52    04:02:59    178    Kevin    Tuffy         Foyle    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
53    04:11:40    117    Patrick    Dougan         BCU/CANI    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
54    04:25:11    189    Geoff    Baird         Ravanet Paddlers    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
55    04:25:59    116    Anne    Donnell         Donegal Canoe Club    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
56    04:25:59    114    Kevin    Cooney         Kilcullen    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
57    04:28:11    187    gerry    woods         Goya Gang    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
58    04:33:28    143    Neal    Labuschagne         Voyagers    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
59    04:38:44    113    Kevin    Conway         ICU    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
60    04:40:39    185    Anthony    Viney         Erne    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
61    04:42:57    198    Kehely    Con              MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
62    04:51:18    159    Sean    Nolan         Sligo    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE
63    04:53:36    119    Stephen    Dunne         Mullingar    MASTERS GENERAL PURPOSE

1    01:58:56    213    Deaglan    O'Drisceoil         SLCC    MASTERS RACING KAYAK - K1
2    02:02:40    202    James    Butler         Nottingham KC    MASTERS RACING KAYAK - K1
3    02:07:42    203    Fergus    Cooper         Celbridge CONTRAST*    MASTERS RACING KAYAK - K1
4    02:34:17    220    Gary    Carter         Lincoln    MASTERS RACING KAYAK - K1
5    02:35:34    212    Noel    O'Connell         Kilcullen    MASTERS RACING KAYAK - K1
6    02:45:48    206    Paul    Murphy         Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club    MASTERS RACING KAYAK - K1
7    02:48:16    205    Iain    Maclean         ICU    MASTERS RACING KAYAK - K1
8    02:48:48    224    Peter    Hutchison         Richmond Canoe Club    MASTERS RACING KAYAK - K1
9    02:50:45    219    Vincent    Martin         WWKC    MASTERS RACING KAYAK - K1
10    02:59:20    223    Anthony    Pantling         Hempstead    MASTERS RACING KAYAK - K1
11    03:20:56    952    Liam    Keogh         Kilcullen    MASTERS RACING KAYAK - K1
12    03:51:17    221    Archie    Miles         Lincoln    MASTERS RACING KAYAK - K1

1    02:10:35    557    Richard    Oliver         Lincoln    MASTERS RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:10:35    557    Andrew    Grimwood         Lincoln    MASTERS RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
2    02:10:43    555    Lawrence    Buckley         ICU    MASTERS RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:10:43    555    Ciaran    Cooke         ICU    MASTERS RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
3    02:14:37    552    Adrian    Trickett         Worcester    MASTERS RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:14:37    552    Jon    Bird         Worcester    MASTERS RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
4    02:19:20    553    Brian    Gallagher         Salmon Leap    MASTERS RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:19:20    553    Gerry    Collins         Salmon Leap    MASTERS RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
5    02:19:44    559    John    Keernan         WWKC    MASTERS RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:19:44    559    Tony    Dillon         WWKC    MASTERS RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
6    02:22:52    560    James    Treewood              MASTERS RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:22:52    560    Anita    Seaford              MASTERS RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
7    02:24:28    554    Robert    Stuart         Scottish    MASTERS RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:24:28    554    Martin    Kelly         Scottish    MASTERS RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
8    02:37:12    551    Paddy    Gowen         Donabate Sea Scouts    MASTERS RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:37:12    551    Brian    Nolan         Donabate Sea Scouts    MASTERS RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
9    02:45:14    556    Sim    Treacy         ICU    MASTERS RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:45:14    556    PJ    Whealan         ICU    MASTERS RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2

1    02:33:23    2    Alex    Broderick         Thomastown    MENS JUNIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
2    02:45:28    3    Kevin    Cahill         Phoenix    MENS JUNIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
3    02:45:59    19    Doolan    Gareth              MENS JUNIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
4    03:02:13    15    Shane    Nugent         Mullingar    MENS JUNIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
5    03:11:31    6    Ross    Fowler         Celbridge PCC    MENS JUNIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
6    03:13:17    16    Alan    O'Donovan         Inny Kayakers    MENS JUNIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
7    03:46:01    14    Ben    McNeilly         Lacken    MENS JUNIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
8    04:11:41    9    Eddy    Fox         Intercity Paddlers    MENS JUNIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
9    04:36:32    5    Dean    Donnelly         Ballyfermot    MENS JUNIOR GENERAL PURPOSE

10    02:21:53    334    Paul    Forristal         Thomastown    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
11    02:32:31    420    Martyn    Walsh         Thomastown    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
12    02:33:44    302    Alan    Barrett         Malahide Sea Scouts    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
13    02:37:35    396    Patrick    Woods         ICU    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
14    02:38:35    374    Mark    Redmond         WWKC    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
15    02:40:46    345    Paraic    Keane         Celbridge Paddlers    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
16    02:44:26    342    Ken    Hynes         DCUCC    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
17    02:48:28    406    John    Kearney         Barrow Valley Canoe Club    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
18    02:51:36    324    Michael    Coughlan         UCC CC    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
19    02:51:39    368    Louis    O'Carroll         WWKC    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
20    02:53:42    404    Dermot    Morley         Ribbontail Paddlers    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
21    02:56:23    344    Gerard    Keane         Trinity    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
22    02:57:57    336    Lee    Harding         TDU    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
23    03:01:52    362    Richard    Murphy         Cavan    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
24    03:03:03    423    Cerrigan    Denis              MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
25    03:04:22    348    Patrick    King         ICU    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
26    03:05:13    301    Richard    Allan         WWKC    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
27    03:05:34    386    Brian    Staunton         Mullingar Canoe Club    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
28    03:06:46    313    Stephen    Burke         Moy Canoe Club    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
29    03:07:22    395    Gavin    Whitehead         Thomastown    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
30    03:11:29    333    Gerard    Fitzpatrick         n/a    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
31    03:12:10    382    Niall    Scannell         Rockhoppers    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
32    03:13:27    350    Conor    Lehane         Phoenix    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
33    03:14:45    338    Liam    Hendrick         Ribbontail    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
34    03:15:10    418    Paul    Flynn         ICU    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
35    03:15:11    414    Carl    O'Grady         Scouts    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
36    03:15:45    310    Patrick    Brereton         Kilcullen Canoe Club    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
37    03:17:21    425    Mulligan    Niall              MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
38    03:18:12    379    Cormac    Roche         Dromore Watersports    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
39    03:20:21    373    Pat    Power         Lir    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
40    03:21:59    370    Barry    O'Sullivan         ICU    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
41    03:22:25    365    Lar    O'Brien         Kilcullen    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
42    03:22:37    358    Ruaridh    McGuckin         Shackleton    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
43    03:26:55    369    Don    O'Hanlon         Phoenix    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
44    03:28:26    378    Eamonn    Riggs         Silverbridge    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
45    03:29:51    304    Alan    Beere         Trim Canoe Club    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
46    03:30:02    372    Trevor    O'Toole         Trim Canoe Club    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
47    03:30:06    351    Fergus    Maughan         Kilcullen    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
48    03:30:28    380    Sean    Ryan         Lir    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
49    03:31:26    306    John    Bewley         Silverbridge    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
50    03:33:54    388    Stewart    Stobbs         Chester    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
51    03:34:50    328    Damien    Donegan         Celbridge    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
52    03:35:31    352    Rory    McCauley         Strabane    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
53    03:36:44    329    Niall    Doran         Strabane    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
54    03:37:01    403    Barry    McDermott         Lisburn City Paddlers    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
55    03:38:03    411    Gavin    Twomey         Phoenix    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
56    03:38:17    416    Kevin    Kirrane         Rockhoppers    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
57    03:38:57    392    Gareth    Toolan         UCD    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
58    03:39:25    307    Kevin    Bonnie         Shackleton    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
59    03:44:49    195    Alan    McNeilly         Lacken    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
60    03:45:48    315    Philip    Byrne         TDU    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
61    03:46:46    422    Gullifoyle    Eoin              MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
62    03:50:49    323    Chris    Corr         Castlebar K C    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
63    03:54:13    355    Peter    McDonnell         Silverbridge    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
64    03:56:41    426    Glass    Darren              MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
65    03:56:46    413    Dale    Rothwell         Tullow Kayak Club    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
66    03:56:48    361    Alan    Moody         Tullow Kayak Club    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
67    03:58:28    337    Ryan    Hawes         Shackleton    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
68    03:59:25    303    Graeme    Barrett         Shackleton    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
69    03:59:43    321    Jasper    Chisnall         Shackleton    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
70    04:01:14    326    Tommy    Daly         Rockhoppers    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
71    04:01:15    424    Doherty    Geoffrey              MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
72    04:08:39    427    GallAGHER    Conor              MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
73    04:08:53    407    Tim    Mason         Sandycove Kayak Club    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
74    04:09:07    419    Adrian    Guinan         ICU    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
75    04:10:33    311    Val    Browne              MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
76    04:10:45    394    Colm    Tuohy         Galway Kayak Club    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
77    04:10:57    309    Ronan    Breathnach         Galway Kayak Club    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
78    04:11:16    385    Burkhard    Springer         Galway Kayak Club    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
79    04:11:36    383    Christopher    Smyth         Intercity Paddlers    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
80    04:11:38    356    David    McGinty         Intercity Paddlers    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
81    04:12:46    428    Byrne    John              MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
82    04:14:25    387    Alan    Stevens         n/a    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
83    04:16:20    409    Colum    Power         ICU    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
84    04:16:20    408    Rick    O'Mahony         ICU    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
85    04:20:07    397    Sean    O'Sullivan         Phoenix Kayak Club    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
86    04:20:40    346    Sean    Kelleher         Kilcullen Canoe Club    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
87    04:21:06    322    Richard    Coady         Limerick Kayak Club    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
88    04:21:08    366    Sean    O'Brien         Limerick Kayak Club    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
89    04:25:08    400    Stewart    Bettle         Ravanet Paddlers    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
90    04:25:10    398    Geoff Jr.    Baird         Ravanet Paddlers    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
91    04:25:11    399    Chris    Baird         Ravanet Paddlers    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
92    04:25:14    401    Graham    Bettle         Ravanet Paddlers    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
93    04:27:12    410    Darragh    Burke         Phoenix    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
94    04:36:32    391    Glyn    Thomas         Inny Kayakers    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
95    04:40:46    393    Joe    Tottenham         CANI    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
96    04:42:57    318    Karl    Byrne         Sligo Kayak Club    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
97    04:42:59    354    Ailbe    McCormack         ICU    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE
98    04:43:13    320    Peter    Casey         n/a    MENS SENIOR GENERAL PURPOSE

1    01:58:24    257    Gary    Mawer         Salmon Leap    MENS SENIOR RACING KAYAK - K1
2    02:00:39    255    Dermot    Hudson         Salmon Leap    MENS SENIOR RACING KAYAK - K1
3    02:10:54    265    Stuart    West         Worcester    MENS SENIOR RACING KAYAK - K1
4    02:20:03    256    David    Maritz         Richmond    MENS SENIOR RACING KAYAK - K1
5    02:20:28    252    Graham    Champ         Salmon Leap    MENS SENIOR RACING KAYAK - K1
6    02:21:17    259    Dave    Pedlar         Worcester    MENS SENIOR RACING KAYAK - K1
7    02:29:49    955    Declan    Halton         Salmon Leap    MENS SENIOR RACING KAYAK - K1
8    02:31:42    260    David    Smith         BCU    MENS SENIOR RACING KAYAK - K1
9    02:32:09    251    Steven    Bullivant         Lincoln    MENS SENIOR RACING KAYAK - K1
10    02:36:14    269    Keith    Longney         Brit Quadrathlon    MENS SENIOR RACING KAYAK - K1
11    03:14:22    253    Ruairi    De Hal         Dundalk Kayak Club    MENS SENIOR RACING KAYAK - K1
12    03:16:38    261    Peter    Tallon         WWKC    MENS SENIOR RACING KAYAK - K1

1    01:49:10    511    Neil    Fleming         Celbridge    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
01:49:10    511    Peter    Egan         Celbridge    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
2    01:55:03    525    Boyton    John              SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
01:55:03    525    Graham    O'Regan              SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
3    01:57:19    501    Brett    Irvine         Richmond    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
01:57:19    501    Kenlea    Murray         Richmond    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
4    01:57:25    512    Grant    Anderson         Nottingham    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
01:57:25    512    Tim    Lawrenson         Nottingham    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
5    01:57:49    503    Jason    Briory         SLCC    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
01:57:49    503    Malcolm    Banks         SLCC    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
6    01:59:18    527    Martin    Burke              SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
01:59:18    527    Simon    Van Lonkhuyzen              SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
7    02:00:16    518    Tim    Morrissey         Dollymount Sea Scouts    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:00:16    518    Jim    Morrissey         Kayakmor    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
8    02:00:44    514    Liam    McCarthy         Salmon Leap    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:00:44    514    Pedro    Lopez         Salmon Leap    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
9    02:01:27    505    James    King         Richmond    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:01:27    505    Richard    Hendron         Richmond    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
10    02:03:31    529    James    Smith              SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:03:31    529    Paul    Moroney              SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
11    02:04:01    530    Dave    Frances              SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:04:01    530    Dermot    Stack              SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
12    02:05:14    521    Thomas    Daniels         Reading    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:05:14    521    Daniel    Seaford         Reading    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
13    02:05:55    507    David    Oliver         Lincoln Canoe Club    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:05:55    507    David    Matthew         Lincoln Canoe Club    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
14    02:07:52    519    Edward    Rutherford         Elmbridge    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:07:52    519    Edward    Cox         Elmbridge    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
15    02:10:14    517    Aisa    Cooper         Celbridge Paddlers Cnaoe Club    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:10:14    517    David    Pringle         Celbridge Paddlers Cnaoe Club    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
16    02:10:27    508    Mike    Rees-Clark         Richmond    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:10:27    508    Michael    Lavarack         Richmond    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
17    02:13:52    510    James    Clarke         Moy Canoe Club    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:13:52    510    Jim    Meascal         Moy Canoe Club    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
18    02:15:21    524    Martin    Hearns         Celbridge Paddlers    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:15:21    524    Caoimhe    Ni Chuinn         Celbridge Paddlers    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
19    02:18:59    502    Michael    Wright         Falcon Oxford    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:18:59    502    Sam    Jones         Falcon Oxford    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
20    02:20:52    509    Robert    Poole         Roy    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:20:52    509    Brendan    Stead         Roy    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
21    02:20:56    506    Andrew    O'Connell         WWKC    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:20:56    506    Michael    Morrissey         WWKC    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
22    02:21:11    528    Phil    Pearse              SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:21:11    528    Olly    Main              SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
23    02:36:22    513    Ashley    Fleming         Galway Kayak Club    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:36:22    513    John    Gallagher         Galway Kayak Club    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
24    02:41:04    504    Simon    Platt         Natal Canoe Club ENG    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
02:41:04    504    Gaby    Stevenson         Natal Canoe Club ENG    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
25    03:20:23    531    Henry    Hendron              SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
03:20:23    531    Paul    Hayes              SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
26    04:18:07    520    Lisa    Gruener         Intercity Paddlers    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2
04:18:07    520    Tim    Hardings         Intercity Paddlers    SENIOR RACING KAYAK DOUBLE - K2

1    02:13:28    288    Adam    Sweeney         Salmon Leap    SENIOR WILDWATER RACER
2    02:14:53    287    John    Ringwood         WWKC    SENIOR WILDWATER RACER
3    02:17:24    284    Andrew    Redmond         ICU    SENIOR WILDWATER RACER
4    02:20:27    282    John    Parker         Worcester    SENIOR WILDWATER RACER
5    02:21:07    285    Colm    Ryan         WWKC    SENIOR WILDWATER RACER
6    02:25:24    294    Spence    Peter              SENIOR WILDWATER RACER
7    02:29:17    283    Michael    Pigott         Richmond    SENIOR WILDWATER RACER
8    02:32:17    295    DeRaeymaeker    Hans              SENIOR WILDWATER RACER
9    02:47:50    289    Jamie    Pounch         Celbridge PCC    SENIOR WILDWATER RACER
10    02:51:26    286    Jeff    Toomey         Salmon Leap    SENIOR WILDWATER RACER
11    02:52:20    296    Mitchell    Fintan              SENIOR WILDWATER RACER

First Paddler    Second Paddler              
1    02:33:29    613    Brian Mc Nulty    C Smith         Chester    TOURING CANADIAN DOUBLE
2    02:46:04    609    T Marron    N Canavan         Donegal Canoe Club    TOURING CANADIAN DOUBLE
3    02:46:59    631    J Mc Mahon    L Creighton         1st Antrim Youth Club    TOURING CANADIAN DOUBLE
4    02:53:27    959    G O Brien    G Coonan         WWKC    TOURING CANADIAN DOUBLE
5    02:58:20    629    D Mitchell    K Durkan         Celbridge    TOURING CANADIAN DOUBLE
6    03:02:17    623    T Monaghan    P Carroll         N A    TOURING CANADIAN DOUBLE
7    03:02:49    626    R Mc Clure    H Triggs         KACC    TOURING CANADIAN DOUBLE
8    03:03:29    603    C Kelly    D Gallagher         Donegal Canoe Club    TOURING CANADIAN DOUBLE
9    03:03:34    625    K Mc Cabe    S Forysythe         Lisburn    TOURING CANADIAN DOUBLE
10    03:04:20    606    M Kennedy    R Fee         CANI    TOURING CANADIAN DOUBLE
11    03:04:54    636    S Mc Kernan    R Mc Kernan         Malahide SC    TOURING CANADIAN DOUBLE
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The annual Liffey Descent canoe race has been pushed back by a month - due to a lack of water.
The Irish Canoe Union (ICU) announced that due to significantly low water levels in the ESB reservoirs that provide the flood for the race, the event has been postponed till 8 October.
Organisers said they were left with the "difficult decision" to either postpone the event or run the things as scheduled on 10 September without the flood.
"“It is considered that the running of the race in the absence of the excitement generated by a flood would detract from its value as the premier Irish canoeing event," said a statement from the ICU.
The Liffey Swim has been an institution since 1960, atracting canoeists from around the world every September for the run from Kildare to Islandbridge.
The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

The annual Liffey Descent canoe race has been pushed back by a month - due to a lack of water.

The Irish Canoe Union (ICU) announced that due to significantly low water levels in the ESB reservoirs that provide the flood for the race, the event has been postponed till 8 October.

Organisers said they were left with the "difficult decision" to either postpone the event or run the things as scheduled on 10 September without the flood.

“It is considered that the running of the race in the absence of the excitement generated by a flood would detract from its value as the premier Irish canoeing event," said a statement from the ICU.

The Liffey Swim has been an institution since 1960, atracting canoeists from around the world every September for the run from Kildare to Islandbridge.

The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

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The Irish Coast Guard

The Irish Coast Guard is Ireland's fourth 'Blue Light' service (along with An Garda Síochána, the Ambulance Service and the Fire Service). It provides a nationwide maritime emergency organisation as well as a variety of services to shipping and other government agencies.

The purpose of the Irish Coast Guard is to promote safety and security standards, and by doing so, prevent as far as possible, the loss of life at sea, and on inland waters, mountains and caves, and to provide effective emergency response services and to safeguard the quality of the marine environment.

The Irish Coast Guard has responsibility for Ireland's system of marine communications, surveillance and emergency management in Ireland's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and certain inland waterways.

It is responsible for the response to, and co-ordination of, maritime accidents which require search and rescue and counter-pollution and ship casualty operations. It also has responsibility for vessel traffic monitoring.

Operations in respect of maritime security, illegal drug trafficking, illegal migration and fisheries enforcement are co-ordinated by other bodies within the Irish Government.

On average, each year, the Irish Coast Guard is expected to:

  • handle 3,000 marine emergencies
  • assist 4,500 people and save about 200 lives
  • task Coast Guard helicopters on missions

The Coast Guard has been around in some form in Ireland since 1908.

Coast Guard helicopters

The Irish Coast Guard has contracted five medium-lift Sikorsky Search and Rescue helicopters deployed at bases in Dublin, Waterford, Shannon and Sligo.

The helicopters are designated wheels up from initial notification in 15 minutes during daylight hours and 45 minutes at night. One aircraft is fitted and its crew trained for under slung cargo operations up to 3000kgs and is available on short notice based at Waterford.

These aircraft respond to emergencies at sea, inland waterways, offshore islands and mountains of Ireland (32 counties).

They can also be used for assistance in flooding, major inland emergencies, intra-hospital transfers, pollution, and aerial surveillance during daylight hours, lifting and passenger operations and other operations as authorised by the Coast Guard within appropriate regulations.

Irish Coastguard FAQs

The Irish Coast Guard provides nationwide maritime emergency response, while also promoting safety and security standards. It aims to prevent the loss of life at sea, on inland waters, on mountains and in caves; and to safeguard the quality of the marine environment.

The main role of the Irish Coast Guard is to rescue people from danger at sea or on land, to organise immediate medical transport and to assist boats and ships within the country's jurisdiction. It has three marine rescue centres in Dublin, Malin Head, Co Donegal, and Valentia Island, Co Kerry. The Dublin National Maritime Operations centre provides marine search and rescue responses and coordinates the response to marine casualty incidents with the Irish exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Yes, effectively, it is the fourth "blue light" service. The Marine Rescue Sub-Centre (MRSC) Valentia is the contact point for the coastal area between Ballycotton, Co Cork and Clifden, Co Galway. At the same time, the MRSC Malin Head covers the area between Clifden and Lough Foyle. Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) Dublin covers Carlingford Lough, Co Louth to Ballycotton, Co Cork. Each MRCC/MRSC also broadcasts maritime safety information on VHF and MF radio, including navigational and gale warnings, shipping forecasts, local inshore forecasts, strong wind warnings and small craft warnings.

The Irish Coast Guard handles about 3,000 marine emergencies annually, and assists 4,500 people - saving an estimated 200 lives, according to the Department of Transport. In 2016, Irish Coast Guard helicopters completed 1,000 missions in a single year for the first time.

Yes, Irish Coast Guard helicopters evacuate medical patients from offshore islands to hospital on average about 100 times a year. In September 2017, the Department of Health announced that search and rescue pilots who work 24-hour duties would not be expected to perform any inter-hospital patient transfers. The Air Corps flies the Emergency Aeromedical Service, established in 2012 and using an AW139 twin-engine helicopter. Known by its call sign "Air Corps 112", it airlifted its 3,000th patient in autumn 2020.

The Irish Coast Guard works closely with the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency, which is responsible for the Northern Irish coast.

The Irish Coast Guard is a State-funded service, with both paid management personnel and volunteers, and is under the auspices of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. It is allocated approximately 74 million euro annually in funding, some 85 per cent of which pays for a helicopter contract that costs 60 million euro annually. The overall funding figure is "variable", an Oireachtas committee was told in 2019. Other significant expenditure items include volunteer training exercises, equipment, maintenance, renewal, and information technology.

The Irish Coast Guard has four search and rescue helicopter bases at Dublin, Waterford, Shannon and Sligo, run on a contract worth 50 million euro annually with an additional 10 million euro in costs by CHC Ireland. It provides five medium-lift Sikorsky S-92 helicopters and trained crew. The 44 Irish Coast Guard coastal units with 1,000 volunteers are classed as onshore search units, with 23 of the 44 units having rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) and 17 units having cliff rescue capability. The Irish Coast Guard has 60 buildings in total around the coast, and units have search vehicles fitted with blue lights, all-terrain vehicles or quads, first aid equipment, generators and area lighting, search equipment, marine radios, pyrotechnics and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Community Rescue Boats Ireland also provide lifeboats and crews to assist in search and rescue. The Irish Coast Guard works closely with the Garda Siochána, National Ambulance Service, Naval Service and Air Corps, Civil Defence, while fishing vessels, ships and other craft at sea offer assistance in search operations.

The helicopters are designated as airborne from initial notification in 15 minutes during daylight hours, and 45 minutes at night. The aircraft respond to emergencies at sea, on inland waterways, offshore islands and mountains and cover the 32 counties. They can also assist in flooding, major inland emergencies, intra-hospital transfers, pollution, and can transport offshore firefighters and ambulance teams. The Irish Coast Guard volunteers units are expected to achieve a 90 per cent response time of departing from the station house in ten minutes from notification during daylight and 20 minutes at night. They are also expected to achieve a 90 per cent response time to the scene of the incident in less than 60 minutes from notification by day and 75 minutes at night, subject to geographical limitations.

Units are managed by an officer-in-charge (three stripes on the uniform) and a deputy officer in charge (two stripes). Each team is trained in search skills, first aid, setting up helicopter landing sites and a range of maritime skills, while certain units are also trained in cliff rescue.

Volunteers receive an allowance for time spent on exercises and call-outs. What is the difference between the Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI? The RNLI is a registered charity which has been saving lives at sea since 1824, and runs a 24/7 volunteer lifeboat service around the British and Irish coasts. It is a declared asset of the British Maritime and Coast Guard Agency and the Irish Coast Guard. Community Rescue Boats Ireland is a community rescue network of volunteers under the auspices of Water Safety Ireland.

No, it does not charge for rescue and nor do the RNLI or Community Rescue Boats Ireland.

The marine rescue centres maintain 19 VHF voice and DSC radio sites around the Irish coastline and a digital paging system. There are two VHF repeater test sites, four MF radio sites and two NAVTEX transmitter sites. Does Ireland have a national search and rescue plan? The first national search and rescue plan was published in July, 2019. It establishes the national framework for the overall development, deployment and improvement of search and rescue services within the Irish Search and Rescue Region and to meet domestic and international commitments. The purpose of the national search and rescue plan is to promote a planned and nationally coordinated search and rescue response to persons in distress at sea, in the air or on land.

Yes, the Irish Coast Guard is responsible for responding to spills of oil and other hazardous substances with the Irish pollution responsibility zone, along with providing an effective response to marine casualties and monitoring or intervening in marine salvage operations. It provides and maintains a 24-hour marine pollution notification at the three marine rescue centres. It coordinates exercises and tests of national and local pollution response plans.

The first Irish Coast Guard volunteer to die on duty was Caitriona Lucas, a highly trained member of the Doolin Coast Guard unit, while assisting in a search for a missing man by the Kilkee unit in September 2016. Six months later, four Irish Coast Guard helicopter crew – Dara Fitzpatrick, Mark Duffy, Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith -died when their Sikorsky S-92 struck Blackrock island off the Mayo coast on March 14, 2017. The Dublin-based Rescue 116 crew were providing "top cover" or communications for a medical emergency off the west coast and had been approaching Blacksod to refuel. Up until the five fatalities, the Irish Coast Guard recorded that more than a million "man hours" had been spent on more than 30,000 rescue missions since 1991.

Several investigations were initiated into each incident. The Marine Casualty Investigation Board was critical of the Irish Coast Guard in its final report into the death of Caitriona Lucas, while a separate Health and Safety Authority investigation has been completed, but not published. The Air Accident Investigation Unit final report into the Rescue 116 helicopter crash has not yet been published.

The Irish Coast Guard in its present form dates back to 1991, when the Irish Marine Emergency Service was formed after a campaign initiated by Dr Joan McGinley to improve air/sea rescue services on the west Irish coast. Before Irish independence, the British Admiralty was responsible for a Coast Guard (formerly the Water Guard or Preventative Boat Service) dating back to 1809. The West Coast Search and Rescue Action Committee was initiated with a public meeting in Killybegs, Co Donegal, in 1988 and the group was so effective that a Government report was commissioned, which recommended setting up a new division of the Department of the Marine to run the Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (MRCC), then based at Shannon, along with the existing coast radio service, and coast and cliff rescue. A medium-range helicopter base was established at Shannon within two years. Initially, the base was served by the Air Corps.

The first director of what was then IMES was Capt Liam Kirwan, who had spent 20 years at sea and latterly worked with the Marine Survey Office. Capt Kirwan transformed a poorly funded voluntary coast and cliff rescue service into a trained network of cliff and sea rescue units – largely voluntary, but with paid management. The MRCC was relocated from Shannon to an IMES headquarters at the then Department of the Marine (now Department of Transport) in Leeson Lane, Dublin. The coast radio stations at Valentia, Co Kerry, and Malin Head, Co Donegal, became marine rescue-sub-centres.

The current director is Chris Reynolds, who has been in place since August 2007 and was formerly with the Naval Service. He has been seconded to the head of mission with the EUCAP Somalia - which has a mandate to enhance Somalia's maritime civilian law enforcement capacity – since January 2019.

  • Achill, Co. Mayo
  • Ardmore, Co. Waterford
  • Arklow, Co. Wicklow
  • Ballybunion, Co. Kerry
  • Ballycotton, Co. Cork
  • Ballyglass, Co. Mayo
  • Bonmahon, Co. Waterford
  • Bunbeg, Co. Donegal
  • Carnsore, Co. Wexford
  • Castlefreake, Co. Cork
  • Castletownbere, Co. Cork
  • Cleggan, Co. Galway
  • Clogherhead, Co. Louth
  • Costelloe Bay, Co. Galway
  • Courtown, Co. Wexford
  • Crosshaven, Co. Cork
  • Curracloe, Co. Wexford
  • Dingle, Co. Kerry
  • Doolin, Co. Clare
  • Drogheda, Co. Louth
  • Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
  • Dunmore East, Co. Waterford
  • Fethard, Co. Wexford
  • Glandore, Co. Cork
  • Glenderry, Co. Kerry
  • Goleen, Co. Cork
  • Greencastle, Co. Donegal
  • Greenore, Co. Louth
  • Greystones, Co. Wicklow
  • Guileen, Co. Cork
  • Howth, Co. Dublin
  • Kilkee, Co. Clare
  • Killala, Co. Mayo
  • Killybegs, Co. Donegal
  • Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford
  • Knightstown, Co. Kerry
  • Mulroy, Co. Donegal
  • North Aran, Co. Galway
  • Old Head Of Kinsale, Co. Cork
  • Oysterhaven, Co. Cork
  • Rosslare, Co. Wexford
  • Seven Heads, Co. Cork
  • Skerries, Co. Dublin Summercove, Co. Cork
  • Toe Head, Co. Cork
  • Tory Island, Co. Donegal
  • Tramore, Co. Waterford
  • Waterville, Co. Kerry
  • Westport, Co. Mayo
  • Wicklow
  • Youghal, Co. Cork

Sources: Department of Transport © Afloat 2020

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