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Jenny Egan at the Awards ceremony earlier this year
#Canoeing: Jenny Egan and Barry Watkins qualified for semi-finals at the canoe sprint World Cup in Poznan, Poland. Egan finished fifth in her heat of the K1 200m, while Watkins matched this in the men’s K1 1,000. The paracanoeist Patrick…
Competitors at the Junior Liffey Descent 2019
#Canoeing: Senan Forrestal of Thomastown Paddlers proved the class of the field at the Junior Liffey Descent on Saturday.  Forrestal, winner of the junior race at the 59th Liffey Descent last September, negotiated the ten kilometre course from Leixlip to Strawberry…
Jenny Egan with her bronze medal from the Canoe Sprint World Championships
The Olympics is not the “Holy Grail” for Jenny Egan despite her recent international success in sprint and marathon kayaking. In a new Q&A with the Irish Examiner, the Leixlip-based paddler talks her beginnings in the sport (“Mum says I…
Ronan Foley (left) with the national sprint coach Jon Simmons
Jenny Egan and Ronan Foley will begin their campaign to qualify for next year’s Tokyo Olympics at the opening World Cup Canoe competition in Poznan, Poland starting on Thursday, May 23. In June last year, Egan, from the Salmon Leap…
Liam Jegou
#Canoeing: Liam Jegou, Sam Curtis and Aisling Conlan all had wins at the canoe slalom Irish Open at the Sluice Weir in Lucan today. Jegou, who travelled from his base in Pau in France for the event, was the top…
Ronan Foley with his two awards.
#Canoeing: The inaugural Canoeing Ireland National Awards at the Spa Hotel in Lucan on Saturday night were a success. The prizes were spread across a range of disciplines, with young competitors to the fore. Jenny Egan and Ronan Foley were…
George's Dock between the IFSC and the CHQ Building is the site for the proposed €12 million white-water course
#GeorgesDock - Dublin City councillors were yesterday presented with plans to transform George’s Dock into an “elite” white-water canoeing amenity for sports and rescue training, according to The Irish Times. Last April, it was reported that a design tender had…
Darragh Clarke
#Canoeing: Ireland’s Darragh Clarke won the junior event at the Krumlovsky Vodacky Marathon in the Czech Republic – his third consecutive win at this level in this event. The 18-year-old wildwater paddler from  Chapelizod was taking part in the marathon…
Jon Mackey
#Canoeing: Jon Mackey is to head up high performance at Canoeing Ireland. Mackey, who works as training and development officer at Canoeing Ireland, is national coach for Kickboxing Ireland. In this role he guided the Ireland team to fourth place…
The canoe slalom course in Rio de Janeiro.
#Canoeing: Ireland’s Liam Jegou finished 24th in the semi-final of the canoe slalom World Championships in Rio de Janeiro. The C1 paddler incurred four seconds of penalties for touches on gate one and gate 10 which cost him his chance…
Sean Rice after his win
#Canoeing: Sean Rice was the fastest man in the inaugural Irish Coast Paddling Championships from Greystones to Dún Laoghaire. Another South African, Hayley Jo Nixon took the women’s title. Brother and sister Bernard Cahill and Roisin Cahill from Clare were…
Liffey Descent: Low Water Causes Canoe Carnage
On a day when low water caused carnage, British pair Nicky Chesser and Tom Lusty were the winners of the K2 class at the 59th Liffey Descent canoe marathon today. Irish pair Jenny Egan and John Simmons were first in…
Jenny Egan
#Canoeing: Jenny Egan showed great fighting spirit, but had to settle for fifth at the canoe marathon World Championships at Vila de Prado in Portugal today. Twice she bridged a big gap to a leading group only to miss out.…
The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Darragh Clarke
#Canoeing: The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has honoured wildwater canoeist Darragh Clarke for his achievement in taking gold at the junior European Championships in Macedonia. The 18-year-old from Chapelizod was invited to meet the Taoiseach at Government Buildings.  Clarke took a…
Ronan Foley
#Canoeing: Ronan Foley capped a terrific year with a silver medal in the junior K1 at the canoe marathon World Championships in Vila de Prado in Portugal. Thorbjorn Rask of Denmark won gold through an early breakaway, while Foley took…
Luis Perez and Miguel Llorens, the Liffey Descent Winners in 2017
#Canoeing: The Liffey Descent is one of the biggest tests for those who think themselves tough. This year’s 32km race from Straffan to Islandbridge may be the hardest in the history of the event. The prestigious contest is part of…

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