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2022 Liffey Descent Cancelled Over ‘Extremely Low’ Water Levels

1st September 2022
Olympic champion rower Paul O’Donovan competing in the 2021 Liffey Descent
Olympic champion rower Paul O’Donovan competing in last year’s Liffey Descent Credit: Liffey Descent/Nancy Geary

“Extremely low” water levels have prompted the cancellation of this month’s Liffey Descent canoe and kayak race.

In a statement, organisers said that there is “no hope of of any relieving rainfall according to the long-range forecast” to replenish the reservoir that supplies the River Liffey, which was to see the 62nd Liffey Descent take place on Saturday 10 September.

It marks the second time in two years that the annual canoe and kayak race from Kildare to Islandbridge in the capital has been cancelled, with 2020’s race falling victim to coronavirus restrictions.

“With the best interests of the health, safety and enjoyment of participants we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event,” the statement said.

“We are exploring the option of moving the race to April to alleviate the annual issue with water levels, which have become more problematic in recent years.”

Competitors will be given the option to move their entry to the new date if rescheduling can be confirmed, organisers added.

MacDara Conroy

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