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Emergency teams at Killyleagh in Co Down responding to the kayaking incident in Strangford Lough
Portaferry’s coastguard rescue team was paged yesterday morning (Saturday 7 March) to a report of multiple kayakers capsized in the water off Killyleagh on Strangford Lough. Portaferry RNLI were also tasked to the incident, recovering four individuals from the water…
File image of the Irish Coast Guard
A multi-agency operation was launched to rescue a kayaker trapped in a river gorge in Co Clare yesterday afternoon (Saturday 15 February). As TheJournal.ie reports, the kayaker was one of a group who got into difficulty on the Allie River…
Kayaker John Medlow and his dinghy on the River Bann
It started in August last year when Northern Ireland man Jon Medlow noticed the amount of rubbish floating downstream while kayaking in the River Bann near Portadown. Just a few months later, as BBC News reports, and he’s removed almost…
Kayaker Tim Flavin
“Stop for a quick apple and orange drink. Paddle on in flat water. Stop for cake and try throwing a lifebelt onto a beach...” “ Arrive Courtown at about 11.15 to champagne and a congratulations cake reception! A lifetime trip…
Artist's impression of the proposed white water course for George's Dock
Dublin City councillors have voted to approve controversial plans for a white water rafting course in the city centre’s George’s Dock that has already seen the council spend half a million euro, as The Irish Times reports. Plans for the…
Still from an animation showing the proposed rafting centre in operation
Costs for the proposed white water rafting centre at George’s Dock have doubled to nearly €23 million, as The Irish Times reports. The news comes as controversy over plans for the site in Dublin’s Docklands caused a storm on social…
The inflatable kayak found ashore at Millisle in Co Down on Monday morning
Belfast Coastguard in Northern Ireland is appealing for the owner of a kayak found washed ashore at Millisle in Co Down. The discovery of the green-and-black inflatable kayak yesterday morning (Monday 25 November) prompted a search operation in the area of…
The woman was airlifted to hospital by the Irish Community Rapid Response helicopter
Update: The Irish Mirror has since reported that the 20-year-old student recovered from the Caragh River at the weekend had died in hospital. The Irish Times reports that a University of Limerick student is in critical condition after getting into…
River Shannon flowing past King John’s Castle in Limerick, where Jim Kennedy and company will complete their recreated ‘paddle for peace’
An experienced kayaker in training for the world’s longest non-stop paddle race also aims to recreate the ‘paddle for peace’ that celebrated the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. In 1999, Jim Kennedy and friends showed their support for the…
The Kayak involved in the accident
An inquiry into the death of an experienced kayaker on a Kerry river last year has found that the lack of communication at the scene delayed call to the emergency services writes Lorna Siggins Brita Waters (36) from Baldoyle, Dublin,…
The Yukon River flows through some of the world’s most remote wilderness
Former kayaking champion Jim Kennedy is embarking on a new adventure — as part of a two-man team taking on the world’s longest non-stop paddle race. Kennedy has partnered with fellow Irish champion kayaker Colin Wong to represent Ireland in…
George’s Dock between the IFSC and the CHQ Building is the site for the proposed €12 million white-water course
Plans for a white-water rafting circuit in the heart of Dublin have come back to the fore, as The Irish Times reports. Earlier this year Dublin City councillors were presented with plans for scheme, which aims to transform George’s Dock…
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The Rodster sit on top kayak from is part of a new consignment of Kayaks just in at O'Sullivan's Marine in Tralee, County Kerry
After launching a comprehensive new range of Cool Kayaks earlier in the season, the demand was so high that stocks soon ran out… not surprising considering their high quality and exceptionally good prices writes Brian O'Sullivan of O'Sullivan's Marine. The…
File image of Clifden RNLI’s inshore and Mersey class lifeboats, which launched to the kayakers in distress yesterday evening
Two sea kayakers were rescued from the water off Ballyconneely in western Connemara by Clifden RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 6 August). Just after 4.30pm the lifeboat station’s volunteers responded to reports via the Irish Coast Guard of kayakers…
Danish GreenKayak joins Dublin’s City Kayaking to offer free trips to pick up plastic. Above: Tobias Weber-Anderson of GreenKayak on the Liffey with bucket full of litter.
A new clean-up initiative which involves volunteers kayaking down the river Liffey to pick up rubbish has been launched. GreenKayak, a Danish non-governmental organisation founded in 2017 by Tobias Weber-Andersen, reports The Irish Times, operates a free service where volunteers…
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…

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