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Police officers in Coleraine have been praised after their rescue of two kayakers from the River Bann in Northern Ireland earlier this week. Dog walkers noticed the kayakers had gotten into difficulty in the river at around 6.20pm on Tuesday…
File image of The Quay at Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny on the River Barrow
Kilkenny Live reports that Graiguenamanagh Canoe Club has lodged plans to construct an accessible floating pontoon and disabled kayak launch at The Quay on the River Barrow. The application can be viewed on the Kilkenny County Council website and a…
Local police near the scene of the tragic incident on the Potomac River on Sunday 17 September
A young student from Ireland has died after a kayaking incident near Washington DC, as RTÉ News reports. TCD English Studies undergraduate Ella Mills had only recently relocated to New York as an exchange student at Columbia University. She was…
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Arranmore RNLI in Co Donegal rescued a kayaker on rocks at Owey Island on Sunday afternoon (10 September). The volunteer crew were asked to launch their all-weather lifeboat by Malin Head Coast Guard at 2.50pm to reports of a kayaker…
The Marine Casualty Investigation Board report for 2022 - The MCIB Chairperson says that the MCIB has made extensive recommendations to the Minister, to Water Safety Ireland and to Canoeing Ireland and Sport Ireland
There are two very specific points in the annual report of the Marine Casualty Investigation Board for last year (2022), which, in pursuance of maritime safety, should be heeded by the sectors involved – watersports and the fishing industry. The…
File image of White Strand at Derrynane, Co Kerry
Tragedy was averted this August Bank Holiday weekend when a grandfather and his grandson were rescued from the sea after their kayak capsized off White Strand in Co Kerry. As the Kerryman reports, emergency services including the Irish Coast Guard’s…
The Corrib Water Polo Club during their Mini Blitz at Claddagh Basin in Galway City in July 2021
Galway’s Claddagh Basin may be a venue for next year’s Irish kayak polo intervarsities contest. The event may take place in the city canal basin in February 2024, Galway City Council says. It is one of several water polo activities…
Pictured at the Galway City Mayoral Reception on Monday, 17 July 2023, in honour of the Special Olympic athletes on their return from the 2023 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Berlin, is Liam Hynes (Kayaking), with his mother and brother, and Mayor Eddie Hoare
Kayakers Michelle O’Keane and Liam Hynes and swimmer Patricia Larkin were among Special Olympic athletes honoured by Mayor of Galway City Eddie Hoare at a reception earlier this week (July 17). Also invited to the mayoral reception held on their…
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Musician Niall Breslin has set out on a challenging 300km voyage kayaking the River Shannon from Dowra to Limerick to raise funds for mental-health resources. Breslin, or Bressie as he’s widely known, is part of a group with five other…
The new survey will map otters and compare results to the last survey in 2010-11
Kayakers, anglers, seashore, and riverbank walkers have been invited to participate in a national otter survey. The survey is being run by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), with researchers at Queen’s University Belfast and the National Biodiversity Data…
The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) has criticised the “general safety environment around paddlesports in Ireland” which it has identified as a “systemic factor” in a serious incident involving kayakers in Donegal’s Mulroy Bay last year. A group of six…
The Aran Islands RNLI all-weather Severn class lifeboat
Aran Islands RNLI Lifeboat launched last night (Tuesday, 16 May) to reports of kayakers in difficulty half a mile off Kilronan Pier. A member of the public raised the alarm after seeing them in trouble, and Shannon Coast Guard requested…
File image of the old bridge in Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary
A new canoeing and kayaking club for Carrick-on-Suir has secured start-up funding that will allow it to set up a premises in the Co Tipperary town. As Tipperary Live reports, Carrick-on-Suir Paddlers held its first AGM on Wednesday 11 January…
The late Mark Morley pictured in happier times with wife Kate Strochnetter and their daughters Roisin and Allison
An online fundraiser for the family of a man who died while kayaking in Galway Bay last month has surpassed its €20,000 goal. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Mark Morley got into difficulty off Spiddal in Co Galway shortly before…
Belfast Kayak Club gets ready to launch for the Christmas Paddle
A Viking burial site was discovered at Ballyholme Bay on the North Down coast in 1903 suggesting that the Vikings landed there. Although the Belfast Kayak Club landed there, too last weekend on their Christmas outing, they certainly didn’t grab…
Olympic champion rower Paul O’Donovan competing in the 2021 Liffey Descent
“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…