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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…
Jon Hynes with his sail-augmented sea kayak
Earlier this week, experienced sea kayaker Jon Hynes set out on a journey with a difference — paddling the entire Cork coastline solo in aid of a charity very close to his heart. Three years ago Jon’s wife Alayne was…
Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft Chapter 7: Canoeing/Kayaking title page
Canoeists, kayakers and relevant organisations are again being encouraged by the Department of Transport to review Chapter 7 of the Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft. This chapter gives advice to canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts on actions to…
The Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat crew under Coxswain Mark John Gannon after arriving back from the call this afternoon with Duty Launch Authority Philip White
The Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat “Frederick Storey Cockburn” was called out this afternoon at 3.15 pm, by the Valentia Coast Guard Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, when a lone kayaker got into difficulties on the western side of the Old…
Polish Kayaker Andrzej Kolobi and his family with the Clogherhead RNLI Lifeboat, the
To help launch this year’s Mayday Mile fundraiser for the RNLI, a lone kayaker who got into difficulty off Clogherhead in County Louth last month, returned to visit the lifeboat crew who saved his life when he capsized in a…
The Louth based RNLI Shannon lifeboat at Clogherhead launched for the kayaker
The lifeboat crew at Clogherhead RNLI rescued a lone kayaker over the weekend (Saturday 6 March) after they capsized near the local headland and were unable to get back on their craft due to the sea conditions. A local fishing…
When the Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat arrived at Navigation Mark J, north of Gortmore, it began a thorough search of the area
On Sunday afternoon, 12 February, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to investigate a report from a member of the public that a kayaker was in difficulty by Navigation Mark J, at the northern end of…
Day five in Eoin Connolly and Ronan McDonnell’s kayaking from source to sea
An intrepid pair of kayakers are now five days into their 10-day adventure paddling the length of the River Shannon from source to sea. Eoin Connolly and Ronan McDonnell skipped the usual festive fare as they set out on Christmas…
Artist’s impression of the white-water rafting centre that had been proposed for George’s Dock
Lack of financial and public support is being cited as the reason for scrapping plans for a white-water rafting course in Dublin city centre, as RTÉ News reports. Costs for the controversial scheme planned for George’s Dock had risen to…
David McClure became Irelands first-ever European Champion in Freestyle in the K1 Men division
Kayaking in Ireland has had two new pages added to its history books, with the first medals ever being won in the discipline and Ireland's first-ever European Champion being crowned. At the recent Championships, held on the 2024 Olympic course…
The Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat crew members under Coxswain Mark John Gannon after they arrived back, to the Courtmacsherry Pontoon. Left to Right. Mark John Gannon, Ciaran Hurley, Kevin Young, Evin O Sullivan, Donal Young and Stuart Russell. (Ken Cashman missing from picture)
The Courtmacsherry All-Weather Trent Class RNLI Lifeboat was called out on Friday evening at 5.45 pm, to go to the immediate aid of a lone Kayaker that was spotted in trouble off the Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork.…
File image of kayak paddles hovering over water
Residents of a Limerick suburb on the banks of the River Shannon say they were not consulted about plans for a new kayaking facility in a local park. As the Limerick Leader reports, locals close to Shannon Fields have hit…
Declan Reid went missing after capsizing while kayaking in Athy, Co Kildare on Sunday 28 February
RTÉ News and TheJournal.ie report that a body was recovered yesterday, Saturday 6 March, in the search for a kayaker missing on the River Barrow in Athy since last weekend. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Declan Reid (34) and his…
Declan Reid has been missing since Sunday
Emergency services resumed searching today (Tuesday 2 March) for a man who went missing after his kayak capsized on the River Barrow at the weekend. According to RTÉ News, 34-year-old Declan Reid had been kayaking with his young son when…