Canoeing Ireland Factfile

Membership: 2,700 members

Number of Clubs: 65

Number of Participating Schools: 10

Canoeing Ireland 2012 Highlights:

  • 2012 Olympic Games
  • International Liffey Descent (part of the International Canoe Federation World Series)
  • Junior Liffey Descent 200 juniors race down the liffey in this annual event
  • Junior Paddlefest 250 children over 1 weekend trying all canoe disciplines

What are the key events to look forward to in 2013?

  • Kilkenny Paddlefest: 6 & 7 April
  • Junior Liffey Descent: 28th September
  • International Liffey Descent: 28th September
  • Junior Paddlefest: 21st September 2013
  • Irish Open Canoepolo: 31st August & 1st September


Visit our homepage for a full Calendar of events in 2013

How can people get involved in Canoeing?

Join a local club, a map of all clubs can be found at on our website

Visit our website and register for a beginner course directly

Complete a beginner course with any Canoeing Ireland qualified Instructor nationally through our network of clubs and providers.

Social Media Channel Links:


Twitter: @CanoeingIreland


Interesting facts or statistics:

  • Canoeing Ireland is in existence 52 years
  • Canoeing Ireland has sent Olympians to every Olympic Games since the 1936 when Slalom Canoeing was first introduced to the Olympics.
  • Canoeing have 7 disaplines all with world championships, Irleand sends teams to all major championships
  • Slalom, sprint , marathon racing , canoe polo, wildwater racing, freestyle.
  • Canoeing Ireland have launched Paracanoeing and will become members of the the Irish Paralympics in May with a view to competing in Rio 2016.

Do you want your organisation to feature here?

Contact the Federation of Irish Sport on 01-6251155 or email