LaoisKayakRecent Wins: The Laois Kayak and Canoe club had some great wins at the Carrick-on-Shannon marathon ranking race on Sunday 30th June and on the same day in Clashganny, the club was invited to take part in more level 3 kayaking training from Canoeing Ireland and Donal, Debbie, Enda and Conall had a great day there improving in their current skills.

Water Polo: On Saturday the 5th and 6th July club members took part in the Killaloe Polo Club tournament and made it to the final just narrowly beaten into second place by a golden goal. The club will take part in the Canoe Polo Club Championships in Cloondara, Co. Longford on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July and we wish them the best of luck.

Kayaking Beginner Sessions continue on Tuesday evening’s for Children and on Wednesday evenings for Adults at 7pm. Our qualified instructors will show you some of the techniques and disciplines of paddling. All equipment including kayaks, helmets and buoyancy aids will be provided. Anyone interested should message us on Facebook or send an email to The cost is €5 per person. You must be able to swim 25 metres competently. If you are a junior (under 16 years old), then a parent or guardian must be present for the duration of the session.

Fundraiser: The club are holding a raffle to raise much needed funds for club equipment. Club member Calvin O’Brien is representing Ireland on the Irish Freestyle Kayaking Team in the European Championships in Slovakia in September, the club are fundraising for a competition model boat of which Laois County Council have kindly agreed to partially fund and the club need to raise the rest of the money for same. There are 12 prizes with a total prize value of €1,245.00 and tickets are just €2 each or 3 for €5. Tickets are available at Durrow Post Office, Thomas Kenna Butchers, Durrow Credit Union, Churchview Dental Practice Portlaoise and from club members locally.