Gates will be installed on new river slalom course in Clonmel

Eamonn Wynne

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Gates will be installed on new river slalom course in Clonmel

A committee from the Irish Canoe Slalom team will visit Clonmel this Friday to help erect gates on the new slalom course on the river Suir.

On Saturday some of the national squad members will test the course and train with members from the local clubs, Clonmel and Ardfinnan, in the afternoon.

There will be more activities on the course, including its first race, from 11.30 on Sunday morning. 

County Council engineer Paddy Crotty told a meeting of Clonmel Borough District that there was no official booking procedure for the course, and the river was open to anyone who wished to use it.

Clubs from outside the area could contact the local club to check if any events were taking place.

The course is part of the Blueway that will provide a two-day 56 kilometres trail, suitable for the novice and the beginner as well as the experienced canoeist, on a stretch of the river from Cahir to Carrick-on-Suir.

District Mayor Andy Moloney said the Blueway would be very exciting and it was great to see the amount of activity taking place on the slipway at Cahir.

Cllr. Pat English said that schools and clubs could also get involved in canoeing activities.

Canoeing Ireland is to hold its club championships on the Clonmel slalom course on April 8-9th next.

The 300 metres-long course runs from Lady Blessington's Weir to the Denis Burke Park.

The slalom course and river play area for canoeists and kayaks is the first of its kind in the south east and will be an amenity of national importance, with Canoeing Ireland enthusiastically supporting the plan.

The course has been built to national standards and will provide an amenity for the sport, as well as generating tourism for the town.

​Several clubs from outside of the county have already availed of the new facility.​

Large stones and boulders have been placed in the river to construct rock groins, islands and ledges in the river channel to create white water for canoeists and kayakers to navigate.

Gate poles will be hung from suspended stainless steel lines, which will traverse the river between steel posts installed on opposite banks.

A multi-purpose ramp on Lady Blessington's Weir will improve fish migration on the Suir, provide safe passage over the weir for canoeists and generate a freestyle feature for local paddlers.