Rathangan canoe club takes maiden voyage

The Grand Canal is a beautiful waterway that is the heart and soul of Rathangan.

The Grand Canal is a beautiful waterway that is the heart and soul of Rathangan.

The view of canoes gliding along the waterway is one of life’s simple pleasures. The Rathangan Rowing Club is looking to make full use of this wonderful amenity.

Interest in the club quickly gathered after a local public meeting was held. Establishing the club became a joint effort by the community with members from The Rathangan Scouts, The Residents Association and The Tidy Towns Committee as well as some local individuals.

“The Kildare County Council Outdoor Tourism Project provided advice, support, contacts and ideas from day one,” said Eamon Reidy, spokesperson for the club, “They will also continue to help us in the future.”

On a cold Sunday afternoon on November 24, local canoe enthusiasts, both young and old, gathered at the Grand Canal slipway for the first taster day. The cold was not going to deter anyone from having a good time. The Athy and Kilcullen Rowing Clubs provided canoes and kayaks as well as two instructors to complete this memorable exciting day. The scene of locals finally taking full advantage of this under used amenity was inspiring.

“The enthusiasm behind this club is fantastic,” explained Colette Dunne, club secretary, “It’s a shame that it hadn’t been done before.”

The club, with the help of the Outdoor Tourism Project, is going to have twelve local instructors.

It currently owns five canoes and is appealing for donations of any unused canoes. Check out “Rathangan Canoe Club” on facebook or call 086 1544486 for more info.