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Monday 15 September 2014

Urban kayaking …

The river Liffey comes back to life

Published 19/08/2013 | 15:41

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Bringing Dublin’s main artery, the River Liffey, ‘back to life” is the aim of water sports enthusiast Donnchadh MacCobb, who wants to make City Kayaking a big feature of the city’s main waterway.

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“The Liffey has been somewhat forgotten for the wonderful waterway that it is.  With the contrast of the hustle and bustle of the city all around, we want to show people a little bit of serenity in the middle of it all”, he says.

With funding from Arthur Guinness Projects, the aim of City Kayaking would be to get a Dublin base up and running with up to date and easy to use kayaking equipment.  They would then potentially branch out to other cities around Ireland.

“You don’t need to go out in to the wild to experience adventure sports”, says Artane man Donnchadh, pointing out that City Kayaking is a particularly good option for those who are time-poor and living in the city but want a big adventure. 

His vision is to “inject a bit of colour and life back in to the Liffey” with people paddling up the river at their own speed in kayaks, removed from the noise and stress of city life. “Having salmon, seals, sea otters and many other animals using the river is a testament to the water quality within the tidal river itself,’ says Donnchadh.

City Kayaking operates from Dublin City Moorings by the IFSC, where the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship is moored. Seeing Dublin city from a different angle is the aim.  “We’ll let people explore underneath some of Dublin’s most famous bridges and take in some of the most iconic landmarks while paddling along the River Liffey.’

“As an island nation we should be embracing our rivers, lakes, seas and canals and enjoying these amazing natural amenities” states Donnchadh.  “Using our sit on top kayaks we make it really easy and safe to engage in using the water in a safe and enjoyable way, right in the heart of the city. City Kayaking brings adventure to the urban environment in a way like never before.”

A life long water sports enthusiast and professional instructor in many different disciplines, Donnchadh has been working towards making water sports more accessible for everyone for many years. 

“We want to open up the river for everybody and position Dublin as a centre of activity.  An initiative like Arthur Guinness Projects is a cracking opportunity.”

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