Sunday 18 March 2018

Donnchadh powers up with a river adventure

AT THE HELM: Donnchadh Mac Cobb of Adventure Training Ireland.
AT THE HELM: Donnchadh Mac Cobb of Adventure Training Ireland.
Louise McBride

Louise McBride

Bagatelle once sang about the Liffey stinking like hell – but this didn't stop Dublin man Donnchadh Mac Cobb setting up a company which enables people to zoom up and down the capital's river in a powerboat.

In late 2011, Mac Cobb, who worked in sailing schools and powerboat training centres after he left college, set up Adventure Training Ireland – which teaches people how to get behind the wheel of a powerboat in Dublin city.

The company also offers lessons in sailing and kayaking and allows people to rent out kayaks.

"The biggest problem we faced when we first set up was that people thought the Liffey was manky," said Mac Cobb. "We pointed out that the sea is only a mile away from us – and that you get pretty much the same water quality here as you do on Dollymount Strand."

Although Mac Cobb's adventure centre has only been open a year, about 3,500 people have got stuck into the company's watersports on the River Liffey, according to Mac Cobb. The company runs a kids' kayaking camp during the summer and kayaking lessons for children with autism every Sunday morning.

"We get a lot of people who are living in Dublin who are training for triathlons and adventure races," said Mac Cobb.

"Doing watersports on the Liffey lets you see the city from a completely different angle. You get to see how big the river is, explore bridges around the Liffey – and you're a world away from all the traffic and chaos," he added.

Irish Independent

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