Paddlefest 2013 – Kilkenny. An event not to be missed

Paddlefest 2013 Kilkenny

This is for all the canoeist and kayakers out there, for those that might not know I have been known to to a bit of kayaking over the years. Paddlefest 2013 (the one which caters for adults) is being held in my home town of Kilkenny. It is shaping up to be an excellent event.

Canoeing Ireland and Canoe Association of Northern Ireland are proud to announce the launch of a joint Paddlefest event in 2013.  

paddlefest 2013 Kilkenny

Paddlefest 2013 will be run on the 6th and 7th April 2013 from The HUB, Cillin Hill, Kilkenny.  Please feel free to browse the webpages linked on your left to access event information.

The event hopes to build on the success of the annual CANI Paddlefest and the Rathdrum Junior Paddlefest to become one of the biggest training, development and networking events on the Irish Canoeing Calendar. The event is open to all age groups and abilities however as Junior Paddlefest will be running again in Rathdrum in September 2013 this event will move beyond basic paddling skills and focus on intermediate to advanced skills.

Greens Bridge – One of the locations to be used for Paddlefest

The event will be focused on providing workshops across a broad range of disciplines and key development areas. The workshops will be provided both in Kilkenny and at several locations within an hours drive of Kilkenny.  You can find a list of the workshops on offer here.  

We are endeavouring to get the best of best from across the country to help us deliver the workshops over the course of the weekend.  A list of attending instructors and coaches will be updated on the Canoeing Ireland Website here to keep participants informed.  Each participant will be able to sign up for up to 4 workshops over the course of the weekend.

The large conference centre at the HUB in Cillin Hill will be the central venue for the weekend.  Stands will be set up on site from all of the major retailers, providers and gear manufacturers for participants to browse.  Demo gear will be available for loan during the workshops. On Saturday evening food will be provided at the HUB followed by talks from a selection of guest speakers who will be announced here and wrapping up with a band to dance the night away.  You can find more detail on the evening entertainment here.

RSR course at Greensbridge were some of the workshops will take place.

Paddlefest Kilkenny 2013 is an event which will be supported by the collaboration of the two national Canoeing Governing Bodies; Canoeing Ireland and the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland.  The event is kindly supported by Waterways Ireland.  We also hope that the proposed event will be run in close collaboration with Kilkenny Recreation & Sports Partnership with the support of Kilkenny LEADER.  

The event entry fee will be €60 for adults and €50 for students and €40 for juniors. The entry fee includes, 4 workshops over the two days, food, transport on site, any specialised equipment required, entrance to the talks and the after party.  

River Barrow when some of the Workshops will take place.
River Barrow when some of the Workshops will take place.

Please note that places on the workshops are limited and will be awarded on a first come first served basis, hence early booking is advised.  You can find the paddlefest booking form here.  Book your place before the 15th March 2013 and get a free event T-Shirt on the day.


This is an event that is not to be missed and I am really looking forward to taking part in it. Also I am looking forward to the small freestyle feature at Greens Bridge getting the exposure it deserves. I did a post on it years ago here, it really is the perfect place to introduce people to freestyle kayaking.

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