Alps write-up!

Here’s a write-up of our Alpine training and development trip earlier this summer, as written by our eloquent in-house Bard, Dan O’Sullivan: I’m wearing a luminous orange wife beater and I’m on my second bottle of San Pellegrino Orange Soda while my punnet of strawberries is diminishing. It’s 5 o’clock, we are driving from Bergamo to Kobarid and I feel better than I have done in a year. Tomorrow brings that moment I have been waiting a year for. When you are just paddling along and something happens, you react perfectly and the water splashes in your face. Then and there in that moment I will have my first white water smile. All my worries, anxieties, insecurities and the tremors of stress and the memory of outside life will disappear and I will exist as I should. That moment will be as clear and as pure as the Alpine snow melted water that we are paddling. The craic is 90 on Seanie’s bus. Suddenly I have the feeling that things can change. The summer is opening up like a wide expanse before me and each breaking wave that crashes into the flood of excitement on this bus holds infinite possibility … Continue reading

UL Kayak Club clean up on the river Shannon

On the 18th of April 2015, the University of Limerick Kayak Club took part in a river clean up on the section of the Shannon that flows through UL’s campus. Members of the club took to the water to collect the rubbish and debris that littered the rivers banks and islands. Weather conditions were ideal for the event as the water was calm and the sun was blazing. Due to human pollution and the winter storms there was no shortage of rubbish to be gathered up. All members who took part were excited for a day of paddling, fun and making a real difference to UL’s environment. The University of Limerick has recently been placed 11th out of 360 universities as being one of the greenest campuses in the world. This ranking is in relation to environmentally friendly University management and maintenance as stated by the Green Metric Ranking of World Universities. The river clean-up has now become an annual event for the kayak club and is a great way for the club to give back to the environment that they get so much use out of. With tremendous support from the UL Green Committee the day went smoothly and … Continue reading

Interview with Jack Phelan – The new captain of the kayak club.

How long have you been Kayaking? I started in my first year so about 2 and a half years What is your favourite discipline in Kayaking? I’d be 50-50 between Whitewater and Freestyle which are also probably the two most practiced disciplines in ULKC What is your greatest achievement in kayaking? Getting my level 4 after less than a year is pretty high up there and also helping the club win the 6 in a row. How are you finding your new role of captain so far? It’s not too bad yet. We are just starting to organise our annual trip to the Alps which is going to involve a lot of logistical challenges due to the amount of people we try to bring every year. First semester of 2015 is when it’s going to get hard, trying to recruit as many members as we can and then both trying to keep them and ensure they have a good time. Is there a lot of pressure on you now given the clubs winning history in both national competitions and UL’s C&S awards? I wouldn’t say a lot no, obviously with us winning the 6 in a row in the Intervarsities … Continue reading

Kayaking Intervarsities 2015

On February 5th 2015, the University of Limerick Kayaking Club attended the Intervarsities hosted by NUIG/ GMIT kayak club with hopes and aspirations to return home with yet another victory. Most people reading this probably know the story, but anyway, from the ground up; the Intervarsities is the annual event where the fifteen or so college kayak clubs in the country come together for a weekend of partying, banter and competing, to see who brings home the coveted big silver trophy! A handful of us set off in the early hours of the morning to participate in the white water events. We had Eoin Keyes, a brilliant all round kayaker, Andrew Regan, a class ‘A’ paddler, Emer Farrell, who has loads of experience and Mark Scanlon, who was just back from a year of studying/paddling in Austria and trip to Mexico. Battling down rapids paddling as fast as they could to achieve a mighty 2nd place overall. We then headed over to the Claddagh Basin for Kayak-Polo. For anyone who has not witnessed the sport before, it’s a 5 a side match that combines kayaking and ball handling skills with an exciting contact team game, where tactics and positional play are as … Continue reading

Freshers Trip to Lahinch 2014

The University of Limerick Kayaking Club have recently been on their first trip of the year to Lahinch, County Clare. The trip took place at the end of week 3, Friday to Sunday. Lahinch proved to be a great spot to commence the new season. New members got a chance to mingle and experience kayak surfing, as well as the joys of non kayak-related life in the hostel. The trip got off to a flying start on Friday evening. Everyone was excited about the weekend ahead, spirits were high and red bull was plentiful, only a short bus journey separated us from the fantastic weekend in store. The journey was shortened by the talented Brian Higgins and Darragh Keane who provided exhilarating renditions of popular songs on their guitars, and the slightly less talented rest of us, who provided the vocals. Once we arrived, and got our room numbers, the fun part of living in a hostel began. From spontaneous raves, to pillow fights, everyone was enjoying themselves and was thrilled to be there. Everybody was getting to know each other, fun was had and ‘selfies’ taken. At the end of the night the concept of assigned rooms flew out … Continue reading

Fresher’s Night Out Tonight! – 18th Sept 2014

High excitement in the club this week as the members prepare for our Fresher’s Night Out in Costello’s Tavern! The UV Paint Party is going to be EPIC! Meeting at Scholars @8.30pm for fun and games before we head to Costello’s for a fun filled night! To those who have tickets, we’ll see you there! And to everyone else, there’s still a handful left! So get in quick! 

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The Short & The Sweet TRI–WEEKLY POOL SESSIONS: Tuesday, Wednesday AND Thursday. Meet at UL Arena pool at 9:45pm each night. OUTBACK TRAINING – Super fun paddling sessions on the river behind the Boathouse on Campus. Spend an hour or 2 of your day brushing up on new kayaking skills. Weekly sessions, details can be found on our forum! RIVER TRIPS – Weekly. Details and info will constantly be posted to the forum so get on there! Every time you go paddling don’t forget a towel, swim togs, an old pair of shoes and warm clothes for after, especially as the summer ends! ULKC provide the rest! €5 Membership fee for an ENTIRE YEAR! This covers you for pool sessions, outback trips and all the gear usage! Not to mention an invitation to some of the craziest social gatherings on campus! Not bad eh! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR! #DoSomethingEpicEveryday