UL Kayak Club’s annual Alps trip was one for the books this year. After piling all the gear into UL vehicles, the first wave of paddlers began the journey with a pleasant ferry bop on over to France. Upon arrival, they took off to make the road trip to their home for the week: the Campertogno campground in Italy. Having set a higher standard this year for the first of the three week trip, the club was able to focus on truly pushing their limits like never before. The group greatly challenged themselves on various runs of the Sesia, Egua and Sermenza rivers. Along with honing in on personal paddling skills, they all further developed their river-leading skills in preparation for the second wave of the club’s arrival. After a more than satisfying week in Italy, the group continued on to the Milan Malpensa airport to unite with fellow members of the club. As a number of nationalities were represented on the trip, it seemed like ages before everyone was let through customs at the airport and allowed to join in on the fun. Here, the ULKC trip doubled in size to around thirty lads and a mighty rubber-duck mascot, … Continue reading
Our annual River Clean Up took place on Saturday 26th April, during which a number of our members spent the morning cleaning up the river banks and islands of the River Shannon stretch running through the UL campus. We found the usual trolleys, kegs and cans go leor, but also managed to fill a substantial amount of bags with the rubbish we collected along the way. Thanks to the Limerick County Council Environmental Department and the Surfrider Foundation for their help and contributions, and to all our members who showed up on the day to help out.
A big congratulations is in order for three of our members, Dan O’Sullivan, Orla Tuffy and Ryan Vekins who spent their Easter break paddling the length of the Shannon over seven days! Some serious commitment and hard work went into this so well done to each of them!
*ULKC River Shannon Clean Up* - April 26th @10am Our AIM is to Clean Up the stretch of the Shannon River running from the UL campus into Corbally. This will only be possible with YOUR help so please save this date! More Details to follow! Event Page Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/631926786873902/?ref=ts&fref=ts
It’s Friday 15.30 and I’m going back to my house from the last lecture. We finished early. Hooray! I’ll have more time to pack and get prepared for the second weekend trip with ULKC! Quick snack, quick pack and I’m heading to the UL Boathouse. There we all had a meeting to gather all the gear, put boats in the van, on the van and on the trailor. It didn’t take long and soon we were ready to set off. After two hours we arrived to a beautiful pre-Halloween town of Killarney. I think it’s quite appropriate that we kayakers stayed at the Neptune’s Hostel. After everybody took their bed, party in the common room (?) could begin. Although we were really quiet, the hostel’s security had a problem with us. After midnight we left the hostel and a bunch of us went to a night club in the city. The next day the advanced kayakers (and only those of them who were able to wake up) got up at 6.30 to go on the river Flesk. Even though there wasn’t as much water as we’d expected it was a really enjoyable run – despite the constant rain. Right before … Continue reading
Our first weekend trip is planned for the 27th -29th of September, we will be going to Lahinch for some surf kayaking and serious partying. This is a perfect opportunity to try your hand at surf kayaking, and seeing the what the west coast of Ireland has to offer including the Cliffs of Moher. Lahinch is always and Epic trip and the BEST way to meet new people. The plan is leaving from the boathouse in UL at 6:30, So packing is at 5:00 Friday evening. Plan is stay in Lahinch for two nights in a hostel. Do some surfing in kayaks (same as “normal” surfing except no need to stand). Then return to the boathouse Sunday evening. No experience is needed and we have all equipment, all you need is a towel, swim suit, old shoes to wear in the water, maybe a Fleecey top can be nice to bring too for under your wetsuit and a smile :D. We will also have a themed night out in the Claremount nightclub in Lahinch. The theme is Heroes , Sidekicks and Villains. And we will have a prize for the best “Comic Book Duo” be that Hero and Villain or hero … Continue reading
Its that time of year again, college is about to kick off again. For anyone interested in joining the club come along and meet us at the recruitment drive on Wednesday the 11th of September in the UL Arena or come along to any of our pool sessions. We will be having beginner pool sessions at 9.45pm – 10.45pm in the UL Arena Pool every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night. The first session will be on the 12th of September, all are welcome. All you need to bring are swim-clothes (swimsuit, togs, bikini etc) and a towel and we will provide all the rest of the gear. Our first whitewater river trip will be on the 18th of September. We will be bring beginners down the Castleconnell section of the Shannon river and teaching all the basic skills. For the river trips you will need to bring swim-clothes, old runners and a towel. the club has plenty of wetsuits and all the necessary safety equipment to keep you warm and protected on the river. For more information come to one of our pool sessions and talk to any of our experienced members. We will be having our annual freshers night … Continue reading