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The 57th international Liffey Descent will take place again this year and is set to be one of the largest events of its kind to date. The annual descent which will occur on September 24, will see canoeists face surging waters from 10 weirs, along with one set of rapids and a 500m portage around [...]
 
A competitor at the weir in Lucan village. Picture: Declan Masterson

The 57th international Liffey Descent will take place again this year and is set to be one of the largest events of its kind to date.
The annual descent which will occur on September 24, will see canoeists face surging waters from 10 weirs, along with one set of rapids and a 500m portage around the dam at Leixlip.
Over the years the Liffey Descent’s reputation has grown and attracted paddlers from all over the world to experience both the event itself and the unique atmosphere of the fun and friendship that surrounds it.
The race course is 28.2km and starts at the K Club above Straffan Weir, County Kildare and about 18 miles later finishes at Trinity Rowing Club in Dublin.
Up to a third of entries are in the true racing classes and the remaining places are taken up with “fun” paddlers who are there to enjoy the event no matter how long it takes them to get to the finish line.
The challenge is will they make it to the finish line without falling into the water.
To complete your weekend, there is an after-race party which is included in the price of entry and goes on until very late or very early the next day depending which way you look at it.
In the past it has been a mixture of live band and DJ.
Many a drunken tale is told at the party of the wonderful experiences had during the race and a well-deserved boasting about making it to the finishing line with or without swimming.
In 1959 Canoeing Ireland started a marathon canoe race on the river Liffey that was destined to become one of the world’s most famous and exciting canoeing events.
The Liffey Descent is run by the Liffey Descent Committee, a subcommittee of Canoe Marathon Ireland – a technical committee of Canoeing Ireland.
For more information on the Liffey Descent visit www.canoe.ie/liffey-descent.

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