Gold, Silver & Bronze Medals For Galway-Based Paddlers in The International Liffey Descent

The Liffey Descent

The International Liffey Descent 2017 race took place this afternoon with four Galway-based paddlers bringing medals back to the West.

Originally from Clare but now based in Galway,Sinead Frawley won her category (Ladies GP) to take the gold in a time of 2hrs 48mins.

Galway Kayak Club members Eoghan Parsons &Eoin Mc Cambridge finished second in the Veteran K2/T2 class with a time of 2hrs 15mins.

Karl Keating, also paddling with Galway Kayak Club, took a third-place bronze in the General Purpose (GP) class, finishing in a very impressive 2hrs 35mins.

The race course is 28.2 kilometres consisting of 10 Weirs and 1 portage (paddlers have to get out of the water and carry their boat for approximately one kilometre). It starts at the The K Club above Straffan Weir, Co. Kildare and finishes at the Trinity College Rowing Club in Dublin.

Approximately 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 always to make it to the finish without capsizing your boat and going for an unexpected swim!

About the Author

Mark White
A native of Dublin, Mark has slowly been moving West since 1997. Schooled at Gonzaga College and CBS Dun Laoghaire, he received his undergraduate degree in Software Engineering from Athlone Institute of Technology in 2002. Mark spent a number of years working as a C# Developer in the industry before deciding to undertake a research masters in Information Technology at NUI Galway in 2010. His work resulted in a new algorithm to reduce energy consumption in virtualised data centres and has been since published. He fills his working day writing software, taking photographs and editing The Galway Eye.