Sluice/Stackallen Rodeo 15th October 2011

The Club was well represented with Jim, Garven, Bernard, Mairead and Conor at the Sluice/Stackallen Rodeo.

In the “Mens Sport Class” (club Freestyle coach) Conor finished with First place proving the Adage that “Class is Permanant” when you consider he has been away from paddling for over 6 years and only recently returned. He is going to be a great asset to the Club, he recived great prizes presented by AD at the Prizegiving in the Arc Bar last night.

In the “Master Class” the Club was represented by Mairead, myself, Jim and Garven, each and everyone putting in a great shift, with in particular Garven showing he has great potential and I predict the Club will have at least 1 member representing us in an International Competition in the Future.
The result was a closely guarded secret and when Adrian called a well deserved Mairead in Third place it was expected that it was down to the wire for 1st & 2nd between myself and Garven, however when Adrian called out in second Place ” Richard Reid of Wicklow” poor Adrian could hardly hear himself over the DIN of the crowd when it was realiased that either myself or Garven possibly had not placed, however when Adrian could finally be heard and announced that myself and Garvens scoring couldn’t be seperated and announced that we had in fact finished in “JOINT 1st”.
It was at this point we took the opportunity to present Adrian with a belated Birthday Cake.

So well done to One and All, and I can only hope that more of you participate in Freestyle for when you see the instinctive reactions of paddlers in such a feature this can only help when Running rivers .

Be sure to have a read of Adrians Blog of the Event : http://www.paddle4play.blogspot.com/

Liffey Decent 2011

The 52nd Liffey Decent was held on the 8th of October after being postponed for a month due to poor water levels. Once more a few of our members took part in the event and a bunch more helped out with rescue at Lucan Weir. The numbers of participants was slightly down due to the move but the weather was good and the crowds still showed up for a great event. We even got a very nice thank you note from the organisers.

The Irish Canoe Union would like to extend its thanks and gratitude for your assistance in organising rescue for the 2011 Liffey Descent. Without your commitment to coordinating and providing rescue a race of the size, quality and safety of the Liffey Descent would not be possible. Please extend our largest thank you to all members of your rescue crew from us the Irish Canoe Union and from all of the competitors who entered the race and finished safely on the day. The high quality of the rescue provided this year was commented on at several occasions by many paddlers following the race.

Thank you once again, and hope to see some, if not all, of you again next year!

Benny Cullen
Development Officer – Irish Canoe Union

I too looking forward to seeing more of our members taking part and helping out again next year.

There was also a member of the press running the event for the first time. Check out his view of the whole affair http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/features/2011/1010/1224305516068.html

River Cleanup 2011

The Europe wide River, Lake & Coastal Cleanup Day which is part of the worldwide Oceans Initiative 2011 has not received as much publicity as last year. The ICU and a small group of club members were out on March, 26 2011 at Lucan doing a cleanup.

Thanks to everyones work last year there were less bags and hopefully, with continued support it will be less year on year.

The ICU are going to be at Wren’s Nest in Strawberry Beds on Saturday, April 9 2011 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm and we are going to help out again.

Some people will be in boats and some will walk the banks so bring your normal river gear and we will decide on the day who goes where. Just make sure to bring some gloves and, if you have, some garden tools such as rakes or clippers.

It will be a great day out and we can tidy up our favourite playground a bit. And afterwards we can all go to the Strawhall for some refreshments.

Hope to see as many people as possible there!

10 Year Anniversary & Christmas Party

10 Year Anniversary
On Saturday December 18, 2010 in Kennys Pub, Lucan, from , we cordially invite Co. Dublin 7:30pm-LATEto celebrate our 10-year Club YOU & YOURS Anniversary/Christmas party.
Plenty of footage, photos & video of years gone by will be on display combined with a fun table-quiz and Rockhoppers, old & new to share a pint and some stories with
We would LOVE for you to be part of the celebration, Please or RSVP to Mairead (t) 086 809 8229
on or before mairead@rockhoppers.ieFriday 10th December 2010

Another New Website

New Rockhoppers Website

In order to facilitate new features and functionality, the Rockhoppers Website has been updated once again. It is hoped that the site will be able to feed into most social media sites like Facebook and Twitter while giving a richer media experience and more features to our members.

If you have any problems accessing the site or if there is anything you would like to see changed or added email kieran@rockhoppers.ie.

New Rockhoppers Website

Friends and Family Open Day

Hi everybody,

On Sunday the 25th July Rockhoppers will host their very first Family and Friends Day!

It will take place at theCanoe Centre, Mill Lane, Palmerstown from 12 pm on.

We hope it will be a great success with loads of fun!

There will be a nice BBQ, Kids activities and loads of boats to try out.

So bring your family, a towel and your swimsuit and have a go on or in the Liffey!:)

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Grand Canyon 2010

There are 16 of us going to the Grand Canyon for 14 days of fun and paddling on the 28th of August. And if you’d like, some of us are staying on in Vegas for another few days to unwind if anyone would like to meet us there.

Rockhoppers AGM

The AGM will be held in the Aisling Hotel on Parkgate Street on Friday 11th June at 8pm followed by a social evening. It would be great to see a good turnout and to welcome our new members from this year. The Aisling Hotel is across from Heuston Station.

All Committee positions are available

  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Safety Officer
  • Social/Trips Officer

And a new post of Webmaster/Techical Genius/IT Guru.

If anybody who is interested and has not been on the committee before, any of the existing committee will be happy to have a word about what’s involved.

See you there

Paul
Chairman

River Clean Up Day

March 21st is the Europe wide River, Lake & Coastal Cleanup Day which is part of the worldwide Oceans Initiative 2010.

Rockhoppers and the ICU are going to tackle the Liffey from Wren’s Nest down to the center.
After the last floods the riverbanks and trees are covered with rubbish and we hope to get rid of that on that day.

We will meet up at the ICU in Strawberry Beds at 10 am and hopefully be finished by 3 pm.

There will be a few Canadians out that day for anybody who would like to give them a spin afterwards. (boats that is…. 😉

And afterwards we can all go to the Strawhall for some refreshments!

We need as much people as possible, own boats would be great but a few can be provided by the ICU.

Just make sure to bring some gloves and, if you have, some garden tools as rakes or clippers.

It will be a great day out and we can tidy up our favourite playground a bit!

Hope to see you all there!

Lir Challenge

This the Lir Rockhoppers challenge for 2010!! This is a big one. Myself and Marcus have already spent 100 hours organising this so I want everyone to partake!

You guessed it! it is a drunken treasure hunt around Dublin’s fair city;

Date: 13th March 2010

Meeting Point
Rockhoppers: The Odeon, Harcourt Street: Time 2.30 pm
Lir: Whelans, Wexford Street: Time 2.30pm

All teams should comprise of four members, have a team name and a team captain!

Entry fee per team is 10.00 euros

There will be prizes for the winning teams and Special Spot prizes for Best Team Name and Best Team Outfit! So less is better 😉

Snack food and drinks will be available at the final destination.

We look forward to receiving names/teams to jparch100@yahoo.com or marcusn326@gmail.com