About the club


Cabra Kayak Club was established in June 2016 by a small group of people working for a community based youth project called Cabra for Youth. As a youth service within the Cabra community, Cabra for Youth built up significant resources to provide young people with the opportunity to kayak on the the nearby amenity of the Royal Canal. Cabra Kayak Club was established to extend the service to the wider community of Cabra and the club has been growing ever since.  

What we offer:

We are a voluntary sports club affiliated to Canoeing Ireland and we offer certified training courses, weekly training sessions and family events. We meet weekly on Saturdays between May and September and we also run river trips usually on Sundays throughout the year. All of our activities are aimed at increasing participation in paddlesports and making the canal accessible to the local community. 


Where we are:

Cabra Kayak Club is based from the recently rebuilt Lock Keepers Cottage at Lock 6 on the Royal Canal which provides the opportunity for our club members to enjoy a fantastic local amenity (The Royal Canal). 



We believe in making paddlesports affordable and accessible for people. The club was set up to work with the local community and we continue to promote it in this way but we are also open to people from other parts of Dublin. Our membership fees are paid annually but we ask people to come to one of our open days and see if they like kayaking before paying for membership. If you enjoy yourself at one of the open days then you can register on one of our beginner courses and become a member on completion of that training. 


Who we are:

The club is managed by a group of dedicated volunteers and we have members who are qualified kayak instructors. All of our activities are run with safety and child protection as the first priority and our instructors/ volunteers are Garda Vetted through Canoeing Ireland. We are closely linked with Cabra for Youth and share the equipment and facilities that they have built up over the past 6 years. 



The club began to run its activities from the harbour at Lock 6 and over the past few years with support from Waterways Ireland, TransdevDublin City Council, Iarnrod Eireann and funding from the Sports Capital Grant Scheme, Cabra for Youth and Cabra Kayak Club have rebuilt the Lock Keepers Cottage at Lock 6 and activities run from there weekly. 

Cabra Kayak Club Management Committee:


Chairperson: Niall Counihan

Secretary: Elizabeth Duffy

Treasurer: Mark Finn

Member: Karl Cullen

Member: Noel Flannery

Member: Kevin Donohoe

Member: Derek Martin

Member: Eva Madden

Club Officers:


Safety Officer: Karl Cullen

Equipment Officers: Noel Flannery & Karl Cullen

Events Officer: Karl Cullen

Childrens Officer: Kevin Donohoe