• Aerial shot of the start of the 2014 Junior Liffey Descent which started at SLCC

  • Peter Egan & Tom Brennan battling it out in 200m K1 at the Irish Sprint Nationals

  • Sean McCarthy taking part in a Wild Water race in Germany.

  • Some our juniors showcasing our latest purchases.

  • Alanna Clinton and Breda Keating on a Salmon Leap Canoe Outing in Connemara.



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You are very welcome to Salmon Leap Canoe Club’s website. Salmon Leap is the premier canoe racing club in Ireland and caters for those new to the sport all the way up to top international racers. Most members compete in Marathon and Sprint racing, but many also compete with great success in Slalom and Wild Water Racing.


Please have a look around our site and, if you like what you see, why not contact our Club Office at salmonleaptreasury.com to try canoeing for yourself. Alternatively, you can come down to the clu at 10 o’clock on Saturday and Sunday mornings if you wish to inquire about membership, courses, training etc.

Founded in 1961 by Robin Love and Henry Nelson, Salmon Leap is situated on the banks of the River Liffey where the river flows into Leixlip Reservoir, an ideal location for canoeists to benefit from both flat and rough water river conditions. In addition, the Club is equipped with an aerobic gymnasium and heavy weights room which, together with ready access to flat water, facilitate year round training.


The objective of the Club is to promote all facets of canoeing and to encourage competitive canoeing: for example, our members participate in Marathon Racing, Sprint Racing, Slalom and Wild Water Racing. Perhaps uniquely, the Club has had members representing Ireland at each Olympic Games since 1972. The Club welcomes young people, encouraging them to participate in which ever form of canoeing they most enjoy, and to take part in the many racing events that occur throughout the summer at different locations. The Club supplies beginners with basic training, equipment and boats, which allow them decide whether or not they want to pursue the sport. The Clubhouse, completed in 2000, comprises; boat storage for members’ and club boats; male and female changing rooms with showering facilities; aerobic gymnasium; heavy weights room; club room and kitchen. Set on approximately 1 acre of landscaped ground, there is ample private parking available for members.