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Annual Meeting 2022

This years Canoe Polo Annual Meeting is set to take place at 7:00pm on Monday 14th March 2022. Canoeing Ireland brought out new Standing Orders for discipline committees. As a result of this there are new procedures each committee must adhere to such as the advance submission and publication of nominations and motions along with the need for attendees wishing to vote, to preregister. As we are running a virtual meeting pre registration is required either way.

Anyone wishing to vote must be a current Canoeing Ireland member and over 18. Registration closes 11:00pm on the 28th February 2022 register here.

The agenda for the meting will be as below:

  • Chairpersons report
  • Treasurers Report
  • Review of 2021
  • Review of Motions submitted
  • Nomination of incoming Committee

The closing date for submission of motions is 11:00pm on 28th February 2022. Motions will be published 7 days prior to the meeting. Submit you motions here

The following committee positions are open:
Child Protection Officer
4 Ordinary Members to fill:
Squad Liasion officer
Development officer
Equipment officer
Referee officer

The closing date for nomination submissions is 11:00pm on 28th February 2022. Nominations will be published 7 days prior to the meeting. Submit your nominations here

Coach and Manager Application 2022

Canoe Polo Ireland is looking for applications for the roles of coach or manager of the following squads:

  • Senior Men
  • Senior Women
  • U21 Men
  • U21 Women

To apply please write to by the 20th of February 2022.

You should briefly outline the following in your submission:

  • Position applied for
  • Qualifications and experience in Canoe Polo in said position
  • Skills and qualities one can bring to the position
  • Aspirations and goals for the squad
  • Brief outline of how you plan to achieve your aspirations and goals.

European Championships 2021

Further to the recent announcement that the European Championships will be held in Catania in October 2021, NCPC are working with Canoeing Ireland to ascertain the viability of an accelerated program to prepare squads to compete.

We are happy to announce the appointment of Shane Kinsella as U21 Men’s Coach for the 2021 European Championships and are seeking expressions of interest from athletes, coaches and managers across all categories for this campaign. Please complete the attached expression of interest survey by 8pm on Wednesday 4th August to assist us with planning.

EGM April 2021

We would like to formally invite all members to a canoe polo EGM being held on 1st April 2021 at 8:00pm. The sole purpose of this EGM is to form a committee. Due to the current restrictions as a result of the Coivd-19 pandemic we will be doing this virtually. If you wish to attend please send an email with your name and your Canoe Ireland Membership card to no later than 30th March 2021. Valid members will receive a link to the virtual meeting the day before(31st March).

The following positions will be available:

  • Treasurer(2 year)
  • Secretary(1 year)
  • Child Protection Officer(1 year)
  • Ordinary member 1 ( 1 year)
  • Ordinary member 2 ( 2 year)

Please send nominations for any of the above positions to no later than 30th March 2021

Level 5 Restrictions

Ireland has once more returned to Lockdown. This new lockdown has brought with it new restrictions on how we can partake in our sport.

The key guidelines for Level 5, including the new updates from the government are –

  • No group training. Individual training only within 5km from your home. With specific exemptions
  • Non-contact training can continue for school aged children, outdoors in pods of 15
  • No matches are events
  • The use of indoor facilities is not permitted

Please review and follow the guidelines outlined by Canoeing Ireland

AGM 2020

We would like to formally invite all members to the canoe polo AGM being held on 19th October 2020 at 7:00pm. Due to the current restrictions as a result of the Coivd-19 pandemic we will be doing a virtual AGM. If you wish to attend please send an email with your name and your Canoe Ireland Membership card to no later than 14th October 2020. Valid members will receive a link to the virtual meeting the day before(18th October).

The following positions will be available:

  • Chairperson (2 year)
  • Treasurer(2 year)
  • Secretary(1 year)
  • Child Protection Officer(1 year)
  • Ordinary member 1 ( 1 year)
  • Ordinary member 2 ( 2 year)

Please send nominations for any of the above positions to no later than 9th October 2020

Any motions or proposals should be sent to no later than 9th October 2020


Registrations are open for ‘Overload 2020’ a two day intensive training camp for Junior Canoe Polo players being held in Mullingar Harbour ( on 15th and 16th August 2020. Players between 8 and 18 are welcome – you must be a member of Canoeing Ireland or CANI.

The weekend promises to be a packed with learning, polo skills development, game play and a lot of fun.

To find out more and register  click here

Covid 19 – Phase 3

Covid 19 - Returning to Polo - Phase 3

Per announcement by the government last week, we note that from June 29th (subject to Government Approval to enter Phase 3), the following applies :

‘Close Contact Sports are allowed – this means Polo training, games and matches can be played in ROI

Outdoor gatherings of up to 200 (and 500 from July 20th) are allowed

Off the water – Social distancing, Hygiene and Contact Tracing guidelines remain in place. If your club did not take part in the recent Canoeing ireland COVID free workshops, , you should ensure that club organisers and Coaches inform themselves, by for example taking this course

Club houses.  Some of you have asked whether Club boat houses, changing rooms etc. can be re-opened from the 29th, we have asked for clarification and will advise when we get confirmation.  In any event, please remember that Social Distancing and Hygiene guidelines remain in place.

There are a myriad of documents floating around from HSPC, HSE, Government sources, many are undated and some are now out of date – THIS is the most recent high level document put out by government and the one on which we have based the above summary.

The priority at all times must be to protect the health and welfare of all those involved in Canoe Polo, their families and the wider community.  Polo clubs are all run by volunteers and everyone has a responsibility to play a part in minimizing the risk. 

Please following for resources and further updates from Canoeing Ireland 


We are working to (re) schedule the following National Events.

Overload! – August 15th and 16th at Mullingar Harbour

Club Championships – (rescheduled) – will hope this will now take place 22nd and 23rd August at Mullingar Harbour (subject to Waterways Ireland Confirmation)

Irish Open – (will be rescheduled) – will be moved to September in Belfast (subject to confirmation, and NI Covid-19 Protocols)

Covid 19 – Phase 2 Guidelines

COVID 19 – Phase 2 impact for Canoe Polo 

 As we enter Phase 2, the Government Expert Group, Canoeing Ireland and HSE have published documents all relevant to our sport (references below)

We summarise below the major impact for Canoe Polo players and clubs during Phase 2 commencing Monday 8th June, 2020.

TRAINING ACTIVITY ONLY  – Phase 2 allows goup training, but NOT Polo matches or gameplay.  So in practical terms this means paddling drills, fitness drills or ball drills where each player has their own unshared ball.  All participants must be able to self rescue so no beginners.

CONTACT TRACING – You can now train in groups of up to 15, to include coaches.  Club organisers/group leaders should keep a log of all training session attendees, including contact details, to facilitate contact tracing if necessary.   

SOCIAL DISTANCING AND HYGIENE – Nothing has changed in terms of the requirement to be at least 2 meters apart on and off the water. This means no boat to boat contact or tackling drills. All participants should adhere to the existing guidelines on hand and respiratory hygiene.  Wash or sanitise hands prior to training and immediately after.  Cover your nose and mouth if sneezing or coughing.

GOING TRAINING –  You are allowed to travel to training anywhere in your county (or outside your county subject to a maximum of 20km). Do not share the transport to training with others outside your household.  Do not congregate before or after training – 2m social distancing to be maintained at all times.   Do not train if you feel unwell or become unwell during training.    

FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT – Sharing of equipment should be avoided.  

PHASE 3 – Phase 3 details have not yet been announced.  The Government expert group is working with NGBs and will provide further Return to Play guidelines as we near phase 3 & 4. 

For your reference here are supporting documents with more detail on each of the above.

Canoeing Ireland – Return an Paddling –

Government Appointed Expert Group on Sport (6th June) –

 HSE – more detail on social distancing and Hygiene –


Covid 19 – Phase 1 Guidelines

As the COVID19 restrictions are gradually eased, we hope to be able to resume some Canoe Polo activities over the summer, but not just yet.

Phase 1 in the Government guidelines allows some limited personal paddling activity to recommence. Please see attached guidance from Canoeing Ireland on getting back in the water for general paddling.

From 18th May this allows
– Groups of up to 4
– 2m social distancing on and off the water
– Observe hygiene rules
– No use of shared/club equipment or a shared ball
– Paddling only (no Polo drills, games or team sport)
– Flat Water paddling only, near bank/shoreline
– Must be able to self rescue
– Do not travel beyond 5km from your home
– Do not use changing rooms
– Please read the full document for further information that may be relevant to you

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