Canoeing Ireland is to hold its club championships on the new slalom course on the river Suir in Clonmel next April.
The 300 metres-long course from Lady Blessington's Weir to the Denis Burke Park is almost complete, County Council engineer Paddy Crotty told a meeting of Clonmel Borough District.
He said that Canoeing Ireland's club championships will be staged on the course on April 8/9 next.
The slalom course and river play area for canoeists and kayaks is the first of its kind in the south east and will be an amenity of national importance, with Canoeing Ireland enthusiastically supporting the plan.
The course has been built to national standards and will provide an amenity for the sport, as well as generating tourism for the town.
Large stones and boulders have been placed in the river to construct rock groins, islands and ledges in the river channel to create white water for canoeists and kayakers to navigate.
Gate poles will be hung from suspended stainless steel lines, which will traverse the river between steel posts installed on opposite banks.
A multi-purpose ramp on Lady Blessington's Weir will improve fish migration on the Suir, provide safe passage over the weir for canoeists and generate a freestyle feature for local paddlers.
The course is part of the Blueway that will provide a two-day 56 kilometres trail, suitable for the novice and the beginner as well as the experienced canoeist, on a stretch of the river from Cahir to Carrick-on-Suir.
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