Liffey Odyssey 2013 – postponed due to access issues

This event has been postponed. Please keep an eye here for further updates

This year on Sunday June 23rd Outdoor Discovery in partnership with a number of canoe clubs is organising the Liffey Odyssey which is a canoeing trip on the River Liffey.

It will start at Islandbridge and finish in Dublin Port. The event is open to the general public but intending participants must satisfy the organisers they have sufficient ability to participate.

It is intended to be a fun and leisurely trip down the Liffey. Fancy Dress is strongly encouraged. It is open to Open Canoes primarily but participants may use Kayaks, Sit -on -Tops or any craft that involves a paddle.

Participants are expected to supply their own boat – preferably an Open Canoe but there will be a limited number of places available in Open Canoes and kayaks to anyone who cannot supply their own. All participants must wear approved Buoyancy Aid and helmet and appropiate safety equipment and bring suitable clothing.

For those participating we would recommend a donation of €5 or more which we will collect on the day.
All donations will be given to the Charity we have chosen to collect for.

Some places of interest en route

The River Liffey flows through Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. It rises in the Sally Gap, near to Kippure, and runs for around 75 miles (125km) to enter the Irish Sea in Dublin Bay

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The Liffey is spanned by numerous road bridges and footbridges including (listed from West to East) :
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  • Sean Heuston Bridge
  • Frank Sherwin Bridge
  • Roy O’More Bridge
  • James Joyce Bridge
  • Mellowes Bridge
  • Fr. Mathew Bridge
  • O’Donovan Rossa Bridge
  • Grattan Bridge
  • Millennium footbridge – pedestrian only
  • Ha’penny Bridge – pedestrian only
  • O’Connell Bridge – Carlisle Bridge
  • Butt Bridge
  • Talbot Memorial Bridge

Other Places of Interest

  • Upstream from the city, at Chapelizod , the river is used by a number of rowing clubs.
  • Downstream of the final bridge (the East-Link), the river is mainly used for commercial and ferry traffic, with some recreational use also.
  • A well-known sight on the Liffey was the Lady Patricia and the Miranda Guinness used to export the famous stout from the Guinness Brewery at St. James’ Gate. Arthur Guinness Son & Co. founded in 1756.

Nowadays the quays are being developed with the addition of linear parks and an overhanging boardwalk. The quays of the Liffey include:

  • Custom House Quay
  • Bachelor’s Walk
  • Sir John Rogerson’s Quay
  • Eden Quay
  • Merchant’s Quay
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