July 20, 2020

Kayaking in Castleconnell

Our future kayaking Olympians

The swirling rapids of the Shannon River did not faze young people from Limerick Youth Service as they took part in an exciting three day kayaking course in Castleconnell.

Under the tutelage of the team at Kilfinane Outdoor Education Centre, the teenagers learned all aspects of kayaking from manoeuvring the kayak and operating the paddles, to appropriate wet gear and how to put on a life jacket correctly.

Conquering the rapids in Castleconnell

‘They absolutely loved kayaking and the chance to finally get outside, forget about Covid-19 and enjoy the summer,’ said Sarah Moore, LYS.

‘For many it was their first time kayaking but they jumped right in and by the end they were experts as they glided through across the water!’ said Sarah, East Limerick Youth Work team.

The young people from a number of LYS youth groups including our Diversity & Youth Group and the East Limerick youth work team that included young people from Caherconlish, Cappamore and Castleconnell.

‘With young people from different communities and backgrounds it was great to see them encourage one other,’ said Sarah adding ‘they are already looking forward to seeing each other for their next adventure!’

LYS would like to thank team at the young people, their parents and the team Kilfinane Outdoor Education Centre for their support in running this excellent course.

(from left) LYS’ Sarah, volunteer Kimberly, Shay & Paul – East Limerick Youth Work team

LYS’ East Limerick Youth Work Projects & the Diversity & Youth Group is support by the UBU Your Place Your Space youth work strategy and the Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board.

The East Limerick Youth Work team are located at the ACM Centre, Castleconnell and deliver targeted youth work programmes to young people (10-18yrs).

The Diversity & Youth Group engages with young people from migrant communities across Limerick.

A member of Youth Work Ireland, LYS remains committed to connecting with young people and supporting them to reach their full potential.