Kayakers meet on the lake for heatwave party
LACKEN and Baltinglass Kayak clubs teamed up for a heatwave party on the Blessington Lakes last week.
Forty-six kayakers from the two west Wicklow clubs took advantage of the good weather and joined together on Wednesday for an evening of games, craic and a barbecue.
Orlagh Deegan, secretary of Lacken Kayak Club, has been involved in the sport for over ten years and extended the invite to Baltinglass Kayak Club to join them at their base in Russelstown Bay, near Blessington.
Chris O’Loan, who heads up Baltinglass Kayak Club, quickly snapped up the offer, with parents from both clubs coming on board, a full-blown catering team was formed.
Orlagh said: ‘it’s great to see so many enjoying the water safely during the heat-wave and there was a carnival atmosphere here tonight, we loved hosting our neighbouring club.’ Chris was in agreement. ‘We had a fantastic night on the water. It’s a wonderful sport bringing people together to enjoy the outdoors and we’ll certainly be returning the favour and hosting the Lacken crew on the River Slaney in Baltinglass.’
On the night, Martin Blake from Bailey and Blake video productions came along to capture some of the action.
‘It was great to see so many happy faces while editing the footage of the kayakers,’ he said.
Martin is currently working
on ‘The River Liffey Stories’ project, a collaboration between County Wicklow and County Kildare Heritage Departments.
The project explores fascinating stories and information about the River Liffey, from it source in the Wicklow Mountains through towns and villages in Wicklow and Kildare before reaching the sea in Dublin.
Members of Lacken and Baltinglass Kayak Clubs on the Blessington Lakes.