Kayak­ers meet on the lake for heat­wave party

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

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