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Welcome to the Thomastown Paddlers Canoe Club website. Based in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny on the River Nore, the club consists of a large catchment of local paddlers. The River Nore provides an excellent training ground for our members, as it contains stretches of both flat-water and numerous rapids and weirs ( This makes it ideal for both beginners and experienced paddlers alike. Thomastown Paddlers Canoe Club prides itself on promoting safe paddling and introducing its members to the field of competitive canoeing. Our members compete in Marathon, Sprint and Wild Water Racing along with freestyle, white-water and sea-kayaking. Check out updates for all the latest news and events.

Thomastown Paddlers Canoe Club is recognised as the largest and most successful rural based canoe club in Ireland. Founded in 1996 by Sim Treacy, Jimmy Ryan and Tony Stapleton, Thomastown Paddlers is situated on the banks of the River Nore. The club is well equipped with up to thirty canoes and kayaks. In addition, the club has a small gym room allowing members to train all year round. The aims of the club are to promote all facets of canoeing and to encourage participation in competitions. The club has had four members represent Ireland in the disciplines of marathon and wild-water racing.

The club welcomes people of all ages. It encourages them to participate in whichever form of canoeing they most enjoy, and to take part in the many racing events that occur throughout the summer at different locations. The club supplies beginners with basic training, equipment and boats, which allow them to decide whether or not they want to pursue the sport.

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