LIT Outdoor Club had some new and old guests for a stand up paddle (SUP) along the beautiful and untouched waterways of Limerick City. Enjoying/capturing some old and new memories in this amazing city of ours. With LIT main campus only a stone throw away from the city centre, the club brought their portable inflatable boards/paddles to meet with Dave Neville of Nevsail Watersports based behind The Hunt Museum, Limerick.
A cloudy evening, as a storm was brewing for that weekend, but it didn’t stop them having a great end to a Friday evening as they paddled the all and powerful Shannon taking in the full view of King John’s Castle on route. Its best to paddle this approx 2 hrs to high tide as the Shannon is slow moving and gently pushes up under Thomand bridge up to Thomand Weir. The scenery then gently changes from city to the beauty of the banks of the Shannon as they continued 180 degs around to the Abbey River, Limerick. At this stage it is hard to believe that you are in a city as you quickly sense that you are now at home to some of Shannons natural habitats, with a wealth of wildlife presented all around from swans, ducks, herons and more. Then a gentle paddle up the green lush banks of the Abbey straight, usually with passing rowers. Finally brought back to the city under Athlunkard bridge and the new Abbey bridge and up Georges Quay waterway under Baals bridges and Mathew bridge. A beautiful waterway experience of Limerick city that takes approx 1.5 hrs.
In the pictures are
LIT President Vincent Cunnane: When he arrived with his own wetsuit and booties they knew he was no novice!
John Hannon: A past student/club member in the early 00’s and now staff member with Computer Services in LIT. One of the first to ever join club when it first began in 2001. Took part in near all events back in his day and was a great help to the club. Still talks about the club and how beneficial it was to students back then and now. We think he is going to buy a stand up paddle!!..
Mark Barry: Also past student/club member in the mid 00’s and now a lecturer in the Dept of Electrical & Electronic Engineering – LIT. Mark took his experience from the club and has gone on to become one of Ireland best in Kitesurfing, Surfing and Mountain biking. He takes the outdoors to a different level and also helps out with the Clubs mountain bike events.
Alan Kavanagh: who helped Initiated the club back in 2001 with Eoin Fitzgerald and helps keep it alive and well to this very day. He was involved in similar clubs/societies in his college days and brings his outdoor life experiences to the club. He is well known in the Irish Kitesurfing community. He helps enhance #LITstudentexperience by bringing the outdoors to all interested, with some of those continuing such activities long after they leave college.
Special thanks to Dave Neville of www.nevsailwatersports.iet