Canoe Race

Canoe Race Festival Pat Cahill

Roundwood Festival Canoe Race ~ Photo by Patrick Cahill

One of the highlights of the Roundwood Festival is the canoe race on the Upper Vartry Reservoir. Registration for the race is at 4:30pm on Saturday 30th of July at the Upper Vartry Dam (beside the Wicklow Angler’s boats). The competition is open to all swimmers aged of 13 or over. This year the competition has a special veteran class and rumour has it that there is serious training going on and an upsurge in the sale of rowing machines in the area!

If taking to the water isn’t your cup of tea then come over to cheer on the rest. There is ample parking at the Roundwood AFC football pitch or take a walk from the village on the recently resurfaced trail from Water’s Bridge on the Newtown Road.

The canoe race is generously sponsored by the Co Wickow Anglers Associations with top class trophies supplied by J.J. Jewelers, Wicklow. Many thanks to the Anglers Association, the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and the canoe rescue boys who make this event possible every year with their safety support.