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 5th of August 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.

Roundood AFC will have their cafe open selling tea, coffee, soft drinks and other treats so you can stock up as you head in.  There will also be an ice-cream van at the canoe races (and hopefully we’ll get the weather for eating ice-cream).

We are especially interested in building up participation in the Veteran’s category this year.  It’s all a bit of craic and Paddy and William  are looking for more company on the water this year.

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 guys who make this event possible every year with their safety support.