It may sound like an April fool’s joke but the annual Liffey Descent traditionally held in early September for more than 50 years has been cancelled due to lack of water. As is customary the ESB realises water from the reservoirs further upstream creating a big water event for canoeists. The ESB has however recently advised the Irish Canoe Union that reservoir levels are currently at a 35 year low and that having regard to long range weather forecasts and its own water demand forecasts it will not be in a position to release water to facilitate this year’s event due to take place on September 10th. The ESB indicated that it would be in a better placed in October to release sufficient water for the Irish Canoe Union to run a satisfactory event. As a consequence the ICU has decided to postpone the descent until October 8th and wait for the traditional Liffey Descent flood.
The Liffey Descent attracts around a 1,000 participants every year with many travelling from overseas to compete. There is a lighter side to the event too with many just taking part for sheer fun of it and many dressing up for the event. Huge crowds gather along the route with one of best advantage point at the weir at Lucan Bridge and cheer on the canoeists as they negotiate the weir. It is a great spectacle for all the family to watch.