Corrib Canoe Courses

Kevin Foynes

Robert Kierans

Kevin Foynes took up kayaking at the age of 12 with Inish Adventures in Donegal. Over the next five years, he went on to kayak all over Ireland and even in the French Alps. During this time he trained to be an instructor under some of the most experienced kayakers in Ireland and the UK in a range of disciplines.

By the age of 16, he was in an instructing in a position of full responsibility in a range of dynamic environments. He became a qualified whitewater and sea kayak guide before the age of 18.

Kevin then moved to Galway to study Marine Science at NUIG. Here he fit right in at NUIG Kayak Club. He began competing for the club in a range of disciplines at the Irish Kayaking Intervarsities. Last year Kevin’s kayaking brought him once again to the French and Italian Alps. This time he completed the training for his level 5 kayak skills certificate, the highest kayak skills qualification there is to offer in Ireland. His high level of safety training led him to be elected as the club’s safety officer in 2016 and later. He contributed to the successful running of Corrib Canoe in 2016 and 2017 and no he is back once again for the 2019 season.

Robert took up kayaking in 2009 after joining his local kayak club. Since then Robert has developed an enormous passion for the sport of kayaking. 

Robert’s love for the sport has taken him all over the world including paddling in Uganda, Canada, all over Europe and the British Isles. In 2015 Robert was selected to represent Ireland in the 2015 freestyle kayaking world championships as well as competing in European cups in recent years. 

Robert is no stranger to instructing either, having worked as a kayak instructor since the age of 16 working in several kayak centres around Ireland including working here at Corrib Canoe.  This year he’s back for the 2019 season. 

Aoife Hanrahan

Aoife has been a member of the Irish freestyle team every year since 2016. Competing all over the world in elite kayaking events, her a wealth of knowledge and experience to offer to our team is invaluable. She has represented NUIG at every inter-varsities since starting in university in 2014. She has been the Irish Female Whitewater Kayak champion since 2016 and is reaching new heights for Irish Kayaking. Along with this competitive experience, Aoife has also got the opportunity to work in a diverse range of businesses and with some of the best coaches and instructors in the world. She worked a full summer in Corrib Canoe in 2015. She spent the summer of 2017 working for Ottawa Kayak School in Canada. A school focused on producing some of the best young kayakers in the world. We are delighted to have Aoife on board for all of our camps and courses this summer!