GMIT Castlebar Kayak Club

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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

GMIT Castlebar Whitewater Shorts Film Festival 2006

Following on from the festivals in 2004 and 2005 we are hosting the 3rd Whitewater Shorts Film Festival. Watch a variety of short features introduced by their directors and get a real feel for what people have been up to for the last year or two. The festival runs on the 3rd of March in GMIT Castlebar. Click the link for details on entries, dates, directions, times etc..

GMIT Castlebar Whitewater

Shorts Film Festival 2006 -

What is it all about?

The idea for this film festival grew out of a desire for people to see a wide selection of the latest footage of what people were at in whitewater kayaking. There has been a huge upsurge in interest in video kayaking and with cheaper better equipment people have been putting together some great footage. With a great range of international venues for kayaking now established we have had some great shows in the past. It is interesting that some of the features on Irish Rivers have held their own in terms of content and professionalism. The idea is to have a festival of whitewater film so there is no competition and no entry fee…so that’s it - a great variety of films, an introduction from the director and a pint in the bar afterwards.

The Format

To make the festival work we have to have some quality control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to show each film and a final decision on whether a film will be screened will rest with the festival committee. From the very first festival all entries have been limited to 10 minutes so we get to see lots of films in the one session. What has really added to the atmosphere and occasion over the previous years is that each director introduces their film and says a few words. We have had some difficulty previously with the variety of formats people use and for this reason we would like to have each entry film as early as possible. We can cope with nearly all film formats. We will be based in the college hall, which has all the multimedia facilities needed.


The cut off date for entries is the 24th of February.


The festival will start at 1930 and will finish at 2200 on the 3rd of March

Travel Information

Castlebar, the county town of Co. Mayo, is easily accessible by road from all locations in Ireland, and is a distance of 150 miles (241 km) from Dublin. There is a bus service from most major Irish cities and towns to Castlebar (which may involve transfers). Timetable information can be obtained from Bus Éireann (

Alternatively, you can take a train from Hueston Station, Dublin to Castlebar Station, Co. Mayo. This service runs 3-4 times daily and takes roughly 4 hours. Timetable information can be obtained from Iarnród Éireann/Irish Rail (Tel: +353 98 25253;

If you require further information on travelling to Co. Mayo please contact the Westport Tourist Information Office, James Street, Westport, Co. Mayo. Tel: +353 98 25711. E-Mail:

Information is also available (on a seasonal basis) from the Castlebar Tourist Office, Linenhall Street, Castlebar. Tel: +353 94 21207.

For further information on Castlebar town and surrounding areas in County Mayo check out the following sites and their links:

Accommodation Information

Several small Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, Self Catering Accommodation and Guest Houses are available within walking distance of the Castlebar campus of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. Alternatively, you may wish to book accommodation in the nearby lively town of Westport (a 10 minute drive from Castlebar).

Lough Lannagh Village, Castlebar (next to GMIT)

A choice of self catering or ensuite B&B accommodation is available at Lough Lannagh Village, Westport Road, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Tel: +353 94 27111. Internet:

Hotels in Castlebar town

Breaffy House Hotel, Breaffy, Castlebar. Tel: +353 94 22033.

Daly’s Hotel (Imperial), The Mall, Castlebar. Tel: +353 94 21961.

Traveller’s Friend Hotel, Westport Road, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Tel: +353 94 23111.

Welcome Inn Hotel, New Antrim Street, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Tel: +353 94 22288.

Hotels in Westport town (10 minutes drive from Castlebar)

Ardmore Country House Hotel, The Quays, Westport. Tel: +353 98 25462.

Atlantic Coast Hotel, The Quay, Westport. +353 98 29000.

Castlecourt Hotel, Castlebar Street, Westport, Co. Mayo. Tel: +353 98 25444.

Clew Bay Hotel, James Street, Westport, Co. Mayo. Tel: +353 98 28088.

Hotel Westport, The Demesne, Westport, Co. Mayo. Tel: +353 98 25122.

Knockranny House Hotel, Knockranny, Westport, Co. Mayo. Tel: +353 98 28600.

Knockranny Lodge Guesthouse, Knokranny, Westport. Tel: +353 98 28595.

Olde Railway Hotel, The Mall, Westport, Co. Mayo. Tel: +353 98 25166.

Quay West Guesthouse, Quay Road, Westport. Tel: +353 98 27863.

Westport Inn Hotel, Mill Street, Westport. Tel: +353 98 29200.

Westport Woods Hotel, Quay Road, Westport. Tel: +353 98 25811.

Wyatt Hotel, The Octagon, Westport. Tel: +353 98 25027.

Self Catering Apartments in Westport

Cinnamon Wharf, The Quay, Westport. Tel: +353 98 27681.

Harbour Mill, Westport Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo. Tel: +353 98 28555.

Approved Bed & Breakfasts in Castlebar town

Mrs. Nora Ward, Westport Road, Castlebar. Tel: +353 94 23462.

Ms. Gráinne McManus, Aughaluskey, Windsor, Castlebar. Tel: +353 94 26125.

Mrs. Ann Lavelle, Westport Road, Castlebar. Tel: +353 94 21554.

Mrs. Bernadette Walsh, Westport Road, Castlebar. Tel: +353 94 27254.

Mrs. Bernie Collins, Rahins, Newport Road, Castlebar. Tel: +353 94 24211.

Mrs. Breeda Flannelly, Moneen, Castlebar. Tel: +353 94 21002.

Mrs. Breege Schaill, Westport Road, Castlebar. Tel: +353 94 24279.

Mrs. Eileen Pierce, Maryland, Breaffy Road, Castlebar. Tel: +353 94 21767.

Mrs. K. McGrath, Westport Road, Islandeady, Castlebar. Tel: +353 94 23329.

Mrs. Maureen Daly, Breaffy, Castlebar. Tel: +353 94 23985.

Mrs. Noreen McGinley, Westport Road, N5, Castlebar. Tel: +353 94 24714.

Mrs. Teresa Quinn, Westport Road, Castlebar. Tel: +353 94 23840.

Mrs. Mary McRandal, The Curragh, Castlebar. Tel: +353 94 22103.

Mrs. Margaret Lenehan, Thornbrook, Pontoon Road, Castlebar. Tel: +353 94 23313.

Bed & Breakfasts in Westport town

A complete list of Bed & Breakfasts in Westport town is available online at or from the Westport Tourist Information Office, James Street, Westport, Co. Mayo. Tel: +353 98 25711. E-Mail:



Thursday, January 19, 2006


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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Canoe Polo

The club have been running pool session concentrating on rolling for seven weeks, and as we were approaching Christmas and only had one session left it was decided we have canoe polo match. we mangaged to get two games in the hour, a team of first years consiting of ciaran, sean, tom, and rory, seemed to come out on top. That said everyone played which lots of enthusiasm.

The Tuam Wave

Here some pictures from earlier on in the year circa October, at a nice medium flow.

Here's peter enright surfing the wave.

Here's Toby fischer surfing the wave.

Ender tastic fun.