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TV3 AM Challenge Alan rides the slalom rapids

  • Alan Huges and hotel minella
  • Alan Hughes at the Hotel Minella
  • Challenge Alan from TV3 AM getting ready to canoe
  • Alan Huges discusses tactics with Sam Curtis
  • Alan Hughes discusses tactics with Sam Curtis slalom course
  • TV3 AM Alan Huges rides the slalom rapids
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There was great excitement last week when Alan Hughes arrived down from TV3 AM to ride the slalom rapids at the new slalom course in Clonmel. This will be aired on TV3 in the near future as part of the “Challenge Alan” series.

The majestic Comeragh Mountains sweeping down to the town of Clonmel and the River Suir provided an resplendent backdrop to the event in the beautiful summer sunshine as the canoes were launched in to the River Suir at Suir island.
The new slalom course is a 250 metre, grade II-III course, with a variety of features and permanent slalom gates. It runs from Lady Blessington’s Weir to Denis Burke Park. The ramp on Lady Blessington’s Weir both improves fish migration on the Suir and provides a safe passage over the weir for canoeists. 

The Hotel Minella on the banks of the River Suir in Clonmel hosted Alan Hughes and the TV3 crew for the duration of their stay. The Hotel Minella is a super location for access to the slalom as it’s less than 500 metres or about a 10 minute walk, from the slalom course on the River Suir . The Tipperary Canoe Club were hard at work practicing their move as International paddler and current Irish No.1 Slalom canoeist Sam Curtis took Alan through his paces and giving some great tips on what to do to have fun and stay safe on the water. The course is a challenging course which requires skill and bravery, but Alan rose to the challenge and took to it like a duck to water. Alan rode the entire course, having never canoed before, a testament to Sam’s excellent instructions and Alan’s determination and bravery.

On behalf of the Tipperary Food Producers Alan was presented with a picnic hamper of Tipperary goodies which included such well known treats as O'Donnells Crisps, Apple Juice from the Apple Farm and Blanco Nino Tortillas and Crisps and the infamous Barm Brack from Hickeys Bakery. For further information on these see O’Donnell’s crisps (gluten free crisps) , Blanco Nino (tortillas and chips) , The Apple Farm (apple juice) , Hickeys Barm Brack , Tipperary Food Producers .

The Slalom course is available to use all year round however is closed from time to time to facilitate events and training courses. To check whether the course is closed or open please contact Tipperary Sports Partnership @ 052 6187080 or
Users of the course should exercise due care and attention at all times when in the water and should always ensure that water levels are at a safe level before entering the water. It is important that the correct gear is worn and that equipment is in good working order.

Clonmel Canoe Club ican be contacted through their facebook page. If you’d like to book a stay at the Hotel Minella, email reception to;  or check out their website on . The Tipperary Food Producers produce is available in all good stockists nationwide, you can find out more here; .