Where is the Celtic sea and why choose it as a name for a group of kayakers? "The Celtic Sea" otherwise known as “An Mhuir Cheilteach” is the area of the Atlantic Ocean off the south coast of Ireland. It is bounded to the east by Saint George's Channel, the Bristol Channel and the English Channel, as well as adjacent portions of Wales, Cornwall, Devon and Brittany. The Celtic heritage of the bounding lands gives the sea its name, first proposed by E. W. L Holt in 1921. The northern portion of this sea had previously been considered part of Saint George's Channel and the southern part had no common name; the need for a common name came to be felt because of common geology and hydrology. The name is now commonly used by workers in the oil and fishing industries. The southern and western boundaries are less clearly defined.
The Celtic Sea Kayaking .com website is a personally owned and website published by Niall Durnan. Brothers Paul and Niall Durnan and other local paddlers regularly kayak along the South East Ireland Coastline throughout the year.CSK is not an official organization, nor affiliated to any other organization, instead it’s a group of peer paddlers who get out and meet as often as possible. Trips range from short half day paddles to longer weekend trips and the odd longer trip abroad.
As we are based in the Southeast of the country, the majority of our trips tend to be along the South and Southeastern coastline ranging anywhere from Wexford to Cork. During spring and the great “Irish Summer” when the weather is less unreliable we aim for as many weekend trips across the country and locally as we can fit in. Due to conditions during the winter months being a bit more unreliable, we tend to do short local paddles during this time. In addition to our trips in Ireland, we have also kayaked further afield in Scotland, Wales, Sweden and Nova Scotia.
As the Irish saying goes “If you don’t like the weather you are getting in Ireland- Simply wait”. This may give a clue as to the unpredictable weather we receive in Ireland. As a result we can not state specific dates and times that we will be paddling. We aim to get out as much as possible and throughout the year in all season. Feel free to contact us anytime by means of the contact details on the webpage as we are always happy to paddle with other kayakers.
The Southeast coastline of Ireland offers some fantastic paddling for those who appreciate the unique ruggedness and natural beauty of Ireland. It also offers an insight into a fascinating and rich history, both on land and sea. The southeast coast is fortunate to also offer spectacular opportunities to see native marine wildlife such as seals, dolphins and even the occasional whale in heir natural habitat and is also renowned for its variety of seabirds and the flora and fauna that support them