About Us


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Golden Falls Waterski Club dates back to 1959 and is one of Europe’s oldest active Waterski Clubs. The magnificent fresh water Golden Falls Lake is just on Dublin’s doorstep, making it within easy reach of over one million potential Skiers ! ( For directions, see CONTACT PAGE)

A great debt of gratitude is owed to our original “explorers” who first discovered our lake – the Johnson and Bewley families – and also to Alan Dagg who set the standard for the next generation before he moved to Perth in Western Australia.

The next generation during the 1980’s and 1990’s and into the next century was spearheaded by Des Burke-Kennedy and Harry Bridges. This was a period of solid development, fundraising and the hosting of some very significant international waterski competitions. The fundraising partnership with Irish Distillers had a major impact on the Club’s facilities. Included were a new Jump Ramp, a new Club boat every 24 months, the creation of the Golden Falls Boardwalk, landscaping and Clubhouse upgrading – and the construction of stainless steel Slalom and Jump Courses. The introduction of all the latest technology by Donal Connolly with his SplashEye invention which is now a global success added greatly to the quality of competitions at all levels.

GFWSC 2003

The Club has hosted more major International Waterski Competitions than any other on our shores. Exactly 17 Waterski Records of Irish and International Skiers were achieved on our waters, including the unbeaten Ladies World Jump Record of 48.6m by Emma Sheers (AUS) in August 1996 on a 5′ Jump Ramp.

The Club also specialises in helping beginners to make their perfect start ! Over 70 million viewers watched that World Record performance of Emma Sheers here at Golden Falls in 1996 on EuroSport and ESPN ! The next phase will involve the broadening of participation – and especially by youngsters and women. Special Open Days already focus on greater levels of inclusion which is also a priority of the Irish Sports Council (ISC).

When Ireland’s President Mary Robinson presented the Paddy Classic  prizes in August 1995 to the Waterski World Cup winners, she too had a great day with us at Golden Falls.

In 2010/2011, we arrived on site to a shocking scene ! On the basis that recent higher water levels had undercut the lake banks around our Clubhouse, the ESB locked our entry gates and cut down 120 mature trees along our entrance path. Health & Safety issues were the declared reasons !  After 50 years of development, the Club was forced to retreat to our own Car Park land. As of 2017, great work has been done to make this Car Park area usable –  changing rooms, picnic area, new stainless steel jetty, visitor decking area and landscaping. A return to the original Boardwalk, the historic Golden Falls home and the perfect spectator viewing area, might just happen some day – Lotto tickets depending 🙂 As ever, funding will be the challenge and the Club is open to proposals from all at any time !