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DUBC Senior 8+ race off the Start in the Gannon Cup. Ed Meehan (Bow), Adam Browne (2), Davy Nash (3), Hugh Lohan (4), Andrej Liadov (5), Tadgh McKnight (6),Tom Stevens (7), Mark Quigley (Stk), Hailey Mulvaney (Cox).

DUBC Novice 8+ on the way to a decisive win in the Dan Quinn Shield Race. Eoghan Boland (Bow), Aidan Buggy (2), Paul Wirbelauer (3), Naoise Myler (4), Patrick Saunders (5), David McSharry (6), George O’Connor (7), Richard Kelch (Stk), Kiera Cullen (Cox).

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View from the helm — Captain of Boats, William Doyle… The 2018/19 racing season got off to an earlier start than usual when, in October, the senior crew travelled to Boston to compete at the Head of the Charles. Raced along a 3-mile course, the Head is the largest two-day regatta in the world. The DUBC crew featured four oarsmen making their debut in the stripey, but performed very well, placing 11th in the club eights event from a starting position of 36th. Following the event, there was a large reunion dinner for the many alumni who had travelled from Ireland and across America to support the crew, including the 2008 Championship-winning Senior 8+, who flew the Lizzie flag down the Charles course in a similarly impressive time. The crew returned to Dublin and the ensuing months were dedicated to tough winter training. The senior squad was a youthful group, with former junior oarsmen from Neptune, Commercial and Three Castles, joined by recruits from last year’s novice eight to bolster the squad. Under the supervision of Chief Rowing Coach, Richard Ruggieri, the group put in many hours both on the water and on the ergometer to prepare as well as possible for the upcoming racing season. The annual Christmas camp took place in Enniskillen, with six days spent in mixed eights. Training with crews from Enniskillen Royal Grammar School was a particular highlight. Breaking up the monotony of the Winter season, the senior squad was joined by the Upper Boats group from Eton College during reading week. This proved a good opportunity to mix with talented GB junior oarsmen who went on to win the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Henley in July. The novice group was coached by Michael Doyle, recent graduate Ryan Dullaghan, and myself, well-supported by a large group of volunteers. These beginner oarsmen were an enthusiastic group and worked hard to progress their fitness and learn the technical basics of the rowing stroke.

Trial 8s Supper 2019 Front Row: Raymond Blake, Gerard Macken, Peter Wolfe, Chris George, Richard Ruggieri (Head Coach), William Doyle (Captain), Derek Gordon (Guest Speaker), Jim Jackson, Michael Ryder, John Aiken. The domestic racing season began on the 2nd March 2019, at the Erne Head of the River. DUBC had won this event for the last four years and hold the course record, set in 2015. There was much anticipation and the crews were looking forward to bringing an end to the winter training and getting out to compete for the first time. The senior crew was disappointed with its performance – finishing 2nd to a strong Commercial RC crew. However, there was positivity amongst the group that a better performance could be delivered in the DUBC News Autumn 2019

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Gannon Cup, which was to be held 7 days later. And, on a brighter note, there were solid performances and wins in the intermediate and novice categories, despite the Novice 8+’s time being adversely affected by a clash with another crew. One week later, the Annual Colours Boat Races for the Gannon Cup (Senior) and the Dan Quinn Shield (Novice). In the first race of the day, the DUBC Novice 8+ stormed off the start to a one length lead by the Ha’penny bridge and continued to drive their advantage home down the course, beating their opponents by four lengths. In the race for the Gannon Cup, the senior crew bounced back from a disappointing performance at the Erne HOR and played their part in what was a tremendous spectacle, getting out in front early. The bend around the Four Courts was an advantage for UCD, rowing on the north-side, and resulted in the lead changing hands. DUBC then started closing the gap in the second half of the race and pushed their opposition very hard in the finishing sprint. Ultimately, they came up short, missing out by 1⁄2 length to a very experienced UCD crew, featuring three medalists from last year’s Under 23 World Championships. While it is always difficult to accept defeat, we were all proud of a brave performance by a young DUBC crew, featuring five oarsmen rowing in their first Gannon Cup race. One month later, the Neptune and Commercial Regattas (held at Islandbridge over a shortened 1km course) offered an opportunity to test out some combinations. Many of these crews performed very well, and we came home with several victories. This year, for the first time, the University Championships were scheduled to be run alongside the Schools’ Championships at Lough Rynn, Mohill, Co. Leitrim. With boats rigged, and oarsmen ready to push off from the slip, the Championships were cancelled due to high winds. The Novice 8+ was the only DUBC crew to race. Their preparation had been hampered by losing an oarsman to a shoulder strain. While they fought bravely in terrible conditions, they ultimately missed out to UCD by a 1/4 length. Trinity Regatta 2019 took place on Saturday 11th May. An impressive entry ensured the staging of the largest Trinity Regatta in recent years. With over 200 crews entered, the Regatta Committee, led ably by Robbie White, Barry Crushell and John Bolton, invested a huge amount of work to ensure that the event ran smoothly. The highlight of the day came at 12 noon, when the Trinity Senior 8+ faced off against formidable opposition from Blue Star Boat Club, Newcastle. Scott Durant of Rio 2016 gold medal fame was rowing in the Newcastle 4 seat, alongside former British internationals Mason Durant, Tim Clarke and Fred Gill and former Irish internationals Cormac Folan and Niall Kenny. The race was tight off the start, with the lead exchanging hands as the crews rounded the opening two bends. Rowing on the north station, Trinity made a decisive move coming around the final bend and stretched their lead out to half a length. They pushed away from the British crew down the final straight to victory by 11⁄4 lengths.

DUBC & LEBC Senior 8+ defeat Blue Star Boat Club from Newcastle University in the University Grand Challenge Cup. DUBC’s second crew, racing in the second-tier Club 8+ event, also registered an impressive victory, beating Neptune easily in the final. With no entries in the novice category, the novice crew stepped up to also race in the Club event but were beaten narrowly against a far more experienced crew from Commercial Rowing Club. A month later, DUBC had a lot of travelling to do. On the 8th June, we made the trip to Belfast to compete in the Annual Boat Races against Queen’s University. With Queen’s having refused to contend with the conditions at the University Championships, this was the Novice 8+’s first chance to test themselves against the men from Belfast. DUBC was characteristically speedy off the start, getting out to an early clear water lead, and they looked comfortable as they continued to open up their advantage up the course - a great sight for the DUBC followers who had made the trip to support them. With the senior crew at Lough Rynn, preparing for the rescheduled University Championships, our second crew were beaten by a strong first crew from Queen’s in the senior race. DUBC News Autumn 2019

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DUBC Club 8+ winners at Trinity Regatta 2019. Back Row: Mark Connolly (5), Davy Nash (3), Tadhg McKnight (Stk), Ed Meehan (7), Hugh Lohan (4); Front Row: Donal O' Shea (2), Lucas Prodohl (Bow), Rowan Hamilton (Cox), Mark Quigley (6). The University Championships had been rescheduled for the day after the Queen’s Boat Races. In the morning session, DUBC got off to a great start by comfortably winning the Club and Intermediate 8+. This set up a tilt for the Wylie Cup in the final race of the day, the Senior 8+. Leaving the other universities in their wake, DUBC and UCD dominated from the start. In a close race, UCD edged away bit by bit down the course. DUBC came up short by just under a length. The performances at the University Championships had showed that DUBC had the depth and quality to compete at every level at the upcoming Irish Championships. Unusually this year, the Chief Coach, the Senior Squad and I had agreed that the we should not travel to Henley, but should instead stay in Ireland and focus on preparation for the Irish National Championships. Over the last three years, DUBC has not performed as well as it should have at the Championships, and we believed the short turnaround between Henley and the Championships had played a part in this. While all DUBC members recognise the tradition and history associated with the club travelling to Henley, the oarsmen felt that, as a group, we were best served by staying in Ireland and preparing for the Championships as best we could. With Cork Regatta cancelled (twice), the next event for DUBC was the National Championships. In the build-up to the event, one of our novice eight, David McSharry, was knocked off his bike and fractured several bones in his hand, making him unavailable for the event. Unfortunately, we did not have another eligible oarsman available for the Championships and were forced to withdraw. It was a disappointing end for a crew that had achieved comfortable wins over UCD and Queen’s throughout the year, but we are hopeful that returning athletes from that boat can make an impact in the senior squad for the upcoming season. I would like to thank all those who have volunteered their time to assist with the novice programme this year, particularly Ryan Dullaghan and Michael Doyle. DUBC went to the Championships targeting three wins in three events: the club, intermediate and senior eights categories. The first event of the regatta took place on Friday, with DUBC entering a strong crew in the Club 8+. The crew had a healthy mix of youth and experience and was stroked by the junior freshmen pair of Tadgh McKnight and Tom Stevens. Having come through the heat easily, the crew were favourites going into the final, and they made good on this favourites’ tag, winning by just over a length. The following day, DUBC looked to keep the momentum going, with our first crew racing in the Intermediate eights. Having won their heat comfortably, the crew looked forward to a final against tough opposition from Cork Boat Club. In the race, Cork got off to a flying start and dropped our crew in the first quarter of the race. DUBC spent the next 1500 metres trying to push through to break the Cork lead but were ultimately unable, and Cork took the victory. DUBC News Autumn 2019

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24 hours later the crew was back to take on the top crews in Ireland in the Senior Pot. The Senior 8+ was aggressive off the start and edged into the lead in the first quarter. Unfortunately, they were unable to sustain this effort down the course and were overtaken by UCD, Shandon and Commercial to finish in 4th position. While being disappointed overall with the results at the Championships, we can be pleased with the victory of the Club eight and the introduction of several new faces into the senior squad. I think that the club can be proud of what was achieved in a difficult season. At senior level, the first eight was blighted by various injuries and illnesses, alongside academic and personal pressures which meant that the line-up was ever changing. The crew put in brave performances in the Gannon Cup and at the University Championships against a far more experienced crew from UCD and came up only marginally short on both occasions. There was understandable disappointment that the crew could not take home a victory at the national championships, but it does shows us the standard to aim for. In club and intermediate events, the club was very successful, winning most events we entered at this level. Ultimately, this resulted in a victory at the championships in the club eight event. In what has been a difficult year at times, I would like to thank Chief Coach, Richard Ruggieri, for his work with the senior and intermediate squad. Without the support of our alumni, DUBC would not be able to exist from day to day. I would like to thank all those who have contributed to the club over the last year, to those who have contributed financially and to those who have given freely of their time. In particular, I would express my gratitude to Ted O’Morchoe and Jim Jackson for their tireless work running the Long-Term Committee over the last year, and to John Bolton and Donagh McDonagh for their efforts in DUCAC. It has been a great honour to serve as the Captain of the Club. I would like to express my gratitude to incoming Captain, Seán Canning, for his constant support over the last year. There are few people as determined as Seán that DUBC succeeds. I have no doubt that he will be a wonderful leader of the club, and I wish him and all DUBC members the very best for the upcoming season.

A day in the life — Junior Freshman, Thomas Stevens opens his diary… Life as a Trinity rower is a very rewarding one. It requires dedication, perseverance, endurance and a genuine love for the sport. As the saying goes, rowers do more before 8am than most people do all day. It is a fine balancing act of early mornings and late evenings, long erg sessions and intense weights sessions, dedication to our studies and maximising our training. We are greatly aided in our pursuit of both sporting and academic excellence by our team of top class coaches, highest quality equipment and boats and our ever-supportive alumni. All of us have our sights firmly set on success both domestically at the National Championships, University Championships and Colours, and, internationally at Henley Royal Regatta and the Head of the Charles Regatta. Typically, a day in the life of a Trinity rower begins quite early. My alarm goes off at 5:10am and I get up to eat a good meal before our first session of the day. After having a bagel, cereal and my compulsory morning cup of tea, I begin preparing my second breakfast to eat on the bus on the way into college after training.

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Usually something like yoghurt, granola and some form of fruit. I then begin my journey to the boathouse for around 6:10am. This is either a 30 minute cycle or 15 minutes in the car depending on what is most convenient that day. On arrival, I get changed into my many layers of gear to keep warm in the more often than not freezing cold morning temperatures. We meet Richard Ruggieri, our coach, at the board where he runs through the details of the session with us, telling us specific rating and drills to be executed throughout. After this we take out the oars and our respective boats, making any adjustments which may be required. At this time of year we make great use of our vast fleet of pairs, with eight or nine pairs launching one after another.

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This session is usually a long to build our aerobic base, or some pieces at higher rating once a week. The session normally ends around 8am. We wash our boats and put the oars away before having a very quick shower and making our way into town for the start of classes at 9am. To achieve maximum recovery and fuel up for the long day ahead I eat my second breakfast on the way. I am usually in quite a rush for my first lecture as I can be quite tight for time. This can lead to some rather brisk walking through New Square, with bags slung across each shoulder. The first lecture goes by fairly quickly. However, I am usually quite sleepy afterwards and in need of a pick-me-up. After buying a coffee in the Hamilton Building, I proceed to attend the rest of my lectures. Lunch-time can signal time for another session should we be using the ergometers or the RP3s, which is usually a long session of around 18-20km. Following this session, I would be fading and in need of more sustenance, which provides a great chance to meet up with fellow members of the Boat Club in the Dining Hall and talk all things rowing. After recharging the batteries once more, I move on to my 3 hour laboratory session in the afternoon. After this, I strip off my lab coat and goggles once more and return to the sports centre for a weights session. The whole squad assembles in the High Performance Gym for a team lift. This involves building strength with heavy weights, injury prevention with core and mobility, and, closer to racing season, building the fast twitch muscles through high rep weights and circuits. After a long day of academics and rowing, I get the train home. I have a large dinner and aim to be in bed by 10pm in preparation to do it all again the following morning.

Land Ahoy! — As DUBC returns from a second trip to the @HOCR, Mark Pattison writes about TCD’s first rowing trip to the U. S. of A. [The full article may be found on the Club’s web-site: ] The Trinity crew, arriving onboard the Cunard steamer Scythia at Jersey City Wharf at 7 p.m. on the evening of 15 August, 1876, had come to represent Ireland in the International Rowing Races at Philadelphia, at the first Great World’s Fair. The International Regatta was staged to mark the centenary of the American Declaration of Independence and was rowed between crews from USA, England and Ireland. The Irish Times reported: “An International Rowing Regatta, under the auspices of the United States Centennial Commission, will take place on the Schuylkill River (a tributary of the Delaware), in view of the grounds of the International Exhibition, between the 29th of August and the 15th September, 1876… An International race, open to all regularly organised boat clubs throughout the World, to be rowed in accordance with the rues of the National Amateur Rowing Association of the United States; the prizes to be: A piece of plate each, for fours, for pairs, for double and single sculls, and in addition medals, to be presented to each man rowing in the race, to be of gold for the winning crew, for the second crew of silver, and for the remainder, of bronze… “The Committee of Management is constituted as follows:- Chairman — His Excellency, J. F. Hartrauit, Governor of Pennsylvania. Vice-Chairman — His Honour, W. S. Stokley, Mayor of Philadelphia. Committee — Professor J. R. Leslie, Dublin University Boat Club; J. R. Craft, Argonauta Rowing Club, New Jersey; W. F. Garner, Vice-Commodore, New York Yacht Club; Colonel Crosby, New York York Yacht Club, General Burd Grubb, Philadelphia. “We are not only pleased, but proud, to see the name of one of our own well known supporters of rowing in this country, on the list of the distinguished committee. It is not a mere honorary title. Professor Leslie’s practical knowledge of rowing – as well as all matters pertaining to the management of regattas – has, we have no doubt, influenced the Centennial Commission in placing him on the list of the committee as the representative of the British Isles.” A crew of G.H. Pentland (bow), G. Hickson, C.B. Barrington, Croker Barrington (stk) intended to travel… All four gentlemen, being graduates of Trinity, were competing in the International Race and Graduates’ Race. The Irish Times goes on to report that the crew was “a formidable looking one both on paper and in the boat — all are well known on Irish waters to be ‘A1’ oarsmen. Bow was Champion Sculler of Ireland for three years. No. 2 has been stroke of the University Rowing Club First Four for the past two years; it would be hard to find a better man. No. 3 and stroke have been together in almost every race in Ireland for the past five years and also have held their own against the best oars of Oxford and Cambridge on the Thames, scoring many a win for the University Boat Club. The crew rows under the name of the “Lady Elizabeth Boat Club”… Fast forward to Henley Royal Regatta where the crew selected by the University Rowing Club to compete in the Stewards’ Cup for top class Coxless Fours was as follows: G.H. Pentland (bow), Croker Barrington, C.B. Barrington, G.A.E. Hickson (stk). There they were beaten by a good Thames R.C. crew by just over a length in a close race. DUBC News Autumn 2019

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Shortly after Henley a double change was made to the boat for the Centennial Regatta as was reported in The Irish Times. “First, and not the least important, the substitution of Mr Ferguson in place of Mr Pentland, who is evidently rowed out; secondly, the change of Mr Hickson from stroke to No. 2, Mr Croker Barrington taking his place. Judging from the performance of the crew, constituted as it was at Henley, we think this a judicious step. Mr Hickson, no doubt, rows the liveliest stroke of the two, but his style of rowing in some of the essential particulars, differs from that of the remainder of the crew, who, having rowed together for two or three years in succession, have the advantage of being used to the same swing, etc. It is therefore quite plain that the change is for the better, one man being better able in himself to come into the style of the other three than vice-versa.” G. N. Ferguson, 10 st 0lb (bow); G. A. Hickson, 11 st 7lb; C. B. Barrington 13 st 1lb; Croker Barrington 12 st 2 lb (stk). “Mr Ferguson is a Dublin man, and belongs to the University Boat Club, for which he did good service in ’73-74. Mr Hickson hails from the “Kingdom of Kerry;” he is a member of the University Rowing Club, whose recent successes both in the metropolis and the provinces are mainly attributed to his individual prowess. Limerick lays claim to the two Messrs Barrington. It is needless to say that the county and the city of the “Violated Treaty” are justly proud of the brothers. They also belong to the University Boat Club, for which they helped to score many a win from the year ’70 to ’74 inclusive.” … A third Barrington brother, William, (also Boat Club) travelled as a spare and the coach was E. D. Brickwood, former amateur champion of England, who had been in charge of rowing affairs at Trinity for some time… DUBC News Autumn 2019

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In the History of Boat-Racing in Ireland, Forde Hall quotes from the old Match Book of Dublin University Rowing Club which provides a fascinating insight into the experiences of Charles Barrington and his crew in Philadelphia… From the Match Book we learn that Barrington and his crew landed at New York on 15 August and '... proceeded next day to Philadelphia, having their racing craft fastened in the usual manner on the top of the train'. They practiced on the Schuylkill River twice a day from 18 to 29 August, when the international races began. The Match Book records: 'The heat... interfered greatly with the health and therefore the performance of the crew, the thermometer marking over 100 in the shade during the greater part of their stay at Philadelphia. ... The heat and drinking water were the principal enemies of the oarsmen and to these two sources may, I think be traced the want of success of the Dubliners, who on their first appearance on the Schuylkill were considered to be second only, if second, to London'. The report in the Match Book is extremely critical of the course, ‘not by any means as straight as we supposed from the description sent to us' the competence of the umpires, the siting of the judge's box 'at least 30 feet above the level of the river which was about 300 yards wide at the finish', and the general staging and management of the regatta, though graciously going on to note the committee's good intentions and to ' .. ascribe the defects more to their ignorance of the management of large regattas than to any unworthy motives'. The international races began on Monday, 28 August, and the Match Book tells us that Trinity were drawn in the first of seven heats: '... the International Fours, with their names and stations, were as follows: Station 1: Eureka B.C.; Station 2: Argonauta B.C.; Station 3: D.U.R.C. (G.N. Ferguson, Croker Barrington, C.B. Barrington, G.A.E. Hickson (stroke), Dublin started very badly, allowing the two American Crews to get right away from them and were two lengths behind at the first quarter of a mile after which they began to draw up slowly on the leaders. At the mile mark (half-a-mile from the start), the Eurekas, hugging the shore round the bend, were halfa-length ahead of the Argonautas, who were three-quarters of a length in front of Dublin. The latter were now rowing well, having settled down to 38 strokes a minute at which they seemed to go best. Here the Argonautas bored Dublin out, and the Eurekas, taking full advantage of the bend, added a length to their lead. Shortly after this, Dublin rowed past the Argonauta crew and went in pursuit of the leaders but failed to catch them, Eureka winning by a length and a half’… This article comprises extracts from reports from the Irish Times, an article by Karl Johnson in the Old Limerick Journal and an article by Greg Denieffe on the Barringtons, and is part of a larger article on the Barringtons which outlines the contribution that the family made to Limerick, Rugby, Rowing, Ireland, along with their various contributions to both the First and Second World Wars. — MSP (2018)

Higher Performance — Head Coach, Richard Ruggieri, details the changes… The 2019-2020 season begins with a Performance Squad that has already made a positive impression. Comprised of 20 rowers and 3 coxswains, what stands out most is the hard-working and positive attitude displayed each day. Their level of consistency and outward toughness is reinforced by solid fitness testing and continued gains in technique. Ironically, this group includes 17 members who have been with the program less than two years. As always, we have brought together a collection of returning seniors and novices, and also recruited both junior and graduate students. The result is a range of experiences brought together under one mission. As we embark upon the new season this mission remains simple… work hard, work together and work towards maximising oneself daily. Success at the Irish Championships remains the goal. Focus will be on the 8+ which includes the Senior, Intermediate, Club and Novice crews. To get there we will need to place our rowers within a competitive environment which challenges them both physically and mentally. Both are essential to compete particularly at the Senior level. One aspect allowing us to enhance competitiveness is the formation of a professional coaching staff. With the support of alumni members and Trinity Sport, we have built a staff committed to giving our rowers the very best opportunities. I am pleased to welcome Paul Thornton, who previously served as Chief Coach at University College, Cork. At UCC, Paul reinforced a team atmosphere which resulted in increased team size and multiple pot winners. In addition, Paul was a pivotal member of the U23 coaching staff which produced international medalists. In the short time that Paul and I have come together, we are creating a unified, positive and aggressive mentality, giving our rowers the best we have. To support the competitive journey, a new position was created aiding both DUBC and DULBC. I am pleased to announce John Harman as the High-Performance Sports Officer for Rowing. John served as the Sport Performance Manger at Oxford Brookes University. In this capacity, he led strength and conditioning with the Oxford Brookes University Boat Clubs, which included coaching, monitoring, testing and programme design for high performance rowers. John will begin his duties just after the New Year. With the formation of this staff and the support of both Trinity Sport and Boat Club alumni, we can proudly say the future is bright. Our rowers will get the very best support within a high-performance structure dedicated to pushing previous boundaries. Thank you to all who support this generation of rowers… DUBC News Autumn 2019

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Spreading the News — Paul Thornton arrives from Cork, and the River Corrib… Our newest rowing coach, Paul began his rowing career as a junior at Galway Rowing Club. but realised during his teenage years that he had more of an interest in the coaching and teaching aspect of the sport, which led him to begin his apprenticeship coaching junior crews at Galway Rowing Club. This led quickly to unprecedented success for the club over a four year period. He moved from Galway to Cork in 2014, taking the opportunity to become Head Coach at University College Cork at the age of 25. Whilst there was a large undertaking moving the university programme in a new direction, he felt the opportunity to create something in his own vision was too good to turn down. Overcoming various obstacles, he was fortunate to have enthusiastic student committees and captains, along with an assistant coach, to help drive the club forward. Over the next five years the club went on to win 10 Irish National Championships, along with providing the National Team over 40 athletes at various levels. His time in Cork, and at the National Rowing Centre, also gave him the opportunity to get involved with the High Performance Squad, participating at the Home Internationals on 4 occasions and the World U23 Championships on 3 more. This culminated in medals for the men’s lightweight quad in 2017 and 2018, and also the opportunity to be dual team manager and coach at the 2018 U23 World Championships. Following another successful 2019 Championships with UCC, the opportunity to come to DUBC has presented an exciting new opportunity and challenge, one which he has decided to take on. Part of his reasoning was that DUBC is clearly committed to a high performance culture, which is aided by the sports department and the alumni of DUBC. Having already been involved at Islandbridge now for 7 weeks, he says his experience has been very enjoyable from all aspects of the club and Trinity sport. The rowing squad, in particular, has been extremely welcoming towards him, and he looks forward to the 2020 racing season, where he believes the current squad has the capability to be competitive across all levels.

New High Performance Sports Officer for DUBC & DULBC, John Harman… has a BSc. in Sports and Exercise Sciences from the University of Limerick and an MSc. in Strength and Conditioning from the University of Edinburgh. John has previously worked with Munster Rugby in their age grade program; Edinburgh Rugby and the FA Women’s National Development Program. Prior to his position at Trinity College Dublin, John was the Performance Manager at Oxford Brookes University. In his six years at Oxford Brookes University he worked with a multitude of athletes from a variety of sports and was the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme Lead, supporting athletes on a GB pathway in education. In the last few years John worked closely with the Oxford Brookes University Boat Club, one of the most successful University boat clubs in Europe. He also held the position of Teaching Fellow, lecturing on the BSc Sports & Exercise Science. We look forward to welcoming John to his work with DUBC and DULBC in January 2020. We join in wishing both Paul and John every happiness and continued success in their new roles.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 2020 Trial VIIIs Supper Erne Head of the River, Enniskillen Gannon Cup & Colours Neptune Regatta, Islandbridge Trinity Regatta Dublin Metropolitan Regatta Queen’s Boat Races, River Lagan Metropolitan Regatta, Eton Dorney LEBC Dinner, Belfast Cork City Regatta, NRC Henley Royal Regatta LEBC Barrel @ Butler’s Field Irish Rowing Championships, NRC Remembrance Sunday at Islandbridge DUBC News Autumn 2019

Saturday 8th February Saturday 7th March To be arranged Saturday 4th April Saturday 9th May Saturday 23rd May To be arranged To be confirmed June 2020 (To be confirmed) Saturday 20th June Wednesday - Sunday 1st - 5th July Saturday 4th July (immediately after close of racing) Friday - Sunday 10th - 12th July Sunday 8th November

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DUBC benefits from another alumni sponsored boat — ‘Amanda M Turner’ Pictured above at the naming ceremony at Trinity Regatta are: Mrs. Betty Turner, David Turner & Andrew Turner.

Financial Report 2019 — Senior Treasurer, Jim Jackson, counts the cost… Financial Report for the year to 20th September 2019 The core objectives of the LTC is to support the Captain and Club in the key areas of funding our coaches and providing equipment as required. We had a very strong and active year financially, and total turnover grew in 2018/19 but this level is unsustainable without a new approach to funding. Our income from Alumni via the Foundation and also direct to LTC grew in the same period. During the year we had 3 sources of income not likely to be repeated, namely bequests, boat sales, and a legacy Tax Claim from the Irish and UK Revenue. During the year we took delivery of an Empacher 8+ and 2 sets of Concept II Oars and we paid for all remaining equipment delivered in prior years. This brings to an end the Capital Expenditure programme and the club is really well resourced in this regard. We now move to the second phase of the plan and we have budgeted to have 3 professional coaches in the club for 2019/20 – we have signed undertakings with the Department of Sport. In prior years when we were buying equipment we generally did not place the orders until we had the cash, but this is a different dynamic and pressure on our funding model. While we end the year in a strong cash position we have substantial ongoing liabilities in terms of stage payments for our coaches and final VAT payment on the Empacher 8+. In addition, we hold funds in trust from Rob van Mesdag’s bequest for the summer school in 2019. DUBC News Autumn 2019

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In the coming year we plan better and deeper communication with our Alumni via Social Media and meeting them at competitive events – we return to Boston in a few weeks and will have a more considered presence there. What we are all doing is about the life experiences the oarsmen gain from DUBC, our heritage and developing winning crews at all levels and creating an opportunity for some to continue to compete as post graduates via LEBC. Finally, to the club members / active oarsmen, please take care and look after all the equipment — it is yours to enjoy and benefit from, but then pass on.

Daniel Dennis, Ryan Dullaghan, and Donal O'Shea (above). Preparing for the Identification line-up at Islandbridge — May 2019 (below).

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Jim Jackson and John Aiken at the Gannon Cup (left); Chris George at TR19 — ‘are those them new Thames colours?’ (above).

DUBC Visitors’ IV 1973 Nev Weakley, Tom Noble, Tim McMullen, John Macken, in the final order that raced in the event (above); Declan Watson, Luke Topolski, Liam Hawkes, Donagh McDonagh, Gavin Moore (below).

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Raymond Blake entertains at Trial 8s Supper (above); Des Hill with Rob van Mesdag’s rowing shorts (left); Tony O’Sullivan — DUBC oarsman and photographer (below).

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Tom Noble (1950 - 2019) — Peter Thompson writes in The Irish Times…. Following journalist Lyra McKee’s murder recently in Derry, it might be tempting to believe that there are few, if any, lights in the apparently dark tunnel of Northern Irish society. However, the life of Tom Noble, who has died aged 68, demonstrates clearly a very different way forward. Noble was the founding Principal of Erne Integrated College (EIS) in Enniskillen, now a flourishing co-educational and non-denominational high school. Created in the wake of the IRA massacre in the town on Remembrance Sunday, 1987, it sprang, firstly, from a coming together of like-minded people of both Nationalist and Unionist traditions who, following the atrocity, established the county’s first public integrated primary school, the Erne Integrated Primary School in 1987, a school which flourishes to this day. Noble, a former pupil of the town’s renowned Portora Royal School, came from what would be described as a Unionist and Protestant background. His parents, George and Jean, lived on the estate of the Earl of Erne at Castle Coole, where George worked as one of the estate’s farm managers. But in 1969, Noble went to study Economics at Trinity College, Dublin, a development arguably fundamental to his intellectual development, and perhaps inevitably also a broadening experience for a Co. Fermanagh native. A life-long lover of the sport of rowing, Noble became captain of his university’s rowing club, the Dublin University Boat Club (DUBC), in 1972, at a crucial point in that club’s, and Trinity’s, history. Trinity was undergoing then a fundamental, and indeed ecumenical, change. From being a largely Anglo-Irish and Protestant college, it was rapidly transforming into a university also a university for a more diverse group of people, including a receiving a sizeable influx of students from an Irish Catholic background, following the lifting of the ban, in 1971, by the Irish Catholic hierarchy, on such students attending the college. John Macken, one of the new more “Irish” cohort described the situation well to The Irish Times, in a message: “Tom recognised this [change] and set about attracting new members with no rowing experience. He went to extremes during Freshers’ Week to identify those with good rowing physiques and ‘coerced’ them to join the Club. He then devoted his time to successfully coaching this group.” The result was a greatly expanded and more diverse membership, and consequently greater success for the club. Its Senior VIII went on to achieve the modern DUBC’s greatest achievement, the winning of the famed Ladies’ Plate at Henley Royal Regatta in 1977, with a crew notably more representative of the new, emerging TCD than would have been the case ten years earlier. Noble’s open-mindedness in this matter did not just extend to sport, but, very colourfully, to his studies as a student. John Macken again: “He had a project to submit for an Economics course that year…being Tom he chose the economics of the porn industry with sociological overviews…he took it very seriously. He got special dispensation to peruse the Library’s locked porn section and indeed conducted interviews with the ladies of the night on Mount Street!” This liberality of vision informed, undoubtedly, his decision to apply in 1994 to become the first-ever Principal of the EIS after many years as a teacher of Mathematics and Economics at his old alma mater, Portora, to which he had returned, after a brief flirtation with accountancy, in the mid-1970s. Having married, in the late Seventies, Mary Cafferty, from a Catholic family of hoteliers in Co. Cavan, Noble and his wife could be described perhaps as symbols of the possibilities of a happier future in the deeply divided south Ulster of the period. Noble showed his absolute commitment to EIS from the very start. Having already resigned from his very secure job at Portora at the age of 43, right up until the night before the opening day of the school, he and his colleagues did not know if they would have the requisite minimum of 60 pupils necessary to attract Government funding and, hence, viability for the project. After considerable difficulties, including having to house the school in a disused nursing home before funding could be secured for a purpose-built campus, he went on to lead the school until his retirement in 2011, and thereafter continued to serve on the Board of Governors of the Erne Integrated Primary School until his passing on March the 30th last. Paula Butler, another founding teacher at EIS, speaking at his (perhaps noticeably) secular funeral, may have caught Noble’s essence when she noted his “great faith in humanity…,” and that “he had…an inbuilt clarity of values that ministered to all our needs. From the outside Tom looked like…a dignified gentleman who didn’t rock the boat…but there are other ways to make waves, and he did.” An enduring legacy of both his love of rowing, and also of his deep commitment to non-denominational education, is today the Enniskillen Royal Rowing Club, based at Portora, where all of the secondary students of Co. Fermanagh today row, together. A new boat at the club, and a new sports building at EIS have both recently been named in his honour. Tom Noble is survived by his widow Mary, his children Gareth, Gavin – who represented Ireland in Triathlon at the Olympic Games in 2012 – Marie-Claire, Mark and Sarah-Louise, and by his siblings Cecil and Pamela. > Page 16 [COPYRIGHT: THE IRISH TIMES, published May 2019. Photo by kind permission of the Family.]

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Sir Anthony Hart QC (1946 - 2019) — Desmond Hill relates a lifetime of service… One of the most respected and distinguished judges of our times, Sir Anthony Hart, has died at the age of 73, a few days after taking ill suddenly in London whilst attending Henley Royal Regatta. Tony Hart was born in Enniskillen on 30th April 1946, the son of a veterinary surgeon. He grew up in a former rectory known as ‘Levally’ in the townland of Monea in rural County Fermanagh, a traditional place that perhaps shaped his timeless view of life. He attended Gloucester House before going up the Hill to Portora Royal School, which enjoyed a long tradition of sending boys to Trinity to become clergymen, read law and frequently row for the Boat Club. His rowing career at Portora was modest and may have been eclipsed by a significant crew, which it was hoped, would secure a famous victory for the school in the Princess Elizabeth Cup at Henley Regatta in 1964. Tony first appeared at Trinity Regatta in 1965, rowing at bow in the DUBC Junior VIII. He continued to row for this Junior VIII in 1966 and the crew formed close bonds, so much so that they reunited after fifty years at Trinity Regatta in 2016. Raymond Blake described an evening he spent with them as one of the most pleasant Boat Club events he had ever attended. He recorded that ‘Tony spoke in an impish but never flippant way about the esprit de corps that bound them together.’

DUBC Junior 8+ at the 1966 Liffey HOR: Rob Caird (Bow), Frank Daly (2), Tim Lennie (3), Brian Williamson (4), Tony Hart (5), Rod McAlpine (6), Robert Neville (7), Kevin Shillington (Stk) & John Cary (Cox).

Tony and Kevin Shillington at Trinity Regatta

This Junior VIII did not enjoy huge success but it is worthy of note that two of their number went on to become Knights of the Realm. His Honour Sir Anthony Hart and Sir Brian Williamson (pictured below) at the 2006 World Rowing Championships in Eton Dorney.

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In 1967 Tony was a member of the DUBC Senior squad, which largely comprised boys from Portora and Coleraine ‘Inst’. After an indifferent start, the crew began to move well at Henley time and returned to Ireland to win the Senior Championship. It was selected to represent Ireland in the first ‘Home International Regatta’ at Loch Lomond and beat Scotland in the Eights event. When asked what he read at TCD, his reply was 'rowing, and a little bit of law’. However, in his eulogy, Bishop of Clogher, Rt Revd John McDowell, stated that concerning the law, ‘there was no-one more diligent and wholehearted in his application to any case or any cause that he defended, prosecuted or tried’. Tony graduated in 1968. He went sailing at Kinsale with Pat Braidwood in 1969. Robert Neville and Chris George were also around at the time. It was there that Tony met Mary Morehan of Tivoli, Cork. They married in 1971. Specialising mainly in criminal law, he was called to the Northern Ireland Bar in 1969 and to the Bar of England and Wales in 1975. In those early days, Tony formed a strong friendship with Emerson ‘Sonny’ Babington, another Old Portoran, who had rowed for a fast DUBC VIII in 1933 and who was Crown Solicitor in Londonderry at the time. Sonny and his wife, Judy, were tremendous supporters of the Boat Club, when it visited Londonderry in those days. Sonny’s father, Sir Anthony Babington, Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, was a Vice-President of DUBC. Tony took silk in 1983 and was appointed a County Court judge in 1985. In 2002 he was the first person to be appointed as Presiding Judge of the County Courts in Northern Ireland. Three years later he was appointed to the High Court. He was knighted in 2005. His associate, Alva Brangam, QC, said of him that on the bench ‘he was fair, just and reasonable, which is part of the job description often left unread by many judicial colleagues! I count myself lucky to have benefited greatly from his wise advice and indeed the occasional rebuke. I know that I was not alone in the enjoyment of very faithful friendship and he was a devoted and supportive member of DUBC and rowing.’ After his retirement from the bench in 2012, he was asked to conduct the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry: ‘Many would have declined but his strong sense of duty drove him to accept. With something like missionary zeal, he conducted an efficient inquiry, which was a prodigy of organisational skill, forensic ability and, indispensably, of human sympathy and sensitivity.’ It reported early, came in under budget, was applauded by the press and won recognition from victims. It was an immense annoyance to him that ‘government’ failed promptly to implement his compensation recommendations. It was only after his death that these were finally rushed through parliament prior to dissolution before this December’s general election. Tony was a member of Lady Elizabeth BC and later Lady Victoria, the alumni Boat Club of Queen’s University, Belfast, of which he was also elected Captain. He was very proud to be elected to membership of Leander Club and attended HRR annually. Undisputedly, however, his greatest love outside of his family was his alma mater, Portora Royal School and its Boat Club. Tony served as a Governor and Trustee both at Portora Royal School and latterly at Enniskillen Royal Grammar School. As President, he gave the Boat Club discreet but immensely generous support, particularly with the building of its new boathouse, which occurred under the aegis of Robert Northridge. It was a source of great joy and pride to Tony that the school’s boat club, coached by Derek Holland and Iain Kennedy, has become one of the top rowing clubs in the UK and Ireland, and that it is open to all schools in the local community. Tony worshipped at St Mark’s Church of Ireland in Dundela, East Belfast, where he was a member of the select vestry. He also acted as Chancellor of the Diocese of Clogher for twenty-five years and more recently as Chancellor of the Diocese of Down and Dromore. His death was swift and shocking to his family and many friends. A devout and gentle Christian of immense integrity, we are all diminished by his passing. As the Bishop of Clogher suggested at his funeral, “A Master in Israel has died.” Sir Anthony Ronald Hart is survived by his wife Mary, Lady Hart, and their four children: Patrick, Fiona, Katherine and David.

A rarely seen shot of the DUBC Visitors’ Coxless Four at Henley Royal Regatta 1973 with Tom in the Bow (left); Enniskillen Royal BC bring ‘Tom Noble’ back to the Henley Reach for the 2019 Royal Regatta, 46 years later (middle); Tom in Blessington in the 70s (right)

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Let’s do it all again next year — the now traditional post-regatta photo.

Trinity Regatta 2019 — Robbie White reports on a return to Lusty May… Trinity ‘International’ Regatta 2019, returning to take its place at the newly scheduled time of the second weekend of May, allowed DUBC and DULBC athletes to cast off the tiresome formality of their summer-time exams and thus immerse totally in the very serious business of running a fully adorned, well-appointed and generously-endowed rowing event. Blazing sunshine, a clear blue sky and innumerable club blazers descended upon the War Memorial Gardens of Islandbridge on Saturday the 11th of May 2019. With some 150 races scheduled, overflow racing took place during the preceding Friday evening, with some great contests witnessed in junior and senior events alike. An enormous junior entry defined the day’s racing, with the advent of the Fillipi and Queen B Challenge Quadruple Sculls event drawing scullers from Graiguenamanagh, Carlow, Athlone, Galway, Enniskillen, Belfast and Sligo. For the first time, anticipating the impending anniversary of the King’s Cup at HRR, the Royal Dutch Navy fielded an 8+ of serving personnel who participated in an exhibition race against Garda Síochána Boat Club. The visiting Dutch Military guests were victorious and their win was gladly received by the Dutch Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Adriaan Pal, himself now an honorary member of LEBC. What was particularly pleasing was the well-attended Regatta Luncheon, where two successful crews held reunions. The 1969 and 1979 crews were joined by the Regatta chairman, DUBC President, DULBC Captain, the Dutch Ambassador to Ireland, College guests and various other friends of the Regatta. An occasion to be savoured and remembered for years to come, no doubt. With the entry continuing to grow, the current guardians of the Regatta have turned their attention to increasing the international entry, and this year did not disappoint. K.S.R.V Njord and C.R.V. Dudok Van Heel (Dutch Military) from the Netherlands, for the second year running Blue Star Boat Club (University of Newcastle alumni), and for the first time ever St. Barts and the London Boat Club (UK) all attended, participated and celebrated the wonderful spectacle of racing that Trinity Regatta has always held in Islandbridge Particularly vindicating for DUBC on the day was the Senior 8+’s victory over Blue Star BC in the final of the Senior 8+. The British crew contained Olympians Scott Durant (Gold, Men’s 8+ GBR, Rio 2016) and Cormac Folan (Men’s 4-, Beijing 2008), Fred Gill (CUBC Blue and Boat Race winner 2010, GBR Men’s 8+ 2011) and Christopher Morahan (Winner Visitors HRR 2016). It was a DUBC News Autumn 2019

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fantastic reflection on the pedigree of athlete and intensity of training undertaken by the senior squad to date, with much of that same crew going on to win a national championship in the Club 8+ some two months later.

The day’s racing was capped off by rapturous displays of rambunctious, enthusiastic and villainous consumption and gluttony, all hosted in the surroundings of the ever gleaming boathouse. Colourful blazers, pastel shirts and floral dresses adorned the Long Room, and the evening was defined by fantastic displays of good humour, enthusiasm and general camaraderie that one can now expect during these celebrations. The size, scope, entry and status of the Regatta is growing, and so too the enthusiasm for it. The title Trinity International Regatta does not seem quite so far-fetched an idea as one might have initially thought!

John Kurkjian John has passed away. Though not a member of DUBC, he was a great friend of RHvM, Cedric Sheppard and John Pearson. He attended Lizzy functions and Henley etc., and over the years became a great supporter of Trinity events. He was a vice president of the London Dining Club for very many years. Always great fun and extremely generous, he made various donations to Trinity where he always stipulated 10% of all such gifts was to go to DUBC — JCP

Jim Murray The funeral of Jim Murray, who died unexpectedly on 21st January 2019, took place in Cappoquin the following Sunday. We have it on good authority that, at the removal the previous evening, Cappoquin’s population of 1,200 was exceeded at the church, no surprise there, and that The Sportsman’s Inn finally closed at 5 am the next morning. John Walsh (OCBC & formerly Dungarvan RC) gave a superb oration on Jim’s full and rewarding life, and his contribution and help to others. The coffin stopped at Cappoquin RC (the condemned clubhouse restored by Dan and his brothers) for a minute or so on its way to the graveyard alongside the Blackwater… Big Jim was buried wearing his Lizzie Tie, as previously had his late brother Dan. The Murrays of Cappoquin have always been wonderful supporters and friends of DUBC. Another fine rowing man Gone West… our thoughts and prayers are with Peg and her family — JFMA Martin Hogan, Sir Steve Redgrave CBE & Jim Murray at HRR (left).

‘Comrades in Arms, Stand By Your Men’: DUBC members show up to celebrate the Commencements of previous Captains, David Butler (2016) and Cian Flynn (2017) (left).

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The 1969 Senior VIII Reunion at Trinity Regatta 2019 — John Payne reports… Reunions at Trinity Regatta are definitely the in-thing these days, and for sheer longevity the 1969 Senior VIII (combined age in excess of 6 centuries) must rank close to the top, at least so far. The entire VIII showed up from such far flung places as Coleraine, and places nearer to home like Australia, the US, Canada, and the UK (Brexit thus far permitting). Amazingly everyone was recognisable, even with less hair and more pounds. Maybe the 50 year old, Guinness-stained blazers helped, too. Chris George to his credit took on the task of organising the weekend, no doubt learning from his experience with the 1968 Junior VIII last year. Even with his fortitude it was a big effort, rather like herding cats, but everyone ended up where they were supposed to be at any given point in time. The first point was a reception in the new Alumni Rooms on Friday evening. This was a convivial and lively affair where the champagne flowed thanks to the efforts of David Ball’s (1968 Junior VIII) bicycle delivery, and the canapés circulated, thanks to Chris. Somewhere in the middle of the proceedings everyone, glasses in hand, found the Campanile for the mandatory photo. The sun shone and there was not a porter to be seen to spoil the fun or fine anyone for having alcohol where it is not now permitted (was it ever?). So after a good start we made it to the end of the Island. Thence, heading for the Barrier, on down Dame Street, with a failed detour to O’Neill’s, and to Chez Max for dinner. The private room was a good idea to shield more subdued patrons from the antics and conversation of a group of sexta- and septuagenarians reliving their glory days. As far as I know Max did not show up, but his staff paddled hard all evening to keep us supplied with food and drink. There were a few impromptu speeches intermixed with a lot of nonsense. Walking back to the hotel with Tim Deane, past Temple Bar, was not the Dublin I remember. The craic (if you could call it that) going on was loud, harsh and messy, not the milder more subdued variety so familiar to DUBC.

Pictured 50 years better under the iconic photograph, beating Garda on the way to recapturing the University Grand Challenge Cup. Back Row: Tom Freeman, John Payne (7), Robert Neville (3) Chris George (Bow), Anthony Guinness (Stk), Tim Deane (5); Front Row: Robin Boyd (4), Desmond Hill (6), Willy McCahon (2), Noel Graham (cox). So Saturday dawned… on with the blazer and off to the regatta with everyone gathering first in the Longmeadows and, as we approached Fawley, the Long Room for a fine formal lunch. There was a suggestion by, of course, Chris about going out in a boat before lunch but the idea of attempting to don Spandex kit and, worse still, be seen wearing it was enough to deter even the most keen. DUBC News Autumn 2019

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However, we did manage to arrange ourselves for semi-formal photos on the boat dock and under the iconic photo of the epic win in the University Grand Challenge Cup at the 1969 Trinity Regatta, which someone thoughtfully resurrected for the occasion. Several courses and glasses of wine later we continued to Remenham and the tea tent, where tales were told between generations of DUBC and past victories no doubt made more convincing. Finally, with the enclosures in sight, a hardy few repaired for the evening to Bongo Ryan’s on Parkgate Street, and the finishing post was passed about 1:00 am after a good meal and several pints. We all enjoyed the outing, the time was not record breaking, but I think we won!

The 1979 Senior VIII returns — Gerry Macken bridges the gap…

Back Row: Derek Gordon (2), David Browne (5), Sean Tunney (4), David Hickey (Coach). Front Row: Nicholas Dunlop (Bow), Gerry Macken (Stk), Raymond Blake (3), Brendan Flynn (7). Missing: Kevin Lynch (6), Fred Clarke (Cox). The 1970s was truly a remarkable decade in the history of Irish Rowing. It saw the emergence of two great rowing dynasties in the form of University College Dublin, the so called ‘Animals’, and the outstanding Garda Boat Club Crew, both dominating domestically and internationally: competing in World and Olympic Championships and succeeding at Henley Royal Regatta (HRR). It all started with the ‘Animals’, coached by Tom Sullivan, winning the Ladies Plate in 1974, becoming the first Irish crew in seventy one years to win at Henley since Dublin University Boat Club (DUBC) won the Thames Cup in 1903. This was then followed by Garda beating Quintin Rowing Club in the final of the 1975 Thames Cup. In the same year, the US based and World Silver Medallist sculler Sean Drea, rowing in the colours of Neptune Rowing Club, won the Diamond Challenge Sculls for the third time to add to his wins in 1973 and 1974. DUBC News Autumn 2019

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Having waited one hundred and two years and after numerous heart-breaking close calls, DUBC finally captured the Ladies’ Plate in 1977. That year was made all the more memorable by Garda winning the Prince Philip Challenge Cup for coxed fours (which they won again in 1979). During that period, Trinity Regatta continued to hold a special place in Irish Rowing, both from a social perspective but more importantly from an oarsman’s perspective, where a win at Trinity Regatta was only trumped by a win at the National Championships. This was especially true for the much coveted Blue Riband event of the Regatta, the University Grand Challenge Cup for Senior 8s Remarkably, the period proved to be a fallow one for DUBC Senior V111s, in that the Club, despite all the success in 1976 (Senior Pot) and HRR in1977, did not manage to win the University Grand Challenge Cup at its own regatta. However, notwithstanding various conspiracies, exam pressure, Regatta commitments and tinker’s curses, the period was bookended with victories for the 1969 and 1979 Senior Crews, both of whom returning and celebrating their respective 50th and 40th anniversaries at this year’s regatta.

DUBC Senior V111 winning against Garda Siochana in the semi-final of the University Grand Challenge Cup, May 1969 (above left) DUBC Senior V111 winning the final of the University Grand Challenge Cup from Neptune Rowing Club, May 19th 1979 (above right)

The photograph (above) shows the author and stroke of the winning crew being congratulated by his father, the late Shane (John) Macken, whose other son, John stroked the winning DUBC Irish Senior V111s Champions ’76 and Ladies’ Plate ’77. (Source: The Irish Times, Monday, 21st May 1979). DUBC News Autumn 2019

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Winners of: Bow.

University Grand Challenge Cup at Trinity Regatta 1969 & 1979

CJD George

11. 10

2. 3.

WE McCahon R Neville

12.00 12.11

2. DJ Gordon 3. RF Blake

13.00 13.00

4. 5.

R McN Boyd TS Deane

12.04 13.07

4. SPD Tunney 5. DA Browne

13.08 13.03


JD Hill


JG Payne AJ Guinness

12.06 11.07

7. Stk.

st. lbs



NJE Dunlop

KJ Lynch


st. lbs


7. BO Flynn Stk. GM Macken

11.02 12.00

Cox. NG Graham 9.06 Cox . RF Clarke. 9.00 Following the success of 1977, the Club went into rebuilding mode and it did not take long to gather momentum. This development was led by David Hickey, the six man of the ’77 crew, who at the tender age of 24 became the Senior Coach. He was ably supported by Assistant Coach David Sanfey under the watchful eye of legendary coach, the late and much loved Robin Tamplin. It is also important to acknowledge the invaluable input of World Rowing Champion Dr. Chris George, bowman of the ’69 Crew during our time on the Tideway and later by the late Rob van Mesdag, during our preparations in Henley. The crew that put DUBC back on the winning trail emerged late in the Autumn of 1978 by winning a race-off on the Newry Ship Canal against a much fancied crew from Queen’s University, Belfast. This success lead to the crew being selected to represent Ireland at the International Festival of Oars on the Nile, which was held in Cairo and Luxor over Christmas and New Year ’78 & ’79. That crew consisted of a combination of home-grown ‘walk-ons' in the shape of David Browne (Capt. ’78), Raymond Blake (Capt. ’79) and Sean Tunney and former schoolboy rowers: Brendan Flynn and Gerry Macken (Marist College), Kevin Lynch (Neptune, 1976 National Junior IV Champion), Derek Gordon (Royal Belfast Academical Institution), Nick Dunlop (Portora Royal School, National Junior Champion V111s ’76 & 1Vs ’77, Capt. ‘81) and Cox, the diminutive Fred Clarke (and the first alumnus of Brian Persson’s King’s Hospital School rowing nursery, Capt. ’80). Fred has the unique distinction in Gannon Cup history of being the only man to successfully stroke the winning crew in 1978 and also cox the victorious crew of 1979. This crew went on to form the nucleus of the DUBC crews for the following three years, notching up many big wins both at home and abroad, including some heart-breaking close defeats in Henley. Thankfully, they finally tasting success in 1981, by winning the Big Pot and the Senior Eights at the Home Internationals held in Wales that year. In hindsight, the winning of the University Grand Challenge Cup in 1979 was a form of ‘coming-of-age’ for this group of young oarsmen. Apart from the prestige of winning, it was also the nature of the win, in having to come back from almost a length down at the ‘Concrete Wall’ to win by three quarters of a length against a very good Neptune crew. This meeting led to a great and respectful rivalry between the two squads over the following years, with many of the protagonists becoming life-long friends and contributing to a new era in Irish Rowing and creating their own dynasty in the following decade.

The Regatta Luncheon ‘Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, And say my glory was I had such friends’ The Municipal Gallery Revisited — WB Yeats. WB Yeats’ brother, Jack Butler Yeats, attended Trial 8s Supper. His paintings, ‘Islandbridge Regatta’ (1925), the dream twin of ‘The Liffey Swim’ (1923) for which the Irish Free State won its first Olympic medal (silver) in Paris (1924) hang in the National Gallery of Ireland.

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Elaine Dudeney, Mavis (the sausage dog) & Laura Reineke (above left); Jimmy Brownlow & David Browne @ The Barrel 2019 (above); Rory Reilly & John Pritchard go for a 1979 Thames Cup row-past. (above right); Bill Jacques, Desmond Hill & Derek Gordon attend a TCDNI Association event in the Courts of Justice (below left); John Magan, John Aiken & Luke Acheson (below).

Ambassador of the Netherlands, HE Adriaan Pal, Donagh McDonagh, and Ted O’Morchoe (left); John Macken ‘photo-bombs’ (below).

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Robin Boyd and Nick Browne in deep reflection (top left); The Barrel Boys, Nick Heathcote and Tom Bruxner (top right); Rory Reilly (with Donagh McDonagh), celebrating 40 years since he won the Thames Challenge Cup with Leander Club (bottom left); former Captains Luke Acheson and Ian Hurley (bottom middle); Norman Gillett, fresh from HRR, at the Irish Championships in Cork.

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