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The Rowing Ireland Newsletter is an official publication of Rowing Ireland. The views expressed by the contributors within this publication are not necessarily the views of Rowing Ireland. Copyright © 2014 All rights reserved. All feedback and contributions are welcome, please contact: Photo on front cover: Andrew Goff, who was part of the winning MJ4x crew that won gold at the Coupe de la Jeunesse this year, training at Waterford Boat Club in September.




Hamish Adams CEO Rowing Ireland I am delighted to

HP athletes. Their work

Conference held in Dublin

introduce the latest copy

has been reflected in the

was very well attended

of the Rowing Ireland E-

greater quality and

and the feedback from

Zine. This version

quantity of athletes

you on the day was

updates us on the

involved. Of course this

excellent, with

excellence we have all

success could not have

approximately 80 people

achieved in 2014 from

been achieved without

attending. We look

the Irish Championships

the huge voluntary

forward to seeing you all

to the World

contribution of the many

again in two years time at

Championships. Once

coaches, administrators

our 2016 conference and

again the year has flown

and families supporting

we will be facilitating

by at high speed and as I

our athletes in the

provincial workshops in

write this article crews


2015 with world class

are preparing for the new season’s High Performance trials at the NRC. I would like to personally

We continue to strive to improve all areas of our business and this edition

presenters as we did in 2013 with Peter Shakespear.

includes informative

I look forward to meeting

articles on our domestic

you all in our provincial

congratulate our HP team and international

forums over the coming

of Morten, Don, Mary,

competitions, coaching,


John and Pat for their

and club development.

outstanding development and contribution to all our

The recent “Better


Coaching, Better Clubs”



HIGH PERFORMANCE Lightweight Men’s Camp The lightweight men’s camp was conducted on the 27th28th September at the NRC. Twenty-six athletes participated at the camp and there were four coxed fours and five doubles training. On Saturday, different combinations were tried, while on Sunday, three 2k tests were conducted, again in different combinations, to look at strengths and weaknesses in boat moving. In U23 and senior ranks, there are good prospects for making international crews and a schedule will be made in order to get crews together. Five volunteer coaches attended and Mick’s kitchen provided lunches. NRC The World Championships


competitor group are back in training at the NRC and the group also contains development athletes who are training full-time. The weather has been excellent and has enabled a lot of training on the water. However the water level is low and that causes some problems, particularly at the launch area, as well as going up to the start. After the theft of some of the engines, additional cameras and security have been set up and launches/engines are being taken off of the water after each session. Denis O’Regan is in charge of the NRC accommodation and €5 has to be paid to avail of this facility. Overnight accommodation is only allowed for a short period of time and has to be booked in advance. Maintenance and

refurbishment of changing rooms etc, bays with more trestles, and marking equipment is ongoing. Around the Country In Galway the season has started to build the new, and sharpen the experienced athletes. In Limerick/Dublin the men’s sculling group work has found its feet and is improving. In Cork/ Skibbereen athletes have been training regularly. The Belfast Talent Programme has been reviewed and the equipment evaluated. New and experienced athletes are on the move. Physiotherapy The Irish Institute of Sport has set up service provision at the NRC where Sinead Murphy, physiotherapist, will be in charge to help the carded athletes.

By: Morten Espersen, High Performance Director, Rowing Ireland

A few athletes from other sports on the IIS list in the Cork area will be able to avail of the service. The IIS has issued an increased service provision schedule and hopefully funding will be allocated towards this. Para Rowing The Para Rowing document from the Ulster Branch has been attached to the HP section of the Rowing Ireland website for those interested. The capital grant resource will be used to purchase a safety catamaran for camp and training weekends as well as two new boats for ASM1x and TAmix2x and oars. Conferences The Olympic Council of

Ireland conducted seminars on the 9th-10th October for all Olympic sports at Malahide, for coaches and performance directors/team managers. Five people from Rowing Ireland participated. The Rowing Ireland conference “Better Coaching, Better Clubs” was well attended with 80 coaches and club leaders, and RI staff. An extensive programme was presented on the day. The evaluation papers will illustrate any improvements which should be made. Focus The focus for the next ten months will be getting crews ready for Olympic and Paralympic qualification. Crews will be formed early and training schedules set up to get the most effort and preparation for August 2015. Depending on funding, the target will be longer camps and an early international regatta in Piediluco/Italy, European Championships in Poznan/ Poland, World Cup 3 in Lucerne/Switzerland and

finally the World Championships in Aiguebelette/France. Para Rowing will have a different plan, but also finishing at the World Championships. The U23 World Rowing Championships will be in Plovdiv/Bulgaria in July. The juniors will have their final trial in March and crews will prepare for European Championships in Prague/CZE and the Coupe in August in Szeged/ Hungary. Time will tell if the juniors will go to Brazil for the Junior World Rowing Championships after evaluation of the Junior European Championships in May. Pat McInerney will schedule the next steps and dates for the juniors. Important Dates: 22nd Nov—2k concept2 compulsory race at Irish Provinces IRC in UL (or in a club supervised by a coach, or at Ulster Indoors on 29th Nov) 20th-21st Dec—Assessment by invitation for U23/Seniors at NRC 24th Jan—2k Concept2 compulsory race at IIRC in UL


































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Finals A&B

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(2 Semis C/ D)

2 Reps

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2 Semis A/B Finals E&F

2 Semis A/B Finals E&F

Finals A&B

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3 Heats

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3 Heats Finals A&B

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LIFE-JACKETS ANYONE? WHY EVER NOT? By Joe Cantillon, Chairperson, Safety Committee It's pretty simple really You'd be daft not to wear a Personal Flotation Device in a launch. Of course rowers of all shapes, sizes and ages don't wear them, it is part of our sport and is regularly debated but that's where you come in - the safety launch. Your club might call it the coach’s launch but it serves a vital safety role in getting to a rower that capsizes or runs into difficulty. In fact, if you think about it, usually the most likely time for a fullyclothed, boot-wearing adult to fall overboard from a small craft while out coaching rowing is when they are hunched over the side trying to get a rower into the hard-shell of their launch. Are you always accompanied? What happens if you or another coach falls overboard without a life-jacket or PFD - who saves you? Even so, could the other person in the launch handle two people in the drink? Too many variables - wear a life -jacket.

2008, life threatening and drowning incidents without life-jackets being worn are on the rise. Irish rowing is surging forward with clubs noting record interest and recruitment; coaching has never been as well coordinated as through the recent initiatives by Pat McInerney and the Rowing Ireland Coaching development program. Strength & Conditioning for rowing is leaner and more knowledgeable with international assistance and World Wide Web knowledge sharing. Oars and boats are designed by NASA. Coaches and oarsmen alike can apply a wealth of support to any and every spin. Don't forget the simple stuff wear a functioning LifeJacket.

Remember there are many different types of PFD available. Some are discrete and even integrate into your water-proofs. However they don't have to cost the earth. A manual or tablet gas cartridge version is in the region of â‚Ź50 Statistically, the wearing of Your monthly SKY PFDs is on the wane. subscription probably costs Whether less aware or less more. Most clubs will have clued-in, people are leaving a policy requiring their use them on the shore. The and PFDs available, so next Irish Water council note on time throw one over your their website that since shoulders and buckle up.

Take a look around and consider that you wearing a lump of foam might just save your life or that your example might prompt another coach or boat-user to save their own skin by following your lead and wearing one as well. The easiest thing to do is store the club life-jackets in the boat they will be used in. If you have a personal PFD, regularly ensure that it functions especially if you have loaned it out - gas cartridges don't appear any different when empty and young coxes don't always admit to inflating them in case you lose the rag. RTFM - read the instructions, they are usually printed on the mechanism. Finally a smaller 40N life jacket won't provide much lift to a coach that likes their dinners; make sure your jacket is designed for your weight. Go Google it. Rowing Ireland has a safety committee that is there to assist you with any of your queries. Drop us a line if you have any questions or wish to see other areas of interest discussed. Email





made her way into the A he 2014 European

Rowing Championships were held in Belgrade in Serbia from the 30th May to st

the 1 June. Sanita Puspure (Old Collegians BC) represented Ireland in the women’s single sculls event. After coming 2nd in her heat, and winning her repechage, she booked a place in the semi-finals. She went on to finish 2nd in


7:12.420. Monika Dukarska and

Sanita produced a strong

Eimear Moran took part in

race in the final, and as

the Women’s Double Sculls

seen in the photo above,

race. They finished in 4th

just missed out on 2nd

position in the B Final, in a

place. In a time of

time of 7:13.390, coming

7:43.040 she finished 3rd.

10th overall.

The Women’s Pair crew of

Skibbereen rower Paul

Leonora Kennedy and Lisa

O’Donovan took to the


Dilleen came 2

in their

heat, won their repechage th

and finished in 4


in the A Final in a time of

water in the Lightweight Men’s Single Sculls race and finished 2nd in the C Final.

this race and in doing so,

(L-R) Morten Espersen, Sanita Puspure & Don McLachlan at the presentation of the bronze medal picture to Sanita at the NRC


(L-R) Chantal Achterberg (NED), Mirka Knapkova (CZE), Sanita Puspure (Ire)



very year there are three World Cup Regattas. While no Irish rower travelled to the first round, the second round was well attended. Aiguebelette in France was the venue from the 19th to the 22nd June.

Collegians BC) and Denise Walsh (Skibbereen RC) formed the Irish crew for the Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls and came in 5th position in the B Final in a time of 7:16.710, finishing 11th overall.

event, finishing 2nd in the C Final. Thomas Kelly came 4th in the AS Men’s Single Sculls B Final, finishing the 1000m course in 5:42.410.

Paul O’Donovan (UCD BC) won the B Final of the The Women’s Pair team of Lightweight Men’s Single Sanita Puspure rowed in the Leonora Kennedy (Portora Sculls race, while Mark Women’s Single Sculls race RC) and Lisa Dilleen O’Donovan (University of and after booking a place in (Grainne Mhaol RC) finished Limerick RC) won the C the A Final, she finished in 3rd in the B Final in a time Final. 6th position, behind New of 7:16.530. John Keohane (Lee Valley Zealand, China, Austria, Monika Dukarska (Killorglin RC) came 2nd in the D Final Czech Republic and USA, in RC) and Eimear Moran took of the Men’s Single Sculls in a time of 7:54.840. to the water in the a time of 7:16.480. Claire Lambe (Old Women’s Double Sculls



From the 11 -13th July, one Irish rower travelled to Lucerne in Switzerland

for the third round of the World Rowing Cup. In the Women’s Single Sculls

event, Sanita Puspure won the B Final in a time of 7:51.380.


At every Rowing Ireland regatta you will see umpires. These are needed to ensure that the competitors have a fair, but more importantly, safe race. Without a large number of these volunteers it would not be possible for most events on the Rowing Ireland calendar to take place. Each year the Umpires Committee hold exams for new umpires throughout the country. The locations are based on demand. If there are a half dozen or more candidates in a particular location the Committee will generally hold an exam. As the

concept of an umpires exam can be daunting for new candidates, the Umpires Committee are in the process of putting in place two trainers in each province. These will provide training to candidates in advance so they are prepared for the exams. The next set of exams will take place in early 2015. Details of the exams and training sessions will be posted on the Rowing Ireland website in the next month or so. As part of the exam, there is a seminar for candidates and any renewing umpires. The Umpires Committee would like to advise that

this free seminar is open to all coaches or other interested parties who would like to attend without having to take the exam. Further details of the Rowing Ireland Umpires Exams may be found here: http:// umpires/ If you have any queries please contact Kieran Kerr Chair – Umpires Committee




special responsibility for

Collegians (UCD), was a

Youth and Sport unveiled

tight race until the last

the first day of the Irish

a plaque dedicated to Mr.

500m with Grainne Mhaol

Rowing Championships

Michael O’Callaghan (Lee

ramping it up to win by

which were held at the

Valley Rowing Club) for

just over a length.

National Rowing Centre,

his work and dedication in

In the Men’s Intermediate


the building and

Coxed Four, Carlow

riday 11th July was

At 11am Mr Bernard Allen, establishment of the

Rowing Club led up until

former TD for Cork North

the 1700m with NUIG

National Rowing Centre.

Central and former

putting in a push in the

Minister of State at the

Perfect conditions awaited

last 300m to come home

Department of Education

the rowers and racing got

with a win by a length.

and the Environment, with underway at 11.45am with lots of exciting races scheduled for the first day. In the Men’s Senior Coxless Four, a two boat race between Grainne Mhaol (Galway) and Old


NUIG/Grainne Mhaol, winners of the Men’s Senior Eight


where Portora (Enniskillen)

Harnedy by five seconds.

had another tight race with

The days racing finished at

from UCD led all the way to

St. Joseph’s, who were

16.45 with the Women’s

a convincing finish with a

chasing their third

Intermediate Eight. In a

two length advantage over

championship in a row.

terrific race with a neck and

Skibbereen. In the coveted

Portora came through in the neck competition

Men’s Junior Scull, David

end to beat St. Joseph’s by

throughout the full 2000m,

O’Malley (St Michaels RC)

over a length.

UCD came home to beat

beat fellow city man Conor

The final two races of the

NUIG in the final stages by

Carmody of Shannon by

day concluded with the

less than .60 of a second.

two lengths.

Men’s Lightweight Single

This was followed by the

Scull where Justin Ryan

Men’s Junior Coxed Eight

from UCC beat Skibbereen’s

he Men’s Club Eight





Belfast Boat Club.

the end, Cork pulled

The coveted Men’s Junior

through. However it took a

successful and exciting day

Coxed Four was perhaps

photo finish to determine

at the Irish Rowing

one of the best races of the

the winner by a small

Championships. The day

day. Everyone, including

margin of .2 of a second.

started at 8.30am with

the commentator, was

The Women’s Lightweight

heats. The first final of the

unsure of who was ahead at Single Scull was a battle

day was at 11.30am with

any given time. As soon as

between Claire Lambe (Old

the Men’s Senior Pair. UCD

one crew edged ahead,

Collegians) and Siobhan

ay two was another

came home to win ahead of another crew came back

McCrohan (Tribesman).

NUIG by just a length.

and took the lead. There

Lambe pulled through to

Following swiftly were the

was really never anything

win by two seconds. Cork

Women’s Junior Single

in it with crews from

Boat Club held on in the

Sculls, where Oisin Ford

Portora, St Joseph’s, Cork,

Junior Women’s Eights,

from Cork Boat Club came

Presentation and Bann

where they beat Portora of

home to win the race ahead battling every step of the of Jasmine English of


way for the full 2000m. In



with St. Michaels of

Quad to Skibbereen. The

Limerick beating

composite of NUIG/Cork

Carlow in the last

stormed through to win the

250m of the race, by

Women’s Senior Eight.

only .6 of a second.

The day finished with the

In the Women’s

final everyone wished and

Senior Sculls, Claire

hoped for, it was always

Lambe won her second

going to be a tight one.

championship of the event.

Trinity took off at the start

everyone was excited

In the afternoon the rowing

of the Men’s Senior Eight

about. The first final of the

continued with many fast

with an initial lead over

day started at 11:00am

and tight races, and the sun NUIG/Grainne Mhaol

unday was the day

with the Women’s Junior 16

(Galway) with UCD in

Quad Scull, followed swiftly

third place. It was a

by the Women’s Junior Pair

battle the whole way

which was won by the Ford

down the course

sisters from Cork BC.

between the crews

The Men’s Scull was a great

and even in the last

race between UCD (Paul

250m it was a difficult

O’Donovan) and Lee Valley

one to call. In the end,

(John Keohane). In the final

with the crowd

250m Keohane pulled

blazed down to add to the

roaring, NUIG/Grainne

through to win by 2

excitement of the final few

Mhaol rowed home to take

seconds. The Men’s

races. The Men’s Junior Pair their third consecutive title.

Intermediate Pair was

went to Presentation, Cork

A fitting end to a fantastic

another photo finish race

and the Women’s Junior







he 2014 World U23

Italian boats right up to the

The Men's Coxless Four

half way mark but slipped

of Fionnan McQuillan –

Rowing Championships were into fourth place in the last

Tolan (Grainne Mhaol RC),

held from the 23rd-27th July

500m. Finishing in a time of

Richard Bennett (NUIG

in Varese, Italy. Four crews

7:02.320, he was beaten in

BC), Robert O’Callaghan

took to the water to

the end by two seconds.

(NUIG BC) and Kevin Neville

represent Ireland.

The Lightweight Men’s

(NUIG BC) came 6th in the

In the Lightweight Men’s

Double Scull crew of Shane

B Final.

Single Sculls A Final, USA

O’Driscoll and Gary

Unfortunately Denise Walsh

stormed off the start,

O’Donovan (both

had to pull out of her race

leaving the other rowers

Skibbereen RC) came forth

due to illness.

fighting for the minor

in their B Final, behind a

Fantastic results from such

positions. Paul O'Donovan

strong field of Ukraine,

a young group of athletes.

(UCD BC) was neck and

Greece and New Zealand,

neck with the Turkish and

finishing 10th overall.



was followed by Niall

(Skibbereen RC). The final

Duncan (Cork BC) winning

win of the day came in the

International Regatta was

the Lightweight Men’s

Men’s Four with a win by a

held on Saturday 26th July

Single Scull.

miniscule .20 of a second.

at the National Rowing

Only a few races later

Pararower Katie O’ Brien

Centre, Cork. With

Eimantas Grigalius (Three

(Tribesman RC) added

representatives from

Castles RC) won the Men’s

another win for Ireland in

England, Ireland, Scotland

Single Scull. Shortly

the Trunk and Arms Single

and Wales, over 500

afterward, the Carlow duo

Sculls race. She was the

he 2014 Home

participants took part in the of Niall Murphy and Alan

fasted sculler in a time of

event with a large number


McKenna won the Men’s

of cheering spectators there Pair by over a length to

With Scotland winning the

to support the four

Scotland, with England and

Men’s and Women’s Senior


Wales trailing behind by

races and England winning

The day started off well

over 25 seconds.

both the Men’s and

with Emma Desmond (Cork

Just before lunch another

Women’s Junior, an

Boat Club) winning the

win came in for Ireland with eventful and successful day

Lightweight Women’s Sculls the Men’s Junior Double of

was had by all.

with an impressive win over Shane Mulvaney (Neptune England by ½ length. This

RC) and Fintan McCarthy





The Women’s Junior

(Shannon RC) came in 2nd

Coxless Quadruple Scull

position both days in the A

Coupe is an international

crew of Emily Hegarty

Final of the Men’s Junior

regatta, rowed over a

(Skibbereen RC), Aoife

Double Scull race.

2000m course. 17 rowers

O’Keeffe (Cork BC), Claire

The Men’s Junior Coxless

were chosen to represent

Beechinor (Cork BC) and

Quad crew of Colm

ounded in 1985, the

Ireland at the regatta which Kirsty Turner (Belfast BC) was held in Libourne, just


finished 1st and 2nd in the B

Hennessy (Shandon BC), Eoghan White

outside Bordeaux in France, Final on the first and

(Castleconnell BC), Patrick

from the 1st-3rd August.

Munnelly (Athlone BC) and

second days respectively.

Each category is raced both Erin Barry (Bann RC) took

Andrew Goff (Waterford BC)

on the first and second day

to the water in the

won the A Final on both

of the regatta, allowing

Women’s Junior Single Scull days.

different winners to be

race and came in 3rd

Finally the Men’s Junior Pair

crowned each day.

position in the B Final on

team of Brian and David

Eimear Lambe (Commercial

the first day.

Keohane (both of

RC) and Jasmine English

The Women’s Junior Pair

Presentation RC) finished

(Belfast BC) rowed in the

team of Oisin and Dervla

3rd in the A Final on the first

Women’s Junior Double

Forde, both of Cork BC,

day of the regatta and 4th

Scull race, finishing 3rd in

finished 2nd both days in the on the second day.

the A Final on the first day

A Final.

of the regatta and 4th on

David O’Malley (St Michael’s

the second day.

RC) and Connor Carmody

Well done everyone!



Seventeen year old Eimear

finished the 1000m course

Lambe of Commercial

in 5th place in a time of

the location for the 2014

Rowing Club took to the

4:03.820, behind Norway,

Youth Olympic Games

water in the Junior

UK, Zimbabwe and Czech

Regatta, which was held

Women’s Single Scull

Republic. This means that

from the 17th-20th August.

against some world class

Eimear ranks 11th overall.

One rower was chosen to

opposition. Eimear made it

represent Ireland.

into the B Final where she

anjing in China was

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finishing in 4th position in team of 14 athletes in the A Final. Impressively,

seven boats were selected

she had the fastest last

to represent Ireland at the

500m of the race. She is

2014 World Rowing

one to watch in 2015.

Championships, which were held in Amsterdam from th

the 24


to the 31 August.

Racing took place over

ranking them 8th overall. Women’s Lightweight Double Scull – Denise

Women’s Double Scull – Monika Dukarska (Killorglin RC) & Helen Walshe (Three Castles RC), who only had

Walsh (Skibbereen RC) &

six weeks to train together,

Claire Lambe (Old

performed extremely well,

finished in 5th position in

Collegians BC) finished 2nd

with all boats finishing in

the B Final, ranking 11th

after a hard fought race

overall in the world.

with the Russians and

eight days and athletes

the top 14 in the world. Women’s Single Scull – Sanita Puspure (Old Collegians RC) who performed extremely well all year, missed out on a medal by 1.17 seconds,


finished in 2nd position,

Women’s Pair – Lisa Dilleen (Grainne Mhaol RC) & Leonora Kennedy (Portora BC) made it into the B Final after just four months of training together, and

Swiss in the C Final, ranking them 14th overall.

Women’s Four – Barbara

an A Final. He was sixth off

pace for the last 500m and

O’Brien (NUIG BC), Aifric

the start but by the halfway finished 4th, ranking them

Keogh (NUIG BC), Emily

mark he had edged his way 10th overall.

Tormey (NUIG BC) & Marie

up to fifth position. By

O’Neill (Cork BC) were 4th

1500m, Paul had moved up

off the start of the B Final

into fourth place and held

and held this position

this until the end. While he

throughout the race,

did just miss out on a

ranking them 10th overall.

medal, he did row a personal best time of 6:53.28. Men’s Lightweight Pair – Niall Kenny (UCD BC) & Mark O’Donovan (UL BC)

After this set of results, the future certainly looks bright for Irish rowing. Well done to everyone involved.

made it into the B Final of Men’s Lightweight Single

their category. After going

Scull – Paul O’Donovan

off the start in fourth

(UCD BC) was the second

position, they slipped back

Irish athlete to make it into

into fifth but upped the



World University Championships


On Friday morning the

remainder of the Irish crews

crews took to the water to

take to the water for their

proudly flying in the French

compete in the first of the

respective repechages. The

wind in Gravelines from the

heats and all finished

Lightweight Women’s Single

strongly to gain a place in

Scull (LW1x) finished 6th to


he Irish flag was


12 -14

September for the

World University Rowing

their respective repechages. gain a place in the B Final;

Championships. A team of

Two crews had to go back

the Lightweight Women’s

11 Irish athletes, competing on the water Friday evening Double Sculls (LW2x) crew in six boats, took to the

for their repechages, while

won their repechage to

water to represent

the other crews had a well-

book a place in the A Final;

themselves, their colleges

deserved break for the

the Men’s Single Scull

and their country. Under


(M1x) rower came 4th to go

the watchful eye of Team

Both the Lightweight Men’s

straight into the B Final;

Manager Andrew Coleman

Single Scull (LM1x) rower

and the Women’s Coxless

from Dublin University

and the Lightweight Men’s

Four (W4-) crew came 6th

Ladies Boat Club, the crews

Double Scull (LM2x) crew

to book a place in the B

performed extremely well in were very successful to gain Final. some tough conditions, with a place in the semi-finals in


all finishing within the top

both of their categories.

ten in their category.

Saturday morning saw the

The two crews that gained

of the Championships. Four

run-up to the event as well

a place in the semi-finals on crews competed in the B

as over the whole weekend.

Friday evening took to the

Finals on Sunday morning,

Many thanks also to

water again on Saturday

while two competed in the

Student Sport Ireland for

evening. Both finished

A Finals on Sunday

their support and dedication

strongly to book a place in


to Team Ireland and the

the B and A Finals

A sincere amount of

World University Rowing


gratitude must be paid to


Sunday was the big day as

Andrew Coleman who

all crews had their final race managed the crews in the

OVERALL RESULTS from the World University Championships B Finals 

LW1x 4th Sinead Dolan (Dublin University Ladies Boat Club) – 10th overall

LM1x 3rd Chris Beck (Queens University Belfast Boat Club) – 9th overall

M1x 3rd Turlough Hughes (University College Dublin Boat Club) – 9th overall

W4- 3rd Natalie Long (University of London Boat Club), Orla Finnegan & Grace Collins (University College Dublin Boat Club) & Shelly Dineen (Dublin City University Boat Club) – 9th overall

A Finals 

LW2x 4th overall - Ruth Morris (Dublin University Ladies Boat Club) & Orla Hayes (University of London Boat Club)

LM2x 6th overall - Shane O'Driscoll & Gary O'Donovan (Cork Institute of Technology)

After enjoying a short

at the end of September.

Olympic Games in Rio. The

break after a busy season,

Focus now turns to the

future certainly looks bright

the High Performance and

2015 World Championships

for Irish Rowing thanks to

Development athletes

where the top 11 boats in

the performances of all

started back to training at

the relevant categories will

rowers throughout the

the National Rowing Centre

qualify for the 2016

2014 season.





Sanita Puspure (Ire), Mirka Knapkova (Cze), Donata Vistatairte (Lith), Chantal Achterberg (Nth), Erin Driscoll (USCox), Carling Zeeman (Can), Magdekena Lobnig (Austria), Kim Crow (Aus), Genevra Stone (US)

Head of Charles

uropean bronze medallist Sanita Puspure traded her sculls for a sweep blade a few weeks ago and took on the world’s fastest eight at The Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Massachusetts. Flying the Irish flag in an international eight made of up her sculling rivals, Puspure and her crew beat the American Olympic and World Champions, who are also the current world record holders.

Lithuanian 2013 World Champion Donata Vistatairte, Canadian quad sculler Carling Zeeman, 2014 silver medallist Kim Crow from Australia, European silver medallist Chantal Achterberg from the Netherlands and Magdalena Lobnig from Austria. The crew was expertly coxed by the American Erin Driscoll.

came 8th at the London Games, with Knapkova and Vistatairte second and another Dutch double coming third.

After the eights race, Puspure said: “It was really exciting to race in an eight for a change, especially as it was with the girls that I normally line up against. It was an honour to be asked The crew also split into to take part and I was small boats for the Saturday proud to be representing of the two day event and Ireland and my club Old Sanita was teamed up with Collegians at such a Zeeman in a double. They prestigious event.” Sanita was invited to be in had an eventful race with a Sanita came home to the eight by Genevra Stone, time penalty for missing a prepare for the Rowing the American sculler, who buoy and also had a crash Ireland High Performance stroked the winning crew. under one of the bridges but trials where she won her event, fighting off an Other crew members despite this they finished excellent challenge from included the Czeck Olympic fourth. The winning crew Lisa Dilleen. Champion Mirka Knapkova, was the Dutch double who


Photos: Grรกinne Mhaol Rowing Club



July 2014




43rd Cork Sculling Ladder

Sunday 5th October

147 entries

Joint winners Above: Karen Dunne McCarthy, Captain Cork Boat Club, Shane O’ Connell, Cork Boat Club, Claire Synnott, Lee Rowing Club, Daniel O’ Sullivan, Lee Rowing Club, Stewart Davis, Captain, Lee Rowing Club

Above: Pat Hickey, Cork Sculling Ladder, with joint-winner of the time trial, Shane O’Connell of Cork Boat Club—06:54

Left: Pat Hickey, Cork Sculling Ladder, with joint-winner of the time trial, Daniel O’Sullivan of Lee Rowing Club—06:54


Above: Pat Hickey, Cork Sculling Ladder, with the women’s winner of the time trial, Claire Synnott, Lee Rowing Club—07:43

DUBLIN SCULLING LADDER 49th Dublin Sculling Ladder Saturday 11th October Founded in 1965 by Michael Johnston 1850 meter opening time-trial

David Neale—winner senior men’s section –06:48:22— Old Collegians

Shane Mulvaney—winner men’s junior section — 07:16:54—UCD

Ruth Morris— winner senior women’s section—07:39:56 -DULBC Eimear Lambe— winner women’s junior section— 08:50:30— Commercial BC



Rowing Northern Ireland A

By Gordon Reid, Club & Coach Development Officer, Northern Ireland plan for Club & Coach safeguarding-in-rowing/ Development (NI) to 2017 Thanks are due to Paul Stephenson (NSPCC) and has been prepared, and Bernie Priestly (ISC) for agreed by the Ulster their input. Branch. It fits with the Rowing Ireland Strategic and Operational plans, and allows us to check on progress. The emphasis on the Club Development side has been to develop a set of templates and guidance documents for the benefit of all clubs, and these can be found on the RI website under a new Club Development area under ‘clubs’ at http:// along with details of support available. A lot of work has been involved in developing the RI Safeguarding Policy and related documents, and making these suitable not only for safeguarding young people (under 18), but also vulnerable persons, who are aged 18 or over. This includes older people, people with a learning, physical or sensory disability and people with mental illness or dementia. It also includes informal carers, who provide personal assistance on an unpaid basis. For this there is another area on the website under ‘clubs’ at http://

An Ulster Branch Junior Development Day was held in Belfast and whilst not well attended it provided a useful model for giving juniors of a particular age (J15 & 16 for 2015) an experience of coaching and learning outside the normal club situation, and provided baseline measurements and performance information for coaches and athletes. Many thanks to Methodist College RC and the coaches who assisted. I also attended a similar venture by Methody themselves to assess and recognise their own athletes. Meetings have been held

with several NI clubs with the main points of interest being around employment of coaches, Strategic Planning, and setting up a

hub for Para Rowing in NI. Coach development efforts have been around hosting Introductory courses at Queens and Portora, and encouraging six Ulster candidates to complete Level 3 training. The challenge remains for us to get these people to use their qualifications as active coaches within clubs. I have supported three coaches to train and qualify as Tutors for Safeguarding Awareness Courses in NI, and four have been trained as mentors with help from SINI.

Performance selection. Details of this event are on the website.

A review of Coach Education effectiveness is taking us towards licensing and ongoing assessment of coaches, and the training mentioned above will assist us with making all of this happen in a supported way. Ongoing work involves finding a suitable way to network with active Ulster coaches, and to allow them to track their own progress

for the benefit of clubs. In recent weeks a lot of time has been spent planning the ‘Better Clubs, Better Coaching’ Conference, held in Dublin. Eighty three attended and feedback was generally positive with the most

News from Ulster clubs includes new coaching at University of Ulster Coleraine, good activity at City of Derry with grant aid and with Gaetano completing the Tour Du Leman 160k longest rowing race without stops in a closed basin worldwide. Belfast BC are popular sessions being Don well advanced with a McLachlan’s Ergometer Strategic Plan, as are drills demo and water drills Belfast RC. Portadown held video, along with Frank their Head recently and Coghlan’s practical clubs are dealing with implementation a club healthy intakes for the new development plan and Joe season. Donegal Bay RC Schmidt’s entertaining are seeking to develop insights from Irish Rugby. sliding/sculling activity at a We are grateful to all our new venue and are looking presenters and I for assistance and boats. appreciate the help of Coastal clubs have been Hamish Adams and Pat formed around Co Down McInerney as organisers. under the banner of Down Presentations are available Coastal Rowing Club, and a successful Narrows Challenge event has been held. All in Ulster Rowing were saddened to learn of the deaths of Stephen on the website. Chambers and Susan The Ulster Indoor Dickson in recent weeks. Rowing Champs take Our thoughts are with their place on 29 November at families. Queens PE centre and will I look forward to sharing incorporate the BUCS more updates with you and Indoor Rowing Series and am happy to answer will allow athletes to record queries. times for RI High





An artist’s impression of the new boathouse in Tralee

up by Mary Boner. ralee Rowing Club

recently turned the sod on their new boathouse. This is a huge step forward for the club as their boats have resided in cramped containers until now.

The club used facilities at the shipyard at Blennerville from the time it first launched a boat on the canal in spring 2005, and by the time the autumn

Tralee Rowing Club has, for the past eight years, operated out of a 44ft container which has served them very well, it is now time to turn attention to the new boathouse.

came, the club had

Minister Jimmy Deenihan

Tralee Rowing Club was

obtained planning

was one of the local people

founded in 2005 after an

permission to erect a

who helped secure funding

initiative was set-up by

container to store more

for this project and the club

Rowing Ireland to develop

boats, which was going to

is very grateful for his

more rowing clubs across

allow the club to increase

support and for the support

Ireland. The then

its membership. The

from everyone else who

chairperson of Rowing

container arrived in March

has helped out along the

Ireland, Frank Durkin,

2006 and after some very

way including sponsors and

approached the Kerry Local clever renovations, the Sports Partnership about

members of the public.

container could hold up to

holding an open day on the ten boats. Ship Canal to see if there would be much interest in the sport. Thanks to the interest that was shown that day, a committee was eventually formed, headed


As the club was gaining in popularity, it got to a point that this container was restricting any further growth. Hence the need for a boathouse. So while

Members of Tralee Rowing Club at the turning of the sod

SMRC Urban Run

Participants at the start line of the run


Moses Kispirs (centre) at the launch of the run, with President SMRC, Austin Leddin, and co-ordinator of the run, Antoinette Ahern.

Crusaders in 35.48. Second

Limerick’s Mental Health

place went to Sinead

Awareness Week and funds

heralded the 2nd SMRC

Jennings, SMRC, and third

were raised on

Urban Run in Limerick City

to Tracey Johnson,

the day for

on Sunday 5th October, at

Dooneen AC.

Corbett Suicide

perfect Autumn day

which there were nearly 500 participants.

The addition of the team runners in the 5K gave this

Neil Cusack, the only Irish

event a more personal feel.

winner of the Boston City

Custom t-shirt wearers and

Marathon, blew the whistle

mascot bearers were

to start this event.

cheered along the route by

Results from the 10K event were fast again this year, with a great turn out of very high quality runners. For the 2nd year, the first in the Men's went to Julio Cesar Castro of Kilmurry Ibrickane in 32.40. Second place went to Matthew Horrigan, Rathfarnham AC, and third to Keith Lynch, BMOH. The 10K Women's event was won by Orla Drumm of

Prevention Watch, the Irish Cancer Society, and the rowing club’s Youth Training Programme.

friends and family. Teams

St. Michael's Rowing Club

from Laurel Hill Colaiste,

would like to

Glenstal Abbey School, St.

sincerely thank

Augustines School, Grow,

sponsors and

CSPP & Action Breast

contributors for

Cancer did themselves

enabling this

proud. The winners in this

event to take place. Also

event were Ger Bowen,

thanks to the people and

Stephen O'Donovan & Paul

organisations who made

Strachwitz in the Men's

this a safe and very

category; Roisin Ni Iomhair, enjoyable Emer Conroy Donovan & day out for Luci Lane in the Women's


category. The run was held as part of




YEARS OF ROWING Pictured above is the first Jes crew from 1934; from left, Bertie Kavanagh (cox), Bill Donovan, Gerry Colgan, John Keogh and Austin Caulfield.


olaiste Iognaid (Jes)

Rowing Club was founded

coxed four event. The club

There was also a re-

has also produced a

dedication ceremony for the

remarkable number of 63

Jes clubhouse. The driving

in October 1934 and so this rowers who have

force behind rowing in the

year marks the 80th

represented Ireland at

school for fifty years was

anniversary of rowing at

junior level, with several of

Fr. Eddie Diffely, S.J.,

the school. To celebrate

these going on to later row

beginning when he was a

this significant occasion and internationally at senior

student in the school in the

the proud Jes rowing


early 1930s. To mark his

tradition, the club held a

The highlight of the

enormous contributions,

series of events on

commemorations was a

the clubhouse is now

Saturday, October 18th.

dinner in the Ardilaun Hotel named the Fr. Eddie Diffely

The Jes Rowing Club has

on the evening of October

clubhouse in his honour.

enjoyed success at home

18th. The club also

This ceremony also took

and abroad over the last

prepared a history of

place on October 18th as

eight decades, winning 18

rowing at Colaiste Iognaid

part of the celebrations.

national championships.

down through the

Congratulations to all

Its most recent success on

generations. This book was

involved and best wishes to

the international stage was

launched at the dinner by

the club for the future.

at the prestigious Ghent

journalist, broadcaster and

Regatta in May of this year

former Jes rower, Sean

when it won the junior




he City of Derry

Boating Club has had a busy year, despite many of

The Mayor presented the

The club is having a lot of

cheque to the participants.

interest from older people who are interested in

the Head of Rivers being

learning to row. They are

cancelled due to bad

always happy for

weather. That didn’t stop

newcomers to come

the Northern Irish rowers

along and try it out so

taking to the water,

pop along if you are ever

however, in various events. In May, the club held a sponsored row, raising over £2,500. The funds were split equally between the club and the Merryn Lacy Foundation. Merryn is a five -year-old girl who was

in the area. The club also had the honour of taking part in the Commonwealth Baton Relay in May, by rowing the baton from the pontoon in Derry to Prehan boathouse.

diagnosed with Neuroblastoma (an

They finished their season

aggressive childhood

with some whacky races

cancer of the nervous

and a BBQ for members!

system), when she was just four. Monies raised for this fund go towards her treatment and towards children’s cancer research.




13th September

St. Mullins to New Ross



Winners: 8+ Commercial/Old Collegians BC—58 minutes, 39 seconds

New Ross Men’s 4x+ - Top 10—71 minutes, 36 seconds

International Entries

his year’s rowing event

second overall. The

This year saw the

organising and home club,

reappearance of the

from St. Mullins to New Ross New Ross Boat Club, had its attracted an even bigger

biggest entry with five Fours Exeter, Dart Totnes from

entry than other years with

completing the course and

England competing against

72 crews attempting to post

the New Ross Men’s club

crews from Derry, Belfast

the fastest time over the

4X+ finished in the top 10

and clubs from all over

18km river course. This was

fastest times with a time of

Ireland. The last time the

done by the Eight from

71 minutes and 36 seconds.

Barrow saw so many visiting

Commercial / Old

Close neighbours

clubs was in the 80’s when

Collegians Boat Club from

Graiguenamanagh had three the race was held in

Dublin in a time of 58

crews rowing, their Men’s

February as the Head of

minutes and 39 seconds

J18 2x putting in an

River Race.

while the Neptune Four, also impressive time of 68 from the Liffey, finished


international entries with

minutes and 28 seconds.

A selection of the rowers and crews that took part in the New Ross Boat Club Great Barrow Challenge The most competitive

paramount, and 28 safety

weeks of planning and a

grouping was from the ever boats lined the 18km

long days hard work on

increasing coastal rowing

course, made up of

Saturday - with the

clubs, with Vartry Men’s

Wexford and Kilkenny Civil

cooperation of everyone:

Universal crew finishing at

Defence, Kilkenny and

visiting clubs, safety boats,

79 minutes and 9 seconds.

Hook Sub Aqua Clubs and

and club members, up to

There was little or nothing

motor boats and cruisers all 500 people in all working

between competing

manned voluntarily on the


Wexford cots crews from

day. First aid and

has resulted in a most

St. Kearns, Edermine and

ambulance cover was

enjoyable event.”


provided by Wexford Civil

As with any event, but


especially water based

Club Captain, John Dimond,

events, safety is

said that “it’s great that our

pulling together –




THE TRIBESMEN EXPERIENCE Tribesmen Rowing Club participated in a Tour Row in Moissac France in September 2014. A group of twenty-eight rowers aged between thirty and seventy took part in the event. The majority of the group were from Tribesmen but some friends from Dublin Commercial and Belfast Boat Club accompanied us. Most of the rowers departed Dublin airport on Friday 26 September 2014 and arrived in Toulouse airport. From there we got a bus to Moissac which is about 60 kilometres north of Toulouse. Our accommodation was hostel style twin rooms in a former Carmelite convent, breakfast was continental style. On Friday night we adjourned to the taverns in the mediaeval town square of Moissac, a five minute walk from our



fashion the lunch break lasted two and a half hours. On Saturday morning we The French participants walked the ten minutes to were abstemious with the Moissac boat club where we wine and sat in the shade were assigned our ‘Tour of the trees and were Boats’ but before we amused to see the Irish launched another breakfast sitting out in the midday of Danish pastries, sun having a good lash at croissants, coffee and local the wine. The French fruits was served. Each of understand the concept of the Tribesmen five crews moderation in relation to took possession of their wine consumption but some assigned tour boats and of the Tribesmen didn’t. We launched onto the river Le headed home by a slightly Tarn, a beautiful, wide, different route which was slow moving river. The still some twenty kilometres weather was brilliant and some of the Tribesmen sunshine, 30 degrees were a little the worst for centigrade. About thirty wear in the 30 degree crews rowed up Le Tarn sunshine. We placed the until we entered Le boats on the racks and Garonne River, after about went back to our twenty kilometres we pulled accommodation for a into a sailing club and took shower and siesta. At 7pm a short walk across a park we were picked up by a bus into a wooded area where and brought to a farm the tables were set for a about ten kilometres from five course lunch which Moissac for the gala dinner. included as much wine as one wanted. In true French

breakfast we headed down Le Tarn for ten kilometres through vineyards to a chateaux overlooking a weir. We turned there and returned to Moissac, derigged our boats and placed them on a French Rowing We were greeted with the Federation trailer, which to sight of a pig and a lamb our amazement had the roasting on a spit when we capacity to carry eighteen arrived. Aperitifs were tour boats. Another served and we sat down in sumptuous five course a long wooden cabin for the lunch followed through gala dinner which lasted which a jazz band played. until the early hours of the In the afternoon most of morning. Traditional French the tribesmen and women music was played hired bicycles and cycled throughout the evening and along the tow-path of a needless to say the canal as far as a nuclear Tribesmen and women power station. Reenergised gave several renditions of we returned to Moissac and Irish ballads and were had a meal in a restaurant horrified when the French in the town square. identified the ‘Fields of Next day, Monday 29 Athenry’ as the Munster September we spent the Rugby Song. Our French morning visiting the shops speakers gave a geography in Moissac and at midday lesson to our French hosts our bus collected us and as to the whereabouts of brought us to Toulouse Athenry. airport. Most headed home Next morning after but some had arranged to

extend their holiday. We arrived back in Dublin airport at four-thirty in the afternoon. The cost of the return flights to Toulouse from Dublin varied between €100 and €130 depending on when one booked. The Moissac organisers charged €206 per person and this included the hire of the boats for the three rows, three nights B&B, 2 lunches, and the Gala dinner. Wine, aperitifs, soft drinks throughout the weekend and bottled water for the rows was included. Photographs of the event can be viewed at: https:// 362729719789240597/ RandoChasselasMoissacSep tembre2014? authuser=0&authkey=Gv1s RgCMHXnPTjNaBIg&feat=directlink Eamonn Colclough Tribesmen Rowing Club






amount of former members ecent years have who have kept their links proved very exciting for the with Boat Club, and stayed members of Cork Boat Club on to coach the next based on the Marina in generations of our rowers. Cork City, both on and off Many of our coaches have the water. Founded in also coached at 1899, the club has been International level and they going from strength to pass on a wealth of strength thanks to a large experience to our Juniors”, team of dedicated and said newly elected Club passionate coaches, an Captain Karen McCarthy. active Club Committee and The club has achieved a tremendous support from great deal of rowing parents and local agencies. success lately, and for the The club now has a rowing past two years has been membership of over 200, the club with the highest and a hands-on coaching level of representation in staff of 25. the International squad “We have been very lucky selections, having had 14 over the years with the members selected for

LEFT: Winners Women’s Junior 8+ 2014 Irish Championships: Claire Beechinor, Aoibhe Luke, Laura Kilbane, Oisin Forde, Niamh O’Sullivan (Cox), Dervla Forde, Aoife O’Keeffe, Amy Mason, Megan McLaughlin


Ireland in each of the past two years. This culminated in great wins for Ireland in the Men’s and Women’s Lightweight Sculls at the Home Internationals at the NRC this year for Boat Club members Niall Duncan and Emma Desmond. Club member Marie O’Neill, who has herself won seven Irish National Championships during her rowing career, was also selected to row in the Women’s Four at the World Championships held in Amsterdam in August.

ABOVE: Winners Men’s Junior 4+ 2014 Irish Championships: Shane O’Connell, Stephen Murphy, Conor Twohig (Cox) Seán Dennehy, Thomas Higgins

Off the water, the club has undergone an extensive programme of transformation and investment in every aspect of its building and grounds. This has been driven by a very active Club Committee and has been achieved through new partnerships with the local community, businesses and civil groups.

and not so young to gather, share a story and simply get to know each other. It has proven to be an extremely important way of generating and fostering club spirit and gets new parents quickly involved in the Club”, said Club President, Emmett Walsh.

brought to the club is immeasurable.” added Karen.

“This year we have been granted funding to put toward the development of our Clubhouse. Through volunteer parents who have professional experience as architects and engineers, The Club Café is also where we have drawn up plans the Club History Subthat will use this funding to This has included the Committee meets every go a long way toward addition of a second Sunday morning. This implementing our Club launching slip, the painting group was led by Ger Healy Development Plan. It is of the clubhouse inside and - oarsman, coach, Club very exciting to see these out, a major overhaul of Historian and one of Boat initiatives, and the real the electric wiring in the Club’s finest sons who difference that a club, the opening of new unfortunately passed away Government programme ladies and gents in July, a huge loss to his like this can bring at a local bathrooms, a complete family and the club. As Club level.” renovation of the women’s Historian, Ger was in the As the year moves on, the changing rooms with new process of writing the highlight of the Club’s social showers, a makeover of the history of Cork Boat Club calendar will take place in Club Bar and its historical and the History SubNovember with its annual photographs, and finally the Committee is already Victory Dinner Dance. addition of an eight metre working on finishing the flagpole which has the Boat “It’s a long-standing tremendous work that Ger Club flag flying proudly at tradition going back to the had started. the Blackrock end of the 1950s. This is our annual Like many clubs around the opportunity to celebrate all Marina! country, Cork Boat Club has our successes big and One of the successful benefited from the National small, and to acknowledge initiatives of recent years Sports Capital Grants the hard work that the has been the establishment programme in recent years rowers, their coaches, and of a Club Café which is - “As a result of the Sports all our volunteers undertake open every Saturday and Capital Grant we received to make the club what it is. Sunday morning at the last year, we were able to Most importantly, we will Club. add a lot of new boats to take the time to remember the giants of the Club who “It is run by a great group the club which was well have gone before and of parents and apart from overdue. We had not been being a valuable source of in a position to acquire new remember their tireless work in building a Club that funds for the Club, it boats for many years we are all so proud of.” provides an opportunity for before that. The benefits concluded Emmett. all club members young that these new boats have



MONIKA DUKARSKA “What am I doing here? I

our team, and we know it

getting involved in rowing

wouldn’t mind being the

will hurt.”

really helped her to

spectator. Am I feeling ok?

The last few months have

“become part of the Irish

Am I ready?” These were

been hectic for Kerry rower

community”, thanks to the

just some of the thoughts

Monika Dukarska, but she

team spirit that goes with

that ran through Monika

wouldn’t change any of it.

the sport, while it also

Dukarska’s mind as she

While she was completing a helped her to learn English.

lined up at the start of her

Research Masters at IT

final at the World

Tralee, she was also chosen before the World

Championships. These

to represent Ireland at the

Championships, Monika was

thoughts soon turned to

2014 World Rowing

paired with Wicklow rower,

“you can do this, you have

Championships, which were Helen Walshe, to form the

trained hard to be here,

held in Amsterdam in

Women's Double Scull

just go for it!”, and the


crew. Because of the short

minute she took the first

Born in Poland, Monika

time period involved,

stroke all these thoughts

moved to Ireland in 2006.

training in the run-up to the

disappeared and the focus

Before coming here she

event was intense. “We

went on each stroke at a

never participated in rowing trained two to three times a

time. “The two minute

and instead was more

day, every day. The

waiting period before the

interested in basketball.

sessions varied from rowing

start of the race and the

However as soon as she

itself to bike, ergometer or

role call are the most

saw the beautiful Kerry

weight sessions.”

stressful moments. We are

coastline, she couldn’t

A lot of time was spent on

all lined up, in silence,

resist getting out on the

technical work in order to

ready to blow ourselves to

water. She joined Killorglin

allow the two females to

pieces for our country, for

Rowing Club and the rest is

move exactly the same

history. Monika says that

during the rowing stroke.

Just a mere six weeks

Monika Dukarska & Helen Walshe competing at the World Championships 2014 By: Niamh Hayes For a crew that had only six Monika, and all the weeks to get in rhythm with rowers who were

immediate future lies, in

each other, they performed

representing Ireland,

time Monika hopes to do a

exceptionally well, finishing

appreciated the support. “It PhD in the area of

11th overall, proving that

was great to see familiar

mentorship and

this combination has a lot

faces and hear them

entrepreneurship. Dr

of potential to go forward.

shouting for us while

Monika Dukarska – it

If they perform the same

racing.” While only three

certainly has a ring to it!

next year, they will qualify

rowers travelled to Chung-

The future does indeed look

for the 2016 Rio Olympics

ju in South Korea last year

bright for Monika. Right

as it is the top 11 boats in

for the same event, a

now her focus is on

each category that qualify.

strong team of 14 made

qualifying for the Rio

However there is huge hope their way to Amsterdam to

Olympics in 2016, and after

that they could place even

represent Ireland so Monika that she would like to go on

better than this year.

thinks this added to the

According to Monika,

atmosphere and excitement the Tokyo Olympics in

rowing in a crew is not as

at the Championships.

easy as it may seem. Two

23-year-old Monika was, up rowing my full-time job for

(or more) people must

to recently, a scholarship

the next four Olympic

become one in order to

student at IT Tralee and

cycles if possible.”

and compete for medals at 2020. “I wish to make

move the boat as efficiently was conferred with a

Monika enjoyed a break

and as fast as possible.

Masters after she

after the World

“Two people have to be

researched “Becoming an

Championships, and spent

able to adjust to one

Entrepreneur: Researching

her time catching up on

another, feel the boat,

the Role of Mentors in

socialising, shopping and

know exactly what the

Identity Construction”.

spending time with her

other person is doing.” Not

Before this, she also

family. However now it’s

all partnerships work

completed her Honours

back to training for Monika

together but if they do,

Degree in Business Studies

& all the High-Performance

Monika describes it as

in Management there and

athletes at Rowing Ireland.


received a well-deserved

Many Irish supporters

first class honours. While

travelled to Amsterdam and rowing is where her



Team Ireland, World Rowing Championships 2014 For the next while the focus life any other way. “It is


is on developing good

something that I love,

While she may only be in

physiology & strength

therefore it is not as hard a

Ireland with eight years,

through weights sessions,

job as one would imagine.”

she certainly has made an

ergometer (rowing

Monika’s family and friends

impact both in the sporting

machine) work and water

have been a great support

and academic world since


to her, and she is especially her move. As she says

At times, especially during

grateful for their kindness

herself, “rowing has

the winter months when

and support when things

become part of who I am”.

training gets monotonous

don’t always work out. “The The future certainly looks

and hard, Monika feels like

first two events of the

bright for this young

she might be missing out

season were not as

oarsperson and we look

on being normal, but as

successful. Their support

forward to seeing her

soon as she has a day off

was really needed at that

achieve much more in the

and doesn’t know what to

time.” She believes that the coming years.

do with herself, she realises voice of encouragement has that she wouldn’t have her


the potential to create

Mary is a High Performance Coach and is based at the National Rowing Centre

How did you first get involved in rowing? I was 12 when someone I knew from the local rowing club asked me to go and cox his J16 four. I did that for two years and then realised I wanted to have a go myself and started sculling. It was just a little local club near Cambridge in England but there were a handful of good athletes there who trained hard so I got schooled in how to nail it from a young age. When and where did you start coaching? My first real coaching job was at the Lady Eleanor Holles School for girls in England. My boss was exOlympic sculler Beryl Crockford who’d been formidable in the seventies and eighties. She really valued her coaching team and backed us to the hilt, but made sure we learnt from our mistakes. It was there that I learnt how a good boss operated. I coached the J13s and 14s for two years. The school was very successful at that time with a young and ambitious coaching staff and I learnt a huge amount from the other coaches and the girls. How difficult was the transition from rower to coach? I thought that my knowledge of the sport as an athlete would stand me in good stead for my coaching but I found out that was nonsense. It’s not a transferable set of skills.

In fact, leaning on your own experiences as an athlete can sometimes cloud your judgement of a coaching situation in a negative way. Some of the world’s best coaches have never even rowed and some of the world’s best rowers make terrible coaches! What attracted you to coaching? I very rarely had good coaching in my years in the sport and on the rare occasions that I did it was such a life-changing, revelatory experience that I wanted to see if I could provide that positive experience to others. How have you managed to stay coaching for so long? I’ve never, in twenty years, felt bored by the job or not wanted to jump out of bed and get on with the day. I feel so lucky to do something that I love so much. Also, for every athlete you coach you have an entirely different experience, so it never gets old. What are the top three attributes of a successful coach in your opinion? Patience, because technique and physiology evolve slowly, as do people’s faith in you and understanding of what you’re trying to do. Vision, in that you need to know what you want and you need to consistently work towards that. And an enthusiastic tenacity, because you have to relentlessly drive forwards

even when it sometimes feels like the changes that you want aren’t happening and if you get disillusioned in any way then your programme will suffer. Do you have any particular attributes that you look for in a developing athlete? Attitude is altitude. Okay, if you’re small and weak you’re probably going to struggle to make the top end of the sport, but if someone can match my commitment, then they get my attention. Also, smartness. Anyone can be hard, but to be hard and smart, knowing when to push and when to be relaxed in a confident way, that’s real talent. What is the best coaching book that you have ever read or that you would strongly recommend to another coach? I love The Joy of Sculling by Jimmy Joy, which is all about the search for mental stillness and mastery in the heat of battle. The Big Miss by Hank Haney is also excellent. It’s about the guy who changed Tiger Wood’s swing. It was so exciting for Haney to work with the world’s most talented golfer but in the end his coaching principles meant more to him than being associated with Woods and they parted ways.





NIAMH HAYES In a new section of the newsletter, we want you to get to know the staff of Rowing Ireland. In this issue we are introducing one of the newest members of the team—Niamh Hayes who is the new Communications & Administrative Officer.

Niamh joined the team at

many All-Ireland

Students’ Union and one

the start of September after Championships and have

year working under the

completing her Masters in

Registrar of CIT while also

won the under 14 girls,

Journalism with New Media. under 21 ladies, Cork Yawl

completing my Masters.

Here Niamh tells us about

ladies and just this year,

Why did you apply for

herself and how she is

the junior ladies race. I also the role?

finding the role so far…

have many 2nds and 3rds,

When I saw the job

Welcome to the team

including coming 3rd in the

advertised it was as if my

Niamh. How are you

All-Ireland senior ladies

two passions collided—

finding it?

race in 2012. I am heavily

rowing and the media. I

Thank you! It’s great so far. involved in coxing and

hope that through my role I

The people are nice, I’m

coaching other crews in my

can pull my experiences in

enjoying the work and the

club, particularly the men’s

both areas together in

lunchtime walks in Farren


order to build the profile of

Wood are an added bonus.

I am also an avid

rowing in Ireland. Rowing is

Can you tell us a little bit weightlifter. In the past I

a fantastic sport and

about yourself?

was a competitive

everyone should know

I’m from the little village of

powerlifter whereas now I

about it!

Rathbarry in West Cork.

prefer bodybuilding.

When I was 8 I started

I spent six years in

To contact Niamh, email

coastal rowing with my

college—three years

local club Galley Flash.

completing my degree in

Despite a break last year, I

Early Years Education, two

have rowed every year

years as Vice-President

since. I have competed in

Welfare Officer of CIT



WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT? By Laura Mahony, Performance Nutritionist, SINI


here are a number of reasons why you might want to take an interest in your nutrition now that the new rowing season has commenced. Firstly, you need to remember that just like a car needs petrol to run, your body also needs fuel to function properly. This fuel comes from the food that you eat, so as you can imagine, there is a huge variety in the quality of the fuel that you can give to your body. If you are looking to train at your best, you need to put the best fuel into your ‘engine’ - this article will give you a few tips on how to achieve this. There are a number of different food sources of energy. The main ones that we are going to talk about are carbohydrates, protein and fat. Alongside these, the body also needs smaller amounts of what we call essential minerals and vitamins. Their role is very varied and includes allowing the cells to release the energy that is contained in food, maintaining a good immune system, building

strong bones and teeth, and controlling body fluids inside and outside cells. We cannot forget about the importance of fluid either when we talk about nutrition – did you know that about 60% of your body is made up of water? Did you also know that if you are dehydrated this can affect your level of concentration? As technique is critical to boat speed on the water you want to ensure that you can concentrate fully on maintaining this right throughout your session. How much of each nutrient do I need to eat? The ratio of your carbohydrate to protein to fat intake will vary as the year progresses. As you will now be in a general preparation phase where training is likely to focus on high volume/low intensity, with an emphasis on aerobic development, the nutrition goals would tend to focus on providing a high calorie intake to support the training and facilitate adequate recovery, and

also to support desired changes in bodyweight if applicable. You can see from the table (overleaf) what this means in terms of actual grams of carbohydrate, fat and protein for your bodyweight. Carbohydrates Carbohydrates are stored in the body (as glycogen) and are the best source of fuel for high intensity exercise. Glycogen stores in the body are limited however, so if you are training more than once per day it is essential that you replenish or restock in order to have enough fuel on board for your second training session of the day. The amount of carbohydrate you will need to eat will depend on a number of things such as your age, your body size, your gender and the amount and intensity of exercise you are doing. If you know your weight in kilograms you can work out on average how much carbohydrate you need per day based on Table 1 (overleaf).



There are 2 types of carbohydrate – sugary carbs (sugar, jam, fruit juice, honey), and complex, or starchy carbs, (bread, rice, potatoes, cereal, pasta, fruit, vegetables). The majority of your energy should be coming from your complex carbs

and you can do this by basing each meal around this food group, so for example having cereal or toast for breakfast, a sandwich or pitta bread or couscous with a salad at lunch, potatoes/pasta or rice with dinner. Some rowers may need to include more of the sugary carbs around their training

times simply to get enough energy to sustain their training loads (eg heavyweight males), whereas some rowers (eg lightweights) may need to carefully monitor how much of these they include in their daily diet in order to help them with their weight management.


Phase of Training

Nutrient Range

60kg female lightweight rower might need….

90kg male heavyweight rower might need….


Moderate exercise programme (1 hr / day)

300g carbohydrate per day

630g carbohydrate per day

360g carbohydrate per day*

900g carbohydrate per day

90g protein per day

135 – 153g protein per day

No > 90g fat per day*

135 – 180g fat per day


General Prep (High training volume 512+hr /week)

5 -7 g Carbohydrate per kilogram bodyweight per day 6 – 10 g Carbohydrate per kilogram bodyweight per day 1.5-1.7g protein per kilogram bodyweight per day


General Prep (High training volume 512+hr /week)

1.5-2g fat per kilogram bodyweight per day

High intensity programme ( 13 hr / day)

Table 1— Guidelines for nutrient intake during General Prep Phase of Rowing Season (Adapted from Burke et al 2011 and Stellingwerff et al 2011) *Depending on body composition, for lightweights these figures may need adjustment Starchy Carbs (eat more of these)

Sugary Carbs (limit your intake of these)

High Fibre breakfast cereals such as porridge / Weetabix / shredded wheat

Sugar coated breakfast cereals

Breads – including pitta / wraps

Fizzy drinks / Sweetened fruit juices

Potatoes, pasta, rice, noodles, couscous

Jam, honey, marmalade

Vegetables such as sweetcorn, beans, peas, lentils, carrots

Sweets, cakes, jellies

Fruit – all types (fresh, tinned, dried)

Sweet desserts such as jelly, meringues, icecream

Crackers / Crisp breads

Sports Energy Drinks

Table 2 – Sources of Carbohydrates

into amino acids. These are the building blocks that are Protein is another essential used to repair the different nutrient that the body needs. cells of the body. There are It is essential for growth and 20 different amino acids all repair of damaged cells, eg with different roles, so it is muscle tissue. When protein essential that you eat a mix is digested, it is broken down of protein sources in order to Protein


get the full variety (the body can produce about half of these amino acids itself, but the others must come from your diet and are called essential amino acids). See table (right) for your sources of protein.

The body can best utilise protein if it gets regular small amounts throughout the day, so instead of only having protein at 2 meals a day (eg lunch and dinner), try to make sure you have four protein based meals

per day. For example this could mean having scrambled eggs in the morning, (or if you are having toast, add a glass of milk or a carton of yogurt), lunch might include chicken, tuna, eggs or ham,

dinner might also include a meat or some beans, and a bedtime snack could be a small bowl of cereal with milk. In terms of how many grams of protein this means for you, you can work this out from table 1.

Animal Protein Sources

Vegetable Protein Sources*

Red meat eg beef, pork, lamb

Beans eg kidney beans, baked beans

White meat eg chicken, turkey


Fish (white + oily + shellfish)



Nuts + Seeds


Soya Protein eg tofu

Milk / Yogurt


Table 3 (above) - Sources of protein. *Vegetable sources of protein do not have as good a mix of amino acids in them, so vegetarians need to ensure they include a wide variety of sources of protein in their diet. found in nuts, avocados, oily fish (salmon, sardines A certain amount of fat in and mackerel are all our diets is essential in excellent sources of Omega order to stay healthy. Fat 3), and vegetable oils. The soluble vitamins A, D, E and less-healthy fats are found K are all found in sources of in foods such as crisps, fat. The important thing to pastries, pies and deepremember when looking at fried foods. If there is too your fat intake is to make much fat in your diet it may sure you are eating the impact on your body ‘healthy’ fats. These are Fat

composition in a negative way, but similarly, if there is too little fat in your diet, you might not be able to give your body the energy it needs for training. Again you can work out your own requirements based on table 1 and what your current targets are in terms of body composition.

Photo: IRFU



So if you were to follow the look like for our 2 rowers, guidelines in table 1 here is assuming they are in a what a days intake might general preparation phase


and are undertaking a high volume of training of about 10-12hrs per week:

60kg Female Lightweight Rower

90kg Heavyweight Rower

Key notes

1 glass orange juice

Large smoothie made with yogurt (full fat), orange juice, banana, blueberries, oats

If you don’t like eating a big breakfast first thing in the morning a smoothie can be a good option

Homemade sports drink (fruit diluted squash + water + ¼ teaspoon salt)

Sports drink may not be necessary if duration is less than 90mins – depends on intensity and sweat rate Ensure recovery meal contains a mix of carbohydrate + protein

1 sachet quick cook porridge + skimmed milk + blueberries 1 slice wholemeal toast with low fat spread + jam 90 min paddle

Post paddle snack


Tea + Water Water

Low fat yogurt + Granola Banana Water Chicken + Vegetable Soup 2 slices brown soda bread with low fat spread

Afternoon/ Pre training snacks

1 glass skimmed milk Handful of mixed nuts + raisins

Wholegrain chicken baguette with salad, coleslaw + portion oven baked wedges Pint diluted fruit squash ½ pint semi-skimmed milk Rice Cakes + Peanut Butter

Examples of different snacks

Cereal bar + handful nuts/ raisins

60-75 minute Strength + Conditioning Dinner

Scrambled eggs (2) + Toast x 2 with butter + glass orange juice + fruit corner yogurt

Apple 2 x beef fajitas with mixed veg + salad

Pint diluted fruit squash Pasta + tuna in cream cheese sauce with mixed veg Ice-cream, Jelly + Fruit cocktail

Bedtime Snack

Nutritional content

Small bowl cereal + skimmed milk

Energy - 2200kcal

In summary, just as you spend time preparing your boat and equipment or planning your training schedule, you also need to spend time planning your


Pint diluted fruit squash Toast x 2 with butter + jam ½ pint semi-skimmed milk Energy - 4800kcal

food intake. Eating the right foods at the right times will help you to train harder and longer, and more importantly will allow you to recover fully to ensure

your next session is just as good as your previous one. See right for handy protein and carbohydrate sources/ measurements/calories.

20g Protein Sources

10g Protein Sources

Protein Source Chicken


Beef/Lamb/ Pork Salmon


Tinned Tuna in Oil Eggs


Milk (SemiSkimmed) Cheddar Cheese

130 165

2 matchbox size pieces (40g)

Mozzarella Cheese Cottage Cheese


Yogurt (Natural)


4 medium slices (50g) 2 tablespoons (80g) 1 ½ cartons (170g)



Baked Beans Bread


Peanut Butter


50g Sources






Handy Measure 1 small fillet (75g) 2 medium slices (75g) 1 small fillet (80g) Half tin (70g) 3 medium eggs ½ pint

Handy protein (left) & carbohydrate (below) sources/measurements/ calories

1 small packet (50g) Half large tin (195g) 3-4 slices (100-130g) 1 ½ tablespoons (50g)

Carbohydrate Source


2 slices bread + 1 teaspoon jam/honey


2 medium-large bananas


1 medium baked potato


150g (cooked) pasta


160g (cooked) rice






he Get Going...Get rowing initiative started in schools in the beginning of March 2014. It has commenced as a pilot scheme in the Leinster area and its aim is to get kids rowing in schools with the eventual goal to get them on the water and joining clubs.

school terms, it extended to some primary schools also for the month of June.

Over the Summer, the scheme ran a Get Going...Get Rowing camp for kids with Dyspraxia in conjunction with the Dyspraxia Association of Ireland. This included two days on the ergometer and a further two days on the To date the project has had river at Islandbridge. The huge success with fifteen camps were also facilitated secondary schools and four by Dublin Municipal Rowing primary schools across the Club. Dyspraxia tends to Dublin area rowing. It was affect gross motor skills and initially thought that over therefore rowing is the 2000 kids would be targeted perfect movement for kids in the first year of the who suffer from the project but to date the disability as it is a repetitive initiative has exceeded all movement that increases expectations with nearly proprioception abilities and double that working out on strengthens poor muscle rowing machines as part of tone which is classic with their regular PE programme. Dyspraxia. The project started with In September the project secondary schools in March really got off the ground but due to the two short

with most of the schools continuing from the last years two short terms before the summer break. In the run-up to the Halloween mid-term seven schools are rowing in the Dublin area as part of their PE programme. Most classes have a six week course of indoor rowing as the curriculum limits activities to a six week block and the students are really enjoying the variety and the opportunity to take part in a sport which they may never thought of before. All in all the Get Going‌Get Rowing project is held in between 25-30 classes a week in schools around Dublin.

By: Michelle Carpenter Leinster Women’s Development Officer taken up a carpet and the floor still had remaining glue on it. Ms.Ryan visited all the local builder providers and eventually a local company from Palmerstown put The project has also flooring down free of partnered with Carlow Youth charge. FISA development Services to develop a officer Sheila Stephen programme for transition facilitated the project in year students in Carlow, sending a box of goodies whereby the students are including a very colourful trained up in introductory flag from the 2006 Asian coaching specific to Indoor Games in Doha which now Rowing. Once qualified the decorates the wall. The students will then roll out room still needs new the project to the first years windows but the school in their schools. On the 23rd have to wait for the shutters September 35 transition to be installed so that the year students par-took in windows can be fixed. the first course and the Typically Ballyfermot has following week they were been a stronghold of rowing qualified to give the classes in the Dublin clubs with in their schools. many members of Neptune Over the next few weeks and Commercial originating nearly 500 first year from Ballyfermot. Now with students in schools in the opening of the official Carlow and Borris (feeder rowing room not only the school for Graignamanagh) students are rowing but the will take part in the initiative teachers now have a and they will be then Tuesday afternoon club, the encouraged to join their mothers row on a Monday local clubs. In addition to morning and the students this the clubs will benefit by have also a supplementary having their juniors (17 Wednesday afternoon club. years and older) trained On the 22nd October the already in introductory first Get Going…Get Rowing coaching. A win-win schools fun indoor and situation for everyone. outdoor regatta was held in In Caritas College, Islandbridge. With over 180 Ballyfermot in West Dublin, students taking part, it gave the PE teacher Mary Ryan kids the opportunity to has dedicated a specific compete in an indoor room for the ergometers. competition and on the The school did not have water. A great time was had resources for flooring in the by all the students and room, having previously teachers involved. Many

pupils who have taken part in the indoor event are now eager to join clubs and get on the water to experience the “real thing”. For the students that are rowing already, it has given them the opportunity to race against schools of a similar level to them and has given them a sense of comradery and participation. The Get Going…Get Rowing project has now another new member of staff on board with Jen Cunningham, Connaught Development Officer, joining the Rowing Ireland team. It is hoped that in the next year students from Connaught and Leinster will be able to compete against each other virtually through Rowpro software, thus making the project more interactive for students and teachers alike. Both projects are still in their infancy and it will take another term or two of rowing before the clubs will see the benefits of kids rowing on the water. If you require more information on the Get Going…Get Rowing project in Leinster, please do not hesitate to contact Michelle Carpenter




and of course the shiny

don’t already have them in

medals. Best of these four

order that you might fully

Indoor Rowing Competition

will also receive a tech tee

prepare – you owe them a

with a difference on


crew (or crews) on the day

OWfit are hosting an

November 22nd 2014. It’s an indoor rowing

It’s a concept designed to develop inter-provincial

competition but not as you know it.

indoor rowing and a means whereby other inter-

As part of the IIRC Race

provincial racing can be

series the ‘PROVINCES IRC’

developed. For example,

will be a pre-Christmas race concept 2 linked erg pairs to whet the appetite for the

on slides will feature as an

Irish Indoor Rowing

invitation inter-provincial

Championships in January

begin to see the benefit of using the slides in training, as an excellent simulator for on-the-water training. It’s hoped to relocate the event annually so that it really does take in all the provinces.

race at the event. If your

All the usual age and weight

club is interested in fielding

categories will feature and

3 prizes per category, the

a crew to represent your

with 80+ of those

top scores from each

province then Joe is waiting

categories there’s surely

province per category will

for your email. ROWfit will

something to suit everyone.

receive the glory, adulation

lend you the slides if you



2015. Instead of 1 , 2




and it’s hoped that clubs will

S INDOOR ROWING TION 2014 We drew the line however

created a detailed

you can REGISTER. All

at a ‘Coaches Race’ as the

document with his

clubs should have received

poor coaches have enough

requirements for HP

some posters by now (if

to be doing on the day

Athletes that intend

not get in contact) and

anyway – and it might

trialling. If you intend to

discounts apply to group

scare them away!

submit a time from the

entries. Entries close on

PROVINCES please review

November 12th and must be

this document available on

made via the online

As ever the IIRC Race series supports the Rowing Ireland Trialling Process. This year we are re-

the Rowing Ireland website. registration system on ROWfit recently sprung for

introducing the original free a fancy new website -drag and free-rate rule in where you can

accordance with

find schedules, info

international Indoor Rowing documents, Frequently- or make contact with if you or your club wish to make other arrangements. We look forward to seeing

standards. The High

asked-questions (and some you all.

Performance Director

answers), form, prices and

Morten Espersen has

most importantly where

Joe Cantillon





Irish Coastal Rowing Federation—the Coastal Division of Rowing Ireland 2014 was another hugely successful year for coastal rowing in Ireland. Clubs from Cork, Kerry, Wicklow, Wexford, Dublin, Antrim and Donegal held their Championship regattas throughout the summer months and the season ended with the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships in Waterville, Co. Kerry from the 15th-17th August, jointly hosted by all clubs of the Kerry Coastal Rowing Association. Over 2,700 rowers took part in the races over the weekend, as well as many others coaching, coxing, volunteering, spectating and supporting the event. See results overleaf. The 2015 All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships will return to Waterville in August next year.

Courtmacsherry Rowing Club, which is based in West Cork, had two crews at the Championships. The first of these and the first Irish crew to take to the water were the rowers from the Senior Men’s silver medallist crew from the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships. Joe O’Leary, Denis Griffin, Daniel Whelton and Damien O’Leary, coxed by Brian Whelton, swapped their usual sweep oars for a set of sculls to take to the water in the Men’s Coxed Quadruple. They rowed in the first of two heats where they came 10th in a time of 17:30:13, booking a place in the B Final.

Keohane, rowed in the second heat of the Men’s Single Sculls race. He finished in a very strong second place in a time of 19:24:17. This meant that John was the only Irish rower to book a place in an A Final. Laura O’Neill of Kilmacsimon Rowing Club was the final Irish rower to take to the water on Friday. She rowed in the second heat of the Women’s Single Sculls race and finished 7th in a time of 23:20:78, just missing out on a place in the A Final, but making it into the B Final.

Saturday was the day for finals for the Irish rowers. After experiencing such nice The club’s under 21 crew of conditions in their heats the Alan Creedon, James day before, the weather had Holland, Andrew Flynn and changed for the worse Gerard Sexton, coxed by overnight and rowers were Fiona Hurley, competed in met with much choppier the second heat of the waters on Saturday. This The World Rowing Coastal Men’s Coxed Quadruple impacted the rowers Championships took place in race. They finished in 12th greatly, with only two crews Thessaloniki, Greece, from place to also book a place in th th finishing their races. the 16 -19 October. 11 the B Final. rowers and two coxes made The Men’s Coxed Quadruple Arklow Rowing Club’s up the five crews that B Final was the first race of Cormac Kelly represented represented Ireland at the the day. With two strong event with rowers travelling Ireland in the first heat of crews in this race, the Men’s Single Sculls race. from Cork and Arklow. Courtmacsherry were He came 11th in a time of Crews had to row a 4km looking to perform well. The 21:34:87 to secure a place course which included five Senior Men’s crew were in the B Final. turns. doing very well, coming in Kilmacsimon Rowing Club, third position but Heats for the Irish crews which is also based in West unfortunately they had to were held on Friday the 17th where calm conditions Cork, had two rowers taking abandon the race after an part in the Championships. oar lock broke. and 20 degree heat The first of these, John welcomed the rowers.

The under 21 crew continued to battle the elements however, and finished in 12th position in a time of 28:08:91. Cormac Kelly of Arklow was up next in the B Final of the Men’s Single Sculls. In a time of 34:35:69, he finished the race in a strong 6th position,

Results of the 2014 All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships

leaving two boats behind him. As conditions started to deteriorate even further, the Women’s Single Sculls B Final was up next. After capsizing twice before the start line, Laura O’Neill made the sensible decision to not start the race. John

Keohane followed suit in the Men’s Single Sculls A Final and chose not to risk the conditions. Although the weather and other factors did go against some of the Irish rowers and crews, they should all be very proud of their achievements.





FISA Singles Ladies


Arklow (A)

Arklow (B)

FISA Singles Men

Arklow (A)

Kilmacsimon (A)

Kilmacsimon (B)

Seine Boats

Valentia (A)



Open Classic Ladies




Open Classic Men




Cork Yawl Ladies


Galley Flash


Cork Yawl Men




Heritage Race Ladies Sneem


St. Kearns (A)

Heritage Race Men

St. Patricks (A)



Masters Ladies


Galley Flash


Masters Men




Veteran Ladies


Callinafercy (A)


Mixed Veterans



Templenoe (B)

Veteran Men



Passage West

U12 Girls


Passage West



Courtmacsherry (A) Passage West (B)


U14 Girls

Whitegate (A)

Ring (A)

Templenoe (B) - joint 2nd


Cairndhu (A)

Courtmacsherry (A) Killorglin

U16 Girls






Kilmacsimon (A)


U18 Ladies





Passage West


Galley Flash

U21 Ladies







Galley Flash

Pre-Vet Ladies




Pre-Vet Men

Killorglin (B)



Pre-Vet Mixed


Passage West

Galley Flash

Senior Mixed




Intermediate Ladies Passage West


East Ferry

Intermediate Men




Junior Ladies

Galley Flash



Junior Men


Passage West


Senior Ladies




Senior Men






OCEAN TO CITY AN RÁS MÓR 2015 Saturday 30th May 2015, Cork Harbour, Ireland Hello from the Ocean to City team, The season is slowly coming to its end and many boaties are already packing up the oars and paddles for winter. Some of you however are hardy folk and insist on training throughout the cold and dark winter months... whichever way works for you, here at Ocean to City HQ, plans are already in motion for next summer's Rás Mór. As many of you know, our 2014 race broke all the records... and, call us crazy, but we'd like to do the same again in 2015! There are many reasons why next year should be an even bigger happening. For one, Cork will celebrate its 10th anniversary since our designation as European Capital of Culture (2005) and Ocean to City, as one of its very few legacy events, will fly the flag! Secondly, we have now officially entered into our second decade of existence and are going from strength to strength. But ultimately, isn't it all just about getting as many people on the water as possible and having a hoolie? Ok, (soppy-alert) call us nuts but we believe that rowers and paddlers (yes, you) can make this world a better place. Not only because you positively interact with our waterways and help to keep our martime culture alive, but also because you do what you love and inspire others around you to engage with the outdoors; our rivers, coastal areas and the environment. Maith thú! So... next year's Ocean to City - An Rás Mór is taking place on Saturday 30th May 2015 and we would LOVE for you to join us.


Long courses, shorter courses, relays, big boats, small boats, hundreds of other participants... it's all part of Ocean to City! To find out more about the race see As usual we will publish details of our early bird registration offer, transport and accommodation deals at the start of the New Year. For now, we would be delighted if you could pencil Saturday 30th May 2015 into your calendar and tell all of those around you. For any further information, please don't hesitate to contact us. We hope you can join us in Cork next year and look forward to seeing you then.




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