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#Rowing: Ireland finished third in the repechage of the lightweight women’s double sculls and will compete in the B Final at the European Rowing Championships at Strathclyde in Scotland. Switzerland and Britain took the two A Final places which were on offer, racing clear of the rest of the crews for most of the contest. Aoife Casey and Denise Walsh led the rest, but could not close the gap.

European Rowing Championships, Strathclyde, Scotland – Day Two (Irish interest)

Women

Lightweight Double Sculls – Repechage One (First Two to A Final; rest to B Final): 1 Switzerland 7:03.89, 2 Britain 7:06.04; 3 Ireland (A Casey, D Walsh) 7:11.31.

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#Rowing: Ireland’s lightweight double scull of Aoife Casey and Denise Walsh took fourth in their heat at the European Championships in Strathclyde, Glasgow. The race for first and a place in the A Final was won by the determined Poland crew, who led from the first few hundred metres and resisted challenges from Italy and Switzerland. Ireland took a steady fourth place and will compete in the repechage on Friday.  

European Rowing Championships, Strathclyde, Scotland (Day One, Irish interest)

Men

Pair – Heat Three (First Two to A/B Semi-Finals, rest to Repechage): 1 Belarus 6:37.38, 2 Britain 6:37.76; 4 Ireland (M O’Donovan, S O’Driscoll) 6:48.94.

Women

Lightweight Double Sculls – Heat One (Winner to A Final; rest to Repechage): 1 Poland 7:08.54; 4 Ireland (A Casey, D Walsh) 7:22.02.

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#Rowing: Ireland's junior women's double of Aoife Casey and Emily Hegarty finished sixth in the B Final of the World Rowing Chmpionships this morning. The race featured a battle of wills over most of the course between leaders France and challengers Spain. The Spaniards came through to win. Ireland and New Zealand battled to take fifth, with New Zealand taking it by just over a second.

 The programme had to be postponed twice because of thunder and lightning storms. There was a strong tailwind, but the course was deemed fair and lanes were not redrawn as they had been on the Saturday.

World Rowing Championships, Rotterdam (Irish interest; Selected Results)

Women

Junior Double Sculls - B Final (Places 7 to 12): 1 Spain 7:13.72; 6 Ireland (A Casey, E Hegarty) 7:22.68.

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#Rowing: Ireland’s Emily Hegarty and Aoife Casey finished fourth in their heat of the junior women’s double at the World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam today. Just one crew from the heat qualified directly for the A/B semi-finals, with the rest dropping into repechages. France and the United States contended for the crucial first place early on, but France could not live with the pace set by the Americans, who won. Canada took third behind France and Casey and Hegarty the next spot.  

World Rowing Championships, Rotterdam (Irish interest, selected results)

Men

Junior Double Sculls - Heat Five (Four to Quarter-Finals; rest to repechage): New Zealand 6:28.44, 2 Ireland (R Byrne, D Lynch) 6:33.28, 3 Belarus 6:33.35, 4 South Africa 6:37.82.

Women

Junior Double Sculls - Heat One (Winner to A/B Semi-Final; rest to Repechage): 1 United States 7:08.57; 4 Ireland (A Casey, E Hegarty) 7:25.93.

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Marine Wildlife Around Ireland One of the greatest memories of any day spent boating around the Irish coast is an encounter with marine wildlife.  It's a thrill for young and old to witness seabirds, seals, dolphins and whales right there in their own habitat. As boaters fortunate enough to have experienced it will testify even spotting a distant dorsal fin can be the highlight of any day afloat.  Was that a porpoise? Was it a whale? No matter how brief the glimpse it's a privilege to share the seas with Irish marine wildlife.

Thanks to the location of our beautiful little island, perched in the North Atlantic Ocean there appears to be no shortage of marine life to observe.

From whales to dolphins, seals, sharks and other ocean animals this page documents the most interesting accounts of marine wildlife around our shores. We're keen to receive your observations, your photos, links and youtube clips.

Boaters have a unique perspective and all those who go afloat, from inshore kayaking to offshore yacht racing that what they encounter can be of real value to specialist organisations such as the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) who compile a list of sightings and strandings. The IWDG knowledge base has increased over the past 21 years thanks in part at least to the observations of sailors, anglers, kayakers and boaters.

Thanks to the IWDG work we now know we share the seas with dozens of species who also call Ireland home. Here's the current list: Atlantic white-sided dolphin, beluga whale, blue whale, bottlenose dolphin, common dolphin, Cuvier's beaked whale, false killer whale, fin whale, Gervais' beaked whale, harbour porpoise, humpback whale, killer whale, minke whale, northern bottlenose whale, northern right whale, pilot whale, pygmy sperm whale, Risso's dolphin, sei whale, Sowerby's beaked whale, sperm whale, striped dolphin, True's beaked whale and white-beaked dolphin.

But as impressive as the species list is the IWDG believe there are still gaps in our knowledge. Next time you are out on the ocean waves keep a sharp look out!