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#Rowing: Ronan Byrne won gold for Ireland at the European Under-23 Championships in Ioannina, Greece, this morning. He beat Russia’s Alexander Vyazovkin by four seconds in the single sculls final.

 The Ireland women’s coxed four took fifth in their straight final, while Hugh Moore was fourth in his B Final of the lightweight single, 10th overall, and the double of Alex Byrne and Ross Corrigan took second in their C Final, 14th overall.

European Under-23 Championships, Ioannina, Greece, Day One (Selected Results; Irish interest)

Men

Double Sculls – C Final: 2 A Byrne, R Corrigan 6:43.69.

Single Sculls -  A Final: 1 R Byrne 6:48.28.

Lightweight Single – B Final: 4 H Moore 7:30.07.

Women

Four, coxed - Final: 5 Ireland (C O’Brien, K Shirlow, L Murphy, N Casey; cox: A Humphries-Griffiths) 7:20.37.

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#Rowing: Ireland’s Andrew Goff has qualified for the A Final at the European Under-23 Rowing Championships. In beautiful calm conditions with a slight headwind in Kruszwica in Poland, the UCD man took a good second place behind Jan Cibuch of the Czech Republic. Goff started well and once Cibuch took over in the lead Goff stayed comfortably in touch. Sweden’s Filip Nilsson finished third.

European Under-23 Championships, Kruszwica, Poland, Day Two (Irish interest)

Men

Lightweight Single Sculls – A/B Semi-Final Two (First Three to A Final; rest to B Final): 1 Czech Republic 7:34.58, 2 Ireland (A Goff) 7:37.64, 3 Sweden 7:42.26.

Semi One: 1 Austria 7:32.69, 2 Turkey 7:34.45, 3 Slovenia 7:40.16

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#Rowing: Ireland’s women’s eight finished fifth in the race for lanes at the European Under-23 Rowing Championships in Kruszwica in Poland today. The crew of Emily Hegarty (Skibbereen RC), Sadhbh O’Connor (NUIG BC), Oisin Forde (Cork BC), Aoife Corcoran (DULBC), Caoimhe Dempsey (DULBC), Claire Feerick (Neptune RC), Nuala Landers (NUIG BC), Ruth Gilligan (UCD BC), and cox Cormac O’Connell (UCC) will compete in the final tomorrow (Sunday).

 Romania won this race, with three other countries quite close behind: Russia, Britain and Belarus. Over 20 seconds further back, Ireland finished ahead of Germany, who were sixth.

European Under-23 Rowing Championships, Kruszwica, Poland (Irish interest) – Day One

Men

Lightweight Single Sculls – Heat Two (First Three to A/B Semi-Final; rest to Repechage): 3 Ireland (A Goff) 8:21.00.

Women

Eight ­– Race for Lanes: 5 Ireland 7:21.92.

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#Rowing: Ireland’s Adrew Goff has qualified for the A/B semi-finals at the European Under-23 Rowing Championships. The UCD man finished third in his heat this morning in Kruszwica in Poland. Goff started well but, in difficult, headwind, conditions, he yielded the lead to Jan Cincibuch of the Czech Republic, who won well. Goff and Enes Yenipazarli of Turkey, who finished second, then firmly established themselves in the next two qualification places. This was by far the fastest of the heats, with all three qualifiers inside the winning time in heats one and three.

 The weather has been extraordinary at the venue: the opening ceremony had to be cancelled because of torrential rain and the temperatures dropped from 30 degrees on Thursday to half that on Friday.

European Under-23 Rowing Championships, Kruszwica, Poland (Irish interest) – Day One

Men

Lightweight Single Sculls – Heat Two (First Three to A/B Semi-Final; rest to Repechage): 3 Ireland (A Goff) 8:21.00.

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#Rowing: Ireland will compete at the European Rowing Under-23 Championships this weekend. A team of athletes, along with coaches and management, departed for Kruszwica, Poland, earlier this week for the event which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, the 2nd and 3rd of September.

 The Ireland women’s eight will be the first crew of this category to compete for the country at a FISA World Rowing event.

 UCD’s Andrew Goff, who was part of the Ireland lightweight quadruple which took bronze at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships last month, will compete in the lightweight men’s single sculls. Goff was due to team up in a lightweight men’s double sculls with Niall Beggan, who has been forced to withdraw from racing due to illness. 

 The women’s eight crew will be made up from seven clubs from Cork, Galway and Dublin. The athletes selected are Emily Hegarty (Skibbereen RC), Sadhbh O’Connor (NUIG BC), Oisin Forde (Cork BC), Aoife Corcoran (DULBC), Caoimhe Dempsey (DULBC), Claire Feerick (Neptune RC), Nuala Landers (NUIG BC), Ruth Gilligan (UCD BC).  UCC’s Cormac O’Connell will cox the crew. Coaches John Armstrong and Paul Thornton have travelled to Poland. Denis O’Regan is the team manager.

 Kruszwica is a town in central Poland, situated at Lake Goplo. The Kruszwica regatta course is a natural rowing course. 

 The event includes over 150 entries. Heats and repechages take place on Saturday, followed by semi-finals and finals on Sunday. The draw will be made tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.

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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!

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