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#Rowing: The All-Ireland Schools rowing Blitz in Trinity College, Dublin today was the culmination of weeks or hard work in the Get Going...Get Rowing schools programme. Trinity College saw hordes of bus loads coming from Limerick, Cork, Galway, Carlow and Dublin, where the programme started just over two and a half years ago. The initiative, which was run with a number of sporting partners, brings rowing machines into schools and gives students the opportunity to row on a four-to-six-week programme. The ethos of Get Going...Get Rowing is to "commit to giving students a sport and a pathway for life". Each student gets an on-the-water experience as well as ergometer (rowing machine) training and technique together with a fun active environment in schools.

Over 600 students from well over 30 schools came to Trinity Sports Hall. The ages ranged from 13-year-old first years to transition year students, who had completed the TrY Rowing leadership course. In a busy and exciting day medals went to schools in Carlow, Galway and Dublin. Killarney, the only team from Kerry which travelled, also took home medals.

There will be more events throughout this year, with Carlow hosting one on December 9th. Indoor rowers are moving to the water - 100 students in Leinster alone have joined clubs.

RESULTS

 

Girls U/14

Dominican College Galway

Presentation, Terenure

Sutton Park, Dublin

Girls u/16

Dominican College, Galway

Kings Hospital, Dublin

Salerno, Galway

Club/open girls

Laurel Hill, Limerick

Carlow Schools

Salerno, Galway

Club/open boys

Kings Hospital, Dublin

Presentation, Killarney

Carlow Schools

U/16 boys

CBC Monkstown

Borris Vocational School

CBC Monkstown

Published in Rowing

#Rowing: The Road to Rio row came to a spirited conclusion in Parliament Square at Trinity College today. Ireland Olympians Sean Drea and Brendan Dolan and Eimear Lambe, younger sister of soon-to-be Olympian Claire, were among those taking part in the final push. Ministers Michael Noonan and Frances Fitzgerald visited the stand. Thousands of young people had done stints on ergometers, with the distances they covered counted off the 9195.97 kilometres from Ireland to Rio de Janeiro.

Published in Rowing

#Rowing: The inaugural rowing blitz for those who are new to the sport of rowing will take place this Friday, November 13th  at Trinity College, Dublin. More than 400 competitors from around Ireland are set to take part. The event will not only give students the opportunity to test themselves as indoor rowers in a competitive environment for the first time, it will also give these youngsters a feel for what university life has to offer.

RTÉ news2day will attend the event.

The day will feature talks from former Olympian and World Championship medalist Neville Maxwell, physiotherapist and Trinity lecturer Dr Fiona Wilson – who will deal with rowing posture – and Sally O'Brien, won the women's senior eights championships in with Trinity (Dublin University Ladies' Boat Club) in 2015.

The winner of each category will receive a trophy and medals sponsored by Leinster branch of Rowing Ireland. Each category of winners will also receive free entry into the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships, which will be held at the University of Limerick sports arena in January.

The event will be facilitated by students rowing at Trinity college, together with over 70 students who have trained up over the last months to be Rowing Ireland transition year coaches.

Racing will start at 10am and the programme will finish at 2pm.

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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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