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#Rowing: The Ireland junior men’s eight topped off a series of four Ireland wins – all at junior level – at the Home International Regatta in Strathclyde Park in Scotland. They beat Scotland by just over two seconds, while England came in one second further back.   

 Thomas Hume and Sam Reidy, both from Coláiste Íognáid, were winning their second gold. They had been the best junior men’s pair – coming home more than 20 seconds faster than Scotland, who were second.

 Holly Davis (14) also had a big win on her debut at international level. The Lee Valley girl had almost 12 seconds to spare over second-placed Ellie Cushen of England in the junior women’s single sculls race.

 The junior men’s quadruple also pushed England into second in their race – but by a finer margin. The crew of Dara Kelly (Lee), Tiarnan McKnight (Three Castles) and Colum Brennan and Ronán Brennan  of Neptune won by 1.21 seconds from England.  

Home International Regatta – Strathclyde Park, Scotland: Final Standings:

Men – Senior: 1 Scotland 33 pts; 3 Ireland 22. Jun: 1 Scotland 21; 3  Ireland 19.

Women – Sen: 1 Scotland 33; 4 Ireland 13. Jun: 1 England 26; 2= Ireland, Scotland 17.

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#Rowing: Ireland won the senior men’s title at the Home International Regatta at the National Rowing Centre today.

The men’s senior eight sealed the deal with a terrific win over Scotland, their closest rivals in the race and on the points table. A win for Scotland would have given them the honours.

The Ireland senior women came very close to winning the overall prize. The women’s quadruple – in the same manner as the men’s - had won the previous race, and the senior women’s eight knew that a win in the eight would have tied the points with England, but secured the big prize by virtue of the win in this key race. However, England produced a fine performance to win.

In all, Ireland had 10 wins at the regatta: the men’s four and coxed four, the pair and the quadruple won, in addition to the eight. The women’s four and the pair won, as did single sculler Selma Bouanane – by under a third of a second from Fiona Bell of Queen’s, who was rowing for Scotland.

England were in charge in both the junior men’s and junior women’s events.

Home International Regatta, National Rowing Centre, Cork (Selected Results; Irish placings: All Irish results unless stated)


Men – Senior: Ireland 30 pts, Scotland 30, England 20, Wales 15. Ireland win on basis of eights’ win. Junior: England 26, Ireland 17, Scotland 14, Wales 13.

Women – Senior: England 27, Ireland 27, Wales 20, Scotland 18. England win on basis of eights’ win. Junior: England 26, Ireland 18, Scotland 16, Wales 6.

Men – Eight: 1 Sean O’Sullivan, C Hennessy, Stephen O’Sullivan, J Quinlan, P Munnelly, T Power, D Joyce, P Moreau; cox: C O’Connell 6:01.31, 2 Scotland 6:07.10, 3 England 6:07.71. Junior: 3 Ireland 6:15.55.

Four – 1 T Power, Sean O’Sullivan, Stephen O’Sullivan, C Hennessy 6:18.37. Jun: 3 M Campion, D Ryan, B Frohburg, S Daly 6:46.28.

Four, coxed: 1 P Munnelly, J Quinlan, C Murphy, N Herlihy; cox: C O’Connell 6:44.97. Jun: 3 J Kennedy, P Murphy, R Mills, M Stewart, C Wanjau 6:52.22.

Pair – 1 D Joyce, P Moreau 7:02.03

Lightweight: 3 M Farrell, C Flynn 7:21.01. Jun: 1 S O’Neill, W Ronayne 7:05.14.

Sculling, Quadruple: 1 D Larkin, A Christie, N Hull, K Mannix 6:12.48. Jun: 2 D Kelly, T Kelly, A Sheehan, L Flynn 6:24.19.

Double – 2 N Hull, A Christie 6:47.38.

Lwt: 2 C McCrae, C O’Connell. Jun: 3 T Orlic, S Byrne 7:03.41.

Single: 3 K Mannix 7:23.51.

Lightweight Single: 3 D Larkin 7:36.9.

Junior, Single: 3 L Sutton 7:47.798.


Eight: 1 England 6:48.44, 2 Ireland 6:52.35, 3 Scotland 6:56.69. Junior: 2 Ireland 6:51.598.

Four: 1 D Maguire, C Dempsey, C Feerick, K Shirlow 6:58.83.

Jun: 3 Z McCutcheon, C Fee, N Silke, S Byrnes 7:21.29.

Four, coxed: 4 R Gilligan, R Ryan, A Corcoran, S Kelly; cox: A Reid 7:40.76. Jun: 3 A Brooks, C Kirwan, A Cummins, J Crowley, S Dolan 7:38.62.

Pair – 1 N Casey, A McCarthy 7:44.299. Lightweight: 4 E Brogan, K McCarthy 8:33.09. Junior: 2 R O’Donoghue, A Tyther 7:57.62.

Sculling, Quadruple; Senior: 1 S Bounane, G O’Brien, S Crummey, O Hayes 6:53.69. Jun: 2 N Kiely, S Tierney, K Dolan, S Scully 7:12.40.

Double – 2 G O’Brien, S Crummey 7:31.69. Lwt: 3 S Clavin, V Wallace 7:54.82. Jun: M Kidney, A Lynch 7:47.67.

Single: 1 S Bouanane 8:04.81. Lightweight Single: 2 O Hayes 8:24.7. Junior, Single: 2 C O’Brien 8:25.1

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#Rowing: The Ireland senior team for the 2018 Home International Regatta has been chosen. The event will be held at the National Rowing Centre next Saturday, July 21st. Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales will compete to win the Victor Ludorum –  ‘the winner of the games’ – in four categories: senior men, senior women, junior men and junior women.

 Irish crews had six wins at the 2017 regatta in Scotland and the junior men and junior women were both second overall. England won in all but one category, with Scotland beating them to the top of the senior women’s table.

 For some Irish athletes, the Home International has been the pinnacle of their rowing career; for others a first step on the road to World and Olympic Championships. Gary and Paul O Donovan began their journey to Olympic medal glory in this regatta.

Racing begins at 10:00am on Saturday, and runs until 4pm that afternoon.

Senior Men’s Sculling Team:

Keelan Mannix (Skibbereen RC)

Aaron Christie (Bann RC)

Nathan Hull (Queens University Belfast BC)

Dara Larkin (UCC RC)

Callum Macrae (Methodist College Belfast RC)

Coman O’Connell (UCD BC)

Senior Men’s Sweep Rowing Team:

Patrick Munnelly / James Quinlan (NUIG BC / Castleconnell RC)

Tomas Power / Sean O’Sullivan (Cork BC)

Stephen O’Sullivan / Colm Hennessy (Shandon BC)

Patrick Moreau / David Joyce (Commercial RC)

Niall Herlihy / Cameron Murphy (UCD BC)

Michael Farrell / Conor Flynn (NUIG BC)

Cormac O’Connell (UCC RC) Cox

Senior Women’s ScullingTeam:

Selma Bouanane (Fermoy RC)

Georgia O’Brien (UL RC)

Sarah Crummey (Belfast BC)

Orla Hayes (Skibbereen RC)

Sheila Clavin (St Michaels RC)

Vikki Wallace (QUBBC)

Senior Women’s Sweep Team:

Niamh Casey / Aine McCarthy (Skibbereen RC)

Claire Feerick / Katie Shirlow (Neptune RC / Bann RC)

Caoimhe Dempsey / Dineka Maguire (DULBC)

Rachel Ryan / Ruth Gilligan (Commercial RC)

Sarah Kelly / Aoife Corcoran (DULBC)

Aoife Reid (Commercial RC) Cox

Womens Lightweight Pair
Ella Brogan, Queens University Boat Club

Katie McCarthy, Cork Boat Club 

Junior Men’s Sculling Team:

Dara Kelly (Lee)

Thomas Kelly (Kenmare)

Andrew Sheehan (Lee)

Luke Flynn (Three Castles)

Tristan Orlic (Neptune)

Sean Byrne (Neptune)

Luke Sutton (New Ross)

Coach: Colm Butler (Neptune)

Junior Men’s Sweep Team:

Jack Kennedy (Enniskillen)

Peter Murphy (Enniskillen)

Robbie Mills (Enniskillen)

Michael Stewart (Enniskillen)

Cliff Wanjau (NUIG)

Michael Campion (Commercial)

Damien Ryan (Castleconnell)

Ben Frohburg (Castleconnell)

Sam Daly (Commercial)

Sam O’Neill (Shandon)

Will Ronayne (Shandon)

Junior Women’s Sculling Team

Marie Kidney (Lee)

Niamh Kiely (Castleconnell)

Clara O'Brien (Castleconnell)

Shona Tierney (New Ross)

Aoife Lynch (Lee)

Katie Dolan (Commercial)

Sadhbh Scully (Carlow)

Janet Walsh (New Ross)

Junior Women’s Sweep Team:

Aoife Brooks (Shandon)

Chris Kirwan (St. Michaels)

Rhianon O'Donoghue (Killorglin)

Anna Tyther (Killorglin)

Zoe McCutcheon (Enniskillen)

Caitlyn Fee (Enniskillen)

Aoife Cummins (Lee)

Jennifer Crowley (Lee)

Norma Silke (Castleconnell)

Saoirse Byrnes (Castleconnell)

Sarah Dolan (Enniskillen)

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#Rowing: Ireland picked up more wins at the Home International Regatta in Strathclyde today. Early in the day they had won the women’s and men’s lightweight pairs. The women’s senior double of Chloe Mehigan (Cork) and Claire Feerick (Neptune) won a good battle with Scotland to take the senior women’s double, and Ireland’s junior four of Mia Jane Elliot, Zoe McCutcheon, Caitlyn Fee and Miriam Kelly also won. They are all Enniskillen rowers.

Home International Regatta, Strathclyde (Ireland Winners; early)


Lightweight Pair: C Hennessy, S O’Sullivan


Double: C Mehigan, C Feerick

Lightweight Pair: G Crowe, H O’Neill

Junior – Four: MJ Elliot, Z McCutcheon, C Fee, M Kelly

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The 2016 Home International Regatta takes place tomorrow in Cardiff Bay, Wales. Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales will compete to win the Victor Ludorum – or ‘the winner of the games’- in four categories: Senior Men, Senior Women, Junior Men and Junior Women. Last year in Strathclyde, Scotland won the title for senior men and Ireland the Junior Men, while England claimed both the Senior Women and Junior Women’s titles.

The event is now in its 54th year, and has been, for some, the pinnacle of their rowing career. For others - including Sean Drea and Steve Redgrave - it was a first step on the road to World and Olympic Championships. It offers the unique opportunity to watch and engage with top level athletes just weeks before the eyes of the world descend on Rio for the Olympic Games this year.

The course runs from the Penarth end of Barrage to finish at Mermaid Quay, and the open viewing and easy access for spectators means the Home International Regatta at Cardiff Bay is one of the best for showcasing the sport of rowing.

The Irish Team is as follows:

 Senior Men Sweep Team: Luke McCann (QUB BC,) Miles Taylor (QUB BC), Ciaran Higgins (UCC RC), Simon Kearney (UCC RC), Barney Rix (Portora BC), Ryan Ballantine (Portora BC), Lloyd Seaman (Portora BC), Cormac McLaughlin (Portora BC), Ross Thompson (UCD BC), Niall Farrell (UCD BC), David Keohane (UCC RC), Brian Keohane (UCC RC), Cox: Gavin Connolly (Commercial RC), Coach: Paul Thornton (UCC RC)

Senior Men Sculling Team: Damien Kelly (Garda BC), Tom Dillon (NUIG BC), Alan Prendergast (Shandon BC), Dan Begley (Shandon BC), Andrew O’Connor (Castleconnell BC), Hugh Sutton (Lee RC), Coach: Martin Kilbane (Cork BC)

Senior Women Sweep Team: Dineka Maguire (Bann RC), Katie Shirlow (Bann RC), Gill Crowe (DULBC), Hazel O’Neill (DULBC), Aifric Keogh (UCC RC), Caoimhe Joyce Hearne (UCC RC), Aoife Feeley (UCC RC), Roisin Maguire (QUBLBC), Lauren McHugh (DULBC), Sarah Higgins (DULBC), Rebecca Davidson (QUBLBC), Siofra Corr (QUBLBC), Cox: Gemma Canham (QUBLBC), Coach: Andrew Coleman (DULBC)

Senior Women Sculling Team: Marie Piggott (NUIG BC), Lydia Heaphy (Skibbereen RC), Olivia Blundell (Belfast BC), Selma Bouanane (Fermoy RC), Cliodhna Nolan (Carlow RC), Aoife Byrne (Carlow RC), Coach: John Armstrong (Belfast BC)

Junior Men Sweep Team: Alan O’Keeffe (Presentation RC), Rory Tummons (St Josephs RC), Gerry Mannion (St Josephs RC), James Foster (Portora BC), Aaron Christie (Bann RC), Rory Gilligan (Hampton School -UK), Brion O’Rourke (St Josephs RC), Ben McKeon (St Michaels RC) Cox: Cliff Wanjau (St Josephs RC), Jack Stacey (Commercial RC), Edward Meehan (Commercial RC), Coach: John Walsh (St Josephs RC)

Junior Men Sculling Team: Fergal O’Sullivan (Cork BC), Darragh Larkin (Lee RC), Cathal Cummins (Lee Valley RC), Oisin Nolan (Carlow RC), Liam O’Connell (Cork BC), Gavin Morrison (Fermoy RC), Dylan Mitchell (Belfast BC), Coach: Ray Morrison (Fermoy RC)

Junior Women Sweep Team: Lucy McIntyre (Methodist BC), Rachel McBrinn (Methodist BC), Megan Tully (Shannon RC), Megan Carmody (Shannon RC), Miriam Kelly (Portora BC), Mia Jane Elliott (Portora BC), Siobhan Maxwell (Commercial RC), Aisling Keogh (Commercial RC), Maebh Heaney (Lee RC), Mia Kovacs (Shandon BC), Cox: Hannah Adams (Methodist BC), Coach: Mike Reidy (Commercial RC)

Junior Women Sculling Team: Claire Synnott (Lee RC), Claire Ferrick (Neptune RC), Caoileann Nic Dhonncha (Col Iognaid RC), Julia Vascotto (Castleconnell BC), Aoibhinn Keating (Skibbereen RC), Georgia O’Brien (Kenmare RC), Alana O’Donovan (Bann RC), Coach: Amy Phelan (Col Iognaid)

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#Rowing: The Ireland team for the Home International Regatta in Cardiff Bay on July 23rd has been chosen. The men’s senior four is an all-Portora unit and these rowers go into a strong-looking senior eight, with UCC.

Ireland senior team for Home International Regatta, Cardiff Bay, July 23rd. Not necessarily in crew order.


Eight: D Keohane, B Keohane, B Rix, R Ballantine, L Seaman, C McLaughlin, R Thompson, N Farrell; cox: G Connolly. Four: Rix, Ballantine, Seaman, McLaughlin. Four, coxed: B Keohane, D Keohane, Farrell, Thompson; cox: Connolly. Pair: L McCann, M Taylor. Lightweight Pair: C Higgins, S Kearney.

Sculling – Quadruple: T Dillon, A Prendergast, D Begley, D Kelly. Double: Prendergast, Begley. Lightweight Double: A O’Connor, H Sutton. Single: Kelly. Lightweight Single: Dillon.


Eight: G Crowe, H O’Neill, A Keogh, C Joyce Hearne, D Maguire, K Shirlow, L McHugh, S Higgins; cox: G Canham. Four: Keogh, Joyce Hearne, A Feeley, R Maguire. Four, coxed: McHugh, Higgins, R Davidson, S Corr; cox: Canham. Pair: D Maguire, Shirlow. Lightweight Pair: Crowe, O’Neill.


Quadruple: O Blundell, M Piggott, S Bouanane, A Byrne. Double: Blundell, Bouanane, Lightweight Double: C Nolan, Byrne. Single: Piggott. Lightweight Single: L Heaphy.


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#HomeInternationalRowing: Ireland had to be content with second places both in crew terms and in overall categories at the Home International Regatta in Nottingham. England had a clean sweep, winning both the senior men’s and women’s categories and the junior men’s and women’s. Ireland senior men and junior women filled the runners-up spots; the senior women finished fourth and the junior men third.

The men’s junior pair of Ryan McKenna and Alex Chadfield from Clonmel won, as did the Ireland junior women’s eight. Twelve Ireland crews finished second in their races.

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Ireland successfully defended their Junior Women's title at the Home International Regatta in Scotland on Saturday. However, England took the other three categories, and Ireland could only finish fourth in the men's senior ranks and third in the women's. The junior men finished second. 

Home International Regatta, Saturday:

Overall – Men, Senior: 1 England, 2 Wales, 3 Scotland, 4 Ireland. Junior: 1 England, 2 Ireland, 3 Wales.

Women, Senior: 1 England, 2 Scotland, 3 Ireland. Junior: 1 Ireland, 2 England, 3 Scotland.



Race: 1 Women's Lightweight Single Scull (1 WLwt 1x) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 8 IRE(-) Ireland 01:54.5 03:55.4 - 8:03.57
2 7 ENG(-) England 01:55.8 04:00.0 - 8:17.41
3 6 WAL(-) Wales - Charles 02:00.0 04:05.4 - 8:19.39
Danni Charles
4 5 SCO(-) Scotland - Connal 02:02.7 04:11.4 - 8:39.18
Gillian Connal
Race: 2 Men's Lightweight Single Scull (2 MLwt 1x) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 7 WAL(-) Wales - Fernhead - - - 7:06.70
Nick Fernhead
2 5 SCO(-) Scotland - Scrimgeour - - - 7:10.64
Sam Scrimgeour
3 8 ENG(-) England - - - 7:30.86
4 6 IRE(-) Ireland - - - 7:30.91
Race: 3 Women's Junior Single Scull (3 WJu18 1x) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 6 IRE(-) Ireland 01:56.5 04:01.6 06:08.7 8:16.72
2 5 ENG(-) England 02:01.4 04:05.4 06:09.4 8:17.27
3 8 SCO(-) Scotland - McDonald 02:01.7 04:09.2 06:20.6 8:30.70
Emma McDonald
Race: 4 Men's Junior Single Scull (4 OJu18 1x) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 8 WAL(-) Wales - Massey 01:48.1 03:39.2 05:31.8 7:28.45
Robbie Massey
2 6 ENG(-) England 01:52.4 03:45.1 05:39.6 7:39.23
3 5 SCO(-) Scotland - Zankreyser 01:50.3 03:45.6 05:42.7 7:39.87
David Zankreyser
4 7 IRE(-) Ireland 01:44.6 03:37.7 05:37.3 8:47.10
Race: 5 Women's Single Scull (5 W1x) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 7 ENG(-) England 01:51.1 03:48.1 05:48.7 7:50.37
2 6 SCO(-) Scotland - Sanjana 01:54.6 03:52.0 05:53.0 7:55.30
Francesca Sanjana
3 8 IRE(-) Ireland 01:52.8 03:53.2 05:57.4 8:01.49
4 5 WAL(-) Wales - Chin 01:57.1 04:02.5 06:11.0 8:18.33
Rebecca Chin
Race: 6 Men's Single Scull (6 M1x) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 5 WAL(-) Wales - Thomas 01:44.8 03:33.7 05:23.4 7:19.10
Graeme Thomas
2 7 IRE(-) Ireland 01:45.7 03:37.6 05:30.3 7:23.61
3 6 ENG(-) England 01:46.7 03:37.8 05:30.0 7:25.81
4 8 SCO(-) Scotland - McConnell 01:45.3 03:39.6 05:36.6 7:30.09
Andrew McConnell
Race: 7 Women's Lightweight Coxless Pair (7 WLwt 2-) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 7 SCO(-) Scotland 01:51.3 03:47.8 05:47.2 7:48.71
Alex Gemie, Judith Anne Herbert
2 5 WAL(-) Wales 01:53.0 03:52.5 05:50.6 7:54.95
Rebekah Edgar, Lorna Brown
3 6 ENG(-) England 01:54.7 03:55.5 05:58.1 8:01.14
Race: 8 Men's Lightweight Coxless Pair (8 MLwt 2-) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 5 ENG(-) England 01:42.0 03:29.1 05:17.3 7:03.61
2 6 IRE(-) Ireland 01:43.1 03:30.9 05:20.3 7:07.92
3 7 SCO(-) Scotland 01:43.6 03:33.4 05:27.1 7:20.01
Elliott Clarke, Patrick Murray
4 8 WAL(-) Wales 01:44.9 03:35.2 05:29.6 7:23.10
Ben Redman
Race: 9 Women's Junior Coxless Pair (9 WJu18 2-) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 8 IRE(-) Ireland 01:51.8 03:51.0 05:54.5 7:57.59
2 7 SCO(-) Scotland 01:51.1 03:53.4 06:00.4 8:03.37
Jo Smith, Eilidh Manson
3 6 ENG(-) England 02:03.2 04:08.2 06:14.9 8:15.33
4 5 WAL(-) Wales 02:00.5 04:05.3 06:12.8 8:17.54
Lizzie Williams, Holly Oughton
Race: 10 Men's Junior Coxless Pair (10 OJu18 2-) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 5 SCO(-) Scotland 01:42.3 03:28.0 05:10.7 6:56.23
Ross Urquhart, Ronan Murphy
2 7 IRE(-) Ireland 01:40.7 03:26.0 05:11.6 6:57.86
3 8 ENG(-) England 01:42.8 03:30.9 05:20.1 7:12.73
4 6 WAL(-) Wales 01:47.2 03:38.3 05:32.4 7:23.38
Charles Hillman, Sam Kerr
Race: 11 Women's Coxless Pair (11 W2-) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 8 ENG(-) England 01:54.7 03:49.6 05:46.4 7:45.28
2 5 SCO(-) Scotland 01:53.6 03:48.9 05:48.1 7:49.30
Natalie Irvine, Gillian Connal
3 7 WAL(-) Wales 01:58.0 03:52.6 05:51.2 7:49.64
Rebekah Edgar, Lorna Brown
4 6 IRE(-) Ireland 01:54.2 03:54.1 05:53.3 7:58.66
Race: 12 Men's Coxless Pair (12 M2-) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 5 SCO(-) Scotland 01:42.1 03:29.3 05:10.7 6:56.41
Scott Purdie, Colin Wallace
2 7 ENG(-) England 01:38.3 03:24.4 05:11.8 6:58.43
3 6 IRE(-) Ireland 01:41.4 03:27.1 05:12.8 7:00.89
4 8 WAL(-) Wales 01:44.4 - 05:13.9 7:08.72
Will Todd, Ben Spencer-Jones
Race: 13 Women's Junior Coxless Four (13 WJu18 4-) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 5 ENG(-) England 01:48.8 03:34.6 05:23.8 7:17.58
2 8 IRE(-) Ireland 01:46.2 03:42.8 05:38.1 7:33.66
3 7 SCO(-) Scotland 01:46.9 03:40.1 05:36.9 7:36.43
Joanna Tink, Emma Rankin, Robyn Gillies, Emily Colley
4 6 WAL(-) Wales 01:50.3 03:46.5 05:45.6 7:46.33
Abi Thomas, Grace Thomas, Elizabeth Williams, Holly Oughton
Race: 14 Men's Junior Coxless Four (14 OJu18 4-) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 7 ENG(-) England 01:40.7 - 04:46.1 6:24.70
2 8 WAL(-) Wales 01:41.3 - 04:47.7 6:30.10
Bowen Stuart-Woods, Ed Hares, Charles Waite-Roberts, James Moggridge
3 5 IRE(-) Ireland 01:41.9 - 04:53.3 6:35.14
4 6 SCO(-) Scotland 01:45.0 - 05:03.7 6:49.60
Elliot Bruce, Lewis McCue, Cameron Gordon, Jacob Vyse
Race: 15 Women's Coxed Four (15 W4+) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 5 ENG(-) England 01:47.5 03:38.4 05:30.5 7:21.40
2 6 IRE(-) Ireland 01:48.6 03:41.7 05:37.9 7:32.27
3 7 SCO(-) Scotland 01:51.4 03:45.7 05:41.6 7:36.72
Ruth Dunn, Samantha Fowler, Hannah Stone, Rosie Young, Karen Barton
Race: 16 Men's Coxed Four (16 M4+) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 5 ENG(-) England 01:35.5 03:11.0 04:51.3 6:32.90
2 8 WAL(-) Wales 01:37.4 03:15.2 04:58.2 6:38.80
3 6 IRE(-) Ireland 01:36.3 03:14.8 05:00.2 6:40.54
4 7 SCO(-) Scotland 01:38.0 03:20.3 05:04.7 6:49.53
Gary Wilson, Feargal OShea, Tom Macintyre, Thomas Little, Rhi Morgan
Race: 17 Women's Lightweight Double Scull (17 WLwt 2x) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 6 ENG(-) England 01:44.9 03:19.6 05:26.7 7:24.53
2 5 SCO(-) Scotland 01:50.8 03:35.4 05:40.5 7:37.68
Judith Anne Herbert, Alex Gemie
3 8 IRE(-) Ireland 01:49.7 03:45.6 05:45.6 7:40.48
4 7 WAL(-) Wales 01:55.4 03:46.3 05:52.1 7:52.86
Race: 18 Men's Lightweight Double Scull (18 MLwt 2x) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 8 ENG(-) England - - - 10:00.00
2 7 IRE(-) Ireland - - - 20:00.00
3 6 WAL(-) Wales - - - 30:00.00
4 5 SCO(-) Scotland - - - 40:00.00
Matthew Loader, Sam Scrimgeour
Race: 19 Women's Junior Double Scull (19 WJu18 2x) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 7 SCO(-) Scotland 01:50.9 03:47.9 05:46.5 7:46.57
Emma McDonald, Olivia Davison
2 6 ENG(-) England 01:51.6 03:51.5 05:50.4 7:53.62
3 8 IRE(-) Ireland 01:49.9 03:52.4 05:54.2 7:56.70
4 5 WAL(-) Wales 01:53.4 03:57.1 06:03.4 8:14.95
Race: 20 Men's Junior Double Scull (20 OJu18 2x) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 8 ENG(-) England 01:38.0 03:19.8 05:03.1 6:43.25
2 6 IRE(-) Ireland 01:39.8 03:19.5 05:02.4 6:43.52
3 7 SCO(-) Scotland 01:37.7 03:22.1 05:07.7 6:49.64
Harry Leask, Jack Leask
4 5 WAL(-) Wales 01:37.4 03:30.4 05:34.4 7:49.10
Race: 21 Women's Double Scull (21 W2x) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 8 ENG(-) England 01:50.8 03:34.1 05:29.0 7:24.31
2 5 IRE(-) Ireland 01:43.6 03:43.9 05:39.7 7:33.79
3 6 SCO(-) Scotland 01:52.0 03:47.8 05:43.0 7:37.73
Amanda Larcombe, Francesca Sanjana
4 7 WAL(-) Wales 01:49.8 03:48.0 05:46.6 7:43.03
Race: 22 Men's Double Scull (22 M2x) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 8 WAL(-) Wales 01:40.7 03:19.5 05:01.0 6:43.95
2 7 SCO(-) Scotland 01:40.1 03:18.4 05:03.4 6:45.89
Daniel Graham, Michael McNaul
3 6 ENG(-) England 01:41.3 03:25.0 05:03.9 6:48.53
4 5 IRE(-) Ireland 01:42.7 - 05:10.8 6:58.12
Race: 23 Women's Junior Coxed Four (23 WJu18 4+) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 7 IRE(-) Ireland 01:48.7 03:42.5 05:38.1 7:34.38
2 8 SCO(-) Scotland 01:51.2 03:48.1 05:46.7 7:45.35
Jamie Rees, Emily Geddes, Holly W. Reid, Christie J. Duff, Alistair Frost
3 6 ENG(-) England 01:53.6 03:52.1 05:52.8 7:53.57
4 5 WAL(-) Wales 01:56.5 03:57.5 05:58.4 8:03.85
Race: 24 Men's Junior Coxed Four (24 OJu18 4+) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 6 IRE(-) Ireland 01:35.0 03:13.1 05:08.6 6:37.32
2 7 ENG(-) England 01:38.0 03:19.2 05:09.0 6:40.62
3 5 WAL(-) Wales 01:36.9 03:18.2 05:09.5 6:42.66
4 8 SCO(-) Scotland 01:38.2 03:21.7 05:10.2 6:50.45
Callum Stephen, Matthew Rankin, Ian Walker, Euan Marshall, Rebecca Moore
Race: 25 Women's Under 23 Coxless Four (25 WU23 4-) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 8 ENG(-) England 01:40.5 03:57.3 05:16.2 7:03.90
2 7 SCO(-) Scotland 01:41.4 03:57.9 05:21.9 7:08.70
Iona Riley, Lucy Bonnamy, Catriona Bain, Jamie Steel
3 6 IRE(-) Ireland 01:42.9 03:58.5 05:19.3 7:12.12
Race: 26 Men's Under 23 Coxless Four (26 MU23 4-) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 7 SCO(-) Scotland 01:30.4 03:04.8 04:41.9 6:16.88
Gary Wilson, Callum McBrierty, Sean Dixon, Murray Wilkojc
2 8 ENG(-) England 01:32.3 03:07.2 04:43.1 6:18.58
3 5 WAL(-) Wales 01:31.0 03:06.3 04:47.0 6:21.13
4 6 IRE(-) Ireland 01:33.2 03:08.5 04:43.9 6:22.74
Race: 27 Adaptive TA Women's Single Scull (27 WAdapt 1x TA) F 1000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 7 SCO(-) Scotland - MacDonald - - 02:38.6 5:39.97
Caroline MacDonald
2 8 WAL(-) Wales - - 03:06.6 6:28.64
Race: 28 Adaptive TA Men's Single Scull (28 MAdapt 1x TA) F 1000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 7 ENG(-) England - - 02:15.1 4:48.65
2 8 SCO(-) Scotland - Stewart - - 03:08.2 6:43.95
Graeme Stewart
Race: 29 Women's Junior Quadruple Scull (29 WJu18 4x) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 7 ENG(-) England 01:42.9 03:28.8 05:18.8 7:09.15
2 6 IRE(-) Ireland 01:44.0 03:31.7 05:37.0 7:14.17
3 8 WAL(-) Wales 01:49.4 03:43.8 05:21.9 7:31.02
4 5 SCO(-) Scotland 01:54.0 03:45.9 05:40.2 7:35.54
Claire Hiddleston, Lena Reid, Beth Simmonds, Katherine Shaw
Race: 30 Women's Junior Eight (30 WJu18 8+) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 7 ENG(-) England 01:42.6 03:23.3 05:08.3 6:52.76
2 8 IRE(-) Ireland 01:43.6 03:25.2 05:12.0 6:57.17
3 6 SCO(-) Scotland 01:45.2 03:29.3 05:18.3 7:07.22
Kimberley Somerside, Eleanor Jamieson, Jo Smith, Elidh Manson, Joanna Tink, Emma Rankin, Robyn Gillies, Emily Colley, Louise Henderson
Race: 31 Men's Junior Quadruple Scull (31 OJu18 4x) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 8 ENG(-) England 01:32.2 03:05.1 04:43.1 6:19.15
2 7 IRE(-) Ireland 01:31.3 03:07.9 04:48.4 6:27.77
3 5 SCO(-) Scotland 01:34.6 03:14.3 04:56.2 6:30.61
Jack Leask, Harry Leask, David Zankreyser, Gregor Hall
4 6 WAL(-) Wales 01:33.3 03:10.6 04:52.5 6:32.53
Race: 32 Men's Junior Eight (32 OJu18 8+) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 8 ENG(-) England 01:24.1 02:51.5 04:23.2 5:53.32
2 7 WAL(-) Wales 01:26.2 02:56.3 04:28.9 5:59.60
3 5 IRE(-) Ireland 01:28.8 02:58.2 04:31.7 6:03.81
4 6 SCO(-) Scotland 01:29.4 03:02.8 04:40.7 6:17.42
Iain Houston, Fraser Malone, Patrick Murray, Daniel McSherry, Grant J. Ross, Niall Rundle, Lewis McCue, Elliot Bruce, Emma Brander
Race: 33 Women's Quad Scull (33 W4x) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 6 ENG(-) England 01:37.3 03:18.1 05:02.5 6:48.61
2 7 IRE(-) Ireland 01:40.3 03:24.4 05:10.7 6:55.69
3 5 WAL(-) Wales 01:42.7 03:29.5 05:17.1 7:01.38
4 8 SCO(-) Scotland 01:42.0 03:28.2 05:10.8 7:03.48
Samantha Fowler, Rosie Young, Amanda Larcombe, Francesca Sanjana
Race: 34 Women's Eight (34 W8+) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 7 ENG(-) England 01:37.9 03:19.4 05:02.0 6:44.03
2 8 SCO(-) Scotland 01:37.3 03:18.9 05:03.9 6:45.93
Ruth Dunn, Hannah Stone, Natalie Irvine, Gillian Connal, Lucy Bonnamy, Catriona Bain, Iona Riley, Jamie Steel, Marianne Pascal-Flynn
3 6 IRE(-) Ireland 01:39.9 03:22.0 05:04.7 6:47.48
Race: 35 Men's Quad Scull (35 M4x) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 6 ENG(-) England 01:31.1 03:02.5 04:34.8 6:07.44
2 7 WAL(-) Wales 01:32.5 03:03.6 04:35.9 6:07.90
3 8 SCO(-) Scotland 01:31.5 03:04.7 04:40.6 6:19.19
Matthew Loader, Daniel Graham, Michael McNaul, Sam Scrimgeour
4 5 IRE(-) Ireland 01:33.2 03:07.4 04:44.5 6:21.89
Race: 36 Men's Eight (36 M8+) F 2000m
500m 1000m 1500m FINISH
1 8 ENG(-) England 01:23.9 02:51.6 04:23.0 5:52.73
2 7 WAL(-) Wales 01:26.1 02:56.2 04:28.3 6:01.07
3 5 IRE(-) Ireland 01:27.0 02:59.3 04:31.4 6:01.77
4 6 SCO(-) Scotland 01:26.4 02:57.8 04:29.5 6:01.84
Andrew McConnell, Feargal OShea, Scott Purdie, Colin Wallace, Gary Wilson, Callum McBrierty, Sean Dixon, Murray Wilkojc, Kerra Templeton


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Ireland's Offshore Renewable Energy

Because of Ireland's location at the Atlantic edge of the EU, it has more offshore energy potential than most other countries in Europe. The conditions are suitable for the development of the full range of current offshore renewable energy technologies.

Offshore Renewable Energy FAQs

Offshore renewable energy draws on the natural energy provided by wind, wave and tide to convert it into electricity for industry and domestic consumption.

Offshore wind is the most advanced technology, using fixed wind turbines in coastal areas, while floating wind is a developing technology more suited to deeper water. In 2018, offshore wind provided a tiny fraction of global electricity supply, but it is set to expand strongly in the coming decades into a USD 1 trillion business, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). It says that turbines are growing in size and in power capacity, which in turn is "delivering major performance and cost improvements for offshore wind farms".

The global offshore wind market grew nearly 30% per year between 2010 and 2018, according to the IEA, due to rapid technology improvements, It calculated that about 150 new offshore wind projects are in active development around the world. Europe in particular has fostered the technology's development, led by Britain, Germany and Denmark, but China added more capacity than any other country in 2018.

A report for the Irish Wind Energy Assocation (IWEA) by the Carbon Trust – a British government-backed limited company established to accelerate Britain's move to a low carbon economy - says there are currently 14 fixed-bottom wind energy projects, four floating wind projects and one project that has yet to choose a technology at some stage of development in Irish waters. Some of these projects are aiming to build before 2030 to contribute to the 5GW target set by the Irish government, and others are expected to build after 2030. These projects have to secure planning permission, obtain a grid connection and also be successful in a competitive auction in the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS).

The electricity generated by each turbine is collected by an offshore electricity substation located within the wind farm. Seabed cables connect the offshore substation to an onshore substation on the coast. These cables transport the electricity to land from where it will be used to power homes, farms and businesses around Ireland. The offshore developer works with EirGrid, which operates the national grid, to identify how best to do this and where exactly on the grid the project should connect.

The new Marine Planning and Development Management Bill will create a new streamlined system for planning permission for activity or infrastructure in Irish waters or on the seabed, including offshore wind farms. It is due to be published before the end of 2020 and enacted in 2021.

There are a number of companies aiming to develop offshore wind energy off the Irish coast and some of the larger ones would be ESB, SSE Renewables, Energia, Statkraft and RWE.

There are a number of companies aiming to develop offshore wind energy off the Irish coast and some of the larger ones would be ESB, SSE Renewables, Energia, Statkraft and RWE. Is there scope for community involvement in offshore wind? The IWEA says that from the early stages of a project, the wind farm developer "should be engaging with the local community to inform them about the project, answer their questions and listen to their concerns". It says this provides the community with "the opportunity to work with the developer to help shape the final layout and design of the project". Listening to fishing industry concerns, and how fishermen may be affected by survey works, construction and eventual operation of a project is "of particular concern to developers", the IWEA says. It says there will also be a community benefit fund put in place for each project. It says the final details of this will be addressed in the design of the RESS (see below) for offshore wind but it has the potential to be "tens of millions of euro over the 15 years of the RESS contract". The Government is also considering the possibility that communities will be enabled to invest in offshore wind farms though there is "no clarity yet on how this would work", the IWEA says.

Based on current plans, it would amount to around 12 GW of offshore wind energy. However, the IWEA points out that is unlikely that all of the projects planned will be completed. The industry says there is even more significant potential for floating offshore wind off Ireland's west coast and the Programme for Government contains a commitment to develop a long-term plan for at least 30 GW of floating offshore wind in our deeper waters.

There are many different models of turbines. The larger a turbine, the more efficient it is in producing electricity at a good price. In choosing a turbine model the developer will be conscious of this ,but also has to be aware the impact of the turbine on the environment, marine life, biodiversity and visual impact. As a broad rule an offshore wind turbine will have a tip-height of between 165m and 215m tall. However, turbine technology is evolving at a rapid rate with larger more efficient turbines anticipated on the market in the coming years.


The Renewable Electricity Support Scheme is designed to support the development of renewable energy projects in Ireland. Under the scheme wind farms and solar farms compete against each other in an auction with the projects which offer power at the lowest price awarded contracts. These contracts provide them with a guaranteed price for their power for 15 years. If they obtain a better price for their electricity on the wholesale market they must return the difference to the consumer.

Yes. The first auction for offshore renewable energy projects is expected to take place in late 2021.

Cost is one difference, and technology is another. Floating wind farm technology is relatively new, but allows use of deeper water. Ireland's 50-metre contour line is the limit for traditional bottom-fixed wind farms, and it is also very close to population centres, which makes visibility of large turbines an issue - hence the attraction of floating structures Do offshore wind farms pose a navigational hazard to shipping? Inshore fishermen do have valid concerns. One of the first steps in identifying a site as a potential location for an offshore wind farm is to identify and assess the level of existing marine activity in the area and this particularly includes shipping. The National Marine Planning Framework aims to create, for the first time, a plan to balance the various kinds of offshore activity with the protection of the Irish marine environment. This is expected to be published before the end of 2020, and will set out clearly where is suitable for offshore renewable energy development and where it is not - due, for example, to shipping movements and safe navigation.

YEnvironmental organisations are concerned about the impact of turbines on bird populations, particularly migrating birds. A Danish scientific study published in 2019 found evidence that larger birds were tending to avoid turbine blades, but said it didn't have sufficient evidence for smaller birds – and cautioned that the cumulative effect of farms could still have an impact on bird movements. A full environmental impact assessment has to be carried out before a developer can apply for planning permission to develop an offshore wind farm. This would include desk-based studies as well as extensive surveys of the population and movements of birds and marine mammals, as well as fish and seabed habitats. If a potential environmental impact is identified the developer must, as part of the planning application, show how the project will be designed in such a way as to avoid the impact or to mitigate against it.

A typical 500 MW offshore wind farm would require an operations and maintenance base which would be on the nearby coast. Such a project would generally create between 80-100 fulltime jobs, according to the IWEA. There would also be a substantial increase to in-direct employment and associated socio-economic benefit to the surrounding area where the operation and maintenance hub is located.

The recent Carbon Trust report for the IWEA, entitled Harnessing our potential, identified significant skills shortages for offshore wind in Ireland across the areas of engineering financial services and logistics. The IWEA says that as Ireland is a relatively new entrant to the offshore wind market, there are "opportunities to develop and implement strategies to address the skills shortages for delivering offshore wind and for Ireland to be a net exporter of human capital and skills to the highly competitive global offshore wind supply chain". Offshore wind requires a diverse workforce with jobs in both transferable (for example from the oil and gas sector) and specialist disciplines across apprenticeships and higher education. IWEA have a training network called the Green Tech Skillnet that facilitates training and networking opportunities in the renewable energy sector.

It is expected that developing the 3.5 GW of offshore wind energy identified in the Government's Climate Action Plan would create around 2,500 jobs in construction and development and around 700 permanent operations and maintenance jobs. The Programme for Government published in 2020 has an enhanced target of 5 GW of offshore wind which would create even more employment. The industry says that in the initial stages, the development of offshore wind energy would create employment in conducting environmental surveys, community engagement and development applications for planning. As a site moves to construction, people with backgrounds in various types of engineering, marine construction and marine transport would be recruited. Once the site is up and running , a project requires a team of turbine technicians, engineers and administrators to ensure the wind farm is fully and properly maintained, as well as crew for the crew transfer vessels transporting workers from shore to the turbines.

The IEA says that today's offshore wind market "doesn't even come close to tapping the full potential – with high-quality resources available in most major markets". It estimates that offshore wind has the potential to generate more than 420 000 Terawatt hours per year (TWh/yr) worldwide – as in more than 18 times the current global electricity demand. One Terawatt is 114 megawatts, and to put it in context, Scotland it has a population a little over 5 million and requires 25 TWh/yr of electrical energy.

Not as advanced as wind, with anchoring a big challenge – given that the most effective wave energy has to be in the most energetic locations, such as the Irish west coast. Britain, Ireland and Portugal are regarded as most advanced in developing wave energy technology. The prize is significant, the industry says, as there are forecasts that varying between 4000TWh/yr to 29500TWh/yr. Europe consumes around 3000TWh/year.

The industry has two main umbrella organisations – the Irish Wind Energy Association, which represents both onshore and offshore wind, and the Marine Renewables Industry Association, which focuses on all types of renewable in the marine environment.

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