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#Rowing: Hugh Sutton of UCC Rowing Club was the overall winner of the 48th Cork Sculling Ladder time trial, which was run on calm water and on an outgoing tide at the Marina on the River Lee on Sunday. Sutton covered the 1800 metres in seven minutes and 3.4 seconds. Jessica Legresley of Shandon Boat Club won the women’s trial in 7:57.5.

 Two previous winners of the the ladder, Jack Dorney and Andy Harrington, set a time of 6:42.1 as they won the first coxless pairs time trial. Amy Mason and Grace Collins won the the women’s pairs time trial in 7:36.1.

 The event, which was sponsored by Argos Fire, had a big entry. The oldest competitor on the day was 83-year-old Seamus Quane of Shandon Boat Club.

 The sculling and coxless pairs ladders continue with two-boat racing until March 2020.     

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#Rowing: Niall Beggan of Commercial won the time trial for the Dublin Sculling Ladder at Islandbridge today. His time of six minutes 53.87 seconds was over two seconds clear of his Commercial clubman, Mikey Campion, who was second. Beggan had also won in 2017. The fastest woman was Aoife Moloney, also of Commercial, with Neptune’s Claire Feerick second.  

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#Rowing: Turlough Hughes won the Dublin Sculling Ladder Time Trial. The Dublin University Boat Club man had just under a second to spare over Niall Beggan of Commercial on Saturday. One of the masters of the event, multiple winner Sean Jacob of Old Collegians, took third. The top junior was Ronan Brennan of Neptune, who finished a remarkable fourth overall. Many of the Commercial scullers wore Beggan’s picture on their tops.

 The fastest woman was Hazel O’Neill of Commercial – her closest rival was Neptune’s Claire Feerick. Commercial’s Alison Daly was the third overall of the women competing and the fastest junior woman, heading up a strong Commercial showing in this discipline.     

Dublin Sculling Ladder Time Trial, Islandbridge, Saturday (Selected Results)

Men

1 T Hughes (Trinity) 6 minutes 31.67 secs (Overall Winner), 2 N Beggan (Commercial) 6:32.65, 3 S Jacob (Old Collegians) 6:40.85; 4 R Brennan (Neptune) 6:41.66 (Fastest Junior)

Women

1 H O’Neill (Commercial) 7:23.47 (Fastest Woman), 2 C Feerick (Neptune) 7:24.6, 3 A Daly (Commercial) Fastest Junior Woman.

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#Rowing: Jack Dorney of Shandon Boat Club was the fastest at the Cork Sculling Ladder time trial at the Marina. More than 170 single scullers participated on Sunday in the 46th running of the event, which is sponsored by Argos Fire and Safety Ltd and BioAugmentation Systems Ltd. Dorney won in a time of seven minutes and 7.2 seconds. Three other Shandon scullers filled the next three spots: Alex Byrne, Stephen O’Sullivan and Eoin Gaffney.

 Margaret Cremen, who won last last year, was again the fastest woman – the Lee Rowing Club competitor finished 10th overall; Cork Boat Club’s Lisa Dilleen was the next fastest woman. Conditions on the river were calm.   

 The 2017-2018 Cork Sculling Ladder continues until April 1st.  

Cork Sculling Ladder, Time Trial, October 8th. Selected Results:

  1. Jack Dorney, Shandon Boat Club. 7 min 07.2 sec
  2. Alex Byrne, Shandon Boat Club. 7:15.8
  3. Stephen O’Sullivan, Shandon Boat Club. 7:17.7
  4.  Eoin Gaffney, Shandon Boat Club. 7:18.5
  5. Cian O’Sullivan, Cork Boat Club. 7:25.1

10. Margaret Cremen, Lee Rowing Club. 7:37.9

23. Lisa Dilleen, Cork Boat Club. 8:06.3 (8:07.6)

31. Aoife Lynch, Lee Rowing Club. 8:19.6

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#Rowing: Ronan Byrne came home fastest of over 200 scullers to win  the Cork Sculling Ladder time trial at the Marina in Cork. The UCC man, the outright sculling ladder winner for the two seasons and time trial winner 12 months ago, won in a time of seven minutes 12 seconds from Dan Begley of Shandon, and joint-third placed Stephen O’Sullivan (Shandon) and Barry O’Flynn (Cork BC).

 Margaret Cremen of Lee Rowing Club – also the ladder winner last season – won the women’s section. She recorded a time of eight minutes and .8 of a second. Aoife Lynch (Lee) was second and Elma Bouanane of Fermoy third.

 The ladder continues until the April 2nd, 2017.

 Cork Sculling Ladder 2016 Time Trial: Results

Men

1 Ronan Byrne, UCC.  7: 12.00

2 Dan Begley, Shandon BC. 7: 14.7

3= Stephen O’Sullivan, Shandon BC. 7: 23.6

3= Barry O’Flynn, Cork BC. 7: 23.6

5 Colm Hennessy, Shandon BC. 7: 29.7

6 Jack Casey, Shandon BC. 7: 31.8

7  Andy Harrington, Shandon BC. 7: 33.6  

Women

1 Margaret Cremen, Lee RC. 8: 00.8

2 Aoife Lynch, Lee RC. 8: 31.3

3 Selma Bouanane, Fermoy RC. 8: 32.5

4 Aoife Higgins, Cork BC. 8: 43.4

5 Clara O’Sullivan, Cork BC. 8: 44.1

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#Rowing: Ciaran Brady won the Tullamore Time trial on Saturday. The Offaly Rowing Club man, who had a fall off his bicycle earlier in the day, recovered and came out on top on the canal course. Becky Quinn was the fastest senior woman. The event was run in splendid, sunny, conditions.

Tullamore Time Trial, Saturday (selected results, winners)

Men - Senior: Offaly (C Brady). ‪Jun 18: Three Castles (R Quinn). ‪Jun 16: Carlow (J Keating).

Women - Senior: Three Castles (B Quinn). ‪Jun 18: Carlow (C Nolan). ‪Jun 18: Offaly (E Dowling).   

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#Rowing: Ronan Byrne of Shandon Boat Club and Margaret Cremin of Lee Rowing Club lead the Cork Sculling Ladder. The two leaders both placed well in the single sculls tests at the Ireland trial at the National Rowing Centre on Sunday. Below is the ladder, with section leaders listed.

Leaders :
Men : (1) Ronan Byrne …… Shandon Boat Club. (Time Trial Winner).
Women : (47) Margaret Cremen ….. Lee Rowing Club. (Women’s Time Trial Winner).
 
Section Leaders.
 
Men.
 
Open : (1) Ronan Byrne ….. Shandon Boat Club.
Intermediate : (1) Ronan Byrne ….. Shandon Boat Club.
Club 1 : (3) Jack Casey ….. UCC Rowing Club.
Club 2 :(6) Darragh Larkin ….. Lee Rowing Club.
Novice : (16) Hugh Sutton ….. Lee Rowing Club.
Junior 18 : (1) Ronan Byrne ….. Shandon Boat Club.
Junior 16 : (10) Barry O’Flynn …. Cork Boat Club.
Junior 15 : (11) Thomas Murphy ….. Lee Rowing Club.
Junior 14 : (46) David Cosgrave ….. Shandon Boat Club.
Junior 13 : (118) Sean McCalgon ….. Lee Rowing Club.
Junior 12 : (156) Peter Leonard ….. Cork Boat Club.
Masters A : (18) Henrik Merz ….. Shandon Boat Club.
Masters B : (18) Henrik Merz ….. Shandon Boat Club.
Masters C : (18) Henrik Merz ….. Shandon Boat Club.
Masters D : (57) Pat Peilow ….. Cork Boat Club.
Masters E : (57) Pat Peilow ….. Cork Boat Club.
Masters F : (66) Tony Corcoran ….. Lee Valley Rowing Club.
Masters G : (66) Tony Corcoran ….. Lee Valley Rowing Club.
Masters H : (171) Seamus Quain ….. Shandon Boat Club.
Masters I : (171) Seamus Quain ….. Shandon Boat Club.
 
Women.
 
Open : (47) Margaret Cremen ….. Lee Rowing Club.
Intermediate : (47) Margaret Cremen ….. Lee Rowing Club.
Club 1 : (47) Margaret Cremen …… Lee Rowing Club.
Club 2 : (47) Margaret Cremen ….. Lee Rowing Club.
Novice : (71) Chelsey Minihane ….. Shandon Boat Club.
Junior 18 : (47) Margaret Cremen ….. Lee Rowing Club.
Junior 16 : (47) Margaret Cremen ….. Lee Rowing Club.
Junior 15 : (68) Jennifer Crowley …..Shandon Boat Club.
Junior 14 : (85) Sophie Gray ….. Lee Rowing Club.
Junior 13 : (133) Jennifer Forde ….. Shandon Boat Club.
Junior 12 : (133) Jennifer Forde ….. Shandon Boat Club.
Masters A : (137) Karen Corcoran-O’Hare ….. Lee Valley Rowing Club.
Masters B : (137) Karen Corcoran-O’Hare ….. Lee Valley Rowing Club.
Masters C : (160) Karen McCarthy-Dunne ….. Cork Boat Club.
Masters D : (162) Mary O’Callaghan …… Lee Rowing Club.
Masters E : (162) Mary O’Callaghan ….. Lee Rowing Club.
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# Rowing: Dave Neale of Old Collegians was the fastest sculler at the Dublin Sculling Ladder time trial on the Liffey on Saturday. The Offaly man had just under six seconds to spare over clubmate Sean Jacob, another former winner. Niall Beggan of Commercial was the fastest junior, and placed 12th overall. Hazel O’Neill of Trinity won the yew goblet for being the top woman, and again a junior placed very well: Neptune’s Claire Feerick was just eight places and less than seven seconds behind O’Neill.   

Dublin Sculling Ladder Time Trial, Islandbridge  (Selected Results)

Men: 1 D Neale 6 min 15.10 seconds, 2 S Jacob 6:21.09, 3 D Kelly 6:28.51, 4 G DeVita 6:29.33, 5 C Dowling 6:33.50, 6 M Bailey 6:33.93. Junior: N Beggan 6:40.79. NJ: R Quinn 6:57.35.

Women: 1 H O’Neill 7:10.78, 2 B Quinn 7:22.79, 3 J Ryan 7:24.46. Junior: C Feerick 7:17.65. NJ: K O’Connor 7:50.69.

 

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#ROWING: Dave Neale edged out Old Collegians clubmate Seán Jacob by less than half a second to win the Dublin Sculling Ladder time trial at Islandbridge on Saturday. The Offaly man was winning his third DSL time trial, in the 49th staging of the event. Ruth Morris, a lightweight, was an impressive winner of the women’s event: she set a time just over 51 seconds off Neale’s winning one. It was her first time to win.

Dublin Sculling Ladder time trial, Islandbridge, Saturday (Selected Results, provisional)

Men

Senior: 1 D Neale (Old Collegians BC) 6 mins 48.22 secs, 2 S Jacob (Old Collegians) 6:48.36, 3 T Hughes (UCD) 6:52.03, 4 A Maher (Commercial) 7:01.31, 5 A Griffin (UCD) 7:12.37, 6 F Groome (Commercial) 7:14.15. Junior: S Mulvaney (UCD) 7:16.54.

Women

Senior: 1 R Morris (Trinity) 7:39.56, 2 B Quinn (Three Castles) 8:01.17, 3 E Lambe (Commercial) 8:05.03. Junior: Lambe 8:05.03.

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#ROWING: The 2014-2015 Cork Sculling Ladder Time Trial, sponsored by Hanley Calibration Ltd., takes place at the Marina Course, Cork on this Sunday from 08.00am to 01.00pm. Last year from an entry of over 150 single scullers, John Mitchell (Lee Rowing Club) won the overall time trial and Marie O’Neill (Cork Boat Club) retained the women’s.
 A large entry is expected at the 43rd Sculling Ladder Time Trial especially with the sport in Cork on a high after major success at the Irish National Rowing Championships last July, with Cork Boat Club winning 7, Skibbereen Rowing Club 4, Lee Rowing Club, Presentation College Rowing Club, Shandon Boat Club and UCC Rowing Club, 1 apiece.  
 Competitors can launch only at Cork Boat Club and Shandon Boat Club as Lee Rowing Club do not have their new slip yet. Participants can also scull over the 1800 metre course as many times as they wish, but must have a different number each time if they are to have their time taken. The presentation to the two overall Time Trial winners (male and female) will take place at Cork Boat Club at 2.00pm.
 Once the Time Trial is over , the 2015-2015 Cork Sculling Ladder continues with two-boat racing until Sunday 29th March, 2015.

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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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