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The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) has said that a training session which went wrong on the river Corrib and resulted in the loss of two competitive rowing craft “posed a threat of death or serious injury” to those involved.

Fortunately, no lives were lost in the incident which occurred on January 14th, 2023, but the crew in two University of Galway rowing boats which were swept towards the Salmon Weir were novices with minimal experience.

New safety recommendations have been issued to eight rowing clubs after the MCIB identified that patterns of risky behaviour had become “normalised” and posed a threat to safety.

The incident occurred as University of Galway boats were approaching the end of their trip and saw other boats from Coláiste Iognáid heading upriver towards them.

One Coláiste Iognáid rowing boat with nine school teenagers was accompanied by a coach’s launch with two adults on board.

All craft steered towards the centre of the river to avoid a collision but this was in breach of “rules of the river”.

The vessels were now all in the river’s main current, with near-gale force westerly winds, and the two boats from the University of Galway Boat Club were swept towards the Salmon Weir where they capsized against safety booms.

The Coláiste Iognáid Rowing Club rowing craft subsequently capsized in reeds along the east bank, and all were rescued.

The MCIB criticised the university boat club for inadequate planning of a trip which took place in unsuitable weather and river conditions.

“A small craft warning and a gale warning were in effect from five hours before this rowing trip commenced, as winds of up to Force 8 were forecasted to occur along the western seaboard,” the report says.

It says the river conditions were also unsuitable for this rowing trip, as the river was in its normal winter spate conditions, with a high flow rate and a low water temperature.

“ These conditions existed for weeks before and after this casualty event. These conditions occurred in the vicinity of a significant weir, which the crews had to row past on both the outward and return legs,”it says.

“The high flow rate meant that the crews were unable to effectively control their boats, to change course away from the approaching weir. The low water temperature meant that the crews were exposed to the dangers of cold water immersion when their vessels capsized and they entered the water,”it says.

The MCIB notes that five incidents had occurred over the preceding two decades involving recreational boats at or above the weir.

The lack of a rescue vessel above the weir is also highlighted – the RNLI, Garda and Galway Fire and Rescue Service are located below the weir.

The full report is here

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Rowing Ireland has announced the athletes that will represent Ireland at the European Championships. Racing will take place from the 25th April – 28th April in Szeged, Hungary.

The Szeged National Canoeing and Rowing Olympic Centre has an eight-lane rowing course that hosted several rowing championships, including the FISA World Junior Championships in 1989 and the FISU University Rowing Championships in 2010. It is also used for training camps and annual national rowing championships.

Alison Bergin (Fermoy RC) and Zoe Hyde (Tralee RC) will row in the Women’s Double at at the European Championships in Szeged, HungaryAlison Bergin (Fermoy RC) and Zoe Hyde (Tralee RC) will row in the Women’s Double at at the European Championships in Szeged, Hungary

The European Rowing Championships were held almost every year from 1893 to 1973. After that, they were replaced by the World Rowing Championships. However, a European Championships event was reintroduced into the international rowing calendar in 2007. The championships were moved to an early season spot in 2013 and have since become an important event for many teams.

Selected European Championship Irish Crews

Women’s Double

Alison Bergin (Fermoy RC)
Zoe Hyde (Tralee RC)

Lightweight Men’s Double

Paul O'Donovan (Skibbereen RC)
Fintan McCarthy (Skibbereen RC)

Lightweight Women’s Single

Margaret Cremen (University College Cork RC)

Lightweight Men’s Single

Jake McCarthy (Skibbereen RC)

European Championships Race Schedule

European Rowing Championships Race Schedule 2024European Rowing Championships Race Schedule 2024 - downloadable below as a pdf

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Irish rowers Fiona Murtagh and Airfic Keogh are taking home the silver medals for the Women's Pair and the Men's Double of Philip Doyle and Daire Lynch are also coming home with silverware after winning bronze.

Up against reigning World Champions Veronique Meester and Ymkje Clevering of the Netherlands, the crew from Galway had a tough race ahead. Ireland was the quickest boat through the second half of the race and brought it right down to one second between themselves and the Netherlands when they got to the line.

(Above and below) Irish rowers Fiona Murtagh and Airfic Keogh, with silver medals for the Women's Pair won at the World Cup Rowing at Lago di Varese, Italy

"It's our second event since Worlds, our second event in the pair together so we're constantly learning and this is a good start to the Olympic year" said Fiona Murtagh. On the last few months since the World Championships, Aifric Keogh said, "We've had a really good winter together, I think this is the longest we've ever been in one boat, usually it's a lot of chopping and changing so that's been nice, it gives us the space to try things out".

Irish rowers Philip Doyle and Daire Lynch, with bronze medals for the Men's Pair won at the World Cup Rowing at Lago di Varese, Italy(Above and below) Irish rowers Philip Doyle and Daire Lynch, with bronze medals for the Men's Pair won at the World Cup Rowing at Lago di Varese, Italy

In the Men's Double, Philip Doyle and Daire Lynch just squeezed past the German crew into third position coming to the line, the medals were theirs for the taking. "We had one of our fastest starts ever" says Doyle "And then we looked around and we weren't in the medal contentions. The plan was we had a sprint up our sleeves to go early at the 700 meters but then Daire called it early at 750 metres."

Irish rowers Philip Doyle and Daire Lynch, with bronze medals for the Men's Pair won at the World Cup Rowing at Lago di Varese, Italy

"A part of me was looking at the stroke coach thinking, how is this going to last? But, it did and int increased and the speed was good, and I knew from the speed on the stroke coach that we were coming into the medals no matter what happened because no one could match what we were doing".

Emily Hegarty (Skibbereen RC), Natalie Long (Lee Valley RC), Eimear Lambe (Old Collegians BC) and Imogen Magner (Carlow RC) crossed the line in fourth position in the Women's Four, just missing out on the podium. Coming through the pack in the middle of the race, it was the second half that Ireland really kicked into it, with their final quarter being the fastest that they did. Both Great Britain and the Netherlands have already booked their spots for this years Olympic Games so it's all to play for when it comes to the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in May.

Sanita Puspure racing for Old Collegians BC finished 5th in the A Final of the Women's Single Scull. Sitting in sixth place right up until the last 500 meters, Sanita made started to wind it up for the last quarter moving as the third fastest boat, enough to bring her up a place to fifth. The podium positions went to Karolien Florijn of the Netherlands, Alexandra Foester of Germany and Inger Seim Kavlie of Norway.

Konan Pazzaia pulled out another incredible race this morning winning the B Final of the Men's Single. In one of the tightest races of the day, Pazzaia had the grandstand on their toes coming into the final few meters of the race. Andre Pinto of Portugal was ahead from the first marker, but from that point it was just bowballs separating him from Ireland. Konan stepped it up again for the famous Irish sprint but even as the crews crossed the line it was a close call to see who got it. In the end, Ireland came up on top just .6 of a second ahead.

Nathan Timoney and Ross Corrigan of Enniskillen, Fermanagh finished out their World Cup with a win in the B Final of the Men's Pair. It was the second German pair that had the quickest start off the blocks, but only just about, through the first 500 meters there was less than half a second separating the top three crews. Over the second quarter, Timoney and Corrigan began to create their lead, taking a boat length on the rest of the field. Finishing out strong they continued to pull away from Germany and Italy right to the line.

The Men's Four of John Kearney, Andrew Sheehan, Jack Dorney and Ronan Byrne finished third in their B Final. Denmark and Australia were the leading two crews from the start of the race however, Ireland put the pressure on coming into the final 500 meters where they clocked the fastest final split out of the four crews. Unfortunately, even with their impressive surge towards the line, it wasn't enough to get them ahead of the crew from Australia. They finish up the World Cup in 9th position overall.

Next up from the Irish Rowing High Performance team is the European Championships taking place in Szeged, Hungary from April 25th to 28th

Sunday Results

Women's Pair -> SILVER
Men's Double -> BRONZE
Women's Four -> 4th
Women's Single -> 5th
Men's Pair -> 1st B Final
Men's Single -> 1st B Final
Men's Four -> 3rd B Final

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After a few miserable days in the lead-up to Rowing World Cup racing in Lago di Varese, Italy -, the sun finally shone on Lago di Varese as day two of the World Rowing Cup II got underway. The regatta saw four crews from Ireland compete for medals in the A Finals.

In the Men's Double, Philip Doyle and Daire Lynch dominated their repechage, leading the race from the start line to the finish. The Belfast and Clonmel rowers will go into tomorrow's A final with the quickest time out of the two repechages that raced today. They will be going head to head with the reigning World Champions, Stefan Broenink and Melvin Twellaar of the Netherlands, in a race not to be missed.

Philip Doyle and Daire Lynch dominated their repechage in the Men's DoublePhilip Doyle and Daire Lynch dominated their repechage in the Men's Double

Sanita Puspure of Old Collegians BC is back racing for medals in the Women's Single after qualifying today for the A Final. The top three crews from the A/B Semi would move through to the race for medals, and Puspure did what she had to do, finishing in second place behind the Norwegian sculler. With a conservative start, Sanita began closer to the back of the pack and made her way up through the field as the race progressed. Crews to watch in tomorrow's final are the undefeated two-time World Champion Karolien Florijn of the Netherlands and 2022 U23 World Champion Alexandra Foester of Germany.

The Men's Four of John Kearney, Andrew Sheehan, Jack Dorney, and Ronan Byrne finished fourth in their repechage, sending them through to tomorrow's B Final. Going out with a stronger start than yesterday's heat, Ireland passed the first marker in second position and the halfway mark in third. This move definitely played to their advantage, putting them in a better position coming into the final stretch.

The Men's Four of John Kearney, Andrew Sheehan, Jack Dorney, and Ronan ByrneThe Men's Four of John Kearney, Andrew Sheehan, Jack Dorney, and Ronan Byrne

Nathan Timoney of Enniskillen Royal BC and Ross Corrigan of Portora BC missed out on the Men's Pair A Final by just over three seconds. Finishing third behind Denmark and Italy in their repechage wasn't enough to see them through to the race for medals, as just two crews were to progress. Ireland stuck with the top group in the race, not drifting more than the three-second gap from the leading pairs. They will be up in the first race of the day tomorrow against Sweden, Italy, and two German crews.

Brian Colsh wrapped up his World Cup this morning in the C Final of the Men's Single. The Men's single scull is one of the most competitive events and attracted the largest number of entries at this regatta with 30 scullers on the start list. Through the second quarter of his race, Colsh squeezed ahead of the scullers from Monaco and Egypt and moved into second position. Winding it up into the finish, Brian was able to hold off Abdelkhalek Elbanna of Egypt in his late sprint for the line. Colsh leaves Italy 14th out of the 30 athletes.

Queen's University Belfast BC rower, Konan Pazzaia, finished fourth in the A/B Semi of the Men's Single, which sends him through to the B Final. Pazzaia went out hard to put himself in the three qualifying positions and managed to hold this right through to the third 500. George Bourne of Great Britain made his move at this point and just got ahead of the sculler from Ireland. Pazzaia didn't let him go easy, staying on his stern and finishing just two and a half seconds behind. He will be up against Portugal, Ukraine, Brazil, Spain, and Switzerland tomorrow morning in the B Final.

Saturday Results

Men's Double Repechage 1st -> A Final
Women's Single A/B Semi 2nd -> A Final
Men's Pair Repechage 3rd -> B Final
Men's Four Repechage 4th -> B Final
Men's Single (Pazzaia) A/B Semi 4th -> B Final
Men's Single (Colsh) C Final -> 2nd

Sunday Schedule (IST)

8:30am - Men's Pair B Final
8:48am - Men's Four B Final
9:00am - Men's Single (Pazzaia) B Final
10:05am - Women's Pair A Final
10:45am - Men's Double A Final
11:30am - Women's Four A Final
13:00pm - Women's Single A Final

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The 2024 international rowing season has officially begun with the first World Cup in Italy, and the Irish crews have made their presence felt right from the start.

The Women's Four of Emily Hegarty, Natalie Long, Eimear Lambe, and Imogen Magner clinched first place in their heat, leaving the reigning World Champions, the Netherlands, behind. The Irish crew left it to their final sprint to move into the leading position, securing their place in the top two direct qualifying spots. Sunday's final promises to be an exciting event as the Irish crew looks forward to the challenge.

Sanita Puspure goes into the A/B semifinals on Saturday in the Rowing World Cup with the second-fastest time and hopes to make it to the top three spotsSanita Puspure goes into the A/B semifinals on Saturday in the Rowing World Cup with the second-fastest time and hopes to make it to the top three spots

Sanita Puspure, who had a challenging race in Tokyo, made a strong comeback in her single, crossing the line first in her heat. Puspure goes into the A/B semifinals on Saturday with the second-fastest time and hopes to make it to the top three spots, which will go on to the A Final. In the Women's Pair, Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh were the first to hit the water, finishing just one second behind the Netherlands, the 2023 World Championship gold medalists.

As a preliminary race for lanes, Sunday's final promises to be an interesting event with different strategies from the individual teams. Both of Ireland's Men's Scullers, Konan Pazzaia, and Brian Colsh, successfully progressed from their heats and qualified for this afternoon's Quarterfinals. Pazzaia held his position through the race, finishing in second place, while Colsh secured his spot in the Quarterfinals by finishing third in his heat.

Irish Men's Sculler Konan PazzaiaIrish Men's Sculler Konan Pazzaia

Irish Men's Sculler Konan PazzaiaIrish Men's Sculler Konan Pazzaia

Pazzaia bumped it up again in the Men's Single Quarterfinals, beating Quentin Antognelli from Monaco on the line to finish in third, securing the last qualifying spot to the A/B Semi. Tomorrow he'll face last year's World Champion, Ollie Zeidler from Germany. Colsh is into the C Final after a fifth place finish in his Quarterfinal. Philip Doyle and Daire Lynch are into tomorrow morning's repechage in the Men's Double, having just missed out on qualifying directly into the A Final.

The fastest two doubles will make it to the race for medals on Sunday. The Fermanagh pair of Nathan Timoney and Ross Corrigan finished fourth in the heat of the Men's Pair and are into tomorrow's repechage. The top two crews from the repechage will make it through to the A Final.

Ireland's M4 - Ronan Byrne, Jack Dorney, Andrew Sheehan and John KearneyIreland's M4 - Ronan Byrne, Jack Dorney, Andrew Sheehan and John Kearney

The Men's Four of John Kearney, Andrew Sheehan, Jack Dorney, and Ronan Byrne finished fifth in their heat and will race again tomorrow in the repechage. It's just two boats from a competitive field that will make it through to Sunday's A Final.

Saturday's schedule (IST) includes the Men's Single C Final (Colsh), Men's Pair Repechage, Men's Double Repechage, Men's Four Repechage, Women's Single A/B Semi, and Men's Single A/B Semi (Pazzaia).

Fans can look forward to a thrilling day of racing as Ireland continues to make its mark on the international stage.

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Due to the weather forecast, both the Neptune and Commercial rowing regattas in Dublin have been cancelled. The organisers have cited strong winds of 45k/hr and gusts of 90k/ph expected to hit Islandbridge as the cause.

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Ireland has announced the names of the athletes who will represent the country at the upcoming Rowing World Cup. The racing event is scheduled to take place from April 12 to April 14 in Varese, Italy.  Antonio Maurogiovanni, the High-Performance Director of Rowing Ireland, revealed the selected crews.

The women's four crew includes Emily Hegarty from Skibbereen RC, Natalie Long from Lee Valley RC, Eimear Lambe from Old Collegians BC, and Imogen Magner from Carlow RCThe women's four crew includes Emily Hegarty from Skibbereen RC, Natalie Long from Lee Valley RC, Eimear Lambe from Old Collegians BC, and Imogen Magner from Carlow RC

The women's four crew includes Emily Hegarty from Skibbereen RC, Natalie Long from Lee Valley RC, Eimear Lambe from Old Collegians BC, and Imogen Magner from Carlow RC. On the other hand, the men's four crew consists of John Kearney from UCC RC, Andrew Sheehan from UCC RC, Jack Dorney from Shandon BC/Harvard, and Ronan Byrne from Shandon RC.

Aifric Keogh & Fiona Murtagh will race for Ireland in W2 at the Rowing World Cup in Italy in AprilAifric Keogh & Fiona Murtagh will race for Ireland in W2 at the Rowing World Cup in Italy in April

Fiona Murtagh from the University of Galway RC and Aifric Keogh from Gráinne Mhaol RC will represent Ireland in the Women's Pair (Qualified boat for Paris). Meanwhile, Nathan Timoney from Enniskillen Royal BC and Ross Corrigan from Portora BC will form the Men's Pair (Qualified boat for Paris). In the Men's Double (Qualified boat for Paris), Philip Doyle from Belfast BC and Daire Lynch from Clonmel RC will represent Ireland.

Philip Doyle from Belfast BC and Daire Lynch from Clonmel RC will race in the Men’s Double (Qualified Boat for Paris)Philip Doyle from Belfast BC and Daire Lynch from Clonmel RC will race in the Men’s Double (Qualified Boat for Paris)

Sanita Puspure from Old Collegians BC will be the sole representative for Ireland in the Women's Single category. Konan Pazzaia from Queen's University Belfast BC and Brian Colsh from University of Galway BC will represent Ireland in the Men's Single category.

Selected Irish Crews for 2024 World Cup:

Women’s Four

Emily Hegarty (Skibbereen RC)
Natalie Long (Lee Valley RC)
Eimear Lambe (Old Collegians BC)
Imogen Magner (Carlow RC)

Men’s Four

John Kearney (UCC RC)
Andrew Sheehan (UCC RC)
Jack Dorney (Shandon BC/Harvard)
Ronan Byrne (Shandon RC)

Women’s Pair (Qualified Boat for Paris)

Fiona Murtagh (University of Galway RC)
Aifric Keogh (Gráinne Mhaol RC)

Men’s Pair (Qualified Boat for Paris)

Nathan Timoney (Enniskillen Royal BC)
Ross Corrigan (Portora BC)

Men’s Double (Qualified Boat for Paris)

Philip Doyle (Belfast BC)
Daire Lynch (Clonmel RC)

Women’s Single

Sanita Puspure (Old Collegians BC)

Men’s Single

Konan Pazzaia (Queen’s University Belfast BC)
Brian Colsh (University of Galway BC)

More information regarding the 2024 World Cup can be found here

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Lurgan’s Linda Blakely aims to cross the treacherous 3,000-mile Atlantic Ocean in a 12-foot boat aptly named Ulster Warrior, reports the Sunday Life.

She will start 2024 attempting to break a world record for a female solo rower, which is 40 days and 19 hours, set by 35-year-old Englishwoman Victoria Evans in 2022. Linda, who will be 50 about halfway through the challenge aims to raise £100,000 for the charity Action Medical Research.

She plans to set off from Gran Canaria to St Lucia in the Caribbean on January 7, weather-permitting, and hopes to arrive in St Lucia 40 days later, where her brother Peter and his family will be there to welcome her ashore.

Linda lives in London, where she runs three homes for young people with special needs. In 2018, she became the first woman in the UK to summit both Everest and Lhotse within a day.

Other accolades are competition in Iron Man challenges and winning a silver medal in European championships in long-distance triathlons with Team GB.

She tells the Belfast Telegraph that her mission is to become the fastest woman in the world to cross the Atlantic alone. She explains: “When I first thought about doing it, the record was 49 days, which seemed to be there for the taking, but then Victoria (Evans) did it in 40 days. She set a tough benchmark. Until this year, I had never rowed before, but I have a great club in London, the Sons of the Thames, who have taken me under their wing and taught me how to row, and I’ve been doing some racing with them.”

More from Sunday Life here

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Ireland's rowing team has made history at the 2023 World Rowing Championships, finishing the competition with four medals and securing seven crews for the Paris 2024 event. This marks the most crews that Ireland has ever qualified for at the World Championships, with only four crews qualifying during the Tokyo cycle. 

Although some crews did not qualify, they still have a chance at the Final Qualification Regatta in May. One of the highlights of the event was Philip Doyle and Daire Lynch's bronze medal win in the men's double. The duo started slow and were at the back of the pack in the first 1000 metres. However, they made a strong comeback and secured the bronze medal, racing right to the line with the Croatian double and coming in just one second behind the Sinkovic's. 

Alison Bergin and Zoe Hyde, the young women's double, also put in a commendable performance, managing to stay at the top of the pack throughout the race and finishing in fourth place. They missed out on a podium finish by just one and a half seconds, but their impressive performance has marked them as a crew to watch in the future. 

This historic week for Irish rowing has seen incredible racing, with the team's eye now firmly set on the Paris event next year. The team's performance has demonstrated that they are on the up, and the future looks bright for Irish rowing.

Day 7 Results

Men's Double A Final -> BRONZE
Women's Double A Final - > 4th

Overall Results
Lightweight Men's Double -> GOLD and OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION
Lightweight Women's Scull -> GOLD
Men's Pair -> BRONZE and OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION
Men's Double -> BRONZE and OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION
Women's Pair -> 4th and OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION
Women's Double -> 4th and OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION
PR2 Mixed Double -> 5th and PARALYMPIC QUALIFICATION
Lightweight women's Double -> 1st B Final and OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION
W4- -> 3rd B Final
M4x -> 1st C Final
M4- -> 3rd C Final
LM1x -> 5th D Final

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Irish crews have secured two more medals and one more Paris 2024 qualification on Day 7 of the World Rowing Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. This brings Ireland's total to seven Paris 2024 qualifications, marking the largest number of qualifications in Rowing Ireland's history.

Lightweight Men's Double Scull World Champions Paul McCarthy and Fintan O'Donovan have defended their title for another year, clinching gold with another dominant performance. Despite the Swiss taking an early lead, McCarthy and O'Donovan showed their strength in the second half of the race, crossing the finish line ahead of Switzerland and Italy. This marks their third consecutive World Championship win.

A third consecutive World Championship win for Lightweight Men's Double Scullers Paul McCarthy and Fintan O'DonovanA third consecutive World Championship win for Lightweight Men's Double Scullers Paul McCarthy and Fintan O'Donovan

Lightweight Men's Double Scull World defending Champions Paul McCarthy and Fintan O'Donovan top the podium at the World Rowing Championships in Belgrade, SerbiaLightweight Men's Double Scull World defending Champions Paul McCarthy and Fintan O'Donovan top the podium at the World Rowing Championships in Belgrade, Serbia

Nathan Timoney and Ross Corrigan from Enniskillen secured another medal for Ireland with a bronze in the Men's pair. They led the race for the first half, taking the Swiss and Great Britain by surprise. Although favourites for the gold medal, Tom George and Ollie Wynne-Griffith from GB came back in the third quarter of the race and battled down to the line with Timoney and Corrigan for second place. In the end, Switzerland took the lead, and Ireland just missed out on the surge and had to settle for the bronze medal.

Bronze medalists - Ross Corrigan and Nathan Timoney with coach Nicolo Maurogiovanni and Rowing Ireland High Performance Director Antonio Maurogiovanni Bronze medalists - Ross Corrigan and Nathan Timoney with coach Nicolo Maurogiovanni and Rowing Ireland High Performance Director Antonio Maurogiovanni 

Aoife Casey and Margaret Cremen have qualified the Lightweight Women's Double for Paris 2024, winning the B final. Though nerves were high before they took to the water, Casey and Cremen remained cool and collected, finishing with clear water over the field. They finished the World Championships in seventh place and secured a spot for next year.

Aoife Casey and Margaret Cremen have qualified the Lightweight Women's Double for Paris 2024, winning the B finalAoife Casey and Margaret Cremen have qualified the Lightweight Women's Double for Paris 2024, winning the B final and below pictured with family in Serbia

In the PR2 Mix2x, Katie O'Brien and Steven McGowan took fifth place in the world. After qualifying for the Paralympics earlier in the week, they had a bit of a rough start when they caught a crab in the second half of the race. However, they quickly regained their composure and finished strong.

"This brings Ireland's total to seven Paris 2024 qualifications, marking the largest number of qualifications in Rowing Ireland's history"

Aifric Keogh and Fiona Murtagh just missed out on a podium finish, coming in fourth place. Though they fought hard to get into medal position in the last 500 meters, they were narrowly beaten by crews from the Netherlands, Australia, and Romania.

Eimear Lambe, Sanita Puspure, Imogen Lambe, and Natalie Long finished in third place in the B final of the women's four. Though they were hot on the heels of the crew from Denmark, New Zealand claimed the qualification position in the end.

Finally, John Kearney, Jack Dorney, Adam Browne, and Fionnán McQuillan-Tolan finished in third place in the C final of the men's four. Despite starting from the back of the pack, they showed incredible perseverance in the last 500 meters and finished nearly neck and neck with the Chinese four. Nevertheless, China claimed second position across the line.

Overall, it was an impressive showing for the Irish crews, who proved their strength and skill on the international stage.

Day 7 Results

Lightweight Men's Double A Final -> GOLD
Men['s Pair A Final -> BRONZE
Lightweight Women's Double B Final ->1st and OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION
Women's Pair A Final -> 4th
PR2 Mixed Double A Final -> 5th
Women's Four B Final -> 3rd
Men's Quad C Final -> 1st
Men's Four C Final -> 3rd

Sunday Schedule (IST)

12:39pm - Men's Double A Final
12:54pm - Women's Double A Final

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Dun Laoghaire Harbour Information

Dun Laoghaire Harbour is the second port for Dublin and is located on the south shore of Dublin Bay. Marine uses for this 200-year-old man-made harbour have changed over its lifetime. Originally built as a port of refuge for sailing ships entering the narrow channel at Dublin Port, the harbour has had a continuous ferry link with Wales, and this was the principal activity of the harbour until the service stopped in 2015. In all this time, however, one thing has remained constant, and that is the popularity of sailing and boating from the port, making it Ireland's marine leisure capital with a harbour fleet of between 1,200 -1,600 pleasure craft based at the country's largest marina (800 berths) and its four waterfront yacht clubs.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bye-Laws

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A live stream Dublin Bay webcam showing Dun Laoghaire Harbour entrance and East Pier is here

Dun Laoghaire is a Dublin suburb situated on the south side of Dublin Bay, approximately, 15km from Dublin city centre.

The east and west piers of the harbour are each of 1 kilometre (0.62 miles) long.

The harbour entrance is 232 metres (761 ft) across from East to West Pier.

  • Public Boatyard
  • Public slipway
  • Public Marina

23 clubs, 14 activity providers and eight state-related organisations operate from Dun Laoghaire Harbour that facilitates a full range of sports - Sailing, Rowing, Diving, Windsurfing, Angling, Canoeing, Swimming, Triathlon, Powerboating, Kayaking and Paddleboarding. Participants include members of the public, club members, tourists, disabled, disadvantaged, event competitors, schools, youth groups and college students.

  • Commissioners of Irish Lights
  • Dun Laoghaire Marina
  • MGM Boats & Boatyard
  • Coastguard
  • Naval Service Reserve
  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution
  • Marine Activity Centre
  • Rowing clubs
  • Yachting and Sailing Clubs
  • Sailing Schools
  • Irish Olympic Sailing Team
  • Chandlery & Boat Supply Stores

The east and west granite-built piers of Dun Laoghaire harbour are each of one kilometre (0.62 mi) long and enclose an area of 250 acres (1.0 km2) with the harbour entrance being 232 metres (761 ft) in width.

In 2018, the ownership of the great granite was transferred in its entirety to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council who now operate and manage the harbour. Prior to that, the harbour was operated by The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, a state company, dissolved in 2018 under the Ports Act.

  • 1817 - Construction of the East Pier to a design by John Rennie began in 1817 with Earl Whitworth Lord Lieutenant of Ireland laying the first stone.
  • 1820 - Rennie had concerns a single pier would be subject to silting, and by 1820 gained support for the construction of the West pier to begin shortly afterwards. When King George IV left Ireland from the harbour in 1820, Dunleary was renamed Kingstown, a name that was to remain in use for nearly 100 years. The harbour was named the Royal Harbour of George the Fourth which seems not to have remained for so long.
  • 1824 - saw over 3,000 boats shelter in the partially completed harbour, but it also saw the beginning of operations off the North Wall which alleviated many of the issues ships were having accessing Dublin Port.
  • 1826 - Kingstown harbour gained the important mail packet service which at the time was under the stewardship of the Admiralty with a wharf completed on the East Pier in the following year. The service was transferred from Howth whose harbour had suffered from silting and the need for frequent dredging.
  • 1831 - Royal Irish Yacht Club founded
  • 1837 - saw the creation of Victoria Wharf, since renamed St. Michael's Wharf with the D&KR extended and a new terminus created convenient to the wharf.[8] The extended line had cut a chord across the old harbour with the landward pool so created later filled in.
  • 1838 - Royal St George Yacht Club founded
  • 1842 - By this time the largest man-made harbour in Western Europe had been completed with the construction of the East Pier lighthouse.
  • 1855 - The harbour was further enhanced by the completion of Traders Wharf in 1855 and Carlisle Pier in 1856. The mid-1850s also saw the completion of the West Pier lighthouse. The railway was connected to Bray in 1856
  • 1871 - National Yacht Club founded
  • 1884 - Dublin Bay Sailing Club founded
  • 1918 - The Mailboat, “The RMS Leinster” sailed out of Dún Laoghaire with 685 people on board. 22 were post office workers sorting the mail; 70 were crew and the vast majority of the passengers were soldiers returning to the battlefields of World War I. The ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat near the Kish lighthouse killing many of those onboard.
  • 1920 - Kingstown reverted to the name Dún Laoghaire in 1920 and in 1924 the harbour was officially renamed "Dun Laoghaire Harbour"
  • 1944 - a diaphone fog signal was installed at the East Pier
  • 1965 - Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club founded
  • 1968 - The East Pier lighthouse station switched from vapourised paraffin to electricity, and became unmanned. The new candle-power was 226,000
  • 1977- A flying boat landed in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, one of the most unusual visitors
  • 1978 - Irish National Sailing School founded
  • 1934 - saw the Dublin and Kingstown Railway begin operations from their terminus at Westland Row to a terminus at the West Pier which began at the old harbour
  • 2001 - Dun Laoghaire Marina opens with 500 berths
  • 2015 - Ferry services cease bringing to an end a 200-year continuous link with Wales.
  • 2017- Bicentenary celebrations and time capsule laid.
  • 2018 - Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company dissolved, the harbour is transferred into the hands of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

From East pier to West Pier the waterfront clubs are:

  • National Yacht Club. Read latest NYC news here
  • Royal St. George Yacht Club. Read latest RSTGYC news here
  • Royal Irish Yacht Club. Read latest RIYC news here
  • Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club. Read latest DMYC news here

 

The umbrella organisation that organises weekly racing in summer and winter on Dublin Bay for all the yacht clubs is Dublin Bay Sailing Club. It has no clubhouse of its own but operates through the clubs with two x Committee vessels and a starters hut on the West Pier. Read the latest DBSC news here.

The sailing community is a key stakeholder in Dún Laoghaire. The clubs attract many visitors from home and abroad and attract major international sailing events to the harbour.

 

Dun Laoghaire Regatta

Dun Laoghaire's biennial town regatta was started in 2005 as a joint cooperation by the town's major yacht clubs. It was an immediate success and is now in its eighth edition and has become Ireland's biggest sailing event. The combined club's regatta is held in the first week of July.

  • Attracts 500 boats and more from overseas and around the country
  • Four-day championship involving 2,500 sailors with supporting family and friends
  • Economic study carried out by the Irish Marine Federation estimated the economic value of the 2009 Regatta at €2.5 million

The dates for the 2021 edition of Ireland's biggest sailing event on Dublin Bay is: 8-11 July 2021. More details here

Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Offshore Race

The biennial Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race is a 320-miles race down the East coast of Ireland, across the south coast and into Dingle harbour in County Kerry. The latest news on the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race can be found by clicking on the link here. The race is organised by the National Yacht Club.

The 2021 Race will start from the National Yacht Club on Wednesday 9th, June 2021.

Round Ireland Yacht Race

This is a Wicklow Sailing Club race but in 2013 the Garden County Club made an arrangement that sees see entries berthed at the RIYC in Dun Laoghaire Harbour for scrutineering prior to the biennial 704–mile race start off Wicklow harbour. Larger boats have been unable to berth in the confines of Wicklow harbour, a factor WSC believes has restricted the growth of the Round Ireland fleet. 'It means we can now encourage larger boats that have shown an interest in competing but we have been unable to cater for in Wicklow' harbour, WSC Commodore Peter Shearer told Afloat.ie here. The race also holds a pre-ace launch party at the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

Laser Masters World Championship 2018

  • 301 boats from 25 nations

Laser Radial World Championship 2016

  • 436 competitors from 48 nations

ISAF Youth Worlds 2012

  • The Youth Olympics of Sailing run on behalf of World Sailing in 2012.
  • Two-week event attracting 61 nations, 255 boats, 450 volunteers.
  • Generated 9,000 bed nights and valued at €9 million to the local economy.

The Harbour Police are authorised by the company to police the harbour and to enforce and implement bye-laws within the harbour, and all regulations made by the company in relation to the harbour.

There are four ship/ferry berths in Dun Laoghaire:

  • No 1 berth (East Pier)
  • No 2 berth (east side of Carlisle Pier)
  • No 3 berth (west side of Carlisle Pier)
  • No 4 berth  (St, Michaels Wharf)

Berthing facilities for smaller craft exist in the town's 800-berth marina and on swinging moorings.

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