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ROWING: Queen’s University led the way at the Lagan Head of the River in Belfast. Their men’s senior double was the fastest crew in the first head, and their senior eight matched the feat in the second. There was a slight headwind, and conditions were excellent. The organisers left 30 to 40 second gaps between the crews to avoid congestion at Queen Elizabeth bridge, which is undergoing repair work.

1195QUBBCMS 2XR.O'Connor10:57.3100.00
2109 MCBRCMJ18A 4-R Gilmore11:21.2103.64
3110 CAIBCMJ18A 4-J Kennedy11:52.1108.35
4101 MCBRCMJ18A 4X-R Gilmore12:04.2110.18
5131 QUBBCMI 1XJ Mitchell12:07.0110.61
6102 CAIBCMJ18A 4X-G Hunter12:12.5111.45
7125 QUBBCMN 4+S Leitch12:26.0113.50
8105 MCBRCMJ16 4X+S Graham12:27.4113.72
9119 Bann RC MJ18A 2XC Alcorn12:29.7114.06
10106 CAIBCMJ16 4X+S Archibald12:30.8114.23
11145 Commercial RC MM 4+ (D)R Keogh12:34.2114.74
12132 RBAIRCMI 1XC Beck12:41.7115.89
13137 Belfast BCMN 1XA Boreham12:43.5116.17
14117 Commercial RC MS 2-C Denny12:44.7116.35
15194De MaasMM 1X (B)R.Shirley12:47.9116.83
16133 MCBRCMJ18A 1XP Boomer12:49.5117.07
17108 Bann RC MJ18A 4-A Hamilton12:53.7117.72
18103 MCBRC BMJ18A 4X-R Gilmore12:55.1117.92
19124 Lagan Scullers ClubMS 1XN Darby12:57.9118.35
20134 Bann RCMJ18A 1XJ Casselles12:58.1118.38
21147 MCBRCWJ16 8+K McCurdy13:06.7119.69
22154 Belfast BC BMM 2X (F)H Coppinger13:07.5119.82
23128 RBAIRCMN 4+W MacGalliard13:11.2120.38
24116 Bann RC MJ15 4X+C Bell13:13.7120.76
25127 QUBBC (B)MN 4+R Crowley13:13.8120.78
26163 DULBC WN 4+N O'Sullivan13:15.9121.09
27146 Belfast BCMM 4+ (F)S Herron13:22.1122.04
28111 Blackrock CRC MJ16 4X+G Brassil13:25.5122.55
29104 Bann RC MJ16 4X+F Stinson13:25.7122.59
30120 MCBRCMJ18A 2XD Acheson13:28.4122.99
31186 MCBRC MJ15 2XK Redpath13:28.6123.03
32165 QUBLBCWN 4+C Moorehead13:29.2123.12
33153 MCBRCMJ18A 2-J Doyle13:30.0123.24
34114 CAIBCMJ15 4X+B Crawford13:30.8123.36
35172 QUBLBCWS 2-A Greene13:32.8123.66
36138 Belfast RCMI 1XJ Baird13:35.0124.00
37136 RBAIRCMJ18A 1XG McKillan13:35.6124.09
38167 Bann RC WJ18A 2XS Allen13:36.8124.27
39118 Commercial RC BMS 2-S Connnolly13:39.5124.69
40115 Belfast RC MN 4X+C.Driscoll13:39.7124.71
41156 Belfast RC MN 2XP Hewitt13:49.3126.17
42174 City of Derry BCMM 1X (D)G D'Urso13:51.8126.56
43149 Commercial RC WI 1 4+R Keogh13:52.3126.64
44183 Belfast BCWM 2X ( C)A Clayton13:52.9126.72
45157 Commercial RC WJ16 4X+A Keogh13:53.7126.84
46141 MCBRCMI 1XR Prodohl13:54.4126.94
47107 RBAIRCMJ16 4X+J McCauley13:59.0127.64
48140 CAIBCMI 1XM McMullan14:03.0128.25
49180 Lagan Scullers ClubMM 1X (D)J Phelan14:15.3130.13
50129 QUBBC ( C)MN 4+S Beer14:15.3130.14
51121 RBAIRCMJ18A 2XM Adair14:18.7130.64
52113 MCBRC BMJ15 8+M Wilson14:18.8130.67
53179 Belfast BCMM 1X (F)S Lockwood14:23.8131.43
54178 MCBRCWJ18A 1XJ English14:29.8132.33
55173 QUBLBC (B)WS 2-E Kerrigan14:31.2132.54
56135 Commercial RC MJ18A 1XM D'Estelle-Roe14:34.1132.99
57184 Belfast BCWM 2X (F)L Brown14:36.1133.29
58158 Bann RC WJ15 4X+L Ferguson14:37.4133.50
59155 QUBBCMN 2XP Mano14:42.5134.27
NUMBERClubClassCox/SteererTime% of winning
60126 Belfast RC MN 4+A Doyle14:42.7134.29
61164 DULBC BWN 4+G Nic Fhionnain14:43.5134.42
62122 Portadown BC MJ18A 2XS McKeown14:44.0134.50
63187 Bann RC MJ15 2XC Boyle14:53.4135.92
64160 Commercial RC WN 4X+G Connolly14:54.0136.02
65150 Commercial RC BWI 1 4+K Keogh14:59.8136.90
66171 Lagan Scullers ClubMM 2X (E)J McAllister15:03.4137.45
67190 Commercial RC WN 1XG Foley15:10.3138.50
68170 Belfast BCMM 2X (F)S Bellamy15:12.1138.77
69185 Portadown BC MM 4X- (F)M Bell15:27.7141.14
70161 Belfast RC WJ16 4X+M McLaughlin15:33.5142.03
71159 Belfast RC WN 4X+A.Shirlow15:35.4142.32
72182 Portadown BC MM 1X ( C)J Finlay15:51.9144.82
73191 Lagan Scullers ClubWM 2X ( C)G McDaid15:58.4145.82
74188 Belfast RC WN 2XN Murray16:02.9146.50
75189 Belfast RCWN 1XL Cameron16:05.0146.82
76169 Belfast RC B WJ18A 2XS Flynn16:12.9148.02
77123 MCBRC BMJ18A 2XL Batchelor16:14.7148.30
78181 Portadown BC B MM 1X ( C)I McClements16:21.0149.25
79168 Belfast RCWJ18A 2XA. Herity16:23.2149.59
80144 Portadown BC MJ18A 1XI Divine16:25.0149.86
81193 Belfast BCWM 1X (E)A Forsythe17:54.1163.42
82142 QUBBCMN 1XC Logan18:32.9169.32
 112 MCBRCMJ15 8+B Gibson  
 130 CAIBCMS 1XS Archibald  
 139 RBAIRC (B)MI 1XA Lecky  
 143 RBAIRC (B)MJ18A 1XC Vallely-Gilroy  
 148 QUBLBCWI 1 4+Aiken  
 151 Commercial RC MJ18A 2-C O'Raida  
 152 CAIBCMJ18A 2-P McCullough  
 162 Commercial RC WN 4+G Connolly  
 166 CAIBCMJ16 2XP Campbell  
 175 DULBC WI 1 1XS Dolan  
 176 Belfast BCWJ18A 1X B Jacques  
 177 Belfast BC BWJ18A 1XL Litvack  
 192 Portadown BC WM 2X (B)J Kavanagh 
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The Irish Coast Guard

The Irish Coast Guard is Ireland's fourth 'Blue Light' service (along with An Garda Síochána, the Ambulance Service and the Fire Service). It provides a nationwide maritime emergency organisation as well as a variety of services to shipping and other government agencies.

The purpose of the Irish Coast Guard is to promote safety and security standards, and by doing so, prevent as far as possible, the loss of life at sea, and on inland waters, mountains and caves, and to provide effective emergency response services and to safeguard the quality of the marine environment.

The Irish Coast Guard has responsibility for Ireland's system of marine communications, surveillance and emergency management in Ireland's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and certain inland waterways.

It is responsible for the response to, and co-ordination of, maritime accidents which require search and rescue and counter-pollution and ship casualty operations. It also has responsibility for vessel traffic monitoring.

Operations in respect of maritime security, illegal drug trafficking, illegal migration and fisheries enforcement are co-ordinated by other bodies within the Irish Government.

On average, each year, the Irish Coast Guard is expected to:

  • handle 3,000 marine emergencies
  • assist 4,500 people and save about 200 lives
  • task Coast Guard helicopters on missions

The Coast Guard has been around in some form in Ireland since 1908.

Coast Guard helicopters

The Irish Coast Guard has contracted five medium-lift Sikorsky Search and Rescue helicopters deployed at bases in Dublin, Waterford, Shannon and Sligo.

The helicopters are designated wheels up from initial notification in 15 minutes during daylight hours and 45 minutes at night. One aircraft is fitted and its crew trained for under slung cargo operations up to 3000kgs and is available on short notice based at Waterford.

These aircraft respond to emergencies at sea, inland waterways, offshore islands and mountains of Ireland (32 counties).

They can also be used for assistance in flooding, major inland emergencies, intra-hospital transfers, pollution, and aerial surveillance during daylight hours, lifting and passenger operations and other operations as authorised by the Coast Guard within appropriate regulations.

Irish Coastguard FAQs

The Irish Coast Guard provides nationwide maritime emergency response, while also promoting safety and security standards. It aims to prevent the loss of life at sea, on inland waters, on mountains and in caves; and to safeguard the quality of the marine environment.

The main role of the Irish Coast Guard is to rescue people from danger at sea or on land, to organise immediate medical transport and to assist boats and ships within the country's jurisdiction. It has three marine rescue centres in Dublin, Malin Head, Co Donegal, and Valentia Island, Co Kerry. The Dublin National Maritime Operations centre provides marine search and rescue responses and coordinates the response to marine casualty incidents with the Irish exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Yes, effectively, it is the fourth "blue light" service. The Marine Rescue Sub-Centre (MRSC) Valentia is the contact point for the coastal area between Ballycotton, Co Cork and Clifden, Co Galway. At the same time, the MRSC Malin Head covers the area between Clifden and Lough Foyle. Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) Dublin covers Carlingford Lough, Co Louth to Ballycotton, Co Cork. Each MRCC/MRSC also broadcasts maritime safety information on VHF and MF radio, including navigational and gale warnings, shipping forecasts, local inshore forecasts, strong wind warnings and small craft warnings.

The Irish Coast Guard handles about 3,000 marine emergencies annually, and assists 4,500 people - saving an estimated 200 lives, according to the Department of Transport. In 2016, Irish Coast Guard helicopters completed 1,000 missions in a single year for the first time.

Yes, Irish Coast Guard helicopters evacuate medical patients from offshore islands to hospital on average about 100 times a year. In September 2017, the Department of Health announced that search and rescue pilots who work 24-hour duties would not be expected to perform any inter-hospital patient transfers. The Air Corps flies the Emergency Aeromedical Service, established in 2012 and using an AW139 twin-engine helicopter. Known by its call sign "Air Corps 112", it airlifted its 3,000th patient in autumn 2020.

The Irish Coast Guard works closely with the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency, which is responsible for the Northern Irish coast.

The Irish Coast Guard is a State-funded service, with both paid management personnel and volunteers, and is under the auspices of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. It is allocated approximately 74 million euro annually in funding, some 85 per cent of which pays for a helicopter contract that costs 60 million euro annually. The overall funding figure is "variable", an Oireachtas committee was told in 2019. Other significant expenditure items include volunteer training exercises, equipment, maintenance, renewal, and information technology.

The Irish Coast Guard has four search and rescue helicopter bases at Dublin, Waterford, Shannon and Sligo, run on a contract worth 50 million euro annually with an additional 10 million euro in costs by CHC Ireland. It provides five medium-lift Sikorsky S-92 helicopters and trained crew. The 44 Irish Coast Guard coastal units with 1,000 volunteers are classed as onshore search units, with 23 of the 44 units having rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) and 17 units having cliff rescue capability. The Irish Coast Guard has 60 buildings in total around the coast, and units have search vehicles fitted with blue lights, all-terrain vehicles or quads, first aid equipment, generators and area lighting, search equipment, marine radios, pyrotechnics and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Community Rescue Boats Ireland also provide lifeboats and crews to assist in search and rescue. The Irish Coast Guard works closely with the Garda Siochána, National Ambulance Service, Naval Service and Air Corps, Civil Defence, while fishing vessels, ships and other craft at sea offer assistance in search operations.

The helicopters are designated as airborne from initial notification in 15 minutes during daylight hours, and 45 minutes at night. The aircraft respond to emergencies at sea, on inland waterways, offshore islands and mountains and cover the 32 counties. They can also assist in flooding, major inland emergencies, intra-hospital transfers, pollution, and can transport offshore firefighters and ambulance teams. The Irish Coast Guard volunteers units are expected to achieve a 90 per cent response time of departing from the station house in ten minutes from notification during daylight and 20 minutes at night. They are also expected to achieve a 90 per cent response time to the scene of the incident in less than 60 minutes from notification by day and 75 minutes at night, subject to geographical limitations.

Units are managed by an officer-in-charge (three stripes on the uniform) and a deputy officer in charge (two stripes). Each team is trained in search skills, first aid, setting up helicopter landing sites and a range of maritime skills, while certain units are also trained in cliff rescue.

Volunteers receive an allowance for time spent on exercises and call-outs. What is the difference between the Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI? The RNLI is a registered charity which has been saving lives at sea since 1824, and runs a 24/7 volunteer lifeboat service around the British and Irish coasts. It is a declared asset of the British Maritime and Coast Guard Agency and the Irish Coast Guard. Community Rescue Boats Ireland is a community rescue network of volunteers under the auspices of Water Safety Ireland.

No, it does not charge for rescue and nor do the RNLI or Community Rescue Boats Ireland.

The marine rescue centres maintain 19 VHF voice and DSC radio sites around the Irish coastline and a digital paging system. There are two VHF repeater test sites, four MF radio sites and two NAVTEX transmitter sites. Does Ireland have a national search and rescue plan? The first national search and rescue plan was published in July, 2019. It establishes the national framework for the overall development, deployment and improvement of search and rescue services within the Irish Search and Rescue Region and to meet domestic and international commitments. The purpose of the national search and rescue plan is to promote a planned and nationally coordinated search and rescue response to persons in distress at sea, in the air or on land.

Yes, the Irish Coast Guard is responsible for responding to spills of oil and other hazardous substances with the Irish pollution responsibility zone, along with providing an effective response to marine casualties and monitoring or intervening in marine salvage operations. It provides and maintains a 24-hour marine pollution notification at the three marine rescue centres. It coordinates exercises and tests of national and local pollution response plans.

The first Irish Coast Guard volunteer to die on duty was Caitriona Lucas, a highly trained member of the Doolin Coast Guard unit, while assisting in a search for a missing man by the Kilkee unit in September 2016. Six months later, four Irish Coast Guard helicopter crew – Dara Fitzpatrick, Mark Duffy, Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith -died when their Sikorsky S-92 struck Blackrock island off the Mayo coast on March 14, 2017. The Dublin-based Rescue 116 crew were providing "top cover" or communications for a medical emergency off the west coast and had been approaching Blacksod to refuel. Up until the five fatalities, the Irish Coast Guard recorded that more than a million "man hours" had been spent on more than 30,000 rescue missions since 1991.

Several investigations were initiated into each incident. The Marine Casualty Investigation Board was critical of the Irish Coast Guard in its final report into the death of Caitriona Lucas, while a separate Health and Safety Authority investigation has been completed, but not published. The Air Accident Investigation Unit final report into the Rescue 116 helicopter crash has not yet been published.

The Irish Coast Guard in its present form dates back to 1991, when the Irish Marine Emergency Service was formed after a campaign initiated by Dr Joan McGinley to improve air/sea rescue services on the west Irish coast. Before Irish independence, the British Admiralty was responsible for a Coast Guard (formerly the Water Guard or Preventative Boat Service) dating back to 1809. The West Coast Search and Rescue Action Committee was initiated with a public meeting in Killybegs, Co Donegal, in 1988 and the group was so effective that a Government report was commissioned, which recommended setting up a new division of the Department of the Marine to run the Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (MRCC), then based at Shannon, along with the existing coast radio service, and coast and cliff rescue. A medium-range helicopter base was established at Shannon within two years. Initially, the base was served by the Air Corps.

The first director of what was then IMES was Capt Liam Kirwan, who had spent 20 years at sea and latterly worked with the Marine Survey Office. Capt Kirwan transformed a poorly funded voluntary coast and cliff rescue service into a trained network of cliff and sea rescue units – largely voluntary, but with paid management. The MRCC was relocated from Shannon to an IMES headquarters at the then Department of the Marine (now Department of Transport) in Leeson Lane, Dublin. The coast radio stations at Valentia, Co Kerry, and Malin Head, Co Donegal, became marine rescue-sub-centres.

The current director is Chris Reynolds, who has been in place since August 2007 and was formerly with the Naval Service. He has been seconded to the head of mission with the EUCAP Somalia - which has a mandate to enhance Somalia's maritime civilian law enforcement capacity – since January 2019.

  • Achill, Co. Mayo
  • Ardmore, Co. Waterford
  • Arklow, Co. Wicklow
  • Ballybunion, Co. Kerry
  • Ballycotton, Co. Cork
  • Ballyglass, Co. Mayo
  • Bonmahon, Co. Waterford
  • Bunbeg, Co. Donegal
  • Carnsore, Co. Wexford
  • Castlefreake, Co. Cork
  • Castletownbere, Co. Cork
  • Cleggan, Co. Galway
  • Clogherhead, Co. Louth
  • Costelloe Bay, Co. Galway
  • Courtown, Co. Wexford
  • Crosshaven, Co. Cork
  • Curracloe, Co. Wexford
  • Dingle, Co. Kerry
  • Doolin, Co. Clare
  • Drogheda, Co. Louth
  • Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
  • Dunmore East, Co. Waterford
  • Fethard, Co. Wexford
  • Glandore, Co. Cork
  • Glenderry, Co. Kerry
  • Goleen, Co. Cork
  • Greencastle, Co. Donegal
  • Greenore, Co. Louth
  • Greystones, Co. Wicklow
  • Guileen, Co. Cork
  • Howth, Co. Dublin
  • Kilkee, Co. Clare
  • Killala, Co. Mayo
  • Killybegs, Co. Donegal
  • Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford
  • Knightstown, Co. Kerry
  • Mulroy, Co. Donegal
  • North Aran, Co. Galway
  • Old Head Of Kinsale, Co. Cork
  • Oysterhaven, Co. Cork
  • Rosslare, Co. Wexford
  • Seven Heads, Co. Cork
  • Skerries, Co. Dublin Summercove, Co. Cork
  • Toe Head, Co. Cork
  • Tory Island, Co. Donegal
  • Tramore, Co. Waterford
  • Waterville, Co. Kerry
  • Westport, Co. Mayo
  • Wicklow
  • Youghal, Co. Cork

Sources: Department of Transport © Afloat 2020

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