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Dublin oarsman Nathan O’Reilly of London Rowing Club has broken 7 Irish 30-39 LM Indoor Rowing Records in 7 Days and raised £4,350 for UK and Irish Health charities.

The attempts were broadcast live on Youtube to 3,000 viewers through the week. The 30-minute record went first, followed without incident by The Hour and 10k. The 5k came down to the wire, the dream being kept alive by a last-gasp 150m rate 50 sprint for the line.

Check out this 5k Sprint Finish Clip that picks up for the last 150 metres

“It was a horrible piece. Horrible from the first stroke and I’d all but given up with 1k to go. The guys in the comments never gave up so credit to them"

The 4 minute was straightforward leaving just the Marathon on Sunday.

“I’d found it fairly easy to sit around rate 29 1:48 split for the half so I thought from there it’s not too far to 1:46 [Marathon World Record] but I was very wrong.” – O’Reilly finished on 1:50.2 for the Marathon, a New Irish Record to complete the 7 in 7 and under the British Record but not quite the World Record.

The total raised for the charities stands at £4,350.

Nathan's Indoor Rowing Record Times

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#Rowing: Eoghan O’Connor of Castleconnell came agonisingly close to a remarkable feat at the Irish Provinces Indoor Rowing Championships at the University of Limerick today. The Castleconnell man missed setting a time of six minutes for the 2,000 metres by just one tenth of a second. Cathal Cummins of Lee Valley set a fine time of six minutes 30.5 seconds in the under-18 grade.

Jess O’Keeffe of University of Limerick won the women’s open grade in 7:20.1, but Margaret Cremen of Lee was the fastest woman, with an excellent time of 7:15.2.

Irish Provinces Indoor Rowing Championships, University of Limerick


Open: E O’Connor 6:00.1. Lightweight Open: D O’Connor 6:30.5. Under-23: G Patterson 6:18.9. Lightweight Under-23: B McKeon 6:42.9. Jun 18: C Cummins 6:20.5. Jun 16: R Tummon 6:31.8. 30-39: R Corcoran 6:30.8.


Open: J O’Keeffe 7:20.1. Under-23: H O’Sullivan 7:21.8. Lightweight Under-23: E McGiff 7:43.3. Jun 18: M Cremen 7:15.2. Jun 16: C Kirwan 7:27.9. 30-39: M Tritt 7:40.3.

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#Rowing: Spectators at the Garda Boat Club witnessed a rare sight for an Irish crowd - a competitor breaking six minutes for 2,000 metres on the ergometer. Neptune's Ben Behr Heyder set a time of 5:59.8 at the Leinster Indoor Rowing competition to rousing cheers. The six foot six German had an explosive start at a rate of over 50 strokes per minutes and then eased down and looked remarkably calm from there. It was is third time to break the six minute mark.

 Breanna Larsen of Garda Boat Club woas the fastest woman, with a new personal best of 7:05.9. Eimear Lambe of UCD was the fastest under-23 woman - she set a time of 7:11.1.

Leinster Indoor Rowing Competition, Garda Boat Club (Selected Results)


Open: B Behr-Heyder 5:59.8. Under-23: F Mulligan 6:21.4. Under-23 Lightweight: N Beggan 6:40.8. Novice (1,000m): C Guilfoyle 3:00.6. Under-18: N Hull 6:28.4. Under-16: J Gibney 6:53.2. Masters 30: A Maher 6:23.5.


Open: B Larsen 7:05.9. Under-23: E Lambe 7:11.1. Novice (1,000m): C Hawker 3:35.8. Under-18: C Feerick 7:22.1. Under-16: A Keogh 7:41.8.

Masters 30: M Ragget 8:24.4.

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#Rowing: The entry for the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships has both quantity and quality, with Irish rowers who are set to compete at the Olympic Games in the mix. Gary O’Donovan will compete in lightweight class and Paul O’Donovan in the under-23 lightweight class.

Claire Lambe, who partnered Sinéad Jennings in the Ireland lightweight women’s double crew which qualified the boat for Rio, is also entered. Jennings may do a Wattbike test.

Among the heavyweight men, Philip Doyle, Sam McKeown and Dave Neale will be among those competing to set the top mark, while Sanita Puspure, an Olympian in 2012, should be the fastest woman.

The Championships have a record entry and will be held in Limerick on January 23rd.

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#Rowers of the Month: The Afloat Rowers of the Month for November are Barney Rix of Portora and Ronan Byrne of Shandon. The two young men set new Irish records in indoor rowing. Byrne set a new junior record of six minutes 16.9 seconds at the Provinces Indoor Championships in Limerick. Rix, who had won the junior section at the Irish Indoor Championships early in the year, competed just two days after the Limerick test in Enniskillen – and lowered the record by .1 of a second to 6:16.8.

 Rower of the Month awards: The judging panel is made up of Liam Gorman, rowing correspondent of The Irish Times and David O'Brien, Editor of Afloat magazine. Monthly awards for achievements during the year will appear on and the overall national award will be presented to the person or crew who, in the judges' opinion, achieved the most notable results in, or made the most significant contribution to rowing during 2015. Keep a monthly eye on progress and watch our 2015 champions list grow.

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#Rowing: Breanna Larsen of Garda Boat Club set a fine personal best time of seven minutes 7.9 seconds at the Leinster Indoor Rowing competition at Garda Rowing Club on Saturday. Oblivious to the wind and rain outside, the women rowers from Garda, UCD and Trinity competed and set some good times. Trinity won the award for best female club, but Aileen Crowley of UCD took the under-23 title, clocking an impressive 7:13.30.  

Leinster Indoor Competition, Garda Boat Club, Saturday (Selected Results, 2,000m unless stated) Full Results Attached


Open: 1 D Kelly 6:17.8, 2 C McShane 6:54.8, 3 P Murphy 7:12.4. Novice (1,000): C Harrington 3:11.7. Jun 18: 1 N Beggan 6:51.8, 2 J Phelan 6:53.3, 3 A Lennon 6:56.0. Jun 16: R Quinn 6:54.9. 

Masters 30+: D Quinn 6:31.40. Non-Rower (1,000m); 2:59.8.


Open: 1 B Larsen 7:07.90 (PB), M Moore 7:20.10, 3 S O’Brien 7:23.6. Under-23:  A Crowley 7:13.30. Junior 18: E Lambe 7:18.90, 2 C Feerick 7:29.6, 3 J Coleman 7:48.7. Jun 16: S Maxwell 7:49.6. Lightweight: G Crowe 7:33.90.

Novice (1,000m): B O’Brien 3:29.8. 

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#ROWING: Philip Doyle of Queen’s University set the fastest time – six minutes 1.3 seconds – at the Ulster indoor rowing tournament. Doyle and second-placed Sam Keown, who won the under-23 section in 6:08.5, were using the event to record times in the Rowing Ireland assessment process. The event was part of the BUCS (British University) indoor rowing series.




  Rebecca JONES - 1000m MCB - 03:45.3 W U15 N
  Kayla MCCANN - 1000m P'DOWN - 03:56.9 W U15 N
  Laura JEFFERS - 1000m MCB - 03:58.3 W U15 N
  Hannah WILSON - 1000m MCB - 04:00.9 W U15 N
  Caitlin WOODS - 1000m MCB - DNS W U15 N
  Emily HOBSON - 1000m BRC - DNS W U15 N
  Xeno YOUNG - 1000m MCB - 03:25.3 M U15 N
  Alexander WILSON - 1000m MCB - 03:32.4 M U15 N
  Aaron ROURKE - 1000m MCB - 03:34.1 M U15 N
  Olly RYDER MOORE - 1000m MCB - 03:42.6 M U15 N
  Jackson CORDNER - 1000m MCB - 03:51.1 M U15 N
  James KELLY - 1000m MCB - 03:54.2 M U15 N  
  Peter GILMORE - 1000m MCB - 04:00.4 M U15 N  
  Callum MCEVOY - 1000m MCB - 04:00.5 M U15 N  
  Callum MARTIN - 1000m P'DOWN - 04:05.5 M U15 N  
  Hannah SCOTT - 2000m BANN - 07:38.7 W U16 YES  
  Rachel MCBRINN - 2000m MCB - 07:42.8 W U16 YES  
  Lucy MCINTYRE - 2000m MCB - 07:47.5 W U16 YES  
  Lucy TAYLOR - 2000m BRC - 07:56.7 W U16 N  
  Catherine MCGARRY - 2000m MCB - 08:06.6 W U16 N  
  Sophia HART - 2000m MCB - 08:19.7 W U16 N  
  Claudia COULTER - 2000m BRC - 08:23.0 W U16 N  
  Nicky EAMES - 2000m MCB - 08:32.2 W U16 N  
  Rhianna BETTS - 2000m MCB - 08:41.0 W U16 N  
  Fiona CHESTNUTT - 2000m BANN - DNS W U16 YES  
  Rowena WALKER - 2000m P'DOWN BC - DNS W U16 YES  
  Aaron CHRISTIE - 2000m BANN - 06:45.9 M U16 YES  
  Callum MACRAE - 2000m MCB - 06:57.4 M U16 YES  
  Rory EAKIN - 2000m MCB - 06:59.7 M U16 YES  
  Connor EVANS - 2000m CAI - 07:19.4 M U16 N  
  Dawson BROWN - 2000m MCB - 07:23.5 M U16 N  
  Matthew LOGUE - 2000m CAI - 07:47.8 M U16 N  
  Fergus CLARKE - 2000m CAI - 08:24.8 M U16 N  
  Rhys FREW - 2000m CAI - 09:02.2 M U16 N  
  Ryan FREW - 2000m CAI - 09:09.1 M U16 N  
  Zach SMITH - 2000m CAI - DNS M U16 N  
  Christopher PARISH - 2000m BANN - DNS M U16 YES  
  Erin BARRY - 2000m BANN - 06:57.8 W U18 YES  
  Katie SHIRLOW - 2000m BANN - 07:31.2 W U18 YES  
  Chloe DEYERMOND - 2000m MCB - 07:32.4 W U18 N  
  Rebecca MENAGH - 2000m BANN - 07:45.4 W U18 YES  
  Ochre ANDRESS - 2000m MCB - 08:16.4 W U18 N  
  Amina MARTIN - 2000m P'DOWN - 08:40.3 W U18 N  
  Cassie FLACK - 2000m P'DOWN - 08:56.0 W U18 N  
  Aidan MURRAY - 2000m BBC - 06:27.9 M U18 YES  
  Timothy DAVIDSON - 2000m BANN - 06:38.4 M U18 YES  
  Ethan MAGILL - 2000m MCB - 06:48.7 M U18 N  
  Adam KENNEDY - 2000m MCB - 06:58.6 M U18 N  
  Jacob BLEAKLEY - 2000m P'DOWN - 06:59.5 M U18 N  
  Aleksander LAVINS - 2000m P'DOWN - 07:02.2 M U18 N  
  Josh JORDAN - 2000m BRC - 07:05.0 M U18 N  
  Gary ALLEN - 2000m CAI - 07:07.4 M U18 N  
  Jonathan WOODS - 2000m CAI - 07:10.9 M U18 N  
  Aaron MCFARLAND - 2000m CoD - 07:11.6 M U18 N  
  Miles TAYLOR - 2000m MCB - 07:14.8 M U18 N  
  Andrew MCINTYRE- 2000m CAI - 07:15.3 M U18 N  
  Peter STEWART - 2000m CAI - 07:21.9 M U18 N  
  Chris CLARKE - 2000m MCB - 07:23.3 M U18 N  
  Conall GRAY - 2000m MCB - 07:25.4 M U18 N  
  John ANDERSON - 2000m CAI - 07:25.6 M U18 N  
  Jordan GREGG - 2000m CAI - 07:37.7 M U18 N  
  Kyle MILLAR - 2000m CAI - 07:52.7 M U18 N  
  Louis CHAMBERS - 2000m P'DOWN - DNF M U18 N  
  Dylan MITCHELL - 2000m BANN - DNS M U18 YES  
  Olivia BLUNDELL - 2000m BBC - 07:28.7 W U23 YES  
  Sam MCKEOWN - 2000m P'DOWN - 06:08.5 M U23 YES  
  Joel KELLY - 2000m QUB - 06:32.5 M U23Lwt BUCS + HP  
  Luke MCCANN - 2000m QUB - 06:47.3 M U23Lwt BUCS + HP  
  Michael CURRAN - 2000m CAI - 07:16.9 M U23Lwt N  
  Oliver GAGE - 2000m CAI - DNS M U23Lwt N  
  Sarah QUINN - 2000m BBC - 07:16.8 W OLwt YES  
  Rachel BROWN - 2000m QUB - 07:54.1 W Olwt BUCS  
  Alicia GREENE - 2000m QUB - 07:57.8 W Olwt BUCS  
  Stephanie MCIVOR - 2000m QUB - 07:59.5 W Olwt BUCS  
  Samantha FISHER - 2000m QUB - 08:17.8 W Olwt BUCS  
  Cathy HINDS - 2000m QUB - 08:35.1 W Olwt BUCS  
  Abi BUCK - 2000m QUBLBC 09:01.2 W Olwt BUCS  
  Joel KELLY - 2000m QUB - 06:32.5 M Olwt BUCS + HP  
  Liam MORAN - 2000m QUB - 06:41.9 M Olwt BUCS  
  Luke MCCANN - 2000m QUB - 06:47.3 M Olwt BUCS + HP  
  Lloyd WHITE - 2000m QUB - 06:49.6 M Olwt BUCS  
  Ben SMITH - 2000m QUB - 06:59.2 M Olwt BUCS  
  David ROY - 2000m QUB - 07:21.1 M Olwt BUCS  
  Jordan ALLEN - 2000m QUB - 07:21.4 M Olwt BUCS  
  Aaron MEENAGH - 2000m QUB - DNS M Olwt BUCS  
  Roisin MAGUIRE - 2000m QUB - 07:16.2 W O BUCS  
  Ruth TAYLOR - 2000m QUB - 07:53.4 W O BUCS  
  Lana MULLAN - 2000m QUB - 08:00.6 W O BUCS  
  Ellie HOLMES - 2000m QUB - 08:02.0 W O BUCS  
  Rosanna MCBRIEN - 2000m QUB - 08:03.3 W O BUCS  
  Caroline MCCAMMON 2000m QUB - 08:23.8 W O BUCS  
  Brooke BURNSIDE - 2000m QUB - 08:43.0 W O BUCS  
  Victoria COULTER - 2000m QUB - 08:53.1 W O BUCS  
  Phillip DOYLE - 2000m QUB - 06:01.3 M O BUCS + HP  
  Tiernan OLIVER - 2000m QUB - 06:09.7 M O BUCS + HP  
  Oliver GRAHAM - 2000m QUB - 06:19.8 M O BUCS  
  Phillip PATTON - 2000m QUB - 06:26.6 M O BUCS  
  Jonny ERSKINE - 2000m QUBBC 06:28.3 M O BUCS  
  John VINCENT - 2000m QUB - 06:40.7 M O BUCS  
  Ross WILLIAMSON - 2000m QUB - 07:02.7 M O BUCS  
  Gareth HERRON - 2000m QUB - DNS M O BUCS  
  Adam BOREHAM - 2000m QUB - DNS M O BUCS + HP  
  Siofra CORR - 1000m QUB - 03:49.4 W Beg BUCS  
  Millie JESSUP - 1000m QUB - 03:51.9 W Beg BUCS
  Sarah MCELROY - 1000m QUB - 03:53.9 W Beg BUCS
  Katherine DAWSON - 1000m QUB - 03:56.0 W Beg BUCS
  Michaela RYDEN - 1000m QUB - 03:58.3 W Beg BUCS
  Rachel MEEK - 1000m QUB - 03:58.4 W Beg BUCS
  Rebecca DAVISON - 1000m QUB - 04:04.3 W Beg BUCS
  Holli BURGON - 1000m QUB - 04:04.5 W Beg BUCS
  Natalie JONES - 1000m QUB - 04:09.7 W Beg BUCS
  Colleen O'SULLIVAN - 1000m QUB - 04:10.6 W Beg BUCS
  Mia JOHNSTON - 1000m QUB - 04:11.7 W Beg BUCS
  Katherine BEATTIE - 1000m QUB - 04:11.8 W Beg BUCS
  Amy FOSTER - 1000m QUB - 04:13.8 W Beg BUCS
  Rebekah CRAIG - 1000m QUB - 04:15.4 W Beg BUCS
  Claire BECKINGHAM - 1000m QUB - 04:17.4 W Beg BUCS
  Emma DONALDSON - 1000m QUB - 04:20.1 W Beg BUCS
  Anna SMYTH - 1000m QUB - 04:22.0 W Beg BUCS
  Heather THOMPSON 1000m QUB - 04:23.0 W Beg BUCS
  Ali GALLAGHER - 1000m QUB - 04:27.6 W Beg BUCS
  Victoria TRUESDALE - 1000m QUB - 04:43.2 W Beg BUCS
  Emma JONES - 1000m QUB - 04:46.2 W Beg BUCS
  Chloe HOGG - 1000m QUB - 04:46.3 W Beg BUCS
  Jenny SALMON - 1000m QUB - DNS W Beg BUCS
  Charlotte MCCAUSLAND - 1000m QUB - DNS W Beg BUCS
  Katie MCCOMB - 1000m QUB - DNS W Beg BUCS
  Emma BOYD - 1000m QUB - DNS W Beg BUCS
  Caolan HARKIN - 1000m QUB - 03:03.2 M Beg BUCS
  Ryan URQUAHART - 1000m QUB - 03:14.4 M Beg BUCS
  Evaldas PARSIUNAS - 1000m QUB - 03:15.7 M Beg BUCS
  Niall STEVENSON - 1000m QUB - 03:17.3 M Beg BUCS
  Alex CROWLEY - 1000m QUB - 03:18.8 M Beg BUCS
  Evan COYLE - 1000m QUB - 03:20.7 M Beg BUCS
  Kem SMOOTH - 1000m QUB - 03:21.7 M Beg BUCS
  Michael YOUNG - 1000m QUB - 03:21.8 M Beg BUCS
  Jordan WILSON - 1000m QUB - 03:23.2 M Beg BUCS
  Scott ADAMS - 1000m QUB - 03:23.9 M Beg BUCS
  Mitchell BARR - 1000m QUB - 03:24.6 M Beg BUCS
  Justin QUERIPEL - 1000m QUB - 03:25.9 M Beg BUCS
  Roger DAWSON - 1000m QUB - 03:26.6 M Beg BUCS
  Mathew LOWE - 1000m QUB - 03:26.8 M Beg BUCS
  Chris ADDIS - 1000m QUB - 03:29.9 M Beg BUCS
  Patrick MARTIN - 1000m QUB - 03:32.3 M Beg BUCS
  David HELGUERA - 1000m QUB - 03:32.9 M Beg BUCS
  Michael QUINN - 1000m QUB - 03:34.0 M Beg BUCS
  Tiernan TRACEY - 1000m QUB - 03:35.4 M Beg BUCS
  Chris HAYES - 1000m QUB - 03:35.4 M Beg BUCS
  Mark HEGAN - 1000m QUB - 03:36.1 M Beg BUCS
  Daniel LAVERY - 1000m QUB - 03:36.4 M Beg BUCS
  Timothy IRVINE - 1000m QUB - 03:36.9 M Beg BUCS
  Jonny BIRCH - 1000m QUB - 03:38.1 M Beg BUCS
  Harry PARKER - 1000m QUB - 03:39.2 M Beg BUCS
  Eoin BARNES - 1000m QUB - 03:39.8 M Beg BUCS
  Harry WRIGHT - 1000m QUB - 03:43.8 M Beg BUCS
  Declan COLEMAN - 1000m QUB - 03:47.0 M Beg BUCS
  Ross TAYLOR - 1000m QUB - 03:47.7 M Beg BUCS
  Philip CONLON - 1000m QUB - 03:49.2 M Beg BUCS
  Ronan CONWAY - 1000m QUB - 03:52.9 M Beg BUCS
  Calum SORDY - 1000m QUB - 03:55.1 M Beg BUCS
  Edward CHESTER - 1000m QUB - DNS M Beg BUCS
  James DURKAN - 1000m QUB - DNS M Beg BUCS
  Jason NICOLETTI - 1000m QUB - DNS M Beg BUCS
  Jamie ROBINSON - 1000m QUB - DNS M Beg BUCS
  Gaetano DURSO - 1000m CoD - 03:12.3 M 50+ N
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#ROWING: Siobhán McCrohan set a new record for Irish lightweight women in indoor competition at the Irish Provinces Indoor Rowing Championships at the University of Limerick. The Tribesmen athlete clocked seven minutes 15.2 seconds for the 2,000 metres. The standing record was 7:16.8, set by Claire Lambe in 2010.

The best men’s open time was 6:10.2, taken by Kevin Coughlan of Carlow, and Jonathan Doyle won the lightweight open section in 6:28.1. There was a record time for 500 metres in the men’s lightweight 50-59 category. Christian Leonard set a time of one minute 34.5 seconds. SELECTED RESULTS


Mens 2k
MO 1 Kevin Coughlan_Carlow 06:10.2 2000
MO 2 David Meehan_SMRC 06:11.3 2000
MO 2 Dan Hindle_NUIG 06:11.3 2000
LMO 1 Jonathan Doyle_PaddyPower_IRC 06:28.1 2000
LMO 2 Alan Mc_Kenna_Carlow 06:38.3 2000
LMO 3 Alan Goodison_Fermoy_RC 06:53.3 2000
Current Irish Record:
2000 19-29 Eamon Joyce M Hwt U.C.C.R.C. 5:59.3 2001 Race result
2000 19-29 Paul Griffin M Lwt Muckross RC 6:16.4 2001 Race result
Womens 2k
LWO 1 Siobhan McCrohan_Tribesmen_RC L 07:15.2 2000
LWO 2 Amy Bulman_UCCRC 07:48.2 2000
WU23 1 Deirdre O'Sullivan_UCCRC 07:17.9 2000
WU23 2 Caoimhe Joyce-Hearne_NUIG 07:20.4 2000
WU23 3 Hannah O'Sullivan_SMRC 07:23.6 2000
WO 1 Aine Collins_Fermoy_RC 07:23.7 2000
WO 2 Jessica O'Keeffe_SMRC 07:25.4 2000
WO 3 Marie Piggot_NUIG 07:39.4 2000
Current Irish Record:
Claire Lambe Lwt UCDBC 7:16.8 2010 Race result
Mens 500
New Irish Record : LM50-59 Christian Leonard_ 01:34.5 500
Old Record: LM50-59_500 Joe Keating M Lwt London 1:41.1 2008 Historical Record
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Dave Neale won the men’s open category at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships. The UCD man’s time of six minutes 1.5 seconds was over 11 seconds faster than second-placed Eamonn Joyce of Cork Boat Club at the event in Trinity College Sports Centre. Amy Bulman of UCD won the women’s open category, but 20-year-old Jessica O’Keeffe of  St Michael’s was the fastest woman, clocking seven minutes 20.1 seconds to win the under-23 category.

Irish Indoor Championships, Trinity College, Sunday (Selected Results)


Open: 1 D Neale (UCD) 6:01.5, 2 E Joyce (Cork BC) 6:12.6, 3 I Woods 6:30.8. Under-23: 1 D Brett (Neptune) 6:18.4, 2 S O’Connor 6:21.8, 3 F Crowley (UCD) 6:27.8. Age 30-39: 1 P Buchanan (PaddyPower) 6:11.8, 2 S Suvorov 6:17.2, 3 R Corcoran (Neptune) 6:17.2. Age 40-49: E Trofimov (Marine Technical University) 6:07.6. 50-59: G D’Urso (City of Derry) 6:36.6. 60-69: M Sherwood (Chichester Chariots) 7:01.5. Junior 18: 1 S Quigley (Athlone) 6:42.2, 2 D Schone (Borris VS) 6:51.6, 3 M Murphy (St Michael’s Col) 7:00.3. Jun 16: D Hazley (Neptune) 6:35.6.

Lightweight – Open: P Healy 6:22.1, 2 C Dowling (Lee Valley) 6:31.6, 3 O Dwyer (Cork BC) 6:32.5. Under-23: 1 C Barrett (UCD) 6:31.9, 2 Cathal Clifford (UCD) 6:34.7, 3 Cian Clifford (UCD) 6:41.9. 30-39: 1 F Geraghty (NUIG) 6:26.3, 2 J Doyle (PaddyPower) 6:31.1, 3 A McGregor (Loch Lomond) 6:54.2. 40-49: S Callaghan (Steepholme Pirates) 6:37.6. 50-59: G Murphy (Portora) 6:57.5. 60-69: E Winterbottom (Coleraine LC) 7:09.8. Junior 18: C Beck (RBAI) 6:45.0.

Women – Open: 1 A Bulman (UCD) 7:20.1, 2 S Cass (Trinity) 7:23.4, 3 C Bennett (Portarlington LC) 8:39.9. Under-23: J O’Keeffe (St Michael’s) 7:19.3, 2 C Cooney (Trinity) 7:25.0. 30-39: S Laivina 8:07.3. 40-49: J Lee (Arklow) 7:36.9. 50-59: J Hicks 7:58.6. Junior 18: 1 H O’Sullivan (St Michael’s) 7:30.3, 2 A Crowley (Muckross) 7:31.2, 3 A Cooper (Muckross) 7:54.6. Jun 16: H McCarthy (St Michael’s) 7:34.3.

Lightweight – 30-39: K Curran (St Michael’s, Dun Laoghaire) 8:22.1. Junior 18: A Leahy (St Michael’s) 7:53.4

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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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