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#Rowing: Paul O’Donovan won his heat of the single sculls in an excellent time of seven minutes 7.8 seconds in glorious sunshine at Cork Regatta today. The Skibbereen man had 2.7 seconds to spare over heavyweight oarsman Ronan Byrne of UCC. Gary O’Donovan wont the previous heat in the third-fastest time, with Sam McKeown not far behind, setting the fourth fastest time overall.

Lisa Dilleen of Cork Boat Club was the fastest women’s single sculler in the heats, with Denise Walsh of Skibbereen second.

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#Rowing: The fastest crew of the day at the Skibbereen head of the River at the Marina in Cork today was the UCC men’s senior eight. They covered the course in 10 minutes and four seconds, 12 seconds ahead of the Skibbereen senior eight.

 The Shandon/UCC senior quadruple also set a good time of 10 minutes and 17 seconds, while UCC’s men’s senior four took 10 minutes and 36 seconds.

 Shane O’Connell of UCD was the fastest single sculler and Ronan Byrne of UCC, an intermediate, also came in under 12 minutes for the slightly shortened course. Barry O’Flynn of Cork Boat Club was the fastest junior – he was timed at exactly 12 minutes.  

 Cork Boat Club’s women’s senior four were the fastest women’s crew, completing the course in 11 minutes 44 seconds. Lisa Dilleen, now competing for Boat Club, was the fastest women’s single sculler, taking just 13 minutes and five seconds. Georgia O’Brien of Kenmare was the fastest junior, in a good time of 13:51.  

                                                  Skibbereen HOR - November 2016      
Bow No: Club:Event:Crew:Start Time:Finish Time:Time:
       
  9:30am - Head 1    
       
       
1UCD BCMens Senior 1XS. O' Connell00:48:1100:59:5800:11:47
2ShandonMens Senior 1XA. Prendergast00:48:4701:00:5500:12:08
       
9UCC RCMens Intermediate 1XR. Byrne01:19:1301:31:1100:11:58
8ShandonMens Intermediate 1XD. Begley01:07:4501:19:5200:12:07
3Cork B.C. Mens Intermediate 1XF. O' Sullivan00:44:3100:57:2000:12:49
6ShandonMens Intermediate 1XC. Merz00:52:0101:04:5700:12:56
4UCC RCMens Intermediate 1XJ. Casey  DNS
5SkibbereenMens Intermediate 1XA. Burns  DNS
7Cork B.C. Mens Intermediate 1XR. Cudmore  DNS
10ShandonMens Intermediate 1XC. Hennessy  DNS
       
16LeeMens Club 1 1XD. Larkin00:50:1301:02:1500:12:02
11ShandonMens Club 1 1XS. Lonergan01:06:1201:18:2500:12:13
14LeeMens Club 1 1XD. Breen00:47:4101:00:1800:12:37
19ShandonMens Club 1 1XC. Cudden01:04:4301:17:3200:12:49
13WorkmansMens Club 1 1XM. O' Donoghue00:49:3301:02:4600:13:13
18LeeMens Club 1 1XC. O' Malley00:50:4301:04:0300:13:20
15Pres CorkMens Club 1 1XJ. O' Donovan  DNS
12Pres CorkMens Club 1 1XL. Guerin  DNS
17ShandonMens Club 1 1XG. Morrison  DNS
       
22ShandonMens Masters 1XH. Merz00:53:4501:06:3500:12:50
25Cork B.C.Mens Masters 1XB. Crean00:52:3801:05:4500:13:07
24ShandonMens Masters 1XN. Carey01:05:0001:18:2600:13:26
26ShandonMens Masters 1XJ. O' Neill01:04:1001:17:3600:13:26
21CahirMens Masters 1XD. Heffernan00:51:1701:04:4400:13:27
20SkibbereenMens Masters 1XJ. Whooley  DNS
23Lee ValleyMens Masters 1XT. Corcoran  DNS
       
27Cork B.C.Mens J18A 1XB. O'Flynn00:56:4701:08:4700:12:00
33SkibbereenMens J18A 1XK. Mannix01:01:3701:13:4500:12:08
38ShandonMens J18A 1XS. O' Sullivan01:08:1901:20:2800:12:09
30Cork B.C.Mens J18A 1XE. Curtin00:57:2301:09:4000:12:17
28LeeMens J18A 1XE. Larkin00:58:3701:10:5700:12:20
36Lee ValleyMens J18A 1XC. Cummins01:02:1401:14:3900:12:25
34Cork B.C.Mens J18A 1XC. O' Sullivan01:05:3501:18:0600:12:31
39Pres CorkMens J18A 1XD. Higgins01:01:0101:13:3500:12:34
35Cork B.C.Mens J18A 1XC. O' Callaghan01:00:2401:13:3800:13:14
32Cork B.C.Mens J18A 1XC. Corkery01:03:3301:16:5000:13:17
29MuckrossMens J18A 1XS. Fleming00:57:5801:11:1800:13:20
40ShandonMens J18A 1XH. Moran01:09:1701:23:4800:14:31
37Pres CorkMens J18A 1XA. Guerin00:55:5301:11:1200:15:19
31LeeMens J18A 1XL. Filan  DNS
       
49LeeMens J16 1XT. Murphy00:54:2101:06:5900:12:38
42LeeMens J16 1XM. O' Hara00:55:0801:07:5000:12:42
48ShandonMens J16 1XE. Gaffney01:09:5101:22:3500:12:44
50ShandonMens J16 1XA. Byrne01:18:1501:31:0300:12:48
53ShandonMens J16 1XW. Ronayne01:17:3201:30:2500:12:53
45ShandonMens J16 1XS. O' Neill01:15:0601:28:0300:12:57
52ShandonMens J16 1XJ. Arrigan01:14:1101:27:2500:13:14
43WorkmansMens J16 1XR. Mac Curtain00:59:1501:12:2900:13:14
47WorkmansMens J16 1XJ. Kunicki00:59:5301:13:1300:13:20
51MuckrossMens J16 1XC. Joy01:03:0001:16:5000:13:50
44SkibbereenMens J16 1XC. Smyth01:06:5501:21:1900:14:24
41ShandonMens J16 1XL. Hayes-Nally  DNS
46LeeMens J16 1XT. Donlon  DNS
       
55Cork B.C.Womens Senior 2-Cork B01:15:2801:28:1700:12:49
54Cork B.C.Womens Senior 2-Cork A  DNS
       
56UCC RCWomens Club 1 2-UCC RC01:16:0901:29:4400:13:35
57LeeWomens Club 1 2-Lee02:16:5402:31:1300:14:19
       
58FermoyWomens J18A 2-Fermoy01:28:5001:42:1400:13:24
60ShandonWomens J18A 2-Shandon01:13:1701:27:0400:13:47
59CorkWomens J18A 2-Cork01:11:4301:25:4800:14:05
       
       
  10:45am - Head 2    
       
61SkibbereenMens Senior 4+Skibbereen01:55:1802:06:5400:11:36
       
62UCC RCMens Senior 4-UCC B01:56:2102:06:5700:10:36
66Cork BC/UCC RCMens Senior 4-Cork/UCC02:09:1002:20:0200:10:52
65SkibbereenMens Senior 4-Skibbereen01:44:3501:55:5600:11:21
63CBC/UCCMens Senior 4-CBC/UCC02:10:5302:22:5700:12:04
64UCC RCMens Senior 4-UCC A  DNS
       
67Pres CorkMens Club 1 4+Pres Cork01:51:5002:03:4500:11:55
68LeeMens Club 1 4+Lee02:10:0802:22:3700:12:29
       
69MuckrossMens Masters 4+Muckross02:15:4802:28:3200:12:44
       
70Pres CorkMens J18A 4+Pres Cork01:54:4102:07:1100:12:30
       
71Pres CorkMens J16 4+Pres Cork02:08:4002:21:2300:12:43
72LeeMens J16 4+Lee  DNS
       
73Skibbereen/UCC RCWomens Senior 8+Skibb/UCC03:25:5203:36:5100:10:59
       
74SkibbereenWomens Intermediate 8+Skibb B02:23:2502:35:2200:11:57
75Skibbereen Womens Intermediate 8+Skibb A  DNS
       
76FermoyWomens Intermediate 2XFermoy01:45:4302:00:1300:14:30
       
78UCC RCWomens Club 1 8+UCC B02:26:1402:37:5500:11:41
77Cork B.C.Womens Club 1 8+Cork A02:03:1202:15:5100:12:39
79Cork B.C.Womens Club 1 8+Cork B  DNS
80UCC RCWomens Club 1 8+UCC A  DNS
       
81ShandonWomens Club 1 2XShandon02:12:0202:26:5400:14:52
       
82CahirWomens Novice 2XCahir01:49:3802:06:0300:16:25
       
83Cork B.C.Womens J18A 8+Cork02:14:2402:27:0400:12:40
       
85LeeWomens J18A 2XLee01:57:3902:10:2000:12:41
87WorkmansWomens J18A 2XWorkmans02:05:5602:18:5600:13:00
84ShandonWomens J18A 2XShandon A02:04:5402:18:2100:13:27
88FermoyWomens J18A 2XFermoy03:13:3703:27:1300:13:36
86ShandonWomens J18A 2XShandon B02:12:4902:26:5300:14:04
89CappoquinWomens J18A 2XCappoquin02:01:2102:15:3800:14:17
90MuckrossWomens J18A 2XMuckross  DNS
       
91WorkmansWomens J16 2XWorkmans02:06:4302:19:4900:13:06
92MuckrossWomens J16 2XMuckross02:07:3202:23:0100:15:29
       
       
  12:00 - Head 3    
       
198Shandon/UCC RCMens Senior 4X-Shandon/UCC03:30:1103:40:2800:10:17
93Skibbereen/UCC RCMens Senior 4X-Skibb/UCC03:09:2803:19:5000:10:22
       
95ShandonMens Intermediate 4X-Shandon03:29:2103:39:4500:10:24
       
197LeeMens Club 1 4X+Lee03:12:5903:24:5100:11:52
96MuckrossMens Club 1 4X+Muckross  DNS
       
97Cork B.C.Mens J18A 4X-Cork A03:09:5903:20:3000:10:31
101ShandonMens J18A 4X-Shandon03:37:3103:48:2300:10:52
102LeeMens J18A 4X-Lee03:11:2003:22:2400:11:04
99Cork B.C.Mens J18A 4X-Cork B03:10:2903:21:4000:11:11
100WorkmansMens J18A 4X-Workmans03:32:1103:43:2500:11:14
98MuckrossMens J18A 4X-Muckross03:30:4803:42:5400:12:06
       
105Shandon Mens J16 4X+Shandon A03:38:2103:49:5900:11:38
106WorkmansMens J16 4X+Workmans03:31:4803:44:0800:12:20
107ShandonMens J16 4X+Shandon B03:40:0803:52:2800:12:20
103SkibbereenMens J16 4X+Skibbereen03:41:2303:53:4600:12:23
104CappoquinMens J16 4X+Cappoquin03:31:1803:44:1300:12:55
       
111Cork B.C.Womens Senior 1XL. Dilleen03:15:4403:28:4900:13:05
110SkibbereenWomens Senior 1XS. Dolan03:14:5803:28:4400:13:46
109MuckrossWomens Senior 1XD. Casey03:55:3504:10:2200:14:47
108SkibbereenWomens Senior 1XO. Hayes  DNS
       
113ShandonWomens Intermediate 1XR. Phelan03:57:5104:13:1100:15:20
112FermoyWomens Intermediate 1XS. Bouanane  DNS
       
114UCC RCWomens Club 1 1XD. O' Sullivan03:46:4504:00:5700:14:12
117Lee ValleyWomens Club 1 1XE. O' Mahony03:16:5603:31:0800:14:12
116Shandon Womens Club 1 1XF. Richardson03:17:3603:34:1800:16:42
115CappoquinWomens Club 1 1XA. Foley03:16:3503:33:1800:16:43
118ShandonWomens Club 1 1XA. Buckley  DNS
       
120CappoquinWomens Novice 1XE. Lehane03:27:0603:44:0400:16:58
119CahirWomens Novice 1XJ. O' Donnell03:25:3603:43:5700:18:21
       
129KenmareWomens J18A 1XG. O' Brien03:17:4903:31:4000:13:51
123FermoyWomens J18A 1XA. O' Sullivan03:18:2203:32:1800:13:56
126WorkmansWomens J18A 1XS. Burns03:51:4204:05:3900:13:57
130LeeWomens J18A 1XC. Synott03:21:2903:35:4300:14:14
121Cork B.C.Womens J18A 1XA. Rice03:24:3503:39:0600:14:31
127Cork B.C.Womens J18A 1XA. Higgins03:22:5603:37:3200:14:36
128Lee ValleyWomens J18A 1XE. Buckley03:18:5903:33:3700:14:38
124Cork B.C.Womens J18A 1XC. McCarthy03:22:2903:37:4400:15:15
125MuckrossWomens J18A 1XA. Farrell03:24:0403:39:4200:15:38
122MuckrossWomens J18A 1XC. Ferris03:23:2603:39:5200:16:26
       
131KenmareWomens J16 1XE. Crowley03:21:0103:35:2200:14:21
133LeeWomens J16 1XA. Cummins03:20:0003:34:2200:14:22
135Lee ValleyWomens J16 1XC. Cummins03:20:3303:35:1500:14:42
137Cork B.C.Womens J16 1XC. O' Sullivan03:25:0103:39:4600:14:45
136Cork B.C.Womens J16 1XJ. Duggan03:21:5403:37:0000:15:06
134Cork B.C.Womens J16 1XH. Gahan03:28:0003:43:4800:15:48
132Lee ValleyWomens J16 1XS. Neary  DNS
122MuckrossWomens J16 1XC. Ferris  DNS
       
  1:30pm - Head 4    
       
139UCC RCMens Senior 8+UCC04:43:3604:53:4000:10:04
140SkibbereenMens Senior 8+Skibb04:48:1604:58:3200:10:16
138Cork B.C./UCC RCMens Senior 8+Cork/UCC04:50:1305:00:3000:10:17
       
143Skibbereen Mens Senior 2XSkibb A05:03:2405:14:3600:11:12
144UCC RCMens Senior 2XUCC04:54:2205:05:3600:11:14
142Shandon/UCC RCMens Senior 2XShandon/UCC05:09:5505:21:1900:11:24
141Cork B.C./Pres CorkMens Senior 2XCork/Pres04:53:4605:06:3000:12:44
146SkibbereenMens Senior 2XSkibb B  DNS
147Cork B.C.Mens Senior 2XCork B.C.  DNS
       
148ShandonMens Intermediate 2XShandon04:55:0105:06:1000:11:09
       
149ShandonMens Club 1 2XShandon04:55:5505:07:2300:11:28
       
151ShandonMens Masters 8+Shandon04:52:4305:03:2900:10:46
150FermoyMens Masters 8+Fermoy04:44:4704:56:0000:11:13
       
157WorkmansMens J18A 2XWorkmans05:03:4805:15:4300:11:55
156Cork B.C.Mens J18A 2XCork B.C.05:45:3905:57:4000:12:01
153ShandonMens J18A 2XShandon04:57:5705:10:3600:12:39
154MuckrossMens J18A 2XMuckross A04:56:1905:09:2400:13:05
159CahirMens J18A 2XCahir04:57:2705:10:5900:13:32
155Pres CorkMens J18A 2XPres Cork B05:00:1305:14:4500:14:32
152Muckross Mens J18A 2XMuckross B  DNS
158Pres CorkMens J18A 2XPres Cork A  DNS
       
162Pres Cork AMens J16 8+Pres Cork A04:45:4204:57:0800:11:26
160Pres CorkMens J16 8+Pres Cork B04:46:3904:59:5700:13:18
161LeeMens J16 8+Lee03:05:1703:19:1200:13:55
       
163Shandon Mens J16 2XShandon B04:58:2505:10:0600:11:41
166WorkmansMens J16 2XWorkmans05:00:4205:12:5500:12:13
167LeeMens J16 2XLee04:55:3005:08:0600:12:36
165Shandon Mens J16 2XShandon A04:59:4305:12:3200:12:49
164MuckrossMens J16 2XMuckross04:56:5605:09:4600:12:50
168SkibbereenMens J16 2XSkibbereen05:05:2105:19:2700:14:06
       
172Cork B.C.Womens Senior 4-Cork B.C.05:01:0805:12:5200:11:44
173Skibbereen/UCC RCWomens Senior 4-Skibb/UCC05:15:5005:27:4700:11:57
171SkibbereenWomens Senior 4-Skibbereen B01:11:0201:23:1700:12:15
169SkibbereenWomens Senior 4-Skibbereen A01:12:2201:25:0200:12:40
170MuckrossWomens Senior 4-Muckross05:06:1305:19:1600:13:03
       
174FermoyWomens Intermediate 4+Fermoy05:02:1305:15:4200:13:29
       
176UCC RCWomens Club 1 4+UCC05:02:4605:15:4400:12:58
175LeeWomens Club 1 4+Lee 05:04:3205:17:4100:13:09
       
       
       
  3:00pm - Head 5    
       
       
       
177SkibbereenMens Senior 2-Skibb A  DNS
178SkibbereenMens Senior 2-Skibb B  DNS
       
179Pres CorkMens Club 1 2-Pres Cork04:13:5504:25:5500:12:00
       
180Pres CorkMens J18A 2-Pres Cork06:13:1806:25:3300:12:15
       
181SkibbereenWomens Senior 4X-Skibb A  DNS
182SkibbereenWomens Senior 4X-Skibb B  DNS
       
183ShandonWomens Club 1 4X+Shandon06:14:1806:27:2800:13:10
       
184Cork B.C.Womens J18A 4X-Cork A06:16:5506:29:0400:12:09
187ShandonWomens J18A 4X-Shandon06:15:3306:27:4900:12:16
186Cork B.C.Womens J18A 4X-Cork B06:18:4906:31:0600:12:17
185LeeWomens J18A 4X-Lee06:14:5406:28:1800:13:24
188SkibbereenWomens J18A 4X-Skibbereen  DNS
       
191SkibbereenWomens J16 4X+Skibb B06:20:1906:33:5200:13:33
190CorkWomens J16 4X+Cork06:22:5106:36:3000:13:39
189SkibbereenWomens J16 4X+Skibb A06:19:3406:33:3200:13:58
       
194WorkmansWomens J16 4X+Workmans06:18:0506:30:1600:12:11
193Skibbereen Womens J16 4X+Skibb (os)04:29:2004:43:2500:14:05
Published in Rowing

#ROWING: Ireland’s Lisa Dilleen and Leonora Kennedy finished second in the B Final of the women’s pair at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam today, placing them eighth overall. Russia’s Liana Gorgodze and Elizaveta Tikhanova, the second slowest of the crews in the semi-finals, took this race by storm. They led all the way down the course despite constant attempts to head them by Ireland, the one crew which mounted a consistent challenge.

World Rowing Championships, Day Seven (Irish interest, selected results)

Women

Pair – B Final (Places 7 to 13): 1 Russia (L Gorgodze, E Tikhanova) 7:06.08, 2 Ireland (L Kennedy, L Dilleen) 7:09.20, 3 Serbia 7:10.61, 4 Canada 7:12.15, 5 Ukraine 7:18.40, 6 Czech Republic 7:19.72.

Published in Rowing

#ROWING: Leonora Kennedy and Lisa Dilleen won on their first outing as a pair at an international regatta this morning. The newly-formed Ireland combination came home ahead of a field of Italian crews at the Memorial Paolo d’Aloja in Piediluco in Italy. Single sculler Sanita Puspure and the Ireland double of Eimear Moran and Monika Dukarska had earlier finished second and third respectively in their finals.

Published in Rowing

#ROWING: The newly-formed women’s pair of Lisa Dilleen and Leonora Kennedy were outstanding in racing on the final day of the Ireland Trials at the National Rowing Centre. Their percentage of projected World Championship gold medal winning time was an excellent 88.25. The new lightweight men’s pair of Mark O’Donovan and Niall Kenny and single scullers Paul O’Donovan and Sanita Puspure also breached 87 per cent. All these crews are set to represent Ireland this year.

On Saturday, in the Home International Trials, Eimantas Grigalius, the former world junior champion for Lithuania who now lives in Ireland, topped the rankings in the single sculls.

Ireland Trials, National Rowing Centre, Cork

Saturday (Home International Trials)

Men

Pair – Senior: 1 Buckley/Coughlan 7:52.57 (74.06), 2 Rawlinson/Brett 7:53.86 (73.86), 3 Deere/Corcoran 7:57.32 (73.33).

Lightweight Pair: Keene/Breen 7:48.69 (74.68), 2 Murphy/McKenna 7:49.77 (74.5)

Junior Pair: 1 Browne/O’Connor 7:54.10 (73.82), 2 Higgins/Higgins 7:55.62 (73.59), 3 Coyne/McCarthy 7:57.33 (73.32).

Single Sculls – Senior: 1 E Grigalius 7:51.56 (78.46), 2 D Neale 7:59.09 (77.23), 3 S McKeown 8:04.84 (76.31).

Lightweight Single Sculls – Senior: N Duncan 8:21.96 (75.70), 2 C Murphy 8:41.5 (72.78), 3 S Toland 8:49.20 (71.81)

Junior Single Scull: 1 D Synott 8:04.76 (76.33), 2 S Dennehy 8:11.55 (75.27), 3 S O’Sullivan 8:12.87 (75.07).

Women

Pair - Senior: 1 Lonergan/Ryan 8:47.30 (73.58), 2 O’Brien/McCarthy 8:48.73 (73.38), 3 Bracken/Kelly 8:59.77 (71.88).

Lightweight Pair – Senior: 1 Leahy/Crowe 8:36.85 (77.78), 2 Wickham/Judge 8:51.01 (75.70).

Junior Pair: Connor/Hickey 8:44.08 (74.03), 2 Davis/O’Dwyer 8:51.97 (72.94), 3 O’Keeffe/Nagle 8:55.28 (72.49).

Lightweight Single Sculls – Senior: 1 E Desmond 9:18.30 (74.87), 2 O Holden 9:40.27 (72.04), 3 A Bulman 9:43.64 (71.62).

Junior Single Scull: 1 A Rodger 9:03.29 (73.99), 2 S Murphy 9:03.99 (73.9), 3 M McLaughlin 9:05.29 (73.72).

Sunday

(Per Centages Based On Senior Times)

Race One: 1 B Keohane, D Keohane (junior pair) 7:34.12 (81.04), 2 P O’Donovan (lightweight single, under-23) 7:37.78 (87.38), 3 L Kennedy, L Dilleen (women’s senior pair) 7:40.89 (88.25), 4 O Hayes, C Jennings (women’s lightweight double) 7:51.38 (85.71).

Race Two: 1 S Dolan (women’s lightweight single) 8:50.00 (83.02), S Horgan (women’s lightweight single, under-23) 8:51.63 (82.76), 3 E Barry (jun women’s single) 8:52.99 (79.74), 4 E Hegarty (jun women’s single) 9:06.59 (77.75)

Race Three: 1 J Ryan (lightweight single) 7:53.65 (84.45), 2 Women’s Junior Double (J English, E Lambe) 8:02.67 (81.63), 3 S Puspure (women’s single) 8:05.73 (87.5), 4 Women’s Junior Double (O’Keeffe) 8:16.75 (79.32).

Race Four: 1 Lightweight Pair (M O’Donovan, N Kenny) 7:15.87 (87.18), 2 Women’s Four (M O’Neill, E Tormey, B O’Brien, A Keogh) 7:31.87 (84.09), 3 D Neale (men’s single) 7:56.54 (81.84), 4 J Keohane (men’s single) 7:59.85 (81.28).

Race Five: 1 Men’s Double (S McKeown, D Quinlan) 7:12.90 (82.93), 2 Men’s Double (Oliver) 7:17.73 (82.01), 3 Men’s Pair (R O’Callaghan, R Bennett) 7:28.26 (82.10), 4 Men’s Pair (K Neville, M Pukelis) 7:31.51 (81.5).

Race Six: 1 Junior Quadruple (Begley) 6:58.49 (79.09), 2 Lightweight Double (C Beck) 7:11.04 (84.91), 3 Junior Double (D O’Malley, C Carmody) 7:12.49 (83.01), 4 Junior Double (Mulvaney) 7:19.14 (81.75).

Race Seven (Pararowing Crews, 1,000m): 1 LTA1x (O’Hara) 2:09.42 (77.27), 2 TA1x (O’Brien) 2:45.40 (81.62), 3 AS1x (O’Doherty) 2:48.06 (81.82), 4 AS1x (Kelly) 3:09.52 (72.55).

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Five crews have entered for the World Rowing Championships which takes place in Bled, Slovenia next week.

Two womens' boats will compete for Olympic qualification, another is seeking Paralympics qualification and two boats are entered in non-Olympic world championship events.

The boats with ambition for Olympic qualification are the lightweight double scull of Claire Lambe and Siobhan McCrohan and the openweight women's double scull of Sanita Puspure and Lisa Dilleen.

With lightweight double sculls being the only boat class for lightweight women, the entry of 26 boats will generate intense competition for the eight Olympic places on offer this year. Lambe and McCrohan, who came fourth at last year's European championships, will be competitive for one of these Olympic places, but it will be very tight with any mistakes or errors making a dramatic difference in final results.

Similarly the openweight women's double scull has eight Olympic places on offer with 19 entries. The newly formed double scull is a partnership between Dilleen, a 20 year old from Galway, who came fourth in the World Junior Rowing Championships two years ago; and Sanita Puspure, a recently naturalised Irish citizen from Latvia. In 2003, Puspure was a bronze medallist for Latvia at under 23 level. The Irish pair  finished fifth at the first World Cup earlier this summer in Munich, followed by an eleventh place in Lucerne.

For the first time, Ireland has a boat attempting qualification for next year's London  Paralympic games in the form of a mixed coxed four crew in the legs, trunk, and arms (LTA) category. There are 16 entries with 8 qualifying. Ireland's boat finished fifth at the 2010 World Rowing Championships, and whilst the number of entrants has increased this year, the crew have a good chance of making the first eight to qualify.

Performance director Martin McElroy, an Olympic gold medal winning coach with the British team at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, said today, "Only our adaptive athletes went to the 2010 World Rowing championships. For all the others competing, it's a first time experience, and in an Olympic qualification year that's a big ask."

"When I started in my role as performance director in 2009, I knew we were missing a generation of athletes.  A look at the age demographic of our team confirms that. However I am very pleased that we have a young ambitious group of athletes who are willing to take it on and it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that one or more of the boats may qualify. It's a big ask but it's not impossible. Added to that, we have a Paralympic boat seeking qualification for the first time"

The men's lightweight quadruple scull contains the same line-up that won a silver medal at the 2010 World Under-23 Rowing Championships. A strategic decision was taken to favour the non-Olympic boat class for these young athletes in order to continue their international development.

Performance director, Martin McElroy explained, "The choice was to risk immersing these young athletes in the cauldron of Olympic lightweight class boats which are amongst the most competitive classes in the Olympic regatta and create a very negative experience early in their careers, or take a more measured approach to their development and transition to the senior level through the non-Olympic boat classes."

"It was clear to us that we did not have a boat that would be close to qualification at this time and we discussed this openly with the squad. With 34 entries and only 11 to qualify, I'm satisfied that we've taken the right decision. These young athletes can compete positively in the quadruple scull event and continue taking the steps necessary to transition successfully from under 23 to senior."

Sarah Dolan a 21-year old Trinity college engineering student races in the women's lightweight single scull, an event with 22 entries.


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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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