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# ROWING: Niall Kenny was the fastest man on the water at the Rowing Ireland National Assessments in Newry today. The 23 year old lightweight clocked 19 minutes 15 seconds for the five kilometres in the incessant rain. It was a good day for Galway competitors as the fastest crew was the heavyweight men’s pair of Fionnan McQuillan-Tolan and Sean O’Connor. Kenny was ranked as having hit 86.6 per cent of the projected world best time for his grade, but junior single sculler Bridget Jacques performed best of all on this rating, with a mark of 87.8 per cent. She was the third fastest woman after senior heavyweights Sanita Puspure and Monika Dukarska.

Rowing Ireland
Newry 5km Time Trial; 10th February 2013
Results - OVERALL
Category Crew Final Time %age
BHM2- Fionnan Mcquillan-Tolan / Sean O'Connor (St.Josephs RC / NUIGBC) 18:58.1 83.0%
LM1x Niall Kenny (Grainne Mhaol RC) 19:15.0 86.6%
LM1x Justin Ryan (Skibbereen RC) 19:17.0 86.4%
BLM1x Shane O'Driscoll (CIT RC) 19:37.0 87.1%
JM2- Kevin Fallon / jack smyth (St.Josephs RC / St.Josephs RC) 19:46.2 83.2%
BHM2- Adam Boreham / Matthew Wray (Belfast BC / Bann RC) 19:49.2 79.5%
BHM1x Johnathan Mitchell (Belfast BC) 19:51.5 83.5%
JM2- David Keohane / Brian Keohane (Presentation College RC / Presentation College RC) 19:53.6 82.7%
BLM1x Gary O'Donovan (CIT RC) 19:57.0 85.6%
JM1x Andy Harrington (Shandon B.C.) 20:01.0 86.2%
JM2- Aidan Kinneen / James Egan (St.Josephs RC / St.Josephs RC) 20:10.1 81.6%
BLM1x Paul O'Donovan (UCDBC) 20:11.0 84.6%
BLM1x Alan Prendergast (Clonmel RC) 20:12.1 84.6%
HM1x David Neale (UCDBC) 20:20.7 80.3%
JM1x Conor Carmody (Shannon RC) 20:24.7 84.5%
BLM1x Aodhan Burns (Skibbereen RC) 20:25.2 83.7%
JM1x David O Malley (St Michaels RC) 20:32.7 84.0%
JM1x Jack Casey (Shandon B.C.) 20:34.4 83.8%
JM1x Paddy Hegarty (Skibbereen RC) 20:35.9 83.7%
JM1x John Mitchel (Lee RC) 20:39.7 83.5%
HW1x Sanita Puspure (Old Collegians BC) 20:45.7 85.3%
JM1x Gareth McKillen (RBAIRC) 20:50.9 82.7%
JM1x Evan Stone (Lee RC) 20:51.2 82.7%
JM1x william yeomans (Commercial RC) 20:52.4 82.6%
BLM1x Eoghan O'Connor (Castleconnell Boat Club) 20:55.0 81.7%
JM1x Daniel Buckley (Lee RC) 20:55.0 82.5%
HW1x Monika Dukarska (Killorglin RC) 20:55.2 84.6%
JM2- Colin Finnerty / Jack Silke (St.Josephs RC / St.Josephs RC) 21:03.0 78.2%
JM1x Stephen Murphy (Cork BC) 21:04.7 81.8%
JM1x Eoghan Whittle (Castleconnell Boat Club) 21:05.2 81.8%
JM1x Sam Keogh (Lee RC) 21:07.5 81.7%
JM1x Rory O Sullivan (Lee RC) 21:07.8 81.6%
JM1x Neil McCarthy (Cork BC) 21:18.8 80.9%
JM1x Kevin Keohane (Presentation College RC) 21:22.7 80.7%
JM1x Matthew Ryan (Skibbereen RC) 21:28.2 80.3%
JM1x Karl Anderson (Portora BC) 21:29.7 80.3%
JM1x James Blackwell (Shannon RC) 21:29.9 80.2%
JW1x Bridget Jacques (Belfast BC) 21:32.4 87.8%
JM1x Ewan Murry (Portora BC) 21:32.7 80.1%
JM1x patrick munnelly (Athlone BC) 21:35.9 79.9%
BLM1x Nathan O'Reilly (University of Surrey) 21:36.7 79.0%
JM1x Evan Despard (St Michaels RC) 21:40.2 79.6%
JM1x Christopher Laffey (Garda RC) 21:47.8 79.1%
BLW1x Denise Walsh (Skibbereen RC) 21:51.8 85.9%
JW1x Hilary Shinnick (Fermoy RC) 21:52.5 86.5%
BLW1x Sinead Dolan (DULBC) 21:56.3 85.7%
JM1x Charlie Murray (Cork BC) 21:57.8 78.5%
JM1x Alex Chadfield (Clonmel RC) 21:58.6 78.5%
JM1x Thomas Cregan (Presentation College RC) 22:08.9 77.9%
JM1x Andrew GOFF (Waterford BC) 22:12.3 77.7%
JM1x Ewan Gallagher (Athlunkard BC) 22:15.4 77.5%
JM1x Kevin Hogan (Colaiste Chiarain RC) 22:18.9 77.3%
BLW1x Sally O'Brien (DULBC) 22:19.0 84.2%
JM1x Eoghan Fogarty (Neptune RC) 22:19.2 77.3%
JW1x Jasmin English (Belfast BC) 22:19.7 84.7%
JW1x Fiona Murtagh (Galway RC) 22:31.0 84.0%
JM1x Ger McNamara (Athlunkard BC) 22:37.5 76.2%
JM1x Aidan Murray 22:38.1 76.2%
LW1x Sarah Dolan (Commercial RC) 22:40.1 80.9%
JW1x Claire Beechinor (Cork BC) 22:46.6 83.1%
JW1x Phoebe Mulligan (Portora BC) 22:49.0 82.9%
JM1x Mark Breen (Lee RC) 22:52.9 75.4%
JW1x Leonie Hamel (Cork BC) 22:59.5 82.3%
JM1x Mike O'HANLON (Waterford BC) 23:12.0 74.4%
JM2- Eoghan Walls-Tuite / Kai McGlacken (Colaiste Iognaid RC / Colaiste Iognaid RC) 23:12.4 70.9%
JW1x Zoe Hyde (Killorglin RC) 23:17.2 81.2%
HM1x Colm Keenan (Molesey BC) 23:19.9 70.0%
JW1x Megan McClaughlin (Cork BC) 23:21.6 81.0%
JW1x Lauren McHugh (Shannon RC) 23:22.3 80.9%
JW1x Kara O'Connor (Muckross RC) 23:22.9 80.9%
JM1x Philip McCullough (CAIBC) 23:23.6 73.7%
JW1x aisling Rodger (Commercial RC) 23:26.9 80.7%
JW1x Eimear Lambe (Commercial RC) 23:31.1 80.4%
JW1x Erin Barry (Bann RC) 23:35.1 80.2%
JW1x Ruth Gilligan (Shannon RC) 23:37.1 80.1%
JW1x Kirsty Turner (Belfast BC) 23:43.9 79.7%
JW1x Sarah Murphy (St Michaels RC) 23:59.8 78.8%
JW2- Clodagh Scannell / Daisy Callanan (Shandon B.C.) 24:02.9 75.5%
JW2- Elizabeth Clarke / Chloe Finlayson (Portora BC / Portora BC) 24:30.2 74.1%
JW1x Erin Coll (Shannon RC) 24:45.6 76.4%
JW1x Megan Blackburne (Fermoy RC) 24:49.7 76.2%
BLM1x Andrew Bell (UCDBC) NTT
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# ROWING: Adam Boreham of Belfast Boat Club, a heavyweight under-23 athlete, topped the rankings in ergometer (rowing machine) times on the first day of the Rowing Ireland Assessment in Newry today. Justin Ryan of Skibbereen was the fastest lightweight, with a time of six minutes 14 seconds, seven seconds slower than Boreham for the 2,000 metres. Gareth McKillen of RBAI topped a very competitive junior grade, clocking a remarkable six minutes 22 seconds.

The fastest woman was Sanita Puspure, clocking 6:40.5, and junior athlete Bridget Jacques clocked 7:04.4. The fastest lightweight was under-23 athlete Denise Walsh. Claire Lambe and Siobhan McCrohan were exempted on sick notes.

Tomorrow’s time trial on Newry Canal, scheduled for 11 o’clock, has been brought forward at least a half an hour because of concerns about the weather.

Rowing Ireland
Newry Assessment
2K Erg Test Results - 9th February 2013 - OVERALL
Category Time
Adam Boreham HM U23 06:07.0
David Neale HM 06:09.5
Matthew Wray HM U23 06:10.7
Jonathon Mitchell HM U23 06:11.9
Justin Ryan LM 06:14.0
Fionnan McQuillan-Tolan HM U23 06:15.2
Sean O Connor HM U23 06:18.1
Colm Keenan HM 06:18.4
Niall Kenny LM 06:18.4
Gareth McKillen JM 06:22.0
Paul O'Donovan LM U23 06:22.8
Paddy Hegarty JM 06:23.5
Andy Harrington JM 06:24.6
Jack Casey JM 06:24.9
Gary O'Donovan LM U23 06:25.0
Shane O'Driscoll LM U23 06:25.1
Alan Prendergast LM U23 06:33.1
Aodhan Burns LM U23 06:34.1
Eoghan Whittle JM 16 06:34.8
Aidan Kinneen JM 06:35.9
James Egan JM 06:35.9
Jack Silke JM 06:37.5
Conor Camody JM 06:37.9
Kai McGlacken JM 16 06:38.2
Andrew Bell LM U23 06:38.8
David O Malley JM 06:38.9
Brian Keohane JM 06:39.2
Sam Keogh JM 06:39.3
William Yeomans JM 06:39.7
Sanita Puspure HW 06:40.5
Daniel Buckley JM 06:41.1
James Blackwell JM 06:41.8
Philip McCullough JM 06:42.5
Rory O Sullivan JM 06:42.9
Matthew Ryan JM 06:43.6
Karl Anderson JM 06:43.6
Eoghan Fogarty JM 06:44.9
John Mitchel JM 06:46.8
David Keohane JM 06:47.4
Aidan Murray JM 16 06:48.0
Neil McCarthy JM 06:48.2
Evan Stone JM 06:48.4
Kevin Keohane JM 06:49.0
Kevin Fallon JM 06:49.3
Evan Despard JM 06:49.3
Ewan Murry JM 06:49.4
Charlie Murray JM 06:49.5
Ger McNamera JM 06:49.5
Christopher Laffey JM 06:50.0
Jack Smyth JM 06:51.7
Patrick Munnelly JM 16 06:52.4
Thomas Cregan JM 16 06:54.8
Eoghan O'Connor LM U23 06:55.3
Mark Breen JM 06:56.4
Ewan Gallagher JM 16 06:57.2
Monika Dukarska HW 06:57.8
Kevin Hogan JM 16 06:57.8
Alex Chadfield JM 06:59.3
Nathan O Reilly LM U23 07:00.3
Mike O'Hanlon JM 16 07:02.1
Andrew GOFF JM 16 07:02.8
Colin Finnrty JM 16 07:03.3
Eoghan Walls JM 16 07:03.8
Bridget Jacques JW 07:04.4
Hilary Shinnick JW 07:05.6
Stephen Murphy JM 07:07.6
Erin Barry JW 16 07:10.8
Jasmin English JW 07:15.5
Clodagh Scannell JW 07:26.8
Denise Walsh LW U23 07:26.9
Fiona Murtagh JW 07:27.3
Hannah McCarthy JW 07:30.1
Phoebe Mulligan JW 07:30.7
Leonie Hamel JW 07:31.9
Claire Beechinor JW 16 07:32.1
Sinead Dolan LW U23 07:33.6
Sarah Dolan LW 07:33.8
Amy Bulman LW 07:34.3
Zoe Hyde JW 16 07:34.4
Megan Blackburne JW 07:34.8
Eimear Lambe JW 16 07:36.4
Ruth Gilligan JW 07:40.5
Daisy Callanan JW 07:40.9
Elizabeth Clarke JW 16 07:41.8
Kara O Connor JW 16 07:41.9
Aisling Rodger JW 07:42.2
Kirstie Turner JW 07:43.8
Lauren McHugh JW 07:44.2
Sally O Brien LW U20 07:47.0
Megan McLaughlin JW 07:47.1
Sarah Murphy JW 16 07:54.0
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# ROWING: St Joseph’s of Galway had a good day at the Castleconnell/Bulls and Bears head of the river on the Shannon on Saturday. The Junior 18A eight from the school was the fastest crew and the Junior 18A quadruple also won.

Castleconnell Bulls and Bears Head of the River, Saturday (Selected Results)

Men

Eight – Junior 18A: 1 St Joseph’s 10:06, 2 St Joseph’s B 10:14, 3 Col Iognaid 10:45. Junior 16: 1 St Joseph’s 10:56, 2 St Joseph’s B 11:06, 3 Col Iognaid 11:13. Masters: Shannon C 11:42.

Four – Intermediate One, Coxed: 1 Col Iognaid 11:29, 2 Fossa 11:34, 3 St Michael’s 11:52.

Pair – Senior: 1 St Michael’s G 11:15, 2 St Michael’s E 11:19, 3 Castleconnell/Clonmel 11:36. Junior 18A: 1 Clonmel 11:59, 2 Presentation Col 12:45, 3 Commercial 12:54.

Sculling, Quadruple, coxed – Junior 18A: 1 St Joseph’s 10:14, 2 Athlone 10:48, 3 Presentation Col 10:58. Junior 16: 1 Commercial 11:24, 2 Clonmel 11:27, 3 Presentation Col 11:39.

Double – Intermediate: 1 St Michael’s 11:13, 2 Garda 11:28, 3 St Michael’s B 11:40. Junior 18A: 1 Commercial B 12:13, 2 Commercial A 12:18, 3 Presentation Col B 12:28. Junior 16: 1 Castleconnell 11:57, 2 Clonmel 12:05, Athlone 12:05.

Single – Senior: 1 Commercial (D’Estelle Roe) 12:12, 2 Commercial (Gleeson) 12:32, 3 Offaly (O’Donoghue) 13:15. Intermediate One: 1 St Michael’s (Lazda) 12:29, 2 Commercial (Yeomans) 12:30, 3 University of Limerick (Haugh) 12:34. Novice: 1 Clonmel (Murphy) 12:44, 2 Clonmel (Chadfield) 12:57, 3 Offaly (Gannon) 13:52. Junior 18A: 1 Athlone (Molloy) 12:16, 2 Commercial (Yeomans) 12:31, 3 Commercial (Yeomans) 12:37, 4 St Michael’s (Despard) 12:37. Masters: Offaly (Hussey) 13:17. Junior 16: 1 St Michael’s (O’Malley) 12:05, 2 Neptune (Flynn) 12:45, 3 St Michael’s (O’Connor) 12:49.

Women

Eight – Novice: 1 Commercial 13:29, 2 Univ of Limerick B 14:43. Junior 18A: 1 Shannon 11:36, 2 Commercial 13:11, 3 Castleconnell 13:29. Junior 16: 1 Shannon 12:40, 2 Shannon B 12:51, 3 Commercial 15:39.

Four – Novice, coxed: 1 Commercial 12:52, 2 Athlone 13:32, 3 Commercial B 16:20.

Pair – Junior: Commercial 14:45.

Sculling

Junior 16, coxed: 1 St Michael’s B 12:58, 2 Col Iognaid 13:18, 3 St Michael’s F 13:19.

Double – Junior 18A: 1 St Michael’s E 13:07, 2 Commercial 13:16, 3 Clonmel 13:43. Junior 16: 1 Col Iognaid 13:37, 2 Tralee B 13:57, 3 Offaly 14:34.

Single – Intermediate: 1 Commercial (Foley) 13:39, 2 St Michael’s (McEvoy) 13:48, 3 Garda (Holden) 14:38. Novice: 1 Commercial (Foley) 13:58, 2 Shannon (Ryan) 14:27, 3 Univ of Limerick (O’Sullivan) 14:56. Junior 18A: 1 Commercial (Rodger) 14:14, 2 St Michael’s B (Sheehan) 14:36, 3 Castleconnell (Donegan) 14:42. Junior 16: 1 Commercial (Lambe) 14:00, 2 St Michael’s (Murphy) 14:05, 3 Castleconnell (Griffin) 14:31.

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# ROWING: One hundred and three competitors took to the water in clear and sunny conditions in the first National Assessment of the new season in Newry this morning. Eddie Mullarkey of NUIG had set the fastest time in the ergometer tests on Saturday, while Sanita Puspure was far and away the fastest woman. Junior competitors showed themselves to have stepped up significantly in standard since last year. Hilary Shinnick and Bridget Jacques topped the junior women’s rankings – with Shinnick pipping her rival by .1 of a second.

 

Rowing Ireland
Newry 2000m Ergo Test
2000m Time
Row Labels Total
HM
David Neale (UCD) HM 6:08.7
Stephen Penny (ULRC) HM 6:08.8
BHM
Edward Mullarkey (NUIGBC) HMU23 6:08.0
Matthew Wray (Belfast BC) HMU23 6:09.7
Adam Boreham (Belfast BC) HMU23 6:11.1
Fionnan Mcquillan-Tolan (St.Josephs RC) HMU20 6:14.3
Sam McKeown (Portadown BC) HMU20 6:19.2
LM
Justin Ryan (Skibbereen RC) LM 6:16.0
Niall Kenny (UCCRC) LM 6:22.7
Mark O'Donovan (ULRC) LM 6:27.1
BLM
Paul O'Donovan (UCD) LMU23 6:19.7
Shane O'Driscoll (CIT RC) LMU23 6:27.9
Gary O'Donovan (CIT RC) LMU23 6:28.1
Alan Prendergast (Clonmel) LMU23 6:28.9
Aodhan Burns (Skibbereen RC) LMU20 6:37.9
James McAfee (Bann RC) LMU23 6:39.8
Andrew Bell (UCDBC) LMU20 6:41.6
HW
Sanita Puspure (Old Collegians BC) HW 6:40.7
BHW
Kate O'Brien (SMRC) HWU20 7:04.1
Aifric Keogh (NUIGBC) HWU23 7:07.0
LW
Claire Lambe (UCD) LW 7:14.2
Cliona Hurst (NUIGBC) LW 7:33.6
Siobhan McCrohan (Tribesmen RC) LW 7:33.8
Amy Bulman (UCDBC) LW 7:34.4
Helen Ryan (Shannon Rowing Club) LW 7:37.2
BLW
Denise Walsh (Skibbereen RC) LWU23 7:28.3
Sinead Dolan (DULBC) LWU23 7:37.9
Aoife Leahy (QULBC) LWU23 7:47.9
JM
Paddy Hegarty (Skibbereen RC) MJ18 6:24.0
Gareth McKillen (RBAIRC) MJ18 6:24.7
Aidan Kinneen (St.Josephs RC) MJ18 6:28.7
Andy Harrington (Shandon B.C.) MJ18 6:29.6
James Egan (St.Josephs RC) MJ18 6:33.3
Matthew Ryan (Skibbereen RC) MJ18 6:34.5
Jack Casey (Shandon B.C.) MJ18 6:34.9
Niall Crowley (Presentation College RC) MJ18 6:36.9
Jack Silke (St.Josephs RC) MJ18 6:37.9
John Mitchel (Lee RC) MJ18 6:37.9
David O Malley (St. Michaels RC) MJ17 6:39.5
william yeomans (Commercial RC) MJ18 6:40.6
Eoghan Whittle (Castleconnell Boat Club) MJ16 6:41.9
Conor Carmody (Shannon RC) MJ17 6:42.2
Kai McGlacken (Colaiste Iognaid RC) MJ16 6:43.2
James Blackwell (Shannon RC) MJ18 6:44.3
Rory O Sullivan (Lee RC) MJ18 6:45.0
Ben Robinson (RBAIRC) MJ18 6:45.3
Brian Keohane (Presentation College RC) MJ17 6:45.4
Daniel Buckley (Lee RC) MJ18 6:46.1
Rowing Ireland
Newry 2000m Ergo Test
2000m Time
Row Labels Total
Conor Horan (Neptune RC) MJ17 6:46.9
jack smyth (St.Josephs RC) MJ17 6:47.3
Shane Mulvaney (Neptune RC) MJ17 6:47.4
Alex Chadfield (Clonmel rc) MJ17 6:47.9
Karl Anderson (Portora BC) MJ17 6:48.1
Eoghan Fogarty (Neptune RC) MJ18 6:48.3
Barney Rix (Portora BC) MJ16 6:48.4
Evan Stone (Lee RC) MJ18 6:48.9
Kevin Fallon (St.Josephs RC) MJ17 6:49.0
Ger McNamara (Athlunkard BC) MJ17 6:49.1
Neil McCarthy (Cork BC) MJ18 6:49.2
Mark Breen (Lee RC) MJ18 6:49.3
Sean Lonergan (Clonmel rc) MJ16 6:49.6
Michael Lawless (Colaiste Iognaid RC) MJ18 6:49.7
Evan Despard (St. Michaels RC) MJ18 6:49.8
Luke Carroll (Shandon B.C.) MJ18 6:49.8
Charlie Murray (Cork BC) MJ17 6:50.3
David Keohane (Presentation College RC) MJ17 6:50.5
Stephen Murphy (Cork BC) MJ17 6:50.5
John Higgins (Presentation College RC) MJ18 6:50.6
Ewan Murry (Portora BC) MJ17 6:50.9
Colm Hennessy (Shandon B.C.) MJ16 6:56.3
Thomas Cregan (Presentation College RC) MJ16 6:57.6
Colin Finnerty (St.Josephs RC) MJ16 6:58.6
patrick munnelly (Athlone BC) MJ16 7:00.4
Mike O'HANLON (Waterford BC) MJ16 7:00.5
Eoghan Walls-Tuite (Colaiste Iognaid RC) MJ16 7:01.8
Ewan Gallagher (Athlunkard BC) MJ16 7:01.9
Kevin Hogan (Colaiste Chiarain RC) MJ16 7:02.9
Andrew GOFF (Waterford BC) MJ16 7:04.3
JW
Hilary Shinnick (Fermoy RC) WJ18 7:11.2
Bridget Jacques (Belfast BC) WJ18 7:11.3
Emily Taggart (Belfast BC) WJ18 7:12.0
Erin Barry (Bann RC) WJ16 7:20.2
Jasmin English (Belfast BC) WJ17 7:30.1
Ruth Gilligan (Shannon RC) WJ18 7:32.4
Hannah McCarthy (St. Michaels RC) WJ18 7:34.4
Megan Blackburne (Fermoy RC) WJ18 7:35.1
Bernadette Walsh (Skibbereen RC) WJ18 7:36.5
Claire Beechinor (Cork BC) WJ16 7:37.0
Phoebe Mulligan (Portora BC) WJ18 7:37.4
Zoe Hyde (Killorglin RC) WJ16 7:37.6
Clodagh Scannell (Shandon B.C.) WJ18 7:40.5
Daisy Callanan (Shandon B.C.) WJ18 7:41.7
Laura Kilbane (Cork BC) WJ16 7:42.2
Clodagh O'Sullivan (Shandon B.C.) WJ16 7:42.4
Ellie Sherin (St. Michaels RC) WJ18 7:43.0
aisling Rodger (Commercial RC) WJ17 7:45.0
Kara O'Connor (Muckross RC) WJ16 7:45.0
Eimear Lambe (Commercial RC) WJ16 7:45.1
Erin Coll (Shannon RC) WJ16 7:45.7
Sarah Murphy (St. Michaels RC) WJ16 7:55.2
Alice Beacom (Portora BC) WJ16 7:56.2
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# ROWING: Martin McElroy, who was the Ireland high performance director from 2009 to 2012, has been chosen as performance director for men’s rowing in Canada. The Galway native, who is 49, came to prominence when he guided the Britain men’s eight to gold in Sydney in 2000. He and his team had some success at under-23 level in Ireland, with the highlight being a silver medal for the lightweight men’s quadruple scull at  the 2010 World Under-23 Championships. However, at Olympic level, just one Irish athlete competed at London 2012. Sanita Puspure finished 13th in the women’s single scull.

Outgoing coach Mike Spracklen, who led the Canadian men's eight to wins at the 1992 and 2008 Olympic Games as well as a silver medal at the London 2012 Games, has not had his contract renewed. A controversy has erupted at the decision, with Spracklen speaking of a vendetta by oarsman Scott Frandsen, who has criticised his methods.

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# ROWING: Ireland will have three A Finalists at the World University Rowing Championships in Kazan in Russia. Niall Kenny joined Claire Lambe in the last six of the lightweight single sculls by finishing second in his semi-final this morning, and the all-Queen’s University women’s four took third in their repechage to secure their place at the top table.

The men’s four finished third in their repechage, missing out on a place in the A Final. Italy and Russia secured the top two spots.

World University Rowing Championships, Kazan, Russia – Day Two (Irish interest)

Men

Four – Repechage (First Two to A Final; rest to B Final): 1 Italy 6:45.36, 2 Russia 6:47.49; 3 Ireland (S O’Driscoll, S O’Connor, E Mullarkey, T Lynam) 6:55.40, 4 Czech Republic 7:03.36, 5 Ukraine 7:15.06.

Lightweight Single Sculls – Semi-Final Two (Three to A Final): 2 Ireland (N Kenny).

Women

Four – Repechage (First Four to A Final): 1 Poland 7:28.96, 2 Ukraine 7:32.44, 3 Ireland (A Greene, E Kerrigan, H Lavery, C McIlwaine) 7:39.82, 4 New Zealand 7:40.17; 5 Norway 7:43.28.

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# ROWING: Three of the four Ireland crews are bound for repechages after the first round of competition at the World University Rowing Championships in Kazan in Russia. The men’s four finished fourth in their heat and the women’s four third in theirs. Lightweight single sculler Niall Kenny finished fourth in a heat he led for for the first 1,000 metres.

Ireland’s day started with a fine win for Claire Lambe in her heat of the lightweight single sculls and she will go into Sunday’s final as one of the favourites.

World University Rowing Championships, Kazan, Russia – Day One (Irish interest)

Men

Four – Heat Two (First Two to A Final; rest to Repechage): 4 Ireland (E Mullarkey, S O’Connor, S O’Driscoll, T Lynam).

Lightweight Single Sculls – Heat Two (First Three to A/B Semi-Final; rest to Repechage): 1 Switzerland 7:07.60, 2 Poland 7:08.95, 3 Italy 7:09.48; 4 Ireland (N Kenny) 7:29.71.

Women

Four – Heat Two (Winner to A Final, rest to Repechage): 1 Russia 6:51.90; 2 Poland 7:04.19, 3 Ireland (A Greene, E Kerrigan, H Lavery, C McIlwaine) 7:17.07.

Lightweight Single Sculls – Heat Two (First Two to A Final, rest to Repechage): 1 Ireland (C Lambe) 7:53.86, 2 New Zealand (L Tester) 7:59.70; 3 Czech Republic 8:02.39, 4 Mexico 8:27.96, 5 Italy 8:40.06.

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# ROWING: Claire Lambe won her heat to qualify directly for the A Final of the lightweight single sculls at the World University Championships at Kazan in Russia this morning. The 22-year-old Dubliner is Ireland’s top hope of a medal. Niall Kenny finished fourth in his heat of the lightweight single and must compete in a repechage as must the women’s four, who finished third in their heat.

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#ROWING: Two athletes who represented Ireland at senior level in the recent World Rowing Championships are part of the country’s team for the World University Rowing Championships which take place in Kazan in Russia this weekend. Claire Lambe and Niall Kenny will compete in the lightweight single sculls. Lambe finished 11th in Bulgaria and Kenny 15th.

Lambe also placed fourth at the World Under-23 Championships, and the Ireland men’s four is built around the crew which finished 11th at that event, with Shane O’Driscoll replacing Finbarr Manning. A women’s openweight four will also compete.

Ireland Team for World University Championships, Kazan, Russia

Men – Four: E Mullarkey, S O’Connor, S O’Driscoll, T Lynam. Lighweight Single Scull: N Kenny.

Women – Four: A Greene, E Kerrigan, H Lavery, C McIlwaine. Lightweight Single Scull: C Lambe.

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# ROWING: Ireland’s adaptive coxed four finished fourth in their B Final, 10th overall, at the Paralympic Rowing Regatta at Eton Dorney this morning. The crew of Anne-Marie McDaid, Sarah Caffrey, Shane Ryan, Kevin du Toit and cox Helen Arbuthnot fought it out for third with Brazil, finishing just .14 of a second behind the South Americans. Canada battled with France at the head of the field and won.

Britain beat Germany in the A Final to win gold, with the Ukraine taking bronze.

Paralympic Rowing Regatta, Eton Dorney – Day Three (Irish interest)

Legs, Trunks and Arms Mixed Coxed Four – B Final (Places 7-12): 1 Canada 3:31.17, 2 France 3:32.01, 3 Brazil 3:36.58, 4 Ireland (A-M McDaid, S Caffrey, S Ryan, K du Toit; cox: H Arbuthnot) 3:36.72, 5 Russia 3:42.73, 6 Belarus 3:45.18. A Final: 1 Britain 3:19.38, 2 Germany 3:21.44, 3 Ukraine 3:23.22, 4 China 3:23.43, 5 Italy 3:27.91, 6 United States 3:30.06.

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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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