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Day two (Thursday) finished up in Plovdiv at the U23 World Rowing Championships, and three Irish crews are into the A/B Semi-finals.

Konan Pazzaia and Brian Colsh were first up on the water for the Heat of the Men's Double. Starting how they mean to go on, the Queen's-University of Galway pairing won the first heat to progress directly to the A/B Semi on Saturday.

Following suit, the Lightweight Men's Double of Ciaran Purdy and Rory O'Neill made their debut, winning their heat to progress straight into the A/B Semi. Sitting in second place behind Italy through the halfway mark, Ireland held a steady race, relying on the strong finish shown by the Irish athletes repeatedly. In the third 500m, Purdy and O'Neill made their move and rowed through the Italian double of Luca Borgonovo and Nicolo' Demiliani. They're up again on Saturday morning, where they'll race for a spot in the A Final.

2022 Bronze medallist, Alison Bergin, is into tomorrow's Repechage of the Women's Scull after a second-place finish in this morning's heat. Drawn against this year's Senior European Championship silver medallist, Aurelia-Maxima Katharina Janzen, it was always going to be a tough race for the Fermoy sculler, with only one to qualify directly to the A/B Semi. Bergin held a consistent speed through the middle 1000m, holding her own race, allowing her to overtake the sculler from South Africa before breaking into the race's final quarter.

Andrew Sheehan was up again today for the Repechage of the Men's Scull. Dominating his race, Sheehan led from the start and never gave the sculler from Turkey a chance to take his lead. From the early stages of the race it was Ireland and Turkey that broke away from the pack, creating a six-second gap from the first 500m mark. With two boats to qualify for the A/B Semi, it was clear from early on who was taking those spots.

Friday is a quiet day with just Alison Bergin racing in her Repechage, but it will be another busy day on Saturday for the Semi-finals. 

Thursday Results
BM2x Heat 1st -> A/B Semi
BLM2x Heat 1st -> A/B Semi
BW1x Heat 2nd -> Repechage
BM1x Repechage 1st -> A/B Semi

Friday Schedule (IST)
7:35am - BW1x Repechage

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Following last weekend's action at the Cork-hosted Irish rowing championships, there’s more rowing action with the Home International Regatta taking place in Lough Rinn, Co. Leitrim, this coming weekend.

Rowing Ireland and Leitrim County Council will welcome teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales that will race head to head across junior, senior and para events.

This is the first time that the international event has been hosted on the Lough Rinn course.

62 athletes across Ireland will represent their country at this prestigious event.

A full list of selected athletes can be found below as a pdf download.

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The highly anticipated 2023 Irish Rowing Championships took place last weekend in the National Rowing Centre at Farran Woods, Cork.

Despite temperamental weather conditions and having to rejig the weekend schedule, all events were run with no championship races being scratched.

Scheduled as the pinnacle of Irish rowing, the championships drew competitors from across the whole country. Strong winds and gusts of 35 km disrupted the initial race schedule, necessitating adjustments and postponements. While the event organisers and the newly formed championship committee made every effort to adapt swiftly, the participants' safety was paramount, leading to several races being rescheduled to ensure the well-being of the rowers.

"Strong winds and gusts of 35 km disrupted the initial race schedule"

Despite these setbacks, the resilience and sportsmanship displayed by the athletes were commendable. The rowers demonstrated remarkable patience and understanding as they supported one another and the event organisers in navigating the challenges that arose throughout the weekend.

The University of Limerick Rowing Club, Castleconnell Senior 8 Champions in action at the Irish Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Woods, CorkThe University of Limerick Rowing Club, Castleconnell Senior 8 Champions in action at the Irish Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Woods, Cork

The stand-out club was the University of Limerick Rowing Club, which came out on top over the challenging weekend, going home with eight National Championships, a win in the PR2 Men’s Scull (Non-Championship) and three new course records in the Senior Women’s 8+ and 4x- and the Women’s Inter 4+. After shocking the Irish rowing scene in 2021 and winning ten championships, the University has shown its continued strength, competing at a high level in each event that they enter.

The University of Limerick Rowing Club Inter 4+ Champions celebrate at  at the Irish Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Woods, CorkThe University of Limerick Rowing Club Inter 4+ Champions celebrate at the Irish Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Woods, Cork

Skibbereen Rowing Club had another successful year taking away five championships and narrowly missing out on a fourth in the Women’s J18 4- in a highly dramatic race on day three. After taking a commanding lead in the early stages of the final, Skibb had made their mark on the field and were looking to be taking the highly sought-after pots without much threat. However, the choppy conditions did not work on their side, with the athlete in two seat catching a boat-stopping crab just 100m from the line. The well-drilled St. Michael’s crew managed to stay composed and rowed through the leading boat to take the junior championship.

A Galway Rowing Club PR2 Sculler  at the Irish Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Woods, CorkA Galway Rowing Club PR2 Sculler at the Irish Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Woods, Cork

The Men’s J18 2- of Dominic Casey and Cathal McCarthy lead the field taking another Championship for Skibbereen after sister Caoimhe Casey won the Lightweight Women’s Scull earlier in the day. Mccarthy and Casey also picked up a course record in their final, crossing the line in a time of 6:52:80.

Skibbereen Senior 2x at the Irish Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Woods, CorkSkibbereen Senior 2x at the Irish Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Woods, Cork

The Men's and Women's J18 8+ events brought huge excitement around the grounds of the NRC, especially up at the big screen where huge crowds were cheering for their crews. Enniskillen Royal BC narrowly took the win in the Men's race by just .8 of a second over St. Joseph’s. These two highly competitive junior clubs go head to head each year for this championship, with St. Joseph’s taking it in 2022 by photo finish. Meanwhile, in the women's event, St. Michaels fought hard till the end and got their victory over Enniskillen Royal BC.

Skibbereen Junior Women's  8+ at the Irish Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Woods, CorkSkibbereen Junior Women's  8+ at the Irish Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Woods, Cork

St. Michael’s Rowing Club from Limerick upped their game this year winning four junior championships over the weekend, Women’s Junior 8+ and 4- and the Men’s Junior 4x and 2x. Another commendable performance was from University of Galway Boat Club, also going away with four championships in the Men’s Senior 4x-, Inter 8+ and 2x and Women’s Senior 2-.

 Shandon Women's Junior 8+ at the Irish Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Woods, Cork Shandon Women's Junior 8+ at the Irish Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Woods, Cork

Dublin clubs, UCD BC and Commercial RC also brought home four championships each with UCD winning the Men’s Senior 8+, Senior 4- and both of the Men’s Novice events. Commercial improved on their one pot in 2022 winning the Men’s Senior 2- and Club 4+ and the Women’s Club 8+ and 4+.

UCD Senior 8+ Champions celebrate at the Irish Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Woods, CorkUCD Senior 8+ Champions celebrate at the Irish Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Woods, Cork

The Senior 8+’s were as exciting as ever with very tight races in both the Women’s and Men’s events. In the Men’s event it was a repeat of the 2022 Championships with Cork Boat Club and University College Dublin battling it out right to the finish line. Ultimately it was UCD who came out on top again this year leading Boat Club by about a length. In a much closer race in the Women’s event, neither University of Galway nor the University of Limerick/Castleconnell composite knew who had won after crossing the finish line. Celebrations had to wait for ULRC and Castleconnell until they heard the crowds cheering as they came into the slips. Being pushed to the line by the Galway crew worked in their favour as they also crossed the line with a new course record for the event in a time of 6:22:70.

DUBC Men's Inter 8+ at the Irish Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Woods, CorkDUBC Men's Inter 8+ at the Irish Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Woods, Cork

DUBC Men's Inter 8+ at the Irish Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Woods, Cork

With the postponements due to weather conditions, half of the racing planned for the weekend was run solely on Sunday, with racing taking place for over 11 hours, an incredible achievement from all athletes, clubs and especially the volunteers who were on the ground all day.

Lee RC J18 4x took silver at the Irish Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Woods, CorkLee RC J18 4x took silver at the Irish Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Woods, Cork

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Cork Regatta, a premier event on the Irish rowing calendar, has been cancelled because of the weather.

The annual event was scheduled for this weekend at the National Rowing Centre (NRC) in Farren Woods, County Cork.

Cork Regatta Committee met and consulted with Met Eireann regarding the weather on Saturday and Sunday. The wind speed at 07:00 on Saturday is 20kph and steadily increases to 26kph at 19:00 with gusts over 40kph. The wind direction is a south, south–westerly moving to a southerly direction. This means that the wind is cross-tail moving to a crosswind which is unsafe in any way for rowing.

The situation on Sunday is much the same as Saturday, with the wind moving to a west-south westerly with a wind speed from 24kph at 07:00 to 29kph at 16:00 with gusts again in excess of 40kph. A lot of preparations, along with weekly meetings, have taken place in the last few weeks in order to get Cork Regatta up and running for 2023. It is with great regret that we now have to cancel the event. This is being done in the interest of safety and well-being of the competitors, coaches, volunteers, and the committee.

"This is such bad news. The season in Ireland is already short of big events. Feel really sorry for the prospective competitors and the organisers, Rowing Correspondent Liam Gorman said on Twitter.

"To say that we are disappointed is an understatement, and any decision like this is never taken lightly", James Moroney, Regatta Secretary, said.

The Home International Committee will discuss a new date for Home International trials.

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Rowing Ireland and MG Motor Ireland are delighted to announce their strategic partnership aimed at promoting a shared vision of innovation, performance, and community engagement.

As part of the partnership, MG Motor Ireland will become the official vehicle partner of Rowing Ireland, supporting their initiatives to drive awareness and participation in the sport while also championing sustainable mobility solutions. With a shared commitment to innovation and progress, this partnership aims to inspire individuals to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle while promoting environmentally friendly transportation options.

"We are delighted to announce our partnership with Rowing Ireland," said Natasha Maher, Marketing and PR Manager at MG Motor Ireland. "This collaboration signifies our commitment to supporting Irish sports and our belief in the values that rowing embodies – teamwork, determination, and passion. We look forward to working closely with Rowing Ireland to promote the sport further and contribute to its growth at all levels."

MG Motor Ireland's advanced automotive technology and commitment to sustainability align perfectly with Rowing Ireland's values, as both organisations prioritise the pursuit of excellence, innovation, and environmental consciousness. Together, they aim to create a positive impact on the rowing community and society as a whole.

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The European Rowing Championships on Lake Bled, Slovenia are over, and Ireland won't be coming home with any medals.

Brian Colsh showed his strength in the middle of the C Final of the Men's Scull. Passing the first 500m mark in sixth place, Colsh gained three positions by the last 500m. Winding it up for his sprint, Brian finished it out by taking Bahman Nasiri of Azerbaijan and finishing in second place behind Poland.

The Men's Four of John Kearney, Ross Corrigan, Nathan Timoney and Fionnán McQuillan-Tolan narrowly missed out on a third place finish in the B Final. Fighting with Ukraine to the line, Ireland just missed out by .7 of a second, to finish in fourth. Overall it was a very tight race with only two seconds separating first place from fourth place.

Long and Magner put on a stellar performance this morning, winning the B Final of the Women's Pair. In their third 500m, they put on a push and moved from third place to first. They held this lead right to the finish, beating the Czech Republic, Italy, France and Poland. This crew has made their mark on the international stage this weekend, a superb debut for Imogen Magner.

Just outside of the medals, Tribesmen's Siobhan McCrohan finished fourth in the Lightweight Women's Scull. Sitting in sixth place for the middle 1k, Siobhán flipped a switch for the last 500m to challenge Kristyna Neuhortova of the Czech Republic for the bronze medal. Leaving her sprint slightly too late, McCrohan finished just .27 behind to take fourth.

PR2 Mixed Double of Katie O'Brien and Steven McGowan had their best race yet finishing in a competitive fifth place in the A Final. Through the middle of the race there was nothing separating Poland, Ukraine and Ireland for third place. Closing the gap again to the 2022 World Medallists, Katie and Steven continue to go from strength to strength.

Zoe Hyde and Sanita Puspure had a tough race in the A Final of the Women's double and struggled to get going from the start. In a very competitive field Ireland placed 6th, with France, Lithuania and Romania finishing in Gold, Silver and Bronze.

It was Philip Doyle and Daire Lynch who finished out the European Championships for Ireland in the A Final of the Men's Double. In another extremely close finish for the medals, Doyle and Lynch were just .6 of a second shy from taking the bronze medals from Olympic Silver Medallists, the Netherlands. In slightly bouncier conditions than previous days it made it that little bit more difficult to wind it up at the finish. This weekend is a great starting point for the new crew as they look towards the remainder of the racing season.

Ireland Results at 2023 European Rowing Championships 

M2x - 4th A Final
LW1x - 4th A Final
W4- - 5th A Final
LW2x - 5th A Final
PR2 Mix2x - 5th A Final
LM2x - 6th A Final
W2x - 6th A Final
W2- - 1st B Final
M4- - 4th B Final
M1x - 2nd C Final

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Day three of the European Rowing Championships on Lake Bled in Slovenia saw the A Finals of Ireland's Women's Four, Lightweight Women's Double and Lightweight Men's Double.

Three finals are now completed and seven more are to come.

Philip Doyle and Daire Lynch pulled out another great race in today's A/B Semi Final. The crew from Ireland moved through crews in each 500m, continuing to build speed coming into the finish. In the last quarter of the race they pushed into the A Final qualifying positions and began to put pressure on the Croatian double of Valent and Martin Sinkovic. There's definitely more in the two crews but with only 1.3 seconds between them, the A Final on Sunday will be a must watch.

The Women's Four of Eimear Lambe, Tara Hanlon, Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh finished fifth in the A Final. From the start Ireland struggled to push ahead as the other crews got going, making it difficult to stay in the mix as the race progressed. They kept their heads down and squeezed ahead of Spain through the halfway mark.

Margaret Cremen and Aoife Casey missed out on the medals in the Lightweight Women's Double, finishing in 5th place. Going off the blocks with a massive 50 strokes per minute, Cremen and Casey went out the quickest but it was Great Britain, Greece, France and Poland who got out in front. Having won bronze medals at the 2022 World Championships, Ireland will be feeding off of this result when they compete next.

The new Lightweight Men's Double combination of Fintan McCarthy (right) and Hugh MooreThe new Lightweight Men's Double combination of Fintan McCarthy and Hugh Moore

The new Lightweight Men's Double combination of Fintan McCarthy and Hugh Moore crossed the line in 6th position in today's A Final. Ireland were behind off the start but winding up into the finish they began to make some ground on the Ukrainian double. Ukraine were able to hold off McCarthy and Moore to the line, and it was 6th place for Ireland.

Saturday Results
M2x A/B Semi 2nd -> A Final
W4- A Final -> 5th
LW2x A Final -> 5th
LM2x A Final -> 6th

Sunday Times (IST)
M1x C Final - 8:35am
M4- B Final - 8:58am
W2- B Final - 9:03am
LW1x A Final - 10:01am
PR2 Mix2x A Final - 11:20am
W2x A Final - 11:37am
M2x A Final - 11:53am

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Day two of the European Rowing Championships on Lake Bled, Slovenia is over, and it was another busy day of racing for Irish crews.

Margaret Cremen and Aoife Casey were first up this morning in the Repechage of the Lightweight Women's Double. In an exciting finish, three doubles were all within touching distance of each other with only two to qualify for the A Final. Ireland stuck it out and finished in second place behind Greece, winning the ticket into the A Final tomorrow.

The Women's four of Eimear Lambe, Tara Hanlon, Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh finished in third place behind Denmark and the Netherlands. Finishing in a time of 6:40.26, the crew from Ireland is heading into the A Final tomorrow afternoon.

"Siobhán McCrohan of Tribesmen Rowing Club had a fantastic race"

Siobhán McCrohan of Tribesmen Rowing Club had a fantastic race this morning, winning the Repechage of the Lightweight Women's Scull. Leading from the first stroke, Siobhán powered down the 2km course, taking a qualifying position for the A Final without any doubt. On Sunday she'll be fighting for the medals against Romania, Greece, Czech Republic, Turkey and Switzerland.

The Men's Four just missed out on the A Final in today's Repechage after a fourth place finish. There were only two spots up for grabs for the A Final and it was the Netherlands and Switzerland who came out on top. The crew from Ireland raced to the finish, going bowball for bowball with Ukraine. On the line Ukraine got it by just .07 of a second.

Natalie Long and Imogen Magner improved their time hugely in today's Repechage of the Women's Pair, dropping 12 seconds from their time yesterday in the Heat. It was Ireland, Croatia and GB at the top of the field throughout the race but only two spots to the A Final. Croatia won in a time of 7:12.34 followed by GB in second, less than a length ahead of Ireland. Natalie and Imogen will race the B Final on Sunday morning.

The Women's Double of Zoe Hyde and Sanita Puspure won their Repechage and are heading to the A Final on Sunday afternoon. Ireland led from the start but France and GB kept them on their toes throughout the race. All three crews finished within a second and a half of each other but Zoe and Sanita held their ground and finished ahead.

The PR2 Mixed Double of Katie O'Brien and Steven McGowan have booked themselves into the A Final after a fourth place finish in their Repechage this morning. With each race this combo improves, so there's definitely more to come on Sunday.

University of Galway rower, Brian Colsh, finished 4th in his Repechage sending him through to the C/D Semi in the afternoon. In the Semi Brian went on to place second, qualifying for the C Final on Sunday.

In the short afternoon session, Fintan McCarthy and Hugh Moore raced the A/B Semi of the Lightweight Men's Double. The top three boats qualify for the A Finals and Ireland did just that. Finishing in third position behind Switzerland and Greece, McCarthy and Moore have another go at it tomorrow in the A Final.

Friday Results
LW2x 2nd -> A Final
W4- 3rd -> A Final
LW1x 1st -> A Final
M4- 4th -> B Final
W2- 3rd -> B Final
W2x 1st -> A Final
M1x 4th -> C/D Semi
PR2 Mix2x 4th -> A Final
LM2x 3rd -> A Final
M1x Semi 2nd -> C Final

Saturday Times (IST)
M2x A/B Semi - 9:56am
W4- A Final - 11:22am
LW2x A Final - 12:57pm
LM2x A Final - 13:13pm

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Katie O'Brien and Steven McGowan had a strong race in the PR2 Mixed Double, staying in touch with Ukraine and Poland from the start on day one fo the European Rowing Championships on Lake Bled, Slovenia. Winding it up coming into the last quarter of the race, Ireland made up two seconds on Poland, the 2022 World silver medallists, to finish just .2 of a second behind them.

Katie O'Brien and Steven McGowan competing on day one of the European Rowing Championships on Lake Bled in SloveniaKatie O'Brien and Steven McGowan competing on day one of the European Rowing Championships on Lake Bled in Slovenia

The crew from the Netherlands led the race from start to finish, beating the current World Champions, Ukraine, by four seconds.

The Women's Pair of Natalie Long and Imogen MagnerThe Ireland Women's Pair of Natalie Long and Imogen Magner

The Women's Pair of Natalie Long and Imogen Magner finished 4th in their heat. Through the 1000m mark, only a bow ball separated the crews from Ireland and Great Britain as they fought for third position. With only one place straight to the A Final, the crew from Ireland are into tomorrow's Repechages.

Hyde and Puspure progress with the second fastest time into the Repechages after a second-place finish in the Women's Doubles heat. Up against the 2022 silver medallists, the crew from Ireland went out strong and held their position from the start. The Netherlands had a significant lead through the halfway mark, but Zoe and Sanita began to pull back from there, reducing the gap to just four seconds at the finish.

The Men's Double made their mark in the heat, winning it ahead of France, the current World Champions. It was a dog fight through the race with Ireland sitting just half a second up on France until the 1500m mark. Philip Doyle and Daire Lynch then tapped into the famous Irish sprint and pulled out ahead to take the win by three seconds. Both crews move on to the A/B Semi-Finals on Saturday.

Siobhán McCrohan took second place in the Lightweight Women's Scull Heat, sending her into the Repechage tomorrow. With a quick time, she goes to the reps as the fastest sculler. McCrohan was sitting fourth through the 1000m mark but easily rowed through the scullers from Turkey and the Czech Republic in the third 500m.

The Men's Lightweight Double put in a solid performance for their first race in this combination. Fintan McCarthy and Hugh Moore led the race from the start but Jerzy Kowalski and Daniel Galeza from Poland stayed right on their heels with barely anything separating the two crews. Ireland and Poland took the two available spots straight into the A/B Semi-Finals.

Next were the Women's Four of Eimear Lambe, Tara Hanlon, Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh. In a tough race with only one crew to qualify directly into the A Final, the crew from Ireland had to go head to head with GB who won both the European and World Championships last year. In a gutsy row, Ireland finished in second place behind GB and had clear water over the Polish and Spanish fours.

Ireland's men's four at the European Rowing Championships 2023 - John Kearney, Ross Corrigan, Nathan Timoney and Fionnán McQuillan-TolanIreland's men's four at the European Rowing Championships 2023 - John Kearney, Ross Corrigan, Nathan Timoney and Fionnán McQuillan-Tolan

Directly after the women's race, the men's four had their go down the picturesque course. In another extremely tight race John Kearney, Ross Corrigan, Nathan Timoney and Fionnán McQuillan-Tolan finished in third place behind Romania and Italy. All three crews stayed within a canvas of each other down the course and finished with just three seconds separating them. They'll take to the water tomorrow where they'll race for a spot in the A Final.

Brian Colsh finished third in his heat of the Men's Scull. Starting off in fourth place, Colsh squeezed into third in the third 500m. It was only one crew to qualify straight into the A/B Semi so it's into the Repechage for Ireland.

The Lightweight Women's Double of Margaret Cremen and Aoife Casey are into tomorrow's Repechage after a third-place finish in their heat. Poland's double had a great start, leading the heat up to the halfway point. The Tokyo Olympic Champions moved in at this point to take the lead and finish the race with clear water. Ireland stayed in touch with Poland, but they were able to hold on to their advantage from the start and finished ahead of Cremen and Casey.

Thursday Results
PR2 Mix2x 4th -> Repechage
W2- 4th -> Repechage
W2x 2nd -> Repechage
M2x 1st -> A/B Semi
LW1x 2nd -> Repechage
LM2x 1st -> A/B Semi
W4- 2nd -> Repechage
M4- 3rd -> Repechage
M1x 3rd -> Repechage
LW2x 3rd -> Repechage

Friday Schedule (IST)
LW2x Rep - 8:15am
W4- Rep - 8:45am
LW1x Rep - 8:55am
M4- Rep - 9:25am
W2- Rep - 9:30am
W2x Rep - 9:50am
M1x Rep - 10:30am
PR2 Mix2x Rep - 10:35am
LM2x A/B Semi - 14:00pm

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The 2023 European Rowing Championships begins tomorrow morning in Bled, Slovenia. All ten of the crews from Ireland will race tomorrow in the heats.

The PR2 Mix2x of Katie O'Brien and Steven McGowan will first hit the water at the Championships. The Galway duo are up against the current World Champions, Laroslav Koiuda and Svitlana Bohuslavska of Ukraine. At last year's European Championships in Munich, Katie and Steven finished 21 seconds behind Ukraine and reduced that gap just a month later to 12 seconds at the World Championships. This week they'll be looking to reduce that gap even further.

The lightweight team are fielding some new combinations with Hugh Moore and Fintan McCarthy in the Men's Double and Siobhan McCrohan in the Women's Scull. Hugh won silver in the lightweight Men's double at U23 Worlds last year and raced the single at the 2022 World Championships. Siobhan previously raced in the lightweight Women's Double with Rio Olympian, Claire Lambe, in the lead up to the London Olympics. Making her return to the international stage since 2016, McCrohan will be aiming to put down a solid race in tomorrow's heat. 2022 World Bronze medallists, Margaret Cremen and Aoife Casey race again in the Lightweight Women's Double.

Philip Doyle and Daire Lynch will race the Men's Double in one of the largest events with 22 entries. This combination raced in April at Memorial Paolo D'Aloja International Regatta in Piediluco. After taking away silver medals from that event they'll be eager for more this weekend. The Men's Coxless four of John Kearney, Ross Corrigan, Nathan Timoney and Fionnán McQuillan-Tolan is also a relatively new combination, and will be an exciting watch after the strong performance from Ireland's Four at the World Championships last September where they finished in 8th position. The Men's Single will see Brian Colsh race head to head against some of the worlds best. Colsh also raced the scull at the 2022 World Championships, finishing in 15th position.

2022 World bronze medal winners Zoe Hyde and Sanita Puspure face silver medallists, the Netherlands, in the Women's Double heat in the morning. Due to illness at last year's European Championships, Hyde and Puspure had to withdraw from the event so it's all to play for this weekend. A new addition to the squad, Imogen Magner, makes her debut with Rowing Ireland this weekend in the pair with Natalie Long.

The Women's Coxless Four also sees a new combination with a lineup of Eimear Lambe, Tara Hanlon, Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh. These athletes are highly versed on the international scene, with three of the four racing in the silver medal performance at Europeans last year. Tomorrow they're up against the current World Champions, Great Britain.

Follow the Racing

  • Live Race Tracker and Live Audio for all races on the World Rowing site.
  • Live Video Stream will be available for the A Finals on Saturday and Sunday on the World Rowing.
  • The A Finals on Saturday and Sunday will also be on RTE News Channel and RTE Player.

Thursday Schedule (IST)

PR2 Mix2x Heat - 8:32am
W2- Heat - 8:45am
W2x Heat - 9:05am
M2x Heat - 9:20am
LW1x Heat - 9:40am
LM2x Heat - 10:00am
W4- Heat - 10:25am
M4- Heat - 10:30am
M1x Heat - 10:55am
LW2x Heat - 11:20am

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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