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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nathan's Indoor Rowing Record Times

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

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

Irish Provinces Indoor Rowing Championships, University of Limerick


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


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

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

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

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


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


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

Masters 30: M Ragget 8:24.4.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

Novice (1,000m): B O’Brien 3:29.8. 

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




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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) in Ireland Information

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a charity to save lives at sea in the waters of UK and Ireland. Funded principally by legacies and donations, the RNLI operates a fleet of lifeboats, crewed by volunteers, based at a range of coastal and inland waters stations. Working closely with UK and Ireland Coastguards, RNLI crews are available to launch at short notice to assist people and vessels in difficulties.

RNLI was founded in 1824 and is based in Poole, Dorset. The organisation raised €210m in funds in 2019, spending €200m on lifesaving activities and water safety education. RNLI also provides a beach lifeguard service in the UK and has recently developed an International drowning prevention strategy, partnering with other organisations and governments to make drowning prevention a global priority.

Irish Lifeboat Stations

There are 46 lifeboat stations on the island of Ireland, with an operational base in Swords, Co Dublin. Irish RNLI crews are tasked through a paging system instigated by the Irish Coast Guard which can task a range of rescue resources depending on the nature of the emergency.

Famous Irish Lifeboat Rescues

Irish Lifeboats have participated in many rescues, perhaps the most famous of which was the rescue of the crew of the Daunt Rock lightship off Cork Harbour by the Ballycotton lifeboat in 1936. Spending almost 50 hours at sea, the lifeboat stood by the drifting lightship until the proximity to the Daunt Rock forced the coxswain to get alongside and successfully rescue the lightship's crew.

32 Irish lifeboat crew have been lost in rescue missions, including the 15 crew of the Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) lifeboat which capsized while attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme on Christmas Eve 1895.


While the number of callouts to lifeboat stations varies from year to year, Howth Lifeboat station has aggregated more 'shouts' in recent years than other stations, averaging just over 60 a year.

Stations with an offshore lifeboat have a full-time mechanic, while some have a full-time coxswain. However, most lifeboat crews are volunteers.

There are 46 lifeboat stations on the island of Ireland

32 Irish lifeboat crew have been lost in rescue missions, including the 15 crew of the Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) lifeboat which capsized while attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme on Christmas Eve 1895

In 2019, 8,941 lifeboat launches saved 342 lives across the RNLI fleet.

The Irish fleet is a mixture of inshore and all-weather (offshore) craft. The offshore lifeboats, which range from 17m to 12m in length are either moored afloat, launched down a slipway or are towed into the sea on a trailer and launched. The inshore boats are either rigid or non-rigid inflatables.

The Irish Coast Guard in the Republic of Ireland or the UK Coastguard in Northern Ireland task lifeboats when an emergency call is received, through any of the recognised systems. These include 999/112 phone calls, Mayday/PanPan calls on VHF, a signal from an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) or distress signals.

The Irish Coast Guard is the government agency responsible for the response to, and co-ordination of, maritime accidents which require search and rescue operations. To carry out their task the Coast Guard calls on their own resources – Coast Guard units manned by volunteers and contracted helicopters, as well as "declared resources" - RNLI lifeboats and crews. While lifeboats conduct the operation, the coordination is provided by the Coast Guard.

A lifeboat coxswain (pronounced cox'n) is the skipper or master of the lifeboat.

RNLI Lifeboat crews are required to follow a particular development plan that covers a pre-agreed range of skills necessary to complete particular tasks. These skills and tasks form part of the competence-based training that is delivered both locally and at the RNLI's Lifeboat College in Poole, Dorset


While the RNLI is dependent on donations and legacies for funding, they also need volunteer crew and fund-raisers.

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