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#Rower of the Month: The Afloat Rower of the Month for January 2016 is Paul O’Donovan. The UCD oarsman produced a remarkable time of six minutes 7.5 seconds at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships to smash the Irish record for a lightweight – the time of 6:14.6 set by his brother Gary earlier in the open competition. Paul is 21 and competed in the under-23 section. Sanita Puspure and Claire Lambe were amongst those who set new records at the championships. Paul O’Donovan and Gary O’Donovan will compete for Ireland as a lightweight double scull at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro later this year.
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 afloat.ie 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 2016. Keep a monthly eye on progress and watch our 2016 champions list grow.
#Rowing: The organisers of the Neptune Head of the River this Saturday, December 30th, have decided to go ahead with the event. The weather forecast is for winds of 12 to 20 kilometres per hour at Blessington, which would leave the course rowable. The course has to be laid, and there is a chance that the event could yet be cancelled, but only if the weather forecast changes significantly.
#Rowing: A horde of Irish records fell at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships at the University of Limerick today. Sanita Puspure set a new time for the women’s open category of 6 minutes 36.7 seconds. The second fastest time was also a record, as 17-year-old Emily Hegarty clocked 6:57.0, lopping over two seconds off the old junior record set by Lisa Dilleen. Claire Lambe’s time of 7 minutes 12.6 seconds was a new Irish record for a lightweight woman.
Paul O’Donovan set an excellent time for the lightweight under-23 category – 6:07.5 – over two seconds better than his previous personal best. His brother and soon-to-be Olympic crewmate, Gary, had been the fastest in the open lightweight section, with a time of 6:14.6. The men’s junior 18 category was won by Cathal Cummins in a new Irish record of 6:16.2. Sam McKeown’s hopes of breaking six minutes in the men’s open category fell short, though his time of 6:02.9 was 1.8 seconds better than his previous best.
Other record breakers on the day included Paul Gallen (lightweight men, 60 to 69), Niall O’Brien (open, 50-59), Priscilla O’Sullivan (women’s open, 50-59) and Catherine McKeon (pararowing, legs trunk and arms).
Irish Indoor Rowing Championships, University of Limerick, Saturday (Selected Results)
Open: 1 S McKeown 6:02.9, 2 T Oliver 6:03.2, 3 P Buchanan 6:09.6, 4 P Doyle 6:10.7, 5 D Brown 6:13.0, 6 K Coughlan 6:13.1. Under-23: 1 J Casey 6:18.3, 2 D Mitchell 6:18.5, 3 P Munnelly 6:19.7. Junior 18: 1 C Cummins 6:16.2, 2 R Byrne 6:16.7, 3 D Lynch 6:18.3. Jun 16: R Tummon 6:38.2.
Lightweight – Open: 1 G O’Donovan 6:14.6, 2 M O’Donovan 6:18.0, 3 S O’Driscoll 6:18.8, 4 L Keane 6:24.8.
Under-23: 1 P O’Donovan 6:07.5, 2 S Mulvaney 6:21.8, 3 L Seaman 6:25.7
Pararowing – LTA (1,000m): S Ryan 3.30.6.
Open: 1 S Puspure 6:36.7, 2 M Dukarska 6:58.9, 3 L Kennedy 7:01.9, 4 A Keogh 7:06.1, 5 S Bennett 7:13.8, 6 R Maguire 7:15.0. Under-23: 1 S Bounane 7:16.8, 2 E Lambe 7:18.6, 3 S Murphy 7:30.1. Junior 18: E Hegarty 6:57.0, 2 H Scott 7:20.7, 3 M Cremin 7:23.6. Jun 16: C Nic Dhonncha 7:35.6.
Lightweight – Open: 1 C Lambe 7:12.6, 2 Sarah Dolan 7:17.0, 3 S McCrohan 7:18.4. Under-23: E McGiff 7:41.9.
Pararowing – LTA (1,000m): C McKeon 3:37.1.
Best Overall Club (Eddie Crean Trophy): St Joseph’s, Galway
#Rowing: Muckross Rowing Club has chosen to reschedule its head of the river for March 5th. The original date was December 5th, but there was a poor weather forecast and the head had to be cancelled. The March 5th date will be shared with the Erne Head of the River in Enniskillen.
#Rowing: The Cork Sculling Ladder had a set of races on Sunday, December 20th at the Marina. In springlike conditions of showers and sunshine, water conditions were suprisingly good. Luke Guerin, who was late for his race with Conor Twohig, eventually came out on top. Twohig accepted a race, but suffered an injury.
Cork Sculling Ladder Results, December 20th
Race 1. (FC)(55) Cormac Corkery - Cork Boat Club bt (22) Peter Jackson - Lee Rowing Club. 5 Lengths.
Race 2. (14) Barry Connolly - Cork Boat Club bt (13) David Breen Lee Rowing Club. 6 Lengths.
Race 3. (7) Darragh Larkin - Lee Rowing Club bt (10) Barry O’Flynn - Cork Boat Club. 6 Lengths.
Race 4. (52) Conor Twohig - Cork Boat Club Row over (51) Luke Guerin - Presentation College Rowing Club, failed to turn up at start on time.
Race 5. (52) Luke Guerin - Presentation College Rowing Club bt (51) Conor Twohig - Cork Boat Club, DNF (Did not finish). Injured his back.
Race 6. (24) Eoin Larkin - Lee Rowing Club bt (27) Sam O’Neill - Shandon Boat Club, DNF, capsized at 900 metres.
Race 7. (49) Alex Byrne - Shandon Boat Club bt (43) bt Morgan O’Hara - Lee Rowing Club. 5 Lengths.
Race 8. (32) Liam O’Connell - Cork Boat Club bt (31) Conor McCarthy - Cork Boat Club. 6 Lengths.
Race between (33) Eoin Gaffney - Shandon Boat Club and (29) Shane Crean - Lee Rowing Club. Cancelled.
Starter : Finbarr Desmond. Umpires : Kieran Hughes and Pat Hickey.
Rearranged challenges for Sunday 27.12.2015.
(84) Kieran White - Cork Boat Club v (78) Cormac O’Connell - Presentation College Rowing Club. Time TBC.
(FC)(124) Eoin Power - Cork Boat Club v (80) Jack Aherne - Cork Boat Club. Time TBC.
Challenges. Dates and Times TBA.
(17) Feargal O’Sullivan - Cork Boat Club v (15) David Higgins - Presentation College Rowing Club.
(33) Eoin Gaffney - Shandon Boat Club v (29) Shane Crean - Lee Rowing Club.
(45) Emmett Hickey - Shandon Boat Club v (42) David Collins - Cork Boat Club.
(27) Sam O’Neill - Shandon Boat Club v (26) Neil McCarthy - Cork Boat Club
Note : Racing depends on weather conditions.
Thanks to grant funding under the Sports Capital Programme, the works have "transformed our club and ensured that Cork Boat Club’s landmark clubhouse at Undercliffe is now a modern and exciting structure", according to the club's Des O'Sullivan.
Along with a refurbished gym and a replaced clubhouse roof, the project also involved the restoration of the historic Blackrock Coastguard Station on the club's grounds.
The "iconic" 1840s building was preserved with the assistance of Cork City Council’s Conservation Department.
The Evening Echo has more on the story HERE.
#Rowing: The Ireland trials set for this weekend have been cancelled. Weather conditions at the National Rowing Centre in Cork would not have been suitable. The athletes set to compete will next trial at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships in Limerick on January 23rd. The weights allowed will 73kg for lightweight men and 59.5 kg for lightweight women, which are those carried forward from the proposed December trial.
#Rowing: The Ireland trial this weekend is in doubt. The National Assessment has been fixed for the National Rowing Centre at Farran Wood on Saturday and Sunday, December 19th and 20th, but the weather forecast is not good. Rowing Ireland has announced that a decision will be made on Wednesday. “The conditions at present do not look great. We are keeping a very close eye on the wind forecast as well as the amount of flood water coming into the lake.”
#Rowing: The Muckross Head of the River, fixed for the National Rowing Centre in Cork on Saturday, has been cancelled. The organisers say the bad weather forecast, including high winds, would have presented an unacceptable safety risk. The Head of the Shannon, also set for Saturday, has already been cancelled.
#Rowing: The Head of the Shannon, fixed for Carrick-on-Shannon this Saturday, December 5th, has been cancelled. The organisers say that the rising water levels on the river, combined with the forecast for the weekend, has left them with no alternative. The Muckross Head is also scheduled for Saturday, at the National Rowing Centre in Cork.