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Twin brothers Turlough and Patrick Hughes (20) will vie for dominance in the Gannon Cup, the annual colours race between Trinity and UCD, on the Liffey on Bank Holiday Monday. UCD, who will be seeking their fifth consecutive Gannon, will be stroked by Turlough Hughes, while Patrick will be in the five seat in the Trinity boat. UCD’s Dave Neale will be seeking his fifth Gannon Cup title.

Trinity’s women’s eight, winner of two of the last three Corcoran Cups, have experience in their crew for Monday. Sinead Rodger and Keira Buttanshaw compete in their second Corcoran Cup; Susannah Cass her third and Caitlin Condon, an American, her fourth. UCD Ladies Boat Club have yet to announce their crew.

Mark Pollock, the adventurer who competed in the Gannon in 1995, 1996 and 1997 – and won all three - will be the guest of honour at the event. Pollock has shown tremendous fortitude in taking on blindness and then, separately, paralysis sustained in a fall.

Men’s Senior Eight (Gannon Cup)

UCD: Vincent Manning, Emmett Feeley, Simon Craven, Conor Walsh, Gearoid Duane, Dave Neale, Finbar Manning, Turlough Hughes; cox: Hannah Fenlon.

Trinity: P Mannix, AJ Rawlinson, Will Hurley, Charlie Landale, Patrick Hughes, Paul Flaherty, Ian Kelly, Danny Ryan; cox: Maeve Crockett.

Women’s Senior Eight (Corcoran Cup)

Trinity: Rebecca Dowling, Sinead Rodger, Keira Buttanshaw, Suzanne Daniels, Susannah Cass, Rebecca Deasy, Caitlin Condon, Ruth Morris; cox: Naomi O’Sullivan.

Monday’s Programme: 8:30 Sally Moorhead Trophy (Novice Women). 9:00 Dan Quinn Shield (Novice Men). 9:30 Corcoran Cup (Senior Women). 10:00 Gannon Cup (Senior Men)

Published in Rowing

ROWING: The new experiment which sees club athletes coming together at Munster crews will get a big outing on St Patrick's Day. Munster will be racing two eights in  the London Head of the River.  The Heavywegiht eight will start 34th and the Lightweight eight  will start 40th ,

HEAVYWEIGHT EIGHT                                                                                    LIGHTWEIGHT EIGHT

CoxCormac ReganCork Boat Club CoxDamien PenkertUniversity of Limerick
StShane McEoinCork Boat Club StDan MurphyCork Boat Club
7Niall KennySt Michaels R.C 7Colm DowlingLee Valley B.C
6Eamonn JoyceCork Boat Club 6James BrinnUniversity of Limerick
5Shane Haugh University of Limerick  5Liam McCarthyClonmel Rowing Club
4Dave Walsh Cork Boat Club 4Alan PredergastClonmel Rowing Club
3Dave MeehanUniversity of Limerick  3David Quinlan Castleconnell B.C
2Liam Rice University of Limerick  2Adrian SheehanCastleconnell B.C
BowCian Pidgeon Castleconnell B.C BowBrian O ConnorCastleconnell B.C
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ROWING: Sean O’Neill from Co Limerick will represent New Zealand at the Olympic Games in London in the men’s four – the same boat class in which he rowed for Ireland in Beijing four years ago. O’Neill, who is now 31, moved to New Zealand in his teens, originally to play rugby, but he took up rowing there and won a number of national titles. He settled there and trialled for New Zealand in 2006, but then returned to Ireland and established himself in the national team. He was in the stroke seat of the Ireland (heavyweight) four which finished 10th in Beijing. He returned to New Zealand and has become a regular in the national team.


Men’s Single Scull
Mahé Drysdale
Coach – Richard Tonks

Women’s Single Scull
Emma Twigg
Coach – Richard Tonks

Men’s Pair
Eric Murray and Hamish Bond
Coach – Richard Tonks

Women’s Quadruple Scull
Eve Macfarlane, Fiona Bourke, Louise Trappitt and Sarah Gray
Coach – Richard Tonks

Women’s Pair
Juliette Haigh and Rebecca Scown
Coach – John Robinson

Women’s Lightweight Double Scull
Julia Edward and Louise Ayling
Coach – John Robinson

Men’s Double Scull
Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan
Coach – Calvin Ferguson

Men’s Lightweight Double Scull
Peter Taylor and Storm Uru
Coach – Calvin Ferguson

Women’s Double Scull
Fi Paterson and Anna Reymer
Coach – Gary Hay

Men’s Quadruple Scull
Robbie Manson, Matthew Trott, Michael Arms and John Storey
Coach – Mike Rodger

Men’s Four
Sean O’Neill, Chris Harris, Jade Uru and Tyson Williams
Coach – Dave Thompson


Men’s Lightweight Four
Curtis Rapley, James Lassche, Graham Oberlin-Brown, Duncan Grant
Coach – Dave Thompson

Men’s Eight
Richard Harrison, Hamish Burson, Tobias Wehr-Candler, Adam Tripp, Ian Seymour, Ben Hammond, Fergus Fauvel, David Eade and cox Ivan Pavich.
Coach – Ian Wright

Published in Rowing

ROWING: The men’s senior eight from Grainne Mhaol/NUIG were the fastest crew at the Erne Head of the River at Enniskillen. The Galway crew had six seconds to spare over the Queen’s University senior eight, and NUIG’s intermediate eight were third.

PositionCrew IdentityClassTime
8GalwayMJ18 821.23
10Portora(4x-)MJ18 421.39
11CAIBCMJ18 821.49
12Neptune AMN822.06
14BannMJ18 822.12
15DUBC (4X-)MI422.16
16NUIG (4X-)MI422.46
17UCDWS 822.5
18Neptune MJ16 822.54
19BBC EMM823
21BRC EMM 823.23
22St MichWS 823.26
23LS/CAI (4X-)MS 423.33
24Galway (4x-)MJ18 423.37
25OCBC EMM 823.43
26MCBMJ16 823.57
27NUIG (4X+)MI424
27MCB (4X-)MI424
29QUBBC BMN 824.02
30PortoraMJ16 824.03
31CAIBCMJ16 824.05
32CAIBC (4X-)MJ18 424.28
33DUBC(4+)MI 424.24
34PortoraWJ18 824.39
35UCDWI 824.47
35Bann (4x-)WS 424.47
37Portora (4x-)MJ18 424.52
38MCBMI 424.57
39LVBC EMM 825
40RBAIMJ16 825.01
41QULBC (4-)WS 425.04
42RBAI(4+)MJ18 425.08
43RBAI (4X-)MJ18 425.24
44Molesey GMM 825.28
45BBC DWM8 25.32
46MCB (4X-)WS 425.34
47BRC GMM 825.49
48Neptune BMN 826.01
49MCBWJ18 826.21
50NUIGWN 826.23
51St Mich (4X-)WS 426.46
52MCB BMJ16 826.51
53UCDWN 827.21
54P'downMM 827.47
55NUIG (4+)WS 428.18
56Portora BWJ18 828.28
Published in Rowing

ROWING: Over 60 crews from all over Ireland will descend on Lough Erne tomorrow for the Erne Head of the River. This year competition looks set to be fierce. The biggest battle of the day should be between NUI Galway and Queen’s men’s senior eights. This will be the first time they have met this season, and both will be out to show their dominance.

From its humble beginnings in 1957, when just four crews took part, the Erne Head has gone from strength to strength, and the number of crews taking part has steadily increased. The organisers contend that at six kilometres tomorrow’s is the longest rowing event in Ireland, and the gruelling course provides athletes with the opportunity to test their both their fitness and their mental strength after winter training.

With a number of sharp bends to contend with, it is also the perfect stage for coxswains to show off their steering skills and their ability to get the best out of their crew when they start to tire. And of course, as crews battle to overtake each other, it provides plenty of excitement for those watching from the banks of the Erne.

The hosts of the event, Portora, will be approaching the event on the back of a double success at the Fermanagh Sports Awards where Derek Holland won Coach of the Year and the Boat Club at Portora Royal were joint winners of the Junior Team of the Year award.

Published in Rowing

ROWING: Nineteen senior and under-23 athletes and a host of top juniors have been invited to the final National Assessment on April 6th to 9th. Arrangements will be made for those who have not completed the second ergometer test.

LW/LWU23 Weight: 2x - 57kg / 1x – 57.8kg
Siobhan McCrohan Tribesmen RC
Claire Lambe UCDBC
Sarah Dolan DULBC
LM/LMU23 Weight: 2x – 70kg / 1x - 71kg
Niall Kenny UCCRC
Mark O'Donovan CITRC
Michael Maher Commercial RC
Anthony English UCCRC
Nathan O'Reilly Tideway Scullers School
Justin Ryan UCCRC
Jonathan Mitchell QUBBC
Shane O’Driscoll CITRC
Sanita Puspure OCBC
Lisa Dilleen CITRC
1x Monika Dukarska Killorglin RC
1x Holly Nixon* Portora BC
David Neale UCDBC
Finbarr Manning* UCDBC
Sean O'Connor NUIGBC
Eddie Mullarkey NUIGBC
2. Junior rowers
* Erg test pending
Junior Men Sculling
Andrew Griffin Neptune R.C. David Quinlan Castleconnell Boat Club Patrick Boomer MCB Aodhan Burns Skibbereen R.C. Cathal Phelan Offaly RC John Mitchel Lee R.C. Mathew Ryan Skibbereen R.C. Paddy Hegarty Skibbereen R.C. David O'Malley St Michaels Paudie Leonard Skibbereen R.C. Cian Noone Neptune R.C. Andy Harrington Shandon B.C. Kevin Fallon St. Josephs RC Thomas English Neptune RC Kevin Molly Athlone BC Andrew Bell Col. Iognaid Daniel Buckley Lee RC Conor Carmody Shannon RC Paul O’Donovan* Skibbereen RC Dylan Aherne* ULRC Gareth McKillen* RBAI Joe Nelson* Portora BC Jack Casey* Shandon RC Barry Crowley* Lee RC
Junior men Pairs
Henry Millar / Lloyd Seaman Portora BC / Portora BC Kevin Keohane / Niall Crowley Pres College Cork / Pres College Cork William Yeomans / Colm O'Riada Commercial RC / Commercial RC Joel Cassells / Chris Black Bann RC / Bann RC Aidan Kinneen / Eric McEvoy St.Josephs RC / St.Josephs RC Shane Walsh / Alan Murtagh GRC / GRC Killian Doyle / Aaron McGrath Carlow RC / Carlow RC Gearoid Moore / James Healy St. Michaels RC / St. Michaels RC Gary Thornton / Chris Alcorn Portora BC / Bann RC Fionnan McQuillian Tolan / James Egan* St.Josephs RC / St. Josephs RC Darragh McCarthy / Matthew Kelly Col. Iognaid / Col.Iognaid Eddie Beechinor / Brian Keohane Cork BC / Pres. College Cork
Junior Women sculling
Bridget Jacques BBC Hilary Shinnick Fermoy RC Katie Cromie Portora BC Kate O'Brien St Michaels Aileen Crowley Muckross RC Bernadett Walsh Skibbereen R.C. Leonie Hamel Cork BC Sarah Higgins Cork BC Sarah Allen Bann RC Fiona Murtagh GRC Roisin Merz Shandon B.C. Jasmine English MCB Maria Gregson MCB Phoebe Mulligan Portora BC Claire Beechinor Cork BC Megan McLaughlin Cork BC Sadhbh Cassidy Neptune RC Kathrine Cremin Muckross RC Megan Donnegan* Castleconnell BC Laura Connolly* Skibbereen RC Lucie Litvack* BBC Laura Kilbane* Cork BC Laura Coleman* Shandon RC Ella Ciallis* Skibbereen RC
Junior Women Pairs
Brooke Edgar / Emily Hutchinson Bann RC / Bann RC
Hanna McCarthy / Hanna O'Sullivan St Michaels / St Michaels
Ruth Gilligan / Lauren McHugh Shannon RC / Shannon RC
Aoife Cooper / Kara O’Connor Muckross RC / Muckross RC
Ruth Cummins* / Kellie Wade GRC/ GRC
Ross Madden GRC
Colm Conneely St.Josephs RC
David Twomey Presentation College Cork
Afric O’Regan GRC
Kate O’Dwyer Shannon RC
2k Ergo test required on 8th – 9th March 2012 by the following:
* Paul O’Donovan Skibbereen RC
* Dylan Aherne ULRC
* Gareth McKillen RBAI
* Joe Nelson Portora BC
* Jack Casey Shandon RC
* Barry Crowley Lee RC
* Megan Donnegan Castleconnell BC
* Laura Connolly Skibbereen RC
* Lucie Litvack BBC
* Laura Kilbane Cork BC
* Laura Coleman Shandon RC
* Ella Ciallis Skibbereen RC
* James Egan St.Josephs RC
* Ruth Cummins GRC
* Kellie Wade GRC
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Queen's University, who appointed Mick Desmond as head coach last month, emerged with a number of category wins and topped the ranking in the second head at the Lagan Head of the River in Belfast.


11 QUBBCMS 8+E Thompson15:26.8100.00
27 MCBRCMJ18A 8+J McMullan16:09.1104.56
35 Bann RC MJ18A 8+J Henry16:10.7104.74
43 QUBBCMI 1 8+K Duffy16:27.4106.54
528 Commercial RC MM 8+ (D)K Keogh16:42.6108.17
66 CAIBCMJ18A 8+M Buckley17:01.7110.24
729 Belfast RCMM 8+ (E)S Mairs17:20.3112.25
832 OCBC/3CBCMM 8+ (E)J Henry17:32.7113.58
922 DULBC WS 8+N O'Sullivan17:33.5113.67
102 MCBRCMI 1 8+B Toombes17:39.4114.30
1110 Belfast BCMM 8+ (F)J Malloy17:57.1116.21
1219 MCBRCMJ16 8+B Gibson18:04.6117.02
1331 Lady Victoria BCMM 8+ (E)M Warnock18:05.7117.14
1412 QUBBCMN 8+S Leitch18:09.8117.58
1526 Bann RC WJ18A 8+L Ferguson18:12.3117.85
1613 QUBBC (B)MN 8+R Crowley18:16.8118.34
178 RBAIRCMJ18A 8+R Hulett18:19.1118.59
1830 Belfast BCWM 8+ (D)A Clayton18:28.3119.58
1933 Belfast RCMM 8+ (F)F Gunn18:43.9121.26
2018 CAIBCMJ16 8+J Taggart18:46.4121.53
2124 MCBRCWI 1 8+Z Gray18:49.1121.83
2217 Commercial RC MI 1 4+G Connolly18:54.1122.37
2341 QUBLBC (B)WN 8+E Thompson18:54.2122.38
2425 QUBLBCWS 4-A Greene18:55.2122.48
259 Blackrock CRC MJ18A 8+F Vaughan18:55.4122.51
2621 RBAIRCMJ16 8+W MacGalliard19:00.0123.00
2735 QUBLBCWN 8+C Moorehead19:05.6123.61
2823 Commercial RC WI 1 8+R Keogh19:16.2124.75
2939 DULBC BWN 8+G Nic Fhionnain19:37.3127.02
3020 MCBRC BMJ16 8+C Gibson19:54.9128.93
3115 CAIBCMI 1 4+B Crawford19:59.9129.46
3238 UCDBCWN 8+N Keegan20:07.3130.26
3327 MCBRCWJ18A 8+K McCurdy20:21.5131.79
3416 Belfast RC MN 8+A Doyle21:18.1137.90
3540 Commercial RC BWN 8+A Keogh21:31.8139.38
3614 Blackrock CRC BMJ18A 8+G Brassil21:55.3141.92
3734 Portadown BC MM 8+ (E)K Deane23:34.6152.63
 4 QUBBCMS 4X-D Evans  
 11 Athlone BCMM 8+ (E)G O'Donnell  
 36 Commercial RC WN 8+K Keogh  
 37 DULBC WN 8+N O'Sullivan 
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ROWING: Queen’s University led the way at the Lagan Head of the River in Belfast. Their men’s senior double was the fastest crew in the first head, and their senior eight matched the feat in the second. There was a slight headwind, and conditions were excellent. The organisers left 30 to 40 second gaps between the crews to avoid congestion at Queen Elizabeth bridge, which is undergoing repair work.

1195QUBBCMS 2XR.O'Connor10:57.3100.00
2109 MCBRCMJ18A 4-R Gilmore11:21.2103.64
3110 CAIBCMJ18A 4-J Kennedy11:52.1108.35
4101 MCBRCMJ18A 4X-R Gilmore12:04.2110.18
5131 QUBBCMI 1XJ Mitchell12:07.0110.61
6102 CAIBCMJ18A 4X-G Hunter12:12.5111.45
7125 QUBBCMN 4+S Leitch12:26.0113.50
8105 MCBRCMJ16 4X+S Graham12:27.4113.72
9119 Bann RC MJ18A 2XC Alcorn12:29.7114.06
10106 CAIBCMJ16 4X+S Archibald12:30.8114.23
11145 Commercial RC MM 4+ (D)R Keogh12:34.2114.74
12132 RBAIRCMI 1XC Beck12:41.7115.89
13137 Belfast BCMN 1XA Boreham12:43.5116.17
14117 Commercial RC MS 2-C Denny12:44.7116.35
15194De MaasMM 1X (B)R.Shirley12:47.9116.83
16133 MCBRCMJ18A 1XP Boomer12:49.5117.07
17108 Bann RC MJ18A 4-A Hamilton12:53.7117.72
18103 MCBRC BMJ18A 4X-R Gilmore12:55.1117.92
19124 Lagan Scullers ClubMS 1XN Darby12:57.9118.35
20134 Bann RCMJ18A 1XJ Casselles12:58.1118.38
21147 MCBRCWJ16 8+K McCurdy13:06.7119.69
22154 Belfast BC BMM 2X (F)H Coppinger13:07.5119.82
23128 RBAIRCMN 4+W MacGalliard13:11.2120.38
24116 Bann RC MJ15 4X+C Bell13:13.7120.76
25127 QUBBC (B)MN 4+R Crowley13:13.8120.78
26163 DULBC WN 4+N O'Sullivan13:15.9121.09
27146 Belfast BCMM 4+ (F)S Herron13:22.1122.04
28111 Blackrock CRC MJ16 4X+G Brassil13:25.5122.55
29104 Bann RC MJ16 4X+F Stinson13:25.7122.59
30120 MCBRCMJ18A 2XD Acheson13:28.4122.99
31186 MCBRC MJ15 2XK Redpath13:28.6123.03
32165 QUBLBCWN 4+C Moorehead13:29.2123.12
33153 MCBRCMJ18A 2-J Doyle13:30.0123.24
34114 CAIBCMJ15 4X+B Crawford13:30.8123.36
35172 QUBLBCWS 2-A Greene13:32.8123.66
36138 Belfast RCMI 1XJ Baird13:35.0124.00
37136 RBAIRCMJ18A 1XG McKillan13:35.6124.09
38167 Bann RC WJ18A 2XS Allen13:36.8124.27
39118 Commercial RC BMS 2-S Connnolly13:39.5124.69
40115 Belfast RC MN 4X+C.Driscoll13:39.7124.71
41156 Belfast RC MN 2XP Hewitt13:49.3126.17
42174 City of Derry BCMM 1X (D)G D'Urso13:51.8126.56
43149 Commercial RC WI 1 4+R Keogh13:52.3126.64
44183 Belfast BCWM 2X ( C)A Clayton13:52.9126.72
45157 Commercial RC WJ16 4X+A Keogh13:53.7126.84
46141 MCBRCMI 1XR Prodohl13:54.4126.94
47107 RBAIRCMJ16 4X+J McCauley13:59.0127.64
48140 CAIBCMI 1XM McMullan14:03.0128.25
49180 Lagan Scullers ClubMM 1X (D)J Phelan14:15.3130.13
50129 QUBBC ( C)MN 4+S Beer14:15.3130.14
51121 RBAIRCMJ18A 2XM Adair14:18.7130.64
52113 MCBRC BMJ15 8+M Wilson14:18.8130.67
53179 Belfast BCMM 1X (F)S Lockwood14:23.8131.43
54178 MCBRCWJ18A 1XJ English14:29.8132.33
55173 QUBLBC (B)WS 2-E Kerrigan14:31.2132.54
56135 Commercial RC MJ18A 1XM D'Estelle-Roe14:34.1132.99
57184 Belfast BCWM 2X (F)L Brown14:36.1133.29
58158 Bann RC WJ15 4X+L Ferguson14:37.4133.50
59155 QUBBCMN 2XP Mano14:42.5134.27
NUMBERClubClassCox/SteererTime% of winning
60126 Belfast RC MN 4+A Doyle14:42.7134.29
61164 DULBC BWN 4+G Nic Fhionnain14:43.5134.42
62122 Portadown BC MJ18A 2XS McKeown14:44.0134.50
63187 Bann RC MJ15 2XC Boyle14:53.4135.92
64160 Commercial RC WN 4X+G Connolly14:54.0136.02
65150 Commercial RC BWI 1 4+K Keogh14:59.8136.90
66171 Lagan Scullers ClubMM 2X (E)J McAllister15:03.4137.45
67190 Commercial RC WN 1XG Foley15:10.3138.50
68170 Belfast BCMM 2X (F)S Bellamy15:12.1138.77
69185 Portadown BC MM 4X- (F)M Bell15:27.7141.14
70161 Belfast RC WJ16 4X+M McLaughlin15:33.5142.03
71159 Belfast RC WN 4X+A.Shirlow15:35.4142.32
72182 Portadown BC MM 1X ( C)J Finlay15:51.9144.82
73191 Lagan Scullers ClubWM 2X ( C)G McDaid15:58.4145.82
74188 Belfast RC WN 2XN Murray16:02.9146.50
75189 Belfast RCWN 1XL Cameron16:05.0146.82
76169 Belfast RC B WJ18A 2XS Flynn16:12.9148.02
77123 MCBRC BMJ18A 2XL Batchelor16:14.7148.30
78181 Portadown BC B MM 1X ( C)I McClements16:21.0149.25
79168 Belfast RCWJ18A 2XA. Herity16:23.2149.59
80144 Portadown BC MJ18A 1XI Divine16:25.0149.86
81193 Belfast BCWM 1X (E)A Forsythe17:54.1163.42
82142 QUBBCMN 1XC Logan18:32.9169.32
 112 MCBRCMJ15 8+B Gibson  
 130 CAIBCMS 1XS Archibald  
 139 RBAIRC (B)MI 1XA Lecky  
 143 RBAIRC (B)MJ18A 1XC Vallely-Gilroy  
 148 QUBLBCWI 1 4+Aiken  
 151 Commercial RC MJ18A 2-C O'Raida  
 152 CAIBCMJ18A 2-P McCullough  
 162 Commercial RC WN 4+G Connolly  
 166 CAIBCMJ16 2XP Campbell  
 175 DULBC WI 1 1XS Dolan  
 176 Belfast BCWJ18A 1X B Jacques  
 177 Belfast BC BWJ18A 1XL Litvack  
 192 Portadown BC WM 2X (B)J Kavanagh 
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ROWING: Cork Head of the River will go ahead tomorrow (Saturday) at the Marina with an entry of 330 crews. The event is a rolling head over 4,000 metres, with timing from 9.30 until 4.0. The head stands alone on the calendar this weekend after Carrick on Shannon cancelled their head of the river because of worries over the weather.

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16th February 2012

Head of the Shannon Cancelled

ROWING: The Head of the Shannon, scheduled for Saturday, February 18th, at Carrick on Shannon has been cancelled because of a forecast of high winds. The official forecast suggested that gusts could near 50 kilometres per hour on the day.

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