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Cork crews saw off rivals from far and near at the Cork rowing Head of the River at the Marina on Saturday. UCC’s men’s senior eight were the fastest men’s crew – by 1.3 seconds from De Maas of Rotterdam, a masters eight. The fastest women’s crew was Cork Boat Club’s junior 18 eight, adjudged just .8 of a second quicker than UCD’s women’s senior eight. The fastest men’s single sculler was  John Keohane of Lee Valley and Karen Corcoran-O’Hare of Shandon was the fastest women’s single sculler.


Cork Head of the River, The Marina, Cork, Saturday

Overall: 1 UCC men’s senior eight 12 minutes 6.7 seconds, 2 De Maas, Rotterdam men’s masters eight 12:08.0, 3 UCC men’s novice eight 12:25.9, 4 UCD men’s novice eight 12:42.4, 5 Presentation College men’s junior eight 12:44.3, 6 Muckross intermediate eight 12:49.9. 

Men, Eight – Senior: UCC 12:06.7. Intermediate: Muckross 12:49.9. Novice: UCC 12:25.9. Junior: Presentation 12:44.3. Junior 16: Cork 13:21.2. Masters: De Maas 12:08.0.

Fours – Senior: Cork/Garda 12:53.6. Intermediate: UCC 13:40.6. Novice: Cappoquin 13:43.9. Junior 18, coxed: Presentation 13:04.0

Pair – Junior 18: Presentation 14:58.7. Masters: De Maas 13:09.9. Coastal – Novice: Ahakista 17:28.7.

Sculling, Quadruple – Senior: Shannon 13:50.8. Novice: Shannon 15:07.4. Junior 18: Cork 13:05.3. Junior 16: Cork 13:15.2.

Double – Intermediate: Cork IT 13:41.6. Junior 18: Clonmel 13:53.9. Junior 16: St Michael’s 15:04.4. Coastal – Novice: Kilmacsimon 16:17.2.

Single – Senior: Lee Valley (J Keohane) 14:16.4. Intermediate: Lee (O’Connell) 14:53.4. Novice: Lee (O’Connell) 14:37.9. Junior 18: Workmen’s (Burns) 14:33.0. Junior 16: Shandon (Casey) 15:08.9. Masters: Skibbereen (Barry) 15:40.07. Coastal – Novice: Kilmacsimon 17:33.6


Women – Overall: 1 Cork junior eight 13:40.0, 2 UCD senior eight 13:40.8, 3 St Michael’s junior eight 13:54.1.

Eight – Senior: UCD 13:40.8. Novice: UCC 14:25.4. Junior 18: 1 Cork 13:40.0. Junior 16: Clonmel 16:21.0.

 Four – Senior: Muckross 14:15.9. Intermediate: UCC 17:00.9. Novice: UCC 16:29.8. Masters: Skibbereen 22:34.9.

Pair – Junior 18: St Michael’s 15:00.2.

 Sculling, Quadruple  - Novice: Shannon 15:51.4. Junior 16: St Michael’s 15:16.5.

Double – Intermediate: UCC 16:15.1. Junior 18: Cork 14:43.9. Junior 16: Lee 15:42.3. Masters: Cork 15:38.3.

Single – Senior: Intermediate: Shandon (K Corcoran-O’Hare) 15:39.7. Junior 18: Lee (Kearney) 16:52.1. Junior 16: Lee (Hamel) 16:13.6. Masters: Cork (Crowley) 17:49.2.

Coastal: 1 Kilmacsimon men’s novice double scull 16:17.2, 2 Ahakista men’s novice quadruple coxed scull 17:28.7.

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The Galway Ocean Sports Centre will be formally launched by Éamon Ó Cuív Minister for Social Protection and Defence on Friday 18th February at 5:30pm.

The centre will provide facilities for all the watersports organisations in the city and region and is located in the new Galway Harbour Enterprise Park adjacent to the new harbour slipway that was built specifically for the Volvo Ocean Race in 2009. The 25,000 sq ft premises is being provided by Cold Chon (Galway) Ltd for a nominal rent and the land is being provided free by Galway Harbour Company.

Some of the clubs that have already committed to this new facility include the Galway Sea Scouts, Galway Sea Sports Association, Galway Sub Aqua Club, Bádoiri an Cladaigh, OYTI, Galway Coastal Rowing, Kayak Mor and Galway Bay Sailing Club.

'The Harbour Company is pleased to assist in pulling together the various water sport bodies under one roof and in the heart of the harbour. The new facility and the recently constructed slipway will be the focal point for Galway's marine leisure, getting Galwegians afloat and established in the city, commented Harbour Master', Captain Brian Sheridan.

The Centre is also hosting Let's Do It Global which ran the very successful Green Dragon campaign and the Galway Volvo Ocean Race Festival. The team is now working towards hosting a spectacular finish to the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 in July 2012.

The centre will provide operational facilities such as offices, changing rooms and storage facilities. There will be no social amenities or bars at the centre however it is anticipated that the establishment of the centre will provide impetus for attracting further watersport events to Galway.

The launch will take place at The Galway Ocean Sports Centre, Galway Harbour Enterprise Park, Galway City.

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Lightweight scullers Michael Maher and Siobhan McCrohan were the fastest man and woman at the five-kilometre time trial at the Rowing Ireland National Assessment in Newry today. McCrohan  won her battle with fellow lightweight Claire Lambe, and her time of 21 minutes 19 seconds was also two seconds faster than heavyweight Sanita Puspure. Lambe, who is 20, is an under-23 athlete and came out on top overall when her performance was ranked on percentage of projected gold medal winning time in her discipline.

Rowing Ireland National Assessments, Newry (Selected Results)

(Percentage is ranking with reference to projected World Championships gold medal winning time)

Men – Heavyweight: Under-23: E Mullarkey 20:38 (81.0).

Lightweight: 1 M Maher 19:46 (84.3), 2 M O’Donovan 19:51 (84.0), 3 A English 20:00 (83.3), 3 C Moynihan 20:18 (82.18), 4 J Brinn 20:34 (81.1). Under-23: 1 N Kenny 19:52 (86.0), 2 J Ryan 19:56, 3 S O’Driscoll 19:57 (85.6), 4 S Prendeville 20:02 (85.2), 5 J Mitchell 20:03 (85.2), 6 S Egan 21:28 (79.6).

Junior: 1 P O’Donovan 20:01 (86.2 per cent), 2 A Sheehan 20:32 (84.0), 3 N Prendiville 20:35 (83.8), 4 D Quigley 20:37 (83.7), 5 C Egan 20:38 (83.6),  6 L Seaman 2o:42 (83.3).


Heavyweight: 1 S Puspure 21:21 (83.0), 2 E Moran 21:46 (81.4). Under-23: 1 L Dilleen 21:34 (84.1), 2 M Dukarska 22:09 (81.8), 3 S Bennett 22:49 (79.4).

Lightweight: 1 S McCrohan 21:19 (86.0), 2 O Hayes 21:53 (83.8). Under-23: 1 C Lambe 21:36 (87.0), 2 D Walsh 22:15 (84.4), 3 S Dolan 22:32 (83.4), 4 G Hosford 22:38 (83.0). 

Junior: 1 S Dineen 22:05 (85.7), 2 K Cromie 22:55 (82.5), 3 K O’Brien 23:00 (82.2), 4 B Jacques 23:01 (82.2), 5 L Connolly 23:20 (81.1), 6 S Allen 23:28 (80.6). Under-23: 1 C Lambe 21:36 (87.0), 2 D Walsh 22:15 (84.4), 3 S Dolan 22:32 (83.4), 4 G Hosford 22:38 (83.0).

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A number of Ireland’s elite rowers set personal bests during the ergometer (rowing machine) tests yesterday, the first day of the two-day National Assessments in Newry.

Top heavyweight oarswoman Sanita Puspure knocked three seconds off the time she set in December’s National Indoor Championships, while under-23 athlete Lisa Dilleen and lightweights Michael Maher and Claire Lambe  also impressed. Rising star Sean Prendeville matched 22-year-old Maher’s time of six minutes 17 seconds for the 2,000 metre test, and outstanding junior oarsman Adrian Sheehan clocked 6:28. In the women's junior 16 category, Bridget Jacques again shone, with a time of seven minutes 23 seconds. 

The men’s heavyweight class was hit hard by the absence of Colin Williamson (ill) and Sean Jacob (family bereavement).

National Assessment, Newry (Selected Results)

Men, Open: S Penny 6:13.0, D Neale 6:30. Under-23: E Mullarkey 6:14.0, M O’Brien 6:21.0, S Breheny 6:24. Under-20: C Logan 6:34.0.

Lightweight: M Maher 6:17, M O’Donovan 6:25, C Moynihan 6:26, A English 6:27. Under-23: S Prendeville 6:17, J Ryan 6:17.0, N Kenny 6:22.0. Under 20: S O’Driscoll 6:27.

Junior 18: A Sheehan 6:28, H Millar 6:29.0. Junior 16: A McGrath 6:45, C O Riada 6:45, P Hegarty 6:45.

Women, Open: S Puspure 6:46.0, E Moran 6:54.0. Under-23: L Dilleen 6:53.0, M Dukarska 6:59.0; Under 2o: S Bennett 7:12, C Fitzgerald 7:50.0

Lightweight: S McCrohan 7:20, O Hayes 7:27.0. Under-23: C Lambe 7:12.0, S Dolan 7:41.0, G Hosford 7:46.0, C Hurst 7:50. Under 20: D Walsh 7:34.0, L Shirlow 7:51.0.

Junior 18: K O’Brien 7:07, A Sheehan 7:13.0, R Shorten 7:20. Junior 16: B Jacques 7:23.0.

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Cathal Moynihan was the fastest single rowing sculler at the inaugural two-blade National Head, hosted by St Michael’s in O’Brien’s Bridge. Holly Nixon, a junior, was the fastest woman. Juniors also did well in the pairs events, with Presentation joint fastest men’s crew with St Michael’s. The women’s event was won by Skibbereen.

The fastest crew overall at the head, which was held in perfect conditions, was the powerful NUIG/Grainne Mhaol eight.

St Michael’s Head of the River, O Brien’s Bridge, Clare, Saturday (Selected Results)

National Two-Blade Head of the River

Men’s Pair – Overall: 1= St Michael’s intermediate (M O’Brien, D O’Connor) 12 minutes 08 and  Presentation College junior 18 12:08, 3 Commercial 12:09, 4 UCD senior pair 12:12, 5 Bann junior 18 12:16, 6 Trinity intermediate 12:21.

Senior: 1 Commercial 12:09, 2 UCD 12:12, 3 Skibbereen 12:23. Intermediate: St Michael’s 12:08. Novice: Fossa 14:41. Junior 18: Presentation 12:08.

Men’s Single Scull – Overall: 1 Muckross (C Moynihan; senior) 12:27, 2= Fossa (Folan; senior) 12:34 and Skibbereen (O’Donovan, junior) 12:34, 4 Fossa (Mannion) 12:40, 5 UCD (Neal; intermediate) 12:46, 6 Trinity (McCaffrey) 12:53.

Senior: Muckross (Moynihan) 12:27, 2 Fossa (Folan) 12:34, 3 Fossa (Mannion) 12:40. Intermediate: UCD (Neal) 12:46. Novice: Trinity (McCaffrey) 12:53. Junior 18: Skibbereen (O’Donovan) 12:34. Junior 16: Commercial (Geoghegan) 13:20. Masters: Clonmel (Kinsella) 14:09.

Women’s Pair – Overall: 1  Skibbereen (senior) 13:39, 2 Killorglin (senior) 13:51, 3 Trinity (senior) 14:07.

Senior: 1 Skibbereen 13:39, 2 Killorglin 13:51, 3 Trinity 14:07. Novice: Shannon 15:22. Junior 18: St Michael’s 14:16.

Women’s Single Scull – Overall: 1 Portora (H Nixon; junior) 13:48, 2 Killorglin (Dukarska, senior) 13:52, 3 Skibbereen (Walsh, intermediate) 13:56, 4 St Michael’s (Clavin, senior) 14:06, 5 Three Castles (Quinn, senior) 14:06, 6 NUIG (Hurst, intermediate) 14:11.

Senior: Killorglin (Dukarska) 13:52. Intermediate: Skibbereen (Walsh) 13:56. Novice: Trinity (Dowling) 17:07. Junior 18: Portora (Nixon) 13:48. Junior 16: Commercial (Keating) 14:20. Masters: Cork (Crowley) 16:58. 

Head of the River (Rolling)

Men, Eight – Senior: Grainne Mhaol/NUIG 9:55. Intermediate: UCD 10:39. Novice: UCC 10:59. Junior 18: St Joseph’s 11:16. Junior 16: Commercial 11:47. Masters: Fermoy 11:27

Four – Senior: Grainne Mhaol/NUIG 10:32. Intermediate: Neptune, coxed 11:39. Novice: UCC, coxed 11:50. Junior 18: Portora 10:37. Junior 16: Cork (junior 15 quadruple) 12:05. Masters: Muckross 13:11

Doubles/Pair – Senior:  Muckross/University of Limerick double 11:30. Intermediate: Neptune double 12:04. Novice: Shannon 12:44. Junior 18: Portora double 11:50. Masters: Commercial double 13:11.

Sculling, single – Junior 16: St Joseph’s College (Egan) 14:28.


Eight – Senior: 1 Trinity 11:34, 2 UCD 11:47, 3 UCD 12:16. Intermediate: Trinity 10:13. Junior 18: St Michael’s 11:34.

Four – Senior: UCD 12:40. Intermediate: Skibbereen 11:59. Junior 18: Portora 12:10.

Pair/Double – Senior: University of Limerick double 15:31. Intermediate: St Michael’s 13:36.

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Over 1000 rowers to compete in Rowing Ireland's first National Head of the River race this weekend

Over one thousand rowers from clubs across the country, including crews from Northern Ireland, will gather at O'Brien's Bridge in Co. Clare for Rowing Ireland's first National Head of the River race of 2011 this weekend.

St Michael's Rowing Club, Limerick is hosting this weekend's competition, which is the first event of the 2011 rowing season, and is a national two blade event, that is, single sculls and coxless pairs.

The Head chairman Robert LeGear, said today, "We're delighted with the massive entry so early in the season. It's a sure sign of the interest and growth in club rowing.  All we need now is fair weather for the event."

He added, "One hundred and twenty two boats will compete in the morning's Men's pairs and Women's single sculls, which get underway at 11.00 am. In the afternoon, one hundred and sixty six boats will compete in the Men's singles and Women's pairs which start at 2.00 pm.

The O'Brien's Bridge course is a favorite with rowers because of the calm stretch of water it offers.  St Michaels have been running their own head of the river race here for over twenty eight years.

National Head of the River races are time trials with senior boats going off first and then working down through all the grades to under-fifteens. The race caters for men and women in singles and pairs at all levels, under 15, 16, 18, Novice, Intermediate and Senior.

Other boat categories will be on offer throughout the day in a rolling head time trial competition which gets underway at 9 am and runs until 4 pm.

The main National Head races take place at 11.00 am and 2 pm.

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Under-23 athletes and heavyweight single sculler Sanita Puspure were the stars of the show at the Rowing Ireland Indoor Championships at Dublin City University. Puspure was by far the fastest woman, in 6 minutes 49.4 seconds, but Eimear Moran of Offaly also impressed – and qualified for the international programme – with a time of 6:57.0. Claire Lambe competed in the under-23 category, but was the fastest lightweight woman, while Lisa Dilleen won the under-23 Open category.

Michael Maher of Three Castles headed the men’s lightweight rankings, but the next three fastest lightweights were under-23 competitors – Justin Ryan, Niall Kenny and Sean Prendeville. The fastest heavyweight man was Colin Williamson of Queen’s University, who was disappointed not to break six minutes for the '2,000-metre' test. He won a good battle with Sean Jacob and Eoin Mac Domhnaill. These three alone made it inside the qualifying standard in this class. Christ Jeffers of Belfast Rowing Club was the fastest under-23 heavyweight.

The absence of athletes from some clubs due to the inclement weather left Ireland performance director Martin McElroy with no option but to allow those who had entered but not been able to make it to qualify at the next time trial in February.

National Indoor Championships, Dublin City University, Saturday (selected results; international qualifying standard in parentheses)


Open (6 minutes 10 seconds): 1 C Williamson (Queen’s University) 6 minutes 01.7 seconds, 2 S Jacob (Old Collegians) 6:04.4, 3 E Mac Domhnaill (Queen’s) 6:08.3; 4 M Ewing (Queen’s) 6:13.9, 5 A Mohamed (Queen’s) 6:14.8, 6 J Corcoran (Neptune) 6:19.6.

Open Lightweight (6:36): 1 M Maher (Three Castles) 6:17.0, 2 P Healy 6:24.5, 3 A English (UCD) 6:25.0; 4 M O’Donovan 6:27.0, 5 M Bailey (Neptune) 6:29.5, 6= D Hannon (Queen’s) and P Noonan (University of Limerick) 6:35.5.

Under-23 (6:19.1; under-20s - 6:25.3): 1 C Jeffers (Belfast RC) 6:13.5, 2 T Hughes 6:18.6, 3 C Doorley (University of Limerick) 6:21.9; 4 J McKay (Belfast RC) 6:23.7, 5 F Folan (Three Castles) 6:24.6, 6 D Power (St Michael’s) 6:28.1.

Under-23 Lightweight (6:45.7; under-20s - 6:52.3): 1 J Ryan (UCC) 6:19.5, 2 N Kenny (NUIG) 6:20.1, 3 S Prendeville (Muckross) 6:20.9; 4 P Hanily (UCC) 6:26.6, 5 J Mitchell (Queen’s) 6:28.5, 6 C Dowling (Commercial) 6:36.2, 7 A Prendergast (Clonmel) 6:43.4, 8 C Clifford (UCD) 6:43.7, 9 S Egan (Athlone) 6:49.2, 10 C Hamersly (University of Limerick) 6:50.8.

Junior 18 (6:55.0): 1 A Sheehan (Castleconnell) 6:26.3, 2 F Tolan (St Joseph’s) 6:29.7, 3 N Prendiville (University of Limerick) 6:36.1; 4 M Pukelis (Offaly) 6:36.6, 5 A Griffin (Neptune) 6:37.3, 6 C Kelly (Carlow) 6:38.2.

Junior 16 (7:08.4): 1 A McGrath (Carlow) 6:48.6, 2 M Hall (Blackrock College) 6:49.6, 3 J Casey (Shandon) 6:55.9; 4 K Keohane (Presentation College) 6:56.1, 5 D Buckley (Cork BC) 6:57.1, 6 J Egan (St Joseph’s College) 6:59.1.

Adaptive (1,000 m) – Legs, Trunk and Arms: S Ryan (Castleconnell) 3:05.0. Arms Only: K Doherty (City of Derry 4:13.3.


Open (6:59.7): 1 S Puspure (Old Collegians) 6:49.4, 2 E Moran (Offaly) 6:57.0, 3 A O’Sullivan (University of Limerick) 7:08.9; 4 C Duffy (Imperial College) 7:11.8, 5 H McCormack (Challenge Ten) 7:34.3, 6 S O’Brien (Garda) 7:39.1.

Open Lightweight (7:38.1): 1 O Hayes (Skibbereen) 7:19.9, 2 B Quinn (Three Castles) 7:25.2, 3 S Jacob (Old Collegians) 7:25.8, 4 S McCrohan (Tribesmen) 7:28.4, 5 K Corcoran O’Hare (Shandon) 7:47.2.

Under-23 (7:10.0; under-20s – 7:17.0): 1 L Dilleen (CIT) 6:57.4, 2 M Dukarska (Killorglin) 7:07.6, 3 S Bennett (UCD) 7:09.9; 4 D McCarthy (NUIG) 7:20.5, 5 J O’Keeffe (University of Limerick) 7:27.2, 6 F McGrath (St Angela’s Ursuline Col) 7:46.8.

Under-23 Lightweight (7:49.2; under-20s – 7:56.9): 1 C Lambe (UCD) 7:16.8, 2 Sarah Dolan 7:23.6, 3 C Hurst (NUIG) 7:39.4, 4 Sinead Dolan (Trinity) 7:45.8.

Junior 18 (7:50.8): 1 R Shorten (Methodist College) 7:22.4, 2 C Harrison (Methodist Col) 7:23.3, 3 A Crowley (Killorglin) 7:30.6; 4 C Deasy (Cork) 7:42.0, 5 M Gregson (Methodist Col) 7:43.6, 6 N O’Mahony (Shandon) 7:43.9.

Junior 16 (8:06): 1 B Jacques (Methodist Col) 7:25.8, 2 H Shinnick (Fermoy) 7:32.5, 3 L Hamel (Lee) 7:48.6; 4 A Rodger (Commercial) 7:52.7, 5 A Cooper (Muckross) 7:56.1, 6 R Gilligan (Shannon) 7:57.9.

Adaptive (1,000 m) – Legs, Trunk and Arms: A Molkenthin 3:38.3.

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15th December 2010

Newry Assessment Cancelled

The Five-Kilometre National Assessment fixed for Newry on Sunday has been cancelled. Ireland Rowing performance director Martin McElroy said that the forecast was for very low temperatures in the area and the canal may be frozen.

McElroy said that the ergometer tests at the National Indoor Championships in Dublin City University on Saturday will still function as a selection procedure for the next assessment in February.

The Championships have drawn a big entry, with a schedule running from 9.15 am until the final race, which is fixed for 4pm. 

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Sanita Puspure is the Afloat Rower of the Month for November. The Old Collegians sculler had an outstanding result at the the British Indoor Rowing Championships. She took silver in the open women’s category – only 3.2 seconds behind double Olympic medallist Debbie Flood, and in a time (6 minutes 51.9 seconds) which was faster than Flood’s winning time last year. The Championships also showcased the talents of Adrian Sheehan of Castleconnell, who won the junior lightweight event.

Rower of the Month Awards: The judging panel is made up of Liam Gorman, rowing correspondent of The Irish Times, President of Rowing Ireland Anthony Dooley 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 2010. Keep a monthly eye on progress and watch our 2010 champions list grow.

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Muckross Head of the River, scheduled for Saturday, has been cancelled. Snow and below zero temperatures are forecast for the rowing venue, along with strong winds. 

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