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O'Donovan Brothers are Afloat Rowers of the Month for May

30th May 2016
Paul and Gary O'Donovan, European Champions 2016. Paul and Gary O'Donovan, European Champions 2016.

#Rowers of the Month: Paul O’Donovan and Gary O’Donovan have had a remarkable few weeks, and are the Afloat Rowers of the Month for May. The brothers from Cork came into the month having taken silver at the first World Cup in Italy and they won gold in the lightweight double sculls at the European Championships in Brandenburg in Germany - the first Ireland rowing crew to become European Champions.

They faced a tough test to reach the final of the second World Cup in Lucerne, but got there through a semi-final won by Britain’s Will Fletcher and Richard Chambers, the world silver medallists from 2015. In the final, the Ireland crew finished fourth. They put Britain behind them and finished just behind the three world champions from the last three years: France (2015 champions), Norway (2013) and South Africa (2014).  

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 2016. Keep a monthly eye on progress and watch our 2016 champions list grow.

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Liam Gorman is a writer and reporter. He is the co-author of Little Lady, One Man, Big Ocean, published in the United States and Canada as Crossing the Swell. He is the rowing correspondent of the Irish Times.  

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