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Airport Police & Fire Service rowers thank St. Patrick's Rowing Club for the use of the quad boat during training for the club's ‘Endeavoar 2022, a 250-kilometre row along the West Coast of Ireland
The Airport Police & Fire Service Rowing Club has thanked River Liffey-based St. Patrick’s Rowing Club in Dublin city for the loan of its quad boat to train for this year’s ‘challenging’ club charity event. ‘Endeavoar 2022’ is a 250-kilometre…
29 boats started on Clogherhead Strand for the sixth annual Boyne Boat Race
From 6.30 am on a damp and drizzly Sunday morning May 1st, 29 boats of all shapes and sizes started to arrive on Clogherhead Strand to prepare for the sixth Annual Boyne Boat Race, taking place later that morning writes Sarah…
Stella Maris Rowing Club at Ringsend's annual May Day Parade
Community spirit was alive and well on the River Liffey this week as Stella Maris Rowing Club joined Ringsend's 14th annual May Day Parade in Dublin City last Monday. A marching band and appearances from various clubs, organisations, and members…
The Woodvale Ocean Rowing Boat is for sale
A Woodvale Ocean Rowing boat that crossed the Atlantic twice with previous owners is for sale in Greystones in County Wicklow.  The current owner has put the boat up for sale at €15k following an injury. The boat was prepped and ready…
Oarswoman Dr Karen Weekes celebrates her solo transatlantic success in February
Ireland’s first solo transatlantic oarswoman Dr Karen Weekes is to lead the St Patrick’s Day parade in Kinvara, Co Galway today. Weekes, who rowed into Barbados on February 24th, spent almost 81 days at sea on her 3,000 nautical mile…
About 30 close friends and family flew to Barbados to greet Karen Weekes (left) on her arrival in Barbados
“So your boat goes up the size of the wave, and then it goes down a bit and sometimes you might surf it or whatever but yeah, they were very very big..”. I’m useless at measuring things, I don’t know…
Every shape and size, and having good sport too at the Sam Beckett Bridge – some of the varied fleet of 40 oar-driven vessels which took part in the All In Row charity event on Dublin’s River Liffey in December, which is now confirmed to have raised €18,000
One of the most entertaining events of the constrained pre-Christmas season was the All In A Row charity event for all-comers - provided they were oar-driven – in Dublin’s River Liffey on Saturday, December 11th 2021. It mustered an exceptionally…
President Michael D Higgins has congratulated Dr Karen Weekes on becoming the first Irish woman to complete a solo row across the Atlantic. "A fantastic achievement and wonderful inspiration to all Irish people." the president said in his congratulatory message…
Dr Karen Weekes crossed the finishing line off Barbados after 80 days at sea.
Ireland’s first solo transatlantic oarswoman Dr Karen Weekes crossed the finishing line off Barbados yesterday evening after 80 days at sea. Light winds made for a slow final two-knot passage into the Caribbean island where a team of Irish supporters…
After a gruelling 80 days at sea, Dr Karen Weekes aims to land on a beach in Barbados on Thursday morning (Feb 24) and become the first Irish woman to have rowed solo across the Atlantic. Weekes, a sports psychologist…
Steve Morris at the centre of the skiff-building group in Kilrush. Pandemic mask precautions are a good idea in any case when you’re using epoxy resins
Kilrush may be best known internationally these days as the place where the Dublin Bay 21 fleet - originally from 1902 - is being re-born through the developing skills of the Steve Morris-led boat-building team in the south Clare harbour…
An Rás Mór, Cork harbour’s Ocean to City race returns this June
An Rás Mór, Cork harbour’s Ocean to City race, returns to the water this June after a break of two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Registration will open on March 1st for the multi-craft rowing and paddling race set…
Jean-Jacques Savin’s row boat Audacieux was found overturned and empty off the Azores on Friday 21 January
A French adventurer who previously crossed the Atlantic in a barrel is missing and presumed dead at sea just weeks after beginning a solo crossing by row boat. Jean-Jacques Savin, who was 75, had set out on 1 January from…
Dr Karen Weekes speaks to Lorna Siggins on her solo row across the Atlantic
A spectacular meteor shower, a close encounter with a hammerhead shark and a brief refuge for exhausted storm petrels – these are just some of the recent experiences recorded by Dr Karen Weekes on her solo row across the Atlantic.…
Dr Karen Weekes and Dr Suzanne Kennedy in Puerto de Mogán in the Canaries before Weekes set off on her 3,000-mile row to Barbados.
Dr Karen Weekes will be spending Christmas Day, New Year’s day and more at sea on her 3,000-mile row from the Canaries to the Caribbean in her bid to become the first Irish woman to row solo across the Atlantic.…
“Well lads, how’s the GDP going this week then?” The very special 1954-vintage George Bushe-built Crosshaven skiff Lorelei moves sweetly past the Central Bank on Dublin’s River Liffey, rowed by the Stella Maris club of Ringsend in last weekend’s All In A Row Charity Challenge
When we revealed the background to the Crosshaven-built George Bushe rowing skiff Lorelei of 1954 vintage, many sailors of traditional outlook could have been forgiven for reckoning this innovative craft would still stand out as decidedly unusual in any gathering…

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