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Olderfleet Rowing Club is going from strength to strength with 97 members at Larne
The only similarity between the Viking ships that raided Larne Lough in the ninth century and the boats used by the Olderfleet Rowing Club is that they are slender. The name 'Olderfleet' is thought to be a corruption of Ulfrecksfiord…
The mystery boat of Crosshaven – whoever built this 30ft racing skiff knew what they were at
If you were to bring together even half of the boats built with the involvement of the late great George Bushe of Crosshaven, you'd have the makings of a fascinating maritime museum. The master boatbuilder – whose skills live on…
Karen Weekes aims to become the first Irish female to complete the solo crossing
“A near-collision with a drilling ship, two capsizes, lots of peanut butter and Nutella consumed” was how Jasmine Harrison (21) of North Yorkshire described her successful Atlantic crossing earlier this year. Harrison set a new world record for the youngest…
Cormac Devlin TD (left) and Councillor Justin Moylan at Coliemore Harbour on Dublin Bay which has been allocated €100,000 to repair the harbour following rockfall damage
Dublin harbours are set to receive over €8.4m in funding for harbours in Fingal (Loughshinny Harbour, Skerries and Balbriggan Harbours) with Howth Harbour receiving €8.2m for specific improvements and two harbours in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (Dún Laoghaire Harbour and…
A solo row at dawn for rower Simone Sav in Killiney Bay
As we emerge from what we hope will be the country's last lockdown, St. Michael's Rowing Club based a Dun Laoghaire Harbour, is nearing completion of its longest race yet. Inspired by Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg, over the last 80…
Réamonn Byrne with Frank Wolf, a Canadian explorer who had been on the boat’s previous expedition around the North West Passage.
A Waterford man is set to row across the Atlantic in aid of a charity that repatriates Irish people who die overseas. Réamonn Byrne, originally from Kilmacthomas but now based in New York City, is the driving force behind ‘The…
Adventurer Dr Karen Weekes is in training for a solo transatlantic row
Sailor, kayaker and climber Dr Karen Weekes is training to become the first Irish female to row solo across the Atlantic. As Times.ie reports, Weekes aims to set out in December of this year to row 3,000 miles from La Gomera…
Collaborating with national rowing associations in Scotland and Wales, this year’s Ocean to City will be part of a unique, international time trial series
Cork Harbour Festival’s flagship Ocean to City race will be going ahead this June with an altered format. Collaborating with national rowing associations in Scotland and Wales, this year’s Ocean to City will be part of a unique, international time…
St Michael's Coastal Rower Martin Dowd prepares for a session on his Concept 2 rowing machine at home
A beautiful quote from 'The Wind in the Willows' says that 'there is nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." Does that apply to rowing imaginary boats as well? St. Michael's Rowing Club of Dun…
Rugby playersOcean rowers - Damian Browne and Fergus FarrellListen to the podcast below
Former professional rugby player and Galway adventurer Damian Browne and his lifelong friend and fellow rugby player Fergus Farrell are attempting to set a new Guinness world record in an unsupported row across the Atlantic in two years’ time. It…
Courtmacsherry Rowing Club were one of the FLAG grant wnners anounced today
A third tranche of grant awards worth €558,039 to 33 local community groups and micro-enterprises were made today by the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D. See the full breakdown of awards below. In the South,…
Fergus Farrell and Damian Browne crossing from Aran Islands to Galway this week
When Fergus Farrell was paralysed after a workplace accident, he may never have imagined he would watch the sunrise as he plied a currach across Galway Bay. However, the former rugby player did just that with close friend and extreme…
Host club Portmagee Rowing Club El Nino with David Hussey coxing, Aoife Lynch at stroke, Cliona Murphy 3rd, rachel Devane 2nd and Sorcha Lynch at bow
Coastal rowing is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, with Ireland at the forefront — and this showed in the competitive atmosphere at the Irish Offshore Rowing Championships, writes David Hussey. Portmagee Rowing Club El Nino in…
Fergus Farrell (left) and Damian Browne
Two extraordinary men are set to row a currach from the Aran island of Inis Oírr to Galway city this morning to highlight their bid to cross the Atlantic in 2022. Extreme adventurer and former professional rugby player Damian Browne…
Ireland’s men’s quad crew with their silver medals in Belgrade earlier today
Ireland’s men’s quad crew took silver at the 2020 European Rowing Junior Championships in Belgrade this weekend. Andrew Sheehan, Adam Murphy, Tom Kelly and Brian Colsh finished second in their A Final before claiming silver medals in their final this…
This is the second time that the Portmagee Rowing Club has been awarded the honour of hosting the National Championships
The Irish Offshore Rowing Championships take place in the village of Portmagee on the weekend of the 26th/27th of September. This is the second time that the Portmagee Rowing Club has been awarded the honour of hosting the National Championships.…

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