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Dalkey Rowing Club 'Blessing' of New East Coast Skiff “Deilginis” Takes Place in April

25th March 2019
Dalkey Rowing Club 'Blessing' of New East Coast Skiff “Deilginis” Takes Place in April

The blessing of Dalkey Rowing Club's new East Coast Rowing Skiff “Deilginis”, hand built by local Terence Keogh takes place on Saturday, 6th April. 

Funding from the 2017 Sports Capital Programme (provided by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport) which, combined with money raised from fundraising events and contributions from our supporters and sponsors, allowed the Dublin Bay club the opportunity to invest in this new racing skiff. 

"With the latest addition the 'Deilginis', the club now has four traditional skiffs"

With the latest addition the “Deilginis”, the club now has four traditional skiffs including what is now known as ‘the old Malachy’ built in 1953 and still used today, the “new Malachy”, and “The Coliemore” in 2015’. Dalkey Rowing Club tries to keep the sport as traditional as possible by continuing to get our hand built by local craftsman, Mr Terence Keogh hand built both “Deilginis” this year and the “Coliemore” skiff in 2015. 

Dalkey Rowing Club is entering its 85th year and the club and sport is very much a traditional sport and one of the oldest in the country. Although Dalkey Rowing Club was not officially established until 1934, there is evidence of regattas taking place in Dalkey as early as 1878. Rowing along the east coast started off a necessity. Boats would row out to large vessels and ‘pilot’ them into Dublin Port. The boat that reached the ship first was the one that got the job. When the piloting work started to dry up, to keep themselves occupied, the oarsmen raced each other. And so started the east coast racing. East Coast rowing clubs now stretch all the way from Skerries down to Arklow and we compete throughout the summer season.

Event: Blessing and Launch of our New Skiff “Deilginis”

Date: Saturday 06 April

Time: 1.30pm

Location: Coliemore

Other events in April:

Rowing Open Day for all who want to try out rowing:

Saturday April 13, 2-4pm for all 14 + Youth
Sunday April 14, 2-4pm for Adults

Published in Coastal Rowing Team

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