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Limerick City Hosts Sprint Regatta

22nd September 2011
Limerick City Hosts Sprint Regatta
Competitive rowing makes a return to Limerick City with the announcement that the Limerick European City of Sport Sprint Regatta will take place in Limerick City Centre on Saturday afternoon, September 24th.

To celebrate Limerick’s designation as European City of Sport, the City will host an inter provincial sprint regatta that will see  rowers from Munster, Leinster, Connacht and Ulster compete over a 400 metre sprint course between Sarsfield Bridge and the Shannon Bridge.

The racing will start at 15.00 and continue with races every five minutes until 17.00 taking advantage of the high tide at 17.15.

Each provincial team will consist of 12 senior men, 12 senior women, 12 junior men and 12 junior women making a total team of 48 plus 1 cox combining both sweep rowing and sculling.

A total of 24 races will be run at five minute intervals which will make for a very exciting visual spectacle harking back to the days when Limerick Regatta was held in the city centre and the city businesses closed down for a half day to let people go and enjoy the regatta.

The regatta is being supported by Limerick’s European City of Sport organizing committee and the supporting agencies Limerick City Council, Limerick County Council, Shannon Development and Limerick Regeneration have offered their full support to this festival of rowing.

Spectators will be able to view the races from both bridges and all along O’Callaghan’s Strand and Harvey’s Quay and Bishop’s Quay.

There will be live commentary on the races.

A barbeque for all participants will be hosted in Shannon Rowing Club at 18:00 and the presentation of prizes and the inaugural Limerick European City of Sport trophy to the winning province. 

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Liam Gorman

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Liam Gorman

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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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