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St Michael's Masters of Close Races at Irish Rowing Championships

13th July 2014
St Michael's Masters of Close Races at Irish Rowing Championships

#ROWING: It was morning of Limerick wins in Cork at the Irish Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre in Farran Wood.

Carlow led well in the men’s intermediate pair, only to be overhauled by a stunning finish by Robert Sheehan and Mark O’Brien – they won by .68 of a second.

In the men’s junior double, Patrick O’Connor and David O’Malley of St Michael’s chased down and passed Andrew Goff and Raymond O’Mahony of Waterford coming up to the line. The Waterford men, to their credit, kept going, but St Michael’s won by just over a second.

The women in the St Michael’s intermediate coxed four had started the good run for the club, with Skibbereen second.

Cork Boat Club had another reason to celebrate thanks to the Forde sisters from Torrevieja in Spain, who were totally dominant in the women’s junior pair.

Claire Lambe of Old Collegians led the women’s senior single sculls from early on, and completely dominated once Siobhán McCrohan dropped out after a quarter of the race.

The men’s single was a much better race. John Keohane completed his three-in-a-row with a come-from-behind win against Paul O’Donovan of UCD. Eimantas Grigalius of Three Castles also finished well to take third.

UCD won the final race of the session, the men’s club coxed four.

Irish Rowing Championships, National Rowing Centre, Cork (Selected Results; Finals)


Four – Club: 1 UCD 6:51.22, 2 Cork 6:40.62, 3 Skibbereen A 6:40.91.

Pair – Intermediate: 1 St Michael’s 6:49.21, 2 Carlow B 6:49.99, 3 Commercial 6:55.92.


Double – Junior: 1 St Michael’s (P O’Connor, D O’Malley) 6:38.32, 2 Waterford 6:39.34, 3 Shandon A 6:47.81.

Single – Senior: 1 Lee Valley (J Keohane) 6:56.48, 2 UCD (P O’Donovan) 6:58.36, 3 Three Castles (E Grigalius) 6:59.10.


Four, coxed – Intermediate: 1 St Michael’s 7:10.71, 2 Skibbereen 7:16.53, 3 Commercial 7:19.38.

Pair – Junior: 1 Cork Boat Club (D Forde, O Forde) 7:42.57, 2 Muckross 8:02.34, 3 Shandon 8:08.22.


Single – Senior: 1 Old Collegians (C Lambe) 7:46.66, 2 Commercial (C Jennings) 8:01.90, 3 Commercial (Sarah Dolan) 8:03.35.

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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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