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UCD Celebrate Outstanding Rowing Year

30th November 2019
Five of the UCD 1969 Eights Champions of Ireland: Paul McElwee, Niall Sheehy, Rodney Mearns, John Riney and Frank Durkin. Five of the UCD 1969 Eights Champions of Ireland: Paul McElwee, Niall Sheehy, Rodney Mearns, John Riney and Frank Durkin.

The UCD Boat Club Annual Dinner was a celebratory end to an outstanding year for the rowing club. The victory of the men’s senior eight at the Irish Championships was marked with a special presentation - the club had also won the Wylie Cup and University Championshps and the Gannon Cup.  One of the most affecting speeches of the night was made by coach Martin Feeley, who said he had been honoured to have guided such a special group. The video presentations included a look back at the 1974 UCD eight, stroked by Feeley, which won the Ladies Plate at Henley Royal Regatta.  

Thomas Earley UCD Rower of Year 2019 with Ned Sullivan and Rob BrownUCD Rower of the Year, Thomas Earley, with Ned Sullivan (left) and Rob Brown Photo: Liam Gorman

 Fifty years after their win, the 1969 senior eight which became champions of Ireland, were also honoured.  

 The president of UCD Boat Club, Ned Sullivan, and the captain, Rob Brown, presented the rower of the year, Thomas Earley, with his award.

UCD Eight Annual Dinner presentation 2019The UCD eight and coaches after a presentation by Eamon Colclough, left, president of Rowing Ireland. Shane Mulvaney and Andrew Gough are abroad Photo: Liam Gorman

 Katie O'Brien's bronze medal at the World Championships in the PR2 was marked and Eimear Lambe of UCD Ladies Boat Club, who took silver at the World Under-23 Championships in the Ireland four, was also honoured.

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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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