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Paul O'Donovan
#Rowing: Paul O’Donovan qualified for the Final of the Premier Single Sculls, a heavyweight event, at the North Island Championships in New Zealand today. The Skibbereen man finished second in his repechage, behind New Zealand international Matthew Dunham and ahead…
Mark O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll
Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll finished fourth in their Repechage at the North Island Rowing Championships in New Zealand and did not make the final of the Premier Pair. The two, rowing for the first time in competition as a…
Wintering Well: Gary and Paul O'Donovan, Mark O'Donovan, Shane O'Driscoll
#Rowing: Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll competed as a heavyweight pair at the North Island Championships in New Zealand today. The world champions in the lightweight pair, who have switched to heavyweight in the hope of competing at the 2020…
Dominic Casey and Sanita Puspure at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships.
#Rowing: Sam McKeown set a new Irish record of five minutes 53 seconds at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships at the University of Limerick today. The Queen’s University man was the only competitor to breach the six-minute mark. In the…
Relentless celebreate after they crossed the line.
#Rowing: A crew from Cork and Dublin, Relentless, have set a new record for rowing the Atlantic for a Republic of Ireland team. Sean Underwood, Pat O’Connor and Eoin O’Farrell and Thomas Browne crossed the finish line in Antigua this…
Home to Portrush
#Rowing: Home to Portrush rowed into English Harbour on Sunday to finish fifth in the Atlantic Challenge race from the Canaries. The crew of George McAlpin, Ally Cooper, Gareth Barton and Luke Baker took just a month to complete the…
The Four Oarsmen celebrate their record-breaking win.
The first boats have finished the Atlantic Challenge ocean rowing race. The Four Oarsmen from Britain won in a record time of 29 days and 15 hours, which the organisers say is the fastest time ever for a row across…
Home to Portrush: Luke Baker, Gareth Barton, Ally Cooper and George McAlpin.
#Rowing: Home to Portrush and Relentless, from Cork and Dublin, look set to finish the Atlantic Challenge race in under a week. The Northern Irish crew has taken a clear fifth place and are putting in good mileage each day…
Damian Browne rowing the Atlantic.
#Rowing: Damian Browne is back on track in the Atlantic Challenge rowing race. The solo oarsman covered 36 nautical miles (67 km) in the 24 hours to midday on Saturday and heads into the third week of the race from…
Damian Browne shows his injuries.
#Rowing: Damian Browne twice capsized and suffered facial injuries but has continued to row in the Atlantic Challenge race. The Galway man, who competes as Gullivers Travels, posted a remarkable video on his Facebook page below telling of how he…
Damian Browne posts from the Atlantic Challenge.
#Rowing: Christmas has been productive for the Relentless and Gullivers Travel crews taking part in the Atlantic Challenge rowing race. The four-man Relentless crew covered 84 nautical miles (156 kilometres) in the 24 hours to 4pm on St Stephen’s Day.…
Sean Casey
#Rowing: Sean Casey has been let go by Rowing Ireland. The Ireland heavyweight coach was told that his contract would not be renewed in January 2018. Casey was appointed on a temporary contract in December 2016 under Morten Espersen. He…
Ireland Trial Cancelled
#Rowing: The Irish Trial scheduled for Saturday, December 23rd, has been cancelled. The organisers found they could not access adequate medical cover at the National Rowing Centre on the day and abandoned in the interests of health and saftey.  
Eoin O'Farell of the Relentless crew.
#Rowing: Irish boats are making progress in the Atlantic Rowing Race. Damian Browne, who was tested by difficult conditions and seasickness in the first two days, reported on his Facebook page that he has recovered. By 6pm on Monday he…
Damian Browne posts from the Atlantic.
#Rowing: Irish crews competing in the Atlantic Challenge race from the Canaries to Antigua have had to battle seasickness and strong winds in the first two days. Relentless, a four, and Gullivers Travels (crewed by Damian Browne) both started well.…
Weather Takes Out Dam Buster Head
#Rowing: The Dam Buster Head of the River, scheduled for this Saturday, December 16th, has been cancelled. The weather forecast for Blessington was not good, and the organisers chose to abandon the event because of safety concerns. It was the…

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