An Audience With Olympic Medallist Aifric Keogh

Olympic medal-winner Aifric Keogh will give an extended live interview this Monday at Trinity College. The event is part of the Trinity Business Forum and will be available online to watch or to download later.

 Keogh and the Ireland women’s four made history when they took bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Games earlier this year.

 The Galway woman will talk to Liam Gorman about the experience, the lessons learned and her new life as an MBA  student at the Trinity Business School.

 Our picture shows the history-making Ireland women’s four: Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty.

Carrick Join Muckross in Cancelling Head of the River

Carrick on Shannon have joined Muckross in cancelling their head of the river. Both events were scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday, December 4th) and both fell to a bad weather forecast and worries over safety concerns for the athletes. 

 Our picture shows the bridge in Carrick on Shannon on head of the river day. 


Liffey Rowing Event Aims to Break Record for Charities

‘All In A Row’ is coming back the River Liffey in Dublin on Saturday, December 11th. The 2021 version has set the participating teams the challenge of smashing a 1,000km target in eight hours.

 Forty skiffs, kayaks, canoes and currachs will be on the water to raise funds for RNLI Lifeboats and the Irish Underwater Search and Recovery Unit. The organisers hope to exceed last year’s target of covering 1,000km.

 The event will start at St. Patrick’s Rowing Club at the Tom Clarke Bridge (formerly the East Link Bridge) and go up to the Ha’penny Bridge. The challenge is being undertaken with the aim of showcasing the River Liffey as one of Dublin’s best amenities, while raising funds for two water-related charities, RNLI Lifeboats and the Irish Underwater Search and Recovery Unit. The event raised €15,000 in 2019.

  Boats will set off first at 9am and at 1pm all boats will gather on the Liffey at the Sean O’Casey footbridge. A wreath-laying ceremony, attended by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alison Gilliland, will take place to commemorate all those who have lost their lives through drowning.

 The Lord Mayor wished the event well. “The River Liffey is such an important part of the city of Dublin and it is wonderful to see so many people using and enjoying the river in a range of skiffs, kayaks, canoes and currachs. Best of luck to all those taking part and well done for rising to the challenge of rowing 1,000 km, showcasing our beautiful river and raising money for two great water related charities, RNLI Lifeboats and the Irish Underwater Search and Recovery Unit.”

 Competitors are asked to raise sponsorship for the event, and also for spectators and supporters, there is a GoFundMe page for donations:


The Irish Underwater Search and Recovery Unit

When people go missing on rivers, canals, lakes or around Ireland’s coast they require specialist equipment and personnel to bring them home. IUSRU is made up of a dedicated team of volunteers whose objective is to search for missing people underwater and recover them for their families and friends so they can be given a dignified resting place.

IUSRU is a charity registered in the Republic of Ireland under charity number, CHY20132.


RNLI Lifeboats

RNLI Lifeboats is the charity that saves lives at sea and on inland waters. The RNLI’s volunteers operate a 24-hour search and rescue operation 100 nautical miles out from the coast of Ireland and the UK. There are 46 lifeboat stations in Ireland, four of which are inland at Carrybridge, Enniskillen, Lough Ree and Lough Derg. There are three lifeboat stations in Dublin at Howth, Dun Laoghaire and Skerries. In 2020, Irish lifeboats launched 945 times bringing 1,147 people to safety. The charity’s vision is to end preventable loss of life at sea. Ninety-five per cent of the RNLI’s people are volunteers. In Ireland there are approximately 1,000 volunteer lifeboat crew, and over 2,000 volunteer community fundraisers as well as many other dedicated volunteers who raise awareness, give safety advice and help out in shops and offices.

Charity Number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland

Cremen On Form at Ireland Trial

Margaret Cremen’s run of top form continues. The UCC woman who performed so well at the Tokyo Olympics teamed up with Lydia Heaphy of Skibbereen in a lightweight double and topped the prognostic rankings on the second day of the Ireland trial at the National Rowing centre.

 Commercial’s Niall Beggan has also had a good trial. He and Olympic champion Fintan McCarthy formed a lightweight double which pipped Paul O’Donovan and Jake McCarthy for second place on the rankings today.

 The women’s four which took bronze in Tokyo have also not been resting on their laurels. Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty formed a pair which was just over three seconds faster over the six kilometres than Aifric Keogh and Eimear Lambe.

 Holly Davis of Lee Valley and Alannah Donohoe of Sligo formed a good junior double, while under-23 lightweights Rory O’Neill and Ronán Brennan again produced the goods.

 Interestingly, the under-23 double of Alex Byrne and Konan Pazzaia were faster than Ronan Byrne and Brian Colsh, who rowed as a senior double.

Lagan Head of the River Hit Hard by Covid

The number of competitors at the Lagan Head of the River in Belfast was cut radically by Covid-19. Both Queen’s University and Enniskillen RBC had a big number of withdrawals.

 The men’s senior eight from Trinity College, Dublin, was the fastest crew, and their closest rivals were the Trinity men’s intermediate eight. Enniskillen provided the fastest junior 18 eight.

 Lagan were the fastest in the men’s quadruple.    

Katie O’Brien in Fine Form at Ireland Trial

Pararower Katie O’Brien (pictured) headed up the prognostic rankings on the first day of the Ireland trial at the National Rowing Centre today.

 A bevy of the Olympic athletes followed the Galway woman at the head of the table for the six kilometre time trial. Margaret Cremen in the lightweight single and the women’s pair of Aifric Keogh and Eimear Lambe were next up, just ahead of Olympic champion Paul O’Donovan and Jake McCarthy, who were competing in lightweight single sculls.  

 Keogh and Lambe formed one half of the Olympic bronze medal four, and their crewmates, Emily Hegarty and Fiona Murtagh also did well.

 Two proven under-23 heavyweights, Brian Colsh and John Kearney, filled the sixth and seventh places, while two under-23 lightweights, Rory O’Neill and Ronán Brennan, were locked together on very similar times in ninth and 10th.

 Sanita Puspure provided a partner in the women’s pair for Tara Hanlon. The new UCC coach and the UCC rower placed inside the top 20 on prognostic times.

Puspure New Head Coach at University College, Cork

Sanita Puspure has been chosen as the new head coach at University College Cork. The triple Olympian and world champion in the single sculls will continue to row, and is set to compete at the Ireland trial this Saturday.

 She will be the first woman to be head coach at an Irish University.

 UCC has a strong roster of international athletes, with Emily Hegarty, an Olympic bronze medallist, heading up a list which includes Ronan Byrne, Aoife Casey, Margaret Cremen and Tara Hanlon.

 However, the club has not got a boat house – it is boating from Cork Boat Club – though there are plans to overcome this. UCC has also not had full-time paid coaches.

 Puspure recently qualified with a BSc in Strength and Conditioning at Setanta College.

 As an athlete, Puspure competed in London 2012 (Ireland’s only rower at the event), Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, where she qualified for but pulled out of the B Final. She won the single sculls title at the World Championships in 2018 and 2019 and the European Championships in 2019 and 2020.  

Sheehan Beats Byrne at Cork Sculling Ladder Time Trial

After a delay of one hour due to heavy fog, the 50th Cork Sculling Ladder Time Trial, sponsored by Argos Fire, finally took place on the 1800 metre Marina course today.

 Andrew Sheehan of Lee Rowing Club (pictured), a World Under-23 silver medallist this year, caused a shock when he won in a time of six minutes 16.3 seconds, from Olympian and three-time winner of the Cork Sculling Ladder, Ronan Byrne of UCC Rowing Club. Byrne clocked 6:18.7, while last season’s time trial winner Colm Hennessy of Shandon Boat Club covered the course in 6:33.9.

 Natalie Long of Lee Valley Rowing Club retained the women’s Time Trial crown in 6:53.5. Next in the rankings were Clodagh Hayes of Lee Rowing Club (7:16.3) and Kate Reidy, aslo of Lee, in 7:19.8.

 Once the fog lifted, sculling conditions were good on an incoming tide.

Wide Spread of Winners at Skibbereen Head of the River

Cork Boat Club’s men’s senior eight was the fastest crew at the Skibbereen Head of the River at the Marina in Cork today. Their time of nine minutes 22 seconds was 16 seconds faster than Shandon’s men’s senior eight. Presentation College won the men’s junior eight in a time of 10 minutes and nine seconds.

 The outstanding men’s quadruple was Lee’s junior crew. Their time of 10 minutes 50 seconds was nine seconds better than the fastest senior quad, Skibbereen. Lee’s junior 16 women’s coxed quadruple is pictured. 

 On a day when a lot of different clubs took honours, Shandon won the men’s senior four, while Ronan Gibbon of New Ross was the fastest junior single sculler.

 Racing in the rolling head, Muckross had the fastest time – 10 minutes and 4 seconds – in the women’s senior quadruple, while the women’s  junior 18A quadruple was won by Skibbereen.

 The fastest women’s junior 18 single sculler was Anna Keating of Shannon.

 Conditions were notably calm and there was a good entry. 


Identical Times for UCD and Trinity Fours at Erne Head

The senior women’s fours from Trinity and UCD posted identical times of 20 minutes 52.3 seconds at the Erne Fours’ Head at Enniskillen today. Remarkably, the backup times for both crews were also identical, so both shared the honours in this class at the inaugural running of the event.

 The NUIG women’s quad were the fastest women’s crew and their good performance saw them set them set a time of 19 minutes 38.9 seconds.

 Interestingly, coxed crews were the fastest sweep boats in both men’s and women’s events. The UCD women’s intermediate coxed four took this honour, while Trinity’s inter coxed four were the fastest men’s sweep crew.  

  The Queen’s ‘B’ quadruple set the fastest time in the men’s head – 17 minutes 21 seconds – five seconds ahead of Trinity, who had a good day. Their senior four was the fastest in that class.

 The conditions were quite outstanding and the organisers won plenty of praise for a well-run event.

 This was the inaugural Erne fours head. It was due to be held first in 2019 but had to be postponed.

 The results of both men’s and women’s events can be found on raceclocker.