Killorglin Rowing Club proved to be outstanding at the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championship held in Waterville, Co. Kerry. Nineteen crews headed to Waterville with great expectations and hopes. As a result of hard training and dedication Killorglin hauled home six golds, one silver and one bronze. Saturday went well with eight crews qualifying to finals on Sunday. Crews who narrowly missed out on qualifying were as follows U14 girls, U16 girls and U18 girls and unfortunately, the intermediate men were disqualified in their heat for clashing oars with Fossa. For many, this was their first year rowing but everyone showed great spirit in their performance.
Racing started early Sunday morning and the first win for Killorglin was the Senior Mixed crew who dominated the race from start to finish. Another win followed swiftly, this time a silver medal to the U18 crew who were rowing above their age category. Next up was the U14 boys who fought a hard battle for third place. The U21 ladies crew added another gold to the bag, beating the previous winners Ring. Two crews represented Killorglin in the U12 girls final, both crews rowed strong however they met tough competition on the day, it’s a great learning experience for these young girls. The U16 boys had a great performance in the U21 race however they faced tougher and older competition and finished 6th. Killorglin had two crews in the pre-veteran men’s race, with the A crew having more experience they eased to first place and the B crew had a fantastic race for their first year of rowing. It was finally time for the U16 boys to row in their respective category and with two races behind them and one silver, the boys secured first place comfortably. The senior ladies crew faced local rivals Sneem in their race, however, the girls proved to be unbeatable and placed first. Next to row was the junior men, with three U16 boys in the boat fourth place is an impressive result. Sunday finished like it started with an extraordinary win from the Senior Men’s A crew. In the final race of the weekend, the A crew commanded from the start and extended their lead by a country mile, the B crew also had a marvellous race, however they just missed out on third place.
Well done to all who rowed at the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championship 2014 and congratulations on the amazing weekend. Also, a big thank you to everybody that helped out, to all parents. Thanks to Derry Doyle and David Hussey for coxing and a special thanks to Mick Fleming and Liam O’Connor. We could not have done it without you!
The crews were as follows:
U12 Girls: A – Orla Browne, Christina O’Brien, Fodhla Houlihan and Alana Dolan.
B – Grace O’Grady, Caragh Browne, Hannah McGeever and Clodagh Murphy.
U14 Girls: A – Aoife Cudden, Saoirse Fitzgerald, Hannah Joy and Anna Tyther.
B – Melissa MacBeth, Rhinnan O’Donoghue, Mara Treacy and Una McGeever.
U16 Girls: Rhiannan O’Donoghue, Molly O’Grady, Alice Joy and Hannah Joy.
U18 Girls: Aoife Cudden, Marie O’Connor, Emma Murphy and Tara O’Connor.
U21 Ladies (1st): Aileen Crowley, Maeve McGillycuddy, Marie O’Connor and Emma Murphy, cox Derry Doyle.
Senior Ladies (1st): Aileen Crowley, Veronica Kingston, Maeve McGillycuddy and Karen Joy, cox David Hussey.
Senior Mixed (1st): Paul Bradley, John Buckley, Aileen Crowley and Karen Joy, cox David Hussey.
U14 Boys (3rd): Conor Murphy, Sean Houlihan, Michael O’ Connor and Shane O’Connor, cox David Hussey.
U16 Boys (1st) : Cathal O’Donovan, John F O’Grady, Kieran O’Sullivan and Sean Houlihan, cox Derry Doyle.
U18 Boys (2nd): Cathal O’Donovan, John F O’Grady, Kieran O’Sullivan and Michael O’Connor, cox Derry Doyle.
U21 Men: Cathal O’Donovan, John F O’Grady, Kieran O’Sullivan and Sean Houlihan, cox Derry Doyle.
Intermediate Men: Fionan Crowley, Paul Sheehan, Sean Deinum, Pat O’Connor.
Junior Men: Cathal O’Donovan, John F O’Grady, Kieran O’Sullivan and Pat O’Connor.
Senior Men: A (1st) – Fionan Crowley, Cian Clifford, Sean Deinum and Cathal Clifford, cox Madie Taylor.
B – Paul Bradley, John Buckley, Maurice Sheehan and Paul Sheehan, cox David Hussey.
Pre-veteran Men: A (1st) – Paul Bradley, John Buckley, Maurice Sheehan and David Hussey, cox Madie Taylor.
B – Paul Dolan, Pat O’Connor, Piotr Tomaszewski and William Joy.
Best of luck to all Killorglin rowers participating this weekend in the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championship 2014 in Waterville. Racing kicks off at 8am tomorrow morning. Killorglin’s first race is the Senior Mixed heat with many more to follow. Killorglin has teams ranging from U12 girls to Pre-Veteran Men.
Bring home GOLD!
Training Schedule for August can be found below.
Attention: Training Venue Change!
From 19th until 26th of July, training will take place at Caragh Lake due to low tides.
Training times are as follows:
U12’s-U14’s at 5:30pm
Vet Men at 6:30pm
Vet Ladies at 7pm
Please pass this information on.
Monika Dukarska of Killorglin Rowing Club will represent Ireland at the 2014 Senior World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam on the 24th – 31st of August.
One rowing season ends and another rowing season begins. The National Rowing Championships on the 11th, 12th and 13th of July mark the end of the slider rowing season for Killorglin Rowing Club each year. This date also marks an official beginning of the Coastal rowing season and preparation towards the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships.
Killorglin RC took the National Rowing Centre in Inniscarra Co. Cork by storm competing in 9 events over the three days of the championships. First off was the Men’s Junior 16 Quad of Kieran O’Sullivan, John F O’Grady, Cathal O’Donovan and Sean Houlihan coxed by Tara O’Connor who won their heat comfortably. The boys however knew that the final wouldnt be as easy and even though the boys got a personal best over the 2,000m stretch of water it was not enough to catch the Commercial crew. They missed out by a boat length to Commercial but were clear water ahead over other competitors. Great performance by the boys!
Cathal O’Donovan raced the Men’s Club Single Scull on Saturday morning finishing first in his heat and progressing into the Semi-Final in the afternoon. In the next race he had to finish in top three positions to progress into the final in the evening. Cathal raced an outstanding race finishing third to Lee Rowing Club and Belfast Boat Club scullers. Having achieved that Cathal raced his final finishing 4th overall, out of the 28 competitors who entered in this event. It was a first championship race for Cathal having started rowing with Killorglin last winter. Well done Cathal, great start to a great career.
Conor Murphy and Sean Houlihan also raced the single scull events but in an under14 age category. Both boys finished 3rd in their respective finals. Well done Conor and Sean.
The big race of the day however was the Women’s Double Scull event, where Monika Dukarska teamed up with our ex-international Irish lightweight rower– Fiola Foley – who returned home to Killorglin from Switzerland to represent the Club at the National Championships. The girls dominated the field from the start, opening the gap after 1000m mark and finishing three boat lengths of clear water ahead of the Commercial crew in an impressive time of 7:17sec. The girls were ahead by 1 min and 44 second of the last crew that crossed the line! Impressive!
Fiola having raced for Ireland at several World Cup regattas and World Championships returned to the boat after 10 year break. She also competed in the Women’s Lightweight Single Scull on Saturday, finishing 5th overall and the Women’s Intermediate Single Scull on Sunday, finishing in a 3rd place. It was a big come back for Fiola and who knows, we might see her rowing in green colours again!
It is the second time that Killorglin wins the Women’s Double Scull Championship of Ireland and this brings our total championship wins to 13! It is a great achievement for such a small town and Club like Killorglin.
Our Men’s Junior 15 quad of Conor Murphy, Sean Houlihan, Michael C’Connor and Shane O’Connor coxed by Tara O’Connor raced very well but ended up in a tough Final finishing 4th overall. Well done boys, we will win this race next year!
Killorglin RC was also involved in the Men’s Double Scull event, where Kieran O’Sullivan and John F O’Grady raced against much older competitors finishing strong 4th in the heat but missing out on the qualifying place for the Semi-Final. Similarly, Cathal O’Donovan progressed into the Semi-Final stage of the Men’s Junior 16 Single Scull event finishing one second behind the qualifying place. It has been an enjoyable weekend for all and we raced some great races, getting personal bests and these hard to get medals.
Also big thanks to all parents who supported the Club during the year and helped out at the championships. Congratulations to Mike Fleming for preparing the crews so well and congratulations on the championship wins. Well done Killorglin Rowing Club.
However, that’s not the end of racing for some. Monika Dukarska will race this Wednesday, the 16th of July to trial for the World Championships place. The World Championships are in Amsterdam at the end of August. Best of luck Monika we hope to see you there!