Irish Indoor Rowing Championships RESULTS

The national indoor rowing championships are all about pulling, pulling as hard and as fast as you can, and our athletes certainly did that! They pulled a tally of 12 gold (including two women’s relays), one silver and two bronze medals!

Airida Mateviciute and Amy Kelly started off the day with a win and a third in the women’s junior 13 3minutes race. Later in the day, Airida recorded another win, this time in the women’s junior 13 500m sprint event. Airida also set a new Irish record in the 500m 12 and under category. She won the race in a time of 1:42.7. Our next two wins came in the women’s 50-59 race, where Jessica Lee had a clean sweep in both the 2000m and 500m races, leaving competitors with no doubt that she is the one to be watched in the coming years.

Monika Dukarska achieved a PB and broke the time of 6:50 in the women’s open 2km finishing third behind her teammates, the current world champion Sanita Puspure and Irish international Aifrick Keogh. Monika then went onto the women’s open 500m sprint where she broke her old national record, dated January 2017 and set the new Irish National record for the 19-29 age category in a time of 1:31.9. Zoe Hyde also medalled in the women’s open 500m sprint finishing 2nd to Monika. Zoe has begun her rowing career with the Club at the age of 13, having won several rowing titles in the past and after a short break from the sport, the UL student has returned to test herself but now at under 23 and senior level.

We had three representatives in the highly contested women’s junior 18 2000m race. Rhiannon O’Donoghue had a very tough race to the line finishing third overall (out of 67 entered) with 0.1 of a second separating second from third. Rhiannon achieved a new personal best similarly to Anna Tyther and Katie Boyle, who finished outside of the podium.

For the first time in history of the championship, the Club entered two relays – the womens year 1 and womens open relays, both run over 2000m. The aim of the relay is to finish the required distance as fast as possible, while the distance is shared between a team of four rowers. This means that each athlete covers a portion of the overall distance and the goal is to change as quickly as possible without causing delays as they share the same rowing machine. First off in the relay were Laoise Murphy, Ava O’Malley, Amy Kelly and Airida Matevicute, all from the Intermediate School Killorglin (aka ISK team), winning the race in style! The girls had few heated moments during transitions but managed to pull it out of the bag when mattered most with St. Michael’s Rowing Club team trailing right behind them for the duration of the race.

The womens open team of Monika Dukarska, Zoe Hyde, Anna Tyther and Rhiannon ODonoghue had nothing else in mind but winning. Having set a strong pace from the start and holding onto it for the duration of the race and throughout the 5 changes meant the nearest team was whole 70meters behind by the end of the race. The girls covered the distance in 6minutes and 31 seconds securing another gold for the club.

Also, well done to Olivia Moriarty, Caitlin Cahillane, Marcus Lavery and Meabh Crowley on racing superb races on the day and pulling great scores and for many PBs.

Big thanks to all our #blueandwhite supporters, parents and of course our coaching team and in particular Michael Fleming Jnr for his continuous love and passion for the sport without which we wouldn’t be where we are today!


Results summary:

Womens Open 2km – 3rd Monika Dukarska 3rd

Womens Open 500m – 1st – Monika Dukarska & set new Irish record of 1:31.9

Womens Open 500m – 2nd – Zoe Hyde

Womens 50-59 2km – 1st – Jessica Lee

Womens 50-59 500m – 1st – Jessica Lee

Womes Junior 18 2km – 3rd – Rhiannon O’Donoghue

Womens Junior 13 3min – 1st – Airida Mateviciute & set new Irish record of 1:42.7 in 12 and under category

Womens Junior 13 3min – 3rd – Amy Kelly

Womens Junior 13 500m – 1st – Airida Mateviciute

Womens Year1 Relay Team – 1st – Intermediate School Killorglin (Laoise Murphy, Amy Kellly, Airida Mateviciute, Ava O’Malley)

Womens Open Relay Team – 1st – Killorglin (Anna Tyther, Zoe Hyde, Monika Dukarska, Rhiannon O’Donoghue)


Pictures credit to Just Look At The Lens photography & KRC FB page.


Irish Indoor Rowing Championships 2019

The very best of luck to all KRC athletes traveling to UL Arena tomorrow to compete in the National Indoor Rowing Championships. The event is run on Concept2 rowing machines with the aim of finishing the required distance as fast as possible or covering as many meters in a given time.

The top 14 machine movers were chosen to represent the Club in a variety of categories and distances raging from set time of 3minutes to 2000m, which will take just over 7 minutes to complete.  We will also compete in the sprint events, which are 500m in length, with Killorglin having few reigning champions and national record holders in these races.

First out are Airida Mateviciute and Amy Kelly in the women’s Junior 13 3minutes race. Airida is the defending silver medallist from last year, competing in this race category for the past 3 years! Amy, although new to indoor rowing, is our new powerhouse so we look forward to seeing how she gets on. Laoise Murphy will contest the women’s Junior 14 category, which is run over 4minutes, hoping for a personal best. Olivia Moriarty, Ava O’Malley, Meabh Crowley, Caitlin Cahillane as well as Airida, Amy and Laoise will all race the 500m sprint races in their particular age group (junior 13- junior 16). Airida is the reigning national champion in the women’s junior 13 sprint race.

Marcus Lavery will fly the flag in the men’s junior 14 event and 500m sprint, hoping to reach top 3, having finished just outside of podium last year in both of these events finishing 4th and 5th respectively.

Coming out of the under 16 category, Katie Boyle will tackle the highly contested women’s junior 18 event, which features many Irish internationals including our very own Rhiannon O’Donoghue and Anna Tyther. All the girls hope for PBs following an intensive season of training and racing.

Jessica Lee, Zoe Hyde and Monika Dukarska are our senior representatives racing the women’s 50-59, women’s under 23 and women’s open events. The ladies will race the 2000m race followed by 500m sprint later in the afternoon. Monika is the current national record holder in the women’s open 500m sprint.

For the first time this year, Killorglin athletes will compete in a relay. We have two teams entered – the women’s open team including Monika, Anna, Rhiannon and Zoe, as well as the first year Intermediate School Killorglin team – featuring Airida, Amy, Laoise and Ava. We are certain this will be a great craic to watch! The relays kick off at 16:04 (ISK team) and 16:40 (WO team).

Good luck to all rowers on the day! #GoKillorglin

Keep an eye out for shiny blue & white around the place – our brand new #Powerhouse kit arrived just in time for this event!



Monika – Young Kerry London Person of the Year 2018

Monika Dukarska has been nominated as the Young Kerry London Person of the year and will receive the Christy Kissing Memorial Trophy.  The Trophy is presented each year to a new generation of Kerry people, in London or Kerry . The presentation was made at the Kerry Association London Gala Dinner, at the Clayton Crown Hotel Cricklewood on Friday 19th October.  Family and friends also attended the occasion.Congratulations Monika,well done!

The following night, Monika showed her support by attending the Dan Tim O’Sullivan fundraiser for Killorglins St Josephs Nursing Home which is held annually.


National Championships

Congratulations to Airida Mateviciute on winning the final of the Women’s Junior U14 1X.  Anna Tyther & Rhiannon O’Donoghue were placed 2nd in the Women’s Junior 2-. They will be representing Ireland in The Home International Regatta as well as the Coupe de La Jeunesse. Well done.

In the Women’s Masters 1X, Jessica Lee retained her title in the Irish Championships