Rowing News

Morgan McElligott from the 1948 Olympic Rowing Eight RIP

February 17, 2016
On Tuesday, 16th February, 2016 Morgan McElligott of the 1948  Olympic Eight sadly passed away. Sadly missed by his loving wife Rena, daughters Aedamar, Melisa, Miranda and Sharon, sister, sons-in-law Christian, John, David and Vincent, grandchildren Christophe, Jacques, Charles, Georgina and Meaghan, in-laws, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends. Rest in Peace Requiem Mass on […]

Puspure eyes Rio 2016

January 28, 2016
Olympic Council of Ireland Rio 2016 Scholarship athlete Sanita Puspure features in The 42 article below. Puspure was Ireland’s sole rower at the 2012 London Olympics and the mother of two is hoping to make it to second Games this year in Rio. It’ll all come down to the qualifiers in Switzerland at the end […]

Rowing qualify two boats for Rio

September 7, 2015
Congratulations to Rowing Ireland who qualified two boats for Rio at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France. Paul & Gary O’ Donovan showed great character in an extremely tough race to narrowly edge out Greece in the lightweight men’s double sculls and claim the all-important fifth position as they crossed the line. Sinead Jennings […]

Irish Rowers competing for Rio qualification

September 4, 2015
Sanita Puspure finished fifth this morning in the women’s singles semi-final and will go in the B final on Sunday at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France. Sanita requires a top-three place in the final to qualify for Rio 2016. The men’s and women’s lightweight double sculls compete tomorrow in their B finals, and a […]

Three Irish Boats in World Semi Finals

September 2, 2015
Congratulations to Irish Rowing crews who have qualified for their respective semi finals at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France. Semi Final line ups are available below and more details can be found on the competition website The goal in the semi final will be to qualify for Rio by  making the top […]

Irish Rowing Team quarter-final places

August 31, 2015
Ireland had a very satisfactory first day in Aiguebelette in France. Three crews qualified for the quarter-finals, with the highlight being a pillar-to-post win for the lightweight women’s double of Sinéad Jennings and Claire Lambe. Competing together at only their second major event, they faced Britain’s Kat Copeland and Charlotte Taylor, who set the world’s […]

World Championship Rowing

August 21, 2015
The World Rowing Championships begin on Sunday, August 30th and a record 1,300 athletes from 77 countries will compete at Aiguebelette. The International Federation have increased female participation by extending the Olympic qualification mark at Aiguebelette from nine to 11 boats in, among others, the women’s double and lightweight double which will be welcomed by Irish Rowing especially […]

Irish Rowing Team for World Championships

August 14, 2015
Performance Director Morten Esperson has named a large team for the World Rowing Championships this year. Irish crews will compete in Aiguebelette in France from August 30th to September 6th, four in boats that can book places for the Olympic Games next year. The women’s double of Lisa Dilleen and Helen Hannigan, the lightweight double of Sinéad Jennings and […]

Rowing Ireland Training Camp Boost

November 28, 2014
Rowing Ireland performance director, Morten Espersen said “The Irish Sports Council have approved three overseas camps for the Rowing Ireland international programme for the coming season" There will be two camps in Italy early in the year and one which has yet to be finalised before the World Championships, which are in late August/early September […]

Sanita Puspure wins Head of Charles Regatta in Boston over weekend

October 22, 2014
22nd October 2014 Sanita Puspure wins Head of Charles Regatta in Boston over weekend   European Rowing Championships 2014 bronze medallist Sanita Puspure traded her sculls for a sweep blade last weekend and took on the world’s fastest eight at The Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Massachusetts. Flying the Irish flag in an […]

Rio Scholarships Announced

September 30, 2014
The Olympic Council of Ireland, in association with the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity programme, has announced scholarship support worth over €100,000 to help selected Irish athletes prepare for the Rio Olympic Games. Eight athletes in seven sports will benefit from the scholarship scheme, which will give the nominated athletes a monthly grant towards vital training and […]

Rowing World Championship round-up

September 1, 2014
Many congratulations to Team Ireland for their excellent performances at the 2014 World Rowing Championships. The final day of the World Rowing Championships, Amsterdam started with the Women’s double scull racing in the B Final at 10:40. The newly formed double of Helen Walshe andMonika Dukarska had only been training together for 6 weeks.  They had a really […]

Rowing World Championship

August 28, 2014
The men’s lightweight pair of Niall Kenny and Mark O’Donovan were in sixth position off the blocks. In the first start the French who were in the lane beside the Irish got off too early and a false start declared, they fought hard the whole way down the course. In the end the Swiss came in first with the French three […]

World Rowing Championships Amsterdam

August 28, 2014
Two challenging races have taken place so far for our crews at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam. In the A semi-final of the women’s pair Leonora Kennedy and Lisa Dilleen were in third place off the blocks with USA in first and Australia second. By 1000m they were holding their fourth place and kept the pressure […]

World Rowing Championships

August 25, 2014
The first day of the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam got off to a great start for the Irish crews at the newly developed Bosbaan Course. With a team of 14 athletes Ireland are out to prove that they are more than capable of securing medals and top placings. The weather picked up from yesterdays […]

Rowing World Championships

August 22, 2014
The Rowing Ireland squad for the World Rowing Championships Amsterdam Holland departed on Thursday evening for preparation and training in Amsterdam. World Championships Schedule   Seen as the most important rowing event of the year for High performance Athletes. This year’s event has attracted record entries from 60 countries. Competition will be spread across 27 […]

Rowing Semi Final for Lambe

August 18, 2014
Congratulations to Eimear Lambe qualified through the repechage to make the semi final of the women's single skulls - to be held 19th August at 10:40 (Nanjing). The line up for the semi final can be viewed here: The swimming events started at the World Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China  with Laoise Fleming […]

Rowing - World U23 Rowing results

July 28, 2014
Ireland's Paul O'Donovan came 4th in today's U-23 World Championships in Varese, Italy. With USA Campbell storming off the start it was a hard fight between the other scullers. O'Donovan was neck and neck 2nd/3rd place with the Turkish and Italian boats at the halfway mark but slipped into Forth place in the last 500m […]

Irish Rowing Championships will commence tomorrow

July 11, 2014
The Irish Rowing Championships will commence tomorrow at The National Rowing Centre, Farran Woods, Cork. With a record number of crews, the event will be the biggest to date. 875 crews will travel from the four corners of the country to race over the three days of the event. Starting tomorrow at 9:00am with the […]

Esperson Selects Lucerne Crews

June 27, 2014
Sanita Puspure and the women’s pair of Leonora Kennedy and Lisa Dilleen will represent Ireland at the World Cup Regatta in Lucerne in Switzerland in two weeks’ time. Ireland performance director Morten Espersen said budgetary constraints mean that just two crews will travel. “The hope is that they will get close to the final . . . get […]

Rowers perform well at World Cup

June 23, 2014
Sanita Puspure put in another outstanding performance at the weekend. Puspure reached the A Final of the women’s single sculls at the World Cup Regatta in Aiguebelette in France with a third-place finish in her semi-final. She never gained traction in the final yesterday and finished sixth. Two other Olympic-class crews finished in places which […]

Puspure bridges eight year gap

June 3, 2014
Congratulations to Ireland’s Sanita Puspure who closed a gap of eight years since Ireland won a medal in an Olympic event at a major rowing Championships when she took bronze in the women’s single sculls at the European Championships in Belgrade at the weekend. Puspure was in the top three right through the race: she matched […]

European Rowing Championships

May 29, 2014
Irish crews racing on Friday 30 May LM1x (Paul O’Donovan) Heat 3 08:25 IRL FRA BUL ITA TUR 1-2 to A/B Semi-finals on Saturday, remainder to Repechage on Friday afternoon (14:36-14:56) W2- (Leonora Kennedy and Lisa Dilleen) Heat 2 10:55 SRB GER ROU CRO IRL 1 to A Final on Sunday, remainder to Repechages on Saturday morning […]

Rowing Ireland selects Team to Compete at the European Rowing Championships

May 19, 2014
A team of six athletes have been selected to represent Ireland at the European Rowing Championships at the Ada Ciganlija Rowing Course, in Belgrade, Serbia from 29 May to 1 June 2014.  These six athletes were selected to compete based on their performances at the Rowing Ireland High Performance Trials held at the end of […]

Team Ireland Chef de Mission visits the National Rowing Centre

May 9, 2014
Team Ireland Chef de Mission Kevin Kilty and OCI CEO Stephen Martin visited the National Rowing Centre in Cork to meet with High Performance Director Morten Espersen and Rowing Ireland CEO Hamish Adams. The visit coincided with a training session at the National Rowing Centre and it afforded the opportunity for Kevin and Stephen to […]

Six Medals for Irish Rowers at Memorial Paolo d’Aloja International Regatta

April 17, 2014
In the first international competition of 2014 for Irish crews, six athletes were selected to represent Ireland at the Memorial Paolo d’Aloja International Regatta in Piediluco, Italy from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th April 2014.  The six selected athletes competed in four events: Heavyweight Women’s Double Scull: Eimear Moran (Three Castles RC) and Monika Dukarska […]

Sanita Puspure Olympic Rower

September 26, 2013
Olympic Rower on her Olympic experience with Team Ireland London 2012, her transition into the Irish system,  and her approach to recovering from recent medical issues.

Dukarska and Kennedy impress

September 2, 2013
Ireland’s Monika Dukarska and Leonora Kennedy finished 10th overall at the World Rowing Championships in Korea with a solid fourth place in their B final. It was their first major event in this Olympic-class discipline. The United States crew of Meghan O’Leary and Ellen Tomek were impressive winners, seeing off Russia and the Ukraine, who were closest to them down the course. […]

Kennedy and Dukarska in World B Final

August 30, 2013
Leonora Kennedy missed out on a final place in the women's double sculls after taking fifth in her semi-final. Enniskillen woman Kennedy and her partner Monika Dukarska are competing in the women's double sculls. They will now race in the 'B' final on Sunday as they attempt to achieve their goal of a top-10 finish […]

Kennedy and Dukarska Rowing Semi-Final

August 28, 2013
Leonora Kennedy and Monika Dukarska are through to the World Championships semi-finals in South Korea. They finished  second in the double sculls repechage on this morning in a time of 7:12.08. The Ireland pair were over two seconds behind Ekaterina Potapova and Maria Krasilnikova of Russia. Kennedy and Dukarska just missed out on an automatic semi-final […]



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