Fermoy Rowing Club Notes
Now that the 2011 season has ended, we look back at a successful year for Fermoy, with the Club attending three Heads of the River, in O'Brien's Bridge in Co Clare, in Cork City and in Killorglin. We also attended eleven regattas all over Ireland. For the second year in succession we competed in the Schools Regatta which was held in Inniscarra. We attended Skibbereen Regatta, Neptune, Carlow, Limerick, Athlone, Cork, Fermoy, Castleconnell, Carrick-on-Shannon, and the Championship Regatta in Iniscarra. Overall it was a very successful year with a total of forty-nine wins.
One of the highlights of the year included Hilary winning the Junior 18 Sculls, Championship of Ireland. Hilary is only the second woman to win a Junior 18 Sculling Championship for the Club. The first person to do so was Janette Towey. Hilary went on to represent Ireland at last month's Coupe de la Jeunesse (European Junior Championship) in Austria, winning an impressive bronze medal. Hilary and her coach Ray Morrison can be justifiably proud of a great result from all of their hard work and dedication. Hilary is currently enjoying a well-earned rest before she returns to training in mid-September.
Two crews who did very well this year were the Men's Junior 14 Quad who won the Waterways Ireland League who were coached by Eolainn Sheehan, and the Men's Junior 15 Quad who also won in their section of the Waterways Ireland League. They were coached by Evan Harris O'Sullivan.
The Waterways League is sponsored by Waterways Ireland and is held over seven regattas all over Ireland and judged on a points system with the final taking part in Carrick-on-Shannon.
Coach Paul Fisher's crews did quite well throughout the season and Paul is very happy with their performance and looks forward to their advancing to Junior 16 level next year. Patsy O'Mahony's crews did well this year and will all be rowing Junior 18 next year and Pat is hoping to have a Junior 18 Eight on the water for the new season.
This year we had a Women's Novice Four and Quad, for the first time in many years. Coached by Jonny Geary, they had some successes over the year. In the 2012 season we are looking for women and men between the ages of 18 and 25 to take up the sport at novice level. The Club will be recruiting for these in September.
The Men's Masters crew had some success and the Club is hoping that they will get involved in coaching for the new season.
Overall, the Captain Stephen Donnellan and his vice-captains were quite happy with the performance of the crews and look forward to the new season. Training will commence for the 2012 Season in September.
On Saturday the 27th of August the Club is hosting its annual barbecue at the clubhouse. On the night before, Friday the 26th, we will have a teen disco. The doors will open at 8.30 and the disco will finish at 11.45. Full adult supervision.
Waterways: The Fermoy Men's Junior 14 Quad, winners of the Waterways Ireland League. Left to right: Eolainn Sheehan (coach) Harry Beresford, Philip O'Flynn, Martin Corcoran C.E.O Rowing Ireland, Mattie O'Reilly, Cian Donnellan (cox) and Brendan Geary.
Fermoy Junior 15 Quad, winners of the Waterways Ireland League. Left to right: Dan Fisher, Oscar Bradley, Evan Harris O'Sullivan (coach) Charlie McGarvey and Ryan Roche.
Looking Back: Fermoy Rowing Club with trophies won in 1960. Back row, left to right: John O'Keeffe, John Murphy, Michael Murphy, John Fenton. Danny Burns, Michael O'Grady, Paddy Ahern, Pat Power, Pad Breen, Mick Burns, Jimmy Lysaght, Jim Hackett, Paddy Kirwan, Maurice Cleary and Dr Walter McGuire. Front Row: Christy Hanley, Pat Daly, Sean Hackett and Higgins.