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Rowing Notes 2/6/11


Fermoy Rowing Club Notes 2/6/11

 

Carlow Regatta this weekend

Carlow Regatta takes place this weekend and Fermoy Rowing Club has entered a total of twenty-eight crews. These include the Men's Junior 16 Double Scull, the Men's Junior 15 Eight, Men's Junior 15 Quad, Men's Junior 15 Double Scull, Men's Junior 14 Quad, two Men's Junior 14 Double Scull, two Men's Junior 12 Quad, Men's Junior 12 Double, two Men's Junior 12 Sculls, Men's Masters Four and a Men's Masters Double Scull. In the women's categories, the Club has entered a Women's Junior 18 B Double Scull, Women's Junior 16 Double Scull, Women's Junior 16 Scull, Women's Junior 15 Quad, Women's Junior 15 Double Scull and three Women's Junior 15 Single Sculls.

This is another big entry from the Club and will cost €535. The Club would hope to see a good return for this outlay. Results to follow in next week's Avondhu. Loading of boats for Carlow will occur in the afternoon on Friday. The bus will leave for Carlow at 6.45am on Sunday morning in front of Hanley's Newsagents.


Cork Sculling Ladder

The presentation of awards at the Cork Sculling Ladder took place this week in St John's Central College in Cork. Once again Fermoy's scullers joined an elite gathering of athletes, with Hilary Shinnick winning in the Women's Junior 18, 16 and 15 categories and Zoee Sohun winning in the Junior 14 section. They joined many of Fermoy's past oarspeople who brought honour to their Club, people such as Denis Rice and Gearoid Towey, both of whom were overall winners in years gone by. We had also section winners in past times with Eddie and Martha Hogan, Liam Rice, the Lyons brothers, Brian Howard and many more. The presentations were made by Irish and Munster Rugby International Moss Finn. Pat Hickey, the chief organiser of the event, thanked the competitors and the sponsors, St John's College. Pat also reminded people that the 2011/2012 Sculling Ladder will commence on Sunday the second of October and will finish on Sunday the first of April 2012. This will be the 40th year of the ladder.

Hilary for the Coupe

Good news this week for the Club when we learned that Hilary Shinick has been selected for the Coupe de la Jeunnesse (the European Junior Championships) which will be held in Ottesheim in Austria on the 30th of July. Hilary joins a large number of international oarspeople who have come from Fermoy Rowing Club. We all wish her the very best of luck.


Rowing Ireland A.G.M.

At the recent Annual General Meeting of Rowing Ireland, the sport's governing body, Fermoy was represented by Club Chairman Pa Granville and P.R.O. Jim Hackett. At this meeting the rowing calendar was set for 2012 and 2013. Fermoy applied for a Head of the River in both years and were granted for 2012 the date of the third of March and in 2013 March 23rd. This is the first time in fifteen years the Club has applied for a Head of the River and intends to hold the event from Careysville Weir to the Promenade. Our Regatta date for 2012 was set for the 24th of July and in 2013 the 30th of July.
Please note: Lee Regatta which was due to be held two weeks ago has been rescheduled for June the 12th. Metro Regatta, which was cancelled last Saturday is now set to go ahead on June the 4th.


Fermoy Regatta

Fermoy Rowing Club is hosting their annual regatta on Sunday the 3rd of July. This is the biggest event the Club hosts each year and is one of the most popular events in the rowing calendar. Fermoy Regatta has been consistently voted the country's best-run regatta for many years. On the day we expect to see between 100 and 150 races take place, with the first race at 8am. This number of races demands a very high level of planning and organisation and inevitably places a huge financial burden on the Club. Between organising the event and providing trophies for the day, our running cost for the Regatta comes to a figure in the region of €7000 to €8000.

As the Club has no "gate" we receive no income from which to finance our Regatta. Instead we depend on the unfailing support of local businesses, without whose contribution to the Regatta Programme we would be unable to continue. The Regatta itself brings a crowd of approximately three to five thousand people into the town and marks a highpoint of Fermoy's and Club's social and sporting calendar.

We would be very grateful if anyone interested in sponsoring a race or placing an advert in the programme would contact the Regatta Secretary Etha Murphy on 086 2266913 or the P.R.O. Jim Hackett on 086 8798882.


Cork Sculling Ladder: Barry Connolly, trustee of Fermoy Rowing Club, at the recent Cork Sculling Ladder with his grandson, Barry, who won the Men's Junior 11 event for Cork Boat Club.


Cork Sculling Ladder: Pat Hickey, organiser of the Cork Sculling Ladder, Fermoy's Zoee Sohun, winner of the Women's Junior 14 Single Sculls event, Moss Finn, former Munster and Irish Rugby International who presented the prizes and Fermoy's Hilary Shinnick, winner of the Women's Junior 18, 16 and 15 events.

 

Rowing Notes 5th May 2011


Great day at Limerick Regatta

 

Fermoy Rowing Club had a very successful outing at Limerick Regatta last weekend at O'Brien's Bridge, Co Clare, winning a total of nine races and coming second in eight races. It was one of the most successful days for the Club since the early 1980's.

In the Men's Junior 14 Quad we two victories, with the B crew of Harry Beresford, Mattie O'Reilly, Luke Lynch, Philip O'Flynn and Emma McEvoy (cox) defeating Killorglin, Galway and Colaiste Iognaid. In the second final the A crew of Cian Donnellan, Cormac Donnellan, Rory McEvoy, Brendan Geary and Danielle O'Flynn (cox) defeated Shannon and Carlow. As there were sixteen crews entered in the Junior 14 Quad it was decided to break the event into four finals as Junior 14 crews cannot row heats.

In the Men's Junior 16 Quads Fermoy entered three crews with  Fermoy A crew finishing second, the B crew finishing third and the C crew finishing fourth in their respective finals.

The Men's Masters Eight event saw a great victory for Fermoy over Castleconnell. The Women's Junior 18 Four of Niamh Donnellan, Aiste Narceveciute, Ellen Buckley and Noelle Ahern defeated Clonmel. In the Women's Junior 18 Quad Fermoy finished second behind Athlone.

In the Women's Junior 15 Double Scull event Zoee Sohun and Eimear Ryan won their final by defeating Killorglin, Colaiste Iognaid and Galway Rowing Club. In the Women's Junior 14 Quad, Fermoy finished fourth. As this was their first time competing at a regatta the Captain and coach were pleased with their performance.

The Women's Junior 16 Double Scull event saw Fermoy finishing second and fourth. The Women's Junior 16 Sculls saw another victory for Fermoy as Zoee Sohun crossed the finishing line ahead of Skibbereen and Lee Rowing Club, Cork. Emma McEvoy also competed in that event, winning her heat to qualify for the final where she finished fourth. The Women's Junior 15 Quad of Katie O'Neill, Liveta Narceveciute, Emma McEvoy, Jamie Freeman and Cathal Donnellan (cox) had a very good victory over nine other clubs.

The Men's Junior 15 Double Scull of Oscar Bradley and Dan Fisher had a very good win. This race was also broken into three finals as there was a total of twenty-one entries in the category. In the Women's Junior 16 Sculls, Zoee Sohun continued her excellent season by winning the final. In the Men's Junior 15 Quad, the crew of Ryan Roche, Oscar Bradley, Charlie McGarvey, Dan Fisher and Philip O'Flynn (cox) had a great win in their final.

In the Women's Junior 18 Sculls Hilary Shinnick came second in the event. This was a good performance for Hilary who is rowing three grades above her class. Hilary will be travelling to Germany at the weekend to represent Ireland at the Munich International Regatta.

Overall, Limerick Regatta was a huge success for Fermoy, with the Club being voted best over-all club. Limerick Regatta was one of the largest of the season so far, with racing beginning at 8am and finshing at 7.30pm. The huge entry saw a race every five minutes. The Limerick Regatta Committee were very grateful to Fermoy for providing umpires and drivers. All in all the Captain, coaches and all who helped out were very happy with the performance of Fermoy's crews.

Winning nine races is one of the best results the club has seen since the Club won six over-all trophies in the one season in the mid-1980's. It's back to training now in the lead-up to Lee Regatta which will be held on the Marina in Cork in two weeks' time.

 

Easter Erg-o-thon

We would ask that any outstanding sponsorship cards from our very successful Easter Erg-o-thon please return them to our Treasurer Marianne Harris by Sunday. Many thanks to all who supported us.

 


Fermoy Regatta

Fermoy Regatta takes place this year on Sunday the 3rd of July. Work is well under way on the preparations for this event. The Regatta is always a great day in Fermoy's sporting and social calendar with thousands of people visiting the town on the day.


Fermoy Men's Junior 14 Quad winners at last weekend's Limerick Regatta, left to right: Harry Beresford, Mattie O'Reilly, Emma McEvoy (cox) Luke Lynch and Philip O'Flynn.

 


Fermoy Women's Junior 15 Quad Katie O'Neill, Liveta Narceveciute, Cathal Donnellan (cox) Emma McEvoy and Jamie Freeman winners of the Junior 15 Quad at Limerick Regatta.


Fermoy Women's Junior 18 Four Niamh Donnellan, Aiste Narceveciute, Ellen Buckley and Noelle Ahern winners of the Women's Junior 18 Four at Limerick Regatta, seen here with their coach Jonny Geary.

 

Rowing Notes 28th April 2011


Easter Ergo-o-thon

Hilary to Row for Ireland


Fermoy Rowing Clublast weekend held a very special fundraising event, the 2011 Easter Erg-o-thon. The event was a huge success and congratulations to the Club Captain Stephen Donnellan and Treasurer Marianne Harris and all of the Club members and parents who helped to organise the 24-hour test.

The event was opened by Councillor Noel McCarthy, deputising for the Mayor. Also prsesent was Miss Cork Universe Anita O'Brien, former Olympian and World Champion Gearoid Towey and Olympian Denis Rice along with a host of other guests and friends. The format of the event was that members of the club rowed, at their own pace, in fifteen minute relays over twenty-four hours on rowing machines (ergometers) in the hall.

The event was carried by the current junior members who rowed throughout the twenty-four hours and who were joined by former oarspeople and committee members. A word of thanks to all who helped organise such a successful fundraiser, the proceeds of which will go towards the purchase of a new quad.The day could not have occurred without the help of parents, oarspeople and Club members past and present.

The event was closed on Friday evening by the Mayor of Fermoy Pa O'Driscoll who congratulated the Club on its great contribution to the town. Also present at the closing ceremony was local celebrity and friend of the Rowing Club Michael Flatley.

 

On the Rowing Front

Good news for the Club this weekend when Hilary Shinnick was selected to row for Ireland at the Munich International Regatta which will take place on Saturday and Sunday week. Hilary has been selected to row in a Quad with the following athletes: Katie Cromie (Portora Royal School, Inniskillen) Bridget Jacques (Methodist College, Belfast) and Rebecca Shorten (Portora). The Club wishes Hilary the very best of luck and we look forward to reporting on the result in two weeks' time.


Limerick Regatta

Limerick Regatta takes place this weekend at O'Brien's Bridge, Co Clare and the Club has entered a total of twenty-two crews. The Regatta starts at eight and finishes at seven in the evening with first Fermoy crews on the water at 9am. The bus will leave the Grand Hotel at 6.30am.


The Birth of Fermoy Rowing Club
By Madame Hickey


"But I think the old rivers were brighter,
With their rushes and lillies and weeds,
Where the trout and pink-backed salmon
Sported on through the tangled reeds."


The leisurely days of the 1880's breathed with a spirit of ebbullience that, despite a momentary depression, showed no signs of abatement. Period gleanings disclose a strong cultural, sporting and social element, which was in concord with the fairly peaceful era.

In the early days of this decade an auspicious event took place when the Fermoy Rowing Club was founded, on or about the year 1884, by a group of young men known as the Emmet Brotherhood.

Founders included the late Thos. O'Mahoney, Sunmount, Eugene O'Sullivan and John O'Sullivan, Barrack Hill, Jeremiah Quain, Barrack Hill, Buddy Norton, Courthouse, Jack and Bill Cronin, King Street, Bill Quain, Barrack Hill, Jack and Bill Quinlan, Barrack Hill.

Members of bygone days include the following: Tom Magnier, Frank Daly, Daniel Hurley, Patrick Clery, Joe O'Leary, James Geany, Denis O'Mahony, Maurice O'Mahony, Thos. Lomasney, Chas. Burgess, Maurice and William O'Connor, Eugene O'Mahony, Dick Lombard, Red Tobin, Thos. O'Donovan, Eddy Barry, Thomas Walshe, John Hogan, William Hogan, George Purcell, Paddy Sheehan and Timothy Slattery; surviving this group are, Timothy Slattery William Hogan and Thos. Lomasney.

Membership later included Jack O'Regan, Dan O'Regan, Jimmy and Ben O'Regan; also Ned Kelleher, Jack Clancy, Bill Clancy, Jas. Clancy, Tom Lysaght, Bill Lysaght, George Power, Mick Power, Francis Hurley, Jack O'Keeffe, Ned O'Keeffe, Willie Smaul, Mossie O'Keeffe and Eugene O'Mahony; surviving in this group are: Jack O'Keeffe, W. Smaul, Tom Lysaght, Jas. Clancy, Francis Hurley and Eugene O'Mahony.

When the Club was first founded there was no boathouse, only a wall running adjacent to where the Palace Cinema is now sited. It started with two outriggers, viz., the 'Wave' and the 'Styles'. In the year of its foundation Sir Robert Abercrombie- proprietor of Fermoy- pressented a handsome cup to the F.R.C. The Cappoquin Rowing Club subsequently captured that cup when they won it three times in succession. This formidable team then had a coxswain named Stanley.

The F.R.C. reached a peak season in 1906, when they won the Marina Cup, Junior Four, at Cork Regatta, and old-timers look back, with justifiable pride, on this memorable event. The crew comprised of the following: Eddy Barry (capt.) Thos. Walshe, John and William Hogan, and George Purcell, coxswain.  The gusto of the Edwardian era was, indeed, a pivotal one in club activities, and the Regattas at that time constituted a high-spot in the gala events of zestful days.

The F.R.C. at a later date won the Poulmonty Cup in New Ross. Great interest was manifest when a new boat, built by Messrs. Simms, London, was launched in 1927. Things, however, remained static for quite a number of years.

A great revival has, however, taken place within recent years. In 1957, the F.R.C. won three trophiesand followed on by winning the Junior Eights at Carlow, 1958. The pivotal point this season was reached on June 7th, when the Junior Four were winners of the Villiers-Stuart Cup at Cappoquin Regatta. Incidentally, this is the F.R.C.'s first clinker four win since they won the Marina Cup at Cork Regatta, in 1906, aforememtioned.

The crew on this great occasion were as follows: M. O'Sullivan, (stk.) M. Greehy, L. O'Keeffe, (cox), K. Higgins and Rd. O'Leary.

With these recent successes members are naturally looking forward to greater events in the future. The Christian Brothers, too, are taking a keen interest in the Club this year, and it is to be hoped that pupils of the Christian Schools will form some of the successful oarsmen of the future laurels.

The launching of a new boat, a former Oxford Blue, took place on Sunday morning, June 14th. It was recently purchased from Hollingsworth Lake Club and divides into three sections to three sections to facilitate handling to regattas.

On the slip for the occasion were: Bro. Hogan, President, G. Hogan, vice-president, Denis Fox, Treasurer, Dr. McGuire, Capt. G. O'Connor, vice-capt. Ned Hogan, and many other members of the Club. Under the watchful eye of boatman Maurice Cleary and John O'Keeffe the craft was placed on the rippling water of the Blackwater, and skimmed the waters on its maiden voyage with the lithe grace of a bird.

In closing this reference to the F.R.C. which is, today, possibly one of the oldest clubs in the town, one must pay tribute to some other members who merit honourable mention, viz., Ned Hogan, Maurice Cleary, also John O'Keeffe, Sec., and Dr. W. J. McGuire, (capt.), all of whom have worked assidiously on behalf of the F.R.C.

 

 


Miss Cork Universe Miss Cork Universe 2011 Anita O'Brien with Fermoy Rowing Club Captain Stephen Donnellan at last weekend's Easter Erg-o-thon.

 


Easter Erg-o-thon At last week's Easter Erg-o-thon in Fermoy Rowing Club, left to right: Eimear Ryan, Jim Hackett, John Rice, Gearoid Towey, Paul Fisher, Gerry Towey and Zoee Sohun.

Rowing Notes April 21st

 

Fermoy Rowing Club 24 Hour Easter Erg-o-meter this Thursday


Fermoy Rowing Club is embarking on a very special fundraising event, the proceeds of which will go towards the purchase of a new quad. We are calling on all members, be they parents or oarspeople, to contribute fifteen minutes of their time for a fun and healthy way of raising funds for the club. The plan is that members of the club will row, at their own pace, in fifteen minute relays over twenty-four hours on rowing machines (ergometers) in the hall. We are planning a well-organised fun time for everyone. We will have a well-supervised "sleep-over" for oarspeople over the age of fourteen. Anyone under fourteen may stay until midnight. A midnight feast is planned and a healthy breakfast will be provided, as will be refreshments throughout the event. Sponsorship cards are currently with the oars  people and we know they will be generously supported. The event will be launched at 7pm on this Thursday by the Mayor of Fermoy Pa O'Driscoll.

On the Rowing Front

The Club will be sending a full entry to Limerick Regatta which will be held at O'Brien's Bridge in Co Clare on Saturday week, the 30th of April.

Fermoy Rowing Club Quiz

Last Monday saw the last quiz of this season. The quiz was in aid of the Club itself and helped to raise badly needed funds. The event was well-supported and a very enjoyable evening was had by all. Special thanks to guest quizmaster Kenneth Barry. Thanks too to Danny Higgins who organises the Quiz every week and to the management and staff of the Grand Hotel for all their help.  The Quiz has raised in the region of €350,000 over the past twenty-six years. This money has gone to schools and local concerns and is the result of the great work of Quizmaster Jimmy Lysaght and his ever-vigilant team of correctors. The Club is very grateful to all those who have contributed to the great success that is the Rowing Club Quiz.  Over the last twelve months we have purchased new ergometers, (rowing machines,) training bikes and weights for our new gymnasium which we have moved to the old dancehall. We will be hoping over the next year to replace some of our boats, a huge expense. A single scull costs in the region of £10,000 sterling, a four approximately £12,000 sterling and an eight £25,000 to £30,000 sterling. We also hope to continue to develop our adaptive rowing facility over the coming months. The Rowing Club has over a hundred young members at the moment and faces faces very high running costs.  We estimate that the Quiz has raised in the region of €350,000 over the past twenty-six years. This money has gone to schools and local concerns and is the result of the fantastic work of Quizmaster Jimmy Lysaght and his ever-vigilant team of correctors. The Club is very grateful to all those who have contributed to the great success that is the Rowing Club Quiz and we look forward to the new season which will commence at the end of October.


Schools' Championship Regatta

The Schools' Championship Regatta was held at the National Rowing Centre in Inniscarra last Saturday. The schools had one victory, with St Colman's College Men's Junior 16 Quad. The crew consisted of James O'Mahony, Darragh O'Callaghan, Sean Connolly, Eoin Donnellan and Emma McEvoy (cox). The crew were coached by Pat O'Mahony. Unfortunately this was the only Fermoy victory on the day as the Loreto School crew were disqualified for being late to the start. As this is the second year of the Schools' Championship it is to be hoped that the schools will take a more active part in the future. A request has been made to Rowing Ireland to consider making this regatta an inter-provincial eventt as schools from all four provinces are now taking part. This regatta is held in conjunction with the university championships and it is expected that the event will go from strength to strength.

Fermoy Regatta

Preparations continue for Fermoy Regatta, which is on Sunday the 3rd of July this year.

 

Revival of Fermoy Boat Club 1929

 (From the Cork Examiner Thursday 8th August 1929)

Steps have been taken to revive interest in the Fermoy Boat Club which held such a prominent place among oarsmen in the South up to a few years ago. Fermoy could boast of an annual regatta which brought a considerable number of people to the town. During later years, for one cause or another, the enthusiasm for boating on the Blackwater was on the wane and interest in the club died out. Its members fell away and the club premises were allowed to get into a state of decay with the result that the structure became a shadow of its former self.

However, a few of the older members still concluded that it was a pity to see the place drift and convened a meeting for Monday night last the 5th August 1929 for the purpose of seeing what could be done to revive the club again. Among those present were Messrs H. Fennessy, W. Hurley, George Power UDC, R. Lombard, T. Slattery, Joe O'Leary, J. Heffernan, Michael Ahearne UDC, E. Hogan, W. Hogan, P. Murray, J. Smaul, M. Murphy, J. O'Mahony, T. Slattery Jnr, J. Nutley, M. Cashman, J. Evans, W. Rice, M. Condon, J. Donovan etc, etc.

Mr Power who was moved to the chair said it was a pleasure to see such a big number of young men of the town present at the meeting and it showed that with a little encouragement they would make the club in the future what it had been in the old days. They would revive the splendid pastime and sport of rowing and there was no reason why the club should not be to the forefront with other clubs in the south. Any person who desired to be a success at rowing, above all other sports, should be prepared to sacrifice a good deal of his time, as it would be necessary to train and practice very hard. He hoped that they had made such a good beginning they would be ready for next year and provide a regatta as good as any in the past.

The meeting then proceeded to form a committee and elect officers.

The following were elected:-

President  - George Power; Vice-Pres. - W. Hurley; Treasurer - T. Slattery Jnr.; Committee - Messrs T. Slattery Senr., M. Ahearne, E. Hogan, W. Rice, J. Heffernan and J. Donovan.

It was decided to draft a set of rules and call a general meeting of the club at an early date.



1977. Fermoy Cadet Fours with their trophies. Left to right: Jim Baylor, Seán Hackett, Michael Pyne, Ray Connolly, George Ryan, Tom Clancy, Tommy Feerick, John Murphy and Barry Connolly.


1939. Fermoy Maiden Eight winners of the Kerryman Challenge Cup at Fermoy Regatta 1939. Back row, left to right: Tom McCarthy, Martin "Busty" O'Keeffe, Georgie Tobin and Gerdie Hogan. Front row, left to right: John Burke, Jackie O'Brien, T.H. Craig (coach) John Heffernan and Jim Roche.


Quiz. The scene at Monday night's Quiz in the Grand Hotel for Fermoy Rowing Club.


 

Avondhu Press Rowing Notes 7th April

Great weekend for Fermoy at Neptune Regatta


Fermoy Rowing Club made the long journey to Neptune Regatta in Islandbridge in Dublin last Saturday for the first regatta of the season and came home with four wins and a second. A fabulous result. Our Junior 18 Eight crew of Eoin Donnellan, Sean Connolly, James O'Mahony, Darragh O'Callaghan, Oscar Bradley, Dan Fisher, Ryan Roche and Charlie McGarvey were coxed by Philip O'Flynn and were unlucky to be beaten by Athlone in the quarter finals. This is the first Junior 18 Eight crew to compete in a number of years.

Our next event was the Men's Junior 14 Quad. The A crew consisted of: Cormac Donnellan, Cian Donnellan, Rory McEvoy and Brendan Geary and were coxed by Danielle O'Flynn. In the first heat Fermoy A beat Methodist College of Belfast. In the second heat Fermoy A defeated Fermoy B and in the final Fermoy A beat Bann Rowing Club from Coleraine. We also had a third crew in this category and they were unlucky to be defeated. This is the first year these crews have competed and they did very well.

In the Men's Junior 16 Sculls, Adam Fisher was unlucky in his heat to be defeated by Commercial Rowing Club of Dublin. In the Women's Junior 15 Double, Fermoy's Zoe Sohun and Eimear Ryan beat Commercial E of Dublin in their first heat. In the semi-final they defeated Commercial D and in the final they were narrowly defeated (by less than half a length) by Commercial A. In the Women's Junior 18 Sculls Hillary Shinnick defeated Carrick-on-Shannon in the semi-final and went on to beat Commercial in the final.  In the Women's Junior 15 Quad, the crew of Hilary Shinnick, Zoe Sohun, Eimear Ryan and Liveta Narceviciute with Emma McEvoy (cox) defeated Commercial A in the first heat. In the semi-final they defeated Commercial B and in the final they defeated Bann Rowing Club of Coleraine.

In the Women's Novice Four, Fermoy's first crew in over a decade won their first heat against Trinity College Dublin. The crew of Caoimhe Ahern, Mary Costigan, Ashley Whelan and Norma Twomey were defeated in the quarter-final by University College Dublin.  In the Women's Junior 18 Quad, the Fermoy crew were beaten in the first heat by Colaiste Iognáid of Galway.  The Women's Junior 16 Quad were beaten by Commercial in the final.

The Men's Junior 15 Quad of Dan Fisher, Oscar Bradley, Surai Theratile (cox) Ryan Roche and Charlie McGarvey defeated Methodist College of Belfast in the first heat, Bann Rowing Club of Coleraine and in the final defeated Neptune Rowing Club.

Fermoy Men's Junior 16 Quad B crew of Emmet Dorgan, Adam Fisher, Ruarí and Luke Myers were defeated in the first round by Carlow and the Fermoy A crew of Eoin Donnellan, Sean Connolly, Darragh O'Callaghan and James O'Mahony reached the final but were unlucky to be beaten by Bann Rowing Club.

Over-all, the Club entered a total of seventeen crews and while some didn't win, the Captain and coaches were quite pleased with their performance and look forward to the next outting this weekend at Inniscarra Lake for the Skibbereen Regatta and Schools' Championships. Neptune was a very long but enjoyable day and the Club thanks all those who helped out.

Cork Sculling Ladder

The finals of the Cork Sculling Ladder took place last weekend on the Marina in Cork. This was another good day for the Club as Hilary Shinnick defeated the Cork Boat Club by over two lengths. In doing so, she won the Junior 15, 16 and 18 categories, which was a huge victory. In the Junior 14 Sculls Zoe Sohun won by defeating Cork Boat Club by more than three lengths which was a great success. Adam Fisher defeated the Shandon sculler in the Men's Junior 15 Sculls by six lengths, which was a great victory for Adam who had been very unlucky at the previous day's Neptune Regatta.

Over-all the weekend was a great success for the Club and we look forward to a good long season ahead.

Schools' Championship Regatta

The Schools' Championship Regatta will be held at the National Rowing Centre in Inniscarra this Saturday. St Colman's College has entered a Men's Junior 16 Eight, Men's Junior 16 Quad and two Men's Junior 15 Quads. Loreto School has a Women's Junior 16 Double and a Women's Junior 15 Quad. Colaiste an Chraoibhín has entered a Men's Junior 16 Quad, Men's Junior 16 Double and a Men's Junior 16 Scull.

Skibbereen Regatta this Sunday

Fermoy Rowing Club has entered a total of twenty-one crews in this weekend's Skibbereen Regatta at the National Rowing Centre on Inniscarra Lake. This is the first Grand League Regatta of the season. Results next week.

Easter Erg-o-thon Disco

Fermoy Rowing Club's very successful Youth Discos continue on Friday the 15th of April. These are very well supervised events and offer a great outlet for teenagers. More information closer to the date.

Fermoy Rowing Club Quiz

There are only two nights remaining in this Quiz Season.

Monday 11th April: Gael Scoil de hÍde
Monday 18th March: Fermoy Rowing Club.

Fermoy Regatta

Preparations continue for Fermoy Regatta, which is on Sunday the 3rd of July this year.

Jim Hackett PRO 086 8798882



Men's Junior 16 Quad. The Fermoy Men's Junior 16 Quad who competed at last weekend's Neptune Regatta in Islandbridge in Dublin. (Left to right) Emmet Dorgan, Adam Fisher, Ruarí and Luke Myers with Captain Stephen Donnellan.

 


Women's Novice Four.
The first Fermoy Women's Novice Four in the last decade. They competed at last week's Neptune Regatta. (Left to right:) Caoimhe Ahern, Mary Costigan, Ashley Whelan and Norma Twomey.



Men's Junior 14 Quad.
The Fermoy Men's Junior 14 Quad who won at last weekend's Neptune Regatta in Islandbridge in Dublin. They were presented with their medals by Brendan O'Donoghue, president of Neptune Rowing Club. Front row (left to right) Cormac Donnellan, Danielle O'Flynn (cox), Cian Donnellan. Back row (left to right) Rory McEvoy, Brendan O'Donoghue, president of Neptune Rowing Club and Brendan Geary.



Men's Junior 15 Quad. Fermoy Men's Junior 16 Quad who won at last weekend's Neptune Regatta. (Left to right) Jim Hackett (PRO) Dan Fisher, Oscar Bradley, Surai Theratile (cox) Ryan Roche, Charlie McGarvey and Evan Harris O'Sullivan (coach).


Avondhu Press Rowing Notes April 14th

Fermoy Rowing Club Quiz this Monday Night

This coming Monday, the 18th April, sees the last quiz of this season. The final quiz is for Fermoy Rowing Club and starts at 8.30pm in the Grand Hotel. It is hoped that this will receive strong support from members, parents and the organizations who have benefitted from the Quiz down through the years.

Over the last twelve months we have purchased new ergometers, (rowing machines,) training bikes and weights for our new gymnasium which we have moved to the old dancehall. We will be hoping over the next year to replace some of our boats, a huge expense. A single scull costs in the region of £10,000 sterling, a four approximately £12,000 sterling and an eight £25,000 to £30,000 sterling. We also hope to continue to develop our adaptive rowing facility over the coming months. The Rowing Club has over a hundred young members at the moment and faces faces very high running costs.

We estimate that the Quiz has raised in the region of €350,000 over the past twenty-six years. This money has gone to schools and local concerns and is the result of the great work of Quizmaster Jimmy Lysaght and his ever-vigilant team of correctors. The Club is very grateful to all those who have contributed to the great success that is the Rowing Club Quiz.

Schools' Championship Regatta

The Schools' Championship Regatta was held at the National Rowing Centre in Inniscarra last Saturday. The schools had one victory, with St Colman's College Men's Junior 16 Quad. The crew consisted of James O'Mahony, Darragh O'Callaghan, Sean Connolly, Eoin Donnellan and Emma McEvoy (cox). The crew were coached by Pat O'Mahony. Unfortunately this was the only Fermoy victory on the day as the Loreto School crew were disqualified for being late to the start. As this is the second year of the Schools' Championship it is to be hoped that the schools will take a more active part in the future. A request has been made to Rowing Ireland to consider making this regatta an inter-provincial eventt as schools from all four provinces are now taking part. This regatta is held in conjunction with the university championships and it is expected that the event will go from strength to strength.


Skibbereen Regatta

Skibbereen Regatta was held at the same venue, the National Rowing Centre, on Sunday. This is a Grand League Regatta which draws crews from all over the thirty-two counties. The Regatta started at 7am with a race every five minutes. The course in Inniscarra is an eight-lane course. Fermoy sent a large number of crews.
In the Women's Junior 15 Quad, the crew of Eimear Ryan, Zoee Sohun, Holly O'Neill and Liveta Narceviciute were coxed to victory by Cathal Donnellan. They beat six other crews: Cork Boat Club, St Michael's of Limerick, Lee Rowing Club, Muckross of Killarney, Shandon and Shannon from Limerick.
The second win came in the Women's Junior 16 Double. Fermoy's crew of Zoee Sohun and Eimear Ryan had a fantastic victory in their race. Both of these crews are coached by Paul Fisher.
In the Men's Junior Division 2 Eights, the Fermoy crew (which consisted mostly of junior 16 athletes) was competing mostly against university crews, such as NUI Galway, St Joseph's of UCD, Neptune of Dublin and Dublin University Boat Club. Given the disparity in age, Fermoy performed very well.
In the Women's Junior Division 2 Coxed Four event, Fermoy finished second and third. The race was won by Trinity College Dublin. The Fermoy crews are coached by Jonny Geary who was quite pleased with the girls' performance.
Fermoy also entered three Women's Junior 15 Sculls. Eimear Ryan finished second, just pipped at the line by Carlow. Holly O'Neill finished third in that race. In her race, Zoee Sohun finished second from Galway Rowing Club and Emma McEvoy finished third.

In the Men's Junior 14 Quad Fermoy had two crews entered, with the A crew finishing second to Colaiste Iognáid of Galway and the B crew finishing fourth. There were seven crews in the final of this event.
In the Men's Division 2 Quads, Fermoy had three crews entered and even though they didn't win, the coaches were quite pleased with their performance.
The captain Stephen Donnellan, coaches, Paul Fisher, Pat O'Mahony, Rhonda Murphy, Evan Harris O'Sullivan, Darragh Sheehan and Etha Quinn were happy with the over-all performance of the Club.

The next regatta, which will be held in Limerick will be a big event as Limerick is currently the European City of Sport. This regatta takes place in two weeks' time.

Rowing Fixtures Meeting

Rowing Ireland will hold a Fixtures Meeting next Sunday to discuss the rowing calendar for 2012 and 2013. The meeting will be held at midday at Sports HQ in Dublin.

Easter Erg-o-thon Disco

Fermoy Rowing Club's very successful Youth Discos continues this Friday, the 15th of April. These are very well supervised events and offer a great outlet for teenagers. 

Fermoy Regatta

Preparations continue for Fermoy Regatta, which is on Sunday the 3rd of July this year.


Women's Junior 15 Quad. The Fermoy Women's Junior 15 Quad who competed at last weekend's Skibbereen Regatta at the National Rowing Centre in Farran Woods, Inniscarra Lake. Left to right: Eimear Ryan, Zoee Sohun, Cathal Donnellan (cox), Holly O'Neill and Liveta Narceviciute.


National Rowing Centre
. A view of the National Rowing Centre on Inniscarra Lake in Farran Wood.


Women's Junior 18 Coxed Four
. Fermoy Women's Junior 18 Coxed Four who competed at Skibbereen Regatta last Sunday. Left to right: Eidín Shinnick, Niamh Donnellan, Liveta Narciviciute and Noelle Ahern.


Looking Back:
Fermoy International Oarsmen. Left to right: Billy Ryan, Paul Donnellan, Barry Drinan, Michael Flynn and Dr Barry Connolly.

Avondhu Notes March 31st 2011

Neptune Regatta this weekend
Fermoy Rowing Club will send a full entry to the first regatta of the season. Neptune Regatta takes place at Islandbridge in Dublin this Saturday. Categories entered include the Men's Junior 18 Eight, three Junior 16 Quads, two Junior 15 Quads, a Men's Double Scull, a men's Junior 15 Scull, three Junior 14 Quads, a Women's Novice Four, Women's Junior 18 Quad, Women's Junior 18 Scull, Women's Junior 16 Quad, Women's Junior 15 Quad and a Women's Junior 15 Double Scull. Total cost of these entries is €576. As this is the first regatta of the 2011 Regatta Season, the Captain and coaches are hopeful for a good start to the season.

Rowing Ireland and Irish Coastal Rowing Federation announce closer ties
Rowing Ireland and the Irish Coastal Rowing Federation have announced that following a number of meetings, both organisations are committed to establishing a closer
working relationship with a view to enhancing the sport of rowing in Ireland. Rowing Ireland administers Olympic style in Ireland whilst the Irish Coastal Rowing Federation administers Coastal rowing. Both organisations, which are based on strong traditions, have been successful in independently developing their respective areas of the sport. Through a sharing of knowledge and experience, it is however believed that both organisations can in future further raise the standard of rowing experienced by all members of the rowing family in Ireland.


Easter Erg-o-thon Disco
Fermoy Rowing Club's very successful Youth Discos continue on Friday the 15th of April. These are very well supervised events and offer a great outlet for teenagers. More information closer to the date.

Fermoy Rowing Club Quiz

There are only three nights remaining in this Quiz Season.

Monday 4th April: Lions Club
Monday 11th April: Gael Scoil de hÍde
Monday 18th March: Fermoy Rowing Club.

Fermoy Regatta

Fermoy Regatta is on Sunday the 3rd of July. The event always gives a boost to the town, bringing thousands of athletes and spectators to Fermoy.
Jim Hackett PRO 086 8798882


Junior Disco. Eoilann Sheehan, Jefrey Dolan, PJ O'Shea, Zoe Sohun, Eoin Donnellan, Adam Clark, John Duggan and Ellen Buckley at the recent Junior Disco in Fermoy Rowing Club.


1980's. Men's Novice Eight at Trinity Regatta in the early 1980's. Bow: Ger Dolan, Mark Nyhan, Charlie McCarthy, Paul Kavanagh, Georgie Ryan, Billy Weymouth, Timmy McCarthy and Michael O'Grady (Stroke). Cox: Suzie Gleeson.