Avondhu Press Club Notes 24th March 2010

Fermoy Rowing Club wins Best Club Award at St Patrick's Day Parade

Fermoy Rowing Club were awarded the prize for Best Over-all Club in this year's Fermoy St Patrick's Day Parade, when over a hundred officers and members joined the festivities. This is our second year winning this prestigious trophy. All credit due to our junior members for taking part with such enthusiasm and pride. Once again this year we were joined by our great friends from Dusseldorf, Ruderclub Germania. This is the twenty-fourth year of our association with Dusseldorf and our friendship goes from strength to strength. After the parade we adjourned for a meal in the Grand Hotel.

On Friday morning our visitors had an enjoyable morning's sight-seeing and that evening a Civic Reception in their honour was held by the Mayor and councillors in Fermoy Town Hall. At the Reception the Mayor, Cllr Pa O'Driscoll welcomed the members of Ruderclub Germania and Fermoy Rowing Club and noted that Fermoy Rowing Club makes a vital contribution to the social and sporting life of the town. He went on to prais their great friendship with the German Club. Club Chairman Pa Granville thanked the Mayor and Council for the Civic Reception and welcomed the visitors. Speaking on behalf of Ruderclub Germania, Stephan Mólle, thanked the Mayor and councillors for the reception and saluted his friends in Fermoy Rowing Club for their long friendship. In celebration of the 40th Rhine Marathon he presented Fermoy Rowing Club with a cheque for €500 in sponsorship of a junior crew to attend the forthcoming event. The Rhine Marathon takes place on the 8th of October 2011 and one of its goals is the advancement of international youth exchange in sport. Present at the Reception were councillors Aileen Pyne, Noel McCarthy and Rowing Club President John Murphy.

On Saturday all crew members joined their German visitors for a full day's rowing training from Villierstown to Youghal. They were joined on the day by crews from Cappoquin Rowing Club and Cork Boat Club. The Cork Boat Club crews were Ray Connolly. The whole day's outing was very well organised by Fermoy Captain Stephen Donnellan. The Club would like to thank everyone who participated on the day. 

Neptune Regatta
Fermoy Rowing Club intends to send a full entry to Neptune Regatta in Dublin on the 2nd of April. This is the first Regatta of the 2011 Regatta Season.

Fermoy Regatta
Preparations continue for this year's Fermoy Regatta. The event always gives a boost to the town, bringing thousands of athletes and spectators to Fermoy. This year's regatta is on Sunday the 3rd of July.

Fermoy Rowing Club Quiz

There are only four nights remaining in this Quiz Season.

Monday 28th March: Loreto Parents Association
Monday 4th April: Lions Club
Monday 11th April: Gael Scoil de hÍde
Monday 18th March: Fermoy Rowing Club.

Jim Hackett PRO 086 8798882

Civic Reception. Members of Dusseldorf's Ruderclub Germania at Fermoy Town Hall, where they were given a Civic Reception by Fermoy Town Council. Also in the photograph are members of Fermoy Rowing, Mayor of Fermoy Pa O'Driscoll and town councillors.

Ruderclub Germania in Fermoy. Michael Donnellan, the main organizer of this year's visit by highly successful Ruderclub Germania visit to Fermoy.

St Patrick's Morning. Officers and members of Fermoy Rowing Club who took part in this year's St Patrick's Day parade.

Avondhu Notes 16th March 2011

Another good weekend for Fermoy Rowing Club

Fermoy entered a total of eight crews at last weekend's Killorglin Head of the River, and saw three of the crews win with a further three finishing second. Our first win came for the Men's Junior 16 Coxed Quad A crew of Eoin Donnellan, Seán Connolly, James O'Mahony, and Darragh O'Callaghan who were coxed by Philip O'Flynn. They won with a time of 15:22, with the Fermoy B crew of Emmett Dorgan, Adam Fisher and the Myers brothers Ruari and Luke, coxed by Surai Theratile, finishing second with a time of 16:14. Muckross of Killarney finished with a time of 16:35.
Our second victory came for the Men's Junior 15 Coxed Quad A crew of Oscar Bradley, Dan Fisher, Brian Roche and Charlie McGarvey, coxed by Surai Theratile. They won with a time of 15:43. In second place was Tralee with a time 17:53. The Fermoy B crew of Gregory O'Sullivan, Cian O'Flynn, Nicholas Llewellyn and David Quirke were coxed by Philip O'Flynn and finished third with a time of 18:58.
Our third win came in the Women's Junior 15 Single Sculls. Zoe Sohun finished with a time of 18:56, with Muckross in second place with a time of 18:57. Fermoy's Eimear Ryan finished third with a time of 20:15.
In the Women's Junior 15 Double, Fermoy's Eimear Ryan and Zoe Sohun finished second with a time of 18:24, behind Killorglin at 17:32 and ahead of Muckross who finished third at 19:01.

Overall, the coaches Paul, Rhonda, Evan, Eolann and Patsy were quite pleased with the performance of the crews. As this was the last Head of this season, the coaches are looking forward to the start of the Regatta Season which begins on the 3rd of April in Neptune in Dublin. The oars-people would like to thank James for all of his hard work in towing and looking after the trailer.

Toss Bryan Sponsorship of this Friday Night's Teen Disco

Fermoy Rowing Club would like to thank Tom Bryan and his team at Toss Bryan Ltd for their ongoing, generous sponsorship. Their latest donation to the Club is an up-to-the-minute 8 gig i-pod Touch. Fermoy DJ John Duggan has an exciting play-list lined up and plans to use the i-pod as a special prize at this Friday's "Green-Eyed MONSTER Teen Disco". The Disco takes place in Fermoy Rowing Club this Friday, the 18th of March.

All guests are entitled to a free can of MONSTER or the mineral of their choice with their door ticket. The well-supervised disco is suitable for teens aged 13 to 16 with doors opening at 8.30pm. Parents are very welcome. Disco ends at 11.30pm.

Fermoy Regatta

Preparations continue for this year's Fermoy Regatta. The event is always a big occasion in the town's calendar, bringing thousands of athletes and spectators to Fermoy. This year's regatta is on Sunday the 3rd of July.

Fermoy Men's Junior 16 Quad. Left to right: Seán Connolly, Eoin Donnellan, Surai Theratile (Cox) Darragh O'Callaghan and James O'Mahony, winners of the Men's Junior 16 Quad at last weekend's Killorglin Head of the River.

Avondhu Notes March 10th 2011

Killorglin Head of the River

Killorglin Head of the River takes place this Saturday. Located in the centre of the town, the course has a distance of four kilometres. Killorglin is a rolling Head from early morning till 3pm. A Head of the River is a time trial where each crew rows against the clock. The HOR season runs from October to the end of March. Fermoy has entered a total of eight crews for Killorglin HOR at a total cost for entries of €208.

All Munster clubs are expected to take part.

The Club has entered the following crews:  The Men's Junior 16 Eight crew consists of: James O'Mahony, Eoin Donnellan, Sean Connolly, Darragh O'Callaghan, Oscar Bradley, Dan Fisher, Ryan Roche and Charlie McGarvey. They will be coxed by Philip O'Flynn.
The Men's Junior 16 Coxed Quads A crew of Eoin Donnellan, Seán Connolly, James O'Mahony, and Darragh O'Callaghan will be coxed by Philip O'Flynn. The B crew consists of: Emmett Dorgan, Adam Fisher and the Myers brothers Ruari and Luke. They will be coxed by Surai Theratile.
The Men's Junior 15 Coxed Quad A crew of Oscar Bradley, Dan Fisher, Brian Roche and Charlie McGarvey will be coxed by Surai Theratile. The B crew will be coxed Gregory O'Sullivan, Cian O'Flynn, Nicholas Llewellyn and David Quirke will be coxed Philip O'Flynn.
The Women's Junior 15 Double of Zoe Sohun and Eimear Ryan will also row in the Women's Junior 15 Single Sculls.

As this is the last Head of the River of this year, the Club would hope to see a good turn-out by Cllub members. We will be leaving the Club early on Saturday morning. For times please contact committee members. The Regatta season begins in April, commencing with Neptune Regatta in Dublin, to which the Club will send a full contingent.

Cork Sculling Ladder

At last weekend's Cork Sculling Ladder Fermoy's Zoe Sohun defeated Megan McLaughlin of Cork Boat Club, winning well. Aoife Luke of Cork Boat Club defeated Fermoy's Eimear Ryan by a length. Fermoy's Adam Fisher was defeated by half a length by Cathal Walsh, also of Cork Boat Club. The Cork Sculling Ladder takes place between October and April, with oarspeople competing at least once a month. The final races will be held in April.

St Patrick's Day

Work is well in hand to prepare for the Club's contribution to next week's St Patrick's Day Parade. The Club would hope that all members and their families will join us in the parade. Our old friends from Dusseldorf, Ruuderclub Germania, will join us again this year and their visit is being marked by a Civic Reception in the Town Hall on Friday the 18th.

Fermoy Regatta

Preparations continue for this year's Fermoy Regatta. The event is always a big occasion in the town's calendar, bringing thousands of athletes and spectators to Fermoy. This year's regatta is on Sunday the 3rd of July.

Fermoy Rowing Club Quiz

There are only six nights remaining in this Quiz Season.

Monday 14th March: Kilworth Tennis Club
Monday 21st March: Fermoy Scouts
Monday 28th March: Loreto Parents Association
Monday 4th April: Lions Club
Monday 11th April: Gael Scoil de hÍde
Monday 18th March: Fermoy Rowing Club.

Jim Hackett PRO 086 8798882

Carrick on Suir Regatta Late 1960's. Left to right: John Rice, Liam Cavanagh, Jim Hackett, Tommy Flynn, Pad Breen and Arthur Barry.


Fermoy Rowing Club Early 1970's. This photo dates from a Head of the River in the early 1970's. There are a few familiar faces in the crowd. Can anyone recognise them?

The Myers Twins. Luke and Ruari Myers, from Kilworth, who will compete at Killorglin Head of the River this Saturday.

Notes Carrick-on-Shannon Regatta

Carrick-on-Shannon Regatta

The Club made the long journey to Carrick-on-Shannon last weekend to compete in the Final of the Waterways League. This is only Fermoy's second year competing in the League and our first victory in this prestigious national event, which is sponsored by Waterways Ireland. Victories came in the Women's Junior 14 Quad event for the crew consisting of Emma McEvoy, Eimear Ryan, Zoe Sohun, Liveta Narceviciute and Philip O'Flynn (cox). They beat Carlow Rowing Club and Bann Boat Club from Coleraine. The crew had previously finished second at Neptune Regatta in Dublin in April, first in Carlow in June, first in Castleconnell also in June and third at Fermoy Regatta last month. Their win in Carrick-on-Shannon placed them at the top of the Waterways National League with a total of 42 points, with Commercial from Dubin in second place, Carlow in third and Bann Rowing Club in fourth.
Our next win came in the Men's Junior 14 Quad event. The crew consisted of James Condon, Oscar Bradley, Philip O'Flynn (cox), Dan Fisher and Charlie McGarvey. They won in the Final against Athlone and Commercial of Dublin came third. They won with a total of 36 points, recording 6 points at Neptune Regatta, 4 at Carlow, a win worth 10 points at Castleconnell, 6 in Fermoy and another win at Carrick. In the over-all league they defeated Commercial, Athlone and St Michael's of Limerick.
All victorious Fermoy crews were presented with a set of sculling blades and each oarsperson was given a specially commissioned commemorative medallion and a T-Shirt.
Also competing at Carrick were James O'Mahony in the Men's Junior 15 Single Sculls, who finished second in his heat to Bann Rowing Club with Offaly in third place. Adam Fisher finished third in his heat of the same event with Offaly oarsmen first and second. In the Men's Junior 14 Double Sculls three crews were entered. The A crew consisted of James Condon and Adam Fisher. They finished second behind Athlone. Fermoy's C crew of Kevin Dolan and Alan Corbett won their heat with the Fermoy B crew of Oscar Bradley and Charlie McGarvey in second place ahead of Bann Rowing Club. The C crew were unfortunately beaten in the Final by Athlone and Bann.
Fermoy entered two crews in the Women's Junior 14 Double Scull event. The A crew of Zoe Sohun and Eimear Ryan defeated Carlow in the Final. The B crew of Emma McEvoy and Liveta Narkeviciute won their heat but were unfortunately disqualified for crossing lanes.
The weekend was a very successful journey for the Club, if a very long one, and we enjoyed the great hospitality of the host club. We look forward to returning to Carrick-on-Shannon next year. Thanks to everybody who travelled and congratulations to our oarspeople for their great efforts. Well done to all.
With three regattas remaining in the season, we look forward to Limerick Regatta at O'Brien's Bridge in three weeks' time, Monkstown at the National Rowing Centre in Inniscarra and the National Championships which will be held also in Inniscarra in September. In mid-September Rowing Ireland will hold their AGM and Fixtures Meeting in Dublin and the dates for next year's regattas will be decided. 

1884 - 2009 Memories, Contents




125 Years



A History John O’Keeffe R.I.P.

Deeds Of Boathouse 1882 Krut 1906

100 Years Jack Devine

Historical Anecdotes

The Hogans Here We Go 1906-50 Years On

The Twenties

Some Experiences Of An Irish Rowing Man,John O’Keeffe R.I.P.

The Thirties

Happy Days Dick Stritch R.I.P.

The Forties

The Forties: A Trip Down Memory Lane, Dave Roche

The Fifties and Sixties

A Hundred Years And More, Dr. Walter J. Mcguire R.I.P.

A Journey With Fermoy Rowing Club, Walter K Mcguire

The Late John Dennigan R.I.P.

A Kiwi’s Memories Of The Fermoy Rowing Club As It Was In 1963, Don Mc Kay

Christian Brothers Fermoy Rowing Club, Tom Aspell

Rowing And Me Jimmy Lysaght

1975 - 1984

Row Row Row Your Boat On A Shoe String Budget, Michael O’Brien

A Saga Of Building A Fleet, Jim O’Grady

What About A Clubhouse, Jim O’Grady

Buzzwords, Barry Connolly

Behind The Scenes 23 Years Of Rowing Club Quizzes, Jim Lysaght

The Rices, Anthony Cleary

The First Ladies, Annette Barnes

“I Shall Ask You Once If You Are Ready, If I Get No Reply I Shall Say Go”, Eamon Guinevan

Barnane To The Olympics, Gearoid Towey

1984 - 2009

On And Upwards, Anthony Cleary

The Limerick Connection - To The Shannon, The Rhine And Back, Sean Murphy

The San Francisco Connection, Suzie Gleeson

The New York Connection –My Stories, Paul O’Leary

An Odyssey, John Henchion

The Weir Saga, Donal O’Keeffe

The Toweys, Anthony Cleary

Rowing – A Huge Part Of My Life, John Gleeson

Early 1990’s To Early 2000’s, Ray Morrison

2009 - My Memories Of Fermoy Rowing Club, Jim Hackett

The Dusseldorf Conection

The Dusseldorf Rhine Marathon Regatta, Hermann Hock

Marathon Rowing And Marathon Sessions, Paul Kavanagh

The Rhine Marathon, Mikey Donnellan

A Trip Down The Blackwater, Dr. Herbert Von Holtum

The Voyage Of The Flamingo Down The Blackwater, Jim Lysaght

Tour Of The Shannon, Jim Lysaght

The Lakes Of Killarney, Barry Connolly


Swing Together, TF Boohig R.I.P.

St. Ignatius Galway -100 Years A Rowing, Eddie Diffley S.J. R.I.P.

Memories Of Fermoy Rowing Club, Jom Heylin R.I.P.

The Barry Connection, Eddie Diffely S.J. R.I.P.

A Tale Of Two Rivers, Jack Phelan

Buckets - Cain And Cots, Dermot Henihan

Why, Yes, I Remember It Well, Mark Wickham

The Deadwood Lorry, Dr. Matt Murphy

Ladies And Maidens, Colm Fehily


Families / Siblings

Internationals Oarspersons



On behalf of Fermoy Rowing Club, I am delighted to welcome you to Fermoy Regatta, an event which goes from strength to strength. Last year saw our then largest ever entry with 160 races and this year we have 230. With over a thousand athletes and supporters in Fermoy for the weekend, the Regatta always gives a great lift for the town. This year we are very happy to be a part of the first Aquafest, a weekend-long festival celebrating the town and river, featuring music, theatre and dance.


The Regatta always marks a milestone in the club’s year and an opportunity to look back at the time since the last event. What a year!


Our fight to save Fermoy Weir and with it the future of the Rowing Club has long dominated our agenda. Last year our great friend Kathy Sinnott, in one of her last acts as an MEP, organized a visit to Brussels by a delegation from the club. There we established to the satisfaction of the EU and the Irish Attorney General that a simple repair of the historic structure would meet Ireland’s obligations under EU law. Armed with that information we went back to Leinster House for the umpteenth time, to meet with the latest minister of state, Conor Lenihan TD. Impressed by our arguments, he later paid a visit to Fermoy, even going for a swim in the river! The Minister ordered Fermoy Town Council to carry out the necessary repairs and I am proud to say that my colleagues and I voted last month to do just that. I hesitate to say it but it seems that our struggle has proved successful. The people of the town and the members of the Rowing Union have stood with us through all of this and we will never forget that.


Our 125th Anniversary was marked by a very moving ceremony to launch new boats and to honour our past members. It was lovely to see so many families and friends gathered for the occasion.


Our old friends from Düsseldorf’s Ruderclub Germania visited us again for this St Patrick’s Day Parade, an event which we were very proud to win for a second time in a row.


We held a cookery demonstration by Master Chef Neven Maguire, an event which proved to be a most successful fundraiser for us and our friends in Fermoy Concert Band.


The highpoint of our Anniversary year was our invitation by President Mary McAleese to visit her in Áras an Uachtaráin. This was a day which will stay in our memories forever and imagine our surprise when the President very graciously agreed to our request for her to visit us in Fermoy. She and her husband came to the Clubhouse only last week, a great honour and one which gave us all a huge boost. The President spoke very eloquently about her family’s love of the sport of rowing and she was unstinting in her praise of Fermoy Rowing Club.


It would be foolish to single out any one member of the club for praise, but our treasurer, Marianne Harris, really was a powerhouse in the preparations for the President’s visit. And truthfully, every member of the club contributed in their way but to see the Trojan work put in by Eolann Sheehan and the junior oarspeople was to realise that the future of Fermoy Rowing Club is in very safe hands.


We are blessed to have more than eighty young oarspeople training on the river now, more than have been in over a decade. We have a proud history of Olympians and champions and our Captain Stephen Donnellan, his vice-captains and coaches, really do give their all to nurture Fermoy’s next generation of rowing heroes. We are looking also at doing more to make the club more inclusive and to this end our friends in Castleconnell will demonstrate today the benefits of adaptive rowing.


Fermoy Regatta is the end-result of the tireless dedication of our committee members and friends. Danny Higgins and the members of our FAS scheme have worked hard to prepare the course while James O’Sullivan and Tree Surgeon Nick Gregg have made a huge effort to make the river cleaner and safer than ever. Our security staff are working in conjunction with our Safety Officer, Kenneth Barry, to ensure the day is a huge success. Without the Civil Defence, Fermoy Gardai and the Blackwater Sub-Aqua Search and Rescue we simply would not be able to have this event and we are very grateful to them for all their support. 


Jim Hackett and Etha Murphy have done great work to assemble this Regatta Programme.


Our great friends in the Fermoy Concert Band have been a vital part of the Regatta since 1939 and we’re delighted that they’ll be joining us this afternoon for a recital. The day wouldn’t be the same without them.


Fermoy Regatta is funded by the huge generosity of the town’s business community and it is that contribution which keeps the event going strong every year. The committee and members of Fermoy Rowing Club are constantly aware of the huge esteem in which the people of the town hold us and we are very grateful for all of the support we receive.


On a final note, there is a very nice array of food on the menu in the Clubhouse, so grab a snack and enjoy the day.


Thank you.


John Murphy


Fermoy Rowing Club