Castleconnell HOR 2011

A good win for Fermoy's J 18 8+ of James, Sean, Eolann, Daragh, Simon, Evan, Eoin and Oscar winning their category and recorded the 2nd fastest time over the course 4 seconds off University of Limericks Senior team. 

Our women novice scullers of Mary Costigan and Ashling Whelan Finished 1st and 2nd. A great achievement beating Castleconnell scullers on their own river

The junior 16 4s recorded great times securing 2nd and 3rd place and unlucky not to win finishing only 4 seconds off the winners.

The junior 14 4 finished in the middle of their field. A great result for their first time rowing a Head of River and up an age group

Zoe Sohun and Emer Ryan raced up an age group as well finishing 3rd in their double. The girls then went out and raced against each other in sculls.
Emer finished in 4th place and Zoe recorded the fastest time winning her category Beating 13 other competitors all a year older then her and recording the 2nd fastest sculling time for any woman over the course.

Well done to all Crews who raced

Rowing Notes 22nd Sept 2011

Fermoy Rowing Club Notes

Annual General Meeting this Friday night

The Club's AGM will take place trhis Friday night at 8.30 in the Clubhouse. All members are requested to attend. The agenda for the meeting will be as follows:

The Chaiman's Report
The Secretary's Report
The Treasurer's Report
The Captain's Report

On the Rowing front

Crews are back now in full training for the new season, under the watchful eyes of the Captain and coaches. At present in training we have Junior 12, 14, 16 and 18 crews in both Men and Women, as well as Novice and Master's crews. If anyone is interested in competing they should call to the Clubhouse on Sunday mornings to meet with the Captain and coaches.

The Barrow Challenge

The Club recently took part in the Barrow Challenge, which is a twelve mile time trial rowed from St Mullan's in County Carlow to New Ross Town Centre. The Club recorded a victory in the Men's Junior 18 Quad with the crew of James O'Mahony, Darragh O'Callaghan, Eoin Donnellan, Sean Connolly and Cian Donnelly (cox) achieving a time of one hour, six minutes and fifty-two seconds. Our second victory came in the Men's Junior 18 Four with the crew of Stephen Geary, Simonas Drumsta, Paul Mannix, Eolann Sheehan and Philip O'Flynn (cox) achieving a time of one hour, four minutes and fifty-nine seconds. Our second Junior 18 Quad of Emmett Dorgan, Enda Gormley, Luke Myers, Ruari Myers and Adam Fisher (cox) finished with a time of one hour, seven minutes and fifty-two seconds.

Also rowing were the Fermoy Masters Eight. They finished second to Commercial of Dublin with a time of fifty-nine minutes, fifty-two seconds. Commercial won at fifty-eight, fifty-seven.

Over-all it was a very enjoyable day for Fermoy Rowing Club and the host club, New Ross. It is hoped that this event will be on the fixtures calendar for the coming years.

Our next outing will be the Cork Sculling Ladder which will commence in October and will run until April 2012.


Winners of the Barrow Challenge Men's Junior 18 Four: Stephen Geary, Simonas Drumsta, Paul Mannix, Eolann Sheehan and Philip O'Flynn (cox).

Rowing Notes 18th Aug 2011


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.

Novice Rowing

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.

Club Barbecue

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.


Rowing Notes 14th July 2011


Championship Regatta this weekend
The National Rowing Championships will be held this weekend at the National Rowing Centre in Farran Woods, Innisacarra. On Thursday the Club will have two crews entered in the Men's Junior 14 Quad event. Also on Thursday we have the Women's Junior 16 Sculls and two Men's Junior 15 Quads. On Friday the Club will be represented by five Men's Junior 14 Scullers, a Men's Master Four, four Men's Junior 16 Sculls and four Women's Junior 15 Sculls. On Saturday we have four Men's Junior 15 Sculls, one Women's Novice Quad, two Men's Junior 16 Quads and a Women's Junior 18 Scull.

All coaches are quite happy with the performances of the crews so far this season.

The Club wishes all the crews the very best for the Championships. We will have a full report in next week's Avondhu.

 Fermoy Regatta
As the dust settles on last week's Fermoy Regatta, we are happy to report that this year's event was one of the most successful in many years. Plans are already well in train for next year's event, which will be our 50th Regatta.

The event cost in the region of €8,000 to stage and could not have gone ahead without the generous support of all of our sponsors, from those who sponsored races, placed adverts in the programme to those who subscribed in any way. In these difficult times we appreciate more than ever the support of local businesses to make Fermoy Regatta the success it is.

The Club would like to thank the Gardaí for all of their help in organising the event. Special thanks too to the staff of Fermoy Town Council who put extra effort into preparing Barnane Walk. Members of the Club heard great praise from hundreds of visitors for the beauty of the Blackwater and its banks. The Subaqua Club and the Red Cross did fantastic work to ensure the event was to the highest standards of safety.

A special word of thanks to Billy Bane and the staff of Fermoy Fire Brigade who did huge work with volunteers from Fermoy Rowing Club to remove fallen trees from the Weir before the Regatta. This is the second time this year that trees had to be removed from the Weir with the help of the Fire Brigade. Fermoy Rowing Club does its best, on a voluntary basis, to keep the Weir free of obstacles but the owners of Fermoy Weir should take reponsiblity for the maintenance of this vital part of the town's infrastructure.  On behalf of the Regatta Committee, the Club would like to thank everyone who helped out on the day. Without their help the Regatta could not take place.

Vote of Sympathy
The Club would like to extend its sympathy to the wife and sisters of Christy Hanley. Christy was a member of the Club, along with his father, back in the 1960's.


Pat and Nora Ryan of the Blackwater Caravan Park presenting the prize for the Women's Junior 16 Scull to Shandon Boat Club.

Rowing Notes 16th June 2011

Lee Regatta
The Club recorded  eight victories at last weekend's Lee Regatta, which was held at the Marina in Cork. Our first victory came in the Men's Junior 12 Quad when Fermoy defeated Cork Boat Club (in second place) Lee Rowing Club and Cork Boat Club B in fourth place. The crew of Shane Hurley, Greg Lardner, Cathal Donnellan (cox) Colm Hurley and David Mulcahy recorded their first competitive win. Our next win came in the Women's Novice Double Scull when Noelle Ahern and Aishling Whelan defeated Lee Valley, Clonmel and Lee Rowing Club. Hilary Shinnick continued her winning streak by defeating Workman's, Cork Boat Club and Lee in the Women's Junior 16 Sculls. In the Women's Junior 18 Sculls she defeated Shandon, Clonmel, Castleconnell and Skibbereen. In the Women's Junior 15 Sculls, Eimear Ryan defeated Lee Rowing Club A, Skibbereen and Cork Boat Club.

The Men's Junior 14 Quad event was divided into two finals because of the number of entries. Fermoy won in both finals. In the first final, Fermoy's crew of Philip O'Flynn, Brendan Geary, Rory McEvoy and Harry Beresford were coxed to victory by Cathal Donnellan, beating Colaiste Chiarain, Clonmel, Cork Boat Club and Presentation College, Cork. In the second final, Fermoy's Cormac Donnellan, Mattie O'Reilly, Cian Donnellan and Luke Lynch were coxed by Hilary Shinnick, defeating Skibbereen, Cork Boat Club, Shandon and Clonmel.

In the Women's Junior 14 Double Scull, Anne Brennan and Kate Ann Bartley were beaten by one foot in the final by Skibbereen, with Colaiste Chiarain in third place and Skibbereen B in fourth. As this was their first competitive race there should be a great future ahead of this pair. The Men's Junior 14 Double Scull event was again divided in two due to a large entry. The Fermoy crew of Harry Beresford and Mattie O'Reilly defeated Clonmel and Castleconnell by half a length.  Once again the Men's Junior 14 Single Scull was divided, this time into four finals. Brendan Geary was narrowly beaten in the first final by Clonmel. In the second final Philip O'Flynn was defeated by Shandon with Clonmel in third place.  In the Women's Junior 16 Double Fermoy had to be content with second place behind Cork Boat Club with Clonmel in third.  In the Men's Junior 16 Single Sculls Fermoy's Shaun Connolly came second behind Shandon with Colaiste Chiarain third and Lee fourth.  In the Men's Junior 12 Single Sculls Shane Hurley was second behind Barry Connolly of Cork Boat Club. Both of these scullers can look forward to many more battles.

Athlone Regatta
Fermoy is sending nine crews to Athlone Regatta this Saturday. The entry is confined on account of exams. We wish all of our crew members the very best of luck with their Junior and Leaving Certificate exams.

Fermoy Regatta Launch
On this Thursday, the 16th of June, we are hosting a Regatta Launch and Sponsor's Event at 6pm in the Grand Hotel, Fermoy. All members, past members and supporters of Fermoy Rowing Club are invited.
This year’s regatta is 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 150 or more 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 taking out an advertisement in the regatta programme would contact the Regatta Secretary Etha Quinn on 086 2266913, the Treasurer Marianne Harris or the P.R.O Jim Hackett on 086 8798882.

Vote of Sympathy
At the last committee meeting a vote of sympathy was passed for the wife and family of the late Bill Frawley. Bill will be sadly missed by his many friends.

Fermoy Women's Novice Double Scull. Noelle Ahern and Aishling Whelan being presented with their medal by the president of Lee Rowing Club.

Fermoy Men's Junior 14 Double Scull. Harry Beresford and Mattie O'Reilly being presented with their medal by the president of Lee Rowing Club.

Fermoy Men's Junior 12 Quad recording their first victory at Lee Regatta. Left to right: Shane Hurley, Greg Lardner, Cathal Donnellan (cox) Colm Hurley and David Mulcahy.

Fermoy Men's Junior 14 Quad, winners at Lee Regatta. Luke Lynch (bow) Cian Donnellan, Mattie O'Reilly and Cormac Donnellan.

Rowing Notes 23rd June 2011

Athlone Regatta

The Club made the long journey last Saturday to Athlone annual regatta, which is held at Coosan Point on Lough Ree. This regatta is also a Waterways Ireland "Row For It League" event.
The Club recorded three great wins, three seconds and three thirds.
The first event of the day came saw the Men's Junior 16 Sculler Shaun Connolly won his heat from Clonmel, Commercial of Dublin and St Michael's of Limerick. In the final he had to be content with third place behind Cork Boat Club, Neptune of Dublin ahead of Shannon of Limerick in fourth place.  
Our first victory came in the Women's Junior 18 Single Sculls when Hilary Shinnick defeated Carrig-on-Shannon, Methodist College Belfast and Bann Rowing Club from Coleraine. Hilary then went on to win the Women's Junior 16 Sculls in the first heat, defeating Commercial of Dublin, Killorglin and St Michael's of Limerick.
In the same competition Zoee Sohun won her heat by defeating St Michael's B and Carrig-on-Shannon. In the final Hilary beat Commercial of Dublin with Zoee in third place and St Michael's in fourth place. The Women's Junior 15 Quad of Emma McEvoy, Jamie Freeman, Holly O'Neill and Eimear Ryan, with Cormac Donnellan coxing, qualified for the final by finishing second behind Killorglin, ahead of Commercial, Offaly and St Michael's. In the final they finished third behind Commercial and Killorglin, ahead of Offaly.
In the Women's Junior 15 Double Scull, the B crew of Jamie Freeman and Holly O'Neill finished third behind Commercial in their heat. In the same event Fermoy A crew Eimear Ryan and Zoee Sohun won their semi-final by defeating Offaly, Athlone and Cork. Zoee and Eimear won their final by defeating Killorglin, Carrig-on-Shannon and Commercial.
The Men's Junior 14 Quad of Philip O'Flynn, Brendan Geary, Harry Beresford and Rory McEvoy had to be content with second place to Colaiste Iognaid of Galway, having defeated in their semi-final Cork Boat Club A and B crews.  In the first heat of the Men's Junior 15 Quad, Fermoy beat Commercial, Methodist College and Colaiste Iognaid. In the semi-final they defeated St Michael's and Commercial but in the final they had to be content with second place, behind Cork Boat Club and ahead of Shannon in third place and Commercial fourth. The crew were Oscar Bradley, Dan Fisher, Ryan Roche, Charlie McGarvey and Philip O'Flynn (cox).  Fermoy's Junior 18 Women's Double Scull of Noelle Ahern and Eidin Shinnick had to be content with third place in the final.  Over-all the coaches, Paul Fisher, Pat O'Mahony, Evan Harris O'Sullivan, Eolann Sheehan and Ray Connolly, were quite pleased with the performance of all crews. Our next outing is Castleconnell Sprint Regatta next Sunday. As the exams are now over the Club will be sending a full entry.
New Trophy for Fermoy Regatta
Fermoy Regatta will this year see a new trophy for competition. The trophy will honour the late Dr Pat Rice and was presented to the Club by the Rice Family. Pat rowed with Fermoy over forty years ago and his brothers John, Tom, Ned and Dennis won the first Championship for the Club in the mid 1970s. Dennis represented Ireland at many international regattas and at the Moscow Olympics in 1980s.

Pat's friends from his time in the Club, John Murphy, Jimmy Lysaght and Jim Hackett, remember a kind, soft-spoken young man who was a determined and committed athlete. They recall a warm and decent friend who would always go out of his way to help people. He had, even then, the great generosity of spirit for which he would be known throughout his life.  Pat made international headlines in 1976 when he was kidnapped by the repressive Argentine Military Junta. This event only served to reinforce Pat’s commitment to the struggle for human rights. He passed away in Miami Airport on his way home to Argentina last year, two days after his visit to Fermoy Regatta, his first in over forty years.

The Irish Times reported on his death: “Former Irish priest and human rights activist Pat Rice, who was kidnapped in South America for his investigations into the “disappeared” during Argentina’s “dirty war”, has died.  “Born in Fermoy, Co Cork, in September 1945, he studied at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, and was ordained in 1970. On October 11th, 1976, he and Fatima Cabrera were kidnapped. In December 1976, Mr Rice was deported to Ireland. He spent the rest of his life campaigning for human rights.”


Photos attached:

Patrick Granville, Chairman of Fermoy Rowwing Club, receiving a sponsorship cheque from local businessman Michael Spillane at the recent launch of Fermoy Regatta 2011.

Charles McCarthy (right) CEO of McCarthy Insurance Group, presenting a sponsorship cheque to Patrick Granville, Chairman of Fermoy Rowing Club.

Members of the Rice family presenting the Dr Pat Rice Memorial Cup to Pat's crew-mates from Fermoy Rowing Club. Back Row, left to right: Jimmy Lysaght, Bill Rice, Tom Rice and Ned Rice. Front Row, left to right: John Murphy, John Rice, Kathleen Lee, Jim Hackett and Dennis Rice.  

Patrick Granville and Michael John Shinnick at the launch of Fermoy Regatta 2011.

Rowing Notes 9/6/11

Fermoy Rowing Club Notes

Carlow Regatta

The Club travelled to Carlow last Sunday for the annual regatta in the town. We recorded six victories and five seconds. The first race of the day was the Men's Junior 16 Sculls when Fermoy's Sean Connolly was defeated by Murphy of Graiguenamanagh. In the second event of the day Brendan Geary was narrowly defeated by Buckley of Cappoquin in the Men's Junior 14 Sculls. In the Master's Double Scull, Seán Murphy and Tommy Bryan had to be content with second place, being defeated by Runcorn.

In the Men's Junior 12 Sculls, Colm Hurley rowing in his first competitive event was second to Cork Boat Club. This was an excellent performance from a very promising young oarsman.

Our first victory came in the Women's Junior 15 Sculls when Fermoy's Zoee Sohun defeated New Ross in her first heat. In the second heat she defeated Fermoy's Eimear Ryan and in the final Zoee defeated host club Carlow.

In the Women's Junior 15 Double Scull, Zoee and Eimear defeated Carlow in the final.

In the Women's Junior 18 Double Scull, Fermoy's Noelle Ahern and Éidín Shinnick were defeated by half a length by Graiguenamanagh.

In the Women's Junior 18 Sculls Hilary Shinnick defeated Carlow in the semi-final and went on to defeat Carlow A sculler in the final. Hilary also won the Women's Junior 16 Sculls, defeating St Michael's A sculler in the semi-final and St Michael's B sculler in the final.

In the Men's Junior 15 Double Scull Oscar Bradley and Dan Fisher were defeated by Runcorn of England. Oscar and Dan also rowed in the Men's Junior 16 Double, defeating Carlow in the first heat, Runcorn in the semi-final before being defeated by Offaly in the final.

The Men's Junior 14 Quad of Philip O'Flynn, Brendan Geary, Harry Beresford and Matt O'Reilly were coxed by Luke Lynch and defeated in the semi-final Bann Rowing Club of Coleraine, and then defeated Cork Boat Club in the final.

In the Master's Four, Fermoy's Seán Murphy, Tommy Bryan, John Hurley and Jonny Geary were narrowly defeated by Commercial of Dublin in their final.

In the Men's Junior 15 Eight, Fermoy's Oscar Bradley, Donal Fisher, Ryan Roche, Cian O'Flynn, Nicholas Llwellyn, Brendan Geary, David Quirke, Scott Sheehan were coxed by Philip O'Flynn and were beaten by a length by Commercial of Dublin.
Brothers Colm and Shane Hurley rowed in the Men's Junior 12 Double Sculls and were narrowly defeated by Cork Boat. This was their first competitive race and they can look forward to the rest of the season.
In the Women's Junior 16 Double Scull, Katie O'Neill and Hilary Shinnick had to be content with second place to Carlow in the final, having defeated St Michael's of Limerick in the semi-final.
Our next outing is Lee Regatta this Sunday on the Marina in Cork. This regatta was previously cancelled two weeks ago and the Club is sending a full entry.

Fermoy Regatta

Work is well under-way for Fermoy Regatta. On Thursday the 16th of June we are hosting a Regatta Launch and Sponsor's Event at 6pm in the Grand Hotel, Fermoy. All members, past members and supporters of Fermoy Rowing Club are invited.

Fermoy Women's Junior 18 Double Scull. Noelle Ahern (front) and Éidín Shinnick at last weekend's Carlow Regatta.

Fermoy Junior 14 Quad of Philip O'Flynn, Brendan Geary, Harry Beresford and Matt O'Reilly on their way to the start of last weekend's Carlow Regatta.

Fermoy Men's Junior 16 Double Scull Oscar Bradley and Dan Fisher on their way to victory at Carlow Regatta, beating Runcorn of England in the semi-final.

Fermoy's Colm Hurley on his way to the start of the Junior 12 Sculls at Carlow Regatta. This was Colm's first competitive event.