Launch of The GalleyFlash 1985


History 2016-2006


As 2016 has now drawn to a close, we reflect on the season that was.

The Annual General Meeting of the club was held on Sunday, January 17th, 2016. The committee for the 2016 season was elected as follows:
President: PatJoe Harrington
Vice Presidents: Fr. Pat McCarthy, Denis Hayes, Mrs Nell O'Donovan, Mike Feen and Bernie O'Donovan
Chairman: Donal Hayes
Secretary: Paul Lombard
Treasurer: Sheila Hayes
PRO: Sandra Hayes
Senior Club Captain: Barry Hooper
Junior Club Captain: Donna Burke
Safety Officer: Micheál Harrington
Child Protection Officer: Ger Cullinane
Child Protection Officer: Laura Connolly
Vice Chairman: John Harrington
Assistant Secretary: Paddy Harrington
Registrar / Assistant Treasurer: Margaret Hayes
Assistant PRO: Tracey Lombard
Assistant Senior Club Captain: John Harrington
Assistant Junior Club Captain: Paddy Harrington
Assistant Safety Officer: Barry Hooper
Adult selectors: Danny Hayes & Laura Connolly.
Underage selectors: Patrick Harrington & Barry Hooper.

Events throughout the year

As part of the Ardfield-Rathbarry community support for Clare Scanlan's (O'Donovan) Operation Transformation journey, the club hosted a 5k walk on Sunday, February21st. On a wet, inclement day 40 locals braved the elements and were welcomed back to the boathouse with a well-deserved cup of tea.

The club was represented at Kilmacsimon Rowing club Head of the River event by a crew of Roni Hawe, Danny Hayes, Paddy Harrington and Paul Deasy and cox Barry Hooper.

On Sunday, May 15th, the 10.30am mass in St. Michael's Church, Rathbarry, will be held for the intention of remembering deceased members of GalleyFlash Rowing Club and also, for those remembered by our Remembrance Tree in December 2015.

Club member Rory O' Connor completed the SWCYRA coxes course ahead of the 2016 season.
Fellow club member Danny Hayes was an instructor on the day while a number of club rowers were also involved in the course, with GalleyFlash IV taking to the water to facilitate the course. Well done to all involved.

On Wednesday, August 3rd, the club was delighted to welcome our sponsors to Kilkern Lake. Having recently come on board as sponsors of GalleyFlash V, Dunmore House Hotel was represented by proprietor Carol Barrett. South of Ireland Petroleum, who this year came on board as new oar sponsors, were represented by Martin Collins. Long term sponsors Denis O'Donovan, Fishers Cross, was also in attendance on the night while John Hayes Tractor Sales were represented by Sheila and Katie Hayes. The club's development and continued success is dependent on sponsorship such as this. We are indebted to all our sponsors and wish them all continued success in their respective businesses.

The club was delighted to welcome Mayor of Clonakilty, Anthony McDermott, to Kilkern Lake on the evening of August 27th to celebrate the fantastic achievements of Paul and Gary O’Donovan at both the Olympics and World Championships.

Torrential rain saw the entry to Run Forest Run limited to a smaller than usual field. Patrick Griffin emerged victorious in the male category with Geraldine being the first lady to complete the run. Well done to all competitors who braved the elements and thanks again to everyone who help organise and marshal the event.

The weather on the following Sunday was much better for the Rathbarry & District Vintage clubs annual vintage run and fun day. While the ongoing poor farming conditions caused a curtailment of the outdoor sideshows a great day out was had by all ant the rowing club again thanks all involved, as it, along with COPE stands to benefit from the proceeds of the day.

After their success in the All-Ireland the GalleyFlashSenior men rowers decided to try their hand at a different type of rowing and competed in both the Irish Open in Courtmacsherry and the World Coastal Rowing Championships in Monaco. Barry Hooper competed in the single sculls class and emerged victorious in the Irish Open and was unlucky not to qualify for the A final in Monaco, eventually coming in seventh in the B final. John Harrington, Mark O'Brien and Paul Deasy joined force with Denis O'Donovan from CourtmacsherryRowing Club and Rob Farrissey from KilmacsimonRowing Club to form a team in the CM4x+ category. They came in fifth in the A-final in Courtmacsherry and tenth in the B-Final in Monoco.

GalleyFlash Rowing Club would like to thank all those who supported the annual Ardfield RathbarryRemembrance Tree this year. A special word of thanks to club members Donal, Margaret, Breeda, Danny, Kathleen, Julie and John for selling the lights; Paul and Gary for helping to erect the Christmas Tree; Mark for sourcing the tree; Frances Hurley for helping at the Remembrance service; the choir for singing and Fr McCarthy and the Beamish family for all their help. A mass was offered for those remembered on January 14th, 2017. The presentation to Irish Community Air Ambulance will take place at a later date.

2016 Rowing Round-Up

The first regatta of the 2016 season was held in breezy Rosscarbery on the evening of Sunday, May 22nd. A number of new rowers made their competitive debuts for the club on the evening in which the club competed in six races. The U16 Mixed crew crossed the line in first place on the evening, with the U14s finishing in second place.

It was a busy weekend of rowing action for rowers of the Galley over the 2016 June Bank Holiday weekend. A warm, albeit overcast afternoon greeted rowers and spectators alike to Kilkern Lake Regatta on the Sunday of the Bank Holiday weekend. With eight races on the agenda, large crowds gathered to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment in the beautiful Castlefreke surroundings. The Galley U12s and Men’s crew both finished in first place on the day, with the U14s and U16s finishing second and U14 Ladies picking up bronze medals. The Club of the Day was awarded based on overall results and went to GalleyFlash.The club would once again like to thank all those who made the regatta a success; to PatJoefor the use of the amplification equipment; to JJ for starting the races and for providing race commentary on the day; to Fr. McCarthy for blessing the boats; to the ladies who made the tea; to those who supplied baking on the day; to Margaret for her time spent manning the gate; to Barry and Micheál for providing safety boat services; to those who laid the course; to all of the shore crew; to those who helped out with the logistics on the day; to the scorekeepers; to our sponsors for their continued support; to Kilmacsimon, Courtmacsherry, Ring, Rosscarbery, Myross and Schull for their attendance; and to anyone else who helped out in any way; a sincere thank you from everyone at GalleyFlash Rowing Club.

Changeable weather and strong tidal conditions ensured a challenging evening of rowing action in Ring on bank holiday Monday. The club competed in six races on the evening, namely U12, U14, U16, U18, Ladies and Men.

The first round of the 2016 Celtic Ross South West Coastal Yawl Rowing Association championship was held in Glandore on Sunday, June 12th. Changeable weather and mixed conditions on the water made for some interesting races as the first points of the season were picked up. With eighteen crews taking part in seventeen of the nineteen races on the day, it was a very busy start to the season for the club. The club claimed first place in the Senior Men; second place in the Senior Mixed, U16, Pre Vet Ladies and Junior Men; and third place is the U18 Ladies and Junior Ladies.

Following the postponement of the second round of the Celtic Ross Hotel SWCYRA championship on June 19th, it was rescheduled to take place on Sunday, June 26th. The Galley Senior Men once again finished in first place with the Junior Men finishing in second place while the Senior Mixed, U14, Pre Vet Ladies, U18 Ladies and Junior Ladies picked up the bronze medals.

The sun shone on Union Hall for the third round of the Celtic Ross South West Coastal Yawl Rowing Association championship on Sunday, July 3rd last. With it all to play for in a number of categories, the day made for an exciting spectacle of rowing, which was not without its own twists and turns. The Junior Ladies finished in a hard fought for first place on the day with the U16 Ladies, U14, U18 Ladies and Senior Men finishing in second place with the Senior Mixed and Junior Men’s crews finishing in third place.

Sunshine greeted rowers and supporters to Castletownshend on Sunday, July 17th last for the fourth round of the Celtic Ross South West Coastal Yawl Rowing Association championship. With the County Final just two weeks away, many crews were hoping to secure the much-sought after qualification spots in the warm conditions on the day. It was also the day GalleyFlash V made its competitive debut. The club extends heartfelt thanks to another local success story, four star Dunmore House Hotel, for their kind sponsorship. We look forward to the continued success of both the club, through the use of this new boat, and also Dunmore House Hotel. The club finished in first place in the Senior Mixed race; second in the U16 Ladies, U18 Ladies and Senior Men; and third in the Junior Ladies and Junior Men.

Conditions were ideal on the water for the 2016 Cork Coastal Rowing County Finals in Cuskinny, Cobh, on August Bank Holiday Sunday. Huge crowds gathered to witness the best of the west take on the cream of the east in what was a great day of rowing action hosted by Rushbrooke Rowing Club. The club’s Junior Ladies crew of Maria O’Brien, Donna Burke, Roni Hawe and Claire McCarthy were coxed by Gary Lombard and rowed a fantastic race. Having gotten off to a great start, and despite the commentator forgetting that they were even on the water for large sections of the race, this crew performed excellently, crossing the line in a well-deserved second place to pick up the silver County medals. Next to take to the water were the Junior Men. In a race that was not without its drama, the Galley crew rowed a great race, finishing in a strong third place and claiming the bronze County medals. This crew comprised Seán Keohane, Ger Cullinane, Paddy Harrington, MicheálHarrington and cox Julie Harrington. The final race of the day was the Senior Men’s race. With the SWCYRA Championship still undecided with Courtmacsherry and the Galley tied on 30 points, spectators waited with bated breath to see how the County Final would play out. A brilliant start put the Galley crew ahead by a small margin but this lead was stretched by the first turn to a distance of around three boat lengths. This lead did not inspire complacency on the part of the Galley however, with the lead being further extended in the closing stages of the race to almost ten boat lengths. The Galley crew and the 2016 Cork County Champions are Mark O’Brien, Paul Deasy, John Harrington, Barry Hooper and cox Julie Harrington. Other Galley crews to compete on the day included the Veteran Mixed, U18, U18 Ladies, U16, Pre Vet Men, Pre Vet Ladies, U16 Ladies, U12 Ladies, U14, Veteran Ladies, Intermediate Men and Masters Ladies.

The fifth and final round of the Celtic Ross Hotel sponsored South West Coastal Yawl Rowing Association championship was held in Schull earlier today. With the All Ireland finals taking place less than a week later in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, this gave crews a final opportunity to hone their skills ahead of the pinnacle event of the year. Aside from this, there were several championship categories yet to be decided, which led to great excitement on the water. The club’s Junior Ladies and Senior Men both won their races; the U18 Ladies and Junior Men finished in second place; and the U16 Ladies and U14 crew finished in third place.

Over 120 people made the long journey to Ballyshannon, Co.Donegal for the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships to support the Galley between August 12th and 14th. With 2 boats, 5 coxes, 19 crews and 45 different rowers, it was a jam-packed weekend of action for the club. Friday, August 12th, saw the finals of the Traditional and Regional boat categories taking place with the club having a crew in both the Cork Yawl Men and the Cork Yawl Ladies. The club competed in both of these races using GalleyFlash II, our timber yawl. First up were the Cork Yawl Ladies crew of Donna Burke, Keri Ahern, Claire McCarthy, RoniHawe and cox Julie Harrington, who, having rowed a fantastic race and crossed the line in a brilliant second place, were disqualified. This was due to a technicality beyond the club’s control and due to no fault of the crew on the water. Next to take to the water for the club were the Cork Yawl Men. In contrast to the men’s races in the Celtic One Design Yawl which are all multi-turn races, the Cork Yawl Men’s race is a shorter course run as a traditional style race with a single turn. Having formed part of the lead group for the first section of the race, the Galley reached the turning buoys in first place and led for the remainder of the race to be crowned 2016 Cork Yawl Men All Ireland Champions. The new All Ireland Champions are Mark O’Brien, Paul Deasy, John Harrington, Barry Hooper and cox Julie Harrington.

The final race of the weekend was the Senior Men. With three withdrawals from the race, this was possibly one of the smallest finals numbers wise over the weekend. However, what it lacked in numbers, it certainly made up for in excitement. Having all gotten off to a fantastic start, Kilmacsimon, Galley and Courtmacsherry were all even going through the first set of buoys. After this, and an injection of pace, Galley and Courtmacsherry pulled away from the chasing pack somewhat. An excellent turn led to the Galley being ahead by half a length which was increased further at the second turn and eventually lengthened once again at the final turn of this 2,300 metre multi-turn race. Much to the delight of the screaming spectators at Galley HQ, and those in Ardfield, Rathbarry and around the world watching the live feed, the Galley crossed the line in spectacular fashion to claim the gold medals to become the 2016 All Ireland Senior Men’s Champions. This crew, who also formed the Cork Yawl Men’s crew on Friday night, comprised Mark O’Brien, Barry Hooper, Paul Deasy, John Harrington and super cox Julie Harrington.

Other crews to represent the club over the weekend included the U12, U12 Ladies, U14, U14 Ladies, U16, U16 Ladies, Vet Ladies, Masters Ladies, Vet Men, Pre Vet Ladies, Pre Vet Men, U18 Ladies, Vet Mixed, Junior Ladies, Intermediate Men and Junior Men.

And so, this marked the end of another All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championship for the club. The club would like to thank all those who helped make the weekend a success; to John Hayes for towing the boats, to Mike Feen for transporting equipment, to the shore crew for ensuring that the boat was ready at all times, to Moira and all those who helped make the tea and providing supplies, to Margaret for the use of her Burco, to Johnny Hurley for stepping into the breach when the power went out, to our sponsors without whom the club would struggle to stay afloat and finally, to everyone who helped in any way over the weekend; a sincere thank you from all at GalleyFlash Rowing Club.

The GalleyFlash 2 Oar Challenge was held on Sunday, August 28th at Kilkern Lake. Sunshine greeted rowers and spectators alike to the club’s final rowing event of 2016. The club thanks all those who supported the event, especially JJ McCarthy for starting the races, PatJoe for the use of his amplification equipment, to all those who provided baking, to those who made the teas and of course, to all those who rowed on the day. Special thanks to the representatives from Kilmacsimon, Courtmacsherry, Blackrock and Rushbrooke for their participation and support.

Also on the evening of August 28th, the club’s “Team of the Year” was announced, with the honour going to the Pre Vet Men’s team of Stephen Magee, Declan Carroll, Darren Cannon, Jim Ahern and cox Gary Lombard for their outstanding voluntary contribution to the enhancement of the club throughout the year. This crew comprised entirely of debutantes this year with Gary making his coxing debut and all four rowers rowing for the very first time. We look forward to many more seasons of rowing action from our Bobsleigh Team.

At the SWCYRA Annual Dinner Dance, 8 Galley crews collected medals including the Gold medals and Championship Cup for the Senior Men as the awards for the South West Championship season were presented. Well done to all Galley crews over the season.


There were a number of happy occasions celebrated by club members throughout the year for which the club once again extends congratulations.

Firstly, in March 2016, former All Ireland medal winner Shane Kenneally married Amy Dorgan in Rathbarry. We also extend congratulations to Shane and Amy on the arrival of their son Sean in January 2017.

The club was delighted to hear of the arrival of Alan James Keohane in April 2016. The club extends congratulations and best wishes to club members and parents Sean and Fiona.

All at GalleyFlash Rowing Club extended heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to Marie O’Neill and Danny Hayes on the occasion of their marriage in July 2016. Danny is a multi-All Ireland winning medallist with the club and acts as cox, coach and selector to our teams. We once again wish them both a lifetime of happiness and health.

Also in July 2016, the club extended congratulations to former All Ireland medal winner Dave McCarthy and his wife Carol-Ann O’Donovan on the occasion of their marriage.

In November 2016, the club extended congratulations and best wishes to multi-All Ireland winning medallist and current club PRO Sandra Hayes and her husband Brendan Buckley on the occasion of their marriage. We hope they had a fantastic day and a long and happy life together.

Sandra Hayes Buckley

GalleyFlash PRO


As 2015 has now drawn to a close, we reflect on the season that was. Successes, both on and off the water, were celebrated as the club marked its 30th year in existence.


The 2015 Annual General Meeting of GalleyFlash Rowing Club was held on Sunday, January 11th in Rathbarry Hall. The 2015 committee was elected as follows:
President: PatJoe Harrington 
Chairman: Donal Hayes
Secretary: Patrick Harrington 
Treasurer: Breeda Hayes
PRO: Sandra Hayes
Senior Club Captain: Sean Keohane 
Junior Club Captain & Child Protection Officer: Fiona Connolly 
Safety Officer: Barry Hooper 
Vice Chairman: John Harrington 
Assistant Secretary: Sheila Hayes 
Registrar / Assistant Treasurer: Margaret Hayes
Assistant PRO: Tracey Lombard 
Assistant Senior Club Captain: Danny Hayes
Assistant Junior Club Captain & Child Protection Officer: Ger Cullinane 
Assistant Safety Officer: Micheál Harrington 
Vice Presidents: Fr. Pat McCarthy, Mrs Mary Ellen Hayes, Mrs Ellie O'Donovan, Mike Feen and Bernie O'Donovan

Adult selectors: Niamh Hayes, John Harrington and Sean Keohane. 

Underage selectors: Patrick Harrington, Danny Hayes and Fiona Connolly.

Some thirty years previous, Dinny Hayes, PatJoe Harrington and Barry McSweeney travelled to Baltimore to collect "The Rising Sun" from boat builder Billy (Andy) O'Driscoll and little did they know at that time that the newly formed GalleyFlash Rowing Club would become the success story it now is. In its first year, in 1985, the GalleyFlash Junior crew won the SWCYR championship - the first of many West Cork titles – and in the years that have followed the club has gone from strength to strength. In the past 15 years alone, the club has brought back 71 sets of All-Ireland medals to the parish, a statistic the club is extremely proud of. In celebration and to mark 30 years of rowing in the community, GalleyFlash Rowing Club held a party in the Celtic Ross Hotel on Sunday, March 1st. The club would, once again, like to thank all those who joined in celebrating its rich and successful history: to members past and present, President of the South West Coastal Yawl Rowing Association, Mick Murphy, for his support and to JJ and Bill who travelled from our neighbouring club in Kilmacsimon to lend their support. Thanks also to Ger Deasy and Club President PatJoe Harrington for providing the entertainment on the day. Special thanks to Sinead O'Connor for continuing the club's tradition of singing "The Boys of the GalleyFlash". Sincere thanks from all in the club to those who organised the afternoon.


Facebook Comment by club PRO Sandra Hayes in reflection of the 30th Anniversary:

‘So today, we mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Galleyflash Rowing Club. 
I hadn't even been born when the club was formed in 1985 but it has been a huge part of my life. Sixteen years ago, I rowed in my first regatta in Courtmacsherry in July 1999. Two years later, I won my first (and second) All Ireland medals when Kate O' Brien, Tracey Lombard, Hazel Hurley and I won the Under 14 Ladies All Ireland. Hazel and myself then rowed a second race with Mags Coone and Kevin O' Leary, this time taking silver medals in the Under 12 race. The following year, the same Under 14 Ladies team came 2nd at the All Ireland in Carnlough...though that All Ireland will most likely be remembered more for the buses than anything else. In 2005, myself, Hazel (again!), Emma Hurley and Aisling Feen rowed in the Under 16 Ladies and picked up bronze All Ireland medals. I have rowed with a lot more people than those mentioned above, too many to mention here but the friendships I have formed through this club and this sport are among the best that I have. 
As PRO, I have spent the past two days looking through 30 years worth of photographs. On my last count I have nearly 600 included in various presentations for today and yet that isn't even half of what I have seen. 
To all the people I have rowed with, trained with and gotten to know through rowing - thank you for the memories! I have spent over half of my life involved in this club and can't see that changing anytime soon.
To the committees I have been part of, from the Galley Juniors to the present day Galley committee - it's been a pleasure to be part of the club committee structure with you for the past ten years or so.
To the underage - don't forget this is your club. Sixteen years ago the issue of the continuation of the club probably wasn't on my radar at all but remember, in years to come you will be the ones running this club - participate, make friends with your teammates (and your "rivals" from other clubs), have fun. 
Last but not least, to the founders of the GalleyFlash, many of whom have now passed on - the biggest thank you of all, for having the vision to start this club in this community.’


Following the 30th birthday celebrations and given the paramount importance of the continuation of the club, an Open Day was held on Sunday, March 8th at Kilkern Lake. It was great to see such a big crowd on the day. We once again extend thanks to everyone involved in organising the event and helping in any way and of course thanks for the lovely brownies

Thanks also to everyone who helped out with the Afternoon Tea Dance on March 22nd in Rathbarry Hall; to everyone that provided the lovely food, to all who helped in any way on the day, to Annie O'Regan and the members of the local Active Retired Group for their promotion of the event, to those who donated prizes and sponsorship, to Ger & Pat Joe for the music. A special word of thanks to our underage members Rory, Sinead, Elise and Katie for their help on the day.


The club also held a church gate collection the following weekend and we would once again like to thank the community for your continued support. Your generosity is very much appreciated. 

Special thanks to those who braved the elements to collect the money on the days in question.


Laura Connolly, Claire McCarthy and Keri Ahern from GalleyFlash Rowing took part in the SWCYRA Cox's training course in Rosscarbery Rowing Club in April. Once again we congratulate them on completion of this course and well done also to our own trainer Danny Hayes for his involvement.


On Sunday, April 19th, GalleyFlash Rowing Club held its annual Two Oar Challenge in Kilkern Lake. Over 40 crews took part on the day representing Kilmacsimon, Courtmacsherry, Ring, Myross, Rushbrooke, Whitegate and the host club GalleyFlash. 
The Pre Veteran Men's category was won by Courtmacsherry, who were represented by Denis Griffin and Denis O'Donovan.
There were no entrants in the Pre Veteran Ladies category on the day. 
The honours went to Kilmacsimon in the Veteran Men's category when Pat Duggan and Kevin O'Connell took first position. 
The U18 Men's title also went to Kilmacsimon with Jack Devine and James Mulcahy winning this category. 
Top spot in the U18 Ladies category went to the host club, GalleyFlash, when Keri Ahern and Claire McCarthy put in the best time on the day. 
Myross claimed the honours in both the Ladies and Veteran Ladies races with Lucy O'Brien and Mairead Daly representing the club in both categories. 
John Harrington and Paul Deasy won the Men's title to claim the second set of gold medals for the Galley on the day. 
The club would like to thank Mick Murphy for his help in starting the races, to all those who helped with timing of races, to those who provided baking, to Mike Feen for operating the safety boat, to those who travelled from near and far to support the event, to those who helped with the huge logistical challenge of coordinating the event and to anyone else who helped in any way.


The 2015 rowing season got off to a start on the Bandon river on May 16th at Kilmacsimon Rowing Club's fantastic new facility down river from Innishannon. This was a good opportunity for crews to get some race practice under their belts before the commencement of the championship season. Three crews represented the Galley on the evening with the Mixed and Men’s crews both picking up the silver medals in their respective races while the U16 Mixed crew finished just outside the medal positions on this occasion.

Five crews represented the club at the following evening's regatta hosted by Rosscarbery Rowing Club with a number of new rowers among these crews which posed a fantastic opportunity for them to get their first taste of competitive action ahead of the championship season. In addition to the great displays of rowing by our younger members, our Mixed crew rowed a great race and finished in 1st position.

GalleyFlash Rowing Club held its annual regatta at Kilkern Lake on Sunday May 31st marking 30 years of competitive rowing in Ardfield-Rathbarry. Record attendance turned out on an afternoon where the sun shone on the blustery course. A decision was made early in the afternoon to postpone the U12 races due to cross winds on the course and unfortunately these races were to be cancelled on health and safety grounds. Six races went ahead on the day with six clubs competing. Crews from the Galley performed extremely well on the day with the Mixed and U18 Ladies crews finishing in first place, the U14 Mixed, Men and Ladies finishing in second place while the U16 Mixed crew finished just outside the medal positions on this occasion. The final honour of the day was the Club of the Day which was determined based on an overall points tally from race placings and, fittingly in its 30th year, the GalleyFlash were awarded the trophy.
The club would like to thank everyone who helped make the regatta the success it was; to PatJoe for the use of the amplification equipment and for all his help; to JJ McCarthy for starting the races and for the race commentary throughout the afternoon; to Fr. McCarthy for blessing the boats; to the Red Cross volunteers for their attendance; to Fachtna for providing the safety boat; to Margaret for providing the memorabilia and also for her time spent manning the gate; to those who provided the baking; to the ladies who provided assistance with the shop; to those who laid the course; to all of the shore crew; to our sponsors for their continued support; to Kilmacsimon, Ring, Courtmacsherry, Rosscarbery and Myross Rowing Clubs for their attendance; and to anyone else who helped out in any way; a sincere thank you from all at GalleyFlash Rowing Club.


The previous day nine rowers from the club formed a relay crew to compete in Cork Harbour Festival's Ocean to City Race. Mary Collins, Donna Burke, Laura Connolly, Danny Hayes, Paddy Harrington, Dave McCarthy, Mark O'Brien, Danny O'Connor and Barry Hooper combined to not only win the ICRF relay category but the overall relay category as well. 


On a sunny Friday afternoon in early June, almost fifty children from the two local national schools:- Scoil an Aird, Ardfield and Rathbarry NS were invited to Kilkern Lake to try out rowing. The afternoon was a huge success, thanks again to the teachers of both schools for their assistance and to all the club members who helped out on the day.


The club played host to a meet & greet gathering at the boathouse on Friday June 12th. This posed an opportunity for new and old members to get to know each other and share some time and a cuppa together. A most enjoyable evening was held with many delighted rowers emerging from a tough training session to a welcoming cup of tea. Thanks again to those who made this evening possible.


A blustery afternoon heralded the start of the 2015 Celtic Ross Sponsored SWCYRA Championship in Glandore in June. The windy conditions led to the cancellation of both U12 races on health and safety grounds. Credit is due to all other crews for handling their races with such rowing finesse, given the extremely unfavourable weather on the day. In all, twelve crews from the Galley participated on the opening day of the South West championship. Of these twelve, six crews finished inside the medal positions with silver medals awaiting the U16 Ladies, Senior Ladies, Intermediate Men and Senior Men. Meanwhile, the U18 Ladies and Junior Men were rewarded with bronze medals for their efforts.

Notably, the Junior Men’s race on the opening day of the championship, was not without its own drama for the Galley crew. Having held third position coming into their second turn of the race, this crew was extremely unlucky to get caught in a rope from a buoy near the turn. However, cox Keri Ahern, coxing for the first time in a championship regatta, calmly dealt with the situation and guided them home to retain this third place in spite of the near thirty second stop.


Another windy day greeted rowers from GalleyFlash Rowing Club upon their return to Glandore for Round 2 of the Celtic Ross SWCYRA Championship. Once again, wind and rough sea conditions forced the cancellation of both U12 races on health and safety grounds. Thirteen crews represented the club on this occasion with nine crews finishing in the top three. The club’s U16 Ladies, U18 Ladies, Senior Ladies and Senior Men picked up silver medals while the U14 Ladies, Pre Veteran Ladies, Junior Ladies, Junior Men and Intermediate Men finished in third place.


Calm seas welcomed rowers to Union Hall for the third round of the Celtic Ross SWCYRA Championship on Sunday last, July 5th. Following the cancellation of the two U12 categories at both the opening and second round regattas of the championship on health and safety grounds, these crews were finally able to get out on the water and compete for their respective championships. Thirteen crews once again represented the club on the day with ten finishing in the top three on this occasion. Brilliant first place finishes were recorded by the U14 Ladies and Intermediate Men while the U12, U16 Ladies, U18 Ladies, Senior Ladies and Senior Men finished in second place. The U12 Ladies, Pre Veteran Ladies and Junior Men picked up the bronze medals on the afternoon.



Castletownshend was the venue for the fourth round of the Celtic Ross SWCYRA Championship on Sunday last, July 12th. Warm but breezy conditions greeted rowers to what was the final round of championship action scheduled before the County Finals. There were some great displays of rowing on the day with the Galley picking up eight sets of medals. The U18 Ladies improved on previous results in the championship by winning their race in fine style. Meanwhile, the U14 Ladies (who were pipped on the line), U16 Ladies and Senior Ladies picked up the silver medals. Bronze medals won on the day were claimed by the U12, Junior Men, Intermediate Men and Senior Men’s crews.


The club held a "Quiz with a Difference" in July. This audio visual quiz was a great success and the club again would like to thank everyone who took part in the "Quiz with a Difference". Well done again to our winners Roni and Diarmuid. We hope you all enjoyed it.


A bumper weekend of rowing action in West Cork kicked off with the rescheduled County Finals in Broadstrand, Courtmacsherry on Saturday, August 8th where crews from throughout East and West Cork contested for the prestigious County titles.
First up for the Galley and getting the morning off to a great start were the U21 Ladies. With no championship category in West Cork, it was difficult to know the calibre of competition in this race but it soon became clear that this was not of concern to the Galley ladies Ciara Rahilly, Zoe Taylor, Eimear O’Keeffe, Claire McCarthy and cox Fiona Connolly who put on a magnificent display of rowing to win the County title in style. 

Later in the day, the U12’s took to the water. A fantastic race ensued with the Galley fourth out of the turning buoys but gaining on the lead three with every stroke. The momentum and determination of this young crew was clear to see for all on shore. Gaining the lead, and maintaining it, was the icing on the cake in this exciting race as Darragh O’Leary, Ben McShane, Brian Carroll, Tomás O’Hea and cox Danny Hayes were crowned Cork County Champions. 

The U18 Ladies crew of Keri Ahern, Fiona Tobin, Eimear O’Keeffe, Claire McCarthy and cox Fiona Connolly took to the water later on. A brilliant start put the girls in pole position for the race. They crossed the line in first place claiming the title of Cork County Champions in great style. 

The Senior Ladies, Niamh Hayes, Laura Connolly, Donna Burke, Roni Crowley and cox Keri Ahern rowed a great race and picked up silver County medals in this tough category.

The final race of the day was the Senior Men’s race and brought with it worsening conditions both on and off the water. Mark O’Brien, John Harrington, Paul Deasy and Sean Keohane were coxed by Niamh Hayes in what was a highly dramatic race and deservedly picked up the silver County medals.

The Masters Ladies crew of Mary O’Sullivan (MYR), Susanna Williams, Breeda Hayes, Sheila Hayes and cox Niamh Hayes rowed a great race against tough opposition and were rewarded for their great efforts with bronze County medals. 

Further to this success, Galley lady Susanna Williams joined forces with the Myross Masters Mixed crew of Mary O’Sullivan (who was also one of the Galley Masters Ladies), Anthony Glanton, Axel Kinderman and cox Carmel Connolly. A great race ensued and there was delight in both the Galley and Myross camps when they crossed the line in third position to claim the bronze County medals. 

Other crews representing the Galley were the U12 Ladies, U14, U14 Ladies (A and B crews), U16 Ladies, U16, Intermediate Ladies, Intermediate Men and Junior Men. 

No rest for the wicked as they say! With the County Final presentation concluding at 7.30pm on Saturday evening, it was a quick turnaround to the next regatta. Schull was the destination for the final round of the Celtic Ross SWCYRA Championship on Sunday, August 9th. Mist greeted rowers and spectators to the calm seas of Schull harbour for the penultimate Sunday of rowing action of 2015. The U16 Ladies and U18 Ladies crews rowed fantastic races in their respective categories and picked up the gold medals for their efforts. Silver medals were awarded to the U14 Ladies, Senior Ladies, Senior Men and Veteran Ladies while the U12 and Intermediate Men picked up the bronze medals. Well done also to Laura Ahern who rowed for Myross in the U18 Ladies race and finished in third place. With that the 2015 Celtic Ross SWCYRA Championship came to a close.


An action packed weekend of rowing action awaited the 126 rowers and supporters of the Galley to Waterville, Co. Kerry, for the 2015 All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships and not even the changeable weather could dampen the spirits of the club. In total, the club picked up two sets of gold medals in the U18 Ladies and U21 Ladies categories as well as two sets of silver in the Senior Men and Cork Yawl Ladies. 
Action got underway for the club on the Friday evening with Niamh Hayes, Laura Connolly, Donna Burke, Keri Ahern and cox Danny Hayes taking to the water in the Cork Yawl Ladies race. A nail-biting finish to an extremely exciting race saw the Galley crew just pipped on the line by Whitegate but were deserved recipients of the silver medals. 

The U21 Ladies race was held on the Saturday. An extremely exciting race ensued with a breakaway lead pack emerging coming into the turning buoy. A great turn by cox Fiona Connolly and some fantastic rowing put the Galley girls in pole position. As excitement started to build on the shore, cheers of “Galley, Galley, Galley” could be heard echoing around Currane Lake, Waterville when GalleyFlash IV crossed the line in first place. Taking home the gold were Ciara Rahilly, Claire McCarthy, Fiona Tobin, Eimear O’Keeffe and cox Fiona Connolly. 

Having won the County Final in Courtmacsherry just one week previous, the U18 Ladies were well prepared for a tough race against great opposition. However, the crew seemed to be completely unfazed by this, getting off to a brilliant start and leading the chasing pack from the start. With three of this crew having won the U21 Ladies All Ireland on the day previous and the fourth crew member having picked up silver on the Friday evening in the Cork Yawl Ladies, these young ladies rowed at their ease to win the All Ireland title in fine style. This fantastic crew comprised Eimear O’Keeffe, Claire McCarthy, Fiona Tobin, Keri Ahern and cox Fiona Connolly. 

The final All Ireland final of the day was the Senior Men. Having had a number of extremely close races throughout the year against local opposition, it was more of the same in this race with the three West Cork boats leading the race from the start. The lead changed hands a number of times during the race but nearing the final turn of this multi-turn race, neighbouring club Courtmacsherry began to pull away from the Galley and Kilmacsimon with the Galley doing extremely well to finish with the silver medals.
Other crews to represent the club were the Cork Yawl Men, Masters Ladies, U16, Intermediate Men, Intermediate Ladies, Veteran Ladies, U12, U16 Ladies, U14, U12 Ladies, U14 Ladies, Junior Ladies, Senior Ladies and Junior Men.

In addition to this, Susanna Williams joined up with the Myross Masters Mixed crew of Mary O’Sullivan, Axel Kinderman, Anthony Glanton and cox Carmel Connolly in what was a very exciting race. 

Following the completion of the All Ireland, the club would like to thank those who supported the Galley both at the All Ireland championships and throughout the year, to PatJoe for towing the boat, to the shore crew for the weekend, to those who made the tea and sandwiches, to those who transported rowing machines and other equipment, to our sponsors for their continued support, to the parents of underage, to the coaches and coxes for their fantastic work throughout the season and to the rowers and coxes who performed so well over the weekend; you have all done yourselves, your families, your club and your parish proud. 
And for one last time: “Galley, Galley, Galley!”

And so, as is tradition, the All Ireland marked the end of the 2015 coastal rowing season. However, with confirmation that the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships will be held in Ballyshannon, Donegal in 2016, a quiet expectation and excitement can be felt in anticipation of what the next season may bring. 

GalleyFlash Rowing hosted a Remembrance service at Beal a Chuain and an Open Day at Kilkern Lake on Sunday September 13th. Thanks again to the Mayor of Clonakilty Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin, Méara for his fine oration at ceremony, to Fr Pat McCarthy for remembering those lost in the Beal a Chuain tragedy and the past members of the GalleyFlash who have passed to their eternal reward and to club President PatJoe Harrington for laying the wreath. Thanks also to Ger O'Driscoll trumpeter for wonderful rendition. Thanks everyone who attended. Finally, a huge thanks to our registrar Margaret Hayes (chief cook & bottle washer) who organised the event.


On Saturday September 26th, GalleyFlash Rowing Club held its annual RunForestRun. With a new 5 mile multi terrain course making its debut for runners and the traditional 5km road route making a comeback for walkers, the course was in pristine condition in the glorious autumn sunshine. The 5 mile run encompassed road, forest, off road and beach terrain. The course started at the club’s boathouse at Kilkern Lake and then proceeded to follow the trail of the Lake Walk towards Rathbarry, entering the road at the Avenue, runners then followed the road as far as the entrance to Castlefreke Woods where they followed a forest trail before exiting the woods at the same point. The route then continued towards Owenahincha before veering off road – and uphill – towards the High Cross. Upon reaching the summit of the High Cross, runners continued towards Long Strand where they crossed the sand before climbing the dunes and returning to Kilkern Lake. First to return, in an admirable time of 40:42, was Denis McSweeney of the Rosscarbery Steam Runners Club. Next to cross the finish line was local man Patrick Griffin in a time of 41:25. Another local man, Alan Butler, followed closely behind finishing in a well-earned third place with a time of 42:21. Oonagh Brady was the first of the ladies to finish, in a time of 43:02. The Galley’s own Roni Crowley was the next lady across the finish line in a time of 46:38 while Louise O’Donoghue finished in third place in a time of 47:08. The club would like to thank all those who helped make the 2015 Run Forest Run a success; to PatJoe for the use of his amplification equipment, to those who distributed road signs prior to the event, to Patrick who MC’ed and acted as starter on the day, to Danny and Marie for recording the times and results of the runners, to Ciara (whose Mum, Oonagh, won the Ladies section of the run) for all her help in the boathouse,  to those who provided the baking and fruit, to the stewards on the course, to Liam O’Regan of Coillte for his help and support for the event and to everyone else who helped make the event a success – thank you from GalleyFlash Rowing Club. Lastly, a final word of thanks to all the runners and walkers for their support - we hope you enjoyed the course and hopefully we will see you for the next RunForestRun.

With the completion of the RunForestRun, attention for the club turned to the Rathbarry & District Vintage Run on the Sunday, for which the Galley were named joint beneficiaries with Cope Foundation. Tractors, cars and motorbikes arrived to the vintage day field by the dozen for what was a fantastically sunny September's day. Officially opened by the Mayor of Clonakilty, Cionnaith O Suilleabhain - who himself got in on the action by partaking in some ploughing - the afternoon had something for everyone. Horse ploughing demonstrations, welly throwing, slow bicycle races, baking competitions, egg tossing and music were just some of the highlights of the family fun day. The club would like to thank all those who helped in any way to make the vintage day a success. Many thanks from all at GalleyFlash Rowing Club to Rathbarry and District Vintage Club and all patrons on the day for the wonderful support. 


The GalleyFlash Rowing Club Remembrance Tree was officially lit and blessed after the vigil mass in Rathbarry on Saturday December 19th. The idea behind the tree was to provide the local community a opportunity to remember their loved ones who would not be with them this Christmas. Lights on the tree were purchased and the list of people who were to be remembered was complied and is on display in the church. The club would like to thank all who helped to make the project such a huge success. Firstly thanks to all who bought lights, Thanks to Fr. McCarthy for his promotion of the event and his Remembrance Service at the lighting of the tree. Thanks to Catriona and the Rathbarry Church Choir for their contribution, to Darragh and Kevin for their wonderful performance. Thanks again to Liam O'Regan for his continued help. Thanks to everyone who sold lights, collected, erected the tree and put up lights. Thanks to Margaret for proposing and developing the project. A €500 contribution from the Remembrance Tree was presented to the Ardfield Rathbarry Senior Citizens Party committee on Sunday, January 3rd at the party in Dunmore House Hotel.


As we look back on the year gone by, we also reflect on the passing of a number of people in the community in 2015.

It was with deep regret that we learnt of the passing of the club's Vice President, Mrs Mary Ellen Hayes in April. Mary Ellen's husband, Dinny, was one of the club's founding members and her son, John, is one of the club's sponsors. Her granddaughter, Katie, is an integral member of our U12 crew and her daughter-in-law, club assistant secretary Sheila, is an All-Ireland medal winner with the club. The club extends its heartfelt sympathy to Mary Ellen's sons, Denis and John, to Sheila and Katie and to the extended Hayes family. The club provided a guard of honour at her removal and assisted with the traffic management. May she rest in peace. 

All at GalleyFlash Rowing Club were saddened to hear of the untimely death of local man Fearghal Beamish in July. The club once again wishes to extend sincere sympathy to his father John, brother Gearoid, sisters Eimear and Nollaig and his wide circle of friends. May he rest in peace.

Finally, the club would like to once again extend congratulations to our club members who were celebrating in 2015. Firstly, to Micheál and Ruth Harrington on the birth of Eve Sarah and also, to Micheál’s sister, Julie and her husband Donal Morley on the birth of Laoise. The U12 Ladies team of 2027 looks promising! 

Congratulations also to Rathbarry Tidy Towns who scooped a Gold medal in the 2015 Tidy Towns Competition with an 8 point improvement on the previous year's results. Well done to all!

Finally, congratulations and best wishes once again to club member Dave McCarthy and his fiancée Carol-Ann O'Donovan on their engagement from all at GalleyFlash Rowing Club.


The 2015 Roll of Honour of rowers & coxes who competed for the club reads as follows:

Laura Ahern, Keri Ahern, Donna Burke, Lucy Cannon, Brian Carroll, Méibh Collins, Rachel Collins, Mary Collins, Fiona Connolly, Laura Connolly, Kellie Cregan, Elise Crowley, Ger Cullinane, Paul Deasy, Thomas Douglas, Anna Duggan, Frank Fennelly, Daniel Godwin-Coombes, John Harrington, Paddy Harrington, Micheál Harrington, Roni Hawe, Danny Hayes, Katie Hayes, Breeda Hayes, Sheila Hayes, Niamh Hayes, Barry Hooper, Daniel Jennings, Caitlin Keating, Sean Keohane, Gary Lombard, Dave McCarthy, Claire McCarthy, Catherine McCarthy, MaryAnne McCarthy, Ben McShane, Aine O'Brien, Daniel O'Brien, Mark O'Brien, Rory O'Connor, Sinead O'Connor, Danny O'Connor, Mark O'Donovan, Emma O'Donovan, Bernie O'Donovan, Ciara O'Driscoll, Tomás O'Hea, Nicky O'Hea, Eimear O'Keeffe, Kevin O'Leary, Darragh O'Leary, Tadhg O'Súilleabháin, Mary O'Sullivan, Shane O'Sullivan, Lucy Quirke, Ciara Rahilly, Conor Ryan, Ruby Sullivan, Alison Taylor, Zoe Taylor, Fiona Tobin and Susanna Williams.


Sandra Hayes


GalleyFlash RC



As the year draws to a close, we reflect on the season that was. It is often said that blood, sweat and tears win races, matches and jobs. However, for the rowers of the GalleyFlash, it involves much more than that. With training starting as early as winter 2013 for some; the dedication, commitment and determination of these local heroes is simply immense. From U12 all the way up to Masters, each and every rower of the GalleyFlash can be proud of their achievements.

The AGM of GalleyFlash Rowing Club was held in late 2013 whereby the committee for 2014 was elected. Elected committee members for the year were:


President                                                                                                           Pat Joe Harrington

Chairman                                                                                                           Donal Hayes

Secretary                                                                                                           Bernie O’Donovan

Treasurer                                                                                                            Breeda Hayes

PRO                                                                                                                  Sandra Hayes

Senior Club Captain                                                                                            Danny Hayes

Junior Club Captain & Child Protection Officer                                                       Fiona Connolly

Safety Officer                                                                                                     Barry Hooper

Vice Chairman                                                                                                   John Harrington

Assistant Secretary                                                                                           Roisin O’Brien

Registrar / Assistant Treasurer                                                                            Margaret Hayes

Assistant PRO                                                                                                  Thomas Douglas

Assistant Senior Club Captain                                                                            Sean Keohane

Assistant Junior Club Captain / Assistant Child Protection Officer                          Ger Cullinane

Assistant Safety Officer                                                                                      Fachtna O’Connor


The year started off much like it ended in 2013, with a Gathering. Rowers, parents and supporters alike met at the boathouse to regroup following the winter month with many parents and supporters tried out rowing on the day. It was a great start to what was to be a hugely successful year for the club.

This practice of trying out rowing for fun continued during the spring, with many of those who attended, joining up as fully fledged rowers for the remainder of the season.

A tremendous afternoon of music, song and dance took place in Rathbarry Hall on a Sunday afternoon in March when the club held its inaugural Afternoon Tea Dance. Once again, the club extends heartfelt thanks to Annie O’Regan for all her help and guidance in organising the event, to Ger Deasy, PatJoe Harrington and the children involved in Scór na Páistí for the wonderful entertainment and to the event sponsors for their support.

The next event on the agenda for the club was its Annual 2 Oar Challenge. Now in its third year, this very successful event attracts rowers from all over the county to compete in a challenge of endurance and strength. Congratulations once again to Whitegate Rowing Club and Kilmacsimon Rowing Club who claimed the titles of Two Oar Champions in the mens and ladies categories respectively. In all, seven clubs competed in the challenge this year. The club extends thanks to Cobh Fishermens, Courtmacsherry, Kilmacsimon, Ring, Schull and Whitegate for joining them on the water, to PatJoe for setting up the rowing course, providing the amplification and presiding over the races on the day, to JJ McCarthy for starting the races, to Facthna O’Connor for providing the safety, to Ben Hooper for operating the safety boat and to everyone who helped on the day. Special thanks to John Harrington, the club’s Vice Chairman, for once again co-ordinating this great event.

Usually, the next event for the club would have been Kilkern Regatta on the June Bank Holiday weekend. However, due to a number of otherengagements, a decision was made to push this back to late June. Congratulations once again to club rowers Carol (née Hayes) and Karl McCarthy, and rowers and club officers Fiona Connolly and Sean Keohane on the occasion of their respective marriages.

And so, the rowing season began in earnest in early June. Three regattas in the space of eight days was the first task for the club with Ring and Rosscarbery regattas being held one day after another and Kilkern Lake regatta on the following weekend. These regattas gave the club a great opportunity for the club to unveil the fine crop of new underage rowers who had joined during the close season.

The club’s own regatta at Kilkern Lake was a great success with fantastic displays of rowing on display on the water and beautiful sunshine shining on spectators. Many thanks to everyone who helped in anyway in making this regatta so successful.

And so, with the completion of Kilkern Lake regatta, this heralded the start of the 2014 SWCYRA championship season with Baltimore regatta scheduled to take place on the earlier date of June 29th, just a week after Kilkern Lake regatta. With a large number of championship debutantes in their midst, the club got off to a great start to the championship with a large number of crews finishing in the top three in their respective categories. 

Baltimore Regatta was also the occasion for the unveiling of the new sponsors of the club’s U12 crews. John Hayes Tractor is the name which now appears on the jerseys of the newest generation of GalleyFlash rowers. John father, Dinny Hayes, was a founding member of the club in the 1980’s and the Hayes family has been a supporter and sponsor of the club for many years. John wife, Sheila and daughter, Katie, both made their championship debuts at Baltimore regatta also, with Katie sporting this new jersey sponsored by her father. The club would like to thank John and Sheila once again for their generous support.

Over the following weeks the SWCYRA championship played out in Union Hall and Castletownshend before the County Final was held in Passage West. In the build up to these County Finals, there were many twists on the road toward South West championship success for many crews, including the club’s Junior Ladies who won two out of the first three championship races, only being narrowly beaten by neighbouring club Courtmacsherry, in Castletownshend, a location known in rowing circles for causing a number of upsets in recent years.

And so, the club turned its attention to Passage West on a blustery Sunday in late July for the Cork Coastal Rowing County Finals. Unfortunately, unsettled seas and extremely changeable weather conditions were the order of the day on what proved to be a gruelling challenge for competitors. From an early stage in the programme of events, it was obvious that these factors were creating major issues for crews drawn in the outside lanes, with a huge advantage afforded to those lucky enough to be drawn in the first few inside lanes. However, the Galley crews were not going to allow this added challenge stand in their way with a number of crews drawn in outside lanes finishing in the medal positions. Notably, and proof of just how choppy the waters were on the day, the experienced Galley Junior Men’s crew, who were drawn in the outside lane, were forced to retire after just a couple of hundred metres when the boat became swamped with water and was in real danger of sinking.

The All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships were held in Waterville three weeks later with over 100 people, including both rowers and supporters, travelling to the Iveragh Peninsula for what was one of the biggest All Ireland’s of recent years. Success for the Galley was as easy as 1,2,3 during the weekend with the club collecting one gold, two silver and three bronze. The Galley Junior Ladies were worthy gold medallists and All Ireland champions in a magnificent display of rowing, leading their race from the start. Silver medals were claimed by the Cork Yawl Ladies crew on the Friday evening, with the Masters Ladies crew (who had never rowed together prior to their final) finishing in a strong second place on the Saturday morning. The outstanding U18 Men, U21 Men and Pre Veteran Mixed crews all claimed well-deserved bronze medals in their respective finals on the Sunday.

And so, with the All Ireland over, focus turned to the culmination of the SWCYRA championship. With several medal placings still up for decision, Glandore was the destination for the final championship regatta. Given that it was postponed at an earlier stage in the rowing calendar, the rowing season was even longer in 2014 than in other years. Given this fact, the determination and commitment of crews in remaining so focused on their sport shows how much of a credit to the club they are.

The completion of Glandore regatta marked the end of the championship season and secured no less than twelve sets of championship medals for the club which were presented to crews at the annual SWCYRA dinner dance in the Celtic Ross Hotel on November 1st. The club’s Junior Ladies, who were crowned All Ireland champions two weeks ago, claimed the title of South West champions to add to their rowing accolades. Five crews claimed silver championship medals; U14 Ladies,U18, U18 Ladies, Pre Veteran Ladies and Intermediate Men. Meanwhile, five further crews claimed bronze medals; U12 Ladies, U16 Ladies Senior Ladies, Senior Men and Senior Mixed. A special bronze medal was awarded to the Galley U14 crew who had placed in fourth position in the championship.

With the season over, it would be foolish to assume that meant all activity ceased for the GalleyFlash. The 5th Annual Run Forest Run was held on Sunday, November 15th with over 80 participants in the 5k and 10k routes. The club would like to sincerely thank, once again, all those who participated and helped in any way in making this event a success.

Planning and work continues on the club’s development, both with respect to the physical development of the buildings and facilities at the boathouse in Kilkern Lake and also, with regard to development of policies and programs to ensure continued progress in the club’s future.

The club would like to thank those who have been part of its success story in 2014.

To the sponsors; Scally’s SuperValu Clonakilty; O’Donovan’s Bar, Fishers Cross; John Hayes Tractor Sales; Daytona Contractors Ltd; Duvane Construction Ltd; the club extends heartfelt thanks for your support throughout 2014.

Finally, a word of thanks and congratulations to all who represented the club during the year. While it has been said before, and no doubt will be said again, each and every rower who came out week after week, night after night, is a credit to the club and should be immensely proud of their achievements in 2014.

The rowers who served the club in 2014 were:-

U12: Darragh O’Leary, Ciara O’Driscoll, Áine O’Brien, Méibh Collins, Rory O’Callaghan, Brian Carroll, Katie Hayes, Milo Shanahan, Áine Ruddy, Lucy Quirke, Aibhin Ruddy

U12 Ladies: Áine O’Brien, Ciara O’Driscoll, Lucy Quirke, Katie Hayes, Méibh Collins, Aibhin Ruddy, Áine Ruddy, Emma O’Donovan

U14: Kevin O’Leary, Rory O’Connor, Gary Lombard, Daniel O’Brien, Elise Crowley, Rachel Collins, Ciara O’Driscoll, Darragh O’Leary, Sinead O’Connor

U14 Ladies: Alison Taylor, Laura Ahern, Rachel Collins, Sinead O’Connor, Elise Crowley, Áine O’Brien

U16: Claire McCarthy, Anna Duggan, Aoife O’Keeffe, Rachel Collins, Gary Lombard, Rory O'Connor, Daniel O'Brien, Finn Shanahan, Stephen Sherry, Ruby Sullivan

U16 Ladies: Claire McCarthy, Keri Ahern, Fiona Tobin, Aoife O’Keeffe, Anna Duggan, Ruby Sullivan, Laura Ahern, Rachel Collins

U18: John Carroll, Nicky O’Hea, Adam Ahern, Daniel O’Sullivan, Shane O’Sullivan, Finn Shanahan, Eimear O’Keeffe, Claire McCarthy, Anna Duggan, Aoife O’Keeffe, Rachel Collins, Stephen Sherry, Zoe Taylor, Ruby Sullivan

U18 Ladies: Claire McCarthy, Eimear O’Keeffe, Fiona Tobin, Zoe Taylor

U21 Men: Danny O'Connor, Thomas Douglas, John Carroll, Conor Ryan

U21 Ladies: Ciara Rahilly, Catherine McCarthy, Zoe Taylor, Eimear O’Keeffe

Pre Veteran Ladies: Imelda O’Keeffe, Roni Crowley, Donna Burke, Julie Harrington

Pre Veteran Mixed: John Harrington, Denis O'Donovan, Donna Burke, Imelda O'Keeffe

Veteran Ladies: Bernie O’Donovan, Mary Crowley, Breeda Hayes, Sheila Hayes

Senior Mixed:  MaryAnn McCarthy, Ger Cullinane, Thomas Douglas, Ciara Rahilly, Niamh Hayes, Danny Hayes, Micheál Harrington, Roni Crowley, Sean Keohane

Intermediate Ladies: Bernie O'Donovan, Roni Crowley, Imelda O’Keeffe, Catherine McCarthy, Ciara Rahilly, Julie Harrington

Junior Ladies: Niamh Hayes, MaryAnn McCarthy, Donna Burke, Laura Connolly, Ciara Rahilly

Senior Ladies: Zoe Taylor, Bernie O’Donovan, Ciara Rahilly, Eimear O’Keeffe, Niamh Hayes, MaryAnn McCarthy, Donna Burke, Laura Connolly, Claire McCarthy

Cork Yawl Men: Danny Hayes, Sean Keohane, Ger Cullinane, Micheál Harrington

Intermediate Men: Danny O’Connor, Micheál Harrington, Thomas Douglas, Sean Keohane, Mark O’Brien, Paddy Harrington, Barry Hooper, John Carroll, Adam Ahern

Junior Men: Micheál Harrington, Sean Keohane, Mark O’Brien, Ger Cullinane, Danny O’Connor, Thomas Douglas, Nicky O'Hea, John Carroll

Senior Men: Danny Hayes, John Harrington, Paul Deasy, Dave McCarthy, Ger Cullinane, Thomas Douglas

Coxes for the year were Danny Hayes, Niamh Hayes, Julie Harrington, Fiona Connolly, MaryAnn McCarthy, Zoe Taylor and Michéal Harrington.

Sandra Hayes


GalleyFlash RC



One All-Ireland Title, three All-Ireland Bronze accolades, one County title, one County Silver, four County Bronze, two SWCYRA (West Cork) titles, one SWCYRA Silver and four SWCYRA Bronze were the rewards gained by the rowers of the GalleyFlash over the course of the 2013 season.

Behind these victories there lies many other stories of hours spent investing time and effort into creating another chapter in the history of “Ardfield-Rathbarry Rowing Club”

The AGM was held in February and the new committee was elected as follows:- President: Pat Joe Harrington, Chair: Bernie O'Donovan, Secretary: Julie Harrington, Treasurer: Sandra Hayes, Senior Club Captain: Danny Hayes, PRO: Donal Hayes, Junior Club Captain: Fiona Connolly, Child Welfare Officer & Assistant Junior Captain: Lisa Hayes, Safety Officer & Assistant Senior Club Captain: Micheal Harrington, Vice Chair: Barry Hooper, Assist Secretary: Mary Ann O'Connor, Assist Treasurer/Registrar: Imelda O'Keeffe, Assist PRO: Mary Ann McCarthy, Assistant Safety Officer: Fachtna O'Connor.

April saw the McCarthy sisters: - Mary Ann, Catherine and Claire collect an Achievement Award at The Opinion / Bandon Co-op Annual Community & Sports Awards in recognition of their achievements at the 2012 All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Finals, when all three of them came home with All Ireland Gold medals. Also in April the club hosted a mouse race fundraiser at the Pike Bar. The untimely passing of Mary Deasy, Clonakilty, club supporter and mother of Senior Men crew member Paul saw the clubs Rowathon postponed until May. When it was held over €2000 was raised for the club and this year’s beneficiaries, Ardfield-Rathbarry Playground Group. Also in May the club again hosted the Two Oar Challenge over the Bank Holiday weekend. As with the inaugural event in 2012 a large entry from throughout Cork county took part in the event. The Galley’s team of John Harrington and Dave McCarthy coxed by Julie Harrington emerged victorious in the men’s race with Julie coxing Donna Burke and Mary Ann McCarthy to the runners up position in the Ladies race.

The June Bank Holiday Sunday the club hosted its annual regatta at Kilkern Lake. A fine day with a fine crowd and a fine display of rowing would be the easiest way to describe the proceedings. The 2012 winners of the Underage team of the year were awarded their trophy at the regatta; The 2012 Under 12 Ladies crew of Alison Taylor, Laura Ahern, Anais O’Donovan and Sinead O’Connor were the worthy winners of this award, in recognition of their ever smiling attitude throughout the season, during which they collected the bronze medals in the SWCYRA Championship. The next weekend there was yet another hectic schedule for the club, on the Friday afternoon the senior classes from Rathbarry N.S. visited the club and sampled the sport of rowing. This turned out to be a huge success with great potential shown from the young rowers. Saturday was the Ocean to City race in Cork Harbour the Galley was represented by a crew of Danny Hayes, Micheal Harrington, Dave McCarthy, Thomas Douglas and Barry Hooper and they produced a fantastic performance in the brilliant sunshine, coming home third in their class.  The non-championship regatta circuit which had commenced in Ring during May continued in June with Rosscarbery and Kilmacsimon hosting their events.

Work and family commitments meant that the club faced into the SWCYRA championship with a much changed line-up from that of 2012. Undeterred the club rose to the challenge and entered eleven teams in the first championship of the season in Union Hall, six podium finishes including victories for the U12 Ladies, Under 16 Ladies and the Under 18’s was the reward for the tremendous efforts of the rowers, coxes and trainers. The second round of the championship was held in Castletownshend, victories again for the U12 Ladies and U18’s and another four teams finishing in the top three.

The 2013 County Final was held in Union Hall and again it proved a fruitful day for the club. The club entered a team for the first time in the Pre-Vet Mixed race, and it turned out to be a winning decision when the crew claimed victory in a hard fought race. The U21 Ladies team claimed silver in their race while a further four crews, namely; - U14 Ladies, U18 Ladies, U18’s & Junior Men all collected bronze.

Over the August Bank Holiday weekend the club participated in Courtmacsherry and Leap regattas. On the Sunday the club hosted an Open Day at the clubhouse as part of the Ardfield-Rathbarry Parish Gathering, guest of honour TV personality Mary Kennedy as highly impressed with the display of memorabilia on show recording the progress of the club over the years. She said the amount of success achieved by such a small club with limited resources was truly fantastic.

It was back to Championship action and Schull regatta the following week, nine podium finishes this outing with victories yet again for the fantastic U12 Ladies and U18’s.

The fourth round of the SWCYRA Championship was held on the next Sunday in Glandore. Six top three finishes’s including victories at U12 Ladies, U16 Ladies and U18.

And so it was off to Carnlough in Co. Antrim for the 2013 All Ireland finals. An epic 670km round trip taken by over 90 rowers, parents and supporters. And well worth the effort it was, with the club bringing an All-Ireland Cup and three sets of bronze medals home to the Galley after the weekend. This year in an effort to increase entries and get more clubs involved, a decision to allow composite teams to compete in the Master categories. So when the Galley boat took to the water its crew consisted of Kathleen McCarthy (Sive), Margot Lawlor (Callinfercy), Jeanne O’ Gorman (Arklow) and the Galley’s own Breeda Hayes and was coxed by Carol Hayes. In a display of experience and abundant rowing prowess this crew led the race almost from the off and won with great style. The bronze accolades were collected by the U16 Ladies, U21 Ladies and the U18’s. A great weekend was had by all who travelled with each and every team giving their all for the club.

The first of September saw the conclusion of the SWCYRA championship with Baltimore regatta. The now almost predictable victories for the truly superb U12 Ladies and U18’s crews were recorded. Another five podium finishes concluded the season for the club.

At the SWCYRA Awards Dinner held later in the month the GalleyFlash were the proud recipients of an array of accolades. Top winners for the club were the fantastic Under 12 Ladies and the all conquering U 18’s. Both teams collected their cups having won all their Championship races during the season. The Under 16 Ladies collected the silver medals for their efforts in their grade, having finished their championship a solitary point behind the winners. While four teams, Under 14 Ladies, Veteran Ladies, Junior Ladies & Junior Men all collected bronze medals.

A sub –committee was established, under the leadership of Donal McCarthy, aimed at producing a Cookbook aimed at the Christmas market. A mammoth undertaking, the “Tastes and Tales of the Galley” is currently at an advanced state of production and should provide the perfect stocking filler when it hits the bookstands in early December.

While at the All-Ireland in August almost half of the GalleyFlash travelling party stayed at a hotel run by a former World Champion boxer, Dave Boy McCauley, by co-incident in October two of the club stalwarts travelled to Dublin to meet another World Champion boxer. Margaret & Donal Hayes had earlier in the year entered a competition organised by SPAR aimed at lending a helping hand to groups involved in worthwhile developments in their local community. Olympic & World Champion Katie Taylor was on hand to present a €1,000 cheque to them as the Cork winners of the competition.

Also in October another Mouse Racing fundraiser was held in Fishers Cross. On the night the 2013 winners of the Underage Team of the Year was announced as the U18 crew became the first male recipients of the Mary Kate O’Driscoll Shield. A fine group of young men who put in a remarkable effort all year.

The final fundraiser of the season was the club’s annual road race, a new name “Run Forest Run” and a new course as well as a new option of running a 10k or 5k race, the event also had a new venue for its start/ finish line at Fishers Cross. The new format led to a huge increase in the entry list and proved to be a success for the organisers. The 10K was won by Ciaran Bouse and the 5k won by Reuben O’Hea, with Bridget Hartnett first lady home at 10k and Ruth Nagle taking the 5K honours

Work also continues on the redevelopment of the facilities at Kilkern Lake, with a target of completion before the 2014 rowing season.

Finally a word of thanks to all involved in making 2013 such a successful and enjoyable season for the GalleyFlash, roll on 2014

The rowers who served the club during 2013 were:-

U12:- Elise Crowley, Rachel Collins, Aine O’Brien, Ian O’Keeffe and Sinead O’Connor

U12 Ladies:- Alison Taylor, Elise Crowley,  Aine O’Brien, Sinead O’Connor and Rachel Collins.

U14 Ladies:-  Alison Taylor, Laura Ahern, Anna Duggan & Ruby Sullivan.

U14:- Gary Lombard, Eoin Healy, Daniel O’Brien, Ian O’Keeffe & Rory O’Connor. Cox Carol Hayes.

U16 Ladies:- Claire McCarthy, Keri Ahern, Sioned Miles, Zoe Taylor and Eimear O’Keeffe

U18 Ladies:- Claire McCarthy, Zoe Taylor, Fiona Tobin, Keri Ahern & Roisin O’Brien.

U18:- John Carroll, Thomas Douglas, Nicky O’Hea, Adam Ahern & Conor Ryan.

U21 Ladies:- Mary Ann McCarthy, Catherine McCarthy, Ciara Rahilly and Lisa Hayes

Vet Ladies:- Breeda Hayes, Bernie O’Donovan, Mary Collins, Mary O’Mahony & Joanne Taylor.

Intermediate Ladies:- Niamh Hayes, Laura Connolly, Lisa Hayes, Ciara Rahilly and Bernie O’Donovan

Junior Ladies:- Mary Ann McCarthy, Catherine McCarthy, Donna Burke and Fiona Connolly

Master Ladies:- Kathleen McCarthy, Margot Lawlor, Jeanne O’ Gorman and Breeda Hayes

Pre-Vet Mixed:- Damien Cogan, John Harrington, Donna Burke & Imelda O’Keeffe

Intermediate Men:- John Carroll, Nicky O’Hea, Thomas Douglas, Danny O’Connor, Ger Cullinane, Barry Hooper & Conor Ryan

Junior Men:- Thomas Douglas, Sean Keohane, Dave McCarthy, Ger Cullinane & Danny Hayes.

Coxes for 2013:- Julie Harrington, Carol Hayes, Fiona Connolly, Danny Hayes, Micheal Harrington & Zoé Taylor

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2011 may have been the year of Girl Power in the GalleyFlash history book, with the Ladies crews collecting 3 All-Ireland titles, but 2012 became the year of Galley Power when the club collected All-Ireland titles in Underage, Ladies and Men categories. The All- Ireland victories at Under 14 Ladies, Under 21 Ladies and Senior Men at the All Ireland finals showed that at every level the club has fantastic talent at its disposal.
The year for the club began in earnest in February when the new committee was elected at the AGM President : Pat Joe Harrington, Chair : Bernie O'Donovan, Secretary : Niamh Hayes, Treasurer : Sandra Hayes, PRO : Donal Hayes, Club Captain : Paddy Harrington, Child Protection Officer : Niamh Hayes, Safety Officer : Donal Hayes, Vice Chair: John Harrington, Assist Treasurer : Imelda O'Keeffe, Assist PRO : Sean Keohane, Vice Captain : Ger Cullinane, Assist CPO Paddy Harrington, Assist Safety Officer : Micheal Harrington

The first accolade of the year followed shortly thereafter with the announcement that Galley rower Lisa Hayes was the winner of The Adult Achiever in Sports Award at the Cork Sports Partnership Annual Awards in recognition of her successes in rowing and Tae Kwon Do over the past decade.  This award while being a great honour for Lisa is also a resounding endorsement for her club and the sport of Coastal Rowing in general.

The club’s annual Open Day and Launching of the boats took place in early March while the now annual Table Quiz completion was held in April. The organisers of the Annual Red Strand New Years Day Match presented the club with €1,300 towards its development fund.

Club PRO Donal Hayes was approached regarding organising some kind of ceremony at the Galley Head Lighthouse to mark the Centenary of the Titanic passing the headland as she steamed her way westwards to disaster in 1912. A committee was formed in conjunction with Sandscove Fishing Club comprising of Donal Hayes GFRC, Chris O'Sullivan SFC, Patrick O'Sullivan SFC, Pat Joe Harrington GFRC and Gerard Butler Galley Head Lighthouse Attendee. With the backing of the local community it turned out to be a tremendous success with upwards of a thousand people attending the event. The Naval vessel Roisin retraced the path of the ill fated Titanic exactly a century after its fateful journey. It was joined as it passed the Galley by the Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat. The assembled crowd witnessed the exchanging of flares from the Navy’s ship and the shore. A prayer service led by Fr Pat McCarthy marked the occasion and entertainment was provided by the children of both Ardfield and Rathbarry National School. Members of Ardfield choir led the crowd in the singing of ‘Nearer my God to Thee’, the hymn played on board the Titanic as she slipped to her watery grave. A fine display of Irish Dancing followed by some of Ireland finest dancers, all from the locality. The highlight of the day for many was the trip up the spiral staircase to the top of the lighthouse, a unique chance to inspect the workings of the building and sample the fine view from the top. The free refreshments on the day were kindly provided by Chris O’Sullivan (Abacus Catering) and Avril Allshire-Howe(Rosscarbery Recipes). Thanks also to the members of the Civil Defence for their invaluable contribution on the day. Thanks to Ger Deasy for the car parking facilities, Hayes’ Cabins for the toilet facilities and of course the entertainers on the day, their parents, teachers and mentors. Without all this assistance this occasion could not have happened.

On the water the rowing season began with Ring regatta on the May Bank Holiday weekend.

The following weekend saw the club organise its Inaugural Two Oar Challenge.  2 Oar Men and 2 Oar Ladies were among the races traditionally held at Regatta’s in years gone by. However after the 1988 All-Ireland Finals, a decision to drop both categories from the race order was taken. In those finals the GalleyFlash emerged victorious in both categories and are therefore reining All-Ireland Champions. The decision by the club to revive these races turned out to be another major success with a hundred rowers taking to the water in ideal conditions in Kilkern Lake. At the end of the day one of the home crews, John Harrington & Sean Keohane coxed by Niamh Hayes emerged victorious in the Men’s race while Niamh was partnered with Donna Burke and coxed by Micheal Harrington in collection the Silver medal in the Ladies race. This event is now set to become an annual event in the Coastal Rowing timetable.

The club took part in Kilmacsimon’s Head of the River and the Ocean to City in Cork Harbour.

It was back to Kilkern on the June Bank Holiday weekend when the club hosted its annual Regatta, another fine crowd was in attendance to witness the best rowers in West Cork compete for the honours. The Senior Ladies and Senior Mixed crews collecting the winners cups for the Galley on this occasion.

Rosscarbery Regatta was the final pre SWCYRA Championship outing, another fine showing from the Galley crews here gave hope for further success as the year developed.

When the Championship began with round one in Baltimore , the GalleyFlash crews continued their winning ways, emerging with victory in both the Senior Mixed and Senior Ladies races. There was runner up success for the Junior Men and Senior Men’s race, while third was the reward for the Intermediate Men and the fantastic young Under 12 Ladies. There were impressive displays from the other Galley on view in a yacht free Baltimore harbour.

Round two in Union Hall was a landmark day in the history of the GalleyFlash with both their Senior Ladies and Senior Men emerging victorious in their respective races. There was second place finishes for the Veteran Ladies in their maiden race of the season, the Senior Mixed team, the inspirational Under 12 Ladies and the Junior Men. Podium finishes as well for the U14 Ladies and the Intermediate men

Ten podium finishes at the 3rd Round Celtic Ross SWCYRA Championship in Castletownshend signalled the clubs readiness for the upcoming County final. Silver medal position for Under 14 Ladies, Senior Ladies, Junior Men and Intermediate Men. Complemented by third place finished for Under 12 Ladies, Under 16 Ladies, Vet Ladies, Senior Mixed, Junior Ladies and Senior Men.

The 2012 County Final took place in the Naval base in Haulbowline and after a marathon regatta . victory  in the Under 21 Ladies, Senior Mixed and Senior Ladies races saw the crews return to Ardfield-Rathbarry with not only three County cups but with a set of silver medals following the heroic display of the Senior Men’s crew and three sets of bronze medals collected by the Master Ladies, Intermediate Ladies and the Junior Men.

The “Luck of the Draw” was probably the most coined phrase on the day with a huge advantage for the crews rowing in the inside lanes. Indeed only one race was won from a lane out lane six, this statistic shows the difficulties faced by many of the Galley crews on the day. It was truly heartbreaking to see crews especially the underage crews putting such tremendous effort into their races only to lose out any opportunity to claim a medal based on the fact that they were drawn in an outside lane. Still all in all it was a bountiful day out for the club and much praise must go to those who trained and coached the teams.

During the first week of August the club took part in regattas in Courtmacsherry and Droum Pier, Leap as well as helping out in the running of Ardfield Summer Festival.

The resumption of the championship in Schull saw victory for the Under 12 crew as well as second place finished for Senior Mixed, Under 14 Ladies, Senior Ladies, Junior Men, Senior Men and Intermediate Men. While 3 of the Galley teams took home the third placed prize; Under 12 Ladies, Under 18 Ladies and Junior Ladies.

The final round of the SWCYRA Championship in Glandore saw victory for the County Champions GalleyFlash Senior Ladies crew. This victory captured the Championship title for the Ladies. The other finishes  on the day resulted in Championship medal victories for other Galley crews   Intermediate Men (Silver),  Junior Men (Silver), Senior Men (Silver), Under 12 Ladies (Bronze), Under 14 Ladies (Bronze), Junior Ladies (Bronze) and  Senior Mixed (Bronze).

With the local championship now complete the focus immediately turned to the 2012 All-Ireland Finals. Hosted by Courtmacsherry Rowing Club in the natural amphitheatre of Broadstrand Bay, it would turn out to be not only a magnificent weekend for the GalleyFlash but the best organised and most enjoyable finals in the history of the ICRF.

The Galley’s victory in the races already mentioned was just a part of a fantastic three day story.

It began on the Friday evening when a number of non-Celtic Yawl races were held.

Among these races was a category for the Cork Yawl. These were the boats used by clubs from both Cork Rowing Association’s clubs until the introduction of the Celtic Yawl a decade ago. They are still competed in at the fun regatta’s throughout the county. The Galley crew entered in the Ladies race were Niamh Hayes, Catherine McCarthy, Ciara Rahilly and Carol Hayes. Cox Julie Harrington steered the ladies to victory adding another Cup to the trophy cabinet. A set of bronze medals were won by the Galley’s representatives in the Men’s  race, Paddy Harrington, Ger Cullinane, Micheal Harrington and Ricky Cleary, Niamh Hayes again coxed this crew.

At the presentation that night omens were good, when Curley O’Driscoll’s rendition of the “Boy’s of the GalleyFlash” mysteriously played over the PA immediately after the National Anthem at the Broadstrand venue.

Aine Tobin, Lisa Hayes, Laura Connolly and Mary Ann McCarthy with Cox Niamh Hayes formed the Under 21 Ladies who as Cork County Champions were amongst the favourites to challenge for victory in their race. They really lived up to that favourites tag as the fought right to the line retaining the cup won by the club last year. A great start to Saturday’s rowing, GalleyFlash winning the first final of the day

Another familiar trophy winding its way back to the Galley is the Under 14 Ladies Trophy. Micheal Harrington will be getting his name engraved onto the trophy for the second time as he coxed Claire McCarthy, Fiona Tobin, Keri Ahern and Aoife O’Keeffe to victory. The girls had steadily improved as the season developed and peaked just in time to repeat the achievements of their predecessors in 2001, 2004 & 2005

Yet another Cup that had resided on occasion at the Galley in recent times is the Senior Men’s Cup. Having won the Cup in 2009 at Waterville, the challenge to regain the title was never going to be easy. The superb Senior Men’s crew from All-Ireland host club, Courtmacsherry, were current All-Ireland Champions as well as County and South West Champions and the other local crew from Kilmacsimon has amongst its ranks some of the country’s finest rowers, stood between the Galley crew and victory.  The Galley crew of John Harrington, Sean Keohane, Paul Deasy and Barry Hooper coxed by Niamh Hayes proved that they were up to the challenge and lead the race virtually from the start, winning despite the tremendous efforts of the other two West Cork Crews.

In the Intermediate Men’s race the Galley crossed the finish line in second position only to hear themselves announced as winners, as the boat ahead of them had been disqualified. However, after an appeal, the medals were presented in the order in which the boats had crossed the line. The GalleyFlash Silver Medal winners were Danny Hayes, Karl McCarthy, Mark O’Brien and Dave McCarthy. Niamh Hayes also coxed this crew.

The Galley’s Senior Ladies crew of Niamh Hayes, Lisa Hayes, Donna Burke and Laura Connolly coxed by Julie Harrington added an All-Ireland Bronze medal to their County and SWCYRA Championship Gold Medals.

The Master Ladies Crew of Breeda Hayes, Loretta Tobin, Mary O’Sullivan and Marion McCarthy with Cox Niamh Hayes also collected bronze as reward for their efforts.

Of the Galley crews that missed out on medal winning positions the Under 12 Ladies were probably the most unfortunate. Alison Taylor, Laura Ahern, Anais O’Donovan and Sinead O’Connor coxed by Lisa Hayes finished inches behind the boat in third position.

Another crew piped on the line for third place was the Junior Ladies team Of Mary Ann McCarthy, Catherine McCarthy, Ciara Rahilly and Fiona Connolly, Cox Niamh Hayes.

The Under 12 crew of Gary Lombard, Ian O’Keeffe, Daniel O’Brien and Rory O’Connor under the steer of Paddy Harrington showed great potential in their efforts over the weekend.

The Under 16 Ladies Sioned Miles, Eimear O’Keeffe, Zoe Taylor, Roisin O’Brien and cox Niamh Hayes gave another solid performance in their final.

The Intermediate Ladies Aine Tobin, Carol Hayes, Ellen Mae Ahern and Hannah Courtney led for much of the first half of their race but were unfortunate not to capitalise on their fine start.

The Pre Vet Ladies Julie Harrington, Imelda O’Keeffe , Ellen Mae Ahern and Paula Keohane coxed by Paddy Harrington and the Veteran Ladies Breeda Hayes, Bernie O’Donovan, Mary Collins and Joanne Taylor coxed by Julie Harrington and the Veteran mixed crew of Bernie O’Donovan, Barry Taylor, Ger O’Sullivan and Joanne Taylor coxed by Julie Harrington all gave impressive displays in their respective finals.

Great showings too from the Under 14 crew of Claire McCarthy, Anna Duggan, Ruby Sullivan and Orlaith O’Driscoll with cox Paddy Harrington, the Under 16  crew John Carroll, Adam Ahern, Nick O’Hea and Daniel O’Sullivan coxed by Barry Hooper, the Under 18 Ladies crew of Marie Tobin, Catherine McCarthy, Ciara Rahilly and Danielle Hayes coxed by Paddy Harrington.

To add to the medal collection Bernie O’Donovan was awarded with a special Gold Medal at the presentation in appreciation for her years of service to the SWCYRA.

So once again the small club with the big heart punches above its weight emerging as one of the top Coastal Rowing clubs in the Country.

So concluded another rowing season for the club, again a highly successful one. This is only possible because the fantastic rowers are complemented with an equally fantastic backup team, the coaches and trainers, the people who transport, load and mind the boat, those who set up marquees, made teas and in general did whatever needed to be done. At the start of the season there was a concern over resources for underage training however there was no reason for worry as Paddy Harrington, Barry Hooper and Lisa Hayes stepped into the void. There diligent work and total dedication to the clubs up and coming rowers was a shining example of giving something back to the club and sport.

The club continued to move ahead with technological advances with live updates on twitter and facebook throughout the All-Ireland weekend.

In the close season the club continued with off the water activities, collecting €1900 from Ardfield Summer Festival, attending the SWCYRA Awards Dinner, running a Mouse Race night in October and organising its third annual ‘Fun Run by the Sea’ in early December.

Finally one other event took place in December, the foundation for the clubs new boat house was laid by a group of volunteers headed up Ben Hooper and Frank Deasy aided by Pat Joe Harrington and Barry Hooper.

This marks the beginning of the redevelopment of the clubs facilities at Kilkern Lake. Once the new building is in place the existing building will be returned to its original purpose as a clubhouse and training facility. To get to this stage has taken a huge amount of planning in the background so now the focus switches to the actual completion of the work and the fundraising necessary to enable this.

2012 was a very busy and successful year both on and off the water, here’s hoping 2013 will be every bit as successful as the club continues to Build on its Success

The 2012 GalleyFlash rowers and coxes were:- Alison Taylor, Laura Ahern, Anais O’Donovan, Sinead O’Connor, Ellen Jennings, Gary Lombard, Ian O’Keeffe, Daniel O’Brien, Rory O’Connor, Claire McCarthy, Fiona Tobin, Keri Ahern , Aoife O’Keeffe, Anna Duggan, Ruby Sullivan, Orlaith O’Driscoll, Sioned Miles, Eimear O’Keeffe, Zoe Taylor, Roisin O’Brien, John Carroll, Adam Ahern, Nick O’Hea, Daniel O’Sullivan, Sean O’Connor, Marie Tobin, Catherine McCarthy, Ciara Rahilly, Danielle Hayes, Thomas Douglas, Aine Tobin, Julie Harrington, Imelda O’Keeffe  Paula Keohane,  Ellen Mae Ahern, Bernie O’Donovan, Mary Collins, Joanne Taylor, Breeda Hayes, Loretta Tobin, Mary O’Sullivan, Marion McCarthy, Carol Hayes, Hannah Courtney, Mary Ann McCarthy,  Fiona Connolly, Niamh Hayes, Lisa Hayes, Donna Burke, Laura Connolly, Barry Taylor, Ger O’Sullivan, Danny Hayes, Karl McCarthy, Mark O’Brien and Dave McCarthy, Paddy Harrington, Ger Cullinane, Micheal Harrington and Ricky Cleary, John Harrington, Sean Keohane, Paul Deasy and Barry Hooper.


When looking back on the history of the GalleyFlash rowing club in years to come 2011 will be remembered as the year of Girl Power. Over the past decade much of the club success has been at Underage level especially with the Underage Ladies. This continued unabated in 2011 however the adult Ladies, many of them having graduated from the Underage set-up, cashed in on the years of development bringing home an unprecedented three Adult Ladies All-Ireland titles when the finals were held in Rosslare in August.

It was a busy year for the rowers, committee and supporters from the AGM in late January to the New Years Day Charity event on Jan 1st 2012. In February the 2010 Under 12 rowers were the recipients of a special achievement award from Cork Sports Partnership as recognition on their tremendous achievements in the previous season. In March an open day, to invite new rowers to try out the sport, was held to coincide with the launching and blessing of the boats for the new season. Also in March the club took part in the Clonakilty St. Patrick's Day Parade. A pub quiz was held over three nights in The Mountain House, The Pike Bar & Fishers Cross Bar in the first fundraiser of the year.

Bernie O'Donovan and Sandra Hayes were re-elected as Registrar of the ICRF and treasurer of the SWCYRA respectively, these ladies were also selected as scorekeepers for the SWCYRA. Danny Hayes was appointed as SWCYRA delegate to the ICRF while Mike Feen and Pat Joe Harrington were SWCYRA stewards for the season.

As training resumed the coaching duties were assumed by a wider group of volunteers. The club had crews in both the Roaringwater Row in Schull Harbour and the Ocean to City in Cork Harbour.

The June Bank Holiday weekend saw the commencement of the West Cork rowing season with the club hosting its own regatta at Kilkern Lake. Victory in three of the seven races ensured the Club of the Day award for the Galley. Over the next couple of weeks 'fun regattas' were held in Ring and Rosscarbery with the GalleyFlash crossing the line in first position twice on both occasions.

The 2011 SWCYRA championship began on the last Sunday of June in Union Hall. Pride of place for the Galley was reserved for the young Under 12 Ladies crew victors in a highly competitive race.

There was second place finishes for the Under 16 Ladies, Under 18 Ladies, Senior Ladies and Junior men. While third place was the reward for the Under 14 Ladies, Junior Ladies and Senior Men.

The following week it was off to the 'Fun Regatta' in Kilmacsimon where the club again collected one gold, as well as returning fine performances in the rest of the races. At the second round of the SWCYRA championship in Castletownshend it was the turn of the Under 14 Ladies and the Under 18 Ladies to lead the way for the Galley with victories in their respective races. Silver was the reward for the Junior Ladies, Senior Ladies and Senior Men, while the Junior Men secured a third place finish.

The club held another fundraiser, mouse racing in Fishers Cross in July.

Broadstrand in Courtmacsherry was the venue for the County Final, and again the Ladies crews were to the fore collecting two gold and three silver accolades while their male counterparts collected one sliver and one bronze. . First out for the Galley were the Intermediate Ladies team leading from start to finish emerging as the first County Champions of the regatta. Not long after that the Under 21 Ladies collected the first silver medals of the day for the Galley with a fine display on the water. It was Gold again when the Under 14 Ladies took to the water, putting in an impressive display, adding another County Championship to their already bulging collection of trophies collected over the past couple of years. The Under 18 Ladies pulled a superb race challenging rivals Kilmacabea all the way to the finish line, collecting a well deserved Silver. Silver also was the reward for the Senior Ladies as they again turned a fine performance. As the afternoon progressed it was the turn of the men’s crews to collect the awards with the Junior men crossing the line in second position to claim silver. The Senior Men collected bronze following their efforts in a highly competitive final race of the Day. So at the end of the day a fine array of Cups and Medals made their way back to Ardfield-Rathbarry.

The following weekend saw the holding of two regattas, a fun regatta in Courtmacsherry and round three of the SWCYRA championship in Baltimore. In Courtmac it was the turn of the youngest rowers to shine with victory in both the Under 12 & Under 14 races. In Baltimore the Under 18 Ladies from the Galley claimed the Gold for the second consecutive championship Victory also for the Senior Men in a highly competitive category. Silver medals again for the Senior Ladies and bronze for the Veteran Ladies. Due to an incident involving reckless navigation of a yacht on the rowing course the Under 14 Ladies race had to be postponed on the day.

The following week in Schull the postponed Under 14 Ladies race was run as well as the scheduled race, victory in both be the Galley girls ensured that at least one championship trophy would be collected by the club at the end of the season. Second place finished for the Under 18 Ladies, Senior Ladies and Senior Men while the Veteran Ladies collected the bronze accolade for the second week in a row.

The final round of the SWCYRA was held in Glandore, again a successful day out for the rowers from the Galley. Victory for the Senior Ladies was complemented by runner- up finishes for the Under 12 Ladies, Under 16 Ladies, Under 18 Ladies and the Senior Men. While the Junior Men came home in third place. This of course meant that the Under 18 Ladies joined the Under 14 Ladies as 2011 SWCYRA Champions. There would be Silver medals to collect at the awards dinner for both the Senior Ladies and the Senior Men, while the Under 12 Ladies would be presented with Bronze as would be the Junior Men.

The focus now shifted to the All-Ireland Finals, which this year was held in Rosslare Harbour. It turned out to be the Galley finest hour with a haul of three Gold, three Silver and two bronze.

The weekend started with a bang for the Galley when the first crew took to the water in the Under 21 Ladies Final, they lead the race from start to finish. The cheers of Galley, Galley, Galley reverberated around the harbour as they crossed the finish line ahead of the chasing pack. The only other final involving the Galley rowers on Saturday was the Masters Ladies final, the Galley crew were involved in an epic battle with fellow West Cork rowers Kilmacsimon and just as the boats came to the finish line it was the Galley Ladies who came home first to claim the Gold. With Saturday's finals over the club regrouped to review their fantastic achievements to date and plan for hopefully more success on Sunday.

The first success of Sunday came in the form of bronze medal placing for the fantastic young Under 12 Ladies crew. With rowers like this the club continued success looks assured. Soon after this the Galley supporters were cheering again as the Under 18 Ladies crew showed everybody just how good they are as they crossed the line in second position, the first Cork crew narrowly edged out by a team of rowers from Muckross, Kerry. More success was soon to follow when the Under 14 Ladies crew took to the water, collecting another silver medal for the Galley in a fine performance. The next accomplishment was the Intermediate Ladies who like the Under 21 Ladies crew before them, lead the race from start to finish, to bring home another cup to Ardfield Rathbarry. Another set of silver medals was the order of the day when the Senior Ladies crew took to the water. The final set of medals was collected by the Senior Men, when they finished in third place in what proved to be a West Cork charge for the line with the first four boats all from the South West.

All in all it was a fantastic weekend for the crews & supporters of the Galley Flash.

It was back to the tranquil waters off Sherkin Island the following week for the final fun regatta of the season. Here again the Under 14 Ladies rounded off their season with another victory.

While the rowing season was now over the activities off the water continued unabated. The now annual 24hr Rowathon was held at the end of September, raising over two thousand Euro for the club and Clonakilty Community Hospital. A group of rowers from the club took part in the All-Ireland Indoor Rowing Finals in Trinity College in Dublin. The club had an entry in the Better Together Video Competition. Nearly sixty members of the club attended the SWCYRA Awards Diner. Over sixty runners took part in the clubs second 'Fun Run by the Sea'. A monthly 'Social Row' has been initiated, giving members of the community an opportunity to try out the sport in a non-competitive setting. The Under 18 Ladies were awarded the MaryKate O'Driscoll Team of the Year Trophy recognising both their achievements during the year and their long-standing commitment to the club and sport.

Finally to wrap up the season, the club took part in the Annual New Years Day Red Strand Charity Match & Auction, raising much need fund for the club and Marymount Hospice.

The 2011 GalleyFlash Rowers were:-

Under 12Ladies:- Laura Ahern, Alison Taylor, Anna Duggan, Ruby Sullivan and April McCarthy.

Under 12:- Gary Lombard, April McCarthy, Ian O’Keeffe, Laura Ahern, Alison Taylor, and Rory O’Connor

Under 14 Ladies:- Claire McCarthy, Keri Ahern, Sioned Miles, Eimear O’Keeffe, Zoë Taylor, Fiona Tobin, Aoife O’Keeffe and Féadha Ní Chaoimhe

Under 16 Ladies:- Marie Tobin, Claire McCarthy, Keri Ahern, Sioned Miles, Eimear O’Keeffe, Zoe Taylor, Fiona Tobin and Aoife O’Keeffe

Under 16:-

Marie Tobin , Thomas Douglas, John Carroll & Nicky O’Hea

Under 18 Ladies:- Aine Tobin, Catherine McCarthy, Ciara Rahilly and Danielle Hayes.

Under 21 Ladies:- Laura Connolly, Lisa Hayes, Niamh Hayes, Rebekah Vickery and Ciara Rahilly

Pre Vet Ladies:- Breeda Hayes, Joanne Taylor, Mary Collins, Loretta Tobin, Bernie O'Donovan and Imelda O’Keeffe

Vet Ladies:- Breeda Hayes, Joanne Taylor, Loretta Tobin, Bernie O'Donovan and Mary Collins.

Master Ladies:- Breeda Hayes, Mary O’Sullivan, Loretta Tobin and Marion McCarthy

Intermediate Ladies:- Aine Tobin, Carol Hayes, Ellenmae Ahern and Edel Harrington

Junior Ladies:- Niamh Hayes, Catherine McCarthy, Hannah Courtney, Julie Harrington and Sheila O’Neill

Senior Ladies:-

Laura Connolly, Lisa Hayes, Donna Burke and Rebekah Vickery

Senior Mixed: Hannah Courtney, Paddy Harrington, Micheal Harrington and Carol Hayes

Intermediate Men:- Conor Tobin, Thomas Douglas, Damien McCarthy and Shane Kenneally

Junior Men:- Micheál Harrington, Ger Cullinane, Barry Hooper and Paddy Harrington

Senior Men:- Sean Keohane, John Harrington, Paul Deasy and Danny Hayes

Senior Mixed: Hannah Courtney, Paddy Harrington, Micheal Harrington & Carol Hayes

Coxes:- Danny, Carol and Niamh Hayes, Michael and Julie Harrington Rebekah Vickery

Coxes:- Danny, Carol and Niamh Hayes, Michael and Julie Harrington Rebekah Vickery

All-Ireland Champions Under 21 Ladies

All-Ireland Champions Intermediate Ladies

All-Ireland Champions Masters Ladies

All-Ireland Silver Medallists Under 14 Ladies

All-Ireland Silver Medallists Under 18 Ladies

All-Ireland Silver Medallists Senior Ladies

All-Ireland Bronze Medallists Under 12 Ladies

All-Ireland Bronze Medallists Senior Men

Swcyra Champions Under 14 Ladies

Swcyra Champions Under 18 Ladies

Swcyra Silver Medallists Senior Ladies

Swcyra Silver Medallists Senior Men

Swcyra Bronze Medallists Under 12 Ladies

Swcyra Bronze Medallists Junior Men

County Champions Under 14 Ladies

County Champions Intermediate Ladies

County Silver Medallists Under 18 Ladies

County Silver Medallists Under 21 Ladies

County Silver Medallists Senior Ladies

County Silver Medallists Junior Men

County Bronze Medallists Senior Men

2011 Committee :-

President – Pat Joe Harrington.

Chairman – Danny Hayes.

Secretary – Bernie O’Donovan.

Treasurer – Sandra Hayes.

PRO & Safety Officer- Donal Hayes.

Club Captain – Ger Cullinane.

Registrar – Loretta Tobin

Vice Chair & Child Protection Officer – Carol Hayes.

Child Protection Officers - Julie Harrington & Niamh Hayes.

Assistant Secretary – Donna Burke.

Assistant PRO - Jim Ahern.

Vice Captain – John Harrington.

Assist Safety Officer – Micheal Harrington.


In 1985, a group of like minded people from the Ardfield-Rathbarry area met with a view to setting up a rowing club, from this meeting Ardfield Rathbarry Rowing Club was born. Now twenty-five years later the club, now better known as The GalleyFlash Rowing Club, continues to go from strength to strength.

So 2010 saw the club celebrate its 25th anniversary and it proved to be both a successful and eventful year.

On the water there were many successes with the club winning Gold, Silver and Bronze accolades at local, County and All-Ireland level. For the record the prizes won over the year were.

All-Ireland Champions: -Under 12 Ladies & Intermediate Men

All-Ireland Silver Medallists: - Under 12's

All-Ireland Bronze Medallists: - Junior Ladies

County Champions: - Under 12, Under 18 Ladies, Intermediate Men & Senior Men

County Silver Medallists: -Under 12 Ladies, Under 21 Ladies, Intermediate Ladies & Senior Ladies

County Bronze Medallists: -Under 14 Ladies, Veteran Ladies and Junior Ladies

SWCYRA Champions: -Under 12 Ladies, Under 12's and Under 18 Ladies.

SWCYRA Championship Silver Medallists: - Veteran Ladies, Junior Ladies, Senior Mixed & Senior Mens

SWCYRA Championship Bronze Medallists: -Under 14 Ladies, Under 16 Ladies, Under 18’s, PreVet Ladies, Senior Ladies and Intermediate Men

In addition to these Loretta Tobin collected a bronze medal at the All-Ireland, rowing for Castletownshend in the Veteran Mixed race.

The winners of the MaryKate O'Driscoll Memorial GalleyFlash Team of the Year award were our outstanding Under 12's. A fantastic group of five girls who between them won Gold (Under 12 Ladies and Silver (Under 12) at the All-Ireland, Gold (Under 12) and Silver (Under 12 Ladies) at the County final as well as winning both the Under 12 and Under 12 Ladies Championships in West Cork. The girls also were awarded the much-coveted title of Outstanding Junior Crew of the 2010 All-Ireland.

The Under 12 team consisted of Claire McCarthy, Keri Ahern, Fiona Tobin, Alison Taylor and Aoife O'Keeffe.

The other rowers to compete for the club during the course of the year were

Beginners: Rory O'Connor, Ruby O'Sullivan, Laura Ahern & Jack Creagh

Under 14: Ladies Sioned Miles, Zoë Taylor, Eimear O’Keeffe & Heather Burke

Under 14: Sean O’Connor, Conor Ryan, Brandon Creagh, Cian O’Hea, & Adam Ahern

Under 16: Ladies: Marie Tobin, Catherine McCarthy, Ciara Rahilly, Danielle Hayes & Ailbhe Brennan

Under 18: Ladies: Laura Connolly, Lisa Hayes, Niamh Tobin & Áine Tobin

Under 18: Danny O’Connor, Reuben O’Hea, Jack Casey, Conor Ryan, Áine Tobin & Niamh Tobin

Under 21Ladies: Niamh Hayes, Claire Hayes, Rebekah Vickery & Áine Tobin

Pre Vet Ladies: Breeda Hayes, Bernie O’Donovan, Mary Collins, Joanne Taylor & Julie Harrington

Veteran Ladies: Breeda Hayes, Bernie O’Donovan, Mary Collins, Loretta Tobin & Joanne Taylor

Intermediate Ladies: Laura Connolly, Lisa Hayes, Niamh Tobin & Julie Harrington

Junior Ladies: Carol Hayes, Rebekah Vickery, Donna Burke and Hannah Courtney

Senior Ladies: Claire Hayes, Loretta Tobin, Fiona Connolly, Ciara Rahilly, Niamh Tobin & Niamh Hayes

Intermediate Men: Danny Hayes, Paul Deasy, Eoin O’Mahony, Patrick Harrington, Karl McCarthy, Reuben O'Hea & Danny O'Connor

Senior Men: Micheál Harrington, John Harrington, Sean Keohane & Ger Cullinane

Coxes: Danny Hayes, Micheal Harrington, Niamh Hayes, Carol Hayes & Julie Harrington

The club also competed in fun regatta's in Ring, Rosscarbery, Courtmacsherry and Kilmacsimon as well as taking part in the Ocean to City race in Cork Harbour and running their own regatta at Kilkern Lake.

Off the water the club also had a eventful season. Starting up with a highly successful Open Day held on March 7th in Rathbarry Hall, visitors were entertained with photos and memorabilia of the first 25 years of the club. Sandra Hayes was elected to three positions on the SWCYRA Committee: - Treasurer, PRO and Scorekeeper. PatJoe Harrington took up position of Scrutineer and Commentator, Mike Feen also assumed position of Scrutineer while Danny Hayes became SWCYRA delegate to ICRF. Bernie O'Donovan was re-elected as ICRF Registrar. The club ran an art competition for the national school children & teenagers of the area in the run up to hosting their own regatta. The now annual Rowathon was held in early September this year and raise over €4,000 for the club and the RNLI. Patrick Harrington had his head-shaved in the parish 'Shave or Dye' for charity . Breeda Hayes ran the 'Bantry Bay Run' for the club. The club took park in the St. Patrick's day parade in Clonakilty. The club hosted a 25th anniversary Buffet in Dunmore House in October a great night was had by all. The first 'Fun Run by the Sea' was held by the club in November with 50 competitors braving the cold to complete the 5km. Conor Ryan, Paul Deasy & John Harrington took part in the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships in December. Photo's of the club featured in the Southern Star's Photo of the Week as well as in the best selling book US 2 ( A snapshot if Ireland on Oct 2nd 2010) The club set up a Facebook page as well as re-launching its website


All in all it was a busy and successful year here's hoping for more of the same for 2011

2010 Committee:-President – Pat Joe Harrington, Chairman – John Harrington, Secretary – Bernie O’Donovan, Treasurer – Sandra Hayes, PRO & Safety Officer – Donal Hayes, Club Captain – Ger Cullinane, Registrar – Loretta Tobin, Child Protection Officers – Julie Harrington & Carol Hayes, Vice Chairman - Danny Hayes, Assistant Secretary – Niamh Hayes, Assist PRO & Club Vice Captain – Mike Feen

2010 Galley Juniors Committee: - Chairperson: Danielle Hayes, Vice Chairperson: Rueben O’Hea, Secretary: Catherine McCarthy, Vice secretary: Keri Ahern, Treasurer: Marie Tobin, Vice Treasurer: Sean O’Connor, P.R.O: Fiona Tobin, Vice P.R.O: Áine Tobin. (The Galley Juniors are the underage committee of the GalleyFlash Rowing club and all underage rowers are welcome to join.)

Sponsors:- Scally’s SuperValu, Clonakilty, O’Donovan’s Bar Fishers Cross, John Hayes Tractor Sales & Service Castlefreke, John Whelton Const. Ardfield, Galley Cabs, Clonakilty Credit Union, Barry Harrington Barry’s Mobile Diner, Pat O’ Sullivan & Sons Daytona Construction & Clona Dairies


Another year and another chapter full of success for the Galley Flash rowing club. On the water the season began with two teams competing in the Ocean to City race in Cork Harbour. The dept of talent available to the club was apparent even at this early stage of the year with both boats coming home in the top four . Again the following week victory with three of the seven races at the clubs own regatta, the signals were still very good. Three more wins in Rosscarbery as well as two in Kilmacsimon set the club up on a high, facing into the first Swcyra Championship regatta in Union Hall.

Six victories :- Under 12 Ladies, Under 18 Ladies, Senior Mixed, Intermediate Men, Junior Men & Senior Men. Two Second place finishes :- Under 16 Ladies & Senior Ladies and a Third place finish by the Veteran Ladies, the return for Round one of the championship was one of the clubs most successful outings in the West Cork competition since its inception.

Round two of the championship was held in Castletownshend , again the club excelled with the following podium finishes:- Winners:- Under 12 Ladies, Under 14 ladies, Intermediate Men, Junior Men & Senior Men. Runners Up:- Under 16 Ladies, Under 18 Ladies, Veteran Ladies & Senior Ladies with our Senior Mixed crew finishing third.

The following Sunday the County Final was held in Glandore. Yet again the rowers did their club proud, County Champions at Under 12 Ladies, Under 18 Ladies and Senior Men, County Silver Medallists at Junior Men, Senior Mixed and Senior Ladies, County Bronze Medallists at Under 16 Ladies, Under 21 Ladies and Intermediate Men.

Baltimore Regatta round 3 of the Swcyra Championship was postponed due to unfavourable conditions on the August Bank Holiday weekend so the next outing was to Courtmacsherry regatta. Another couple of victories here saw the club in good shape facing into round 4 of the Championship in Schull. Four wins namely Under 12 Ladies, Under 18 Ladies, Junior Men and Senior Men combined with three seconds, Under 16 Ladies, Veteran Ladies and Senior Ladies and a third for our Intermediate Men

was the reward for the crews.

Round 5 of the championship took place in Glandore the following Sunday the clubs podium finishes on the day were Gold:- Under 12 Ladies, Under 18 Ladies, Junior Men and Senior Men. Silver:- Under 16 Ladies, Senior Mixed, Senior Ladies and Intermediate Men. Bronze:- Veteran Ladies and Junior Ladies

Waterville Co. Kerry was the venue for the 2009 All Ireland Finals. Waterville by name and Water Ville by nature, we soon saw where got its name, a deluge on Saturday night and Sunday morning threatened to disrupt the whole regatta while ironically the water coming from the taps in the village threatened to poison all the people. However the sun shone through the clouds before midday and the show went on. Fantastic rowing by all the clubs crews throughout the weekend combined with the skilful coxing reaped fine reward.

Bronze medals for our ever reliable Under 18 Ladies ( Seven years in a row bringing home All Ireland medals).

Silver medals for our brilliant Under 12 Ladies ( The future is bright).

Silver for our Junior Men (The second fastest Senior crew in West Cork)

Gold for our Senior Men ( The fastest senior Crew in All Ireland, they had a dream and the dream came true).

A truly fantastic result and a great weekend.

After the celebrations eventually died down it was back to the Swcyra Championship and Baltimore the following weekend. Poor sea conditions dictated that all races were run over the short course on the day, however this did not deter the Galley from securing the following podium finishes 1st:- Senior Ladies, Intermediate Men & Junior Men. 2nd:- Under 12 Ladies, Under 18 Ladies & Senior Men.

3rd:- Under 16 Ladies, Pre Veteran Ladies, Veteran Ladies & Senior Ladies

With the championship then completed the overall standings were available, with the Galley claiming victory in five categories. The clubs overall results for the year are as below

Senior Men:-All-Ireland Champions, County Champions, Swcyra Champions (4)

Under 12 Ladies:- All-Ireland Silver medallists, County Champions, Swcyra Champions (4)

Under 18 Ladies:- All-Ireland Bronze medallists, County Champions, Swcyra Champions (3)

Junior men:-All-Ireland Silver medallists, County Silver medallists, Swcyra Champions (5)

Intermediate Men:- County Bronze medallists, Swcyra Champions (3)

Senior Ladies:- County Silver medallists, Swcyra Silver medallists (1)

Under 16 Ladies:-

County Bronze medallists, Swcyra Silver medallists

Senior mixed

:- Swcyra Silver medallists

Under 14 Ladies:- Swcyra Bronze medallists (1)

Veteran Ladies:- Swcyra Bronze medallists

Junior Ladies:- Swcyra Bronze medallists

With all that activity on the water its hard to believe the club also had a pretty hectic schedule on shore. A rowathon was organised to raise funds for both the club and the charity Aid Cancer Treatment. This despite terrible weather conditions was a huge success raising over two thousand Euro and the members of the club combining to row over a million meters over 24 hours.

September 6th 2009 marked the 150th Anniversary of the Beal a Chuain tragedy. On that date in 1859, 11 locals returning to the tiny inlet at Beal A Chuain from Glandore regatta were lost to the sea. Their boat had nearly reached its destination when it got into trouble in heavy seas. On the date of the 150th anniversary the club in conjunction with members of Sandscove Fishing Club and the Ardfield Rathbarry Journal unveiled a memorial at the strand.

Two new rowing machines were also purchased during the year as were six new oars. With these in mind now is a time to thank all our sponsors over the year especially Scally’s SuperValu for their sponsorship of the new oars. While on the thank you trail a massive thanks to everyone who helped out in any way during the year, a huge amount of work is needed to get to the position we find ourselves in today with a successful club at both Underage and Adult levels. We all know the lads that do the most grafting, Danny, Micheál and Ger, but there are many others always willing to lend a hand, Thanks to one and all.


is a year that will live forever in the memory of those associated with Ardfield-Rathbarry Rowing club. A season that brought great success on the water also showed us how fragile life can be. While rowing for the club in the Veteran Ladies race at the SWCYRA Championship regatta in Schull on Aug 10th. Elspeth Murray took ill, unfortunately she passed away a short time later. The club again takes this opportunity to express its heartfelt sorrow at her loss and extends it greatest sympathy to her husband Denis, her father John, her sister-in-law Anita and all her relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.

The season began full of promise with an influx of new under age rowers as well the introduction of new members to the adult teams.

The Ocean to City race provided the first Silverware of the new season with the club retaining the ICRF category Cup

The first regatta of the year was held at Kilkern on the June Bank Holiday Sunday, bright sunshine brought out the crowds who enjoyed a fine afternoon’s rowing. The club had teams in all the races and all produced sterling performances, with victory in the U16 mixed, runner up position in U12 beginners, U14 mixed, Ladies & Men’s races, Bronze was the reward for our U12’s

Two weeks later it was the turn of Kilmacsimon and Rosscarbery to host their regattas, again the rowers of the Galley produced a fine display, the U16 mixed again winning in Ross while the other teams brought home an array of silver & bronze medal winning positions.

July saw the start of the Swcyra Championship, first up was Union Hall. Victories at U16 Ladies, U18 Ladies and Junior Men with a bundle of silver and bronze medal finishes brightened up what was a dull and damp day. The following week in Sherkin two of the U16 ladies teamed up with two senior men to capture the honours in the mixed race, the U16 mixed team also crossed the line in first position.

The 2nd round of the championship held in Castletownshend saw victory at U14 Ladies, U16 Ladies & U18 Ladies.

The following week Cuskenny was the venue for the County Final. Two Gold (U16 Ladies & U18 Ladies), Two Silver (U12 Ladies & Senior Men) and one bronze (U21 Ladies) were the clubs podium finishes. All other teams produced fine performances on the day .

Courtmacsherry regatta saw the club win Club of the Day with victory in U14, U14 Ladies, Mixed and Senior Men, indeed the same team competed and won both the U14 & U14 Ladies without ever getting out of the boat between races.

The championship resumed on the August Bank Holiday Monday in Baltimore. On a day that will be long remembered for the total disregard for safety by a group of idiots out in inflatables and yachts.

The club claimed victory at U16 Ladies and Senior Men, podium finishes here too for U16, Vet Ladies, PreVet Ladies, U18 Ladies, Junior Ladies & Junior Men.

Sunday August 10th 2008, Schull regatta will remain with us all for ever. There is no need for me to retell the events of that day, just to say that Elspeth and her passing will always be remembered by everyone in the Club. We lost a friend and great character.

We wandered through the next few days both in a state of disbelief and uncertainty, none of us knowing what the right thing to do was. At Elspeth’s family’s request the decision to take part in Glandore regatta the following Sunday was agreed. The miserable weather that day matched the feeling of the club members gathered together to observe the minutes silence and the laying of the wreath to Elspeth memory. After a few races the decision to abandon the remainder of the regatta.

The following weekend we headed to the other end of our island to Cairndu in Antrim to take part in the All-Ireland. Poor weather conditions combined with an unsuitable and often unsafe course meant this was one All-Ireland that would not be remembered for fair conditions and good rowing, however it did produce some exciting racing with some races going right down to the wire. The clubs top performers on the weekend were our U-16 Ladies bringing home silver medals, between them they have brought home 18 medals from the last 6 All-Irelands. Our Senior Men brought home bronze confirming their rise up through the ranks. All other crews did both themselves and the club proud, we will never know if a fairer course would have brought us even more success.

The events of the previous two weeks were very much to the fore not only within our club but also across all clubs form all over the Island. The words of support we received will always be appreciated, the impeccably observed minutes silence, the book of condolences and the presentation of a posthumous All-Ireland Gold medal to Elspeth’s memory showed us the incredible closeness of the entire rowing community, we will always remember it.

The All-Ireland normally signals the end of the rowing year, however the following weekend this year saw the hosting of Ring’s Fun regatta on Saturday evening and the Super Sunday Regatta in Glandore.

First up Ring results included Second in U12, PreVet Ladies and Men, Third place accolades for our Ladies crew.

The regatta in Glandore saw the hosting of all the postponed races from both Schull and Glandore both earlier abandoned.. There was a number of championships still waiting to be fought for so a great days racing was assured. One of our teams were under no pressure of course, our U16 ladies had already secured First place in the Championship and were in the enviable position to be able to relax on the day. Not so easy for some of course with both our Senior and Junior Men needing to not only compete but win two races on the day . Both crews set up what would be a exciting finale to the day by winning their first race in the morning. As the day progressed our other crews secured their championship placings , (see below), It was down to our last two crews to see if we would add to the U16 Ladies Gold winning performances. First up were our Junior Men, their mission straightforward win the race, win the championship, despite the best efforts of a valiant Kilmacsimon crew, the Galley team crossed the line in the winners position, thus claiming the Championship title. It was then down to the Senior men to see if they could complete the hat-trick for the club, this they duly did, winning their race and the championship.

The following week the club took part in the 14 mile Round The Island Charity Row in Cobh to round off a season we will never forget. 2008 also saw the introduction of the MaryKate O’Driscoll memorial trophy for the clubs most successful underage team over the season, the inaugural winners being Under 16 Ladies.


2007 saw the arrival of the new GalleyFlash IV purchased for the club by Scally’s SuperValu Clonakilty.

Success on the water the club continued with four Swcyra Championships, another six County Titles as well as another All-Ireland victory at Intermediate level.

In the Swcyra Championship we saw victory at U14

‘s, U16 ladies, Intermediate Men and Junior ladies. Second place finish by our senior men with bronze the reward for U14 Ladies, U18 Ladies, Vet Ladies, PreVet Men, Vet Men and Senior men

August Bank Holiday Monday was spent by the rowers of Ardfield-Rathbarry in the yacht-filled harbour of Baltimore but it was certainly not the sailing that they were there to see. Rather they were more interested in repeating the success of the 2006 Cork County Coastal Rowing Finals in Kinsale, this time with their new boat, the Scally‘s SuperValu-sponsored Galley Flash IV. It was certainly a case of mission accomplished as the Galley Flash’s results were not only equalled but in fact bettered at this year’s expedition with no less than six sets of gold medals as well as four silver making their way back to parade around the parish by Monday evening. Gold here for U16 Ladies, U21 Ladies, Vet Men, Intermediate, Junior Ladies and Senior Mixed. Silver medal success for U14‘s, U18 Ladies, Vet Mixed and Senior Men,

The 2007 All-Ireland was held in Union Hall, The medal haul for the Galley read as follows: Gold--Intermediate, Silver--Vet Mixed and Senior Mixed, Bronze--U14’s, U16 Ladies, Vet Men and Junior Ladies


Four SWCYRA championships, six county titles, being crowned as the top club at the county final as well as the successes at the All-Ireland made 2006 of the most successful seasons ever for our club

In the Swcyra our U14 Ladies, Vet Men, Intermediate Men and Junior Men all collected Gold, Silver was he reward for our U14‘s, U16 Ladies, U21’s and Senior ladies with bronze for our PreVet Ladies and Junior Ladies

The County Final Monday August 7th will go down as one of the greatest days ever in the history of the Galley Flash Rowing Club. At the County final held in Kinsale the club emerged as Corks County Champions. In a daylong regatta held in blistering heat the club emerged with victory in six of the twenty races held. The crews to win were U 14 Ladies, U 21 Ladies, Veteran Mixed, Veteran Men, Intermediate Men and Junior Men, Our Junior Ladies came second with third place finish for our U 14's, U16 Ladies, U 18 Ladies and Veteran Ladies. Our U 21's finished 4th with Senior Ladies 5th and PreVet Ladies 6th. The cheers of Galley, Galley, Galley could be heard for miles as the six cups were presented to the winning crews as well as the Club of The Day Trophy

The crews and supporters of the Galley Flash headed off to Rosslare for the All-Ireland finals By the Sunday evening they had collected winners medals for Veteran Men and Intermediate Men, runner-up medals for Under 14 Ladies and Junior Men and bronze medal for Pre-Veteran Men.