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2017 GalleyFlash News Update 23/04/2017

posted by Donal Hayes   [ updated ]

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of GalleyFlash Rowing Club was held on Sunday, January 22nd, in the Parish Hall, Rathbarry. With a large crowd in attendance the committee for the forthcoming year was elected as follows:

President: PatJoe Harrington

Vice Presidents: Fr. Pat McCarthy, Denis Hayes, Mrs. Ellie O’Donovan, Mike Feen and Bernie O’Donovan

Chairman: Donal Hayes

Secretary: Ruth Harrington

Treasurer: Sheila Hayes

Registrar: Margaret Hayes

Public Relations Officer: Sandra Hayes Buckley

Senior Club Captain: Micheál Harrington

Senior Club Coach: John Harrington

Junior Club Captain: Donna Burke

Junior Club Coach: Niamh Hayes

Child Protection Officers: Ger Cullinane and Donna Burke

Safety Officer: Jim Ahern

Club Logistics Manager: Darren Cannon

A discussion ensued recalling the achievements of the club over the past 12 months. Fr. McCarthy paid tribute to the club for their involvement in continuing the Ardfield Rathbarry Parish Remembrance Tree initiative. A full re-cap on the 2016 season can be found on the club’s website – www.galleyflash.com

GalleyFlash Rowing Club were delighted to present the proceeds of the 2016 Ardfield Rathbarry Remembrance Tree to the Irish Community Air Ambulance in St. James’ Park, Ardfield, on Saturday last, January 28th.

The purpose of the Remembrance Tree was to give people of the community the opportunity to remember those not with us at Christmas; those who had passed away, those in hospital and those unable to return home for Christmas and in doing so, supporting an organisation that would be of benefit to the community as a whole. Following the success of the 2015 Remembrance Tree on the grounds of St. Michael’s Church, Rathbarry, it was decided that the 2016 tree would be erected on the grounds of St. James’ Church, Ardfield.

The club would once again like to express sincere gratitude to the Ardfield Rathbarry community for supporting the Remembrance Tree and in turn, helping to get the Irish Community Air Ambulance off the ground.


Pictured are members of the GalleyFlash Ardfield Rathbarry Remembrance Tree group presenting Ann Kelly, Irish Community Air Ambulance, with the proceeds of the 2016 Ardfield Rathbarry Remembrance Tree. L to R: Donal Hayes, Chairman GalleyFlash Rowing Club; Fr. Pat McCarthy, Ardfield Rathbarry Parish Priest; Ann Kelly, Irish Community Air Ambulance; Margaret Hayes, Registrar GalleyFlash Rowing Club; Kathleen Harrington, GalleyFlash Rowing Club; John Harrington, Senior Club Coach GalleyFlash Rowing Club; and Julie Harrington, GalleyFlash Rowing Club.

The boathouse continues to slowly transform form a store house to a club house with thanks to the group of volunteers who decorated and especially Darren and Jim for clearing out building and laying out new setup. Behind the scenes Ger and Danny’s facilities upgrade project continues.

 

Lexi Burke and Rachel Collins today represented GalleyFlash Rowing Club at the South West Rowing Swimming Gala in Dunmanway. Lexi finished in 3rd place in the U8 Girls. Meanwhile, Rachel finished in Joint 3rd place in the U16 Ladies, 3rd in the U18 Ladies and 2nd in the Open Ladies category. Well done to Lexi and Rachel and many thanks to all at the SWCYRA for reviving this great event.


Club registeration day was on March 5th and a highly succesfull open day was held on March 12th

The Rowing Club are delighted to be beneficiaries of a fundraising night in the Ocean View, Ownahincha on Sunday, 19th March where Martin Kearney and One for the road provided the entertainment.

The club would like to sincerely thank John and the Connolly family for this generous gesture.

 

Well done to Galley rower Rachel Collins who took part in the  coxing course organised by South West Rowing.

Many thanks also to our members who gave up their time in assisting with the course.

 

The Galley fleet returned to the water the following weekend as training started to migrate out doors

The rowing based event of the 2017 season takes place this Sunday April 23rd at the Head of the River event in Kilmacsimon

The Galley hope to have a number of crews at event.

 

 

 

 

 

2017 GalleyFlash News Update 01/01/2017

posted Jan 1, 2017, 1:16 PM by Donal Hayes   [ updated Jan 1, 2017, 1:17 PM ]

GalleyFlash Rowing Club would like to thank all those who supported the annual Ardfield Rathbarry Remembrance 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 will be offered for those remembered on January 14th in St.Michael's Church, Rathbarry at 7pm.

The presentation to Irish Community Air Ambulance will take place at a later date.

Over the Christmas period work resumed on the boathouse, with the interior walls being firstly sealed and then painted to brighten up the training/ meeting area, externally work continues on current phase or redevelopment.

2016 GalleyFlash News Update 11/12/2016

posted Dec 11, 2016, 12:16 PM by Donal Hayes   [ updated Dec 11, 2016, 12:30 PM ]

Last year the club launched what had hoped to become an annual event, when it erected a Remembrance tree on the grounds of Rathbarry Church.
The purpose of the tree was to give people of the community the opportunity to remember those not with us at Christmas, those who had passed to their eternal reward, those in hospital and those unable to return home for Christmas.

Lights for the tree were sold in the run up to Christmas and the proceeds of the event were shared with the local Senior Citizens group
This year the tree is to be erected on the grounds of Ardfield Church. The beneficiaries of this years Remembrance Tree will be Irish Community Air Ambulance The new air ambulance service for Munster which is set to go into service early next year. Locally the Feargal Beamish Memorial Walk, Run & Cycle has done much to raise funds and awareness for this project. 
Your support for our Remembrance Tree would be gratefully received
Lights will be on sale at €10 before and after masses in both Ardfield and Rathbarry Churches on December 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th or by phoning 085 7439146
The lighting of the tree and a short Remembrance service will take place on Christmas morning directly after 10.30 mass


A huge thank you to Rathbarry & District Vintage Club for their presentation to Galleyflash Rowing Club on Friday Dec 9th. Thanks to all in the vintage club and to each and everyone involved with the Vintage Day and the Dublin City Ramblers Concert. The time and effort into organising events such as these is immense and often goes unnoticed. So to all involved we salute you and thanks again.

Finally congratulations and best wishes from everyone at GalleyFlash Rowing Club to our Public Relations Officer Sandra Hayes on her marriage to Brendan BuckleyWe hope they had a fantastic day and a long and happy life together

2016 GalleyFlash News Update 30/10/2016

posted Oct 30, 2016, 12:44 PM by Donal Hayes   [ updated Oct 30, 2016, 12:45 PM ]

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. https://www.facebook.com/1698749037038307/videos/1793553870891156/
The following weekend at the SWCYRA 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
At the SWCYRA AGM a couple of weeks later  a number of Galley members were elected to the committee for the forthcoming season , Chairman Danny Hayes. Secretary Bernie O'Donovan and PRO Paddy Harrington.

After their success in the All-Ireland the GalleyFlash Senior 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 Courtmacsherry Rowing Club and Rob Farrissey from Kilmacsimon Rowing 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

Finally all at GalleyFlash Rowing Club were saddened to learn of the death of Mr. Donal Hayes Snr.  
Donal was father of GalleyFlash Chairman Donal Hayes Jnr., along with club members Martin and Mary (O'Hea); father-in-law of club Registrar Margaret and rower Breeda; and grandfather of Public Relations Officer Sandra, coach and cox Danny, rowers and former rowers; Carol, Niamh, Lisa, Danielle, Reuben, Cian and Tomás. 
The club extends heartfelt condolences to the entire Hayes family at this sad time.
May he rest in peace..


2016 GalleyFlash News Update 14/09/2016

posted Sep 15, 2016, 3:38 PM by Donal Hayes   [ updated Sep 15, 2016, 3:39 PM ]

The 2016 Run Forest Run will take place on Sunday, September 18th at 12 noon.

Following the great success of last year's event, the 5 mile multi-terrain run returns. Starting at Galleyflash Rowing Club's boathouse in Kilkern Lake, the run will follow the path of the Lake Walk to Rathbarry and will then move onto Castlefreke Woods with sections of road running, an off-road path and beach running on Long Strand all making an appearance. See map attached for further details. 
Entry for this multi-terrain race is €10.


Also making a return is the traditional 5km walk route. Starting at Galleyflash Rowing Club's boathouse at Kilkern Lake, the route follows the coastal road near Long Strand towards Galley Head turning left over on this road heading towards our sponsors at Fishers Cross, then left again towards another sponsors John Hayes Tractor Sales before heading back to Kilkern Lake. Map of the 5km walk route is also attached. 
Entry for walkers of this 5km route is €5

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Registration opens at 11am on the morning of September 18th at Galleyflash Rowing Club's boathouse at Kilkern Lake.

2016 GalleyFlash News Update 04/09/2016

posted Sep 4, 2016, 9:23 AM by Donal Hayes   [ updated Sep 4, 2016, 9:32 AM ]

GalleyFlash Rowing Club notes

GalleyFlash Chairman Donal Hayes presents the club's U18 team with their gold medals following their victory at the GalleyFlash 2 Oar Challenge at Kilkern Lake on August 28th.

GalleyFlash Chairman Donal Hayes presents the club’s U18 team with their gold medals following their victory at the GalleyFlash 2 Oar Challenge at Kilkern Lake on August 28th.

GalleyFlash Rowing Club will host a social rowing evening at Kilkern Lake on Friday, September 2nd at 7pm. This poses an opportunity for anyone interested in trying out the sport of coastal rowing to do so. 

Galley rowers Declan Carroll, Stephen Magee and cox Gary Lombard are presented with their gold medals following their victory in the Veteran Men's category at the GalleyFlash 2 Oar Challenge.

Galley rowers Declan Carroll, Stephen Magee and cox Gary Lombard are presented with their gold medals following their victory in the Veteran Men’s category at the GalleyFlash 2 Oar Challenge.

Meanwhile, 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. 

GalleyFlash Veteran Ladies crew of Bernie O'Donovan, Jo Cannon and cox Gary Lombard in action at the GalleyFlash 2 Oar Challenge

GalleyFlash Veteran Ladies crew of Bernie O’Donovan, Jo Cannon and cox Gary Lombard in action at the GalleyFlash 2 Oar Challenge

On the following day, 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. 

GalleyFlash Pre Vet Men who were announced as the club's Team of the Year following their voluntary contribution to the club throughout the year.

GalleyFlash Pre Vet Men who were announced as the club’s Team of the Year following their voluntary contribution to the club throughout the year.

Results on the day were as follows:

U16 

1st Blackrock A 

2nd Blackrock B

U18 

1st GalleyFlash (Gary Lombard, Daniel Godwin-Coombes and cox Danny Hayes)

2nd Blackrock A 

3rd Blackrock B

GalleyFlash Pre Vet Men are presented with the Mary Kate O'Driscoll Team of the Year Shield for their outstanding voluntary contribution to the club during the 2016 season. Missing from photo is Jim Ahern.

GalleyFlash Pre Vet Men are presented with the Mary Kate O’Driscoll Team of the Year Shield for their outstanding voluntary contribution to the club during the 2016 season. Missing from photo is Jim Ahern.

Pre Vet Ladies 

1st GalleyFlash (Julie Harrington, Breeda Hayes and cox Micheál Harrington) 

Vet Ladies 

1st Courtmacsherry 

2nd GalleyFlash (Bernie O’Donovan, Jo Cannon and cox Gary Lombard)

Sean Keohane and Ger Cullinane after their heat at the GalleyFlash 2 Oar Challenge

Sean Keohane and Ger Cullinane after their heat at the GalleyFlash 2 Oar Challenge

Vet Men 

1st GalleyFlash B (Stephen Magee, Declan Carroll and cox Gary Lombard) 

2nd GalleyFlash A (Jim Ahern, Darren Cannon and cox Paddy Harrington)

Ladies 

1st GalleyFlash B (Laura Connolly, Donna Burke and cox Gary Lombard) 

2nd Courtmacsherry 

3rd GalleyFlash A (Julie Harrington, Breeda Hayes and cox Gary Lombard)

 Local TD Jim Daly with the GalleyFlash Senior Men's crew of Paul Deasy, Mark O'Brien, Barry Hooper, John Harrington and cox Julie Harrington who recently won double gold at the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal in the Cork Yawl Men and Senior Men categories.

Local TD Jim Daly with the GalleyFlash Senior Men’s crew of Paul Deasy, Mark O’Brien, Barry Hooper, John Harrington and cox Julie Harrington who recently won double gold at the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal in the Cork Yawl Men and Senior Men categories.

Men (B final) 

1st GalleyFlash B (Dave McCarthy, Danny Hayes and cox Gary Lombard) 

2nd GalleyFlash A (Ken Cullinane, Mike Turner and cox Micheál Harrington)

Men (A final) 

1st GalleyFlash A (Paul Deasy, John Harrington and cox Julie Harrington) 

2nd GalleyFlash B (Barry Hooper, Mark O’Brien and cox Gary Lombard) 

3rd Kilmacsimon.

Ken Cullinane and Mike Turner, pictured with cox Micheál Harrington, return to action for the Galley at the 2 Oar Challenge at Kilkern Lake on Sunday last, August 28th.

Ken Cullinane and Mike Turner, pictured with cox Micheál Harrington, return to action for the Galley at the 2 Oar Challenge at Kilkern Lake on Sunday last, August 28th.

The club was also represented by two further mens teams on the day, namely Micheál and Paddy Harrington, and Ger Cullinane and Sean Keohane. Both of these crews were ably coxed by Gary Lombard.

GalleyFlash Pre Vet Ladies crew Julie Harrington, Breeda Hayes and cox Micheál Harrington who won the Pre Vet Ladies category at the GalleyFlash 2 Oar Challenge

GalleyFlash Pre Vet Ladies crew Julie Harrington, Breeda Hayes and cox Micheál Harrington who won the Pre Vet Ladies category at the GalleyFlash 2 Oar Challenge

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.

Paul Deasy, John Harrington and cox Julie Harrington, GalleyFlash, are presented with the Men's cup after winning the Men's A Final at the GalleyFlash 2 Oar Challenge

Paul Deasy, John Harrington and cox Julie Harrington, GalleyFlash, are presented with the Men’s cup after winning the Men’s A Final at the GalleyFlash 2 Oar Challenge

 

Mayor of Clonakilty, Anthony McDermott, joins members of GalleyFlash Rowing Club at Kilkern Lake to convey a message of congratulations to the O'Donovan brothers on their fantastic achievements recently.

Mayor of Clonakilty, Anthony McDermott, joins members of GalleyFlash Rowing Club at Kilkern Lake to convey a message of congratulations to the O’Donovan brothers on their fantastic achievements recently.

 

Galley Ladies Laura Connolly and Donna Burke with cox Gary Lombard following their victory in the Ladies 2 Oar final at the GalleyFlash 2 Oar Challenge

Galley Ladies Laura Connolly and Donna Burke with cox Gary Lombard following their victory in the Ladies 2 Oar final at the GalleyFlash 2 Oar Challenge

 

Danny Hayes and Dave McCarthy, winners of the Men's B Final at the GalleyFlash 2 Oar Challenge

Danny Hayes and Dave McCarthy, winners of the Men’s B Final at the GalleyFlash 2 Oar Challenge

2016 GalleyFlash News Update 19/08/2016

posted Aug 19, 2016, 12:35 PM by Donal Hayes   [ updated Aug 19, 2016, 12:37 PM ]


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.

Cork Yawl Men All Ireland Champions Barry Hooper, Paul Deasy, Mark O'Brien, John Harrington and cox Julie Harrington receiving their gold All Ireland medals at the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal

Cork Yawl Men All Ireland Champions Barry Hooper, Paul Deasy, Mark O’Brien, John Harrington and cox Julie Harrington receiving their gold All Ireland medals at the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal

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, Roni Hawe 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.

GalleyFlash Intermediate Men Martin O'Brien, Danny O'Connor, John Carroll and Jim Ahern

GalleyFlash Intermediate Men Martin O’Brien, Danny O’Connor, John Carroll and Jim Ahern

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. 

GalleyFlash Junior Ladies Roni Hawe, Donna Burke, Gary Lombard (cox), Maria O'Brien and Claire McCarthy

GalleyFlash Junior Ladies Roni Hawe, Donna Burke, Gary Lombard (cox), Maria O’Brien and Claire McCarthy

While there were a number of other Traditional and Regional boat finals on the Friday evening in Ballyshannon, the Galley’s involvement was confined to the Cork Yawl categories. And so, a mix of utter delight and sheer devastation was the order of the day for the first day of All Ireland rowing action. 

Saturday, as is tradition, saw the arrival of the qualification heats for the finals due to take place on Sunday. A total of 32 heats and 2 finals in all were on the heaving schedule for the day and so, it was “all go” as they say! The club had crews in 12 of these heats and 1 final on the day. With the top 6 from each heat qualifying for finals on the Sunday, it was all to play for, for those crews who had to go through qualifiers. Out of the twelve heats in which the Galley partook, 9 crews qualified for their All Ireland finals on the Sunday. 

GalleyFlash Junior Men Seán Keohane, Paddy Harrington, Ger Cullinane and Mícheál Harrington

GalleyFlash Junior Men Seán Keohane, Paddy Harrington, Ger Cullinane and Mícheál Harrington

The U16 crew of Rory O’Connor, Gary Lombard, Laura Ahern, Kevin O’Leary and cox Paddy Harrington performed extremely well in their heat, forming part of a flotilla of boats who crossed the line almost simultaneously and were very unlucky to finish in an agonisingly close seventh place; just missing out on the final qualification spot.

The U16 Ladies crew comprised Rachel Collins, Alannah Hurley, Elise Crowley, Sinéad O’Connor and cox Danny Hayes. These ladies rowed a great race but unfortunately were outside of the qualification places on this occasion. 

GalleyFlash Masters Ladies Sheila Hayes, Jeanne O'Gorman (Arklow RC), Gary Lombard (cox), Jo Cannon and Breeda Hayes.

GalleyFlash Masters Ladies Sheila Hayes, Jeanne O’Gorman (Arklow RC), Gary Lombard (cox), Jo Cannon and Breeda Hayes.

The club’s Veteran Ladies crew of Breeda Hayes, Bernie O’Donovan, Jo Cannon and Sheila Hayes were ably coxed by Gary Lombard in their heat. Having put on a fine display of rowing, this crew unfortunately missed out on qualification for the final. 

The only All Ireland final in which the Galley had a crew on the Saturday was the Masters Ladies. Breeda Hayes, Jo Cannon and Sheila Hayes were joined by Jeanne O’Gorman of Arklow Rowing Club in this race. Jeanne previously rowed with the Galley in the Masters Ladies race on a number of separate occasions and as a result, is a former All Ireland Champion with the club. Coxed by Gary Lombard, this crew rowed very well together given that they had not trained as a unit prior to the final and finished in an admirable fifth place. 

GalleyFlash Pre Vet Ladies Bernie O'Donovan, Donna Burke, Roni Hawe and Julie Harrington

GalleyFlash Pre Vet Ladies Bernie O’Donovan, Donna Burke, Roni Hawe and Julie Harrington

Following a group meal that left a hotel without food for the rest of the evening, it was early to bed for the Galley on the Saturday night as another early morning beckoned on Sunday with the club partaking in thirteen All Ireland finals. 

The first final of the day, as is tradition at the All Ireland, was the Veteran Men. Coxed by Gary Lombard, this crew comprised Declan Carroll, Darren Cannon, Stephen Magee and Rob Farrissey (Kilmacsimon). In what was a first ever All Ireland final for the three Galley men, this crew performed very well against tough competition.

GalleyFlash Pre Vet Men "The Jamaican Bobsleigh Team" in action at the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships

GalleyFlash Pre Vet Men “The Jamaican Bobsleigh Team” in action at the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships

Next to take to the water for the club were the U12 crew of Caitlin Keating, Mary Kate Keohane, Katie Hayes, Méibh Collins and cox Danny Hayes. These young girls rowed a great race, gaining invaluable experience rowing on the biggest stage for coastal rowing in Ireland. 

Our U14’s were next up. Darragh O’Leary, Brian Carroll, Ben McShane and Róisín Hurley were coxed by Micheál Harrington in what was an extremely exciting race. This young crew, a number of whom will be U14 again next season, rowed unbelievably well finishing in a strong fifth place, a mere length behind the boat that finished in third place. 

The newly crowned Senior Men's All Ireland Coastal Rowing Champions from GalleyFlash Rowing Club; John Harrington, Mark O'Brien, Julie Harrington (cox), Barry Hooper and Paul Deasy

The newly crowned Senior Men’s All Ireland Coastal Rowing Champions from GalleyFlash Rowing Club; John Harrington, Mark O’Brien, Julie Harrington (cox), Barry Hooper and Paul Deasy

Caitlin Keating, Mary Kate Keohane, Katie Hayes, Méibh Collins and cox Danny Hayes returned to the boat for the U12 Ladies race, having competed in the U12 race earlier in the day. This crew put on a fine display of rowing and as always, emerged from the boat with the biggest smiles of the day.

The Pre Vet Ladies race was next for the club. Bernie O’Donovan, Roni Hawe, Donna Burke and Julie Harrington were coxed by Gary Lombard in this race and rowed a great race against tough competition. 

GalleyFlash U12 Ladies in action at the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal

GalleyFlash U12 Ladies in action at the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal

Our very own ‘Jamaican Bobsleigh’ team were next to take to the water for the club in the Pre Vet Men’s race. This crew comprised Declan Carroll, Darren Cannon, Jim Ahern, Stephen Magee and cox Gary Lombard. 2016 was the first season of rowing action for all four rowers in this crew and they performed excellently in their All Ireland debut.

Keri Ahern, Claire McCarthy, Laura Ahern, Elise Crowley and cox Danny Hayes represented the club in the U18 Ladies race. Having gotten off to a great start, these ladies rowed a fantastic race and were in the leading pack of four boats for the entire race. However, with four boats in contention for three medals placings, the Galley girls were extremely unlucky to finish in fourth place, just outside of the medal positions on this occasion. 

Ladies: Smiles all around from the Galley U14 Ladies

Ladies: Smiles all around from the Galley U14 Ladies

Next to take to the water for the club were the U14 ladies crew who rowed a great race, finishing strongly against tough competition. This crew was made up of Lucy Cannon, Lucy Quirke, Sinéad O’Donovan, Ciara O’Driscoll and cox Paddy Harrington.

The club’s Veteran Mixed crew were next up. Having each rowed two races earlier in the day, Declan Carroll and Stephen Magee were joined by Bernie O’Donovan and Jo Cannon. Coxed by Gary Lombard, this crew put on a fine display of rowing in a highly competitive category. 

GalleyFlash U16 Ladies crew after their race at the All Ireland

GalleyFlash U16 Ladies crew after their race at the All Ireland

The Junior Ladies race was next on the cards for the club. The SWCYRA and County silver medallists Donna Burke, Claire McCarthy, Roni Hawe and Maria O’Brien were coxed by Gary Lombard. A good start and excellent turn lead these ladies to form part of a chasing pack that were in second, third and fourth positions. Unfortunately, the Galley ladies were just pipped for the bronze medal on the line, finishing in fourth place. 

GalleyFlash U18 Ladies crew in action at the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal

GalleyFlash U18 Ladies crew in action at the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal

Next up were the Intermediate Men who got off to an absolute flyer of a start, much to the delight of the gang at Galley HQ. This crew comprised Jim Ahern, Martin O’Brien, John Carroll, Danny O’Connor and cox Julie Harrington and performed very well on the day. 

The penultimate race of the day was the Junior Men. Ger Cullinane, Seán Keohane, Paddy Harrington and Micheál Harrington were coxed by Julie Harrington in what was an epic battle with the Galley rowing a great race. 

Galley Vet Ladies Bernie O'Donovan, Jo Cannon, Gary Lombard (cox), Breeda Hayes and Sheila Hayes

Galley Vet Ladies Bernie O’Donovan, Jo Cannon, Gary Lombard (cox), Breeda Hayes and Sheila Hayes

The final race of the day 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. 

GalleyFlash Veteran Men Stephen Magee, Gary Lombard (cox), Declan Carroll, Rob Farrissey (Kilmacsimon) and Darren Cannon

GalleyFlash Veteran Men Stephen Magee, Gary Lombard (cox), Declan Carroll, Rob Farrissey (Kilmacsimon) and Darren Cannon

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.

GalleyFlash Veteran Mixed crew Bernie O'Donovan, Declan Carroll, Jo Cannon and Stephen Magee after their All Ireland final

GalleyFlash Veteran Mixed crew Bernie O’Donovan, Declan Carroll, Jo Cannon and Stephen Magee after their All Ireland final

 

GalleyFlash U14 crew after their race at the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships in Ballyshannon, Co.Donegal

GalleyFlash U14 crew after their race at the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships in Ballyshannon, Co.Donegal

 

GalleyFlash U16 crew

GalleyFlash U16 crew

2016 GalleyFlash News Update 05/08/2016

posted Aug 5, 2016, 2:20 PM by Donal Hayes   [ updated Jan 16, 2017, 2:24 PM ]

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 in less than a week 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. 
First to take to the water were the club’s Veteran Men; Declan Carroll, Darren Cannon, Stephen Magee and Finbarr McNulty (Rosscarbery). Ably coxed by Gary Lombard, this crew improved on previous results in this category by finishing in a strong fourth place. 
Next up were the Veteran Ladies crew of Jo Cannon, Bernie O’Donovan, Sheila Hayes and Breeda Hayes who performed well on the day. This crew was once again coxed by Gary Lombard. 
The young U12 Ladies crew of Caitlin Keating, Katie Hayes, Mary Kate Keohane and Aoife Godwin-Coombes were coxed by Danny Hayes and performed very well, finishing just outside of the medal positions in fourth place on this occasion.
Laura Ahern, Elise Crowley, Rachel Collins and Sinéad O’Connor were coxed by Paddy Harrington in the U16 Ladies and rowed a great race, finishing in third place and in doing so, secured the overall SWCYRA Championship bronze medals for this category. 
The U14 race proved difficult to start given the rough conditions on the water. The Galley crew in this race consisted of Darragh O’Leary, Brian Carroll, Róisín Hurley, Ben McShane and cox Mícheál Harrington. Having put on a fine display of rowing in tough conditions, this crew crossed the finish line in third place on the day and also secured the overall bronze medals for the West Cork championship. 
Given the worsening conditions on the water, a decision was taken to keep our U12 crew ashore due to safety concerns. 
The U16 crew of Kevin O’Leary, Gary Lombard, Alannah Hurley and Rory O’Connor were coxed by Paddy Harrington and rowed a good race in spite of the difficult conditions on the water. 
Next to take to the water were the U14 Ladies crew of Sinéad O’Donovan, Ciara O’Driscoll, Lucy Cannon, Lucy Quirke and cox Paddy Harrington. Given the rough conditions on the water and the unfortunate and inadvertent backwash from a boat near the course when GalleyFlash V was blown to the side, these girls rowed very well under the difficult circumstances. 
Mary Collins, Bernie O’Donovan, Julie Harrington and Donna Burke were coxed by Gary Lombard in the Pre Veteran Ladies race which had to be recalled following the loss of a steer by another crew. Following the second start, the race got underway with the Galley ladies performing well against tough competition. 
The Galley U18 Ladies crew of Claire McCarthy, Laura Ahern, Alannah Hurley and Elise Crowley were coxed by Danny Hayes in an exciting race with the Galley girls crossing the finish line in a hard-earned second place. This silver medal position also secured the overall championship silver medals for the Galley in this category. 
Next up were the Pre Veteran Men’s crew of Stephen Magee, Jim Ahern, Declan Carroll, Darren Cannon and cox Gary Lombard who performed very well on the day. 
Donna Burke, Roni Hawe, Claire McCarthy and Laura Connolly were coxed by Gary Lombard in the Junior Ladies race. Having gotten off to a great start, the Galley ladies turned the buoy first, three lengths ahead of the chasing pack. They maintained this lead for the remainder of the race and claimed the gold medals for this round of the championship. However, with Kilmacsimon finishing in second place, the Galley were unfortunate to miss out on the overall championship gold medals by a margin of just one point but can be proud of their silver South West championship medals in this category. 
The Galley once again had two teams in the Junior Men’s race with the B team using the Schull boat, with thanks to Schull Rowing Club. This crew comprised Danny O’Connor, John Carroll, Jim Ahern, Martin O’Brien and cox Gary Lombard and were unfortunate to lose the steer, which had split in two, at the second turn and subsequently were forced to retire from the race. 
Meanwhile, the ‘A’ team was made up of Ger Cullinane, Paddy Harrington, Micheál Harrington and Seán Keohane. Coxed by Julie Harrington, this crew performed well to cross the line in second place and in doing so, secured the South West championship silver medals to add to the County bronze medals claimed last week. 
The final race of the day was the Senior Men. Once again, Mark O’Brien, Paul Deasy, John Harrington and Barry Hooper were coxed by Julie Harrington in this race. Having been only slightly ahead for the first part of the race, the Galley crew extended their lead to two lengths by the final turn of the race and in the end, won the race by a margin of approximately three boat lengths. This win in turn secured the title of Celtic Ross SWCYRA Senior Men Champions to add to the crew’s County title claimed just a week previous. 

Focus for the club now turns to the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal which kick off on Friday next, August 12th at 2pm. With 20 crews representing the club over the three day championships, the club is looking forward to some great rowing action. As always, regular updates from the championships will be posted to the club’s social media accounts throughout the weekend.
On Wednesday Aug 3rd we were 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.

Earlier in the year, at Kilkern Lake regatta, our U12 crew were victorious in their category. On Wednesday Aug 3rd, GalleyFlash Vice President Bernie O'Donovan presented the Michael O'Donovan Memorial Cup to this U12 crew. 
Well done once again to Mark, Caitlin, Katie and Mary Kate
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2016 GalleyFlash News Update 01/08/2016

posted Aug 1, 2016, 10:06 AM by Donal Hayes   [ updated Aug 5, 2016, 2:23 PM ]

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.

First to take to the water for the club were the Veteran Mixed crew of Jo Cannon, Bernie O’Donovan, Stephen Magee, Declan Carroll and cox Gary Lombard who performed very well against tough competition in what was a debut County Final appearance for three of the four rowers.

Next up for the club were the U18’s. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the club was short one U18 rower on the day but with thanks to Rushbrooke Rowing Club were able to field a team. Gary Lombard, Rory O’Connor, Kevin O’Leary, Aaron (Rushbrooke) and cox Paddy Harrington put on a fine display of rowing in this race.

The U18 Ladies crew of Laura Ahern, Elise Crowley, Fiona Tobin, Claire McCarthy and cox Paddy Harrington were unlucky to finish just outside of the medal positions in fourth place but can be very proud of their efforts having rowed a great race.

The U16 crew of Gary Lombard, Rory O’Connor, Tadhg Ó’Súilleabháin and Daniel Godwin-Coombes were coxed by Paddy Harrington in what was a highly competitive category.

The Pre Veteran Men’s crew of Stephen Magee, Darren Cannon, Declan Carroll and Jim Ahern were coxed by Gary Lombard and put on a fine display of rowing.

Julie Harrington, Bernie O’Donovan, Donna Burke and Roni Hawe were coxed by Gary Lombard in the Pre Veteran Ladies race and were unlucky to just miss out on a medal position finishing in a strong fourth place.

The U16 Ladies crew of Sinéad O’Connor, Alannah Hurley, Elise Crowley and Rachel Collins were coxed by Paddy Harrington in this tight race and rowed extremely well.

Caitlin Keating, Mary Kate Keohane, Katie Hayes, Méibh Collins and cox Julie Harrington represented the club in the U12 Ladies in more challenging conditions than had been experienced earlier in the day.

Next to take to the water were the U14 crew of Darragh O’Leary, Ciara O’Driscoll, Róisín Hurley, Brian Carroll and cox Paddy Harrington in this exciting race.

The Veteran Ladies crew of Jo Cannon, Bernie O’Donovan, Breeda Hayes and Sheila Hayes were coxed by Gary Lombard and performed very well.

The Intermediate Men’s crew of Danny O’Connor, Jim Ahern, Martin O’Brien and John Carroll were coxed by Julie Harrington in the club’s first multi-turn race of the day and rowed a great race against tough competition.

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, Micheál Harrington and cox Julie Harrington.

Next up for the club were the Master Ladies. In what is still a relatively new category on the County and All Ireland race schedules, Breeda Hayes, Sheila Hayes, Jo Cannon and Mary O’Sullivan (Ring) were coxed by Gary Lombard and rowed a great race, finishing just outside of the medal positions on this occasion.

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.

With the County Final now complete, focus returns to West Cork and more specifically to Schull Regatta next Sunday, August 7th, where the final championship regatta will take place. With many championship categories still unresolved, this promises to be an exciting day of rowing action.

Cork County Senior Men's Champions Barry Hooper, John Harrington, Mark O'Brien, Paul Deasy and cox Julie Harrington pose with the club's new boat GalleyFlash V following their race at the Cork County Final in Cuskinny

Cork County Senior Men’s Champions Barry Hooper, John Harrington, Mark O’Brien, Paul Deasy and cox Julie Harrington pose with the club’s new boat GalleyFlash V following their race at the Cork County Final in Cuskinny

GalleyFlash Vet Ladies Jo Cannon, Bernie O'Donovan, Gary Lombard (cox), Breeda Hayes and Sheila Hayes

GalleyFlash Vet Ladies Jo Cannon, Bernie O’Donovan, Gary Lombard (cox), Breeda Hayes and Sheila Hayes

Galley U12 Ladies at the Cork County Final 

Galley U12 Ladies at the Cork County Final

 GalleyFlash Pre Vet Men Darren Cannon, Jim Ahern, Stephen Magee and Declan Carroll with cox Gary Lombard

GalleyFlash Pre Vet Men Darren Cannon, Jim Ahern, Stephen Magee and Declan Carroll with cox Gary Lombard

Galley U18 Ladies crew after their race at the Cork County Final in Cuskinny

Galley U18 Ladies crew after their race at the Cork County Final in Cuskinny

Galley Veteran Mixed crew of Gary Lombard (cox), Bernie O'Donovan, Stephen Magee, Jo Cannon and Declan Carroll after their race at the Cork County Final 

Galley Veteran Mixed crew of Gary Lombard (cox), Bernie O’Donovan, Stephen Magee, Jo Cannon and Declan Carroll after their race at the Cork County Final

Galley U16 crew at the Cork County Final in Cuskinny on August Bank Holiday Sunday

Galley U16 crew at the Cork County Final in Cuskinny on August Bank Holiday Sunday

GalleyFlash Rowing Club President Pat Joe Harrington and Vice President Mike Feen on shore duty at the Cork Coastal Rowing County Final in Cuskinny, Cobh on August Bank Holiday Sunday

GalleyFlash Rowing Club President Pat Joe Harrington and Vice President Mike Feen on shore duty at the Cork Coastal Rowing County Final in Cuskinny, Cobh on August Bank Holiday Sunday

Galley U16 Ladies in Cuskinny at the Cork County Final

Galley U16 Ladies in Cuskinny at the Cork County Final

GalleyFlash Intermediate Men Danny O'Connor, Jim Ahern, Martin O'Brien, John Carroll and cox Julie Harrington heading to the start line of the Cork County Final

GalleyFlash Intermediate Men Danny O’Connor, Jim Ahern, Martin O’Brien, John Carroll and cox Julie Harrington heading to the start line of the Cork County Final

GalleyFlash Junior Ladies and County silver medalists Donna Burke, Claire McCarthy, cox Gary Lombard, Maria O'Brien and Roni Hawe

GalleyFlash Junior Ladies and County silver medalists Donna Burke, Claire McCarthy, cox Gary Lombard, Maria O’Brien and Roni Hawe

GalleyFlash Junior Men Julie Harrington (cox), Micheál Harrington, Ger Cullinane, Seán Keohane and Paddy Harrington learn that they are the new County bronze medalists at the Cork County Final in Cuskinny

GalleyFlash Junior Men Julie Harrington (cox), Micheál Harrington, Ger Cullinane, Seán Keohane and Paddy Harrington learn that they are the new County bronze medalists at the Cork County Final in Cuskinny

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2016 GalleyFlash News Update 17/07/2016

posted Jul 19, 2016, 3:57 PM by Donal Hayes   [ updated Aug 1, 2016, 10:01 AM ]

Today (17/07/16) the club's new boat, GalleyFlash V, took to the water for the first time in competitive action in Castletownshend. 
The club wishes to thank Dunmore House Hotel for their sponsorship; a local family run hotel who recently attained its four star status. The club are delighted to have them on board. 
We look forward to the continued success of both the club and Dunmore House Hotel.
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Galley Junior “A” team after the fourth round of the Celtic Ross SWCYRA Championship in Castletownshend on July 17 in which they came third.

Galley Junior “A” team after the fourth round of the Celtic Ross SWCYRA Championship in Castletownshend on July 17 in which they came third.

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.

Junior Ladies

Junior Ladies

First to take to the water for the Galley in Castletownshend were the Veteran Men’s crew of Declan Carroll, Darren Cannon, Finbarr McNulty (Rosscarbery R.C.), Stephen Magee and cox Gary Lombard who performed well against tough competition.

Next up were the Veteran Ladies crew of Breeda Hayes, Sheila Hayes, Bernie O’Donovan and Jo Cannon who performed well, improving on previous results to date. This crew was ably coxed by Gary Lombard.

GalleyFlash IV and GalleyFlash V leaving the shore ahead of the Junior Men’s race in Castletownshend.

GalleyFlash IV and GalleyFlash V leaving the shore ahead of the Junior Men’s race in Castletownshend.

The Senior Mixed category is proving to be an exciting one with changing results week-on-week. Mark O’Brien, John Harrington, Donna Burke and Roni Hawe were coxed by Julie Harrington in this thrilling race which saw the Galley winning by the tightest of margins, crossing the line in a well-deserved first place; a first competitive win for GalleyFlash V.

The club’s young U12 Ladies were next to take to the water and put on a fine display of rowing. Caitlin Keating, Méibh Collins, Mary Kate Keohane and Katie Hayes were coxed by Julie Harrington in this tough race and finished just outside of the medal positions on this occasion.

GalleyFlash Pre Vet Ladies heading to the start line ahead of their race at the fourth round of the Celtic Ross SWCYRA Championship in Castletownshend.

GalleyFlash Pre Vet Ladies heading to the start line ahead of their race at the fourth round of the Celtic Ross SWCYRA Championship in Castletownshend.

Laura Ahern, Rachel Collins, Alannah Hurley and Sinéad O’Connor were coxed by Paddy Harrington in the U16 Ladies race. This category has seen significant movement in those placing in the top three over the past few weeks and so, spectators watched with great interest to see how this race would take shape. The Galley girls rowed a great race and in an exciting finish claimed the silver medals for the second time this season.

Another race category which has seen changing results in the silver and bronze medal positions throughout the season is the U14s. Darragh O’Leary, Brian Carroll, Róisín Hurley and Ben McShane represented the club in this race and were coxed by Micheál Harrington. While this crew were outside of the medal positions on this occasion, they performed extremely well against tough competition.

GalleyFlash Senior Mixed crew who won the fourth round of the Celtic Ross SWCYRA Championship in Castletownshend on July 17th.

GalleyFlash Senior Mixed crew who won the fourth round of the Celtic Ross SWCYRA Championship in Castletownshend on July 17th.

Next up were the U12 crew of Méibh Collins, Caitlin Keating, Aoife Godwin-Coombes, Mark O’Donovan and cox Julie Harrington who performed very well.

Gary Lombard, Kevin O’Leary, Daniel Godwin-Coombes and Rory O’Connor were coxed by Paddy Harrington in the U16 race and put on a fine display of rowing.

The U14 Ladies were next to take to the water in a race that ended in an almost blanket finish. Lucy Cannon, Lucy Quirke, Róisín Hurley and Sinéad O’Donovan were coxed by Micheál Harrington in this exciting race.

GalleyFlash U12 Ladies heading to the start line ahead of their race in Castletownshend.

GalleyFlash U12 Ladies heading to the start line ahead of their race in Castletownshend.

Julie Harrington, Roni Hawe, Donna Burke and Bernie O’Donovan represented the club in the Pre Veteran Ladies race which is another category with varying results. Coxed by Gary Lombard, this crew performed well in this competitive contest but were outside of the medal positions on this occasion.

Claire McCarthy, Alannah Hurley and Rachel Collins were joined by Shelley Daly (Myross R.C.) in the U18 Ladies race. Given that this crew had not previously rowed together as a unit, these ladies performed extremely well and were rewarded with well-deserved silver medals for their efforts. Micheál Harrington was in the coxes seat this time around.

U12

All smiles from the U12 crew after their race at Castletownshend.

Declan Carroll, Darren Cannon, Stephen Magee and Finbarr McNulty (Rosscarbery R.C.) returned to the boat for their second race of the day in the Pre Veteran Men. Paddy Harrington ably coxed this team who put on a fine display of rowing.

The Junior Ladies category is possibly the most wide-open in terms of who will win the overall West Cork championship title. Donna Burke, Roni Hawe, Claire McCarthy and Maria O’Brien were coxed by Gary Lombard and finished in third position on this occasion. With each round of the championship having been won by a different club so far, it is all to play for at this stage in the season.

Cox Micheál Harrington guiding the U14’s to the start of their race in Castletownshend.

Cox Micheál Harrington guiding the U14’s to the start of their race in Castletownshend.

The club once again had two crews (and two boats, GalleyFlash IV and GalleyFlash V) in the Junior Men’s race. The Junior “A” team comprised Sean Keohane, Micheál Harrington, Paddy Harrington, Ger Cullinane and cox Julie Harrington while the Junior “B” team was made up of Danny O’Connor, John Carroll, Stephen Magee, Martin O’Brien and cox Gary Lombard. Both crews performed very well with the Junior “A” team finishing in third place on the day.

The final race of the day was, as always, the Senior Men. John Harrington, Mark O’Brien, Paul Deasy and Barry Hooper were coxed by Julie Harrington and crossed the line in a strong second place.

With a break in competitive action next week, focus now turns to the County Final which will be held in Cuskinny on Sunday, July 31st

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