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2017 GalleyFlash News Update 02/09/2017

posted Sep 1, 2017, 3:59 PM by Donal Hayes   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 4:00 PM ]


2017 GalleyFlash News Update 24/08/2017

posted Aug 24, 2017, 2:20 PM by Donal Hayes   [ updated Aug 24, 2017, 2:22 PM ]

Over 100 people made the journey from Ardfield-Rathbarry to Ballyshannon, Co.Donegal for the 2017 All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships this weekend. With 16 crews rowing over the 3 day event, the extremely changeable weather conditions did not deter the crowds from showing their support for the club.

Friday afternoon of the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships has become the day for the finalsof the traditional boat races. Three crews took to the water for the club in the torrential rain and gusty conditions that greeted us to the Lakeside Centre on Friday.

First to take to the water were the Cork Yawl Ladies. Niamh Hayes, Keri Ahern, Donna Burke and Laura Connolly were coxed by Julie Harrington in this close encounter where the Galley crew were unlucky to finish just outside of the medal positions in fourth place but can be proud of their fantastic display of rowing.

Next up were the Open Classic Men's crew of Paddy Harrington, Jim Ahern, Micheál Harrington, Sean Keohane and cox Niamh Hayes. Having gotten off to a great start, this crew rowed a great race finishing in a well-deserved third place to pick up the All Ireland bronze medals.

The final crew to take to the water for the club on Friday evening were the Cork Yawl Men. John Harrington, Mike Turner, Danny Hayes and Ger Cullinane were coxed by Niamh Hayes in this exciting race. Once again a great start put this crew in contention from the early stages of the race and they were duly rewarded for their efforts crossing the finish line in third place claiming the All Ireland bronze medals.

With the Friday evening prizegiving finishing at 8.30pm, members of the club were back at the Lakeside less than 12 hours later for the U21 Ladies All Ireland final which was scheduled for an 8am start time on Saturday morning. Ciara Deasy (Ring), Keri Ahern, Laura Ahern and Eimear O'Keeffe were coxed by Danny Hayes in this thrilling race where the Galley crew powered across the finish line in a hard-earned third place to pick up the All Ireland bronze medals.

The only other All Ireland final held on the Saturday which the Galley competed in ws the Masters Ladies race. Breeda Hayes, Jo Cannon, Rita Morrissey and Cathy (Sive) were coxed by Niamh Hayes in this final and rowed well in the tough conditions.

Well done also to Galley lady Mary Collins who rowed for East Ferry in the Masters Ladies final.

The Veteran Mixed crew of Darren Cannon, Paddy Rose, Jo Cannon, Mary Collins and cox Gary Lombard were unlucky not to qualify for the All Ireland final but rowed very well in their heat on Saturday.

The first crew on the water for the club on the Sunday were the U12 crew of Caitlin Keating, Cameron Rose, Shane Barrett and Neil O’Sullivan who were coxed by Danny Hayes. This young crew rowed a great race finishing in a brilliant fifth place in the All Ireland final.

Next up were the U16 Ladies crew of Rachel Collins, Elise Crowley, Sinéad O'Connor, Sinéad O’Donovan and cox Niamh Hayes in what was one of the most exciting races of the day. The Galley girls rowed an excellent race but heartbreakingly, were unlucky to finish in fourth place, crossing the line a single second behind the third placed crew.

Having won their heat on the evening beforehand, the U14s took to the water next. A great start put them in contention early on in the race and an equally great turn put them in the lead with 400 metres to go. This lead did not exchange hands for the remainder of the race with the Galley crew of Tomás O’Hea, Ben McShane, Darragh O'Leary, Brian Carroll and cox Danny Hayes crossing the line in first place to become U14 All Ireland Champions for 2017.

Next to take to the water were the U18s. With Fiona Connolly at the helm, Gary Lombard, Rory O'Connor, Daniel Godwin-Coombs and Kevin O'Leary rowed a great race in tough conditions.

Aoife Godwin-Coombs, Aoise Lawless, Katie O’Keeffe and Caitlin Keating were coxed by Danny Hayes in the U12 Ladies All Ireland final and put on a fantastic display of rowing.

Well done also to Mary Collins who rowed for Rushbrooke in the Pre Veteran Mixed race and finished in fifth place.

The next final the Galley competed in was the Pre Veteran Men. John Harrington, Micheál Harrington, Mike Turner and Jim Ahern were coxed by Julie Harrington in this exciting race where the Galley battled it out with neighbouring West Cork club Courtmacsherry, eventually crossing the finish line in a well-deserved second place to claim the All Ireland silver medals.

The U14 Ladies All Ireland final was the next in which the club had a crew. Lucy Cannon, Méibh Collins, Kate Whelton and Mary Kate Keohane were coxed by Danny Hayes in this tough category where the Galley girls put on a fine display of rowing.

The Junior Ladies crew of Julie Harrington, Laura Ahern, Lucy Quirke and Eimear O'Keeffe were coxed by Fiona Connolly in their All Ireland final where they rowed a great race in spite of the wind conditions worsening during the course of the race.

Niamh Hayes, Keri Ahern, Donna Burke and Roni Hawe were coxed by Julie Harrington in the Senior Ladies All Ireland final. Having gotten off to a flyer of a start, the Galley ladies rowed a fantastic race storming across the finish line in second place, to claim the All Ireland silver medals.

The final race of the weekend was the Senior Men. While focus may have understandably been elsewhere, Paul Deasy, Mark O’Brien, John Harrington, Sean Keohane and cox Julie Harrington led this exciting encounter from the outset and much to the delight of those on the shore, crossed the line in first place to claim back-to-back All Ireland titles.

The club wishes to thank all those who have made the 2017 All Ireland such a success; to Paddy Rose for towing the two boats; to all those who were on shore duty over the course of the three days looking after the boats; to those who helped prepare the boat, load the boat, unload the boat; to those who made the tea; to The Island Beverage Co Ltd Java Republic for providing the tea and coffee making facilities; to our sponsors Dunmore House HotelO' Donovans Bar Fishers Cross, John Hayes Tractor Sales, Patrick O'Sullivan (O'Sullivan's Mountain House and Daytona Construction) and South of Ireland Petroleum for their ongoing support; to those who transported the marquee and other gear; to those who erected the marquee; to those who took photos; to those who travelled to support us; to those who sent messages of good luck; to Donegal Bay Rowing Club for hosting a fantastic All Ireland; thank you all.

Finally, to all those who rowed and coxed over the weekend, well done and thank you all. #galleygalleygalley



All at GalleyFlash Rowing Club were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Frank Deasy, Clonakilty, earlier today.

Frank's son Paul won the Senior Men’s All Ireland title with the club at the weekend and has been an integral member of our Men's crews over the past 10 years.

Frank himself was heavily involved in the upgrading of infrastructure at our base in Kilkern Lake over the past decade.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Paul, Eoin and Claire, and the entire Deasy family.

May he rest in peace.

2017 GalleyFlash News Update 15/08/2017

posted Aug 15, 2017, 10:00 AM by Donal Hayes   [ updated Aug 15, 2017, 10:01 AM ]

The final round of the Celtic Ross Hotel South West Rowing Championship was held in Schull on Sunday, August 13th where torrential downpours and overcast conditions were the order of the day. With many championship titles on the line, it made for a very interesting day of rowing action.

First to take to the water for the club were the Veteran Men’s crew of Paddy Rose, Darren Cannon, John Michael O’Donovan, Kilmacsimon and cox Gary Lombard who performed well.

Next up were the Veteran Ladies. Jo Cannon, Rita Morrissey, Breeda Hayes, Kilmacsimon and cox Gary Lombard represented the club in this category.

The Senior Mixed race was next on the agenda with Danny Hayes, Paddy Harrington, Niamh Hayes, Keri Ahern and cox Rory O’Connor taking to the water on this occasion. This crew performed well crossing the finish line in fourth place but sealing the bronze medals in the West Cork championship by doing so.

The ever-exciting U12 Ladies race was next. Caitlin Keating, Aoife Godwin-Coombes, Aoise Lawless and Katie O’Keeffe were coxed by Danny Hayes in this race where finishing in fifth position was enough to secure joint third place in the West Cork championship.

Having won the previous three rounds of the championship, Rachel Collins, Elise Crowley, Sinéad O’Donovan, Sinéad O’Connor and cox Niamh Hayes were up next in a bid to secure victory in the U16 Ladies. In what was an exciting race, the Galley girls powered across the line in first place, sealing the title of West Cork Champions for 2017.

Following the excitement of the U16 Ladies race, GalleyFlash V returned to the water once again in a bid for the title in the U14 category. Lucy Cannon, Tomás O’Hea, Brian Carroll and Darragh O’Leary were coxed by Danny Hayes in this thrilling encounter where they stormed to victory in emphatic style to be crowned West Cork Champions.

Next to take to the water were the young U12s. With Danny Hayes at the helm, Caitlin Keating, Aoise Lawless, Cameron Rose and Shane Barrett rowed a great race finishing fifth on the day and fourth overall in the West Cork championship.

Katie Hayes, Mary Kate Keohane, Kate Whelton and Méibh Collins were coxed by Danny Hayes in the U14 Ladies race where they put on a fine display of rowing in tough conditions.

Gary Lombard coxed the Pre Veteran Ladies crew of Julie Harrington, Jo Cannon, Roni Hawe and Donna Burke who crossed the line in fourth place on the day but in doing so, secured the silver medals in the West Cork championship.

Having won the U16 Ladies race, and indeed the West Cork championship, earlier in the day, Rachel Collins, Elise Crowley, Sinéad O’Donovan, Sinéad O’Connor and cox Niamh Hayes returned to the boat to compete in the U18 Ladies where they finished in an impressive third place, securing the bronze medals in the West Cork championship.

Next to take to the water were the Pre Veteran Men. Having won the previous round of the championship in Courtmacsherry, John Harrington, Micheál Harrington, Mike Turner, Jim Ahern and cox Julie Harrington put on a fine display of rowing to secure their second win of the season and the silver medals in the West Cork championship.

The U18s were next up for the club. Rory O’Connor, Gary Lombard, Daniel Godwin-Coombes and Kevin O’Leary were coxed by Fiona Connolly in this race. Having rowed well this strong crew crossed the line in third place, securing the bronze medals in the West Cork championship.

The Senior Ladies category has proved itself to be one of the most exciting over the course of the season and the final round of the championship did not disappoint. The Galley crew of Niamh Hayes, Donna Burke, Roni Hawe and Keri Ahern were coxed by Julie Harrington and crossed the line in third place, securing joint second place in the West Cork championship.

The penultimate race of the day was the Junior Men where Ger Cullinane, Paddy Harrington, Jim Ahern and Mike Turner were coxed by Julie Harrington where this team finished in fourth place securing the bronze medals in the West Cork championship.

The final race of the day, and indeed of the 2017 West Cork championship season, was the Senior Men. Mark O’Brien, John Harrington, Sean Keohane and Paul Deasy were coxed by Julie Harrington in this race with the Galley powering across the finish line in fine style, securing the bronze medals in the West Cork championship.

With the final championship regatta of the season now concluded, all roads lead to Ballyshannon, Co.Donegal for the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships taking place on this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday; August 18th, 19th and 20th. The club will post regular updates on our social media channels throughout the weekend.

For anyone who is unable to travel to Donegal for the weekend, there will be a live stream of finals on Sunday from 8am on christyriordanvideos.com/crvlive.

We wish all rowers, coxes and supporters a safe journey to Donegal and the very best of luck to all who are participating over the weekend.#galleygalleygalley

2017 GalleyFlash News Update 10/08/2017

posted Aug 10, 2017, 3:44 PM by Donal Hayes   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 3:44 PM ]

The fourth round of the Celtic Ross Hotel South West Championship was held in Blind Strand, Courtmacsherry on Sunday, August 6th. Challenging conditions on the water coupled with changeable weather made for a tough days racing as crews looked to add to their points tally in the West Cork championship. Considering the choppy water, the race schedule was re-jigged slightly in the hopes that conditions would improve later in the day and so, underage races were held later than usual in the day. 
First to take to the water were the Veteran Men’s crew of Paddy Rose, Darren Cannon, John Michael O’Donovan, Kilmacsimon and cox Julie Harrington who performed well in the tough conditions.
Next up was the Veteran Ladies crew which comprised Breeda Hayes, Jo Cannon, Kilmacsimon, Rita Morrissey and cox Gary Lombard. 
The Senior Mixed crew was made up of Niamh Hayes, Keri Ahern, Paddy Harrington, Danny Hayes and cox Rory O’Connor. Having rowed a great race in the tough conditions, this crew crossed the finish line in third place. 
Gary Lombard, Rory O’Connor, Daniel Godwin-Coombes and Kevin O’Leary were coxed by Fiona Connolly in the U18 race and finished in a well-earned third place. 
Gary Lombard was at the helm for the Pre-Veteran Ladies race where Jo Cannon, Julie Harrington, Roni Hawe and Donna Burke put on a fine display of rowing and finished in third place. 
Next to take to the water was the Pre-Veteran Mens crew of Micheál Harrington, John Harrington, Mike Turner, Jim Ahern and cox Julie Harrington. Having finished in second place in the opening three rounds of the championship, the Galley crew went one better on this occasion finishing in first place. 
Elise Crowley, Rachel Collins, Sinéad O’Donovan and Sinéad O’Connor were coxed by Niamh Hayes in the U16 Ladies race and for the third time this season crossed the finish line in a brilliant first place. 
The Junior Ladies crew was made up of Julie Harrington, Eimear O’Keeffe, Maria O’Brien, Laura Connolly and cox Gary Lombard who were unlucky to finish outside of the medal positions on this occasion crossing the line in fourth place. 
Next up was the Senior Ladies race where Roni Hawe, Niamh Hayes, Donna Burke and Keri Ahern were coxed by Julie Harrington and finished in a well-deserved second place. 
Next to take to the water was the U14 crew because of the re-jigged schedule. Tomás O’Hea, Ben McShane, Darragh O’Leary and Brian Carroll were coxed by Danny Hayes in this exciting race where they powered across the finish line in an excellent first place. 
Danny Hayes, John Harrington, Mike Turner and Jim Ahern were coxed by Rory O’Connor in the Junior Men’s race where they rowed a great race and finished in third place. 
The U14 Ladies crew comprised Méibh Collins, Lucy Cannon, Kate Whelton, Mary Kate Keohane and cox Keri Ahern who put on an excellent display of rowing in a tough race, finishing in fourth place. 
Next up was the U12 race where Caitlin Keating, Cameron Rose, Neil O’Sullivan and Shane Barrett were coxed by Danny Hayes. Having rowed a great race, this crew was unfortunate to be pipped on the line for third place.
The Senior Men’s crew of Mark O’Brien, Sean Keohane, Ger Cullinane, Paul Deasy and cox Julie Harrington put on a fine display of rowing and finished in third place.
The final race of the day was the U12 Ladies where the Galley crew of Caitlin Keating, Caoimhe White, Aoise Lawless and Aoife Godwin-Coombes were coxed by Danny Hayes in a very exciting race, crossing the finish line in second place. 
Special mention to Galley girl Katie O’Keeffe who rowed for Kilmacabea in the U12 Ladies race. 
The club now looks forward to the final round of the Celtic Ross Hotel South West Championship next Sunday in Schull with the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships taking place in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal on the following weekend.

2017 GalleyFlash News Update 25/07/2017

posted Aug 10, 2017, 3:39 PM by Donal Hayes   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 3:41 PM ]

It was a busy weekend of rowing action for the Galley with the club travelling to Kilmacsimon on Saturday, July 22nd and Rosscarbery on Sunday, July 23rd for the final two fun regattas of the season.

Sunshine and smiles were on the agenda on both evenings with rowers, coxes and supporters enjoying the great atmosphere at both regattas.

On Saturday, the club was represented by 5 crews at Kilmacsimon Regatta.

The U12 Mixed crew comprised Caitlin Keating, Aoife Godwin-Coombes, Cameron Rose, Mark O'Donovan and cox Niamh Hayes. This crew rowed a great race but were unlucky to finish just outside the medal positions in fourth place on this occasion.

Mary Kate Keohane, Ciaran Brennan, Méibh Collins and Kate Whelton were coxed by Niamh Hayes in the U14 Mixed race. Having put on a fine display of rowing, this crew crossed the line in a well deserved second place.

The U16 Mixed crew of Daniel Godwin-Coombes, Sinead O’Donovan, Rachel Collins, Méibh Collins and cox Niamh Hayes rowed a great race to finish in second place claiming the silver medals.

Rachel Collins, Sinead O’Donovan, Daniel Godwin-Coombes and Kate Whelton were coxed by Niamh Hayes in the U18 Mixed race. This crew performed very well but were involved in an unfortunate clash at the turning buoy resulting in a fourth place finish.

The Mixed crew was made up of Donna Burke, Julie Harrington, John Michael O’Donovan, Paddy Rose and cox Rachel Collins who rowed a great race.

On the following evening, 7 crews represented the club at Rosscarbery regatta.

The young U12 beginners crew of Shane Barrett, Mark Fitzpatrick, Aoise Lawless and Katie O’Keeffe were coxed by Niamh Hayes. In what was a great race, these stars of the future put on a fine display of rowing to finish in second place.

The U12 crew comprised Neil O’Sullivan, Caitlin Keating, Aoife Godwin-Coombes, Cameron Rose and cox Niamh Hayes. Once again this was an exciting race with the Galley crew crossing the line in a well deserved second place.

Darragh O’Leary, Ben McShane, Tomás O’Hea and Daniel Barrett were coxed by Niamh Hayes in the U14 race. Having rowed a great race, this excellent crew powered across the line in first place.

The U14 Ladies crew was made up of Méibh Collins, Mary Kate Keohane, Katie Hayes, Emma O’Donovan and cox Niamh Hayes who put on a fine display of rowing, finishing just outside of the medal positions this time around.

Sinead O’Connor, Annabella O’Gorman, Kevin O’Leary and Lucy Quirke were coxed by Niamh Hayes in the U16 Mixed race and rowed a great race. Special mention also to Daniel Godwin-Coombes and Rachel Collins who rowed for Kilmacabea in this race.

Julie Harrington, Roni Hawe, Donna Burke and Mary Collins were coxed by Rachel Collins in the Ladies race. Having gained a lead in the early stages of the race, this strong crew stormed across the finish line in fine style to claim first place.

The final race of the day was the Men’s race and the club fielded a somewhat unconventional crew to compete with Donna Burke, Niamh Hayes, Roni Hawe and John Michael O’Donovan taking to the water under the watchful eye of cox Rachel Collins.

The club thanks Kilmacsimon Rowing Club and Rosscarbery Rowing Clubfor two very enjoyable evenings. Thanks also to all those who rowed over the weekend and a special word of thanks to our two coxes over the weekend, Niamh and Rachel.

Next on the agenda for the club is the 4th round of the Celtic Ross HotelSouth West Rowing Championship in Blind Strand, Courtmacsherry, on August 6th.

2017 GalleyFlash News Update 18/07/2017

posted Jul 18, 2017, 2:38 PM by Donal Hayes   [ updated Jul 18, 2017, 2:38 PM ]

On what was a scorching Sunday afternoon in July, the Cork Coastal Rowing County Finals were held in Baltimore today where the best of the west faced the best of the east.

The club was delighted to take home one silver and six bronze medals on a bumper day of rowing action.

The first crew to pick up medals were the young U21 Ladies crew of Eimear O’Keeffe, Keri Ahern, Elise Crowley and Ciara Deasy (Ring). Coxed by Danny Hayes, this super crew rowed a fantastic race and were rewarded for their efforts with the bronze County medals.

The next crew to take a podium position for the club were the U12 Ladies. Katie O’Keeffe, Caitlin Keating, Aoise Lawless and Caoimhe White were coxed by Danny Hayes in this exciting and competitive race. The Galley girls were the first West Cork crew to cross the line when they claimed the bronze County medals.

The U14 crew of Ben McShane, Tomás O’Hea, Darragh O’Leary, Brian Carroll and cox Danny Hayes were the next Galley crew to claim a podium place when they finished with a fantastic silver County medal, mere feet behind the new County Champions, Courtmacsherry.

The Pre-Vet Men’s crew comprised John Harrington, Micheál Harrington, Mike Turner, Jim Ahern and cox Julie Harrington. In what was an exciting race, the Galley crew finished in a well-deserved third place to claim the bronze County medals.

Gary Lombard, Kevin O’Leary, Rory O’Connor and Daniel Godwin-Coombes were coxed by Fiona Connolly in the U18 race. In what was an incredibly competitive race, the Galley crew performed extremely well to claim the bronze County medals.

The Senior Ladies crew was made up of Roni Hawe, Niamh Hayes, Donna Burke, Keri Ahern and cox Julie Harrington. With the wind picking up as the day progressed, conditions on the water had become less than favourable by this point in the day. However, the Galley crew rowed a great race and were duly rewarded with the bronze County medals.

Mark O’Brien, Paul Deasy, Sean Keohane and Ger Cullinane were coxed by Julie Harrington in the final race of the day, the Senior Men’s race. This multi-turn race was extremely exciting with West Cork crews Kilmacsimon, Courtmacsherry and the Galley battling it out for first, second and third for the much of the race with the Galley finishing in an eventual third place to claim the bronze County medals.

Other crews to represent the club on the day were as follows:

The Senior Mixed team comprised Danny Hayes, Paddy Harrington, Niamh Hayes, Laura Connolly and cox Rory O’Connor. This crew rowed a great race against tough competition.

Lucy Quirke, Sinéad O’Connor, Elise Crowley and Rachel Collins were coxed by Niamh Hayes in the U16 Ladies and put on a fine display of rowing.

The Masters Ladies crew was made up of Jo Cannon, Breeda Hayes, Mary O’Sullivan (Myross), Rita Morrissey and cox Gary Lombard who finished in fourth position.

Caitlin Keating, Caoimhe White, Cameron Rose, Neil O’Sullivan and cox Danny Hayes rowed very well in the U12 race.
Keri Ahern was at the helm for the U14 Ladies race where Lucy Cannon, Kate Whelton, Méibh Collins and Mary Kate Keohane rowed a great race.

The Pre-Vet Ladies team comprised Roni Hawe, Jo Cannon, Donna Burke, Julie Harrington and cox Gary Lombard. This crew put on a great display of rowing in this tough category.

Sinéad O’Donovan, Sinéad O’Connor, Annabella O’Gorman and Rachel Collins were coxed by Keri Ahern and had a great race in the U18 Ladies.

The Vet Mixed crew of Breeda Hayes, Paddy Rose, Darren Cannon, Jo Cannon and cox Rory O’Connor rowed a great race against some tough competition.

Eimear O’Keeffe, Maria O’Brien, Julie Harrington and Laura Connolly rowed in the Intermediate Ladies race. Coxed by Fiona Connolly, this crew put on a fine display of rowing.

Niamh Hayes coxed the Intermediate Men’s crew of Danny Hayes, Conor Tobin, Martin O’Brien and Darren Cannon who performed well against a tough field.

The Junior Men’s crew was made up of John Harrington, Micheál Harrington, Mike Turner, Jim Ahern and cox Rory O’Connor who rowed well in what was a hugely exciting and competitive race.

The club would also like to say well done to Breeda Hayes who rowed in the Vet Ladies race with Myross.

Well done to all those who rowed and coxed today, you have done yourselves and your club proud.

Next on the agenda for the club is Kilmacsimon Regatta on next Saturday, July 22nd followed by Rosscarbery Regatta on next Sunday, July 23rd.

2017 GalleyFlash News Update 12/07/2017

posted Jul 12, 2017, 2:12 PM by Donal Hayes   [ updated Jul 12, 2017, 2:12 PM ]

The third round of the Celtic Ross Hotel South West Rowing Championship was held in picturesque Castletownshend on Sunday, July 9th. With the Cork County Coastal Rowing Finals merely a week away on Sunday, July 16th, teams were eager to secure qualification for this prestigious event.

16 teams represented the Galley on the day with many securing qualification for the County Final.

First up for the club were the Veteran Ladies crew of Breeda Hayes, Jo Cannon, Rita Morrissey, Therese Lawlor (Rosscarbery) and cox Gary Lombard who finished in sixth place.

Next to take to the water were Paddy Harrington, Danny Hayes, Keri Ahern, Niamh Hayes and cox Rory O’Connor in the Senior Mixed race. This crew rowed well and were unlucky to finish just outside of the medal positions in fourth place. However, qualification for the County Final was secured through this result as this crew are now joint third in the overall championship standings.

Following the Mixed race, Katie O’Keeffe, Caitlin Keating, Aoise Lawless, Ciara (Myross) and cox Danny Hayes represented the club in the U12 Ladies race. This crew put on a fine display of rowing and once again improved on previous results by finishing in a well-deserved second place and ensuring their place in the County Final.

Next up were the U16 Ladies. Having won the previous round of the championship in Union Hall two weeks ago, it was more of the same for Sinéad O’Connor, Rachel Collins, Elise Crowley, Lucy Quirke and cox Niamh Hayes who stormed across the line in a hard-earned first place. The Galley girls are now first in the overall championship standings and therefore, have also secured qualification for the County Final.

Thus far in the championship, the Galley U14 crew have had mixed fortunes. However, this was all to change in Castletownshend as Tomás O’Hea, Ben McShane, Brian Carroll, Lucy Cannon and cox Danny Hayes powered across the finish line in a brilliant first place, while also ensuring their place in the draw for the County.

Mark O’Donovan, Caitlin Keating, Aoise Lawless, Neil O’Sullivan and cox Danny Hayes were next to take to the water for the club in the U12 race. In a category which has seen mixed results for many clubs, the Galley crew rowed a great race but finished outside of the podium positions on this occasion. However, qualification for the County Final has been secured.

The next race for the club was the U14 Ladies. Mary Kate Keohane, Lucy Cannon, Méibh Collins, Kate Whelton and cox Keri Ahern put on a fine display of rowing but were unfortunate not to finish in a medal winning position, crossing the line in fourth place.

The Pre-Veteran Ladies race was once again a highly competitive encounter. Jo Cannon, Donna Burke, Roni Hawe, Julie Harrington and cox Gary Lombard put on a great display of rowing to finish in third place which secured qualification for the County Final.

Having won the U16 Ladies race earlier in the day, Sinéad O’Connor, Rachel Collins, Elise Crowley, Lucy Quirke and cox Niamh Hayes returned to the boat for the U18 Ladies race where they finished in a well-earned third place, also securing qualification in this category for the County Final.

The Pre-Veteran Men’s crew of John Harrington, Micheál Harrington, Mike Turner, Jim Ahern and cox Julie Harrington rowed a great race finishing in second place, a short distance behind the winners. Having finished second in all three championship races to date, qualification for the County Final is in the bag for this crew.

The U18 race was up next for the club. Gary Lombard, Elise Crowley, Rachel Collins, Rory O’Connor and cox Fiona Connolly performed very well against tough competition in this race, finishing just outside of the medal positions in fourth place. However, this result means that the crew is currently lying in second position overall in the championship standings and therefore, they will be in the draw for the County Final.

Maria O’Brien, Laura Connolly, Julie Harrington, Eimear O’Keeffe and cox Fiona Connolly took to the water for the Junior Ladies race. In a highly competitive race, the Galley ladies rowed well finishing in fifth place.

The final Ladies race of the day, as is tradition, was the Senior Ladies race. Having finished very closely behind the winners in Union Hall at the previous round of the championship, the Galley Ladies went one better in Castletownshend powering across the line in first place and securing their place in the County Final draw. This crew comprised Niamh Hayes, Donna Burke, Keri Ahern, Roni Hawe and cox Julie Harrington.

Once again the club had two crews in the Junior Men’s race. The “A” team was made up of Danny Hayes, John Harrington, Mike Turner, Jim Ahern and cox Keri Ahern. Meanwhile, the “B” team comprised Conor Tobin, Micheál Harrington, Paddy Harrington, Martin O’Brien and cox Gary Lombard. The “A” team finished in third place and secured qualification for the County Final.

The final race of the day was the Senior Men. Mark O’Brien, Sean Keohane, Ger Cullinane, Paul Deasy and cox Julie Harrington put on a fine display of rowing to finish in third place, ensuring their place in the draw for the County Final also.

The club now looks forward to the Cork County Coastal Rowing Finals in Baltimore next Sunday, July 16th with action getting underway at 9am.

2017 GalleyFlash News Update 08/07/2017

posted Jul 7, 2017, 4:55 PM by Donal Hayes   [ updated Jul 7, 2017, 4:55 PM ]

The sun shone on a breezy Union Hall for the second round of the Celtic Ross Hotel South West Rowing Championship on June 25th where a large crowd gathered to watch the fine display of coastal rowing. 
The first race of the day was the Veteran Men’s race. The club fielded a composite crew in this race comprising Paddy Rose, Stephen Magee, John Burchill (Kilmacabea), Seamus (Kilmacsimon) and cox Gary Lombard who performed very well against tough competition. 
Next to take to the water was the Senior Mixed crew of Danny Hayes, Paddy Harrington, Niamh Hayes, Keri Ahern and cox Rory O’Connor. Having finished in third position in the opening round of the championship in Glandore last week, this strong crew maintained their form to again finish in bronze medal position.
The U12 Ladies crew of Aoife Godwin-Coombes, Aoise Lawless, Katie O’Keeffe, Caitlin Keating and cox Danny Hayes rowed a great race in this exciting category and finished in a well-earned third place. 
Next up was the U16 Ladies race. Having gotten off to a great start, the Galley crew of Elise Crowley, Rachel Collins, Sinead O’Connor, Lucy Quirke and cox Niamh Hayes, fought off tough competition to cross the line in a well-deserved first place. 
The U14 crew of Darragh O’Leary, Brian Carroll, Tomás O’Hea, Daniel Barrett and cox Danny Hayes rowed a great race in this highly competitive category and were unlucky to finish outside of the medal positions on this occasion.
Neil O’Sullivan, Cameron Rose, Shane Barrett, Caitlin Keating and cox Danny Hayes were next to take to the water in the U12 race. Having turned the buoy in fifth place, this young crew performed extremely well in the closing stages of this thrilling race to finish in a hard fought for second place.
The U16 race was up next for the club. Kevin O’Leary, Daniel Godwin-Coombes, Annabella O’Gorman, Ross (Rosscarbery) and cox Keri Ahern put on a fine display of rowing in this tough category. 
The young U14 Ladies crew of Mary Kate Keohane, Katie Hayes, Kate Whelton, Méibh Collins and cox Keri Ahern rowed very well but were outside of the medal positions on this occasion. 
Next to take to the water were the Pre Veteran Ladies crew of Roni Hawe, Julie Harrington, Donna Burke, Rita Morrissey and cox Gary Lombard who performed very well finishing in second place, improving on their previous championship result.
Having finished in first place in the U16 Ladies race earlier in the day, Elise Crowley, Rachel Collins and Sinead O’Connor returned to the boat for the U18 Ladies race, joined on this occasion by Laura Ahern and cox Niamh Hayes. These young ladies rowed a great race and finished in third position. 
The Pre Veteran Men’s crew of Micheál Harrington, Mike Turner, Damien Cogan (Schull), Jim Ahern and cox Julie Harrington put on a fine display of rowing finishing in second place, just a short distance behind the winners.
Gary Lombard, Rory O’Connor, Daniel Godwin-Coombes, Dave O’Donovan and cox Fiona Connolly were next to take to the water in the U18 race. A strong start put this crew in a great position for the remainder of the race and they were duly rewarded with a third place finish. 
The Junior Ladies crew comprised Maria O’Brien, Eimear O’Keeffe, Laura Connolly, Laura Ahern and cox Julie Harrington. This category, as has been the case for a number of years, is hotly contested and the Galley ladies were unlucky to finish just outside of the medal positions in fourth place.
Next up was the Senior Ladies. Donna Burke, Niamh Hayes, Keri Ahern, Roni Hawe and cox Rory O’Connor represented the club in this race. The lead changed hands on several occasions during this extremely exciting race with the Galley ladies finishing in an excellent second place, half a length behind the winners Kilmacabea. 
The club had two crews in the Junior Men’s race, making it necessary for both GalleyFlash IV and GalleyFlash V to make the journey to Union Hall. The Junior “A” team, rowing GalleyFlash IV, comprised Micheál Harrington, Paddy Harrington, Mike Turner, Jim Ahern and cox Rory O’Connor while the Junior “B” team in GalleyFlash V was made up of Danny Hayes, Gary Lombard, Martin O’Brien, Conor Tobin and cox Julie Harrington. Both crews performed very well in this exciting multi-turn race with the Junior “A” crew finishing in a strong third place.
The final race of the day was the Senior Men’s race. In what was an extremely exciting race from a spectators point of view, Mark O’Brien, Sean Keohane, Paul Deasy, Ger Cullinane and cox Julie Harrington performed very well finishing in third place.
Next on the agenda for the club is Sherkin Regatta next weekend, followed by the third round of the Celtic Ross Hotel South West Rowing Championship on July 9th in Castletownshend.

2017 GalleyFlash News Update 20/06/2017

posted Jun 20, 2017, 1:20 PM by Donal Hayes   [ updated Jun 20, 2017, 1:22 PM ]

A great start to the regatta circuit at Ring Rowing Club regatta. Wins by our Under 14's & U16's and great third place finish by our U18's with some fine rowing by all of the Galley crews. Well done to everyone who rowed, coxed and helped in any way. Six crews represented the club: U12 - Caitlin Keating, Cameron Rose, Aoife Godwin-Coombes, Mark O'Donovan, Cox Niamh Hayes. U14 (1st) - Darragh O'Leary, Kate Whelton, Lucy Cannon, Tomás O'Hea, Cox Niamh Hayes. U16 (1st) - Sinead O'Connor, Rachel Collins, Kevin O'Leary, Sinead O'Donovan, Cox Niamh Hayes. U18 (3rd) - Sinead O'Donovan, Rachel Collins, Dave O'Donovan, Rory O'Connor, Cox Julie Harrington. Ladies - Niamh Hayes, Roni Hawe, Jo Cannon, Julie Harrington, Cox Rory O'Connor. Men - Steve Magee, Darren Cannon, Declan Carroll, Paddy Rose, Cox Rachel Collins. 

A sunny but breezy afternoon greeted rowers to Kilkern Lake for the annual GalleyFlash Rowing Club Regatta on Sunday, June 4th. Large crowds enjoyed a great display of rowing ahead of the start of the Celtic Ross sponsored South West Coastal Yawl Rowing Association Championship in Glandore in two weeks time.

Results on the day were as follows:
Senior Mixed - 1st GalleyFlash 2nd Ring 3rd Kilmacsimon 
U12 Beginners - 1st Ring, 2nd GalleyFlash, 3rd Kilmacsimon 
U12 - 1st Ross, 2nd GalleyFlash, 3rd Ring
U14 - 1st GalleyFlash, 2nd Myross, 3rd Courtmacsherry 
U16 - 1st Ring, 2nd Courtmacsherry, 3rd Kilmacsimon 
U18 - 1st GalleyFlash, 2nd Ring, 3rd Kilmacsimon 
Ladies - 1st Kilmacsimon, 2nd Ring, 3rd GalleyFlash
Men - 1st Kilmacsimon, 2nd GalleyFlash, 3rd Ring
Club of the Day - Galleyflash Rowing Club

GalleyFlash crews lined out as follows:
Senior Mixed: Niamh Hayes, Julie Harrington, John Harrington, Danny Hayes and Rachel Collins (cox)
U12 Beginners: Shane Barrett, Aoise Lawless, Caoimhe White, Katie O'Keeffe and Niamh Hayes (cox)
U12: Caitlin Keating, Cameron Rose, Aoife Godwin-Coombes, Mark O'Donovan and Danny Hayes (cox)
U14: Méibh Collins, Ben McShane, Brian Carroll, Daniel Barrett and Niamh Hayes (cox)
U16: Elise Crowley, Sinéad O'Connor, Lucy Quirke, Annabella O'Gorman and Danny Hayes (cox)
U18: David O'Donovan, Gary Lombard, Rory O'Connor, Daniel Godwin-Coombes and Niamh Hayes (cox)
Ladies: Niamh Hayes, Julie Harrington, Rita Morrissey, Maria O'Brien and Rory O'Connor (cox)
Men: Sean Keohane, Ger Cullinane, Mike Turner, Micheál Harrington and Gary Lombard (cox)

GalleyFlash Rowing Club would like to thank our starter for the day JJ McCarthy; PatJoe Harrington for the amplification; our scorekeepers Cameron Rose and Darren Cannon; Margaret for manning the gate; our shore crew for all their help; Paddy and Duncan Rose for their tireless work in the safety boat all day; the large contingent of helpers in the boathouse; Ring Rowing ClubCourtmacsherry Rowing ClubRosscarbery Rowing Club, Myross, Kilmacabea Rowing ClubKilmacsimon Rowing Club and Schull Rowing Clubs for their support; and to each and every rower and cox for the fantastic display of rowing, we extend a big thank you.

The sun shone on Glandore for the opening round of the Celtic Ross Hotel South West Rowing Championship on Sunday, June 18th. On what was one of the hottest days of the year, many of our new rowers made their championship debuts in front of the large crowds who had gathered to watch the fine display of coastal rowing. 
First to take to the water for the Galley were the Senior Mixed crew of Niamh Hayes, Paddy Harrington, Danny Hayes, Laura Connolly and cox Gary Lombard, who rowed a great race and finished in third place. 
Well done also to Breeda Hayes who rowed in the Senior Mixed race for Kilmacabea. 
Next up were the U12 Ladies crew of Caitlin Keating, Aoife Godwin-Coombes and championship debutantes Caoimhe White and Aoise Lawless. Coxed by Danny Hayes, this crew performed very well, finishing just outside of the medal positions on this occasion.
Well done also to Katie O’Keeffe who made her championship debut in the U12 Ladies race forming part of a composite crew for Kilmacabea. 
The U16 Ladies crew of Sinead O’Donovan, Rachel Collins, Elise Crowley, Sinead O’Connor and cox Niamh Hayes put on a fine display of rowing finishing in brilliant second place. 
Next to take to the water was the U14 crew of Tomás O’Hea, Brian Carroll, Ben McShane, championship debutante Daniel Barrett and cox Danny Hayes who finished in third place in this exciting race.
There were three championship debutantes in our young U12 crew where Neil O’Sullivan, Shane Barrett and Cameron Rose were joined by Mark O’Donovan and cox Danny Hayes in this tightly contested race. 
Caitlin Keating and Caoimhe White rowed in their second race of the day in the U14 Ladies. Joined by Katie Hayes, Mary Kate Keohane and cox Niamh Hayes, this crew performed very well in this tough category. 
The Pre Veteran Ladies crew comprised Julie Harrington, Roni Hawe, Donna Burke, Rita Morrissey and cox Gary Lombard and finished in third place. 
Next up was the U18 Ladies. Having gotten off to a great start, Laura Ahern, Elise Crowley, Sinead O’Connor, championship debutante Annabella O’Gorman and cox Niamh Hayes performed extremely well finishing in a well-deserved third place.
The Pre Veteran Men’s crew of John Harrington, Micheál Harrington, Mike Turner, Jim Ahern and cox Julie Harrington put on an excellent display of rowing and finished in second place, mere inches behind the winners, Courtmacsherry. 
Daniel Godwin-Coombes, Gary Lombard, Rory O’Connor, championship debutante Dave O’Donovan and cox Micheál Harrington were next to take to the water in the U18 race. This crew performed very well and finished in a hard-earned second place. 
The Junior Ladies crew of Laura Connolly, Laura Ahern, Eimear O’Keeffe, Maria O’Brien and cox Gary Lombard rowed a great race against tough competition but finished outside of the medal positions on this occasion. 
Niamh Hayes, Keri Ahern, Donna Burke, Roni Hawe and cox Danny Hayes formed the Senior Ladies crew and finished in a strong third position. 
Having finishing in second place in the Pre Veteran Men’s race earlier in the day, John Harrington, Micheál Harrington, Mike Turner and Jim Ahern returned to the boat for the Junior Men’s race. Coxed on this occasion by Rory O’Connor, this crew once again performed very well, finishing in third place.
The final race of the day, as is tradition, was the Senior Men’s race. Mark O’Brien, Sean Keohane, Paul Deasy and Ger Cullinane were coxed by Julie Harrington in this hotly contested race where the Galley crossed the line in third place. 
With that, the opening round of the South West championship drew to a close. The club would like to thank all those who came out to support our crews on what was a very hot afternoon and finally, well done to all rowers and coxes for your efforts today.

2017 GalleyFlash News Update 22/05/2017

posted May 22, 2017, 2:21 PM by Donal Hayes   [ updated May 22, 2017, 2:28 PM ]


The inaugural South West Coastal Yawl Rowing Association Schools Regatta was held in Kilkern Lake on Sunday, May 21st.

This brilliant initiative was spearheaded by South West Chairman and GalleyFlash member Danny Hayes, together with South West Development Officer Margaurite Deasy, whereby national schools in the West Cork area were invited to participate. In our locality, Rathbarry National School and Lisavaird National School accepted this invitation and represented the Galley and their schools on the day.

Rathbarry National School were represented by two teams on the day. Both teams performed extremely well, finishing second in their respective races. Congratulations to Mark, Michael, Orla & Shane who represented the school on the junior team and to Cian, Daniel, Katie and Tiernan who were on the senior team.

Meanwhile, Lisavaird National School were represented by four teams on the day, winning three of these races in fine style. Representing Lisavaird National School were Sinead Kingston, Ciara Hourihane, Cait O’Mahony, Amy Elphick, Emma Elphick, Olan Murphy, James O’Keeffe, Killian Eady, Patrick McCarthy, Mary Kate Keohane, Caitlin Keating, Aisling Dooley, Lisa Hayes and Miloklay Oramus.

All crews were ably coxed by Bernie O’Donovan.

The club would like to thank our shore crew Donna, Niamh, Mary and Rachel, cox Bernie and photographer Donal for their time on the day. Also, huge thanks to all those who gave up their time on the three Wednesdays leading up to the Schools Regatta to help out with training for the pupils.

Finally, we thank the teachers and pupils of Rathbarry and Lisavaird National Schools for their participation and enthusiasm. We are so proud of your fantastic displays of rowing.


Next up is Ring Regatta on Saturday afternoon with the Gelley's own regatta to follow on Sunday June4th

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