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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

2017 GalleyFlash News Update 20/05/2017

posted May 20, 2017, 4:56 PM by Donal Hayes   [ updated May 20, 2017, 4:57 PM ]

Despite the blustery conditions, 26 crews lined out for the 2017 2 Oar Challenge at Kilkern Lake earlier today.

Winners on the day were as follows:

U18 Men: James O'Donovan and Jack Conway (Ring Rowing Club)

U18 Ladies: Rachel Collins and Elise Crowley coxed by Paddy Harrington (Galleyflash Rowing Club)

Pre Vet Men: Dave Sheehy and Tim O'Donovan coxed by Carol McCarthy (Kilmacabea Rowing Club)

Pre Vet Ladies: Helen Burchill and Lucy O'Brien (Kilmacabea Rowing Club)

Vet Men: John Burchill and Pa O'Sullivan coxed by Carol McCarthy (Kilmacabea Rowing Club)

Vet Ladies: Kathy Galvin and Tina O'Sullivan (Kilmacabea Rowing Club)

Open Men: John Harrington and Micheál Harrington coxed by Rachel Collins (GalleyFlash Rowing Club)

Open Ladies: Niamh Hayes and Roni Hawe coxed by Danny Hayes (GalleyFlash Rowing Club)

The club thanks all those who made the day a success; to Courtmacsherry Rowing ClubKilmacsimon Rowing Club, Kilmacabea Rowing Club and Ring Rowing Club for their support, to all rowers and coxes for putting on some fantastic races and to all those who helped in any way.

The Inaugural South West Rowing Schools takes place on Sunday 21st at Kilkern Lake. Primary schools from across West Cork have been receiving mentoring from their local clubs over the past number of weeks, in preparation for this event. GalleyFlash has been delighted by two of their local schools; Rathbarry NS and Lisavaird accepting the invitation to participate in this novel event. Training sessions have been taking place on Wednesday mornings over the past weeks, a group of volunteers from the club headed up by Junior Club Captain Donna Burke have been putting these young rowers through their paces.Everyone at the club sends best wishes to their local schools and indeed all the rowers.  

2017 GalleyFlash News Update 10/05/2017

posted May 10, 2017, 3:55 PM by Donal Hayes   [ updated May 10, 2017, 3:55 PM ]

GalleyFlash Rowing Club was represented by three crews at the Kilmacsimon Head of the River. 
Our Ladies crew comprised Jo Cannon, Niamh Hayes, Roni Hawe and Julie Harrington. (2nd Ladies)
The first of our Men's crews was made up of Danny Hayes, Sean Keohane, Ger Cullinane and Joseph Dennehy (Kilmacsimon).(7th Mens)
Our other Men's crew comprised John Harrington, Micheal Harrington, Jim Ahern and Paddy Harrington. (2nd Mens)
All crews were coxed by Rachel Collins. Well done to all involved.
Aoife Godwin-Coomes represented the club at the South Coast Indoor Rowing Championship 2017. on the May Bank holiday
Club Vice -President Bernie O'Donovan was elected as Registrar of the Icrf at its Agm on May 6th
Preparations for the SWCYRA Schools Regatta continue with 5th & 6th pupils of Rathbarry and Lisavaird National schools attending weekly coaching sessions at Kilkern Lake, the regatta iself takes place on Sunday May 21th at the clubs facility at Kilkern.
Meanwhile this Sunday May 14th is the date for this years GalleyFlash Two Oar Challenge 
This event puts the cream of the crop of coastal rowers in Cork into competition in a challenge of endurance and strength with the twist of having the crew size reduced from four rowers to just two. Spectators can avail of the unique opportunity to witness the efforts of the rowers while having the advantage of being able to view the entire course from the shore.
2 Oar Racing – What is it?
There has been great interest this year from new people wanting to take part in the 2 oar racing with a lot of questions. We will try to address them here.
What is a 2 Oar race:
It is where 2 rowers row in the middle 2 seats of a ICRF one Design Boat. The Cox must sit in the proper coxes seat and remain there for the duration of the race.
The course at Kilkern Lake is a standard race including a turn. It is approx 4 mins long for adult rowers.
All are welcome to join us to view this wonderful spectacle of coastal rowing. First race 3pm
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2017 GalleyFlash News Update 23/04/2017

posted Apr 23, 2017, 6:26 AM by Donal Hayes   [ updated Apr 23, 2017, 6:40 AM ]

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

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