Membership Open for J13/J14

Membership is now open for boys and girls born between 1st September 2009 and 31st August 2011 to join our J13/J14 crew. Intro sessions will be held in September, and your child can join these before making a decision on joining. Please complete the expression of interest form here: 

Alison wins Silver at 2023 World Rowing U23 Championships

Alison Bergin pulled out all of the stops in last Sunday's A Final and was rewarded with a Silver medal in the 2023 World Rowing Under 23 Championships!

Alison’s journey started on Day 1 with her racing in heat 4 of the championships securing 2nd place and qualifying for the Repechage.  With an early start on day 2 and the heat intensifying, Alison went on to easily win her Repechage which put her through to the BW1x  A/B semi-final. Day three saw Alison on to the next round winning her semi and securing her place in the final against the World’s top 5 athletes.

Alison’s final race was watched live at Fermoy Rowing Club where she was cheered on by members, their families, her former coaches, and of course the Fermoy RC committee. Alison held her composure through the race moving from fifth to third position in the first 1500m.  Alison then moved to 2nd place and was gaining on her Swiss counterpart but ultimately secured the Silver medal for Ireland finishing in second. Alison is a huge inspiration to our members showing how talent, hard work, and dedication can be rewarded on the world stage.

Champs 2023

Well done to all our members who competed at the Irish Rowing Championships 2023 in very difficult weather conditions which led to cancellations and postponements of races through the weekend. Nevertheless, we managed a number of National Top 10's:

WJ16 1x - Katie Rice, Aine O'Meara, Saoirse Barry & Tara Payne
coxed by Niamh O'Connell

WJ18 Ellie Mahon

WJ16 2x Saoirse Barry and Tara Payne 

Womens Intermediate 1x Aine O'Mahony (3rd place)

WJ16 1x Tara Payne

The Irish Rowing Championships 2023

The highly anticipated first day of the 3-day Irish Rowing Championships, held at the National Rowing Centre in Cork, was unfortunately overshadowed by strong winds and gusts of 35kmh disrupting the initial race schedule leading to the suspension of racing and postponements over the weekend.

Before racing was suspended on day one, we saw our Women’s Junior 16 crew of Katie Rice, Aine O'Meara, Saoirse Barry and Tara Payne coxed by Niamh O'Connell rowing very well in their time trial heat resulting in the 10th best time over a strong field of 30 entries. Top 10 in the country is a marvellous achievement and one that Fermoy Rowing Club are very proud of.

On Day 2 of Irish Rowing Championships saw a window of racing from 6.30am to 12 noon before high winds pick up pace again. First up for Fermoy was Ellie Mahon in the WJ18 1x time trial event hosting 27 entries.  Ellie launched her boat at 6.15am and leapt off the start leading her heat throughout and ultimately winning with a 20 second lead ahead of the 2nd place sculler. Unfortunately, Ellie missed out on a place in the final coming in 8th overall but a massive achievement nevertheless and another national top-10 result for Fermoy Rowing Club!

Next up on Day 2 was the WJ16 2x races with a massive 40 boat entry in this category. First rowing well for Fermoy were Aoibhinn Scannell and Aine O'Meara with Saoirse Barry and Tara Payne winning their heat by over 20 seconds from the 2nd place boat (another national top 10 - their second of the weekend!). Unfortunately, their time put them outside the top 6 places but a terrific result, nonetheless. Finally, WJ15 members Gaby Nagle and Brigid Mahon raced up a year to gain very valuable experience in this category rowing well to finish in the top half of what was a very competitive field.

Day three’s forecast was very promising and with organisers playing a catch-up game, it saw another early start this time for our Men’s Junior 16 double crews launching just after 6am for their races. First up were Cillian Lysaght and Rory Condon finishing fourth in their heat but unfortunately missing out on one of the 6 final places. Shortly after, Jack Burke and David O'Connell took to the water in their first major event gaining valuable experience in a major rowing event. Congratulations to our rowing neighbours, Cappoquinn A who took first place in this category rowing their 2k final in an impressive 7 minutes!

Next up was Michael Coughlan in the Mens Club 1x rowing well in a competitive field but came up short of one of the magic 6 places in the final.  Less than an hour later and Fermoy boats were coming down the course again, this time the Women Intermediate 1x in which Aine O’Mahony and Dani Sheehan were drawn in the same heat. For this this category, the first 2 in each heat went on to the final. Dani missed out on a final place, but with the 2nd fastest time in the heats, Aine progressed to the final - this ran not much more than an hour later and Aine rowed very well to a 3rd place. Given Aine was carrying a shoulder injury which questioned her participation in the weekends events, this was a brilliant result (and another national top 10 for the club). The next race with Fermoy interest was the Women’s Club 1x where Dani Sheehan and Brid Burke raced the time trial but sadly missing out on a place in the final.  Aine O’Mahony was back in action again, this time in the Women’s senior 1x, lining up against Tokyo Olympian Monika Dukarska.


The final category of the championships for the club was the WJ16 1x. By this stage, the conditions had deteriorated a little and the girls were rowing in wet and blustery conditions. First of the Fermoy girls to row her heat was Katie Rice followed by Tara Payne and Aoibhinn Scannell who were drawn in the same heat. And finally, Saoirse Barry and Aine O’Mara, all who rowed well and posted good times. But it was Tara Payne who secured a qualifying time for one of those 6 final places in this category! Tara headed out for the WJ16 1x final coming 5th in the final - a huge achievement, and our final national top 10 of the weekend.


The championships mark the natural end of the rowing season so there will be far less training in the coming weeks as we all draw breath and plan for next season. The Club would like to thank all the coaches for the innumerable hours they put in, the club committee and volunteers who keep the place running, the lights on, the boats repaired and insured and all the administrative tasks that makes these results possible. We would also like to thank all the parents for helping throughout the year and for getting the rowers to and from training, events, and other activities, as well as putting up with the endless requirement for feeding hungry rowers and washing dirty kit!


Finally, a very special thanks to our club captain Olga O’Sullivan, who is always on hand for whatever is needed, as well as coaching the WJ16-18 squad, and who basically lived in the National Rowing Centre this weekend as timetables were changed and changed again and countless captains’ meetings were called to try and keep everything on track! While we take a well-earned short break for the coming weeks, we are back in earnest with the rescheduled 1k Irish Rowing Classic on 16th September next on our agenda.

Munster Regatta 2023

Well done to all our members who competed at the inaugural Munster Branch Regatta last Saturday at the National Rowing Centre. Congratulations to our WJ16 double of Aine O'Meara and Tara Payne coming 2nd at Munster Regatta by half a canvas against Skibbereen. Also well done to our MJ16 of Rory Condon and Cillian Lysaght qualifying for the final in their category.

Dublin Metropolitan Regatta 23

Well done to our Senior crews that competed at Dublin Metropolitan Regatta last weekend. 

Competing well was Michael Coughlan in the Mensa Club 1 single scull just missing out on a place in the finals.

Next up was Aine O'Mahoney, Danni Sheehan, Ellie Mahon and Brid Burke in the Women's Club 1 coxlees quad. The girls raced well coming second to Queens University in what was only this crews second time in this particular combination.

All 4 ladies then went on to race in the Club 1 Single scull event. Aine was unfortunate in her heat hitting a buoy which cost her precious seconds and meant she was just outside the qualifying time for the A final. Aine, Dani and Ellie all competed in the B final which Aine won well, posting a time faster than some of the A final rowers. Ellie and Dani finished 5th and 6th in the B final, great results considering both were racing a division up. Brid had a battle for 3rd place in the C final with a Queens University rower, in the end being pipped for 3rd  on the line by 0.6 seconds! 

Lee Regatta 2023

Great day at Lee Regatta for our WJ14-15 Squad. Wins for

🏅 Aoife Clifford WJ14 1x 

🏅 Grace Tobin WJ15 1x 

🏅 Freya Lysaght & Aoife Clifford WJ14 2x

🏅 Aine O'Brien & Lilly Noonan WJ14 2x

🏅 Grace Tobin & Niamh O'Brien WJ15 2x

🏅 Brigid Mahon, Gaby Nagle, Aoife Clifford & Grace Tobin (Cox: Conor Mahon) WJ15 4x+

Well done to all our athletes who competed at Lee Regatta yesterday - a mixture of J14/15/16 men and women took to the water in blistering sunshine. Thank you Lee Rowing Club for hosting a very well-organised event.

Skibbereen Regatta 2023

Wins for:

Aine O'Mahony Womens Club 1

Gaby Nagle WJ15 1x

Aine O'Mahony and Ellie Mahon Club 1 2x 

Freya Lysaght, Aoife Clifford, Lilly Noonan, Aine O'Brien with Sophia Newell (Cox) WJ 14 4X+ 

Well done to all our crews  who competed.

Neptune Regatta 2023

The first event of the regatta season took place in Islandbridge, Dublin on Saturday 1st April. The Neptune Regatta takes place on a narrow river and operates a knock-out draw with only two boats racing in each heat. Heavy rain made for sometimes difficult conditions but our resilient members braved the elements with our Women’s J15 Quad taking to the water winning their first race against Methodist College.  The WJ15 crew of Brigid Mahon, Aoife Clifford, Niamh O’Brien, Freya Lysaght and Sophia Newell (Cox) went on to win their second race against the hosts, Neptune. Another win in their third round against Athlone Boat Club secured them a place in the final. It wasn’t to be for our Junior ladies who lost to Castleconnel Boat Club in their final race.

A day of Seconds
The WJ15 Double of Aine O’Brien and Lilly Noonan got a bye in their first racing sending them on to the second round wining against Offaly Rowing Club. Alas, it was a day of seconds as they lost out to hosts, Neptune Rowing Club.

Aine O’Mahoney competed in the Women’s Club 1 1x winning easily against Carlow in her first race but unfortunately lost out to Neptune in the second round.  Brid Burke also competed in the Women’s Club 1 1x losing to the host Club on the day. WJ18 1x competitor, Ellie Mahon won easily in her first race but lost to Graiguenamanagh in round 2.

The Men’s Junior 16 Quad of Cillian Lysaght, Rory Condon, Mateo Sanchez, Jack Burke and Conor Mahon (Cox) lost out in their first race against a strong Neptune crew.

2022 Castleconnell Regatta

Fermoy Rowing Club took 22 crews to Castleconnell Sprint Regatta on Sat 14th May 2022.

The sun shone on a busy schedule of sprint (500m) racing

Our athletes competed well and it was a day of seconds!

The Womens Junior 16 Coxed Quad (Ellie Mahon, Ceola Cullen, Abby O'Shea, Molly O'Brien, Aine O'Mara Cox) started the trend, powering into second place after a nasty crab put them last with 200m to go

The other crews to get second place finishes were:

We had one win from Ellie Mahon in the Womens Junior 16 Single Schulls, holding off the Tralee boat by a good boat length.

Thanks to Castleconnell Boat Club for a great event and, as always, well done to all the athletes, coaches & parents who represent the club so well :)

All the photos from the day can be seen here:

2022 Lee Regatta

The club had one of their biggest Regatta days for a long time yesterday, with 40 crews entered in the Lee Regatta. It was the first race for many of the members, and after not being able to race the last 2 seasons it was really nice to be back at it. 

On the water, we picked up 2 wins, Ellie Mahon and Tara Payne in the WJ16 2x and Grace Tobin in the WJ14 1x.

Congratulations to our winners, and their coaches and also huge congratulations to all the coaches, parent helpers and the athletes for making it such a memorable day out.

Click on the link for a photo montage of the day

All the photos from the day can be seen here:

2022 Skibbereen Regatta

Day 1:

in day 1 of the Skibbereen Grand League Regatta. We had 3 Boats rowing and got a 1st and 3rd in the WJ14 1x races, and we had a senior winner with Aine O'Mahony wining the Light weight senior Women's category. 

Day 2:

We had 3 boats competing.

In the juniors, we had one boat not make the start due to a technical issue, and a J15 Quad that rowed well to a 4th place finish.

In the Seniors, Aine O'Mahoney competed in a composite double with a rower from Lee Rowing club. They made the A final which was a great achievement for a crew that had very little training time together.

Fermoy RC colours were also on display in the 08h55 "invitational" race with Alison Bergin and her high-performance Team Ireland squad mates using the fact that everything was set up to do a training race as part of their squad training session.

Congratulations to the rowers and coaches who competed at Skibbereen 

2022 Skibbereen 1k Junior Regatta

The JW14-16 Squad went to Drinagh Lake in West Cork for the inaugural Skibb 1k Regatta Yesterday. The girls competed in 8 races across the day, performing well. It is really nice to see racing back again, and we hope that the rowers enjoy the competitions and continue to represent the club well.

Congratulations to the rowers and coaches who competed at Skibbereen 

2022 Neptune Regatta

Aine O'Mahoney, Ellie Mahon and Molly O'Brien went to Neptune last weekend to compete in the first regatta of the season, all rowed well and were competitive.

2021 St Stephens Day Rowing

We plan to run a small club event this St Stephens day. The plan is to run rowing from:

11 am to 1 pm

Sunday 26th December 2021

Given the ongoing COVID situation the following provisions will be in place for the day:

We may need to cancel the event if the weather is unfavourable.