2019 European Rowing Under 23 Championships Preview

4th September 2019 

Rowing Ireland has entered four crews to compete at the 2019 European Rowing Under 23 Championships in Ioannina, Greece. 

Ronan Byrne (UCC) will be competing in the M1x category. Ronan just took home the highly coveted Silver Medal recently alongside his Partner Philip Doyle in the 2019 World Rowing Championships. Ronan also competed in the World Rowing Cup III in Rotterdam where he also took home the Silver Medal alongside Philip Doyle in the M2x category after a brilliant week of racing. 

Representing Ireland in the M2x boat is the crew of Ross Corrigan (Queen’s University Belfast) and Alex Bryne (Shandon Boat Club). Ross placed in 1st in the B Final back in July for the 2019 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, USA. Alex finished 2nd in his C Final during the 2018 World Rowing Junior Championships in Racice, Czech Republic. This is the crew’s second international race. 

Hugh Moore (Queen’s University Belfast) will be representing Ireland in the LM1x boat. Hugh competed at the Homes International Regatta in July where he raced in the Senior Men’s Single Scull and placed 2nd, he then raced in the Seniors Men’s Quadruple Scull and came in 3rd. 

Niamh Casey (UCC), Lisa Murphy (NUIG BC), Katie Shirlow (Bann Rowing Club), Clara O’Brien Cox (Castleconnell) and Aisling Humphries Griffiths (Oxford Brookes Rowing) will be competing in the W4+ category. This is a newly formed crew and all athletes will be making their Irish international debut at this event. Niamh, Katie, Clara and Lisa won the London Met Regatta in the Women’s Coxed four-category representing their clubs back in June. Aisling successfully coxed her crew to successfully win the Academic Eights race in Henley for the first time in the clubs history. 

Rowing Ireland’s High-Performance Director, Antonio Maurogiovanni said, “After a successful World U23 Rowing Ireland will participate at the European Rowing Under 23 Championships with four crews. All the crews selected for the European Rowing Under 23 Championships have trained at the NRC under the National coaches.

Ronan Byrne will race in the M1x straight form the successful campaign of Linz where he competed in the Men’s Double with Phil Doyle and won an unbelievable silver medal.

I am very confident that all the crews will race at their best and will keep the momentum going that was created in Linz by the Senior Athletes.”

Confirmed List:


  • Ross Corrigan (Queen’s University Belfast) 
  • Alex Byrne (Shandon Boat Club) 


  • Ronan Byrne (UCC) 


  • Hugh Moore (Queen’s University Belfast) 


  • Niamh Casey (UCC) 
  • Lisa Murphy (NUIG BC) 
  • Katie Shirlow (Bann Rowing Club) 
  • Clara O’Brien (Castleconnell) 
  • Aisling Humphries Griffiths (Oxford Brookes Rowing) 

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Live Commentary and Video will be available on World Rowing’s website.

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