Please be informed that the reimbursement of the 1k classic regatta fees will be processed promptly to the clubs. Considering the upcoming busy week with Championships scheduled for the weekend, our aim is to support the clubs by ensuring the reimbursement is delivered to them in the most efficient manner possible.

The 2022 Women on the Water Programme is open for sign ups in Dublin and Limerick. This programme is a joint initiative by Rowing Ireland’s Women in Sport and Get Going Get Rowing. The programme aims to introduce adult women to rowing at a recreational level.

We have two programmes kicking off, offering 8 week programmes for female adult beginners. The programme is one session per week with a trained instructor.

The programme includes the use of the rowing machine, progressing on to the water, introducing drills and exercises that will get you comfortable with the rowing stroke. The cost of the 8-week course is €125.

Participants must be over 18, but no one is too old to start! The following clubs are running the programme at the dates as follows:

ClubStart DateSign Up
Neptune RC, DublinFriday, 3pm – starting the 25th March Sign up here
Castleconnell BC, LimerickSunday, 2.30pm – starting the 20th March Sign up here
Castleconnell BC, LimerickSunday, 4pm – starting the 20th MarchSign up here

If you would like to find out more about Women on the Water before signing up and contact

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. 

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is Break the Bias.  

We all have innate biases and stereotypes which have been informed by family, friends, society and experiences throughout our lives. The challenge is to have awareness of those biases and to check and challenge yourself before we make assumptions and generalisations. For those witnessing or experiencing bias – call it out, challenge it and then break through it. We are working to achieve a sport where everyone is valued, respected and supported as equals. We are working to Break the Bias. 

Rowing Ireland are celebrating International Women’s Day and building on it with a week long ‘Women in Rowing’ campaign. We hope you will join us in celebrating International Women’s Day and Women in Rowing Week in your club. Remember to tag @RowingIreland and we will share far and wide! 

Today we launch our International Women’s Day Video. 

Thank you to all the coaches, athletes and members who contributed content and a massive thank you to Eamon Glavin who pulled it together. We think it represents our rowing community very well!

Hope you enjoy! Happy International Women’s Day!

For the first day of Women in Sport Week, Rowing Ireland are reflecting on the last year, and women’s involvement across our sport. Today we publish the numbers across participation, leadership and coaching, as available at the end of 2021.

This year brought a number of key milestones for Women in Rowing. We achieved our first Olympic Medal for women’s rowing and sent the largest women’s team to an Olympic Games. We had the first female coached crew to win a medal at a World Championship event with Leah O’Regan and the JW2x. We had the first elected female President of Rowing Ireland, Susan Dunlea. We are now one of the only NGBs with both a female CEO and President.

In July 2020, Rowing Ireland published their first Women in Sport Strategy. This outlined how we were performing in Women in Sport under each of the Sport Ireland WiS Policy pillars – Participation, Coaching and Officiating, Leadership and Visibility. At the time of the strategy publication, we were unable to capture active coaching numbers or data on club leadership. Now through the Club Affiliation process, we are getting a greater insight into the gender breakdown of coaching and leadership and will be able to track changes over time. 

Whilst Covid-19 led to the adaptation of some plans outlined in the strategy, a number of initiatives were successfully rolled out and will continue into 2022. The aim will be to have more in-person events to make up for lost time through the Covid pandemic. 

The following document is an updated snapshot of where we are now based on reported numbers at the end of 2021. Women in Coaching will remain the focus of the Rowing Ireland WIS Programme, as this is where we see the greatest gender disparity.

Progress has been made, but there is still work to do to achieve our goal of gender balance in all aspects of our sport.


We are super excited as next week kicks off – Women in Sport Week 2022- including International Women’s Day on Tuesday, 8th March. 

Rowing Ireland will be celebrating International Women’s Day and have plans to build on it with a week long ‘Women in Sport’ campaign – focusing on Visibility, Participation, Coaching and Officiating and Leadership.

Throughout the week we will be reflecting on where we are as a sport in terms of gender balance, with our Coaching, Leadership and Participation Snapshot. We will be highlighting our current initiatives, hosting a number of webinars and launching Dublin’s Women on the Water for 2022. 

As well as participating in some of the Rowing Ireland & Sport Ireland initiatives, we encourage you to highlight International Women’s Day and Women in Sport Week in your own club. 

You can see the full schedule of events and links for sign up here: 

Monday 7th March
WiS Snapshot
Participation, Leadership & Coaching
Tuesday 8th March 
International Women’s
Sport Ireland Webinar, 3pm
Leadership and Breaking The Bias

Rowing Ireland IWD Video Launch
Sign up here
Wednesday 9th March
Active Participation
Women’s Coaching Network, 7.30pm
Where are we now & what’s next?

GGGR Promotion
Sign Up Here
Thursday 10th March 
Coaching & Officiating
Sport Ireland Webinar, 1pm
Respect & Allyship for Women in
Coaching & Officiating

Coaching Pathway
Mentor Workshop
Sign up here

Invite Only
Friday 11th March 
Leadership and
Sport Ireland Webinar
An Insight into Mentoring
and Mentees

Women on the Water 2022
Launch Dublin Programme
Sign up TBC

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