In collaboration with Her Sport and thanks to the support of the Women in Sport Streaming grant, Rowing Ireland is delighted to live stream the Women’s race at Erne 4’s Head of the River this Saturday the 19th of November.

The Women in Sport Streaming Grant was announced in June 2022, with Rowing Ireland successful in our application. Visibility is a key area of the Sport Ireland Policy.

The objectives contained in the Policy are:

  • Increase the visibility and profile of our female role models in sport.
  • Use the heroes of today to inspire the next generation of future Olympians and Paralympians.

We are delighted to announce that World Rowing commentator Niamh Hayes will be providing commentary at the event. Niamh is just back from San Sebastian where she was commentating at the European Coastal Championships.

HerSport Founder Niamh Tallon (Neptune RC) has been instrumental in supporting the event and will lead interviews with female coaches, rowers and role models to women and girls in sport at the event. Tune in to Her Sport over the coming days to see some exclusive interviews with athletes, coaches and more.

The host event, Erne 4s HOR is run by Enniskillen Royal Boat Club and takes place in central Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh; starting 4 miles downstream and finishing at Enniskillen Royal Boat Club. The organising committee led by Derek Holland have been welcoming and supportive of the spotlight on women in rowing.

What to expect:

  • Live at 10.15: Crews launching
  • 10.30 – 11.15: Exclusive interviews
  • 11.15: Live racing
  • Post race interviews

If you would like to get a reminder direct to your email on Saturday morning, enter your details here:

Live stream link

Her Sport links:

Rowing Ireland, Athletics Ireland, Boxing IABA, Cycling Ireland and Triathlon Ireland coaches came together on Sunday 6th November for the inaugural Women in Coaching Network Event at the Clayton Hotel, Liffey Valley. 

The collaborative event, organised by Women In Sport leads from the 5 sports was planned following overwhelming feedback from coaches on various NGB programmes as well as the Sport Ireland Coaching Research results that found that 86% of active female coaches who did not have a network wanted to participate in one. 

The event kicked off with a coffee and breakfast reception and then a series of talks and workshops to develop network skills and community coaching practices was led by the following speakers. Goodie bags were available to participants on arrival also.

Lisa Fallon 

Keynote speaker for the event, Lisa Fallon spoke on her experience in a life through sport and the power of having a network, especially as female coaches. Lisa is known for her illustrious career in soccer where she would have certainly broken down many barriers in order to succeed in achieving her goals.  

Hayley Harrison 

With over 40 years of experience in the coaching field – Hayley is an expert on all things coach development and it was a privilege to have her knowledge, experience and energy to bring the coaches together to get to know each other, themselves and their needs within the network in order to have concrete actionable items at the end of the workshop. Having worked with elite athletes such as Thomas Barr, Hayley has that knowledge of how to get the best from your athletes at the top level, but is also aware of the key role a network plays for women coaching at every level in sport. 

Dr Phil Kearney 

‘’The 4 C’s of Coaching to Optimise Athlete Development’’ 

Dr Phil Kearney is a leading expert in Ireland on motor skill acquisition and lecturers in the University of Limerick on both the undergraduate Sport Science degree and the Master of Coaching and is the co – founder of Movement and Skill Acquisition Ireland. His current main research areas include: 

(1)  Maturation and youth sport.

(2)  Coaches’ knowledge and practices.

(3)  Enhancing practice quality.

Phil led a session about the importance of planning teachable moments within training sessions in order to develop athlete’s abilities in 4 key areas (the 4 C’s). Coaches left with actionable ideas to work into their sessions with ideas from other coaches across the 5 sports. 

A variety of photos below depict some of the action on the day, we look forward to seeing how the coaches will now work together to support each other in their development and practice in order to ensure more female coaches thrive and enjoy sport and coaching for life. 

‘’When women come together with a collective intention, magic happens’’. 

 Sport Ireland’s Women in Sport Coaching Conference will take place on Saturday 3rd December in Dublin from 10.00 – 16.00.

Registration details and themes for the conference will be shared over the coming weeks. The conference will be suitable for female/male coaches of female athletes/teams with an emphasis on the teen to adult age bracket. Those attending can expect to hear from both Irish and International coaches and professionals.

Rowing Ireland, Cycling Ireland, Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA), Athletics Ireland and Triathlon Ireland have once again collaborated to bring an exciting and innovative event to the female coaches.

The Women in Sport Female Coaches Networking Day will take place on Sunday 6th November at Clayton Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin from 10am – 3pm. This event has come about from overwhelming feedback from coaches. The coaches have spoken about the need for more networking events and the benefit they get from meeting up and learning from one another.

Lisa Fallon has been confirmed as the keynote speaker. Lisa is currently working at the highest level of World Football in FIFA’s High Performance Division in their Global Football Development Division, Fallon was Ireland’s first ever female Head Coach of a men’s professional football club when appointed by Galway United in 2021. In 2013 she became Ireland’s first ever female manager of a men’s football team. She also serves on the Board of Paralympics Ireland, is Chair of their High Performance Committee & is on the Olympic Federation of Ireland’s Gender Equality Commission.

Dr Phil Kearney, Lecturer in Motor Skill Acquisition, Coaching and Performance at University of Limerick will be on hand to deliver an education session on “Layering 4Cs into your coaching for optimal athlete development”

Phil Kearney had this to say; “The female coaching networking day is a fantastic initiative. I’m looking forward to seeing coaches from Athletics, Boxing, Cycling, Rowing and Triathlon coming together to share their experiences, learn from each other and build the connections that can help them achieve their coaching goals”

As well as getting to hear from Lisa and Phil, there will be ample opportunities for coaches to network throughout the day.

This event would not be possible without funding from the Women in Sport programme at Sport Ireland. Nora Stapleton, Women in Sport Lead at Sport Ireland had the following to say; 

“Through its Women in Sport Programme, Sport Ireland’s aim is to increase the number of female coaches from grassroots to high-performance. Recognising the importance of networking and peer support, it is fantastic to see each of the five sports come together for this Women in Sport Coaching Networking Day. Learning from coaches within your sport is beneficial but learning from those in other sports provides even more opportunity for upskilling and education. I want to congratulate each of the sports, and in particular their Women in Sport Leads, Elaine Cahill, Cycling Ireland, Louise McKensie, IABA, Lilly-Ann O’Hora, Athletics Ireland, Anna Grealish, Triathlon Ireland and Ceara O’Connor, Rowing Ireland. It is because of their drive and passion, that programmes and events such as these take place. Through the supports provided by the sports, additional opportunities for coaches to upskill, learn and receive dedicated mentoring on their coaching journey, we hope to continue to progress females on the coaching pathway.“

Rowing Ireland CEO, Michelle Carpenter spoke on the event: ‘We are really excited to support this women’s coaching network day, we know how important it is for women to network, particular in the coaching environment. The women’s support networks have been really successful over the last few years and its been great to see so many on a coaching pathway so that we can achieve gender equity in all areas.’

Coaches from the respective sports are asked to sign up for this event via the following link  

On Saturday 22nd of October, club committee and leadership representatives participating on the ‘Making Waves’ 2022/23 programme, attended a workshop on Club Development and Planning.

Participants from the Making Waves programme, a Women in Sport initiative, met in person on Saturday at the Sports Campus in Dublin, travelling from clubs all over the country to complete a workshop based around club development, club governance and how to lead operational and strategic club development plans. This programme is run in tandem with Triathlon Ireland so club leaders from Triathlon clubs around Ireland were also in attendance.

The women on the programme have been meeting online to complete evening workshops on various topics in club leadership since the programme began in September and will now work with experienced club leadership mentors to action a development item and experience the benefits of mentoring sessions.

A longer term goal of the programme is to create a network of female club leaders – (committee members on this programme) who can support each other in not only sharing experience and advice to improve their club’s development but importantly, their enjoyment of volunteering in the sport so that we can retain the talent of these females in rowing.

An update on the programme’s progress will be reported later in the year. Many thanks to our excellent facilitator David Denieffe, who is an expert in the area of Club development.

The participating club leaders are listed below:

Alison DalyUniversity College Dublin Ladies Boat Club
Sandra CallaghanNeptune Rowing Club
Mary BonnerTralee Rowing Club
Catherine PetherbridgeNeptune Rowing Club
Susan WalshShandon Boat Club
Mary Ann KentArklow Rowing Club
Caroline OBrienBelfast Rowing club
Aoife WillisAthlunkard Boat Club
Deirdre KearneyNewry Rowing Club
Averil HeslinCarlow Rowing Club
Fiona KellyColaiste Iognaid Rowing Club
Niamh-Ann SherlockCastleconnell Boat Club
Sharon MurphySkibbereen Rowing Club
Louise RubinNeptune Rowing Club
Teresa KeeneyLoughros Point Rowing Club
Dineka MaguireCommercial Rowing Club / Kincasslagh Rowing Club
Fiona KellyColaiste Iognaid Rowing club
Emma TownsendCarlow Rowing Club