This coming September, Rowing Ireland’s Women in Sport and Get Going Get Rowing are launching Women on the Water. This programme aims to introduce adult women from across the country to rowing at a recreational level. 

The programme works to benefit clubs, maximising resources, generating revenue and attracting new membership – by making use of facilities outside of peak times. Target groups can benefit from the facilities and quiet water at non-peak times, whilst enabling clubs to maximise their resources. 

The Women on the Water model is similar to Get Going Get Rowing; an 8-week programme run by a paid community coach or club coach, with participant sign up and management through the Rowing Ireland website. 

If you would like to find out more about Women on the Water and how your club can be involved, complete the expression of interest form below or contact

Please see the information document in the Download Section at the end of this page to learn more about the Women on the Water Programme.

Women on the Water EOI

Does your club currently run recreational rowing programmes?
Does your club have a recreational/tub boat?


This month we are putting the Women in Coaching Spotlight on Meghan Hunter. Meghan is a full time coach with Queen’s University BC.

Rowing has always been part of Meghan’s life, growing up in Scotland, both of her parents involved in rowing and coaching. After an injury ended Meghan’s athletic rowing career, Meghan took up coaching in her university club and identified her new passion. For the last 9 years, Meghan has pursued a career in rowing coaching, leading her to take a position as Rowing Development Officer at Queen’s University BC last year. 

Please check out our interview with Meghan through the PDF below.

Check out our previous Women in Coaching Spotlight Interviews under the Women in Rowing section of the website – Showcasing our Role Models.

If you would like to highlight any of your female coaches as a role model for this interview series, contact Claire;


Rowing Ireland Women in Sport, are delighted to host a webinar with Dr. Sharon Madigan and Dr. Katie Lydon on the impact of the menstrual cycle on athletes and how best to support them.

Dr. Katie Lydon, is the Dublin Ladies Team Doctor and a Sport Ireland Researcher in PMS and female health. Katie  will discuss the menstrual cycle and management of issues, such as treatment options and areas of concern (loss of cycle).

Dr. Sharon Madigan is the Head of Performance Nutrition with the Sport Ireland Institute. Sharon  will look at the link between fuel, training load, and the effects on menstrual health.

This is an important topic for both coaches and athletes and we encourage both to attend. 

This webinar builds on the Women in Sport initiatives being run by Rowing Ireland. This webinar will be further supported by resources and information on the topic. Keep an eye on our website for updates! 

Sign up for the webinar below:

It is the final day of our Women in Rowing Week and today we shine the light on our Women in Coaching. 

As part of our Women in Sport Strategy, we highlighted gender diversity in coaching as a target area for Rowing Ireland. Our latest review of the coaching numbers has shown that, based on club reporting, river clubs have 33% female coaches and coastal have 43% female coaches in their coaching base. This percentage decreases along the pathway, with a drop-off at the level 2 and 3 qualifications. This will remain a target area for us for the next two years. 

Please find attached, as part of our strategy review, Rowing Ireland’s coaching snapshot for 2021.

Over the last year we have run a number of women in coaching initiatives:

  • HP Coaching Pathway has 6 coaches participating in a personal development workshop series with multi-sport coaches, technical workshops with our HP Director Antonio Maurogiovanni, visiting the NRC with the HP team and receiving cross sport mentoring.
  • Coach Development Workshop, saw 12 coaches attend an online workshop across three days, covering technique, training programmes and one-to-one coach development. The coaches have participated in a number of follow up workshops since then. 
  • 16 coaches have participated in LIFT leadership roundtables
  • 9 Regional Coaching Networks were established across the country, maintaining connection between the WiS Lead and the female coaches. 

For 2021/22, we look forward to building on these programmes and expanding their reach to support more female coaches along the pathway. 

For the last day of our Women in Rowing Week – we all at Rowing Ireland want to thank all rowing coaches for the great work they have done, throughout one of the toughest years, and we look forward to seeing you riverside/shoreside very soon.


Due to the pandemic and lack of rowing events over the last year, visibility of any rowing within the national media has been a challenge. The sport had moments, with the success of the teams at the Junior, U23 and Senior Europeans and our Senior Women’s Rowing team (aka the Big Strong Girls) continue to fly the flag for Women in Rowing.

Yet there is a need to recognise and promote the women in our sport who don’t always take the limelight. Over the last year, our clubs and organisation have made a big effort to showcase the women of our sport, and today we revisit some of those initiatives.

Women in Coaching Spotlight

Check out the interview series with the fantastic female coaches in our sport:

Kathryn Wall

Jennifer Cunningham

Lisa O’Callaghan

Emily Dulohery

Gillian McCaughtry

Jo Aungiers

Anouk Delimata

Heidi Giles

Women in Coaching Webinars

Watch back our series of webinars for Women in Coaching:

Women in Coaching Webinar with Laryssa Biesnthal

Women in Coaching Webinar with Neasa Russell

Irish Club Structures

Retaining Teenage Girls in Sport

Revisit the World Championship wins with:

Sanita Puspure

Sinead Jennings

Listen to the podcast of Frances Cryan as Ireland’s first female rowing Olympian with Cliona Foley: 

Off the Bench: Trailblazing rower Frances Cryan on competing at Moscow 1980