Rowing Ireland are delighted to be a participating NGB in a new programme titled, ‘The Women’s Student Coaching Academy.’

This initiative is a great opportunity for female university students with an aspiration to coach, or who are currently coaching, to gain support in their development as a rowing coach.

The Women’s Student Coaching Academy is a collaborative programme between SSI, Sport Ireland, 26 third level institutions and ten national governing bodies of sport (NGBs).

The ten NGBs include; Athletics Ireland, Badminton Ireland, Basketball Ireland, the Camogie Association, the Football Association of Ireland, Hockey Ireland, the Irish Rugby Football Union, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, Rowing Ireland, and Volleyball Ireland.

The aim of the programme is to provide the female student coach with the support system that will enable the student to develop and reach their coaching potential. Furthermore, the programme aims to increase the number, and visibility, of female coaches in third level institutions and create female role models for other female students to progress into coaching.

SSI President Mr. Matthew Dossett spoke of his delight that third level institutions are now inviting applications from incoming female students for 2021-22 academic year.  “We are absolutely delighted to be launching the Women’s Student Coaching Academy in time for the start of the new academic year.  Increasing opportunities for female coaches is vitally important across the sector, particularly at University and College, where there are lots of opportunities to get involved”.

Mr. Dossett thanked Sport Ireland, the participating third level institutions and the ten NGB’s for their work in securing funding with the academy securing Women in Sport grant funding from Sport Ireland over the next two years. “I’d like again to congratulate all of the team involved in enabling this funding, which I’ve no doubt will create some excellent opportunities for the next generation of coaches and student leaders.”

Nora Stapleton, Sport Ireland Women in Sport Lead, spoke of her excitement about the academy.

“Sport Ireland are delighted to support the establishment of the Women’s Student Coaching Academy through its Women in Sport investment programme.

“We have been impressed with the work of Student Sport Ireland to plan and develop this initiative and especially welcome the collaboration of all stakeholders involved in creating what will be a game changer for women coaches in the third level sector.

“The National Governing Bodies, Universities and Colleges involved are leading the way in developing coaches within their sports. We look forward to following the progress of the programme and those coaches who are lucky enough to be involved.”

Student Sport Ireland (SSI) are now inviting applications for the new female coaching initiative, the Women’s Student Coaching Academy programme.

Sign up HERE. 

The 2021 Irish Rowing Championships will take place at The National Rowing Centre in Cork this weekend, the 20th-22nd of August.

503 crews are entered for the weekend in 55 categories, with a host of Ireland’s Olympians set to feature across the three days of action, which kicks off on Friday at 9:00 am.

For the first time, we will also have live streaming of the Irish Rowing Championships throughout the weekend!

Our High-Performance athletes will be representing their clubs across several categories with senior and under 23 High-Performance athletes competing throughout the weekend.

The Championships will see over 130 races over the course of the three days with plenty of exciting events for rowing fans to enjoy.

Fresh off their win in Henley, and their incredibly impressive gold medal victory in the Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls, both Fintan McCarthy (Skibbereen Rowing Club) and Paul O’Donovan (UCC Rowing Club) will compete in multiple senior events as they look to add to an outstanding 2021.

Gary O’Donovan (Skibbereen Rowing Club) will also compete with Daire Lynch (Clonmel Rowing Club) Jake McCarthy (Skibbereen) and Olympian Ronan Byrne (UCC Rowing Club), of the Men’s Double Sculls crew from Tokyo, rounding out the men’s High-Performance athletes currently confirmed for the Championships.

On the women’s High-Performance front, two of Ireland’s bronze medal-winning Women’s Four crew have been announced, with Emily Hegarty (UCC Rowing Club) and Aifric Keogh (UCC Rowing Club) set to compete.

Aoife Casey (UCC Rowing Club) and Margaret Cremen (UCC Rowing Club), who raced together in the Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls in Tokyo, will both feature in a number of senior events, with Monika Dukarska (Killorglin Rowing Club) of the Women’s Pair Olympic crew also set to set to race at the National Rowing Centre.

Tara Hanlon (UCC Rowing Club) and Lydia Heaphy (UCC Rowing Club) round out a stacked lineup of high-performance athletes set to compete in Cork.

Some of our other High-Performance athletes will also be representing their clubs at the Irish Rowing Championships. Claire Feerick (Neptune Rowing Club), Cliodhna Nolan (NUIG), Alex Byrne (UCC RC), John Kearney (UCC RC), Ross Corrigan (QUBBC), Jack Dorney (Shandon), Hugh Moore (QUBBC), Finn O’Reilly (Skibbereen RC), and Leah O’Regan (Shandon).

Rowing Ireland’s Chief Executive Officer, Michelle Carpenter said, “After such remarkable Olympics games from our team, I am delighted to see so many set to compete amongst a very impressive line-up at the Irish Rowing Championships 2021.

“We are delighted that it will be live-streamed and available to our followers around the globe. In normal circumstances, we would welcome spectators and supporters to the Kinetica National Rowing Centre, but unfortunately, this isn’t possible with current restrictions. It is important that the rowing community can still support their family and friends through the live stream this weekend.

“Our high-performance athletes have shown that they are some of the best in the world, and it will be wonderful to see so many showcases their talents once again at the Kinetica National Rowing Centre. In addition, we have crews from our clubs and grassroots around the country coming to our home of Irish rowing.

“I am looking forward to what’s set to be a really exciting event this weekend.”

Live Streaming

Live Streaming of all races will be available this weekend. Live-action will be captured through Drone Footage and free to view.

The link will be shared on Thursday through Rowing Ireland’s Social Media Channels.

Racing Schedule

The full racing schedule is available through the download section below.


The Irish Coastal Rowing Championships takes place this weekend at the National Rowing Centre in Cork.

The conclusion to the coastal rowing season takes on even more significance this year, with many rowers seeing their first competitive action in almost two years. 

The regatta is being hosted by Portmagee Rowing Club, who have taken on the challenge of organising the largest coastal rowing regatta in Ireland in what are extremely challenging circumstances.

Speaking ahead of the event, David Hussey, Chairperson of the host club, was extremely positive about what this weekend means for coastal rowing: “To say we are delighted to welcome you to our National Championships would be a huge understatement.

“We have all had to put up with a loss of our normal routines over the last year and a half and the loss of our rowing has been felt the most. To finally be able to go ahead with the championships is an incredible feeling and will give us a weekend of normal sporting activity in the National Rowing Centre.”

The first race is off at 09:00 on Saturday morning, and the regatta will conclude on Sunday afternoon with the Senior Women’s Coastal 4+, with a total of 42 finals to be decided over the weekend. The results can be followed live at HERE.

Rowing Ireland celebrates those who helped the team through an incredible Olympic Games in Tokyo which saw two crews pick up medals.

This Olympics saw Ireland’s largest rowing team ever, with six crews, thirteen athletes, four reserves and seven coaching and support staff in Tokyo. Out of the six crews, four finished in the top ten, with two finishing just outside, in 11th and 12th.

Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan won Gold in the Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls, and Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty won Bronze in the Women’s Four.

After such a successful Olympic Games, Rowing Ireland takes the time to thank those who helped the team through Tokyo 2020.

They are;

Antonio Maurogiovanni – High-Performance Director

Fran Keane – Coach

Dominic Casey – Coach

Giuseppe DeVita – Coach

Sinead Murphy – Physiotherapist

Ciro Prisco – Coach

Feargal O’Callaghan – Team Manager

Rowing Ireland is delighted to announce that they have received additional funding through the Sports Capital & Equipment Programme.

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, T.D, and the Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers, T.D., announced €16.6 million in equipment grants under the latest round of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP).

Minister Chambers outlined that over €2m is being provided for sports equipment for National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs), including Rowing Ireland.

Rowing Ireland will receive €140,771 for Olympic equipment and €171,214 for a European fleet of boats for camps for
both Paris and L.A, while clubs across the country will also benefit from the Sports Capital & Equipment Programme.

Speaking about the additional funding, Rowing Ireland’s Chief Executive Officer, Michelle Carpenter said, “We are very pleased with the investment by the Ministers and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media into rowing in Ireland.

“After a hugely successful Olympic Games, we at Rowing Ireland are constantly working to grow and progress our wonderful sport within this country. This additional funding through the Sports Capital & Equipment Programme will help Rowing Ireland and provide equipment to continue to grow our sport at grassroots, high performance and club level. In addition, I would like to thank the Minister for the investment in our clubs with a significant allocation of grants to rowing clubs of all disciplines around the country”

Full details of all allocations, including those for Rowing Ireland, announced today are set out on the Department’s website at