Rowing Ireland has launched its new Level One Coaching Course for prospective candidates. The course is the second step in Rowing Ireland’s ‘Coaching Pathway’, and its aim is to provide coaches with the skills and knowledge to develop rowers in a safe, enjoyable and progressive way at junior, novice and Intermediate levels in clubs around Ireland. The new programme comes following the success of the previous Introduction to Coaching Course which saw over 200 participants take part in the first 6 months of 2021.

The course will involve seven online sessions with our coach developers, covering topics such as effective communication, nutrition, coaching techniques, and appropriate safety procedures. Additionally, practical sessions will be organised for in-person demonstrations, including two water sessions and one strength and conditioning workshop.

The course amounts to 27 hours of coaching training, accredited with an official Rowing Ireland certification for those who complete it. The level one course will be open to applicants who have completed the introductory course aged over 18.

Sign up is now live, and can be found here. Applicants will need access to a computer with a competent broadband connection.

Any questions can be sent to Gerry at

Competitive Masters Rowing has continued to grow in popularity, with numbers steadily increasing year on year in Ireland. Masters Rowing in Ireland has also benefited from the creation of dedicated Masters Regattas which have greatly benefited a number of club crews with their preparation for competing internationally at the World Masters Regattas as well as bringing much needed competitive racing events to the rowing calendar.

To help strengthen this growth, a Masters Working Group has come together with the support of Rowing Ireland. The group has representatives from each province that bring a wide range of experience as rowers, umpires and event organisers.

The short-term aim of the Working Group will be to establish and improve communication and coordination between Masters crews and clubs. The working group will be meeting regularly over the next few months and the 1st priority is a dedicated point of contact for rowers, clubs and crews to submit ideas and suggestions on how Masters Rowing can be supported and developed in the future in Ireland. The group will also look towards next season to see how the existing events and potentially new events can be supported by Masters Crews.

A dedicated Facebook group has been created for Masters Rowers to join – ‘Masters Rowing Ireland – Competitive’.

The working group consists of:

  • Michelle Mc Donagh             Shannon RC
  • Kenny Mc Donald                   Shannon RC
  • Brian Richardson                     St Michael’s RC
  • Brian Crean                             Cork BC
  • Sheila Garrett                          Belfast Rowing Club
  • Gerry Murphy                         Neptune RC
  • Cathriona Power                     Tribesmen RC
  • Derek Bowen                           Rowing Ireland
  • Sean Heaney                           Galway RC                 

Stay tuned for further updates from the group as they get up and running. They will be in contact with clubs and rowers very soon to kick start the actions.

Well Rowed Masters!