Rowing has been one of the most successful Irish sports over the last number of years. Our national crews have won 27 Medals at the World Championships, 10 gold medals, 9 silver medals and 8 bronze medals.

Ireland’s Gold Medal Winners

1991LM1xNiall O’Toole
2001LM1xSam Lynch
2001LW1xSinead Jennings
2001LM2-Gearoid Towey, Tony O’Connor
2002LM1xSam Lynch
2016LM1xPaul O’Donovan
2017LM2-Mark O’Donovan Shane O’Driscoll
2017LM1xPaul O’Donovan
2018LM2xPaul O’Donovan, Gary O’Donovan
2018W1xSanita Puspure
2019LM2xPaul O’Donovan, Fintan McCarthy
2019W1xSanita Puspure

Ireland at The Olympics

There have been 12 Olympic Games where Irish boats have competed, the first was in 1948 in London. There have been 22 Irish crews that have represented Ireland at the Olympic Games since then, with a few athletes representing Ireland at more than one Olympic Games. Niall O’Toole is Ireland’s most represented athlete, competing at three Olympics (1992, 1996, and 2000).

Ireland won its first rowing medal at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 when Gary and Paul O’Donovan won Silver in the Lightweight Men’s Double.

2020 Olympics

Ireland currently has four boats qualified for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, which were qualified at the 2019 World Rowing Championships in Austria; The Women’s Single Scull (W1x) was qualified by Sanita Puspure; the Lightweight Men’s Double (LM2x) was qualified by Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy; the Men’s Double (M2x) was qualified by Ronan Byrne and Philip Doyle winning the Silver Medal; the Women’s Pair (W2-), was qualified by Monika Dukarska and Aileen Crowley.

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