Irish Coastal Rowing Championships Launch Press Release

On a warm summer evening the National Rowing Centre in Cork was the splendid setting for the official launch of the 2019 Irish Coastal Rowing Championships on Tuesday last the 2nd July.  The event which is taking place on the 23rd and 24th August will be hosted by Whitegate Rowing Club based in East Cork.

A large crowd gathered at the home of Rowing in Ireland to witness the event launch. Special Guest at the event was Monika Dukarska, World Rowing Champion and a high-performance athlete with Rowing Ireland.  It was fitting to have Monika in attendance as she herself has numerous World Titles including World Coastal Rowing Champion.  

Other guests in Attendance included Michelle Carpenter CEO Rowing Ireland, David Hussey Non Executive Director Rowing Ireland Kieran Kerr, Chairperson of Rowing Ireland Coastal, Eddie Farr, Chairperson of the Coastal Championships Committee, Shane Russell Regatta Director, Rachel Barry Chairperson Whitegate Rowing Club and John Morrissey President Whitegate Rowing Club along with representatives from Rowing Ireland, Event Sponsors and the host club.

With well in excess of 100 people in attendance representing clubs from throughout the Island of Ireland both North and South it gave people an opportunity to get a sneak preview of the venue ahead of what is promising to be one of the largest Coastal Championships ever ran in Ireland.

Commenting at the launch Shane Russell Regatta Director ‘we are delighted to be here this evening to launch the 2019 Coastal Championships.  It is a superb facility and one that allows us to offer a truly world class rowing venue to the coastal rowers of Ireland. I would like to thank Rowing Ireland, Whitegate Rowing Club and everyone who is assisting us in this event’. 

On the night there was an announcement of some of the event main sponsors.  The Jones Engineering Group, Port of Cork, Cash and Carry Kitchens and Passive Sills were all announced as main sponsors with a further announcement due in the coming weeks.  

So the place to Be on the 23rd and 24th August is the National Rowing Centre in Cork where you will be treated to top class coastal rowing racing in a world class venue.  Full event details are available from and

Chairperson Of Whitegate Rowing Club (Hosts) Rachel Barry

Killorglin RC- R.I.High Performance Athlete; Monika Dukarska

CEO of Rowing Ireland: Michelle Carpenter

Sponsors to the Host Club Whitegate Rowing Club

L-R  Peter Tattan- Jones Engineering, Tim Barry Cash & Carry Kitchens, Rachel Barry Chairperson of Whitegate Rowing, Donal Madden -Port of Cork, Pa Beausang, Passive Skills , Shane Russell – Regatta Director of the Championships and Member of Whitegate Rowing Club.

Reps from Rowing Ireland Coastal Committee, Championship Secretary and Regatta Director of the Championships.

L-R  Danny Hayes, Ted McSweeney, (David Hussey Portmagee-Board of Rowing Ireland  Director for Coastal & Offshore), Peadar Walsh Sec of the Champs Committee, Rachel Barry Chair of Whitegate RC, Kieran Kerr Chair of Rowing Ireland Coastal/Offshore, Shane Russell (Whitegate) Regatta Director, Eddie Farr.

Members of Whitegate Rowing Club

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