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All of us at Carrick-on-Shannon Rowing Club were deeply saddened to hear of the news of the passing of our esteemed and beloved Honorary Life President Mr. Tony Keane on Sunday last after a long illness. Where do you even start to remember a man who lived, loved and fought for Carrick Rowing Club over 8 decades and how could we begin to thank him for his dedication to generations of Carrick rowers and his endless loyalty to the town and the club he adored.
Tony began his relationship with Carrick Rowing Club in 1946 at the tender age of 11. Tom Lowe introduced him to the basics of a sport that would capture his imagination and instil in him a lifelong obsession. Tom’s grand-niece Aoife is a current junior in the club. He rowed in his early days in a junior four with Freddie Moran, Cathal Gilroy and J.J. Dottory at events around the country and at the then legendary Carrick Regatta. He went on to row with many more great men from the town of his generation; John Desmond Keenan, Cecil Kiernan, Jim Maguire, Aidan Nangle, Cecil Harman and Joe Cregg, to name but a few. His proudest rowing achievement was stroking an eight which represented Connaught in the Interprovincial Championships on the Liffey in 1957 only to be beaten by the Leinster crew (the Guards) in the semi-final who went on to win the title. His fellow team mates become lifelong friends and they continue to visit Carrick Regatta to this day.
Tony moved to London after the mid 50s with the love of his life Peggy nee Regan, who he met in Marty Beirne’s in 1952. He left behind his beloved town and club but not his rowing career. In 1959 with the help of Liam Lynch, Mary Mulvey, Cathal Gilroy, Joe Regan, Noel O’Driscoll, John Corrigan, Eamon Reynolds and Jim Cummins, he founded the London Irish Rowing Club in Hammersmith. Lucky for us, he returned to Carrick in ‘63 and took up a position in General Plastics in St. Patrick’s Park where he worked for many years and was a very popular work colleague. He settled down with his darling wife Peggy to raise their family on the Boyle Road. With his family’s patience and endless support, he dedicated all his free time to the rowing club and created the legacy that he leaves behind today, working constantly to grow the club, coaching numerous generations of young people in the intricacies of the sport, organising the infamous regatta days and heads of the river and fighting tirelessly for the club’s financial and sporting survival.
His achievements within the club are too many to mention but the name a few; he was instrumental in developing the growth of women rowing in the club and a number of crews went on to great success nationally and internationally in the 60s and 70s, including Carrick’s Olympian Francis Cryan.
In 1968 he coxed along with Gabriel Cox, a four of men from the club (Noel McDermott, John Joe Beirne, Sean Layden and Al Monaghan) who were the first crew to row the length of the Shannon facing the almost insurmountable challenge of rowing across Lough Allen and Lough Ree in treacherous conditions and all to raise money for charity.
For many decades, he brought crews to heads of the river and regattas all over the country. He made friends everywhere. He built a long-lasting relationship in particular, with many of the Northern clubs, especially Bann Rowing Club and that relationship became even stronger during the troubles as a mutual love of the water superseded any sectarian divide.
He realised over 40 years ago the potential of Lough Rynn as a premier rowing centre and that belief has been appreciated in recent years with the development of the impressive national rowing venue Lough Rynn has become today.
He fundraised during lean times for the town and they gave him their full support, which he was always very grateful for. A proud achievement for Tony was the building of a new boathouse which was opened by then President Mary McAleese in 1993 and she became one of Tony’s biggest fans.
But what he will be most remembered for by his many fellow rowers and friends is his open laughing face, his stylishness, his immense kindness and inclusiveness, his generosity and his wicked sense of humour. Without Tony, we would not have the club we have today. He leaves behind a vibrant, active rowing club with over 80 members and a legacy that will continue for many years to come.
The committee and members of the club old and new would like to pass on their sincerest sympathies to his daughters Annette and Michelle and his son Tony Jr, his grandchildren and great grandchildren and all the extended family at this sad time.
We loved him dearly, we miss him and we will never forget him.
Rest in Peace Tony.
The death has occurred of Gerard BUCKLEY, Waterfall, Cork
Buckley (Waterfall, nr Cork) on 8th July 2017, peacefully at Marymount University Hospital and Hospice after a long illness, Gerard, M.R.C.V.S. dearly loved husband of Lily (nee Murray), loving father of Shivaun, Declan and the late Garry and dear father in law of Deirdre and Declan. Sadly missed by his loving wife, family, his adored grandchildren Garry, James, Anna, Stephen, Ruth, Niamh, Aoife, Dervella, Matthew, Ben and Garry, brothers Denis, Ted, Michael and Noel, sisters in law, brothers in law, relatives and a large circle of friends.
Reception prayers on Monday evening 10th July at 7.00pm in St. James’ Church, Ballinora. Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 12 noon. Funeral afterwards to St. James Cemetery, Chetwynd. Family flowers only please. Donations if desired to A.C.T. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilís
The late Gerry Buckley was a distinguished oarsman, coach and a life long stalwart of Cork Boat club. He won a maiden eight championship ship with Cork Boat Club in 1957, rowing bow in a fine crew stroked by his brother Ted.
Gerry moved to Dublin to study at UCD and rowed for a number of years with the College winning 2 senior eight championships and racing at Henley Royal Regatta. After graduating from college he joined Neptune Rowing Club and rowed in their Senior 8. He served as Captain at Neptune and coached there before returning to Cork in the early 70’s and once more becoming involved in Cork Boat Club.
Throughout the 70’s and 80’s Gerry was a very hardworking and successful coach at Cork Boat Club, coaching several championship winning crews and scullers and taking crews to Henley in the 80’s. He was a sculling enthusiast long before it became popular. Gerry was one of the first winners of the Cork Sculling Ladder and raced regularly in it up to the mid 80’s.
In his later years he was very much involved with the Cork City Regatta Committee holding Officer and President’s role as well as a long term umpire. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
One of Ireland’s most decorated rowers, Lieutenant Paul Giblin, was laid to rest in a State Funeral in Galway on Wednesday 14th June 2017.
Tributes have poured in for the 34-year-old Galway native who sadly passed away after a five-year battle with cancer.
The Galway native was a force to be reckoned with on the rowing circuit where he won 17 senior Irish Championships and had two wins at Henley Royal Regatta as well as being part of senior eights wins at the Irish Championships in 2002, 2006, 2009 and 2010, and senior coxless fours wins in 2002 – 2007, 2009 and 2010.
For the full tribute to Paul published on the Galway Independent, click here. RIP.
February 14th 2017
DUBC is greatly saddened to learn of the death of Robin Tamplin. Robin, who represented Ireland in the London Olympics in 1948, was Captain of DUBC in 1949, and later went on to coach the DUBC crew that won the Ladies Plate in 1977. Robin also served as President of DUBC, and has been actively involved in the club until recent years.
Robin’s commitment and influence laid the foundations for much of the club’s success over the past 40 years, and he was much loved by generations of oarsmen.
Funeral Service will take place on Saturday 25th February at 11am in St. Kevin’s Church, Dunganstown, Co. Wicklow, followed by burial in the adjoining Churchyard.
Rowing Ireland is saddened to learn of the recent passing of Paddy Kemp on 19/10/2016, age 87.
Paddy had connections with all the Belfast clubs, and was respected everywhere as a knowledgeable coach.
Funeral arrangements tbc.
It is with deep regret that Colaiste Iognaid Rowing Club marks the death of Bobby Molloy – a tremendous cox for the Jes during his student days in the 1950s. Bobby was a lifelong supporter of Jes rowing and rowing in general and a person who distinguished himself nationally during a lifetime in politics. Our sympathies to the Molloy family on the occasion of their loss.
Rowing Ireland is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ailish Sheehan on the 9th September 2016.
Ailish, a postgraduate student at Goldsmiths, University of London representing the University of London Boat Club, was involved in an accident after the culmination of the 2016 FISU World University Championships for Rowing in Poznan, Poland on Sunday evening, 4th September. Ailish had been competing in the Women’s Four (W4) at the Championships, where she won a bronze medal.
On behalf of everyone at Rowing Ireland, we wish to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Ailish and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.
Ailish will lay in repose at her family home in Kildimo from 12pm Friday 16th Sept. Her funeral mass will take place in St Josephs Church, Kildimo on Saturday at 12pm. Ailish will be cremated following a private ceremony at Ringaskiddy Crematorium, Cork on Monday.
McELLIGOTT (Athlone and Ballinasloe) – February 16, 2016, (unexpectedly), Dr. Morgan (Edmund Morgan), “The Paddock”, Hillquarter, Coosan, Athlone and formerly of “Kilgarve House”, Ballinasloe; sadly missed by his loving wife Rena, daughters Aedamar, Melisa, Miranda and Sharon, sister, sons-in-law Christian, John, David and Vincent, grandchildren Christophe, Jacques, Charles, Georgina and Meaghan, in-laws, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends. R.I.P. Requiem Mass in The Church of Our Lady’s Queen of Peace, Coosan tomorrow (Saturday) at 1.00pm with burial afterwards in Kiltoom Cemetery.
Family flowers only. Donations if desired to the Irish Heart Foundation. “House private please”.
We are saddened to announce the death of Ann O’Connor wife of Tony O’Connor Snr (Neptune Rowing club) Mother of Tony O’Connor Jnr (Neptune/Shannon and former Rowing Ireland HP Athlete and World champion).
The O’Connor family have many friends in Irish Rowing in particular Limerick, Dublin and Clonmel, who will be saddened by Ann’s passing.
May she rest in peace. Please see funeral arrangements below:
Ann O’Connor (née Fallon) of Shankill, Co. Dublin and formerly Strokestown, Co. Roscommon died on 31st January, 2016, peacefully, in the wonderful care of St. Vincent’s Private Hospital, loving wife of Tony and beloved mother of Tony Jnr., Eva (Mitchell) and Niamh; sadly missed by her brothers John and Des, her sister Mary, son-in-law Ben, daughter-in-law Rachel, her treasured grandchildren Matthew, Catherine, Phoebe, Peter, Grace and Lucy, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, extended family and friends.
Removal on Tuesday evening, 2nd February at 5.15 o’clock from Colliers Funeral Home, Old Connaught Avenue, Bray to St. Anne’s Church, Shankill arriving at 6.00 o’clock. Funeral on Wednesday morning, 3rd February after 10.00 o‘clock Requiem Mass to The Garden Chapel, Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harolds Cross, Dublin 6W. Family flowers only, please. Donations, if desired, to Breast Cancer Ireland.
Jim Ahern -St Michael’s Rowing Club (23rd Jan 2016)
It was with great shock and sadness that we learnt of the untimely passing of our Vice President. Jim, or “Monty” as he was more popularly known was the husband of our Captain Antoinette and brother of our coach Niall Ahern. Jim started rowing for the club as a schoolboy. His greatest rowing achievement however was stroking the 1984 Intermediate Championship winning eight. In recent years he was ever present in the club as Captain, coach and helping out wherever he was needed if not paddling with the Masters. He will be sadly missed by his wife Antoinette, son David and daughters Ellen and Emily as well as his large circle of family and friends.
Funeral arrangements here
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing away of Walter F Mitchell. He died suddenly on Thursday 7 January at 96 years old and had been a member of the Belfast Commercial Boat Club and then Belfast Rowing Club since 1940.
Walter was Secretary of BCBC from 1944-1970 and President of Belfast Rowing Club from 1975-1988. He was the Club’s historian and in the years after his retirement he meticulously researched the history of the Club and published a book in 1994. As a Life-long member of Belfast Rowing Club Walter continued to stay involved with the Club, christening boats last June and driving himself over to the Club nearly every Saturday afternoon to enjoy the craic in the bar.
Walter served on the Ulster Branch Committee for years and became Branch Chair. He was always willing to get involved to sort issues which impacted on rowing, particularly on the River Lagan and he also served on the IARU Executive in the 1980’s. He was heavily involved as an Umpire and organiser of the Belfast Regatta and assisted annually with the draw for Belfast Sprint Regatta until well into his 80’s.
His contribution to rowing in general and BCBC/BRC in particular was truly immense. He will be very much missed.
A funeral service will be held in St Mark’s Parish church, Holywood Road, Belfast at 3pm on Tuesday 12 January (following a private family committal).
Belfast Rowing Club
We were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Queens University Belfast student and rowing coach, Chris Rice, on 7th October 2015.
Details available here.
Molly Stevens (20th July 2015) – Wife of the late Wally Stevens, Past President of Rowing Ireland.
Details available here.
Luke Johnston (14th July 2015) – DUBC rower and son of past President Micheal Johnston.
Details available here.