Rowing Ireland has reviewed the report of the Marine Casualty Investigation Board regarding the incident at Thomondgate on 23 February 2019 .  The entire Rowing Ireland community is absolutely devastated by this tragic incident, which has shocked all of our membership.  Our heartfelt sympathies go to Amy Mulcahy and her family and we wish her well in her rehabilitation and recovery.

Safety for all of our members, is Rowing Ireland’s top priority.  With this in mind, following the publication of the MCIB report, Rowing Ireland held an Emergency Board Meeting on 18 October 2021.  At this meeting, Rowing Ireland appointed a Board led Safety Review Working Group.  The Working Group has been tasked with engaging with the MCIB’s recommendations in detail and also with carrying out a full governance review of Rowing Ireland’s safety policies and practices.  While Rowing Ireland does not agree with the report’s findings and recommendations, we are committed to striving towards international best practice and our Safety Review Working Group will, in consultation with our Board, and stakeholders, take any necessary actions to ensure that we have appropriate resources in place to promote the highest standards, as our sport continues to grow.

Pending this review and consultation with our stakeholders, Rowing Ireland reiterates its request to all clubs, that they would carry out an immediate audit /risk assessment of all local obstacles and hazards, taking account of the circumstances of this incident. {REPORT NO. MCIB/286 (No.3 OF 2021)}