The Gannon Cup Committee are pleased to announce the arrangements for the 2014 Dublin University Boat Races between Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin. The Colours rowing races will this year take place on St Patrick’s Weekend, Sunday 16th March, in association with the official St Patrick’s Festival. This historic grudge match will once again negotiate the River Liffey from O’Connell Bridge to St James’ Gate Brewery. The races will commence at 9:30am with the Novice Women racing for the Sally Moorhead Trophy, followed by the Novices Men’s race for the Dan Quinn Shield at 10am.
A winter of extreme weather conditions has lead to the cancellation of the majority of Rowing Ireland races, making it hard to predict the outcome of what promises to be a very exciting series of races.
The Senior Women’s race, the Corcoran Cup, will be contested at 10:30am. For one of the rowers, Susannah Cass in the seven seat of the Trinity crew, this is just the first test in a summer of rowing adventures. Susannah will be racing across the Irish Sea in the Celtic Challenge race in May, before heading off to make history as a competitor in the world’s first Pacific Ocean rowing race – a 2,400 mile challenge from California to Hawaii. Meanwhile, in the UCD crew, the Gilligan sisters will be hoping to keep the Corcoran Cup in the family, as Aoife enlists her sister Ruth’s help in defending the title.
Finally the senior men’s race, the Gannon Cup, will be contested at 11am. The race is in its 67th year having been founded in 1947 in memory of former UCD Captain Ciaran Gannon, who lost his life in Burma in 1944. UCD have dominated the event in recent years and will be hoping to make this their 7th consecutive win with the help of a strong crew of promising young athletes including World Under 23 silver medallist Niall Kenny. In the opposing camp, the return of Trinity coach Nick Dunlop, who’s record includes a number of convincing Gannon Cup wins, may prove the added ingredient needed to turn the UCD tide.
Trinity made a good start to this year’s campaign, winning the coin toss hosted at Leinster House by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and choosing to race on the North station in both the men’s and women’s races.
The university boat races are an annual event on the River Liffey echoing the world famous Oxford/Cambridge University Boat Race in London. In 1980 Trinity were presented with the Corcoran Cup as winners of the inaugural women’s boat race; however, UCD responded strongly to this initial defeat and currently lead the series by 21 wins to Trinity’s 13. Races for novice men and women were introduced in 2004 and 2005 respectively and add greatly to the atmosphere of the event.
Spectator buses will follow the races and depart from the O’Connell Bridge.
Program of events:
9:30am The Moorhead Trophy – Novice Women (holder Trinity)
10:00am The Dan Quinn Perpetual Shield – Novice Men (holder UCD)
10:30am The Corcoran Cup – Senior Women (holder UCD)
11:00am The Gannon Cup – Senior Men (holder UCD)
Gannon Cup Committee, 10th March 2014