Rowing Ireland launches the Inaugural Irish Coastal Rowing Championships 2018

Irish Coastal Rowing Championships 2018  Event Launch Press Release
Issued: 29th April 2018

Rowing Ireland launches the Inaugural Irish Coastal Rowing Championships 2018

The National Rowing Centre, Farran Woods, Cork provided the spectacular backdrop for the launch of the 2018 Irish Coastal Rowing Championships which will be hosted at the Centre by Rushbrooke Rowing Club on the weekend of the 18th / 19th August this year. Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, was the special guest for the ceremony which included representatives from Rowing Ireland, the Championships Committee and the Host Club. Minister Creed paid tribute to the team behind the event and said that it was great to see a different code of Rowing utilising the fantastic facilities that the National Rowing Centre has to offer. He also commented that it will be great to see the various traditional coastal boats from throughout Ireland taking part.

Kieran Kerr, Chairperson, Rowing Ireland Coastal Committee said ‘This is a momentous occasion as the National Rowing Centre hosts an Irish Coastal Championship for the first time on a new course, adjacent to the existing Olympic course. We are extremely fortunate to have the National Rowing Centre. In addition to the small army of volunteers without which an event of this nature could not take place, I would like to thank two other groups. The first is the Coastal Championship Committee which met monthly since December to ensure the Championships are well organised and run to a high standard. The second is the host club which this year is Rushbrooke Rowing Club. As the “feet on the ground” in the National Rowing Centre, Rushbrooke are leaving no stone unturned in making all the necessary arrangements. We look forward to seeing you and your club in the National Rowing Centre in August.

This year’s championships, which will be the inaugural one run under the auspices of Rowing Ireland, will take place on Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th August and there promises to be a spectacular showcase of coastal rowing, with Clubs from all four Provinces of Ireland coming to Cork to compete at the highest levels of the sport.

The Championships will provide a fantastic boost to the region with the event likely to attract in excess of 2000 competitors and 3000 spectators to the National Rowing Centre over the two days.

Ted McSweeney, Chairperson of the Host Club, Rushbrooke Rowing Club, said ‘We are honoured as a club to have been successful with our bid to host this event and we are delighted to be hosting the event at the National Rowing Centre in Cork, the Home of Rowing in Ireland. We look forward to a great weekend of racing from U12’s up to Masters.’

Regatta Director for this year’s event, Shane Russell said that trojan work has been underway in the preparation for the event. He complimented the work of the Championships Committee of Rowing Ireland and the Host Club for the immense effort being put in. He said, ‘this event is the pinnacle for the competitors involved and that this event will showcase the very best of what coastal rowing has to offer’.

Further information on the championships can be found by contacting the Championships Committee Secretary as follows:
Event Secretary Orla Creedon
Address 2 Summerfield’s,
Cobh,
Co. Cork.
P24 V024
Telephone 086 – 8103565
Email: rushbrooke2018@gmail.com
Website: ww.icrc.ie

Pictured at the Official Launch of the 2018 Irish Coastal Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre, Farran, Cork were from left to right: Orla Creedon Championships Committee Secretary, David Hussey Rowing Ireland Coastal Division Committee, Ted McSweeney Chairperson Rushbrooke Rowing Club (Host Club), Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Mr. Michael Creed T.D , Eddie Farr Chairperson of the Coastal Championships Committee, Kieran Kerr, Chairperson of Rowing Ireland Coastal Division and Shane Russell Regatta Director for the 2018 Championships.

 

RRC to host Inaugural Irish Coastal Rowing Championships 2018

History was made on Sunday, 26th November at the inaugural Annual Delegates Meeting of the new Rowing Ireland Coastal Rowing Division at the Maldron Hotel, PortLaoise.  Attendance at the Annual Delegates Meeting was one of the largest gatherings of Coastal Rowing Clubs in Ireland in the history of the sport.

Following the submission of a detailed, and exceptionally well-structured proposal to hold the Irish Coastal Rowing Championships 2018, Rushbrooke Rowing Club, based in Cobh, Co. Cork were deemed to be the successful bidder, with the proposal being voted on unanimously by the large number of clubs in attendance. Delegates at the meeting also voted on a date for the Championship, with the weekend of the 18th and 19th August 2018 being decided on.

Rushbrooke Rowing Clubs proposal involved hosting the Championships at the National Rowing Centre, Farran Woods, Ovens, Co. Cork, which is known internationally as the home of Rowing in Ireland.

Commenting on the announcement, Ted McSweeney, Chairperson, Rushbrooke Rowing Club said that ‘this is the greatest honour to be bestowed upon our Club.  Our club has been in existence since the early 1900’s, and although the original club ceased in the late 1960’s when the original wooden clubhouse and boats were engulfed by a fire, in 1989, local residents decided to restart the club and agreed on using the ‘Yawl’ class Racing boat. Over the last 28 years, we have gone from strength to strength and have established ourselves as one of the top Coastal Rowing Clubs in Cork.

As a club, we are delighted at the opportunity to host the inaugural Irish Coastal Rowing Championship and will endeavour to deliver an event that will meet the superb standards that have been set over the past few years.  Even at this early stage, we have received immense support, both from the Coastal Rowing community and local organisations.  We would to especially thank the Management Team at the National Rowing Centre in Farran Woods, who have been exceptionally helpful and forthcoming in assisting us with our bid.  A new chapter in Coastal Rowing has begun and Rushbrooke Rowing Club will strive to maintain the high standard of Regattas that we have been accustomed to.  We look forward to welcoming all Coastal Rowers to Cork in 2018 and we can ensure you of a Ceád Míle Fáilte.’

Kieran Kerr, Chairperson of the Rowing Ireland Coastal Division, said ‘On behalf of Rowing Ireland, I would like to congratulate Rushbrooke Rowing Club on a very professional bid. We look forward to an exciting inaugural Irish Coastal Rowing Championship in the National Rowing Centre in August’