All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships in Ballyshannon and Donegal town pulling in the crowds

Great crowds rowing in behind the championships

All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships in Ballyshannon and Donegal town pulling in the crowds

Ever improving conditions have given the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships being held at the Lakeside Centre in Ballyshannon an added boost this weekend but the word on most mouths are the boys from Skibbereen!

The ‘Steakh and spuds and pull like a dog’ spirit has been seen on the waters of Assaroe Lake, and the silver medal win in Rio by the O’Donovan brothers have given the championships an added lift.

After two busy days the action gets underway again tomorrow (Sunday) at 8.30am (there’s a captain’s meeting 30 minutes earlier) and there are plenty of titles up for grabs.

45 clubs representing over 500 crews are competing at the Lakeside Centre in Ballyshannon where Donegal Bay Rowing Club are acting as hosts to this spectacular event. In all there are 2,000 rowers taking part over the three days.

With a Maritime Festival based in Donegal town, and the competition on the water in Ballyshannon, the south of the county is seeing an added influx of visitors and a welcome boost to the economy.

Donegal waterbus is operational throughout the festival with street theatre, parade of boats, Inter firms regatta, and a host of water events being showcased.