All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships 2016 - Ballyshannon Lakeside Centre, Donegal

Kerry pulled liked a dog - winning a total of 8 Golds, 10 Silver and 7 Bronze

Kerry pulled liked a dog - winning a total of 8 Golds, 10 Silver and 7 Bronze

Ryan Glenn, Mountcharles Rowing Club competing in the U14’s All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championship in Ballyshannon. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan.

Staff Reporter editorial@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

“Pull like a Dog”...the infamous words by Olympian Silver Medalists, O’ Donovan Brothers, Gary and Paul were roared out by all counties over the weekend, at the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships 2016, held at the Ballyshannon Lakeside Centre, hosted by Donegal Bay Rowing Club.

2700 Rowers descended on Ballyshannon, Ireland’s oldest town for the annual All Ireland Coastal Championships. Set against Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way, the rowing course and conditions didn’t disappoint , the 500 strong crews rowers who travelled from Mayo, Kerry, Cork, Dublin, Wexford, Wicklow, Antrim, Belfast and Donegal each competing for those coveted medals and trophies.

Reaction to the venue and the level or organisation locally has been very positive and there are hopes that the event may make a return next year. A decision on next year’s venue will be announced in the next few days.

It was a family affair on the water as Workmen’s Rowing Club, Killarney U16/U18/21, Ladies crews Took Gold, with Trainer/cox Mikey Joe Burns and his Daughter Siobhan Burns in stroke.

The Arklow Rowing Club, Mixed Veteran crew took Gold, with a crew of 2 husband and wife teams, Susan Doyle and Peter Doyle, Claire and Tom Alexander, Susan and Claire are also sisters, Cox was Sandra Dunbar

Senior Men’s Race

It was Galley Flash, Clonakilty Senior Men who took Gold in the Senior Men’s Race, Fossa Rowing Club, Killarney took Gold in the Junior Men’s final.

Intermediate Mens was won by Vartry Rowing Club Co Wicklow. Senior Ladies was won by Myross Rowing Club, Co Cork. Passage West took gold for the Junior Ladies Race. Intermediate Ladies, Joint Gold was won a relatively new club Fenit Rowing Club, Co Kerry, and Whitegate Co Cork. Under 16, won by East Ferry, Co Cork, Portmagee Gold U14.Workmen’s Rowing club, Killarney took Gold in the Girls U14, Ladies U21 and Ladies U18. Pre vet Men went to Blackrock Co Dublin, Under 14 boys, Courtmacsherry Rowing Club, Co Cork, U12 boys Rosscarbery, U21 Men Whitegate Rowing Club, Senior Mixed Cairdhu Rowing Club, Co Antrim

Veteran Ladies Gold went to Sneem Rowing Club, Veteran Men, Myross Rowing Club, Gold, Master Men’s Gold went to Templenoe Rowing Club, Co Kerry, and Master Women’s went to Rushbrooke, Co Cork.

Magical weekend

Speaking about the event ICRF PRO Mary B Teahan commented “it was a magical weekend held for the first time in Co Donegal.The organisers hosted one of the best weekend’s coastal Rowing championships ever. The conditions, venue, organisation, level of volunteers and Donegal good will and banter was just incredible. The quality and standard of racing was extremely high, speed and efficiency was the order of the day, for any crew to make it to the final was a huge honour.”

Decisions on next year’s venue will be announced in the next few days.

RESULTS OF THE 2016 All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships

Senior Men:

Gold: Galley Flash Co Cork

Silver: Courtmacsherry Co Cork

Bronze: Vartry Co Wicklow

Junior Men:

Gold: Fossa Co Kerry

Silver: East Ferry Cork

Bronze: Killurin

Intermediate:

Gold: Vartry Co Wicklow

Silver: Whitegate Co Cork

Bronze: Cairndhu Co Antrim

Senior Ladies:

Gold: Myross Co Cork

Silver: Sneem Co Kerry

Bronze: Whitegate Co Cork

Junior Ladies:

Gold: Passage West Co Cork

Silver: Workmen Killarney Co Kerry

Bronze: Rushbrooke Co Cork

Intermediate Ladies:

Joint Gold: Fenit Co Kerry

Joint Gold: Whitegate Co Cork

Bronze: Kilmacsimon Co Cork

Veteran Mixed:

Gold: Myross

Silver: Workmen

Bronze: Whitegate

Under 16:

Gold: East Ferry Co Cork

Silver: Killorglin Co Kerry

Bronze: Rushbrooke Co Cork

Under 14 Girls:

Gold: Portmagee Co Kerry

Silver: Passage West Co Cork

Bronze: Callinafercy Co Kerry

Under 18 Ladies:

Gold: Workmen Killarney

Silver: Kilmacsimon Co Cork

Bronze: Sneem Co Kerry

Pre-Veteran Men:

Gold: Blackrock Co Dublin

Silver: Myross Co Cork

Bronze: Rushbrooke Co Cork

Pre-Veteran Ladies:

Gold: Passage West Co Cork

Silver: Fenit Co Kerry

Bronze: Blackrock Co Dublin

Under 12 Girls:

Gold: Rosscarbery Co Cork

Silver: Ring Co Cork

Bronze: East Ferry Co Cork

Under 18:

Gold: East Ferry Cork

Silver: Sive Cahirciveen Co Kerry

Bronze: Killorglin Co Kerry

Under 21 Ladies:

Gold: Workmen Killarney

Silver: Sneem Co Kerry

Bronze: East Ferry Co Wexford

Under 14:

Gold: Courtmacsherry Co Cork

Silver: Rushbrooke Co Cork

Bronze: Whitegate A Co Cork

Under 16 Girls:

Gold: Workmen Killarney

Silver: Cairndhu A Co Antrim

Bronze: Callinafercy Co Kerry

Pre-Veteran Mixed:

Gold: Arklow

Silver: Rushbrooke

Bronze: Fenit

Under 12:

Gold: Rosscarbery

Silver: Sive

Bronze: East Ferry

Under 21:

Gold: Whitegate Co Cork

Silver: Passage West Co Cork

Bronze: Kilmacsimon Co Cork

Senior Mixed:

Gold: Cairndhu Co Antrim

Silver: Courtmacsherry Co Cork

Bronze: Myross Co Cork

Veteran Ladies:

Gold: D Sneem Co Kerry

Silver: Workmen Killarney

Bronze: Callinafercy Co Kerry

Veteran Men:

Gold: Myross Co Cork

Silver: Workmen Killarney

Bronze: Templenoe Co Kerry

Masters Men's

Gold – Templenoe Co Kerry

Silver – Cairndhu Co Antrim

Bronze - Passage West Co Cork

Masters Ladies Final

Gold – Rushbrooke Co Cork

Silver – Callinafercy Co Cork

Bronze – Kilmacsimon Co Cork