Shandon rowers taking to water for 140 years

In Clubzone this week, Shandon Boat Club secretary Frank Coghlan writes about the club's long history and developments in and out of the water
Shandon rowers taking to water for 140 years

Luke Hayes-Nally, Sam O’Neill, Alex Byrne, and William Ronayne, coxless quad Junior 18, at a training session of Shandon Boat Club. Below left: Justin Crowley and Adam Murphy. Picture: David Keane

Celebrating the 140th anniversary of its founding in 1877, Shandon Boat Club, is one of Cork’s oldest and best-known sporting clubs.

Rowing out of its inconic Victorian boathouse on Cork’s Marina, Shandon is now one of the largest and most successful rowing clubs in Ireland.

In recent years young Shandon athletes have featured strongly in both domestic and international competitions and the club has had success in successive Irish Rowing Championships for many years past.

The club has a very active junior membership of nearly 100 boys and girls aged between 12 and 18 years of age as well as very competitive adult and veterans crews some of whom will be rowing in the famous Henley Regatta on the Thames in July.

Aoife Brooks, Julie Harrington, and Mia Kovacs, all Junior 18s, at Shandon Boat Club.
Aoife Brooks, Julie Harrington, and Mia Kovacs, all Junior 18s, at Shandon Boat Club.

Many young Shandon members have rowed successfully for Ireland in European and World Championship events in recent years. 

Eight members gained international honours in 2016 and it is hoped that some or all of these young athletes will follow the O’Donovan brothers and gain further fame on the international stage in years to come.

A new venture for the club is the development of recreational rowing for adults who have no previous rowing experience. Adult beginners learn to row courses are run frequently and the club now has now over 20 adults of all ages who row weekly on the Lee for pleasure and exercise.

Applications for the beginner courses are always welcome.

Like any club, the success of the Club is due largely to the hard work and dedication of a small group of volunteers - coaches, administrators, helpers, parents and supporters - and, needless to say, further assistance is always welcome.

After 140 years in existence the club’s light blue oars are flashing through the water stronger than ever. Shandon Boat Club is thriving.

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