Friends, family, clubmates and former rowing rivals gather to honour Paul McCarthy
Friends, family and clubmates gathered last weekend for a wonderful tribute to Cork Boat Club’s Paul McCarthy. The memorial service saw a new eight launched in his honour, proudly brandishing the name ‘Paul McCarthy’.
His friends at the club and beyond had gathered along with his family — his parents Ebbie and Anne, his brother Andrew, sister Linda, and Paul’s wife Claire and his daughters Fia and Sadhbh — for the celebration of Paul’s life.
In Paul’s memory, a group set out on a 60km cycle to Crosshaven and back, as Paul was a keen cyclist as well as rower. The cyclists remember him as a go-to guy to organise the many long cycles they enjoyed.
When they arrived back to Cork Boat Club in Blackrock, they joined a large gathering for the Paul ‘Sindy’ McCarthy boat naming ceremony.
Chairman John Mackey welcomed all, including former clubmates from Australia, Canada and the UK, while some of those who had been with rival boat clubs back in the day turned out also to honour Paul’s memory.
Paul’s wife Claire (along with his children Fia and Sadhbh) named the boat, and it was launched to applause, and rowed proudly past the clubhouse by a crew who included Lee RC’s James O’Reilly and Paul Hogan donning the chocolate and white of Cork BC as a tribute to Paul. Later they all enjoyed a barbecue and a night of celebrating Paul’s life.
See Saturday's Evening Echo for more, June 10.