2009 NEWS at


SMRC has a 2010 club calendar for sale for €10. The calendar is a celebration of achievement and participation from the 2009 season and shows the strength in depth of the club with all squads featured, from junior to intermediate championship winners. The calendar is a fundraiser for SMRC so please support by purchasing for friends, family and business. This is a great way to support SMRC, the volunteer house committee and coaches, and also get something in return. The calendar also has the event dates for the forth coming season included in it. Those who would like to purchase a calendar can do so by contacting any of the club coaches or myself at 087-937-7258.

To get look at what your money will get you please click here to view calendar.

Have a happy Christmas and New Year,

SMRC Captain.
"Prosperitas per Ruta"


Don't forget the AGM tonight folks...
19.30 in the rowing club hall at O'Callaghan Strand, Limerick.


Neptune HOR has been cancelled and will not take place this weekend 14th Nov 2009, cancellation due to weather conditions. There is no current plan to re-schedule but if this should change I will let ye know.


SMRC Captain.
"Prosperitas per ruta"


Neptune HOR is postponed until the 14th Nov 2009 due to weather conditions. The entry/draw remains the same unless crews decide to scratch/withdraw.

If there are any queries please let me know,



Neptune HoR '09 draw for Nov 7 now available for download:
Neptune HoR - Race 1 draw
Neptune HoR - Race 2 draw



Important message from the Captain -------------------->


The sculling ladder is updated again, showing positions 1 to 63, in the Other Events section



The Sculling Ladder table has been updated today - see the Other Events section



The results for the SMRC 2009
Head of the River are now posted on the Results section



GOOD LUCK and safe rowing to all crews at todays Head of the River


The Head of the River 2009 Entry Sheet is now posted on the Head of the River page



please put Oct 17th (Sat) in your diaries for the first challenges of the sculling ladder. Time schedule will follow closer to the day.

Send in your challenges early. Challenges will be allocated on first come basis.

Additional time trial will be held in Castleconnell BC on Sun from 9.00am for remaining scullers that missed last Sun, open to all clubs. They will be added to the end of the current list in order of times achieved. Free challenges will be available until end of Nov only.




Seniors training programme added to the Members Area - training page



The 2009/10 Limerick Sculling Ladder has begun with 34 scullers competing so far. Table, rules and contact info are now on the
Other Events page



Clubhouse training timetable & updated membership form in the Members Area



The 2009 Head of the River Prospectus is now available in the Head of the River section



The calendar of rowing events for 2010 is now available in the Regatta Dates section



New training info in the Members Area today including a Boat Schedule for coaches which will be updated weekly.



Well it's been a quiet time for the club and not much to report, but we're now looking forward to the SMRC Head of the River and a new training season. There is new information for Seniors training posted to the Training section of the Members Area.

Don't forget we're going to need volunteers for the HOR so please contact the club captain if you are available to give a few hours of your time on race day, details over there -------------->

That's it for now. I'm looking forward to a busy time ahead for the website and to keeping it updated with news and information for the coming season.



SMRC Head of the River recheduled:
this event, which had to be cancelled on it's original date in January because of severe flooding causing safety concerns, will now go ahead in October.

We're very excited about this new date which will be announced in the coming days and we are looking forward to a large turnout of crews and supporters.



New Boat Skills document added to the Members Section

here's a summary of the Home Internationals performance by club members
(provided by Pa Mac).

"Overall, Ireland’s Junior team did well on points and came 2nd overall but our lads were in two very tough events and while they rowed well and to the best of their ability they did not win. The pair of James Fahey and Niall McInerney have improved with every spin and always row well. The race on Saturday was no different, they rowed very well in a strong head wind and were simply out powered by a very big English crew who clocked a better time than the senior pairs in the very next race."

"Mark O’Brien was in the Junior Quad and they were in a very tight race with a blanket finish but came off on the wrong side of a close call. They performed well also and suffered a bit from not enough time together and trying to do the double as well at short notice."

"I think our lads did well and left the season satisfied that they have improved a lot and learned a lot under Richie and are looking forward to next year."

"Kieran umpired splendidly in his white flannels and blazer! Well done, no incidents to report..."

Well done lads, the club is proud of your performances and looking forward to ye achieving even higher next season,


Captain SMRC


Conor Hartnett swam for The Smile Train...
latest update: July 28th - 18:55
The tanker has landed!!
Conor lands in France, 14hrs & 19mins later...

and the support boat heads back to Blighty

14 hours & 19 mins - unbelieveable... Of course he had to pick the rockiest part of the whole French coastline for the landing! Maybe a pint or two tonight? Thanks for all your support...

Dec and the gang

It's going to be a beach finish, and that means more miles. The tides have had their way with him. Still, he's going well but he knows he's got to dig deep now. Telepathic energy from everyone needed at this point. -- Declan --

Only 3.5 nautical miles to go as the tanker flies but still several hours away as the tides do their thing. Conditions have eased a lot, wind is down and sea state improving. Con is moving well but getting impatient (a good thing) as he can see the tart ahead but out of reach. C'est la vie. -- Declan --

Cap Gris is teasing us like a proper tart but it will be hours before she lets us into her boudoir because of the tides. Con is strong again after a shaky hour 9. 6 foot swells and whitecaps. Not for the fainthearted, but nobody could accuse Con of having a faint heart. -- Declan --

Cap Gris in clear view now, but we will swim past it offshore on the ebb tide. Then it turns and hopefully sweeps us onto it. Consie in unchartered territory now, past his 8 hour previous limit. Hopefully "known unknowns" as Donald would say. -- Declan --

Just over half-way now and our beer tanker is making good headway. Still very lumpy and now the wind is against the tide so not going to get any better. Still, the skipper thinks the conditions are close to ideal. A gigantic containership from China just passed in front - probably has all our Christmas presents on it!! -- Declan --

3 hours in. Looks strong. Approaching shipping channel. Do they know there's a torpedo in the water? Chop is down a bit, no whitecaps now. Starting to pick out some details on Cap Gris. Long way to go yet. -- Declan --

Shipping hazard in Channel! Conor is in the water at 04:21. Lumpy enough but forecast is to get better. He's looking strong. -- Declan --

Conor's first opportunity to begin could be as soon as 03:00 tomorrow, Tuesday 28th. This would be ideal as he would have the benefit of daylight for the majority of the crossing, as well as reducing his delay in Dover. If conditions change, the next opportunity may be Thursday. Check back for updates. -- godfrey --


Kilkee training (week 1: 3hrs swim each day, week 2: 2hrs each day) is now completed. Conor is now on the way to Dublin, leaving for the UK on Sunday morning. The support team will be based in Dover, ready to take the plunge any time in the following 10-day window. More updates as they come in... Please donate whatever you can by clicking The Smile Train

This summer Conor Hartnett, a popular former SMRC club menber and owner of Mary Carroll's pub in Babylon, Long Island, will attempt to swim the English Channel, from England to France accross 21 miles of open sea . The English Channel is known as the Mount Everest of swimming. Less than half the number that have climbed Mount Everest, have swam the English Channel, since the first, Captain Matthew Webb, did in 1875. The water is cold ( average 58F - 62F). The weather is unpredictable and the tide and currents are strong, meaning most swimmers will have to swim more than 30 miles to get across.

Conor is hoping to do this for more than just FUN ! He is raising money for this amazing charity The Smile Train, which is focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and palate.

Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where there are millions of children who are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly. Aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. And face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache.. A $250 donation will pay for most surgeries. Please donate whatever you can by clicking The Smile Train

P.S: Mary Carroll herself has given special permission for you to dip into your social fund... just this once!

months of training to achieve
the optimum water-penetrating profile...


New Coxes Manual document added to the Members Section



We have registered the domain '' and will soon be migrating to this new address. All current addresses will still, however, resolve to the new one so there should be no interruption to your browsing pleasure.

godfrey ~


Fyi, the very best of luck to:

• James Fahey
• Mark O’Brien
• Niall McInerney

who are representing SMRC and rowing for Ireland in the Home Internationals in Nottingham on the 25th July

and to Orla McEvoy who is competing in the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Vichy France on the weekend of August 1st & 2nd.

This is yet another great honour for the oarspeople and club. Heres hoping for yet more success !

** also **

Sheila Clavin represented the club and Ireland at Lucerne regatta during the Championship weekend.

Sheila would have been a tremendous advantage to SMRC during the National Championships for competing purposes but she was destined to compete at this higher level and did so in the words of Pa Mac:

“with distinction in the Lightweight 2x which is a shark infested pool of Olympic hopefuls”

Please join me in congratulating Sheila in this fantastic achievement for both club and country...

Well done Sheila,



Cratloe Run starts this Saturday - details on the Other Events page


message from The Captain

Where to start !
A brilliant finish to an excellent season culminated in 7 event wins, 4 of which were Championship events.

Results for SMRC can be summarised per below, while the full regatta results are accessible on the Results Page

1.Womens senior 2x- Sinead Jennings & Ceara O’Connor
2.Mens inter 2x- Peter Hanily & John McDonald
3.Mens inter 1x Peter Hanily
4.Mens inter 4+ Vinny Manning, David Power, John McDonald, Killian O’Shea, Mike Griffin
5.Womens Novice 4x+ Kate O’Brien, Coaimhe Hartnett, Amy O’Connor, Ailish Sheehan, Lauren McMahon
6.Womens J15 1x Kate O’Brien
7.Womens J14 1x Ellie Sherin.

Very well done to all oarspeople who competed excellently. You did St. Michaels and more importantly yourselves very proud and gained the reward of the hard work put in.

Special thanks to all the coaches who also helped make it happen and worked extremely hard through the long season:
Ritchie O’Brien, Dickie Shinnors, Jim Ahern, Pa McInerney, Daithi Smalle, Niall DeLoughry, Pat Cunneen, Damian Murphy, Emmett Lynch, Niall Ahern & Decci Hartnett.

Finally for the organisation side of things:
Andy O'Sullivan for completing the entries, Joe Hanily for our PR and last but not least the SMRC House Committee lead by our President Pierce McGann and Vice President Kieran Kerr.

Without the collective will and drive of the oarspeople, coaches, house committee, helpers and parents, SMRC wouldn’t exist. Hoping to see ye all back next season and maybe even some new faces !



Rigging guidelines table added to the
Members Area



Monkstown Regatta

A line to say very well done to all of St Michaels over the weekend gone in Monkstown regatta where the club had its best weekend's results this year if not in several years. In total there were 9 wins across different categories, these were:

· MS 8+ Leander cup
· MI 4+, MS 4 -, MS 2X-
· WS 2X-, WS 4X -, MJ18 2-
· MJ15 4X+, WJ15 4X+

Highlights included the MJ15 4X+ of James McInerney, Michael O’Connor, Michael Kerley, Bernard O’Hanlon and Sean Mc Gann
The WJ15 4X+ of Hannah McCarthy, Kate O’Brien, Lauren McMahon, Keeva Philips & Caoimhe Hartnett,
Gearoid Glynn making the MN 1X final and all the wins that the Intermediate men and women clocked up including the Leander no less!

However the outstanding result was Niall McInerney and James Fahey in the MJ18 2- which was a very hard fought win and earned the lads Irish singlets for the home internationals in Nottingham, England. This was an excellent result for SMRC and the lads, very well done indeed lads.

Lastly but by no means least, Orla McEvoy earned herself an opportunity to represent Ireland in the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Vichy, France. This capped a weekend of SMRC dominance at Monkstown and a great weekend for the club, oarspeople and coaches involved.

Well done everybody,



pics from Marlow Regatta added to the Gallery page

- godfrey -


major additions to the Training Info page in the Members Area today...
click on the Members Area link (requires login) to see more...

- godfrey -


our Intermediate and J18 men competed in Marlow regatta the weekend past and gained some very good results against very strong and high standard opposition. They raced in many events and boat classes on both days and performed excellently on behalf of St. Michaels and themselves in every challenge.

Results for SMRC are summarised below, while the full regatta results are accessable by following the Results link.

Saturday (2,000 metre event):
elite 2x- 3rd place final
inter 8 grade III 5th place final

Sunday (1,000 metre event):
U23 2- 2nd place final
inter 8 grade III 1st place final
U23 2x- 1st place final
inter 4+ grade III 3rd place final
elite 2x- 1st place final
inter 4+ grade I 5th place final

Special thanks to Pa Mac for the organisation/towing side of things and Andy O'Sullivan for completing the entries.Very well done to all oarsmen and coaches Pa Mac, Ritchie O'Brien and Niall DeLoughry. This sets the squads up nicely for the Champs in 3 weeks, lets keep the tempo and high standard going for the final push!



the club Bar-B-Q/Hog roast and boat naming ceremony on Sunday 14th June was a great success and was very strongly supported. The weather held up for us which always helps.

Members, family, friends and invited guests all had a great day and enjoyed the event immensely. The number of people who helped out on the day is too many to mention but my thanks to them all.

Persons who made special effort to join us on the day included the Murphy family and Fr Noel Kirwin PP St Michael's church who conducted the boat naming ceremony where the Brennie Murphy II (8), Miss America II (4x-, original Miss America was a wooden fine 8 purchased by New York based emigrants in late 1920s) and BDO Simpson Xavier (4x+) all joined the club fleet.

Thanks to all again for a great day and a very well supported event,

Captain St Michael's Rowing Club


Well done to all who participated in a well run and well attended Athlone, see results on the Results page . SMRC won WI2X, WJ182X and MI4+, this was well deserved and hard earned well done to all oarspeople and coaches involved.

Very well done to Sheila Clavin who qualified to represent Ireland at Lucerne-a World Cup regatta in July. Very best of luck Sheila, this a great honour for yourself and St Michaels.



howdy all,
Carlow Regatta results added to the Results page



Well done to all who participated and raced well in Castleconnell regatta yesterday. A good day yesterday with some good performances.

The club won the following:
WJ14 scull-Ellie Sherin,
MJ14 scull-Michael O’Connor,
WJ15 Quad scull-Caoimhe Philips, Caoimhe Hartnett, Kate O’Brien, Hannah McCarthy and Lauren McMahon.

Well done to all, thanks also to the coaches who organized their crews and ensured that the day passed off withoot incident.
Keep up the good work, Athlone this coming Saturday is the next thing to focus on!


plse see a reminder with respect to the club BBQ happening on the Sunday 14th June - kick off at 17.00, hope to see you there,



Sheila and Ceara rowed in London Metro regatta over the weekend 30/31st May and had some fantastic results against formidable competition of the highest calibre.

They took bronze medals on the Saturday and Sunday in the Women's Elite and Senior Double sculls competing with the likes of Henley RC and Leander RC respectively.

In single sculling Sheila obtained 5th place on Sat and 3rd place on Sun, while Ceara took 7th and 4th on those respective days also.

This is a fantastic achievement for SMRC, their Coach Dickie Shinnors and most importantly themselves since it is they who have put in the hard work that is now paying off. Well done ladies and keep raising that bar!

The weekend also saw the club attend Carlow regatta, which was a very enjoyable, well organised event. Thanks go out to Jim, Decci, Fish and Damian for preparing and looking after their squads. Unfortunately we didn't have any wins but we did have some great racing, well done to all who competed and did St Michaels proud.

Full sets of results for Carlow and London Metro can be seen by clicking the Results link



howdy all,
June rowing events added to the
Regatta Dates page



Please Note:
the Club BBQ & boat naming date has been moved to Sat June 14th.
More details on the Other Events page


Well done to everyone who competed at Skibbereen Regatta. Some great results were achieved against good opposition and just reward was yielded for hard training and dedication.

Winners were as follows:
Killian & John in MS2X - coached by Niall and Pa
Ceara & Sheila in WS2X - coached by Dickie
Orla & Gillian in WI2X - coached by Dickie
and Kate in WJ15 1X-coached by Decci.

It ended up being a good solid days rowing and competing, and is another step along the way to the Champs in July. Very well done to all who competed but lets keep making sure we are stepping it up with each regatta result and performance - you can be sure the opposition will be.


please follow the link to the Results page to view


Limerick Regatta, due to be held on Sunday May 3rd, has been cancelled due to lack of interest in the experimental format


a brief couple of updates:
please be aware that Limerick regatta has changed its event date to Sunday 03rd May 2009. This date change was to acknowledge and work around the Heineken Cup Semi Final in Dublin on the 02nd May 2009.

A bag pack fundraiser was held in Dunnes, Jetland on Thurs 09th April 2009. Many thanks to Dunnes for faciliating, all who pariticipated and especially to Antoinette Aherne who organised and was the principal driver behind the event.

Lastly, well done to oarspeople Orla, Peter, Mark and Sheila who competed at the National Squad Session in Inniscarra Cork at the weekend and did very well. Lets hope ye all get the call back!



Neptune regatta results have been released by regatta committee, please follow the link to the Results page to view



A course map for the SMRC Head of the River is now available for download on the
Head of the River page


well done in Neptune regatta over the wekend which was a very long day for all. Special thanks must go the coaches firstly who organised their squads very well on the day. There were no issues in relation to getting access to transport, boats, oars etc., and the event went very well for us on an organisational/efficiency front.

More importantly still, we won MI4+, WI4+ and Jnr15 2X. Well done to all competitors and keep up the good work. This is a great start to the regatta season and is a reflection of all the hard work you the coaches and oarspeople have put in to date.

Let's use this great weekend as a template for the remainder of the season as we drive on for the ultimate goal of the Championships!

Well done again,

** full results of Neptune regatta will be posted once released by Neptune regatta committee **


New pics added to the gallery page


rowing links page updated


Information for crews taking part in Neptune regatta on April 4th is now available on the regatta dates page


See results section for Galway HOR.
Note: small boat sculling head 2 was cancelled along with all Jnr16 class and below rowing due to the conditions.
Well done to all club participants especially the Jnr18 Women, Orla and Gillian, who won the WJ182x category.



a club shin-dig BBQ to acknowledge achievements of last year (2008) and a G-up for the season ahead is planned for Sat 23rd May in the club house, time to be confirmed.
There will also be a boat naming ceremony . The Jill Rosewell will be re-named based on submissions from yourselves, any suggestions please email them to myself or add to the notice board in the club.


Results tables from Cork 2009 HOR are now available on results page


Guys, Galway HOR is this weekend Sat 4th Apr, please follow link to regatta dates page to view details of trailer parking, launch times and race entry.

Best of luck and good racing...


Important Note: the last sculling ladder event is being held in Castleconnell on Sunday 15th March @ 10.00. Please submit your sculling challenges by email to the contacts on the results page


April '09 regatta dates added
Sculling Ladder .pdf file now available to download & print on results page


Sculling Ladder positions updated


Regatta & HOR dates for Feb/Mar added


NEW - gallery
The gallery is now open for visitors. We'll be adding to this on an ongoing basis. If you have some pics you think would be suitable, please submit them to the club photo editor. The editor will be choosing all images for the gallery. Please include names of those in the picture, location and date.


Head of the River cancelled:
The water levels in O’Briensbridge have been rising and are already over the slip. There is approx 40mm of additional rainfall expected between now and tomorrow afternoon. As a result both the field and the slip are likely to be dangerous. Accordingly we have decided that in the interest of safety we must regrettably cancel the Head scheduled for Saturday 31st Jan

Welcome to the new St. Michael's Rowing Club website. We are refining the look and content over the next few weeks so please come back to check for updates and news.

We intend to have fresh content here once a week, concentrating mainly on the sculling ladder until the competitive season starts up again.

Our main aim is to provide up-to-date information of interest to the active members of the club which will hopefully take some of the phone pressure off the coaches etc. Secondary to this aim will be information about the club, the sport, and our home city of Limerick.

SMRC hosts the Head of the River annually in O'Briens Bridge, a great tradition amongst Limerick's & Ireland's oarsmen & women. The club also competes in other local, national and international rowing events and is proud to be rated highly through the years. This site will include information on these upcoming events and results will be posted as they come in.

SMRC online membership payments

SMSC Rules - updated November 24th, 2017

SMSC policy document
(inc. Rowing Club safety rules and regulations)