2011 NEWS at



To all,
The annual club head of the river is on Sat 28th Jan 2012. Even if you're already involved or busy in the club, take time to pass this to someone else and get them to contact me.

Former rowers, parents, friends who need a day out... pull them in. The main tasks are underway and hopefully under control. If not available for whatever reason please try to pull someone else in.

We need timekeepers, launch drivers, slip stewards, marshalls and general help on the day between 7.15am and 5pm.

Can you please come back to me and indicate what you are available to do and also pass this message on to everyone in your own club distribution so it gets passed around.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Pa 087.969.5093


As you know there are a lot of squads operating in the club from junior 14 to senior, men and women. There are at least 16 coaches helping with this work but we need more. I know your all busy but put on the thinking cap and please send on any suggestions and contact details of potential coaches even if its only once in a while basis.

I can help with coaching material if they want it.

Pa 087.969.5093



The 2012 head of the river will be taking place on Sat 28th Jan 2012 in O'Briensbridge. Anyone available to help in any way please email me or call me on 087.969.5093

For more details please see the IARU Website.




Antoinette, Mags, and all their crew who ran the club social night last weekend raised €1940, well done to them and everyone who helped or supported it.

Since 1940 meters never won a race they have decided off their own bat that they want to push the number to over 2000 since that’s the official number!
They are making buns and cakes for Sunday after training so if you tell all your young rowers to bring a euro they can buy a tasty bun after training on Sunday afternoon.

Anyone not down Sunday afternoon for training is welcome to come just for the buns and help make 1940 into 2000 Euros.

Spread the word...




The 2011 Presidents Report is now available to download from the Members Area




We are delighted to announce the election of Austin Reid as our President for 2011-2012 and the re-election of Declan Hartnett as Vice President.

We wish Austin and Declan the best for their term and thank outgoing President Pat Cuneen and also Declan Hartnett for their outstanding service to the club during their terms.

The newly elected Committee consists of Sheila Clavin, Liz Gill, Declan O’Connor (Captain), Declan O’Brien, Glen Goldsmith, Aidan McEvoy, Kieran Kerr and Damien Masterson.

We wish to thank Dickie Shinnors and all coaches for their outstanding achievements this past year, as well as Kieran Kerr and David Hogan.

A full and detailed report and President's address will be posted here soon, with thanks and acknowledgements to all who through their consistant work and dedication have made SMRC the success it is today.

T O M O R R O W - N I G H T
Christmas Fundraiser - see notice below.





There will be a party, two course dinner and complimentary drink in the club on Sat 3rd Dec to celebrate the great rowing season gone by and of course Christmas. Tickets are on sale now and are going rapidly so get your requests in to Mags or Antoinette, see poster below. The sit down dinner is limited to 100 places and quite a few are sold already.

Rocky will be leading the karaoke charge and setting example on how not to sing and dance!

Tickets from Mags and Antoinette only…


A video featuring SMRC crew is now in the Gallery Area. Thanks to Sean Ryan for letting us share this.


Some new pics now posted in the Gallery Area

Special thanks to Donal O’ Byrne




after the success of the summer camp and subsequent enquiries we have decided to run another one over the next few weeks. This course will run over five weekends starting on Sat 12th Nov at 3pm. Justin will run this one and we will aim to keep the momentum going and have ongoing courses hopefully giving us a steady stream of new adult members.

There are a number of people interested in learning to row who have either made contact with club members or voiced interest at the parents meeting. They now need to be contacted and informed by whatever means we can and get them to apply for this. We will be taking the first four who send in their application form and payment so please contact them all again. If there are more than four they will be allocated a place on the waiting list for the next course or as a sub if someone drops out. This method has worked well in other places, I will maintain the list and co-ordinate with the lead coach who for this one will be Justin.




Congratulations to Sheila Clavin who finished 6th in the WC1X in Bari, Italy on 22nd October. Considering this was Sheila’s first time participating in the event, and the rough conditions, it was a great result. Well done Sheila, we are proud of you!



To all members,
there is an Inter Provincial Sprint regatta on this coming Saturday between 3 and 5pm. All crews will be launching from St. Michaels with the start at LBC and finish at SMRC. As it will be based in SMRC we are going to need a lot of help to make it a success. The club will be providing most of the boats and stands and there will be a BBQ afterwards in SRC.

Please get back to me or Kieran if you can help with anything on Saturday afternoon or just come down and have a look. We will need slip marshals, launch drivers and general helpers.

Pa Mac



As winner of the women’s section of the Limerick Sculling Ladder, Kate O’Brien will represent Limerick in the annual race-off on Saturday 10th Sept. The annual event will this year take place on the Marina in Cork. Kate will race the winners of the Belfast, Cork, Dublin and for the first time this year, Killarney Ladder.



Hanna McCarthy, Kate O’Brien, Hannah O’Sullivan, Sheila Clavin, Keith Meade (cox)

Each year the Irish Coastal Rowing Federation hold its annual All Ireland Championship for their four oared, fixed seat, standard design boats. It attracts over 400 crews from all over the country. This year for the first time they added men’s and women’s FISA Coastal Quad races. SMRC were invited to participate and two crews were assembled in a hurry. Some of the crews were lucky enough to have a spin in advance of the regatta but for at least three, their first time in the boat was on the day of the race. The course was 2 miles long and included two turns. This proved to be a walk in the park for the two St Michael’s crews who both won their races easily.

Report by Kieran Kerr

Hugh Lynch, Mark O’Brien, Dave Stundon, Killian O’Shea, Keith Meade (cox)



Last weekend a large group from St. Michaels Rowing Club and their friends and families traveled to Strathclyde Rowing Centre just outside Glasgow for the annual Home International competition against England, Scotland and Wales. In all 13 members of the club were in the Irish team in one capacity or another with athletes involved in the senior men, senior women and junior women's teams.

Junior women's pair Ailish Sheehan, bow and Hannah O'Sullivan, stroke

The overall match was won by England but Ireland defended the junior women's title they lifted in Cork last year in an exciting finale by a single point. Contributing to their match win were the pair of Ailish Sheehan and Hannah O'Sullivan who won their event and the coxless four containing Hannah McCarthy and Ruth Gilligan of Shannon RC both still J16 who came an excellent second.

The SMRC members representing Ireland were;
Senior men; Mark O'Brien, Declan O'Connor, Kevin O'Connor, Meaghan Woulfe (cox)
Senior women; Sheila Clavin, Aoife Leahy, Orla McEvoy
Junior women; Hannah McCarthy, Hannah O'Sullivan, Ailish Sheehan
Coaches; Declan Hartnett, Jonathan Shinnors
Team Management and Umpire; Kieran Kerr

L to R: Declan Hartnett, Kevin O'Connor, Kieran Kerr, Orla McEvoy, Hannah O'Sullivan, Aoife Leahy, Hannah McCarthy, Ailish Sheehan, Meaghan Woulfe, Jonathan "Dickie" Shinnors.

Report by Decci


SMRC JUNIOR WOMEN ------------->

St Michaels Rowing Club 'swept' the sweep rowing events for junior women at the National Rowing Championships last weekend in Iniscarra Lake Co.Cork winning all three sweep rowing events, the club's first ever sweep womens crew championships victory in its 110 year history.

On Thursday the coxless four squared up against a field of four boats including a fancied crew from Cork BC. However it was evident the SMRC crew meant business early on in the race and by half way were a length ahead, winning out by 2 lengths at the finish in a powerful display. The breakthrough win worked wonders for the confidence of the squad and on Friday the eights lined up against a crack field including Cork BC again and last years defending champions Portora. The pattern of the previous days race was repeated and despite desperate efforts of the other crews to establish an early advantage it was the SMRC crew that did so and has built open water lead by half way eventually winning out by a distance in emphatic fashion. Cue great great celebrations by friends and families and clubmates.

Saturday morning it was back to business in the pairs competition and the success was repeated with a start to finish lead over Portora and Commercial in by now blustery challenging conditions for small boat categories.

Later Saturday morning five of the juniors teamed with three intermediates and finished 3rd of 4 in a highly competitive intermediate 8 race won by Queens. At the end of the day an SMRC/UL senior 8 containing four juniors came an excellent 3rd out of 6 entries in an exciting race won by UCD over Muckross. The future looks bright for womens rowing at SMRC.

The championship winning crews were as follows;
Womens junior pairs; Kate O'Brien and Ailish Sheehan
Womens junior coxless fours; Bow Hannah O'Sullivan, 2 Ailish Sheehan, 3 Kate O'Brien, Stroke Aoife Leahy
Womens junior eights; Bow Elizabeth Sherin, 2 Hannah McCarthy, 3 Caoimhe Phillips, 4 Ailish Sheehan, 5 Kate O'Brien, 6 Hannah O'Sullivan, 7 Caoimhe Hartnett, Stroke Aoife Leahy, Cox Sarah Sheahan.
Coached by Declan Hartnett & Jonathan "Dickie" Shinnors.

Report by Decci


In the results of the Grand League which were released today, St. Michael's were third overall. St. Michael's won the Mens Division 2 category and were 3rd in the Mens Division 1 Category. A fantastic result all around. Well done to everyone from St. Michael’s that contributed to this great success.

This year a record number of St. Michael’s members will be representing Ireland at the Homes in Scotland. The SMRC members selected are:

Aoife Leahy
Orla McEvoy
Sheila Clavin
Hannah O’Sullivan
Hannah McCarthy
Ailish Sheehan
Meghan Woulfe
Mark O’Brien
Declan O’Connor
Kevin O’Connor

In addition, Declan Hartnett and Dickie Shinnors will be travelling as coaches while Kieran Kerr will be umpiring at the event.

Best wishes to all travelling...


5 of our club members have been selected for Ireland's senior team to compete in the Home Internationals in Scotland.

Orla McEvoy and Aoife Leahy will row in the Women's Senior Pair & 8, Mark O'Brien and Declan O'Connor in Senior Pair and 8, and Kevin O'Connor in the LWT Pair and 2x.

Good luck to all...

SMRC Captain


Well done to all crews that raced at Athlone on Saturday last...
Our Senior Mens Squad winning fours,
crew M Woulfe, D O'Connor, D Power, D Stundon, M O'Brien
and K O'Shea - winning inter Sculls.

It was also a good day for the Womens Junior and Inter squad, winning Jr 8, and 4- and coming 2nd in Senior 8's.

Well done to all!
Our next outings will be Castleconnell Sprint Regatta on June 26th and Cork regatta on July 2nd.

SMRC Captain



The junior camp was great despite bad weather last week. There was a great turnout of new kids and coaches and the tour boats were a great success.

The adult camp starts this Monday (today) at 6pm so spread the word to anyone who you think might like to try rowing.


Family Cycle Event.

The Get BACk Family Cycle Challenge will take place on Sunday June 19th. The free event is organised by Limerick City and County Limerick Sports Partnership and is a free event for all families . The cycle is a 5km cycle around the grounds of UL, starting and finishing at the UL Boathouse. There is face painting, music and entertainment plus a cycling demonstration from BMX to mountain biking courtesy of Cycling Ireland. There will be plenty of novelty activity to entertain all on the day.

Registration is between 10.00am and 11am with the cycle starting at 11am. A perfect start to Fathers Day for all the family.

Event Registration
2011 event registration is open online at - On registration we will send all sponsorship cards etc out to you.

Doonbeg Accommodation Reservations:
Just to remind anyone planning on staying in Doonbeg on the night of the Get BACk Challenge you must book directly with them on 065.905.5603. Last year the entire hotel sold out on the night so we advise you book early.

Bike Sponsorship
Joe Carroll of The Bike Shop, O'Connell Avenue has kindly donated a top class Trek road bike worth €800 for a draw for all participants who exceed the minimum fundraising amount.

Training / Cool Weather Jacket

We have a limited number of training / wather proof jackets available to purchase at €35 each (normal retail is €70). Please email if you would like to reserve one. Sizing is based on normal clothing sizing.


Boat Blessing

Thanks to everyone for joining us at the boat blessing and hog-roast yesterday at the Clubhouse. We should get together more often!

Well done to all Crews who travelled to Metro and Carlow regattas at the weekend.

On Saturday Pa Mac's Seniors raced at Metro with some good results winning Div 1 4s, pair and inter 2x and 1x, Sen squad; P Quin / D stundon / K O'Shea / D O'Conor / D Power / M O'Brein / and cox M Woulfe.

On Sunday Niall D and Dan travelled to Carlow with their jun 14/15/16 squad and came home with a number of wins including 16 quad /16 2x /jun b 2x and jun 14 2x.

Well done to all...

SMRC Captain


More Hot News!!
The kind people at Get BACk Challenge will provide three Get BACk cycling jerseys signed by Greg LeMond for our Boat Blessing & Hog Roast event on Monday :)


Join Greg LeMond on July 2nd on a 100km cycle from Limerick to Doonbeg or take part in the 10k fun run or walk starting and finishing in Doonbeg.

Get Back Challenge 2011

Why not enter a team from your workplace to take part in the 2011 Challenge to cycle / run or walk.

Registration is €50 per person and the minimum fundraising target is €150 per person. Entrants who raise more than €225 are entered into a draw for a new road bike.
All participants get a cycle jersey or walk / run adidas t-shirt on registration plus entry to post event BBQ and party in Doonbeg Golf Resort.

Proceeds to support health, activity and obesity interventions for socially disadvantaged children and contribute to Mid West Hospices. Numbers for the event are strictly limited.

Click on the poster to register


Congratulations to those Juniors selected for International Duty:

Kate O’Brien – Coupe de la Jeunesse
Ailish Sheehan – Homes
Hannah McCarthy – Homes
Declan Hartnett – Homes Coach
Dickie Shinnors – Homes Coach


Boat Blessing

The club will hold a boat blessing of 5 boats on Monday 6th June at 4pm. There will be a “Hog Roast” and refreshments will also be served. All members, family and friends of SMRC are welcome. What better way to finish off the Bank Holiday weekend. Please spread the word.



CONGRATULATIONS to Kate O'Brien on her selection to the Irish Squad competing in Munich this weekend.

Best wishes from all the club, coaches and squad members.


Hello All,
I want to express my thanks to everyone at St. Michael's who helped out at the Limerick regatta on Saturday. Despite a strong head-wind, the regatta was excellently managed over a very well laid-out course. Congrats to our Club reps Rob (Chairman), Austin and Damien Masterson. Well done too to Kieran who also did excellent work, as starter in very tough conditions on the day, worked on the course during the week before and had the whole family involved. Thanks to Damien Masterson, JB, Billy, for their work on the course; Jim A, Mike O'Dwyer, Kevin O'Connor, Justin, and Joe Cantillon as umpires/launch drivers and Mark Foy (who never left the slipway from 8am to 8pm) with Billy Carmody, Brian Sheehan, and Pierce McGann on the slip as well.

Well done also to the Captain and coaches for the great racing and some excellent wins.

As with 2010, this was another great step in re-establishing Limerick Regatta as a premier rowing event/

Thanks again and well done to all.

Pat Cunneen
St. Micheal's Rowing Club

Mens Junior 16 Double:
David O'Malley & Keith Meade

A big thankyou to everyone who volunteered to help out at Limerick Regatta on 30th of April. The regatta was considered to be a big success and this couldn't be done without everyone who volunteered to help in the preparation of the event and during the event itself. The regatta went off on time and was run successfully to the clock and finished on time that evening. The regatta committee sincerely wishes to thank everyone for their help with this event and making it the success it was.

Robert Le Gear,
Chairman for the Limerick Regatta Committee 2011

Mens Junior 16 Eight:
Keith Meade, David O'Malley, Cillian Phillips, Gearoid Mahon, Evan Despard, Conor Foy, Rian Murphy, Conor O'Brien, Michael O'Connor

St Michael’s win the Riverfest Eights race.

As part of the Riverfest festival, an eights race was organised for Sunday evening. The race consisted of eights from St. Michael’s RC, Limerick BC, Athlunkard BC, Shannon RC, Castleconnell/Colaiste Chiarain. Run from the Court House the race was a visual spectacle to the large crowd which had gathered to watch.

With the benefit of a running commentary from Tony Tynne located outside Cloughesy’s bar, the St Michael’s crew fought hard to take first place from the other four crews which all finished very close together. The St Michael’s crew was a mixture of youth, made up of the girls J18 8 and some more experienced members such as Kevin O’Connor and the stroke of the 1984 Intermediate championship winning crew Jim “Monty” Ahern. At the presentation of prizes, Kevin was quoted as saying he had no shame and was determined to win a pot that weekend “even if it meant a pile of girls pulling him down the river”.

Dreammaker comes to St Michael’s.

The Dreammaker segment of the National Lottery Winning Streak programme will be recorded in St Michael’s Rowing Club this coming Saturday. The RTE crew will be in place from about 9:30 to take some action shots and the Dreammaker portion will be shot at approximately 12:00. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.


Limerick Regatta
Saturday 30th of April 2011

Dear Member/parent of junior member/friend of St.Michael's rowing club,
thanks to the great turnout of volunteers at Limerick regatta last August we all made it a success and the regatta is on it’s way to re-establishing itself as one of Ireland’s top regattas. This was followed by another great volunteer turnout and success at St.Michael’s Head of the River which made it a run-away success.

It cannot be underestimated how the help from the volunteers (club members and parents of our junior members) positively affects the success of these event. Also we cannot be complacent due to recent event successes. This is why I’m asking once more for all your help on the 30th of April 2011 for the running of Limerick regatta. It is vital that we have adequate numbers of volunteers to help the regatta run smoothly. We cannot run the regatta without your help and any time you can volunteer to the event is greatly appreciated.

Yours Sincerely,
Robert Le Gear
Chairman for the Limerick Regatta Committee 2011


News from the weekend in Iniscarra Co. Cork:
Saturday saw the National Schools Regatta in conjunction with the University Championships and many St Michaels members pulled on their schools colours for the day to compete for their alma maters including Laurel Hill, Castletroy College, Gaelscoil Luimni, Ardscoil Ris and Villiers School alongside their schoolmates from Limerick's other rowing clubs.

Laurel Hill A picked up the top girls event winning the open eights against their own Laurel Hill B crew. Kate O'Brien competing for Laurel Hill won a testing open girls single sculls final after progressing from the heat.

Sunday was the first regatta of the year and a Grand League one too at Skibbereen at the NRC in Iniscarra Co. Cork. It was a storming start to the season by the club as we picked up 5 victories across 3 squads in lovely conditions for early April.

Our winners were:
Womens division 1 eights; our junior 18A eight were overall winners beating two senior/U23 and two intermediate 8s in the process to win by 5s over DULBC.
Womens division 1 double scull; intermediate section winners
Womens division 1 pair; overall winners
Mens Division 2 eights: J16 section winners and A finalists
Womens J15 quad winners


New pics are now in the Gallery section. Scroll to the end to see them


Hi Folks,
the final arrangements for Mad’s funeral have been made. It’s on this Sat, April 9th at 11am in The Holy Rosary Church and afterwards the ashes (he’s being cremated) will be brought to Mount St.Oliver cemetery to be buried. There will be a gathering afterwards (venue tbc) to give Mads a good send off.


Last weekend the women's intermediate 8 travelled to Belfast for Lagan Head which was also the national 8 blade head event and the first time SMRC attended a HOR in Belfast. After a frustrating race in which they were impeded several times they nonetheless finished a very decent second womens 8 overall, 22s behind Queens inter 8. A very good performance for a crew containing six juniors and a good confidence builder for the regatta season ahead. The crew was:

Meaghan Woulfe, cox
Aoife Leahy, stroke
Caoimhe Hartnett, 7
Hannah O'Sullivan, 6
Kate O'Brien, 5
Ailish Sheehan, 4
Orla McEvoy, 3
Hannah McCarthy, 2
Liz Gill, bow.

Women's Intermediate 8 (movie)


Message from the President regarding St. Michael's objection to Harbour Flights Ireland plans for sea plane operations from Clarion hotel area.

Members of St. Michael's,
We recently became aware of a planning permission approval by Limerick City Council in respect of Harbour Flights Ireland to instal floating pontoons, access gangway, mooring anchors and associated structures to facilitate the operation of sea plane operations from the docks. Given the serious risks to the safety of our members, the Committee delegated Pierce McGann to lodge an "observation" or objection with an Bord Pleanala.

Since lodging the objection, Pierce has been contacted by the developers to meet to discuss our objection. Given the nature of the proposal and the obvious and serious threats to our member safety, Pierce has declined to meet on the basis of there can be no compromise when it comes to safety. In my opinion, this is akin to proposing we build a basketball court on the main runway at Shannon. Secondly, his view is that we are only one Club so potentially affected and we have no charter to speak on behalf of LBC or SRC. I believe that Pierce has lodged an excellent observation/ objection and I fully support him in his position.

You can view the full SMRC Planning observation / objection here

Pat Cunneen.


Well done to Junior 16 men 2x /womens Junior 2- and Junior 16 4x+ at Cork head

Erne head - well done to womens Junior 18, 8 who were section winners

Also well done to Kate O Brien and Ailish Sheehan who competed in an Irish squad development crew at London 8's head and finished 4th overall in their section

The Club's next outing will be Skibbereen Regatta on April 10th at NRC, Cork.

SMRC Captain


Limerick Regatta Committee - Table Quiz

Come all ye coaches & crews & in particular Vets & Friends this Wednesday night March 16th @ 8pm in Shannon Rowing Club.

It's a great excuse for a get-together and a chat about the upcoming regatta on April 20th.
Teams of 4 €20 and Dermot Moloney has offered a personal guarantee of a good night. Well done Dermot!



Here's a link to an article in the Limerick Leader from October 10th, 1987 titled
St. Michael's R.C. - a decade of glory
hosted on the Limerick City Council website. Thanks to Spud for this...



We have just heard the sad news that John Madden (“Mads”) died suddenly earlier this week. He had been living in Africa and was married with three children. John was a member of our junior squad in the 1980’s. During that time he won 2 Junior 4+ and 2 Junior 8 Championships. No further details are available at this time.

We offer our sympathy to John's family on this sad occasion.


apologies for the delay posting the Head of the River results, I've been in a communications void all month!

The resuslt are now posted on the Results page.



Hi all,
following a fantastic Head Of The River, the Limerick leader published a great piece by our own Pat Cunneen. You can read it in the
Head Of The River section



General call to arms for SMRC Head of the River - Jan 29, 2011.

There is a meeting tomorrow night (Jan 11) for those of you that can attend in the clubhouse at 7pm in anticipation of the St.Michael's head of the River.

I want to try and organise outstanding details for the event. Is there anything you think you would be suitable to help out with? If not we'll teach you!! I need as many of you to volunteer for the day as possible (if you are not racing), however if you are racing but think you can be of help in the lead-up or at some point in the day (without interfering with your preparation and racing) then please volunteer. The more people that are there to help out the shorter the shifts for the people.

Ideally we'd like some of you to be there first thing in the morning and some throughout the day. Also I realise some of you are not in Limerick full time now but if you are involved in rowing clubs around the country please persuade the clubs to enter the event - cheap rates at Jury's Inn - 40euro for the night.

One of the most pressing items I need volunteers in the lead up is an excursion out to the course to clean up around the slipway for reeds, weeds, tall grass and laying of buoys on the course.

Thanks everyone in advance for your help on this -



Sculling Ladder Challenges begin tomorrow 8th at 11am in Castleconnell. Please contact Kieran Kerr on site.

The 2009 AGM minutes, as adopted at the recent 2010 AGM, can now be viewed in the Members Area



The timetable for today's New Years Day races can be downloaded here


SMRC online membership payments

SMSC Rules - updated November 24th, 2017

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