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Memorial sculling races
'Hi-Vis' SMRC Training Shirts
2013 Fisa World Rowing Tour - Ireland
Membership Renewals now ONLINE

Memorial sculling races today

Robert Manning Junior Sculling Challenge:
Winners -
Patrick O'Connor - MJ / Sarah Murphy - WJ

Brendan Murphy Senior Sculling Challenge:
Winners -
David O'Malley - MS / Shiela Clavin - WS

Thanks to everyone who turned up to row and to support, and to honour the memory of two of our club's late members.

'Hi-Vis' SMRC Training Shirts

Get yourself a luminous SMRC dry-flo tee-shirt for those winter sessions;
High vis for evening running, wear them in a boat for instant visibility or wear them on the erg for the fast drying effect of dry-flo.

Feeling lazy? Get one as a present for that active family member!

Just €14

Contact Joe at 087 768 0636

SMRC Christmas Party

It's that time of year again! The SMRC Christmas Party will be held Saturday December 8th, 8pm at St. Michael's Rowing Club. This is the Christmas Party you have all being waiting for! Guaranteed to be even better than last year, and yes, it's on the same night as the Munster Match, but now, you'll have someplace to go and celebrate after they win!

Tickets are €20 and that includes a 2 course dinner, mulled wine reception with Karaoke and Spot Prizes. We promise to have the same fantastic menu, great spot prizes and best of all, your company. So bring along your family, friends and your karaoke voice.

The tickets are on sale now, so don't leave it til the last minute to get your ticket. Call Antoinette on (086) 8190811 for tickets and do it now, as there may be none left!

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult and all proceeds go towards purchase of club equipment. Hope to see everyone there.



Where: Bobby Byrnes Bar
When: Thursday 15th November
Time: 8.30pm
Cost: €10 per person, 4 per table

Support St. Michael Rowing Club and bring along your friends and family. Guaranteed to be a great night with a fantastic selection of questions

Prepared and presented by the one and only Tony Tyne!


The AGM of St. Michael's Sporting Club will be held in the Rowing Club on Fri 16 Nov 2012.

7.30pm Captain's (Declan O'Connor) Report for 2011-2012
8.00pm AGM

Notices of Motion to be sent to the Secretary, SMSC by 6pm on Wed 17 Oct 2012.

Nominations for President to be sent to the Secretary, SMSC by 6pm Fri 2nd Nov 2012.

All paid up senior members will be entitled to vote.

Austin Reid,


FISA 2013 comes to Ireland
and SMRC is proud to be selected to host this exciting event for recreational rowers.

Please go to the FISA 2013 page for more information.


Dear Members,
another membership year has begun and we are embarking on a major initiative to make it easier for you and the committee to manage membership subscriptions (registrations) and rackage payments for the current year. We are also introducing a new category of membership for the rowing club of country/overseas member for members living over 100km from Limerick for the bargain rate of €50 for which you can enjoy the full facilities of the club while visiting Limerick.

This year for the first time we are activating an online payment system. We are encouraging as many members as possible to register online. As well as making it more convenient to make payments for you with a choice of payment methods, the online system will help the committee to better manage the membership and rackage process and avoid the risks of handling cash etc.

To avail of this service, just click on link below, then in the website click on "Registrations" and follow the steps. Members with private boats must pay rackage at the time of renewal of membership.

We use the funds generated from membership fees to continually improve our facilities and for the day to day running of the club. In order to facilitate the transition to an online system we have extended the deadline for payment of membership and rackage to Oct 31. Many of you will be aware of the changed financial circumstances of the club this year. It is vital that everyone pays their dues by this deadline to remain a member of the club and to continue to avail of the facilities. Failure to pay by Oct 31 will result in exclusion from club facilities.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation...

The General Committee.

SMRC online membership payments



to all our members, parents and friends who came to our Club BBQ, on the last fine day of summer! It was great to see so many familiar and new faces enjoying themselves. Good food and great company are the best recipe for a successful party.

I would also like to thank everyone who helped out on the days leading up to the BBQ. From transporting tables and chairs, plates, cleaning, baking, cooking, sound production, transformation of gym, setting up the gazebo, and washing all those plates and cutlery. And of course the big clean up the following day! It was hard work but worth it.

Thank you to all those who gave spot prizes, they were very much appreciated, especially by those who won them.

I would also like to remind you about our upcoming Christmas Party in December. Last year we held our first Family Xmas Party in the Club. It was brilliant! Ask anyone who was there. All details will be posted on the website during the month of November, so book your tickets early!

Thank you again to everyone. See you at the next Club Celebration...




In 2011 the Irish Coastal Rowing Federation initiated a race for Coastal Quads at the All Ireland Championships in Kilrane Wexford. On that occasion St Michael’s dominated and won both the CM4X+ and the CW4X+ races. This year the All Ireland event was in Courtmacsherry Cork and the club were determined to try and retain their titles. The course was triangular with a length of 4.5km.

The conditions were challenging with some heavy swells. In the CW4X+, the SMRC crew took an early lead. This they held throughout the race and eventually won by about 8 lengths to retain their title. In the CM4X+, SMRC established third place before the first turn.

The race was won by Courtmacsherry and Ring who were about 10 lengths ahead of SMRC who were a further 10 lengths of 4th and 5th. A very credible result. The crews were: CW4X+ - S.Clavin, O.McEvoy, H.McCarthy, E.Sherin, CM4X+ - G.Moore, G.Mahon, R.Murphy, E.Despard. Both crews were coxed by the indomitable Bermard O’Halloran. Chief D’Equipe/Driver/General Dogs Body was Kieran Kerr. Congrats to all concerned.

Kieran Kerr.



To All Members, Family and Friends,
we are hosting our Summer BBQ in the Club
on Saturday 8th September @ 5pm.

Please come and help us celebrate our past season and welcome in the new. We look forward to meeting all the parents of our Oars people including parents of our Junior Squad for the first time.

Guaranteed to be a fun day out for all the Family, excellent food and great company. It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyhow, SMRC are the best at everything we do!

Tickets will be on sale @ €10, from Monday 27th August. Please contact myself @ 086-8190811 for tickets.

Thank You for all your support during the Season and hope to see you all on the day,




On Wednesday this week, SMRC members Caoimhe and Declan Hartnett reached the 5985m summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Team Hartnett reach Kili summit

While we're not 100% certain what mobile phone provider covers this popular tourist destination, Declan posted this modest but triumphant message on his Facebook page:
"We made it. The most physically exhausting thing I have ever done and I think Caoimhe would agree. Up to last night she said so far it wasn't as bad as a rowing 2k test but that's changed now. We are safe and well and halfway down the mountain already. Will be back in our hotel tomorrow afternoon."

The latest update we have reports 3.5 bars of soap and 108.7 gallons of piping hot water used to purge the pair of Tanzanian dirt, creatures and general hummm, and an even more challenging quest afterwards: that of finding a bar!

Congratulations Caoimhe & Declan, a heroic feat indeed...




St. Michael’s Rowing Club’s Kate O’Brien represented Ireland at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria last weekend.

O’Brien was selected for the Irish squad in June after a grueling winter’s training and competition in rigorous trials. She was selected to race in the junior women’s single sculls event, one of the most competitive events of the championships.

Kate O'Brien at World Championships 2012

Racing from her quarter final:
Kate O’Brien and Lovisa Claesson of Sweden (left) & Laura Oprea of Romania (right)

Read the full press release here.




Due to popular demand and with the 2013 season bearing down on us we're running our final Rowing camp of the summer in St. Michael's. This new influx of athletes will be taken through their paces and shown all they need for the safe enjoyment of the sport of rowing by trained adult coaches....

SMRC Summercamp 2012

Please note your child
MUST be able to swim 50m in a pool environment to attend a camp.

Monday August 20th 09:00 – 13:00 at SMRC O’Callaghan Strand

For further information or to book a place on the camp (places limited) call me at 087.768.0636

Joe Cantillon



Best wishes to club member Sean O’Neill who strokes the New Zealand coxless four at the Olympic regatta in London next week. Sean is unique in that he competed in the same event in Beijing representing Ireland.



There was a dramatic finish to the mens senior eights race as can be seen from the photo below. The Irish eight which had Aidan McEvoy, Mark O'Brien, Paddy Quinn and Declan O'Connor on board were pipped on the line for 1st place.

The crew protested loudly that the umpire should take a trip to Specsavers and that the photo finish was pointing the wrong way as Ireland had clearly won. A regatta official was threatened with GBH when he suggested that "perhaps the crew should have pulled harder". Declan O'Connor was seen taking a picture of the photo finish on his phone. Apparently it will be posted on the wall in front of his erg during the winter as inspiration to pull hard enough next year!

The crews on the photo finish are: Eng - lane 1, Ire - lane 2, Wales - lane 3

Source - anon



The SMRC Women's Intermediate coxed four entered the history books at the weekend by becoming the first club crew to win the womens intermediate championship last weekend.

Having won easily in their heat the girls stamped their authority on the final and took an early lead which they extended with every stroke.

The crew was:
Bow - Jessica O’Keeffe
2 – Ailish Sheehan
3 – Orla McEvoy
Stk – Aoife Leahy
Cox – Aobhin Ryan

This was the club’s 46th Championship and the club flag was flying proudly over the club to let the citizens of Limerick know of our accomplishment...

Kieran Kerr.



The Club is hosting a Coffee Morning on Saturday 7th July during and after training. One of our rowers, Caoimhe Hartnett, is fundraising for Crumlin Hospital by climbing Kilimanjaro in August.

The Coffee Morning will help Caoimhe reach her final target for this worthy cause. We will be serving tea and coffee with some home baking for €2. All are welcome and please bring a friend. As always, your support is greatly appreciated.

Thank You,


New pages are now published providing SMRC-only men's and women's results with links from the Results page.


Hello all,
St Michael's Rowing Club are running two beginners camps this June commencing:
Tuesday 5th to 8th 08.30am to 12.30pm &
Monday 11th to 14th 10:00am to 2:00pm

SMRC Summercamp 2012

With the current spell of beautiful weather in mind we plan to introduce as many kids as we can to the sport of Rowing.

The camps are aimed at non exam students and are particularly suited to those living in the city or suburbs.
For the fee they will be given four days of supervised rowing and water based activities in the heart of Limerick under the care of professional instructors and coaches.

Please note your child MUST be able to swim 50m in a pool environment to attend a camp.

For further information or to book a place on these camps (places limited) either call me on the number below or email me.

Joe Cantillon

Download the application form here


Limerick Regatta 2012 results available now in the Results section.



on behalf of Limerick Regatta Committee I wish to thank all members, parents & friends of St. Michaels for your help with organising and running Limerick Regatta.
Thank you.

Austin Leddin
Chairman, Limerick Regatta Committee.


2012 SMRC Limerick Regatta WI8+ Winners


What a beautiful day for a regatta. Looking forward to hearing some stories :)




A lot of "helping out on the day" (May 12th) slots are now filled but to be fair to everyone we could do with relief and backups. If you havn't jumped on board yet then please do so straight away or you might miss your chance to be part of the best regatta of the year.

Send in your name by postcard, phone, email, text or tweet... I believe the latter is very popular with top sports people so go for it.




Limerick regatta is on Saturday 12th May 2012 in O’Briens Bridge. Austin Leddin is the regatta chairman and he needs whatever help he can get to make this another successful day.

Even if you're already involved or busy in the club, please 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 all in.

If you are a coach, ask your crews to get their parents involved.
If you are an umpire you can email Kieran Kerr

We need marshals, launch drivers, slip stewards and general help on the day between 7am and 7pm. You can take a shorter shift if you wish or give the whole day.

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

Looking forward to hearing from you...


or email me :)



What: Learn-to-Row camp
When: 10th April – 13th April (4 days)
What Time: 08.30 - 12.30 Day 1
Where: SMRC O’Callaghan Strand
Who: 13 to 16 year olds
How much: €60 per head & €20 for existing members (places limited)

Download the application form here.

For booking & information
email Joe Cantillon
Tel: 087.768.0636


For those of you who did not make our Friday Coffee Morning due to work and school commitments, Maxine will be in the club this Sunday 18th, from 2pm to 4pm. You will have another chance to view her hand-crafted jewellery. There is no obligation to buy, as this is not a fundraiser. We will have teas/coffee and cakes for everyone. Hope to see you all after training.




St. Michael's Rowing Club is hosting a Coffee Morning on Friday 16th March from 11am to 2pm. A local designer, Maxine Murphy, is showcasing her own hand-crafted jewellery and special occasion hats.

Maxine has strong connections with SMRC, having coxed for our Vet's crew in the past.

You are invited to come along and view her designs with an option to purchase. We hope you can join us for a cuppa, a chat and maybe buy yourself something nice. Just in case you've forgotten, it's Mother's Day on Sunday!

This is not a fundraiser.




Every year between 80 and 100 international recreational rowers gather together to participate in 'the FISA Tour'. The event takes place over a week with rowing for three days, a break day and a further three days rowing.

This event has never been hosted in Ireland. All that will however change in 2013 when St Michael’s will host the tour. It will take place in June under the Chairmanship of Mike O’Dwyer. The participants will be based in Athlone for the first few days and in Limerick for the final four days.

The rowing in coxed four pleasure boats will commence in Carrick on Shannon and will finish at St Michael’s where it is hoped to host the final Dinner in the club.

One of the highlights of the tour will be the decent through the elevators in the Ardnacrusha Power Station.

The hosting of this event by St Michael’s shows once again the progressive nature of the club. It also speaks volumes for the commitment of the volunteers in the club that they are capable of organising an event of this scale.

Kieran Kerr



Congratulations to Sean O’Neill who has been named in the New Zealand Men’s four for the London Olympics. In 2008 Sean, who was rowing for St Michael’s at the time, was in the Irish Men’s four in Beijing.




The SMRC Table Quiz will be held in Bobby Byrnes' bar on March 8th at 8:30pm.

The quizmaster is Tony Tynne and entry is €40 per table and we're hoping the event will be well supported. Please email Justin Sherin with any queries, bribes and other nefarious business.



All, please see the Results page for SMRC 2012 results in Grade listing and also Place listing.




All, please see the Head of the River page for links to:
Head of the River - course map (.pdf)
SMRC Head Prospectus 2012 (.doc)
SMRC Head Draw 2012 (.csv)
SMRC Head Draw Letter 2012 (.doc)
SMRC Safety Statement 2012 (.doc)
and a google map.




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.


Outgoing officers:
Kieran Kerr, David Hogan, Pat Cunneen.

Outgoing officers welcome new President Austin Reid

Outgoing Captain Dickie Shinnors - and Joe Cantillon with Captains Prize

Newly elected President Austin Reid

Pat Cunneen & Austin Reid


SMRC on Facebook

SMRC online membership payments

View the SMSC Club Rules here.

View the SMRC Policy Document here.
(updated Nov 2012)

FISA 2013 page

2012 Homes winners

Homes 2012 4X winning crew, from left:
Kevin O'Connor (St. Michael's RC), Michael Bailey (neptune RC), Cian Pidgeon (Castleconnell RC) & Kevin Coughlan (Carlow RC) & Paddy Behan (Coach - Carlow RC)

13 SMRC rowers who participated with Dickie Shinnors (coach and Kieran Kerr(Umpire)

Fermoy Regatta J15 2X winners Eva Sherin & Sarah Murphy

London Met: Women's Inter 3 1X: Jessica O'Keeffe

Irish Rowing Championships 2011
WJ18A 2- final St. Michaels winners

Irish Rowing Championships 2011
WJ18A 4- St Michaels winners

Irish Rowing Championships 2011
WJ18A 8 final St Michaels finish


SMRC Rowing Apparel

SMRC online shop

Please note that the one piece presented below is the only acceptable format for St. Michaels one pieces.

During racing, the wearing of just the one piece is acceptable or a one piece with a white t-shirt underneath. The gold band is 3" / 75mm wide