2015 NEWS at

Brendan Murphy - Robert Manning CANCELLED
SMRC Nutrition & Healthy Diet talk
SMRC Annual newsletter
New R.I. sculling & capsize guides
SMRC LOTTO - read all about it!
SMRC Photo Gallery

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Brendan Murphy - Robert Manning CANCELLED

For safety reasons we must regretably cancel this great event. Flood waters and tides on the Shannon simply make it too dangerous.

We'll post a re-sceduled date here and on Facebook as soon as we have it planned.

Happy new year to you all and let's look forward to a great year ahead on the water.



Brendan Murphy - Robert Manning Challenges

It's a great start to the new year and we're really looking forward to this annual event. 2 great 3k time trials; The Brendan Murphy Senior Sculling Challenge and the Robert Manning Junior Sculling Challenge on Saturday Jan 2nd at 10:30am.

Please come down and support us.


SMRC Xmas Hamper Food Appeal

Dear Members & Parents,
St. Michaels Rowing Club would like your help in supporting a special Xmas Food Appeal this year, managed by one of our parents, in an effort to reach out to families in need.

60 food hampers will be made up from donations to pickup points located in various venues around the city, to give to families in need in Limerick. This will take the effort of many, so we are asking you for your support. 3 tubs have been placed in our Clubhouse (under the noticeboard) and each tub is labelled with pasta, pasta sauces and tinned foods. One item or an item per tub would be greatly appreciated.

Also, if you would like to nominate a family for one of these hampers, please contact me at

As always, thank you for your support.




SMRC Nutrition & Healthy Diet talk

Thank you to Yvonne Deegan of Von's Health Store for the discussion on Nutrition & Healthy Diet, with our Junior Rowers this week in SMRC.

Also, the homemade granola breakfast, granola bars and trail mix samples were very much appreciated by our hungry Rowers. All info relating to the discussion can be found at
Von's Health Store website.

Recipes are available to download here.


SMRC Annual newsletter

We're delighted to announce that our new annual newsletter is finished and ready to download here

SMRC Annual newsletter

We want to thank and acknowledge Julie Long, editor and publisher, and the many contributors for their hard work in bringing this to fruition.


Castleconnell HoR results

Well done to all our athletes who took part and congratulations to the following SMRC Winners:

Mens Senior 1x Decky O'Connor
Mens Senior 2- Decky O'Connor/Rocky O'Shea
Mens Masters 1x Stuart McDonnell
Mens J16 8+ P Furey, R Spelman, S Kealy, D O'Hanlon, M Guilfoyle, N Murphy, M Keating, M Beegan, E Kiely (cox)
Mens J16 2x R Spelman, M Keating
Womens J18A 2x S Murphy, E McGiff

Full results here


SMRC Annual General Meeting

our Annual General Meeting is this Friday night Oct 30 at 8pm at the Rowing Club, O’Callaghan Strand. There is a lot happening at St Michael’s and by attending you will be in a position to hear all of what is going on, what is proposed for the coming year in terms of actions etc. You will also be able to ask questions, critique proposals, and eligible members may vote for or against proposals, new committee and President etc.

We look forward to a good turnout in preparation for our new season.

Thank you,

SMRC Committee


SMRC 2015/2016 membership

Dear members, just a reminder that membership fees are due by 30th Sept and the 3 month instalment plan is also only available until then. Your access to club facilities is conditional on your membership being paid (fully or installment plan) as is your right to vote at the upcoming AGM, if you are eligible to do so.

We hope to see you at our Urban Run on Sunday week Oct 11th - supporting the club and also Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol.

Thank you -
SMRC Committee.


SMRC Urban Run

From a 110 year old Rowing Club, we open our doors again to celebrate health, community and the spirit of competition for the third SMRC Urban Run.

In partnership with Limerick Country Club AC, we welcome elite athletes, fun runners, charity organisations, schools, clubs and families to join us in supporting your club and also our charity partner - Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol.

For all the details and registration, click here.

SMRC Urban Run 2015


SMRC annual BBQ


Introductory Coaching Course

There will be an Introductory Coaching Course in SMRC on Wed 2nd & Thu 3rd Sept. (evenings). All are welcome.

Email Pat McInerney for info and to book your place.

Click here for related information about other coaching courses.


2015-2016 Membership approaching

It will soon be time to renew memberships for the 2015-2016 period for what we hope will be a great rowing season for the members of St. Michaels.

We have kept our fees very competitive for many years and believe we offer superb value for the excellent facilities at the club. Our coaches and equipment are the envy of many clubs, and we are committed to maintaining our standards across the board. In the last year, we bought 10 new Ergs, a touring boat for the beginner camps, new radio and launch safety equipment, refurbished the weights room floor and many other necessary repairs and improvements.

In order to keep things running, we must increase our fees this year but it should be noted that we are still competitively priced, and intend to stay that way through careful management and the heroic efforts of a large number of volunteer workers at the club. We all owe them our heartfelt thanks.

The good news is that to facilitate our members, we are offering a 3 month installment option available from now til 30th Sept.

Please CLICK HERE to renew your membership.

We also look forward to seeing all our members and friends soon down at the club for our annual SMRC Urban Run in October and before that for the Club BBQ.

Thank you all,
SMRC Committee.


SMRC wins Quin Challenge Cup

Ok, so it's old news...
Kieran Kerr found this gem from British Movietone news. Choppy conditions and everything looked quite grey, but that's the way the world was filmed back then. Great find, thanks Kieran.


Sinead Jennings comeback!

Rowing is life - Sinead Jennings comes back. Read the interview here


SMRC Limerick Leader feature - Castleconnell

Click here to download the July 4th, 2015 Limerick Leader story.


SMRC Limerick Leader feature - Carlow regatta

Click here to download the June 10, 2015 Limerick Leader story.


SMRC Limerick Leader regatta report

Click here to download the May 16, 2015 Limerick Leader story.


SMRC Summer Coffee & Cakes


New R.I. sculling & capsize guides

Rowing Ireland has sent us links to two new guides -
Sculling Technique Guide
Water Safety Procedures (capsize) Guide

Design for both documents by the talented
Eilis McDonnell (SMRC)


SMRC EGM Reminder

Special General Meeting,
to Vote on Proposed New Rules...
Friday March 20th - 8.00 pm
Clubhouse, O'Callaghan Strand, Limerick.

All members are encouraged to attend.

View/download proposed changes here.

Donal O'Byrne, Secretary.


SMRC at Galway HoR

Well done to all our crews who represented our Club yesterday at Galway HOR. Congratulations to Decky O'Connor who won the Senior 1x and was 2nd fastest overall by a second. Congrats to the Junior Women who won the J18 8 and J18 4- sections and to Alice O'Sullivan who won the Inter 1x.

Also, congratulations to our Hannah McCartly & Aoife Leahy who were part of the winning DULBC crew which won the Corcoran Cup by ½ length.


Level 1 Coaching Course in Limerick

Rowing Ireland are running a Level 1 Coaching Course in Limerick, starting on Wednesday evening 25th March 2015 and continuing on other dates listed below. The course is open to all clubs.

For full details please click here

The entry form is here


New rowing kit announced

After lengthy and sometimes intense debate we are happy to announce our newly selected and designed rowing kit.

Powerhouse have been selected for the All In One (AIO) and associated pieces, and Godfrey will supply other gear.

Members will be contacted by email re a bulk order in a few days. A sample of the AIO will be made available for inspection. In the meantime, you can see pics and links here


R.I.P. Brendan Murphy snr.

St. Michael's Rowing Club wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of the late Brendan Murphy snr. who passed away this morning at his family home.

Rest in Peace.


Happy New Year and new pics too

We at St. Michaels would like to wish all our members, parents and friends a very happy New Year. So much was achieved in 2014, we really should be very proud of our club, the biggest rowing club in Ireland!

Thanks to Mike O'Dwyer too for taking the excellent photos of Last Sunday week's Brennie Murphy / Robert Manning Challenge.

You can view them here

SMRC online membership payments

NEW - Download the SMRC Organisation Chart here (updated Nov 2020)

Download the SMRC Code of Behaviour here

SMSC Rules - updated October 23rd, 2020

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

Rowing Ireland Safety Statement