2016 NEWS at

SMRC Memorial Row
SMRC Urban Run
Seasons greetings...
Band of Gold - a club history
Patsey McGann R.I.P.
SMRC/Waterways Ireland Open Day
2016 SMRC Urban Run
Ailish Sheehan (1993-2016) RIP
SMRC @ World Masters Regatta
Ailish Sheehan
SMRC BBQ for Sinead
SMRC call for crews
SMRC at Rio & Urban Run 2016
UPDATE ** SMRC at Rio 2016
SMRC at Rio 2016
SMRC at 2016 Homes
SMRC at 2016 Champs
Brennie Murphy/Robert Manning
Jim Ahern R.I.P.

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SMRC Memorial Row

On Dec 26th, members and friends of St. Michael's Rowing Club honoured our great friends Jim (Monty) Ahern and Ailish Sheahan who tragically left us this year, 2016. May they rest in peace.

We thanks all the crews, support teams, family and friends who made it a great show of respect for Jim and Ailish. Special mention of thanks to Kev O'Connor who's idea it was. Click below for the facebook gallery.



SMRC Urban Run

The SMRC Urban Run is a major fundraising effort for us anually and we also raise funds for a charity partner, and this time it's Limerick Suicide Watch. Kieran Keating (SMRC Urban Run) and Tom Larkin (SMRC President) presented a cheque for €1,000 to Limerick Suicide Watch. We thank them for their support and for the wonderful work they do for the city.


Seasons greetings...

We at St. Michael's would like to wish a happy and safe Christmas to all our members, families and friends, and a great New Year.

Also, a very special thank you to everyone who has supported our vital fundraising efforts throughout the year, we very much appreciate it.



Parent information Meeting

There will be a parent information meeting on Fri 2nd Dec @ 6.15pm at the Clubhouse. All junior parents are invited to attend.

SMRC Captain


Band of Gold - a club history

It’s taken 177 years but finally we have a club history of our own. Band of Gold tells the story of the creation of the Club as a Temperance Society in response to the extreme hardships faced by families as a result of drink. It charts the evolution of the Club from Temperance Society to membership of the Catholic Young Men’s Society before becoming a Sporting Club in the late 1970’s.

The Rowing section covers the formation of the club on the south side of the river, in the docks, to the move to O’Callaghan Strand and the many successes along the way. It includes tables listing every championship crew and every member who represented Ireland. The final section of the book recalls the many other sports which the club participated in over the years including boxing, cricket, hurling, football, soccer, snooker, and table tennis to mention a few.

The Launch by Mayor O’Hanlon will take place in the Club on Friday 25thNovember at 8pm. As the history covers all generations of the club, it would be great to see a big turnout of members from as many decades as possible to share many of the memories captured in the book.



Patsey McGann R.I.P.

We at SMRC send our sympathy to former president Pierce McGann and his family on the death of Pierce's mother Patsey McGann. Details here. May she rest in peace.


SMRC/Waterways Ireland Open Day

Maybe you've seen some of Limerick's many rowers training on the river and thought you'd love to give it a go, or maybe you'd like to see what it's like to "pull like a dog" like the Olympic silver medal winning O'Donovan brothers, or our own Olympian Sinead Lynch? Either way why not drop into St. Michael's Rowing Club on October 23rd, and we'll give you a chance to share the experience at a much more relaxed rate!

You'll get a bit of moderate exercise in a beautiful environment, as well as seeing the city from the totally new perspective of being on the river. Our experienced coaches and launch drivers will be there to ensure safety as well as offer information on the sport.

It's free, thanks to the generous support of Waterways Ireland, and you must be at least 14yrs old to try it out. There is no upper age limit!

If you intend coming along and if you're on Facebook, please click here so we can keep you posted on any developments.


You may also drop us an email:
Email or just drop in on the day. We'd be delighted to show you what all the fuss is about.


2016 SMRC Urban Run

What a day!!
A quick note to thank all who turned up and ran our 10k & 5k events today, ye were all fantastic. Like last year, unseasonably warm for October, but nobody was complaining! Thanks to all our marshals, bakers, volunteers, timers, water-station crews and all who made the day go so well again this year.

Results were posted online by Titan Sports shortly after the event; find them here

Photos from our great snappers Stephen Kiely (Just Look At The Lens Photography) and David Lane (Memory Lane Photography) are here.
Thank you both for your time, effort and talent.


SMRC Urban Run 2016

The SMRC 2016 Urban Run is 'all systems go' and registrations are coming in fast and furious and it's looking great for this year's event.

Please help spread the word amongst your friends, colleagues at work, everyone... We cater for solo entrants and also teams, schools, etc.

In case you've noticed, some of our big banners around town have gone walkabout - please let us know if you spot any of them, thanks.

Online registration is live and you may also register by cheque. Details and form are on the site also.

We're looking forward to a great day.


Ailish Sheehan (1993-2016) RIP

The Sheehan family is profoundly grateful for the help that is being offered and given by so many. They have requested that should people wish to make donations that they be made to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust who are providing assistance to the family to repatriate Ailish home to Ireland with great sensitivity and efficiency. Donations can be made in sterling or euros or via paypal at the following link:

Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust

You will be able to leave a message along with the donation if you so wish. Thank you for supporting the family of our beloved late member.

The Committee of SMRC


SMRC @ World Masters Regatta

Good luck SMRC Men's 8+ who are competing at the World Rowing Masters Regatta in Copenhagen.

Watch live stream on YouTube


Ailish Sheehan

The Club would like to extend it's support to Ailish Sheehan and her family. We hope Ailish pulls through this critical stage. We are all thinking of her at this difficult time.

Tom Larkin, SMRC President.


SMRC BBQ for Sinéad

This Saturday 3rd we'll be making a big deal of our Olympian Sinéad Jennings at a BBQ in her honour on Saturday next , September 3rd.

Just €10pp for the grub and BYOB. It kicks off at 4pm at the Clubhouse on O'Callaghan Strand and we'd love for you all to join us in showing Sinéad and her family how proud we are of her historic achievement..


SMRC call for crews

Notice to competitive Division 1 Rowers in the Limerick area.

SMRC Men's Rowing Program will have an introductory meeting on Thursday September 1st @ 8pm in the Rowing Club on O'Callaghan Strand, Limerick.

Contact: Kevin O'Connor - 087.279.3750

All welcome.


SMRC at Rio & Urban Run 2016

Sinead and Claire have made Irish rowing history! They're the first Irish women's crew to make an olympic final and we're all so proud of this achievment. They trained and rowed like heroes to get to this level and even though they're not in the medals, they should be very pleased with their performance, as well as being just the kind of people that make great role models for younger sports people, not just in St. Michael's. Very well done.

There was a great turnout of over 100 people for the final in the Club and we're grateful to the press who came along to show us at our best, especially Theresa Mannion and the RTE Galway camera & satellite crews.

Irish Examiner article

The mighty Skibbereen boys Gary and Paul O'Donovan; what new is there to say? Silver medal in Leightweight double and they're also media favourites with their witty banter and casual attitude. So modest and really super guys. Well done the lads!

In other news, registration for the 4th annual SMRC Urban Run opened today.

This is a great event for the serious athletes as much as for keep fit and family entrants. We look forward to seeing another great field on October 9th.

Register here


** UPDATE ** SMRC at Rio 2016

Big congrats to Sinead and Clare on making their final, brilliant row. The whole club is uber delighted and can't wait for tomorrow.

Gathering in club tomorrow at 2pm to watch the final.


SMRC at Rio 2016

We send our very best wishes to Sinead Jennings and indeed all the athletes competing for Team Ireland at the Olympic Games 2016.

Ireland crews had three wins at the Home International Regatta at Cardiff Bay in Wales on Saturday 23rd July. Both the men’s and women’s senior fours were victorious, as well as the women’s senior eight.

Well done to Ben McKeown who rowed in the men's junior eight and all the Irish team. The Irish junior men were second overall with 16 points, with the team also having to share the spot with Scotland who also finished with 16 points.

Training is continuing through the summer months in OBB with our own Masters, who will be competing at the World Rowing Masters Regatta in Copenhagen, 8th Sept. We wish them luck with their preparations.

Also don't forget our own Masters event on September 17th.


SMRC at 2016 Homes

Congratulations to Ben McKeon on his selection to the Home International Team. Best of luck from everyone at SMRC.


SMRC at 2016 Champs

Well done to all our crews who competed at the National Rowing Championships this weekend, you did your best and no more could be asked of you. You did your club proud.

And congratulations again to our j15 women who won their coxed quad event.

To all our Coaches, Thank You for your commitment, dedication and countless hours that you have invested in the development of our athletes throughout the year. And finally, thank you to all the support volunteers who are an important part of the SMRC team. Enjoy the well earned break before we start all over again, exciting times ahead.

Happy Hols.

Ant - SMRC Captain.


Brennie Murphy/Robert Manning Sculling Challenge

We had a great event celebrating the lives of Brennie and Robert. Thanks to all of those who came and supported their families.

Evelyn Murphy and Christy Moloney - never too late!!


SMRC at Carlow

Congratulations to our winners at Carlow Regatta, and well done to all our rowers.

MJ18B 4x+ with coaches Joe @ Fish

WJ15 double Megan O'Byrne & Anna Christie


SMRC at Castleconnell

Congratulations to all our winning crews this past weekend at Castleconnell Sprint Regatta. It was a super day's racing, thanks everyone. More pics and info on our Facebook page.


SMRC Table Quiz

Have a great laugh and raise some funds for the season's endeavours at our next table quiz.


SMRC at Lee Regatta

Congratulations to our WJ15 8 who won at Lee Regatta on Saturday, and well done to all our athletes who competed at Lee and Lough Rynn Regatta.


SMRC at Limerick Regatta

A hearty 'well done' to all our crews, coaches, volunteer members, mums, dads, friends and families for making Limerick Regatta 2016 such a success!

MJ14 Quad: Jack Kelly (cox), Ciaran Foster,Luke Foley, Harry Lynch, Paul McInerney.

WJ15 Quad: Evan Kiely(cox), Megan O'Byrne, Anna Christie, Grace Prendergast, Emer Murphy.

MJ18 8: L-R Back Row Patrick McGowan, Dean Collins, David Cumiskey(Cox) Johnny Cuddy, Niall Herlihy.
Front Row Dylan O'Byrne, Emmet Connolly, Tom McKeon, Aaron Craughan.

Women's inter 4+: L-R; Ritchie O'Brien (Coach), Hannah O'Sullivan, Sarah Murphy, Anna Sheehan (Cox), Alice O'Sullivan, Eva McGiff.


Limerick Regatta & Schools Regatta

This coming weekend sees lots of action at O'Briensbridge with Limerick Regatta on Sat 23rd and the Schools Regatta on Sun 24th. Please contact any coach or committee member to volunteer your services.

All the Limerick clubs get together for these 2 great events and it takes a lot of work to make it an enjoyable and safe event for everyone. Thanks.


SMRC at Neptune

Big win for ‪‎Munster‬ over ‎Leinster‬ in Dublin this weekend when SMRC Masters 8+ defeated host Neptune...

And medals jangling for the bus home, our WJ15s 4x+ crew of Rachel, Ellen, Jack (cox), Megan & Grace.

Also well done to our WJ18 crew of Lara, Jess, Jenny & Lucy with Anna Sheehan cox, who negotiated their semi with no tiller, into final of Club2 4x+ Our WClub2 4X+ & WClub1 4+ both progressed to meet @CommercialRC crews in semis. Our MJ18 4x had a close race with @castleconnellBC, lost 3/4L.

Well rowed everyone...


SMRC at Rowing Ireland Trials

Well done to all our junior rowers who participated in the trials on Saturday, especially to Tom and Ben McKeown who were called back for the Coupe trials on Sunday.


SMRC heads to NRC Trials

Best wishes to all our crews heading to Trials at the National Rowing Centre this weekend. Conditions look perfect for a spin.



SMRC Head of the River CANCELLED

The St. Michael’s Head of the River scheduled for Saturday 12th March 2016 is cancelled.

St. Michael’s Rowing Club greatly regrets that due to recent increased water levels at O’Briensbridge it is now not possible to stage this year’s event.

Thanks to the huge amount of crews who showed interest in our event again this year. We very much appreciate your support and apologise for this unfortunate outcome, which is obviously out of our hands. Safety first folks!



L1 Coaching Course

There will be a Level 1 coaching course starting at UL boathouse on 3rd Mar running for four evenings and one full day.

In the middle of the L1 there will also be a Child Protection Basic Awareness course which parents and club officials who are working with children under 18 can register separately for.

Please email Antoinette if you're interested in either course.

More info available here.


SMRC Head of the River

St. Michael’s Rowing Club is delighted to announce a new date of Saturday March 12th for our Head of the River. We're looking forward to another great event at O'Briensbridge, Co. Clare.

St Michael’s Head of the River.

Venue: O'Briensbridge 3,500m non-tidal course
Status: Non Status
Event Date: New date - March 12th


SMRC Head of the River

St. Michael’s Rowing Club regrets that due to the recent severe weather we have to announce the cancellation of this years’ Head of the River event at O’Briensbridge, County Clare.

We hope to stage the event on an alternative date this year.

We apologise for this cancellation, however weather conditions has made the staging of the event on the 20th February’16 unsafe.

St Michael’s Head of the River.


Thank you...

I would like to say a huge thanks to all who showed up yesterday for the guard of honour for Monty (Jim). It was an outstanding gathering of support for him and hugely appreciated by the family.

Thanks again, you all did the club proud.

SMRC President.


Jim Ahern R.I.P.

It was with great shock and sadness that we learnt of the untimely passing of our Vice President yesterday (Saturday 23rd).

Jim was the husband of our Captain Antoinette and brother of our coach Niall Ahern. Jim started rowing for the club as a schoolboy. His greatest rowing achievement however was stroking the 1984 Intermediate Championship winning eight. In recent years he was ever present in the club as Captain, coach and helping out wherever he was needed. He will be sadly missed by his wife Antoinette, son David and daughters Ellen and Emily as well as his large circle of family and friends to whom we extend our sincere condolences.

Funeral arrangements to follow.


SMRC Lotto - Relaunched

The St Michael's Rowing Club (SMRC) Fundraising Lotto was relaunched on January 2nd, 2016. We have new monthly prizes of meals, vouchers, concert tickets etc. while retaining the valuable jackpot, which currently stands at €1,000.

The next draw takes place on January 18th, 2016 and the first lucky dip prize winner will be selected at the same time, and every 4 weeks from then on.

For more information go to the Lotto page
or click here to play!

Lucky dip prize for Jan 18th
is a voucher from Health 4 Life.

Health 4 Life


SMRC 2015 Captain's Prize


Sinead Jennings receives the Captain's Prize from SMRC Captain Antoinette Ahern.

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