SMRC Marathon Weekend for Pieta
Season's greetings from all at SMRC
SMRC 2020-2021 Membership now due
SMRC Organisational chart
SMRC Covid Statement
SMRC Covid Statement & Guidance
R.I. LABA Circuit Video
RI Flexibility Session
SMRC Code of Behaviour 2020
Capsize drill video

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SMRC Marathon Weekend for Pieta

* 1 Weekend | Over 75 St. Micheal's Rowers
* 3,150,000 Metres Distance
* €2,000 Fundraising Target for Pieta House


SMRC members will take part in a Marathon Fundraiser Weekend in aid of Pieta House on Saturday April 24th & Sunday April 25th.
Each rower will clock up a minimum of 42,000m (Marathon Distance) on rowing machines, running, walking/hiking or by cycling 84,000m. Our target is to cover over 3 Million Metres over one weekend.
Our younger junior crews (aged 12-15) will compete in relay teams to hit the 42,000m mark.Joining them in completing individual marathon distances will be our Junior 16-18s, Seniors, Recreational Squads and our Masters crews.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see our progress.

Our fundraising target is €2,000 and we hope our members, supporters, local businesses and the public will row behind us to reach our goal. This is not a rowing club fundraiser, all funds raised are donated to Pieta House to support them in the amazing and vital work that they do.

** Everyone taking part in the event is doing so from home as we are observing social distance guidelines**

DONATE HERE to support our St. Michael's Rowing Club Rowers as we demonstrate that Mileage Makes Champions to cover over 3 Million Metres and raise funds for Pieta House.

Pieta's vision is a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance. By supporting us you will allow us to strive to make this a reality. Without your support we would not have been able to give hope to over 50,000 people since we first opened our doors in 2006.All of our services (one-to-one counselling, 24 hour helpline, SBLO Service, Training and Education) are provided free of charge. This is only possible because of you.


Season's greetings from all at SMRC

We wish all our members and friends a very happy and safe Christmas.



Please download and read the latest updated October version of our Covid rules and policies here.



Friday 23rd October 2020 @ 19.30h,
St. Michael's Rowing Club,
O’Callaghan Strand,

Please note, this year's AGM will be held on ZOOM. All members have been notified by email and a link included. Please check spam folders if you can't find this important email. If you need another email sent, please email the Secretary

Members and Parents/Guardians,
You are invited to attend the 2020 St. Michael's Sporting Club AGM on the above date. Election of the President, Vice president and Committee, will take place on the night. All members are entitled to attend but only Full 2020/21 members shall be entitled to vote.

Nominations for President, Vice President and Committee must be submitted to the Honorary Secretary in writing by the 9th October. In the absence of nominations, the Chairperson may elect to take nominations from the floor. Proposed rule changes and motions must be submitted in writing to the Club Secretary by the 2nd October. Any resolution to be moved at the AGM must be forwarded to the Honorary Secretary by the 9th October.

Kind Regards,
James Harrington,
Honorary Secretary.


SMRC 2020-2021 Membership now due

To pay your membership securely online
please click here

Thenk you.


SMRC Organisational chart (updated Nov 2020)

A new chart showing the organisational structure of the club has been designed and is now available to download here. It will remain posted on the right hand side of this page along with other SMRC information.


Latest COVID information

Due to latest set of COVID restrictions, announced 18th August and set to last until September 13th, the following restrictions are now in place:

* Use of club facilities is only allowed when booked in advance – bookings to go through Captain (087.913.5213) – No dropping down unannounced to use club or go rowing allowed!
* Max of 6 allowed use indoor facilities at any one time
* Max of 15 allowed train together in outdoors at any one time
* Public Health and Rowing Ireland guidance to be followed
* SMRC COVID-19 guidance below to be followed

* Latest Rowing Ireland Protocol for Rowing


Mick McDonagh - Captain


**UPDATED** SMRC Summer Rowing Camps

St. Michael’s crews are returning to the water in phases & the regatta schedule is being moved out for competitions to take place in August & September.

We have Summer Rowing Camps for boys & girls aged 12+.

Our first series of camps will focus on boys & girls ages 14-16, coming from a sporting background, who are interested in learning to row with an aim to join our competitive crews straight away.

Our second series of camps are 'Introduction to Rowing' camps & are open for ages 12+. These camps will combine learning to row, running, yoga, stretching & fun competitive team activity. It’s the ideal way for kids to try out the sport & leads into our 'Learn to Row' programme in September when the new season begins.

Places are available for our next series of summer Rowing Camps.

August Camp 3
Monday 10th August - 09:00am - 13:00pm
Tuesday 11th August - 10:00am - 14:00pm
Wednesday 12th August - 11:00am - 15:00pm
Thursday 13th August - 11:30am - 15:30pm

August Camp 4
17th August - 15:00pm - 19:00pm
18th August - 16:00pm - 20:00pm
19th August - 16:30pm - 20:30pm
20th August - 17:00 - 21:00pm

August Camp 5 CANCELLED

** All of our planning is in line with government guidelines & may be subject to change.


SMRC Covid Statement
UPDATED 8/6/2020

Phase2+ is here and things are changing all the time. Please read this new information.
Thank you.

SMRC Statement Covid June 8 2020


SMRC Covid Statement & Guidance Document
UPDATED 16/5/2020

SMRC has been working to publish a document to guide us through a safe, phased return to rowing, underpinned by HSE, government and Rowing Ireland regulations, principles and advice. We're all very keen to row and to train and this draft is currently how we propose to do just that.

For the safety of us all it is imperative that members read, understand and follow these procedures.

Please also see a link to Rowing Ireland relevant information.

Thanks to the members who put their time and experience into these documents.

SMRC Statement Covid May 15 2020


Rowing Ireland protocols


Christy Hardiman, RIP

We were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Christy Hardiman. Christy competed with the club with distinction in the late 1940's and early 1950's before transferring his considerable energies to the administration of the club. He was Captain in 1955 and served on the committee for many years. He was a Trustee of the club and an Honorary Life Member.

Due to Covid restrictions we are unable to pay our respect at the funeral but the club flag is flying at half-mast.


Paddy McDonagh, RIP

The President, Committee & Members of St Michael’s RC extend their deepest sympathies to John & Toni McDonagh, our Club Captain Mike & his brothers Alan, John & Ken on the recent passing of John’s father Paddy McDonagh.

May He Rest in Peace.


Kay Hamilton, RIP

The President, Committee & Members of St. Michael’s RC extend their deepest sympathies to our former club President Christy Moloney and his family on the recent passing of his sister Kay Hamilton.

May She Rest in Peace


Jennifer Leddin, RIP

The members and committee of St Michael's Rowing Club wish to express their sincere sympathies to Austin Leddin, his wife Kaye and daughter Aoife on the death of their daughter Jennifer after a long illness.

Austin was a member of the clubs first crew to win a National Championship when they won the Junior 18 men's eight in 1979. Austin and Kaye have both been long time supporters of the club and Austin is a regular umpire at regattas around the country. Jennifer was interested in becoming a vet and was an accomplished drummer. Jennifer will be sadly missed by her sister Aoife, Austin, Kaye and the entire Leddin family and their wide circle of friends. Due to the current restrictions, Jennifer's funeral will be private and there will be a memorial service at a later date.


R.I. LABA Circuit Video

Rowing Ireland have released a LABA Circuit Video showing how these exercises can be done remotely, plus it is a session that can be done by anyone young to old!

Rowing Ireland details & video here


Imelda O’Connor, RIP

The members and committee of St. Michael’s Rowing Club, Limerick would like to express their sincere sympathies to Imelda’s husband Tom O’Connor and all her children, son in law Simon, grandchild Harry, sisters, brothers and extended family and friends. Imelda passed away on Easter Sunday and was laid to rest in Glin on Tuesday after a private family mass. Imelda was originally from Co. Monaghan and had settled in Limerick near the club with her husband Tom and loving family of Johanna, Ceara, Thomas, Michael, Patrick, James, Mary and John.

Imelda and Tom almost filled an eight for the club with their long line of children who rowed over the last 15 years since Ceara led the way. What everyone will remember of Imelda is her smile and genuine friendliness to everyone as she arrived in the family bus to and from training or races. The O’Connor girls and boys have been part of some great crews. More importantly they have built great lifelong friendships and bonds within the club over the years. Now is when those friendships are needed most to reach out and be there for the family. We also remember the Ballincollig branch of the family who run Dan Sheehan’s bar and restaurant and who we met every year at the championships.

Due to the current restrictions in travel and gatherings many members who would have been there to meet Tom and the family were unable to do so. We want to take this opportunity to express our sympathies and let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. notice


RI Flexibility Session

As most of our athletes are currently doing much more land based training that they have been used to we have put together a simple flexibility document in order to help with your session or add to what you are already doing.

Please reinforce the importance of this as it can often be the first thing to be forgotten or ignored by some when training alone.

Download the session PDF here


Clubhouse Lockout

We have disabled all key fobs to ensure there is absolutely no access to our premises - no exceptions.

In case of an emergency please contact either of the Mikes (captain or president).


Covid19 Statement

You may download our official SMRC Covid19 policy here or read it below.

Dear Members,
As the Government response to address the growing COVID19 situation continues, we as a sporting club also need to take the appropriate measures to protect not just you, our members, but also all your friends and families. This is an unprecedented situation and as such it requires unprecedented actions to address.

In light of the government announcement to close schools etc. we have taken the decision to cancel St. Michael’s Head of the River scheduled for Saturday 21st March. It is likely that Rowing Ireland will be cancelling or postponing any other upcoming events also until the situation improves so we will try and keep you informed of this.

Furthermore we have decided to suspend all training from SMRC until further notice (from tomorrow March 13th).

Coaches have been asked to review squads programmes and suggest other running, PT, kettlebells etc. sessions that rowers can do from home if they wish to maintain their fitness.

Some arrangements will also be made to provide, where available, some of the club’s equipment, ergs etc., to members to bring home for their use. If you or a family member do become effected by Covid19, it is important you follow the HSE guidelines in this regard and please let us know so that we can advise others who may have been in contact and who may need to seek medical help or to self-isolate. All info will be treated as confidential. As a general point, we would remind everyone to follow the advice of the experts in HSE/HSPC on general hygiene etiquette and travel.

HSE information here

This is a fast moving and evolving situation and we will keep these decisions under review and keep you informed when anything changes . If anyone has any concerns related to these issues and the club please feel free to contact myself and the committee. Thank you for your help and support as we all work together to protect not only ourselves but also our families.

Sláinte mhaith daoibh go léir / Good health to you all.

Take Care,
Mike McDonagh (Captain)
Mike O’Dwyer (President)
SMRC Committee


SMRC Head of the River CANCELLED

In the best interests for public health & safety we are cancelling our Head of the River which was scheduled for Saturday, March 21st.

Stay safe everyone & we will regroup for the regatta season.


SMRC Head of the River 2020

We're delighted to announce the 2020 SMRC Head of the River on March 21st.

All information is available on the official
SMRC HoR page.


Learn to Row - further

We have had such a great reaction to this year's first Learn to Row camp that we're now able to offer ongoing enrollment. These are 8 week courses costing only €100.

For more information, please email To enroll straight away, click on the image or enroll here.

We look forward to welcoming everyone interested in trying rowing for the first time.


SMRC All-Ages Table Quiz

A table quiz with a difference!
Adults and Juniors compete to find out who the real smarty pants are.

Feb 21 - 8pm - €40 per table of 4 persons
at Limerick Lawn Tennis Club - Ennis Rd., Limerick

This event is open to everyone - spread the good word please, thank you.


SMRC Learn to Row

Do you dream of getting fit,
lean and even ripped,
having fun and making new friends,
being outdoors and on the water,
even becoming an Olympian?

Then why not try our 8 week Learn to Row programme at St. Michael’s Rowing Club, beginning February 3rd.

Open to boys and girls aged 12 and upwards, the 8 week programme costs €100.

Land based training takes place mid week with on the water sessions on weekends.

The 8 week trial is an ideal way for kids to experience regular training sessions - circuits, running, yoga, conditioning & ergometer sessions.

Drop us an email for more details at and we will have an open day/evening to meet everyone in person.

Safety on the water:
Rowers must be able to swim 50m and also disclose any medical conditions to the organisers.


SMRC Code of Behaviour 2020

A new document entitled St Michael’s RowingClub Code of Behaviour has been finalised and is now an integral part of life in SMRC. We ask that all associated with the club make themselves familiar with it's contents. It will be available on this website permanently for reference.

The committee are very grateful to the authors and contributors. This is the result of exhaustive research and reflects the values we strive to work by. Thank you very much.

Download the SMRC Code of Behaviour here


Happy New Year from SMRC

We wish all our members and friends a very happy and safe new year, and look forward to a great rowing season. Thanks for all the support we received last year from coaches, parents, volunteers, and also sponsors for our various events. We're a small club and rely heavily on this assistance.


Upcoming Learn To Row camps

St. Michael’s will be running a new 10 week Learn to Row for boys and girls aged 13-15. Land based training takes place mid week with on the water sessions on weekends. The 10 week trial is an ideal way for kids to experience regular training sessions - circuits, running, yoga, conditioning & ergometer sessions.

Drop us an email for more details via and we will have an open day/evening to meet everyone in person.


Capsize drill video

Recommended viewing now that everyone is back on the water:
Capsize drill video

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