ST. MICHAEL'S ROWING CLUB - HEAD OF THE RIVER
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by Pat Cunneen
Record Breaking St Michael’s Rowing Club Head-of-the-River gets Limerick City of Sport off to a flying start - over 1000 athletes compete in over 580 crews
St Michael’s Rowing Club Head of the river between Castleconnel and O'Briens Bridge was the first rowing event to be held locally since the official launch of Limerick City of Sport. With a record breaking entry it is everything the City of Sport organisers could have hoped for. The entry of 580 crews far surpassed the previous record for an Irish Head of the River which was again set by St Michaels in 1998. It is incredible to believe that from a modest entry of 63 crews in 1981, this has grown to be the largest event of its kind over the last 30 years. This year the Head-of-the-River incorporates the Rowing Ireland National Head for single sculls and pairs. As a result, there was a strong entry from all four corners of the country. Reflecting the current strength of St Michael’s, the host club has no less than 50 crews participating.
The event is the first of three national Rowing Ireland national heads (time trials), featured single sculls and pairs. Next month Carrick-on-Shannon will host the national four-blade head (doubles and fours) event, and the eight blade version (eights and quadruple sculls) takes place in Belfast in March.
The fastest time in the National Head was recorded by a St. Michaels 2(Mark O'Brien and Declan O'Connor) with just a one second winning margin over Commercial of Dublin. Other National Head section winners included: Senior 2- Commercial; Senior Scull- Muckross (Moynihan); Intermediate Scull- UCD (Neal); Mens Junior 2- Presentation College; Mens Junior 18 Scull- Skibbereen (O'Donovan); Mens Novice 2- Fossa; Mens Novice Scull- Trinity (McCaffrey); Mens Junior 16 Scull- Commercial (Geoghegan); Mens Junior 15 Scull- St. Michaels (O'Malley); Mens Masters Scull- Clonmel (Kinsella); Womens Senior 2-Skibbereen; Womens Senior scull- Killorglin (Dukarska); Womens Intermediate Scull- Skibbereen (Walsh); Womens Junior 18 2- St. Michael's (Aoife Leahy and Hannah O'Sullivan); Womens junior 18 scull- Portora (Nixon); Womens Novice 2- Shannon; Womens novice scull- Trinity (Dowling); Womens Junior 16 scull- Commercial (Keating); Womens masters scull- Cork (Crowley). All other boat types rowed under the broader St. Michaels Head, the fastest of which were the Grainne Mhaol/ NUIG senior 8 and senior 4.
Chief Organiser Rob Le Gear said “ The phenomenal entry reflects the popularity of this event and the magnificent stretch of water that it is run on. We had over 50 volunteers working on the day to ensure it ran off smoothly. It was great to see so many members and parents of our junior squads taking an active part in helping to run this record-breaking Limerick sporting event”.
See also the Rowing Ireland website for more details.
St Michael's Head of the River was inaugurated in 1981 to fill a gap which existed in the season.
Commencing with a modest entry of 63 crews in 1981, the Head has grown to be the largest rowing event in the country attracting an annual entry of approximately 400-500 crews from all four provinces.
The Head is run over a 2.5 mile course from Worlds End in Castleconnell to the bridge in O'Brien's bridge.