13-14th November 2015 

 All of our athletes completed their 2nd test weekend of the season. Great improvements all around the squad which shows all the hard work is paying off.



Great turn out at our table quiz last night!! A total of 450 euro was raised but more importantly everyone had a lot of fun. Congratulations to Garda Boat Clubs team, 'Babes and Badges' who were the clear winners.  



After a successful day at Castleconnell Head the girls stayed in Limerick for a training camp in Limerick. It was great to get all the girls testing each others speed in small boats. Huge thank you to Shannon Rowing Club for the use of their boat house and equipment. 



Our senior panel kicked off their racing season with a dominant performance at Castleconnell Head of the River. The girls finished first in all of their respective categories which included; WS4-,WS1x, WS2x, WI2x and WN4+.   





Very impressive result from our Senior Ladies. We could not be prouder of them. The girls fought off a more experienced crew of UCC/Skibbereen and Trinity to be crowned National Champions of Ireland. Not only did the girls win but they also set a new course record beating the previous record by 3 seconds. 


1st: UCD 6.25

2nd: UCC/Skibb 6.30

3rd Trinity 6.31

Coach: Giuseppe de Vita and William Yeomans

Cox: Lee Mulvihill

(S - B) Kara O'Conor, Aoife O'Riordan, Aileen Crowley, Orla Finnegan, Breanna Larsen, Claire Harrison, Ruth Gilligan and Daisy Callanan 




Day 1 of the National Rowing Championships!

The club four came through a tough heat to secure them a spot in the final. UCD finished 5th place over all in a very competitive field.

The race of the day for UCD was in the Womens Intermediate 8+. After a challenging start the girls edged out in front at the 500 metre mark and extended their lead to 5 lengths for a finish. Very impressive result for our National Champions!!


1st: UCD 6.40

2nd: NUIG 6.55 

3rd: An Garda Síochána 7.00

4th: Trinity 7.03 

Well Rowed College!!!! 



As always, we had a very enjoyable weekend at Henley Womens Regatta. UCD proved very competitive in the Women's Senior Eight. On Saturday they had a very impressive race against Oxford University composite. UCD took the lead from the start and extended their lead to two lengths for a finish securing them a spot in the semi final.

In the semi final UCD faced a very strong crew from the Netherlands (Skoll) Although UCD were not the eventual winners of this race they really did impress. The crew grew stronger throughout the race narrowing the margin to half a length for a finish.

It was a really successful weekend for UCD as so much race experience was gained. The girls will take one rest day to travel back home and start their three week build up to the National Championships in July. 



An eventful weekend to say the least! After several detours our Senior Ladies arrived at Dorney Lake 5 hours behind schedule. Luckily they still managed to come away with a win in the IM1 8+. 

On Sunday the girls got the opportunity to race in the challenge eights featuring all levels from elite right down to IM3. The girls were very competitive in this event and managed to secure a spot in the A Final finishing in 5th place out of a total of 26 boats.

After an accidental detour to Whales on the way home we all arrived back on Irish soil some a day later than planned!!  



Another outstanding performance from the Senior Ladies at Dublin Metropolitan Regatta. The first race of the day saw the senior squad divide and conquer in the senior coxed fours. The two fours took an early lead over the field and made for an exciting finish as they battled each-other to the line.

Next up was the Senior Coxless Pairs where UCD took the gold!  

The Senior Coxless Four got off to a very impressive start! The girls showed their dominance right off the blocks and no other crew questioned their authority down the course. 

Our Novice Ladies took to the water to race a four for the very first time. Unfortunately, after a timetable mishap the only race they got was an oncoming eights race. But sure it's all about race experience.

Next weekend we look forward to some exciting racing at London Metropolitan Regatta. 



Huge success today at the University Championships! Our Senior Ladies not only reversed the outcome of the Colours Boat Race but they did it with six seconds to spare. Great to see all their hard work is paying off. Well Rowed College!! University Champions of Ireland!! 



Some very exciting racing for our senior ladies in the Corcoran cup. The girls lead the annual colours boat race from the very start right up until the last 100 metres where unfortunately they were pipped by a very well drilled Trinity crew. There was lots to be gained from such a tough race and it will certainly motivate for the next three weeks as they gear up for the University Championships. 

The Sally Moorehead featuring our novice women was a clear win for Trinity. This was our novices first race of the season and it was an exciting and educational experience for them. 



A very successful day for UCD Ladies Boat Club at the National Indoor Rowing Championships. We had two appearances on the podium in the U23 category with Orla Finnegan taking first place and Aileen Crowley finishing 3rd. All of our athletes achieved a personal best which is a very rare achievement. Congratulations to all. Keep up the hard work!!  



Today we celebrated the beginning of our 40th year. It was great to see all of our members both past and present come together beneath the sunshine in Island Bridge. It was a huge honor to be joined with Nigel Cooke for the very special boat naming ceremony in honor of the late Liz Cooke.




After a great Sports Expo, we managed to recruit an incredible 137 novice ladies, to join us for the 14/15 season. Tonight we had our very first training session, it was great to see such a good turn out. Plenty of competitiveness, as the battle for a seat begins.                                                           




 Grace Collins and Orla Finnegan finish, 9th place overall at the World University Rowing Championships. Well rowed College!!




Happy 40th Birthday UCD Ladies Boat Club!!

This year marks the boat clubs 40th anniversary and we are trying to get in contact with anyone, who has ever been in anyway involved with us, to come and celebrate on the 27th of September. We would like to welcome all past member to join us at 1pm for a blessing of the boats ceremony followed by a few refreshments. We hope to see as many of our alumni there as possible, to make this event a success. We greatly look forward to hearing all the stories of the past successes in the club.  


Huge congratulation to our very own Grace Collins and Orla Finnegan, who have been selected to represent Ireland at the World University Rowing Championships. Great to see them fly the Irish flag on behalf of UCD. We will be following their progress online from the 13th until the 15th of September 2014.

The very best of luck to Orla and Grace!





Our annual post champs BBQ took place on Tuesday the 15th of July. Together UCD celebrated a total of 6 National titles. Over a BBQ and a few drinks, we unloaded the trailer from the championships and celebrated our success.  


The final day of the Championships saw our Alumni Claire Lambe finish top of a very competitive and experienced field in both the Senior 1x and the Senior LW 1x.

Our senior 8+ finished 3rd in their final. The senior 8+ was won by the Cork BC and NUIG composite in a time of 6m 29.0sec 


UCDLBC got off to a great start on the first day of the National Rowing Championships in Cork. Up first was the club 4+. This boat was only put together a couple of weeks before the championships. The girls sailed through the heat and finished 6th in the final. The crew consisted of Sinead Mc Namara (s), Ellen Burr (3) Caitriona Quinn (2), Isobelle Stanley (b) and Aisling O'Leary (Cox)

Later today our intermediate 8+ took to the water for a straight final. The girls took and early lead and controlled the race from the start. However, NUIG came back fighting hard and gave the spectators and I am sure the girls themselves an awful fright. Luckily the girls were strong enough to hold the NUIG girls off and come home the Intermediate 8+ Champions of Ireland. The crew consisted of Ruth Gilligan (s), Aoife Gilligan (7), Grace Collins(6), Orla Finnegan(5), Breanna Larsen (4), Síofra Bennett(3), Aileen Crowley(2), Claire Harrison(b) and Shauna Fitz (cox)

The Result:


2nd: NUIG

3rd: QULBC

4th: DULBC

5th: Garda Boat Club 



After an extremely successful Fresher's Week and Novice Intro Night, all the members of UCDLBC are ready to swing back into action with the first Learn To Row Day this Saturday 1st Oct 10am. The Novices will be coming down in groups by the hour for a tour of the boat club, some time on the erg and in the bank tub before finally getting out on the water. The BBQ will be flaming and any alumni free to help out would be greatly appreciated.  


UCD Sports Expo will be taking place next week Monday 19th - Thurs 22nd Sept in the UCD Sport's Centre from 10am - 5pm each day. If you want to join rowing or just want to give it a shot, please drop by and have a chat with us. 



Claire Lambe represented her country yet again this year at Lucerne, placing 17th in the women’s lightweight double scull with Sarah Dolan. After a preparation camp in Belgium, the same double raced again – placing 11th at the U23 World Cup in Amsterdam. Claire will race again in the same category with Siobhan Mc Crohan at the World Rowing Championships. The event is being held in Bled, Slovenia this year from 28th August – 4th September. Good Luck Claire!



Trials for Home Internationals this year were postponed to Cork Regatta when Blessington transformed into Tornado Alley. Two UCD pairs were entered but due to injury, Siofra Bennett & Aoife Gilligan had to withdraw their entry. UCD still formed part of the Irish team, with Ciara coxing the S4+ and S8+ and Claire rowing in the U23 4- and S8+ as well. With only a week’s training together under Franky Sheridan of DULBC, the S4+ placed 2nd with the U23 4- and S8+ claiming 3rd



Nationals was some place to be this year regardless of the fairly terrible weather conditions. UCDLBC took home their 7th Senior Pot and, for the first time in the history of the club, it was a day for both the men’s and women’s senior 8 crews. Our S8+ led from early on only to have Muckross crawl back on them at the 1000m. The girls held the lead however, to make UCD proud by ¾ of a length. Both our Senior4- and Inter4+ put up good battles, both placing 4th overall. It was an memorable day for all there, leaving a desire to attack next year and  Nationals 2012 – making sure it is not another 4 years until our next  victory




UCD had some good racing at this year’s Henley Women’s Regatta. Our Senior 4+ (Stroke: Aoife Feeley, Claire Ni Reachtagain, Amy Bulman, Bow: Grainne Desmond, Cox: Eoin Craven) was knocked out in the second round by one length to the Scottish composite. The Senior 8+ (Stroke: Aoife Gilligan, Laura Reid, Laura Gannon, Siofra Bennett, Kate Lorigan, Naomi Fearon, Karen Joy, Bow: Clodagh Tanner, Cox: Ciara McGowan) made it to the semi-final only for Perdue University USA to steal a win by a ¼ of a length. Many thanks to Liz Cooke who took excellent care as always of the girls during their stay and to the Pawson family for their hospitality.



The novices finished up an excellent rowing season with Reading this year. With the support of former captain Emma Doyle, the novice 4+ took to the water first to beat Lady E Holles. The 4+ went on to take United Hospitals next and qualify for the final. Due to miscommunication with the regatta control and the closeness to the 4+ race however, the lucky opposition of UCD’s 8+ were given a row over. The 4+ was scratched only for the winning crew not to beat UCD’s qualifying time set earlier that day. Day 2 saw the crew step it up to Inter level. The 4+ took the lead against Bristol only to have them claw back in the final 100m and beat UCD by ½ a length. The 8+ suffered the same fate at the hands of Bristol RC yet again but all in all, the girls had a good weekend rowing and look forward to returning next year to claim both titles for their own.



The 12th of February was a day met with bated breath as the beginning of the Newry trialling weekend in Co. Down was marked with an ergometer time trial. Two of UCD LBC's members, Claire Lambe and Síofra Bennett succeeded in this endeavour, with both ladies surprisingly pulling an identical time of 7.12.

The following day saw the girls embark upon the Newry Ship Canal, for the 5k water assessment. Síofra came home with a time of 22.49, a promising time for our heavyweight trialler who is at the beginning of her career. Claire, the more experienced of the two was the success of the weekend, when, at just 20 years of age, she completed her 5k challenge in 21 minutes 36 seconds, a time which when weighted against her status as a lightweight under-23 athlete, saw her ranked top overall.

UCD LBC would like to congratulate them on their success, and look forward to seeing how they perform over the course of the upcoming season.





The night of the 20th November saw The Camden Court Hotel host the annual event, The Boat Ball. A night of indulgence and fun, those in attendance rose to the occasion, turning up in their suits and cocktail dresses to enjoy some fine food and wine, entertainment and awards ceremony. Sadly, the overhead projector was somewhat non-compliant on the night, and we were unable to showcase our video presentation. Please follow the Facebook link provided to see it:http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=177747888906109&comments


Congratulations to UCD LBC, who over the course of the weekend won the Inter 4, Inter 8, Senior 4 and Senior 8 titles at Neptune Head. 


UCDLBC are pleased to announce that the UCD Boat Ball 2010 will be taking place on the 20th November, in the Camden Court Hotel, Lower Camden Street. The evening will begin at 7.30 pm and continue on into the wee hours. Tickets are €60 and are available to buy from the Club PRO's. Alternatively, email us at ucdlbcpro@gmail.com, or check out our Facebook page using the same email address. Looking forward to seeing you there!

29/09/2010 Grand League Results

UCD Ladies won the Senior Women's Category in the inaugural year of the Grand League, with a total of 141 points. Well done to all who took part, and let's keep it up into next year. 

27/ 09/2010

Congratulations to Claire Lambe placing second in the Women's Inter Scull at Champs, and again to Claire and Kate Lorigan, placing third in the Women's Inter Double Scull.

23/09/2010 Small Boat Champs

Good luck to our members Claire Lambe and Kate Lorigan, who are entered into the Intermediate Double and Intermediate Single at Small Boat Champs this weekend!


Come along to our Freshers introductory night and fundrasier on the 28th September 2010, in the Astra Hall (Student Centre) from 7-10 pm Heading into town afterwards, promises to be a good night, hope to see you there!

12/09/10 European Championships

Congratulations to our very own Claire Lambe and Siobhan McCrohan of Tribesmen, who competed in the Double Scull event to earn fourth position in the European Rowing Championships this weekend. A fantastic achievement ladies!

17/07/10 Boat Club Committee Elections

Congratulations to the new Main Junior Committee:

  • Captain: Laura Reid
  • Vice-Captain: Laura Gannon
  • Secretary: Claire Ni Reachtagain
  • Treasurer: Neva Noone
  • Public Relations Officer: Niamh Kelly

Best of luck to the New Committee for the coming year.

16/07/10 - 17/07/10 Irish National Championships

In the first year of the split champs format, the July Champs was the Big Boat Champs, with UCD competing in fours and eights. The UCD Ladies fielded a Novice Eight, two Novice fours, an Inter eight and Inter four, a Senior four and a composite Senior eight with Old Collegienne Siobhan Jacob bringing her experience to the squad.

Friday morning saw the Inter 8+ Race. Friday Afternoon held the Senior 4- and the Novice 8+. Saturday morning featured the Inter 4+. Saturday afternoon held the Senior eight.

Quick Results:

  • Novice 4+ 2nd and 3rd in their respective heats, 4th and 5th in final.
  • Novice 8+ 4th in final.
  • Inter 4+ - 2nd in their heat, 4th in final.
  • Inter 8+ 3rd in their final.
  • Senior 4- 4th in heat - did not get through.
  • Senior 8+ 2nd in final.

Friday: The inter eight put in a strong row, and put in a quick start, however the more cohesive units of Portora and Trinity showed the importance of time spent in a crew, as they moved away from the pack by the half way mark, with Trinity taking the title.  In their heat, the Senior four were neck and neck with the St. Mick's/UL/Killorglin composite for the last place in the final, but despite a good race were outgunned over the second half of the course. Skibbereen RC eventually took the title. The novice eight were looking forward to some close racing with Queen's crew that had denied them victory twice, as well as the NUIG crew which has beaten them on this course on their last encounter. Misfortune struck, however, with the stroke girl's seat coming  off the slide twice, forcing her to stop and attempt to reattach it, The crew managed to hold their opposition with seven men for the most of the first five hundred but this effort, and the second disruption, left them lagging behind at fourth as they crossed the finish line, several lengths behind winners Queens. Although this was a bitterly disappointing experience for their first year in champs, their refusal to go down without a fight did them proud, and the strength and dedication to training that the squad has shown all year, is promising as they look forward to next year.

Saturday: The women's inter four came second in their heat, securing their place in the final. They came fourth in the final, which was won by Cork RC. Both novice fours qualified got through their heat to the final, where they came fourth and fifth, in an event won by Queens. The women's Senior eights was a straight final, featuring a Castleconnell BC/Carrick BC/St. Mick's RD/UL RC/City of Derry BC/Killorglin/Skibbereen RC/Cork RC composite (who would eventually win the event by a length), as well as regular rivals Commercial, Trinity and NUIG, each of whom had beaten UCD in this event this season. All crews got off to a quick start, but although it was not immediately apparent, with the Composite steadily creeping away from the pack, and NUIG finally falling back, it became a dogfight for second place between the three Islandbridge crews, with UCD in the lane between DULBC and Commercial. UCD were slightly behind going through the five hundred, but a set plan of strong pushes gradually reeled in Trinity, and then the wind in the second half of the race held them while pulling back Commercial. UCD crossed the finish line in second, one second ahead of Commercial and half a length ahead of Trinity. While being denied a pot is always disappointing it was well won by the composite, and the UCD crew could hold their heads up after coming through in a hard race for second against two excellent opponents, It took what was probably our best race all year to hold our own in a blanket finish. THe result was not the desired one, but this just gives un further incentive to train  harder in the coming year. 

UCD Ladies would like to congratulate all winners, and we look forward to plenty more good racing over the next year .

Big congratulations also to the Second Novice men, who brought home UCD's only pots of the championships winning the Novice Eights race with a strong row, a fine finish to a good season for them (C. Walsh, T. Ryan, D. Sheridan, D. McHugh, J. Simpson, D. Breheny, C. Clifford, C. Clifford, cx. H. Fenlon) and their coach John O'Keefe.  

Also special thanks to Murphy the puppy for his guest appearance.

30/06/10-04/07/10 Henley Royal Regatta

The women's events at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta are generally filled by national standard crews, however while the UCD Ladies were trying coastal rowing at Blessington, the men's side were doing Irish rowing proud on the Henley stretch. The men's entry into the Prince Albert (student coxed fours) provided UCD's second Henley win, 36 years after the first. The boys came up against rowing heavyweights Brookes 'B', Goldie and Harvard and pulled through each day to take home the Henley medals. Massive congratulations to the crew (T. Doyle, F. Manning, C. Pierce, D. Neale, cx. J. Lynch) and their coach Pat McDonagh. This really is an incredible achievment for all concerned.

18-20/06/10 Henley Women's Regatta

After a few days' absence, the senior crew returned to Oxfordshire to row in the original rowing town, Henley-on-Thames. Although the course was shorter (and quieter!) than it would be for the Royal, The eight got a bye to the second round, where we were knocked out by eventual event winners Vesta, just before our home rivals Trinity lost by a fraction to the other finalists, Newcastle. Although we were disapointed to go out so early, we had da strong, gutsy race. Vesta moved on us off the start, but were unable to extend their lead, losing and gaining feet as both crews fought to the line. Although we lost, we gained invaluable racing experience, on unfamiliar water to an unfamiliar crew. 

Although several Irish crews entered, and put in good races, special mention must go to the Neptune lightweight pair of Ludlow and Fitzgerald, who having got to the final last year, returnned to take the trophy this year.

The club took this opportunity to present Liz Cooke with a UCD blade as a mark of gratitude for her services to UCD boat club for the past forty years. Thanks Liz!

12-13/06/10 Reading Regatta

Reading Regatta is a regular stop for UCD boat club, allowing us to compete against UK clubs in the run up to Henley. Unlike in previous years, where several Irish clubs have been able to attend both Dublin Metro and Reading Regatta, this year a clash betwenn the two forced a choice. The decision was made to go to Reading to allow us to focus on the fours and eights, which are the priority for Big Boat Champs. The side-by-side format, along with the fact that two separate days of racing take place (1500m on Saturday, 1000m on Sunday) allowed these crews to race multiple times. One of the highlights was watching the two novice fours face off, proving that however friendly you are on the bank, once someone's in another boat they're a rival on the water. The Novice 8+  secured a win over Cardiff University on Saturday, while the Senior 8+ (racing at IM1) beat American crew Villanova on the Sunday.

For the senior squad, one definite perk of this trip was meeting and staying with the amazing Liz Cooke, who has been taking in UCD rowing crews for years. She offered us incredible hospitality, insight into the history of the club and its alumni and copious amounts of food.


Saturday: Novice 8+: Hanmore, Tanner, Ryan, Ni Reachtagain, Gannon, Baker, Desmond, Murphy cx Whitely. 

Sunday: Senior 8+ (IM1): Lait, Harkin, Lorigan, O'Brien, McClean, Bulman, Joy, Reid cx. Craven.

29/05/10 Trinity Regatta

Despite a new format with restrictions on rowers rowing multiple grades, Trinity Regatta offered multiple opportunities for UCD Ladies to race on our home stretch at Islandbridge, with a Senior eight, Inter eight, Inter four, novice Eight and Novice fours racing. However, despite some good racing, the ladies failed to secure any wins.

22/05/10 Cork Regatta

Another trip to the NRC, for the third grand league regatta, and though the sun shone the weather wasn't a match for the earlier event, with Inniscarra producing some trademark gusts. Sadly this was not the day for the UCD Ladies, and the theme of the day was bridemaids, as the senior four and eight came in second to NUIG, the Novice four and eight came in behind St. Mick's and the senior pair, despite a strong start, were overtaken by Neptune the more cohesive Neptune Pair in the middle of the race. Nevertheless, the day provided good race experience against some strong crews, which will prove invaluable as the weeks tick down towards Champs in July.

24/04/10 Queen's Regatta

In the gorgeous surroundings of Castlewellan, Queen's Regatta provided mixed results. The Senior 8 lost out to a strong Portora J18 crew, however the inter four won their event  in good time. The Senior 4- won their event and their race, pushing through the middle to overtake the Commercil four.

The real excitement came from the novce eights, where the UCD crew came up against Queens, who had previously beaten them by half a length at Skibb regatta. This time the race proved even closer, with the distance closed to a foot as Queens crossed the finish line.


  • Inter 4+
  • Senior 4-

17/04/10 Neptune Regatta 

Despite a reduced entry on last year's two day event, Neptune regatta provided some close racing on our home stretch at Islandbridge. It was a good day for the novice and inter crews, with both winning their 4+s and 8+s events. Although the senior 4+ lost out in a close race with Commercial, the inter double (Lambe, O'Brien) provided a rare sculling win for College.


  • Inter 2x
  • Nov 4+
  • Inter 4+
  • Inter 8+
  • Novice 8+

11/04/10 Skibbereen Regatta 

A 2k, six lane regatta, held on the Champs course in Inniscarra, Skibb Regatta was the first of the Grand League events, in which clubs can collect points over a series of national regattas. these events also allow crews of similar ability to race against eachother regardless of status (so the finals for J18 8s, Inter 8s and sr 8s might be held at the same time), allowing for increased competition and a full field for races, that might otherwise only have a small number of entries. In a reversal of the previous day's events, the Senior eight lost to DULBC, however the Novice eight (Maguire, Tanner, O'Hagan, Ni Reachtagain, Hanmore, Baker, Desmond, Murphy cx. Duke) came through, and the Senior Four (Lambe, Harkin, Gannon, O'Brien) produced a confident win.

10/04/10 Uni Champs

This year's Uni Champs was held over a 2k course in Inniscarra, and was a success for the club on both sides and at every level. The women won the Inter 8 (Lait, Reid, Maguire, Bulman, O'Hagan, Ni Reachtagain, Hanmore, Noone. cx. Cashman), Sr 8 (Lait, Harkin, Lambe, O'Brien, McClean, Bulman, Hanmore, Noone cx. Cashman) and Sr 4- (Lambe, Harkin, McClean, O'Brien), winning the Bank of Ireland Trophy. Another competitive race in the novice eights with Queens promises some exciting regattas in the future. The men's novice and inter eights won their events, earning them the Wylie. This effort by everyone involved in the club, rowers, coxes and coaches, allowed UCD to win the overall event.


For those interested, Barry Currivan's illustrated book of rowing poems 'Inside rowing, the Outside Handbook', is still available for purchase. For more information, or to get your hands on a copy, check out http://www.neptunerowingclub.com/IROH.htm , or get in touch with Neptune's Inter Men, coming soon to a regatta near you.

20/04/10 National Trials, Cork

Congratulations to Claire Lambe who came second in the lightweights women's category with a time of 8.19. Congratulations also to UCD rowers A. English, who came second in the lightweight pair, and the heavyweight pair of Neale and Manning, who came third in their category.

20/03/10 Dublin Head of the River

Despite ominous weather forecasts, Dublin Head of the River was greeted by blue skies and sunshine. UCD Ladies put out three eights, including a reunion boat for the successful Novice Colours eight, who took their event pennant for the day. UCD Senior women lost out to rivals Commercial by three seconds. Congratulations to UCD Senior Men, who retained the Headship, and to visitors Queens whose Inter women took the pennant, hope you enjoyed it!

06/03/10 Colours Races

The Dublin Boat Races took place on Saturday the sixth of March, in unusally bright and warmish weather. This year notably featured the premiere of the Goonette Cup, for the novice women's second crews, as a parallel to the Goonan. Trinity won both of these early races. For the Sally Moorhead Trophy, UCD novice women (Murphy, Desmond, Baker, Ryan, Ni Reachtagain, O'Hagan, Tanner, Maguire cx. Duke) were able to push out and hold a convincing lead and maintained their composure for the win. The Corcoran Cup, for the Senior Women, went to Trinity, whose trademark quick start put the lead before UCD pushed through. Both crews remained competitive, however, and Trinity were making a push on UCD when the latter's crab in the last 200m of the race cast a shadow over what was looking to be a race to the line. On the men's side, Trinity novices took the Dan Quinn Shield in a race where both boats maintained contact with each other throughout, and UCD Senior men retained the Gannon Cup with a convincing win. UCd would like to thank both captains and all crews (and the weather gods) for a good days racing.

Results for the day went:

Goonette: Trinity

Goonan: Trinity

Sally Moorhead Trophy: UCD

Dan Quinn Shield: Trinity

Corcoran Cup: Trinity

Gannon Cup: UCD 

21/02/10 Alumni Race

The eagerly anticipated alumni race took place on Sunday, despite a snowfall the night before. A formidable Alumni eight (Ferry, Coburn, English, Thornton, Browne, Garvey, Matthews, Carroll, cx. Gannon) was put out against the current Senior crew to race over a distance of 250 metres.  In preparation for this event, both crews did some sneaky morning training, and this preparation showed through, with the first race being close, and the rematch closer, with less than 250 metres in the difference each time. This was followed by  a serious session of eating: the natural compliment to rowing.Thanks to everyone who helped out: all the girls for baking and bringing food and cleaning the boat house; Dermot Sheridan for the heaters and acting as an impartial starting judge; Pat Courtis for being the finishing judge and letting us borrow a boat for the event; and most importantly all the alumni for showing up to support and row, and just check on how things are going down at the boat house - it wouldn't have worked without you! Keep an eye on the calendar and email updates to find out when next year's one is on.

20/02/10 Lagan Head

Unfavourable weather conditions meant Lagan Head was the only the second head for our squad of returning rowers and the first experience of racing for our new novices. While the senior boats were disappointed with their performance, the novice eight put in a strong showing, and although they were only racing for time, they enjoyed the chance to be out against other crews. Congratulations also to the UCD novice men's eight and four, who were the fastest boats in their categories.

06/02/10 Mick's Head, O'Briensbridge 

Although the water was flat calm on the day, racing was scuppered by fog so thick you couldn't see the length of an eight. The Heads (inc. National 4s Head) were postponed and then cancelled, as the fog failed to lift, and Deirdre Keane reports she still had to drive through it on the way back to Dublin the next day. this is particularly disappointing for our first novices, as this was to be their first race, however they gained the valuable experience of derigging, boat-loading, and rigging. Because you can never get enough of that :)

30/01/10 Head of the Shannon

Four feet up the front wall of Carrick boat house is a sign saying 'If you had been here six months ago you would have been this deep in the Shannon', but the on the day of the HOR the 5k course was clear and calm. Our first race of the season produced some positive results with the inter (Noone, Hanmore, Flynn, Joy, Bulman, Walsh, Kelly, Gannon, Craven) and senior (Harkin, Lait, Bulman, Lorigan, O'Brien, Gannon, Kelly, Lambe, Craven)eights taking home the pennants for their categories, congratulations also to Claire Lambe for her win in the inter single. This proves a promising start to the racing season, and something for us to build on in training. Thanks are due to Trinity for helping us with transport and of course to Carrick-on-Shannon Rowing Club for organising a great event and being so helpful and positive throughout.

 16/01/10 Seville Training Camp

Following the success of last year's training camp, this year the full squad travelled to Seville with the men's squad to spend a week on the Rio Guadalquivir. Irish weather did cause delays for an unlucky few, but once we arrived we were able to enjoy an uninterrupted 8k stretch located about 40seconds walk from the hotel door. Intensive water sessions in boats of all sizes, instructed by Martin Feeley, Pat Gannon and John O'Keefe allowed us to develop our technique as individuals and to become a more cohesive unit as a squad. Sadly, hopes of sun tans were dashed as Irish rain and sleet followed us over. This was a thoroughly beneficial experience, and we now hope to build on that back on Irish waters.

30/12/09 UL Tank Session 

The lowest temperatures Ireland has seen since before the Ladies' Boat Club was founded did necessitate a few changes to our training schedule - you can get a great long row in Blessington, but not when the water is under several inches of ice. However, the Christmas break did give us the opportunity to travel to the Universiy of Limerick to make use of their state of the art rowing tank. Basically, this is an indoor line of eights seats set in concrete with water on either side, which can be set at different speeds, to simulate rowing in a perfectly stable controllable environment. This gave the rowers a chance for an intensive technical session under the instruction of coach Martin Feeley. Thanks again to UL for this, and we'd definitely recommend it to any club considering it.

 21/12/09  Butler Cup

Novices and old hands alike braved the freezing weather to come out for Butler Cup, for mince pies, mulled wine and the men's novice pairs racing. Although the light went pretty early in the evening, limiting visibility of the races, each crew got a good cheer as they wended their way past the slip, and hot food and hot drinks kept everyone occupied until the time came to head on to Hartigan's.

14/11/09 Neptune Head

Usually one of the first big events of the rowing year for UCD Ladies is Neptune head, held at Blessington Lakes. This should have particularly been the case in what was to be the inaugural year of the National Singles Head. However, the weather was against us. Despite the best efforts of the organisers to allow the event to continue, gale force winds saw   the Head postponed from its initial date of the 7th of November, and the cancelled on the replacement date the following weekend. On the same day the Fuller’s Fours Head on the tideway in London was cancelled. However, despite our disappointment at not being able to race, the early notice of cancelation allowed all women’s crews to get some solid training under our belts at Islandbridge, money in the bank for Colours and Champs.

10/10/09 Dublin Sculling Ladder

Although sculling is not traditionally our strongest discipline in UCD, this year four of our members (Claire Lambe, Fifi and Jenni Monahan and Laura O’Brien) took part in the annual Dublin Sculling ladder. They placed 49th, 141st, 125th and 123rd respectively, creditable results, which on the Liffey  are really an added bonus to not capsizing.

14/09/09 Sports Expo

Anyone interested in Rowing can find us at the sports expo, at the back of the hall, we have an erg challenge where the fastest time of the day wins a t-shirt and the fastest time of the week wins a crate of beer, you can see what a real boat looks like, or come and chat to us about rowing.


12/09/09 The Boat Club's Annual Gala Day took place at the boat house in Islandbridge. We were lucky to get the one sunny day of the Irish Summer. The day featured a bouncy castle, BBQ, an aquatic battle between the men's and women's sides, novice mens' races, mixed races, a swimming display by Amy Bulman and a farewell paddle from longstanding club-member Emma Doyle. All good reasons to attend next year!


14/07/09 Despite the weather UCDLBC has a pretty successful Champs, retaining the pots for the Intermediate VIII (below) and IV+.