Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our friends.
In the 2018/19 racing season:
- CIRC were the Mens Junior 4+ National Champions.
- CIRC were the Mens Junior 2- National Champions.
- CIRC's Mens Junior 8+ won Silver at the National Championships.
- CIRC was once again the strongest junior-only club in the Grand League, ranking 5th place overall with a total of 939 points, which placed them ahead of 40 other clubs.
- CIRC won the Anderson Cup (MJ18 8+), at the Galway Regatta, for the second year in a row.
- The Schools Championships was cancelled after only a few races, due to high winds.
- The club entered 13 events and accumulated 43 podium places in total.
- 5 Jes rowers were selected to represent Ireland in the Homes International Regatta, where both the Men's Junior 8+ (containing 3 CIRC rowers) and CIRC's Junior Men's Coxless Pair won Gold for Ireland, beating crews from England, Scotland, and Wales.
- In recognition of his notable achievements with the Jes MJ16 and MJ18 crews, head coach John Lawless was asked by rowing Ireland to coach the Irish Junior Mens Sweep crews for the Homes International Regatta.
In the 2017/18 racing season:
- CIRC won the Irish Schools' Championships.
- The club participated in 15 events, accumulating a total of 96 podium places by the end of the season.
- CIRC's MJ16 8+ remained unbeaten all year long and were deserving National Champions.
- CIRC was the strongest school club, accumulating 700 points overall to take 8th place in the Grand League, ahead of 43 other clubs.
- A CIRC junior 18 womens' pair (WJ18 2-), crewed by Caoileann Nic Dhonncha & Elise Carney-Frazier, raced for Ireland in the Coupe de Jeuenesse. These two CIRC rowers were also selected to be part of the Irish WJ18 8+ crew in the same international event.
- And, in recognition of their talent, two CIRC coaches (Noel Hume & Paul Hornibrook) were asked by Rowing Ireland to coach the Irish junior womens' sweep crews for the Coupe de Jeuenesse.
Former members of the club have gone on to successfully represent Ireland or their club at World U23 Championships, World University Games, Henley Royal Regatta, Women's Henley, National Senior Championships, the Beijing Olympics, and World Senior Championships.
The club's success is only possible because of the great team spirit and work ethic shown by the rowers, the coaches and the many people who support the club in so many different ways. The members of the club would like to thank everybody who has helped: the coaches who give so much of their time; the committee, who keep the club running smoothly and organise fundraising; parents, who help out in many ways; and the Principal and school, who support the club so well.
A Jesuit presence in Galway can be dated to as far back as the 1620's. An invitation in 1859 by the Bishop led to the establishment of St. Ignatius College in 1863. St. Ignatius College continued until 1926 and was re-established as Coláiste Iognáid in 1929.
The school still maintains its Jesuit ethos, although the staff is now predominantly made up of lay persons. The school, and by extension our rowing club, are equally well known locally as "the Jes".
The rowing club was founded in 1934 and has been at its current site at Earl's Island within the grounds of the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) since the early nineteen fifties.