The Jes on the Water 2009


Senior Boys Crew 2009: Back row from left, Ciaran Glynn (coach), Ian Murphy, Peter Collins, Matthew Kelly, Sean Cahalan, Eoin Murphy, Ciaran Coen, Reuben Cruise, David Noone. Front row from left, Liam Mooney, Eoin Coughlan, Stephen Gilligan, Andrew Bell, Paddy Kellehan and Simon Caulfield.


Jes rowers selected for Internationals

Several rowers from Coláiste Iognáid were selected to represent Ireland in international competitions in 2009. Aifric Keogh and Zoe Mannion competed in the pairs and the eights at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Vichy, France in July, winning silver in the junior pair.

Eddie Mullarkey and Keith Duffy competed in the Home Internationals in Nottingham in July, with Keith taking second in the coxless four.

Aifric and Zoe do Ireland and the Jes proud at the Coupe

Irish Rowing Championships 2009

The Irish Rowing Championships – “The Champs” – were held on 10, 11 and 12 July 2009 at the National Rowing Centre on Iniscarra Lake in Cork. The Jes was very well represented, with 39 crews entered in 19 events. 

All the training put in over the year by rowers and coaches paid off, with several notable results. The highlight was Aifric Keogh and Zoe Mannion’s victory in the junior women’s coxless pair – a first for the Jes in this event. The pair was coached by Redmond and Siobhan O’Brien.  Keith Duffy and Eddie Mullarkey won silver in the junior men’s coxless pairs. Keith Duffy and Eoghan Staunton won bronze in the junior men’s double and Eddie Mullarkey took bronze in the junion men’s single sculls, the best ever Jes performance in these two events.

Aifric Keogh and Zoe Mannion, winners of the Junior Women’s coxless pairs

Keith Duffy and Eddie Mullarkey competing in the Junior Men’s coxless pairs – picture courtesy of TheWaterEdge.

Eddie Mullarkey, Silver in the Junior pairs and Bronze in the Junior sculls.

The younger crews also did well, with Andrew Bell, Matthew Kelly, Robert Flynn and Reuben Cruise, coxed by Patrick Oliver, winning the men’s junior 15 quad and Eoin Coughlan, Stephen Gilligan, Ian Murphy and Andrew Bell, coxed by Eoin Murphy, finishing second in the men’s junior 16 quad.


Men’s Junior 15 quads winners collect their medals, accompanied by coach Mairtin Phelan. From left: Robert Flynn, Ruben Cruise, Matthew Kelly, Andrew Bell and Patrick Oliver.
Junior 16 quads Silver medalists. From left, Eoin Murphy, Ian Murphy, Stephen Gilligan, Andrew Bell and Eoin Coughlan.

The Jes (Ian Murphy, Eoin Coughlan, Stephen Gilligan, Liam Mooney, David Noone, Andrew Bell, Matthew Kelly, Rueben Cruise and cox Pa Oliver) finished a creditable 3rd in the men’s junior 16 eight in a strong field (despite never before rowing together as an eight in this boat) while Andrew Bell was second in the men’s junior 15 single sculls.


Jes crews make their mark in Irish competitions

The Club entered crews in competitions all around Ireland in 2009. The Jes made their mark, bagging no fewer than 10 firsts and many creditable placings.

One of the more notable achievements was Eoghan Staunton’s performance at Neptune Regatta. Eoghan was required to race intermediate on the day and managed to beat two oarsmen who dwarfed him in physical size before losing out in the semi-final by two lengths against a very slick 25 year old Belfast sculler.

Winners of the Men’s Junior 16 quad at the Galway Regatta. From left, Matthew Kelly, Ian Murphy, Andrew Bell, Eoin Coughlan and in front cox Eoin Murphy.

Jes women competing at the Athlone Regatta. From left, Eavan Collins, Kate Rushe, Sarah Healy and Afric Keogh. Photo courtesy of TheWaterEdge.

Keith Duffy (left) and Eddie Mullarkey on the way home from the Newry trials.

2009: Jes coach Eamonn Colclough and rowers packing after the Sligo Regatta.

2009: Eddie Mullarkey training on the Corrib river. 

Trip to the National Rowing Centre

One of the highlights of our season was a trip to the National Rowing Centre last May.

The club rented 15 sculls from the NRC and spent two days (4 sessions) rowing fifteen sculls on the championship course. We would like to thank the NRC for taking care of us and also a big thank you to Mairtin Phelan and Ed Bell for accompanying the rowers to Inniscarra and driving the safety launches for the weekend.