The Jes on the Water 2012


The Centennial National Rowing Championships

The national rowing season has come to an end. The 2012 Irish Rowing Championships were held at the National Rowing Centre, County Cork, from the 13-15 July.

From the small beginning of two boats racing for a single championship exactly 100 years ago, the Irish Rowing Championships have developed into a major annual sporting event. Over the three-day's of racing, 40 championship finals were decided in a very busy and competitive weekend of rowing.

The CEO of Irish Rowing, Frank Coghlan, speaking before the event, said: “This year, over 2,000 rowers representing approximately 50 clubs will compete in 40 championship events. With over 770 crews entered, the Irish Rowing Championships will be the biggest to date in the 100 years of the event and Inniscara Lake at Farran Woods in Cork will be thronged with athletes and their supporters from all over Ireland.” (IRU press release.)

The Jes had a fruitful “Champs” this year. Perhaps the highlight of the weekend was the Men’s Junior 18 coxed four. The crew of Ruben Cruise (stroke), Mathew Kelly, Anthony Noone, Andrew Bell and Luke Coughlan (cox) fought off strong competition from the Bish and Galway Rowing Club to take second after Portora in a class field.

The Jes lads showed great determination and character to dig deep for a final push in the closing stages of the race to close down and beat the Bish by .04 of a second in a photo-finish for the silver medal.

With 200m to go the Jes (the middle boat of the three on the left) were well behind the Bish -- the boat on the right

The official photo-finish photo shows the margin between the Jes and Bish boats at the finish -- a bow ball. Sorry Bish -- you are good friends and neighbours.

The Men’s Junior18 coxed four silver medallists with their coaches. From left, coach John Lawless, Matthew Kelly, Anthony Noone, Andrew Bell, Ruben Cruise, coach Shane Cawley and Luke Coughlan (cox)

Andrew Bell took fourth place in the Men’s Junior 18 single scull. Again, this was a very competitive event with a large field of 25 of the top junior scullers in the country fighting their way through six heats and two semi-finals to a final filled with international competitors.  Andrew will represent Ireland in the Home Internationals in Cardiff next weekend. (More....)

Andrew Bell at the slip with help from coach John Lawless.

The Men’s Junior 15 coxed quad of Daniel Coughlan, Luke Rigney, Kai McGlacken, Donal Coen and Fiachra McInerney (cox) continued their winning streak, beating Carlow and Cork Boat Club in the final to take gold. This was another fine performance by this talented quad in a strong field.

The Men’s Junior 15 coxed quad gold medallists. From left, Donal Coen, Luke Rigney, Kai McGlacken, Daniel Coughlan and Fiachra McInerney. (Photo: Ailbhe Murphy).

Donal Coen won his final of the Men’s Junior 15 single scull, with Gavin Farrell and Luke Rigney both taking second place in their finals in this event.

Aoife Cushen put in a fine performance to get through to the final of the Women’s Junior 16 sculls.

The Men’s Junior 16 coxed quad of Luke Sheridan (cox), Luke Rigney, Kai McGlacken, Daragh McCarthy and Donal Coen held off strong competition in the heats to book their place in the final, where they took third after Cork Boat Club and Clonmel.

The Men’s Junior 16 coxed quad. From left, Luke Sheridan (cox), Luke Rigney, Kai McGlacken, Daragh McCarthy and Donal Coen.

The Women’s Junior 18 quad of Ailbhe Murphy, Nicole Cooke, Aine Gavin and Olivia Forde rowed well against strong competition, only just missing out on a place in the final.

The Women’s junior 18 four just after racing. From left, Olivia Forde, Ailbhe Murphy, Aine Gavin and Nicole Cooke.

The Women’s Junior 16 quad of Niamh Doran (cox), Kayleigh Power, Síle Lenihan, Niamh Heskin and Aoife Cushen won through to the final and put in a strong performance, just missing out on fourth place.

The Women’s Junior 16 quad rowing away from the slip. From left, Kayleigh Power, Síle Lenihan, Niamh Heskin and Aoife Cushen.

The younger crews produced fine performances in what was for many of them their first Champs. The Women’s Junior 15 coxed quad of Andrea Hickey-Maher (cox), Deirdre Coyne, Mary Byrne, Leanne Oliver and Breda McCarthy took third in their final.

The Women’s Junior 15 coxed quad showing good rowing form. From left, Andrea Hickey-Maher (cox), Deirdre Coyne, Mary Byrne, Leanne Oliver and Breda McCarthy.

The Women’s Junior 14 coxed quad of Andrea Hickey-Maher (cox), Deirdre Coyne, Ellen Gargan, Breda McCarthy and Laoise Ni Ghriofa took third place in their final.

The Men’s Junior 14 quad also took third place in their final.

Coach Luke Smyth with five of his Junior 14 rowers. From left, Seamus O'Donoghue, David Young (in front), Philip Buckley, Alan Heffernan (cox) and Ethan Brennan.

A fleet of young Junior 14 scullers took to the water in the Women's and Men’s events, gaining experience that will stand them in good stead for next year.

A few more photos


Three Jes coaches. Without the dedication of all of the coaches there would be no Club.

Before ....

.... and after the final of the Junior 18 coxed four.


Junior 16 sculler Daniel Coughlan.


Four Junior 18 rowers.


To all the rowers who are leaving us -- we will miss every one of you. Thank you for the extremely high standards you have helped to maintain in the Club -- both on and off the water. We wish you all the very best in the exiting future you have in front of you and, most importantly, enjoy life and have fun.


Just three of the many fine Jes rowers who are the future of the Club.


A big thank you to the coaches who brought the crews through to this level of performance, both on and off the water, to all who helped with the considerable effort and organisation involved in getting boats and crews to Cork, and to all who have helped out at the club throughout this season.


The Galway Regatta

The 2012 Galway Regatta was held on the 17th June at Dangan on a beautiful sunny day. The sun brought out a large crowd of spectators who enjoyed a good day's racing. It was a relief to have a blue sky and calm warm air after a week of wind and rain.


The river bank at Dangan gives a great view of the Corrib River and the racing.

Congratulations. Well done the Women's Junior 14 coxed quad who had a great win -- the first of many we hope.

The winning Women's Junior 14 coxed quad with coach Evan Molloy. From left, Laoise Griffin (bow), Ellen Gargan (3), Andrea Maher (cox), Ciara Cloherty (2) and Breda McCarthy (stk).

Congratulations also go to all the other crews who raced on the day. They all rowed to the best of their ability and the effort they put in made their coaches and their parents proud.


The winning Men's Junior 16 coxed quad: From left, Daragh McCarthy, Kai McGlacken, Daniel Coughlan, Donal Coen and cox Gavin Farrell.

The winning Men's Junior 15 coxed quad with coaches Mairtin Phelan and Liam Molloy. From left, Donal Coen, Gavin Farrell, Daniel Coughlan, Kai McGlacken and cox Luke Sheridan.


The winning Women's Junior 18 coxed quad. From left, Olivia Forde, Nicole Cooke, Aine Gavin, Ailbhe Murphy and cox Niamh Doran.

The Jes Junior 18 mixed, coxed quinque. They have never lost a race.

Andrew Bell won the Men's Junior 18 single scull. Who's a lucky boy?

Andrew has won the single scull for his age group at the Galway Regatta for the past five years.


The Women's Junior 14 coxed quad on their way to their first win. Andrea Maher (cox), Breda McCarthy (stk), Ellen Gargan (3), Ciara Cloherty (2) and Laoise Griffin (bow).

The winning Men's Junior 16 coxed quad: From left, Donal Coen, Daragh McCarthy, Kai McGlacken, Daniel Coughlan and cox Gavin Farrell.

The Men's Junior 14 coxed quad rowing well. Alan Heffernan (cox), Philip Buckley, Seamus O Donoghue, Ethan Brennan and David Young (bow).

The Women's Junior 14 double scull rowing to the start. Ellen Gargan and Deidre Coyne (stk).

The Men's Junior 15 double scull at the slip. From left, Ronan Goulding and Luke Sheridan.

The Women's Junior 16 single scull, Aoife Cushen, being assisted at the slip.

A Men's Junior 14 double scull at the slip. Philip Buckley and Barra Convery (stk),

A second Men's Junior 14 double scull. David Young and Seamus O Donoghue (stk).

The Women's Junior 16 coxed quad. From left, Aoife Cushen, Niamh Heskin, Síle Lenihan, Kayleigh Power and cox Niamh Doran.

The Women's Junior 14 double skull in a hard fought race. Deidre Coyne (stk) and Ellen Gargan.

The Women's Junior 18 eight. From left, Niamh Doran cox, Olivia Forde, Nicole Cooke, Ailbhe Ni Griofa, Ailbhe Murphy, Aine Gavin, Síle Lenihan, Kayleigh Power and Aoife Cushen.

The Men's Junior 18 eight.

Two happy captains. You would think the cup was their's to keep.

We all thank some dedicated parents for providing us with delicious food......

......... and elegant accommodation.

Three Galway girls.

Shadow, the Club's number one fan.



Limerick: Wow, what a Regatta

Following on from winning the trophy for the top school at the Irish Schools’ Rowing Championships in April, the Coláiste Iognáid rowers continued their winning streak at a well attended Limerick Regatta on 12 May.

The Jes crews took home eight gold medals in the Men’s and Women’s finals, as well as four places.

The tough mid-week 7 a.m. fitness sessions in the gym throughout winter, as well as many hours training on the water each week, are paying off as the rowing competition season gets into full swing. 

The Jes gold medal crews were:


The Women’s Junior 18 winning four. From left, Olivia Forde, Ailbhe Murphy, Ailbhe Ní Ghríofa and Nicole Cooke.

The Women’s Junior 16 winning coxed four. From left, cox Niamh Doran, Aoife Cushen, Niamh Heskin, Síle Lenihan and Kayleigh Power.


The Women’s Junior 16 winning coxed four approaching the finish in the final. From left, cox Niamh Doran, Kayleigh Ryan, Síle Lenihan, Niamh Heskin and Aoife Cushen.

The Men’s Junior 18 double sculls winners. From left, Anthony Noone and Matthew Kelly

The Men’s Junior 18 single sculls winner, Andrew Bell.

The Men’s Junior 18 coxed four winners. From left, Robert Flynn, Anthony Noone, Matthew Kelly, Andrew Bell, and cox Luke Coughlan.

The Men's Junior 18 coxed four pulling away at the finish in the final.

Robert Flynn and coach Shane Cawley after the race.

The winning Men’s Junior 16 coxed quad crossing the line. From left, Cian Hamilton, Alex Coyne, Kai McGlacken, Daragh McCarthy and Donal Coen.

The winning Men’s Junior 16 coxed quad, from left, Daragh McCarthy, Donal Coen, cox Cian Hamilton, Alex Coyne and Kai McGlacken.

The Men’s Junior 15 winning double scull crew. From left, Donal Coen and Ronan Goulding.
The winning Men’s Junior 16 eight, from left, Alex Burke, Eoghan Walls-Tuite, Luke Rigney, Daniel Coughlan, Kai McGlacken, cox Luke Sheridan, Daragh McCarthy, Donal Coen and Alex Coyne.

The Jes Men's Junior 18 quad. From left, Conor Coughlan, Dylan Luddy, Michael Lawless and Ruben Cruise.

The Junior 18 quad in a tight fight for second/third place in the final. They raced well and showed a lot a determination to take second place.

The Jes Women's Junior 15 coxed quad. From left, Deirdre Coyne, Leanne Oliver, Mary Byrne, Sile Lenihan and cox Andrea Hickey-Maher.

The Jes take up residence in a blue mansion.

It is very important to rest between races. Some are very good at it.

Two Club captains ...................................... Too tired from coaching.



Coláiste Iognáid wins Trophy for Top Rowing School

Well done Jes rowers

At the Irish Schools Championship Regatta 2012, at the National Rowing Centre, Cork, on Saturday 14 April, the Jes rowers, competing against schools from all over Ireland, were the overall winners of the regatta and were presented with a dazzling crystal trophy.

The crystal trophy in front of a collage "C.I.R.C. 2012 Irish Champions" kindly made by Aidan Goulding


Coláiste Iognáid Rowing Club Junior 15, 16 and 18 Crews, 2012.
Back row from left: Luke Rigney, Dylan Luddy, Michael Lawless, Eoghan Walls-Tuite, Daniel Coughlan, Daragh McCarthy, Ailbhe Murphy and Kai McGlacken.
Front row standing from left: Donal Coen, Alex Burke, Conor Coughlan, Patrick Higgins, Anthony Noone, Frank O’Neill, Andrew Bell, Olivia Forde, Alex Coyne, Niamh Doran, Nicole Cooke, Ailbhe Ní Ghríofa, Kayleigh Power, Niamh Heskin, Sile Lenihan and Aoife Cushen.
Front row kneeling: Ronan Goulding, Gavin Farrell and Luke Sheridan.

Across the day, the Jes crews won three finals and gained a number of place medals in hard-fought racing. The Jes Junior 18 women’s eight were delighted with their win, which follows on from the gold medal the Jes women’s eight won at the International Regatta at Ghent, Belgium last year.

The gold medal Junior 18 women's crew. Back row from left: Fiona Lawless (coach), Aoife Cushen, Niamh Heskin, Nicole Cooke, Ailbhe Ní Ghríofa, Ailbhe Murphy. Front row from left: Kayleigh Power, Síle Lenihan, cox Niamh Doran and Olivia Forde.

The Jes men’s Junior 16 coxed quad had a very close race in the final with Christian Brothers College, but managed to keep the lead to win the first gold medal of the day.

The winning Men's Junior 16 coxed quad. From left: Luke Rigney, Kai McGlacken, cox Luke Sheridan, Donal Coen and Daragh McCarthy.

The wining Jes men’s Junior 15 coxed quad is a special crew. They flew down the course to take first place by a huge margin in both the heat and the final. They have not lost a race since they came together as a crew more than a year ago.


The gold medal Men's Junior 15 quad. From left: Gavin Farrell, Kai McGlacken, Danny Coughlan and Donal Coen

Well done to all who participated on the day. This was a team effort with the crews who gained minor places also winning important points for the squad. Congratulations also to their coaches who have developed the skill and fitness in the rowers necessary to win such a trophy.


The Galway Head

The Jes was one of many clubs competing in the 2012 Galway Head on Saturday 12 March.  With fine weather and perfect conditions on the water, all rowers had a good day's racing.  Our congratulations and appreciation go to the organisers and the many volunteers who made this event possible.

NUIG car park in front of the Jes rowing club with boats from around the country

The Jes slip was used by the visiting clubs, and this year Jes rowing opened up a food and drink area upstairs in the renovated clubhouse. This was the first time we have done this and the club thanks the many parents (mainly mums) who put in many hours of work to make this such a success.  Not only were rowers from all over Ireland given nourishing food and drink, but the club was able to raise much needed funds.

A busy Jes slip

Busy Jes helpers offering a bounty of delicious food


It is now a tearoom, and not an Erg torture chamber. The senior rowers would prefer it like this at 7.00 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

On the water, Jes rowers had some encouraging results. The best result of the day was the Men's Junior 16 double of Darragh McCarthy and Kai McGlacken. They won the event by one minute and were the fourth fastest double of the day, beating all Junior 18 times.

Anyone have a photo?

The Men's Junior 16 quad (Darragh McCarthy stroke, Donal Coen, Kai McGlacken, Alex Coyne, Luke Sheridan cox) won their event by 10 seconds.

The winning Men's Junior 16 quad

In the singles, Andrew Bell was second in the Men's Junior 18 scull.

Andrew at the end of his race

Well done also to the young Jes girls who looked good in their octet.  

The Jes octet

Two Jes scullers at the Head ....

Women's Junior 18 sculler Ailbhe Ni Ghriofa

Women's Junior 16 sculler Aoife Cushen

.... and a Jes Women's Junior 18 four

From left, Olivia Forde, Ailbhe Murphy, Aine Gavin and Nicole Cooke.


Limerick Head of River, 28 January 2012

First, the important bit …

The young Jes girls are introduced to racing and mud, mud, glorious mud

Despite the 6am rise, the gray sky, the miserable rain, the cold air, the mucky feet, cold toes, nothing could take the smiles of the faces or dampen the excitement in the air. It was our maiden voyage to a "Head of the River" at O'Briensbridge in Limerick, a 6.5km round trip up and down the river that was sure test the spirits and the fitness. It was a fantastic achievement for all the rowers, considering it was the first rowing event that many of the girls had ever been to. This didn't stop the Jes girls though! They all arrived back after their races with red cheeks, wet heads, smiles on their faces and a joyous cheer "that was great" and "can we do that again". Alas, it all came to an end about 4pm, the bags were re-packed, plenty hot food was devoured, the boats were packed, and they set off home, to the "The Corrib", to train even harder for the next day out!

Enjoying the competition, and even the mud, were Leanne Oliver, Breda McCarthy, Deirdre Coyne, Mary Byrne, Laoise Ní Ghríofa, Ciara Clogherty, front l to r; Jessica Hill, Ellen Gargan and cox Andrea Hickey-Maher.

Our thanks to Laura Barry for the following photos.


The best Jes performance on the day goes to the Men's Junior 15 quad, which came first in a strong field of 30 crews.  Well done Donal Coen, Kai McGlacken, Daniel Coughlan, Cian Hamilton and cox Gavin Farrell.

Also, well done to Andrew Bell, who finished second in the Men’s Junior 18 single sculls, and to the Men's Junior 16 coxed quad -- joint third in their event. In the quad were Donal Coen, Kai McGlacken, Darragh McCarthy, Alex Burke and cox Luke Sheridan.

The Men’s Junior 18 quad (Andrew Bell, Michael Lawless, Dylan Luddy and Anthony Noone) is worthy of mention, as is Darragh McCarthy in the Men’s Junior 16 single sculls.  The quad and Darragh both came a credible third in large fields.



On 22 October 2011 (part of the 2012 season) some members of the Men’s Junior 14, Junior 16 and Junior 18 crews competed at Castleconnell in cold and windy conditions.  Once more, the J14 and J16 crews rowed with success.  It’s becoming a bit predicable lads.

The Junior 14 quad won their event with Luke Rigney (stroke), Kai McGlacken, Daniel Coughlan, Ronan Goulding (bow) and Gavin Farrell (cox).  The Junior 16 quad won with Daragh McCarthy (stroke), Kai McGlacken, Luke Rigney, Alex Burke (bow) and Cian Hamilton (cox).  The Junior 16 double won with Daragh McCarthy (stroke) and Frank O'Neill, and you guessed it, Daragh McCarthy won the Junior 16 Scull.  Perhaps we should only report it when they don’t win.


The Junior 15 crew went for a paddle at Halloween

A dangerous thing to do lads

Don't pay the ferryman – until he gets you to the other side.  ( If you are puzzled, ask your parents or Google)
The mask is a definite improvement

OK, so you are sensitive to the sun - but this is Galway