The Jes on the Water 2013

National Rowing Championships
Cork Regatta
Irish Schools Regatta
Galway Regatta
Blessington Regatta
Limerick Regatta
St. Michaels Head of River
Galway Head of River
Head of the Shannon
Castleconnell Head of River

National Rowing Championships

The National Rowing Championships were held at the Co. Cork venue on July 19th - 21st. As ever a large number of Colaiste Iognaid rowers along with their dedicated coaches travelled to the National Rowing Centre. This year, they were greeted by some of the warmest weather ever experienced (evident from the photos below) and one of the biggest challenges for the weekend was to stay cool. The weather was certainly in contrast to some of those cold early morning sessions on the Corrib. The effects of the heat did have an impact on the weekend's rowing.

In the Men's Junior eight, a very young Jes crew rowed with distinction and although they finished fourth, they can be proud of their performance as they were only 14 seconds behind the winning Bish team. With the majority of the Jes boys back again next year, there is much to be hopeful about. There were high hopes for the Men's Junior 16 eight this year but unfortunately they were just edged into 2nd place by a very powerful crew from Portora. Nevertheless, the J16 boys and Head Coach John Lawless can reflect on an outstanding season which brought them several significant Head of River and Regatta victories.

There was also an impressive performance from Aoife Cushen who made the final in the Women's Junior single scull. This was a great achievement by Aoife as she will be eligible for the Junior scull again next year. The Men's Junior 16 coxed quad also made the final in their event. there were some impressive wins to report for the younger rowers in the Men's Junior 14 category. Philip Buckley was a clear winner in his J14 scull final. The J14 coxed quad A crew followed up on wins at earlier regattas with another success in their final. The winning J14 crew was Darragh Coen, Philip Buckley, Mark Ryder, Dara Coughlan and Gavin Farrell (cox).

The Junior 8 crew; l to r: Laoise NiGhriofa (cox), Donal Coen, Luke Rigney, Kai McGlacken, Michael Lawless, Conor Coughlan, Eoin Walls-Tuite, Danny Coughlan, Cian Hamilton and Alex Coyne

The Junior 16 8 crew (well ahead of the Bish) l to r: Laoise NiGhriofa (cox), Donal Coen, Luke Rigney, Kai McGlacken, Eoin Walls-Tuite, Danny Coughlan, Cian Hamilton, Seamus O'Donoghue and Luke Sheridan

Aoife Cushen in the Junior scull final

The J16 4+ crew competing in the final; l to r: Luke Sheridan, Cian Hamilton, Seamus O'Donoghue, Barra Convery and David Young (cox)

The winning J14 4+ crew powering their way to the finishing line

The J14 4+ crew on the podium with their medals (l to r): Luke Smyth (coach), Dara Coughlan, Mark Ryder, Gavin Farrell (cox), Philip Buckley, Darragh Coen

Philip Buckley receiving his J14 scull medal

Two other boys J14 4+ crews competing at the NRC - above and below

A girls J14 4+ crew

Final preparations for the big race

Time for some relaxation

Mairtin Phelan with some words of advice for Darragh McCarthy

Cork Regatta

The 2013 Cork Regatta took place on the day after the win at the All Ireland Schools Regatta and again the Colaiste Iognaid rowers had great success. In a highly competitive regatta,  the Men's Junior 16 eight and coxed four recorded highly impressive victories on the River Lee course.  (Between the two regattas, the J16 eight had the edge over their rivals from the Bish on three occasions over the two days). There was also a win for Barra Convery in the Junior 15 single scull. Another win came for thecrews in the Men's Junior 14 coxed quad.

Junior 16 Eight+ (l to r) Cian Hamilton, Eoin Walls-Tuite, Luke Sheridan, Luke Rigney, Laoise NiGhriofa (cox), Danny Coughlan, Donal Coen, Kai McGlacken, Seamus O'Donoghue

Coach John Lawless is on the slip to welcome the Junior 16 eight after their hard fought win

Junior 16 Four+ (l to r) Eoin Walls-Tuite, Luke Rigney, Laoise NiGhriofa (cox), Kai McGlacken, Donal Coen

Junior 15 scull winner - Barra Convery

A happy Mens Junior 14 Four+ just after winning their race (l to r) Mark Ryder, Shane O'Halloran, Daragh Coen, Dara Coughlan and Simon Goulding (cox)

All Ireland Schools Regatta

The young rowers of Colaiste Iognaid enjoyed considerable success at the All Ireland Schools Rowing Regatta at the National Rowing Centre, Coachford, Co. Cork.  The event took place in glorious sunshine on Friday, June 28th where the Jes rowers competed against schools from all over Ireland.   Colaiste Iognaid was ranked the top school in this regatta and this is the second year in a row that they won this accolade.

The school had four significant wins during a day of highly competitive racing.  Two of these came in the mens under 16 where the eight and the coxed quad both raced to victory, while the senior coxless quad also won their race.  For one of the rowers, Kai McGlacken, it was a particularly successful day as he was a member of these three winning crews. There was also success for the Colaiste Iognaid girls in the senior coxless four.   Aside from these victories, Colaiste Iognaid rowers placed second in three other races. 

The men's crew (l to r) Cian Hamilton, Seamus O'Donoghue, Luke Sheridan, Danny Coughlan, Luke Rigney, Laoise NiGhriofa (cox), Eoin Walls-Tuite, Donal Coen, Kai McGlacken, Alex Coyne, David Young, Barra Convery, Philip Buckley, Conor Coughlan

Relaxing between races

Galway Regatta

The 2013 Galway Regatta was held on the 16th June at Dangan on a partly sunny day. Again this year, there was a large crowd of spectators who always come to this event, whether or not they have a direct interest in rowing.

We congratulate our medal winners.

Winners of the Men's Junior 18 quad. From left, Alex Burke, Alex Coyne, Michael Lawless and Conor Coughlan.

A happy Aoife Cushen, winner of the Women's Junior 18 single scull.

Aoife, pulling away toward the end of the race.

Two more happy rowers. Winners of the Women's Junior 16 double skull, from left Deirdre Coyne and Mary Byrne.

Deidre and Mary leaving the slip before their race.

Winner of the Men's Junior 14 single scull, Daragh Coen.

Daragh in the lead toward the finish of an exciting and extremely close race.

The Jes Men's Junior 16 coxed four also recorded a victory; l to r Donal Coen, Eoin Walls-Tuite, Kai McGlacken, Luke Sheridan and Laoise NiGhriofa (cox).

Mens J15 double were just pipped in a very close final: Barra Convery (stroke), Philip Buckley (bow)

Two of the J14 crews rowing in their first Galway regatta - above and below

Coach Amy Phelan with some of her Junior 14 rowers. We expect great things from our young rowers in the coming years.


Blessington Regatta

This was the first time for a number of years that the Jes had competed on the large Blessington lake, south of Dublin.

Blessington is a Grand League Regatta and the Jes rowers enjoyed competing with rowers of different ages, but with similar ability. Well done to the Jes rowers who came home with medals.

The winning Women's Junior 18 coxed four. From left, coach Eamonn Colclough, Niamh Heskin, Aoife Cushen, cox Laoise Ni Ghriofa, Ailbhe Ní Ghriofa, Kayleigh Power and Morten Espersen, High Performance Director of Rowing Ireland.

The winning four returning to the slip after the race.

The winning Junior Men's Double. From left, Luke Rigney and Daniel Coughlan.


After the race.



Limerick Regatta

The Limerick Regatta was held on a very windy May day. Unfortunately the conditions deteriorated during the day and the regatta was abandoned in early afternoon. However, it was not before the Jes recorded some good wins with the Jes Men's Junior 16 eight having a great row. There were also some tremendous performances for the younger rowers with two of the Men's Junior 14 coxed quads recording victories.

The winning Men's Junior 16 eight. Back row from left, Cian Hamilton, Philip Buckley, Seamus O'Donoghue, Luke Rigney, Kai Mc Glacken and Barra Convery. Front row from left, Daniel Coughlan and Donal Coen
Winning J14 4+ crew (l ro r) Dara Coughlan, Mark Ryder, Brian Maye, Robert McInerney, Laoise Ni Ghriofa (cox)

Winning J14 4+ crew (l to r): Donal Coen (cox), Cian Wood, Daragh Coen, Adam Burke, Luke Mouliez

Mary Byrne at the slip with help from Ailbhe Ní Ghriofa.

Junior 14 rowers at their first regatta with coach Áine Gavin.

A few photos of Junior 14 quads competing in a regatta for the first time



St. Michael's Head of River

O'Briensbridge in Limerick has improved significantly since last year, with firm gravel replacing much of the mud. Well done St. Michael's.

On a very cold day the Jes rowers stuck to the task without any complaints about the freezing conditions. Our rowers did us proud.

Perhaps our best performance on the day was the win of the Jes Men's Junior 18 eight, which finished more than one minute ahead of the second placed eight.

The winning Jes Men's Junior 18 eight. From left, Conor Coughlan, Kai Mc Glacken, Donal Coen, Michael Lawless, Daniel Coughlan, Alex Coyne, Gavin Farrell (cox), Luke Rigney and Alex Burke.

The Jes crews had another three hard-fought wins:


First place: Women's Junior 16 coxed quad: From left, Deirdre Coyne, Mary Byrne, Ellen Gargan, Síle Lenihan and Laoise Ni Ghriofa (cox).

First place: Men's Junior 16 eight: From left, Philip Buckley (cox), Seamus O'Donoghue, Gavin Farrell, Barra Convery, Daniel Coughlan, Luke Rigney, Donal Coen, Kai McGlacken and Luke Sheridan.


The winning Women's Junior 16 coxed quad: From left, Laoise Ni Ghriofa (cox), Deirdre Coyne, Ellen Gargan, Mary Byrne and Síle Lenihan.

Jes Men's Junior 15 sculler Philip Buckley.
Jes Men's Junior 16 sculler Luke Rigney.
Two generations of Jes rowers. Rory Griffin and his daughter Laoise Ni Ghriofa. Rory's daughter Ailbhe is also a Jes rower and 2013 Club captain. Rory rowed with distinction for the Jes in the late 1970's and early 1980's. (See archives on this web site.) At last we have a good photo of Rory.



Galway Head of River

16 March 2013

Again this year there were many clubs competing in the Galway Head. With very cold but fine weather and good conditions on the water there was good racing across the day.  Our thanks once more go to the organisers -- the Tribesmen and NUIG boat clubs -- and the many volunteers from all the rowing clubs in Galway, who made this event possible.

On the water, Jes rowers had some encouraging results. In particular, we congratulate the following crews:

First place: Women's Junior 18 Pair: Ailbhe Ní Ghríofa (stroke), Kayleigh Power (bow); and

First place: Men's Junior 16 Eight: Gavin Farrell (cox), Donal Coen (stroke), Luke Rigney (7), Kai McGlacken (6), Eoghan Walls-Tuite (5), Daniel Coughlan (4), Cian Hamilton (3), Seamus O'Donoghue (2) and Luke Sheridan (bow).

The winning men's Junior 16 eight powering their way to victory.

Up and coming CIRC crews.

The future is looking good with Junior 14s going through their paces at Galway HOR. Their young coaches are doing a fine job.

A Jes Women's Junior 14 octet. From left, Amy Phelan (cox -- and no longer Junior 14), Rachel Trench, Molly Curtis, Hannah Power, Nina Gorey, Emily Hehir, Eva Mannion, Meabh Newman and Sarah Curtis. Photo: Frank Phelan.

Two of our skilled and dedicated senior rowers.

The Jes Women's Junior 16 double. From left, Mary Byrne and Síle Lenihan. Photo: Connacht Tribune

As our usual photographer was on the water all day in a marshal's launch, these are the only photos at hand.

We would appreciate further photos of the day, taken by parents or rowers, on or off the water.



Carrick-on-Shannon Head of the River

23 February 2013

This was the first time that the current Jes crews have rowed at Carrick-on-Shannon. The rowing club, which is situated in the middle of town, is a most attractive venue. It has an excellent slipping area for the boats which is adjacent to the boat house.

The weather was cold but fine and the rowers had a enjoyable day of rowing.

A number of our crews rowed well. Amongst the best results were:

1st place: Women's J16 coxed quad: Síle Lenihan (stroke), Mary Byrne (3), Ellen Gargan (2), Deirdre Coyne (bow) and Laoise Ní Ghriofa (cox).

1st place: Men's Junior 18 four: Alex Coyne (stroke), Michael Lawless (3), Seamus O'Donoghue (2) and Conor Coughlan (bow).

The winning Women's Junior 16 coxed quad: From left, Síle Lenihan, Mary Byrne, Ellen Gargan, Deirdre Coyne and Laoise Ní Ghriofa (cox).

The winning Men's Junior 18 four: From left, Alex Coyne, Michael Lawless, Seamus O'Donoghue and Conor Coughlan.

The Jes Women's Junior 18 double: From left Ailbhe Ni Ghriofa and Kayleigh Power.
The Jes Women's Junior 16 double: From left, Mary Byrne and Síle Lenihan.

The Jes Women's Junior 18 quad: From left, Ailbhe Ní Ghriofa, Kayleigh Power, Niamh Heskin and Deirdre Coyne.

A Jes Men's Junior 16 double scull: From left, Seamus O Donoghue and David Young.

Jes coaches Eamonn Colclough (left) and Mairtin Phelan.

Loading the boats at the end of racing. Luke Rigney and ....

.... Daragh Keady.

Luke Sheridan and Alex Burke with the preliminary time sheet.



The Castleconnell Head

1st December 2012

On a cold but sunny day in County Limerick the Jes rowers enjoyed the first Head of the River for the 2013 season.

In particular, this was a special day for the first years who were competing as Jes rowers for the first time.  We congratulate the 19 first year girls and 14 first year boys on being able to race against other clubs so soon after taking up rowing. We also thank their parents for bringing this large number of young rowers to Castleconnell by car.

All the crews managed to get the chills of winter out of their bodies and raced with determination and a positive spirit.  We did well across the day and in particular we congratulate the following winning Jes Crews:

Womens J16 double: Síle Lenihan (stroke), Mary Byrne (bow) - 1st place;

Womens J14 double: Deirdre Coyne (stroke), Ellen Gargan (bow) - 1st place;

Mens J16 double: Donal Coen (stroke), Luke Rigney (bow) - 1st place;

Mens Inter coxed four: Donal Coen (stroke), Conor Coughlan (3), Kai McGlacken (2), Luke Rigney (bow) and Laoise Ní Griofa (cox) - 1st place.

A crowded slip

We welcome our new first year girls ...

... and boys. They are a great bunch.


A selection of photos of the day