Jes Rowing Goes From Strength to Strength

With 80+ members, Coláiste Iognáid Rowing Club is now one of the largest in the country.
The club's reputation and standing have been enhanced by successes in events around Ireland, including the national championships, and by the selection of Jes rowers to compete for Ireland in international events.

Group photo: All rowers in 2018 - 20192020-2021  «  2019-2020  «  CIRC Rowers 2018 - 2019  »  2017-2018

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.

You may find more information in our 2018 - 2019 events archive.

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, World Senior Championships, and the Olympics.

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.

CIRC clubhouse

Information for New Rowers & Parents / Guardians

Things you'll want to know straight away.

Training & Coaches

Learn what's involved in rowing training and who will be in charge of their training.

J15 Rowers, at a competition, preparing a crew boat for a race

Competition Schedule

See what competitions the club will enter this year and get directions to them.

Thanks for supporting us

Everyone at CIRC would like to acknowledge and thank the following organisations for their kind help and/or sponsorship, which is greatly appreciated: