< Back to CLUB NEWS

News from 2010

Sports Scholarships

Most colleges offer Sports Scholarships for a wide variety of sports including rowing.  All you need do is meet the requirements for the course and have applied for the scholarship by July.

Colleges in Ireland offer very generous scholarship packages which include access to many of the following:  expert coaching, fitness training, sports psychology, health and nutrition as well as performance analysis and lifestyle management.  Colleges are always on the look out for the right type of athletic candidate therefore, these scholarships  are really worth investigating.

NUI Galway offer Sports Scholarships each year to athletes of outstanding ability in their sport.  Therefore any of you rowers who have competed at the National Champs and Internationally should take a serious look at what the different colleges offer.

Three Jes past pupils who were recently awarded  NUIG Sports bursaries due to their rowing achievements: Eddie Mullarkey, Afric Keogh, Zoe Mannion, with CIRC coach Ciáran Glynn

Application forms are available directly from the sports Office at NUI Galway from April onward.  The closing date for application is July just after the Leaving Cert.  Application forms are sent directly to the schools after Easter.  Otherwise contact  www.sports.nuigalway.ie  for further details.

Each college will have a different  application procedure and closing date for application will vary from place to place. So it is advisable to check  college web sites regularly and keep those dates in mind. Also submitting your application form early will avoid any hassle later. 

Studying  In England

Did you know that Irish Students are also eligible for sports scholarships and bursaries in certain colleges in the UCAS system.    If you intend to study in Northern Ireland and you know the college or university has a rowing club.  It would be advisable to contact the Sports Dept as soon as possible to ensure that you are eligible and apply on time.

Again, your National and International participation will stand to you here.    They might be glad to hear from you!

Also for those of you compiling a Personal Statement for your  UCAS application,  remember to include your rowing and other sporting achievements as well as the many worthwhile projects you have taken part in during TY.

Finally, another scholarship available to Leaving Cert students based on academic achievement is worth  €1,700 .  Every student who achieves 560 points in their Leaving Certificate  is eligible for this valuable scholarship.

Keep the good work up both on the river and in the classroom.
You’ll certainly reap the rewards!!

Compiled by Connie Kelly


Club Dinner

The rowers, coaches and guests attended the annual Club Dinner on Wednesday 3rd November at the Westwood Hotel in Galway.

The dinner is the occasion where the rowers can formally thank the coaches for their tireless dedication and hard work over the year and recognise the achievements and teamwork of their fellow rowers. Una Phelan was nominated as Club person of the year. We all thank Una for the excellent leadership and support she gave to the Club throughout the year. 


The retiring Club Captains: Una Phelan and Sean Cahalan


Una being presented with Club person of the year by Mr. Pat Bracken, Club President



















Our thanks to Frank Phelan for all of the photos of the Club Dinner


Annual barbecue

The club’s annual end-of-season barbecue was held at the clubhouse on the evening of Sunday 18 July 2010, the day after the National Championships. Rowers and their families were invited to attend what is always a fun event. 

The annual blessing of the boats took place immediately before the barbecue. This year the club was very pleased to welcome John Humphreys, SJ to conduct this time-honoured ceremony.

John Humphreys, SJ blessing the boats


The barbecue was a great success. News has continued to spread that this is an enjoyable evening and again attendance was up on previous years, with some 120 people taking advantage of pleasant summer weather.

The club was pleased to welcome ex-Jes rowers, many of whom are members of the NUIG Rowing Club. We value this strong link with ex-members and the positive example it gives to the current CIRC crews.


Committee Chair MacDara Glynn welcoming the guests


Over recent years we have all enjoyed the excellent food professionally prepared by the Helim family

Looking forward to a relaxing evening following the first round of the National Championships


Some of the guests enjoying the weather and the company


Ex-Jes rowers -- all active in the club


The new first-floor window which overlooks the river Corrib (and the barbecue) being used for the first time


Dominic Burke meets Junior Men’s crew

Former Coláiste Iognáid and Oxford Rower, Dominic Burke, gave a talk to the Junior Men about his experiences in the Jes and how his year rowing in the Oxford boat race squad has shaped his life.

Dominic began rowing in the Jes in 1995 and rowed up to his Junior 18 year in 1999.  He spoke of the commitment shown by his coach, Redmond O’Brien (who continues to coach Jes rowers) who commuted from Limerick to Galway each weekend for those five years.   During his time at the Jes, Dominic represented Ireland at the Home Internationals - with his Jes crew mate Marc Stevens - and at the Coupe de la Jeunesse as a reserve.

At NUIG Dominic  rowed in the Men’s Senior Eight which won the blue ribbon event at the National Rowing Championships in 2002.  Dominic’s inclusion in the crew, along with two other former Jes students, Padraig Bracken and cox Maedhbh Boyle, was a testament to the calibre and ability of all three and to the quality of Jes rowing.  Dominic’s law degree took him to Oxford, where he was on the short list of 24 oarsmen who made the final “boat race” squad, including Olympic Champions, Junior World Rowing Champions, World Champions and international athletes.  Dominic stroked many boats during the year and made the 2-seat of the Isis boat. The blue boat won the boat race that year (2006) but unfortunately Isis lost to Cambridge in the reserve race.

The club would like to thank Dominic for taking the time to talk to the rowers. We wish Dominic all the best in his career as a solicitor and also in the run-in to the end of the season with Neptune Rowing Club.

Dominic Burke presents signed photo of his Oxford crew to Club Captain Sean Cahalan


Training update

In September, all 2nd year to 6th year girls began training together as one crew.  The 22 girls, coached by Fiona Lawless and Seán Carolan, came together after being in three different crews the previous year.  It took a while to adjust to the different crews' techniques and fitness levels, but before the winter had ended a crew had been established.   Although there have been some set-backs in the crew, the girls are looking forward to the coming season and hope that their hard work will pay off on the water.

In April, the senior boys went on their bi-yearly trip to the National Coaching and Training Centre in the University of Limerick. The Jes uses this state-of-the-art physiological testing facility to tailor individual training programmes for our rowers. The squad would like to thank Ed Bell, Gerry Coughlan and Caroline Mooney for bringing the rowers down to Limerick.

The senior boys’ squad held a training weekend in the National Rowing Centre in Innishcarra in Cork over the second weekend in February.  The training camp consisted of four rows over two days, rowing in the eight for one session and in 8 sculls for the other three rows. Conditions were perfect and this led to four excellent rows. The climax of the weekend was a sculling ladder on the Sunday afternoon in which eight scullers took part.   Paddy Kellehan from Salthill took the honours, followed home by club captain Seán Cahalan.

Senior boys training in ideal conditions at the NRC, Cork


Training on the Corrib


New racing kit

The new racing kit is now available in time for the height of the regatta season.  34 rowers will don their new kits for the summer events and will no doubt look great as they collect their medals!   A big thanks to Connie Kelly who organised the purchase of the new kit.


The club has organised three bag-packing sessions and one street collection since the start of the 2009-10 season.  CIRC would like to thank the management of Dunnes Stores at Terryland and Knocknacarra for facilitating this.  The club’s traditional table quiz was held on 2nd December 2009.  The Club would like to thank all who came along to the quiz as well as those who donated prizes.