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Trinity Regatta Saturday 15th April 2017

Trinity Regatta was held at Islandbridge, Dublin 8 on Saturday 15th April 2017.  The famous event on the Rowing Ireland Clendar has been held annually since as far back as 1836, the only exceptions being a few years during World War 1.  Thankfully sunshine graced the day and made it a great event for all spectators.  One of the best races of the day was the Mens Senior Double Sculls, in which the Garda Crew of Damien Kelly and Piers Ryan, claimed victory over the combined composite crew of Shandon and Tralee Boat Club.  The composite crew got ¾ of a length ahead of the Garda Crew off the start but after approximately 1000m the Garda crew had leveled and began to draw away with a lead.  With 250m to go the Garda Crew held a one length lead but a significant push from the composite crew made for a very exciting finish, where the Garda Crew held on to win by just ½ a length.


This is the first win in Garda Colours for Probationer Garda Piers Ryan, who is due to pass out from the Garda College on 24th April 2017 and take up duty at Blanchardstown Garda Station.  Having previously rowed for UCD Boat Club at Senior Level, he changed colours to the Azure and White of the Garda Boat Club when he entered the Garda College.


The Garda Boat Club will be holding an open day for all new probationer Gardaí attached to the DMR in the near future.  Anyone interested in taking up rowing or joining the state of the art gym can contact Club Captain Damien Kelly at

Some fantastic photos of Trinity Regatta 2017 courtesy of Simon Trezise (

Posted by Trinity Regatta on Tuesday, 18 April 2017



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Breanna Larsen first woman home at the DSL

Well done to GSBC Oarswaman Breanna Larsen who was first woman home at the Dublin Sculling Ladder held yesterday at Islandbridge.


Paul O’Donovan dominates heat at World Championships in Rotterdam

Paul O’Donovan’s bid to add a World Championship gold to his Olympic silver got off to a flying start at the World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam today.

The 22-year-old showed no signs of an Olympic hangover as he eased to victory in his lightweight single sculls heat with a dominant display in difficult conditions.

O’Donovan, who along with his brother Gary claimed silver in the men’s lightweight double sculls in a thrilling finish with France and Norway in Rio, had more than five seconds to spare over Japan’s Yuki Ikeda in second place.

The West Cork native and UCD clubman comfortably qualified for Wednesday’s quarter-final, where he will look for a favourable lane draw.

The Ireland senior lightweight pair qualified directly for the semi-finals after Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll finished second to world champions Great Britain in their heat.

The Championships feature senior events not in the Olympic programme along with under-23 and junior competition.

source: RTE


Garda Boat Club Barbecue 5th August 2016

Montreal Olympics 1976-GSBC Members

Ireland Coxed IV, 1976 (L-R) Christy O’Brien, Willie Ryan, Mick Ryan, Jim Muldoon, Liam Redmond (Cox)

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Christy O Brien has been a member of the Garda Boat Club since 1971. He is a native of Kilworth, Co. Cork. He is a retired Detective Sergeant of An Garda Síochána, retiring from Technical Bureau.

Willie Ryan has been a member of the Garda Boat Club since 1973. He is a native of Clonakilty, Co. Cork. He is a retired Chief Superintendent and former Club Captain.

Mick Ryan has been a member of the Garda Boat Club since 1971. He is a native of Clare.  Mick is a retired Detective Sergeant, retiring from the Special Branch.

Jim Muldoon joined the Garda Boat Club in 1967. He is a native of Portumna in Galway. Jim is a retired Detective Garda, retiring from Pearse Street Garda Station.

Liam Redmond was a cox for the Garda Boat Club beginning at a young age in 1968 up until 1982. He was a native of Dublin. Liam coxed the IV in Montreal. In the semi-finals, the team were narrowly beaten by the West Germans to a place in the Finals. The Coxed IV went on to win the Petite Final, ranking them in 7th place overall.

Oarsman in the Irish Coxless IV, 1976

Andy McDonough joined the Garda Boat Club in 1971. He is a native of Galway. Andy is a retired Detective Inspector, retiring from the Special Branch. Andy McDonough raced as part of the Irish Coxless Fours at the Montreal Olympics. His team finished 4th in the heat and despite best efforts finished 5th in the repechage.

Irish Substitute, 1976

Frank Moore joined the Garda Boat Club in 1972. He is a native of Emo, Co. Laois. He is a retired Chief Superintendent of An Garda Síochána. Frank Moore travelled to the Olympics in 1976 as the substitute and had the honour of leading the Irish Team into the Olympic Stadium in Montreal (pictured below).

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Coach and Manager, 1976

Pat Grace joined the Garda Boat Club in 1964. He is a native of Kilkenny. He is a former member of An Garda Síochána. Pat Grace was the Coach for the Montreal Olympics.

Peader Casey joined the Garda Boat Club in 1960. He is a native of Cavan. He is a retired Sergeant of An Garda Síochána.  Peader Casey had the important role of Team Manager at the Montreal Olympics.   



Club Captain selected for Home International Senior Team?

Sergeant Damien Kelly has been selected by Rowing Ireland to represent Ireland at the Home International Regatta due to take place at Cardiff Bay, Wales on 23rd July 2016. He will line up along with the rest of the Irish squad to race against the best that England, Scotland and Wales can provide.   

Damien joined the Garda Boat Club in 2003 and has been elected Club Captain for the past three years running. Over the years Damien has had many notable wins in the sport. In 2015 Damien secured a National Championship in the Men’s Intermediate Double Sculls along with Garda Ronan Allen. He also secured an overseas win at the London Metropolitan last year in the Intermediate Sculls. In November 2015 Sergeant Kelly was awarded a Garda Sports Star Award for his achievements in the sport.


During the long winter season this year Damien dedicated his free time to land based morning and evening training sessions on the ergomoters at the Garda Boat Club gym. In January of 2016 he travelled to Seville for a high intensity training camp in preparation for the Home International trial in June and the National Championships due to take place in July. The rest of the season will see Damien concentrating on water work at Islandbridge and also when possible, at Blessington Lakes. Damien’s drive for rowing has been instilled in him by his coach, retired Chief Superintendent and former Olympian Willie Ryan. In advance of the Home International Regatta, Damien will be representing the Garda Boat Club at the National Championships in July where he will be hoping to secure more silverware.


On the 23rd July he will travel to Cardiff with the rest of the Irish Team where he will compete in the Mens Senior Single Scull. Damien has also been selected to compete alongside Tom Dillon (NUIG BC), Alan Prendergast (Shandon BC) and Dan Begley (Shandon BC) in the Mens Senior Quadruple Scull.