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26
JAN
2013

GEAROID DUANE KEPT THE GARDA FLAG FLYING AT NEPTUNE REGATTA

Gearoid Duane emerged as the only Garda Boat Club winner at Neptune regatta on Saturday 17/4/10 by winning the Intermediate sculling event by 5 lengths from O’Carroll (Neptune) in the final. In the first heat, Gearoid beat Quinn (Neptune) easily and went on to beat Burke (Neptune) in the semi-final.
The Garda novice 4 had a row over in the first heat and were beaten by Shannon in the next round.
The senior 4 were beaten by Galway R C by 3/4 of a length.

26
JAN
2013

Garda Damien Kelly finishes 5th at the Dublin Sculling Ladder

Garda Damien Kelly finished in 5th position at the 48th Annual Dublin Sculling Ladder took place in good conditions on the River Liffey at Islandbridge on Saturday 12th October 2013.  A total 212 scullers completed the Time Trial from Trinity Boathouse to the end of the towpath at Chapelizod. This year’s Ladder was won by Sean Jacob of Old Collegians/UCD in a new record of 6.11.56 min.  Garda Olive Holden was the highest placed female from GSBC finishing in 11th place in the women’s section and only 0.6seconds behind former Olympic marathon runner Catriona Jennings (sister of Sinead Jennings) who has recently taken up rowing and is competing for the national squad.  Daire Mac Eoin, Phil Murphy and Ronan Allen also took part on the day and finished amongst the rest of the pack.  All Garda scullers were under the watchful eye of Club Coach Willie Ryan who was pleased with the progress to date.

26
JAN
2013

Hall of Fame’ Award for Christy O’Brien

To mark Christy O’Brien’s outstanding contribution to the sport of rowing, he has been selected to receive the Coiste Siamsa ‘Hall of Fame’ Award at the Garda Sportstar Awards in the Knockranny House Hotel, Westport on 15th November 2013.

A native of Co. Cork, Christy O’Brien joined the Garda Boat Club in 1971. He started his illustrious rowing career on a winning note when he played an integral part in the Garda Crew which captured the Irish Maiden Championship in 1971. Success followed at Junior level in 1972 and then in 1974 he was a member of a Garda VIII which won the Irish Senior VIII Championship title. This was the first of six occasions that Christy won an Irish VIIIs title with the Garda Boat (1975, 1977, 1979, 1982 and 1983).

 

In 1975 Christy played a pivotal role in the Garda VIII that won Gold at Ghent, Belgium in the process they broke the course record which had been held by the Russians for the preceding twenty years. Success on International water continued in 1975 with a win in the Thames Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta; the first win for an Irish Crew at this World renowned event since 1908. Ireland’s first for a number of years but not Christy’s last. He returned to Henley in a Garda Coxed IV in 1977 and 1979 and brought home two Prince Philip Cup Medals.

 

His achievements in an ‘Irish Shirt’ are equally impressive. In 1975 and 1977 Christy was a member of an all-Garda Irish Coxed IV Crew that finished in seventh place at the World Championships. In 1978, together with Willie Ryan, they finished in fifth place at the World Championships in New Zealand. This is Ireland’s best performance in an open sweep rowing event at a World Championship Rowing Event to date.

 

Christy O’Brien is a double Olympian having competed with distinction at Montreal in 1976 and Moscow in 1980. In 1976 the all-Garda IV finished in seventh place and in 1980, having been hotly tipped to win a medal, Christy and Denis Rice (Fermoy R.C.) were forced to pullout of the event due to illness.

 

Christy continues to be a major driving force at the Garda Boat Club offering words of praise and encouragement to young Garda crews as they attempt to emulate the success of their predecessors

24
JAN
2013

Medals Galore at World Police and Fire Games

Members of the Garda Boat Club returned with their pockets full of Gold, Silver and Bronze from the World Police and Fire Games in Belfast, 6th August – 8th August 2013.  In total, Garda oarsmen and women brought home nine medals along with a new World Record for the WPFG from the Indoor Rowing Competition.

 

Garda Kenny Mc Donald was the first to achieve success in the light weight category.  He won gold and in doing so smashed the existing record when he completed the Olympic distance 2000m in 6 minutes 23 seconds.

 

The next member of the Garda Boat Club on the blocks was Garda Paul O Brien in the under 28 heavy weight men’s section.  He was up against very stiff opposition in the form of former World U23 Champion Dairis Adamitis of Latvia.  Paul pushed him all the way to the line and achieved silver in 6 minutes 8 seconds. Paul forced Adamitis to break the 6 minute marker in 5 minutes 56 seconds to earn his gold, an exceptional fete for any oarsman.

 

Garda Damien Kelly was then involved in one of the tightest races of the entire series.  It all came down to the last 500m when there was a huge push from all the front runners.  Garda Kelly snatched bronze in 6 minutes 16 seconds only to miss out on silver by the smallest of margins of half of a second.

 

Garda Sheila Clavin (St Michael’s Boat Club) had a convincing win in the women’s light weight section and she was followed by a veteran of the games Ann Shore (Retired Garda and member of GSBC) who won silver in her section.

 

Having recovered from their exploits and not happy with only five medals, members of the Garda Boat Club returned the following day to the Waterfront Centre in Belfast to take part in the doubles events.  Damien Kelly and Paul O Brien were the first to compete.  They were up against the stiff competition from Latvia and Sweden who had narrowly beaten them the previous day.  The double who have raced successfully on the water proved their ability to race successfully on the indoor machines also.  They took off at a ferocious pace with a fly and die attitude.  They held on all the way to the line to win gold in convincing style.

 

The day was rounded off again with another gold from Sheila Clavin and her Swiss partner who rowed to a gold medal in the lightweight section; bringing the medal tally to seven.

 

Glutens for punishment, or hunger for success, drove Damien Kelly and Sheila Clavin to a third day of competion in the mixed doubles section.  Unfortunately Kelly and Clavin were separated and not allowed to compete together.  Damien Kelly was partnered with Hanna Hawkins (GBR & World Record Holder Rowing Marathon).  They completed a fantastic race only pipped on the line by half of a second into silver position.  Sheila Clavin raced with Robert Foote (AUS) and raced to success achieving Gold.

 

In total the Garda Boat Club brought back a magnificent nine medals from the games, not to mention the numerous medals won by  former rower  & now professional cyclist Caroline Ryan.  This in no small way helped put Ireland into 7th position on the overall medals table.

24
JAN
2013

Caroline Ryan won a Bronze Medal at the World Cup in Mexico

Caroline Ryan has won a bronze medal in the 3km individual pursuit at the UCI World Cup in Mexico overnight. It was her first medal at a World Cup and the first ever by an Irish woman.

A former bronze medallist in the points race at the 2012 World Championships, Caroline beat Ukrainian Anna Solovey in the ride-off for bronze in front of a packed velodrome in the town of Aguascalientes in the early hours of the morning, Irish time.

It was a remarkable performance from Caroline who had only just qualified for the ride-off via the qualification round earlier in the day, when Solovey beat the Irish rider’s time by a whopping two seconds.

But Cycling Ireland head coach Brian Nugent said in the aftermath of that performance that the Irish camp “have a plan, and we will focus on the delivery of that.”

And they did just that, with Caroline whipping around the track in a time of 3.34.257, almost five tenths of a second faster than she went in qualifying.

It was far from straight-forward as she trailed her opponent after the first kilometre (1.13.603 to 1.12.968).

But she’s nothing if not resilient and clawed back the deficit over the next 1,000 metres, to creep ahead (2.23.119 to 2.23.516) with two thirds of the contest completed.

She then held a slender advantage to the line in a thrilling last couple of laps.

Her winning time was three tenths of a second faster than the Ukrainian, with both riders clocking a blistering average speed above 50kph.

Australia’s Rebecca Wiasak won gold, beating Elinor Barker of Team GB in a time of 3.28.884.

Indeed, the top four riders were the only four to average over the 50kph mark in the individual pursuit, underlining Ryan’s standing in the world at present.

Cycling Ireland has consistently said the main goal for the riders this weekend in Mexico has been to gather qualification points for the World Championships in the New Year.

Thankfully Caroline had bigger plans for herself and has executed them with some style today.

Incidentally, having spent most of the year as the world No 1 ranked pursuiter and currently still occupying the No 2 slot, Caroline had already qualified for the pursuit at the World Championships in Colombia long before this weekend’s meeting in Mexico got underway.

And on Thursday when she finished 13th in the points race in Mexico she gathered the last few world ranking points she needed to qualify for that event for the upcoming Worlds; with qualification in the two events for the Worlds a foregone conclusion for a rider of her standing.

10
JAN
2013

Annual Mass for deceased members

The Annual Mass for deceased members was celebrated by Fr. Denis Ryan at our Clubhouse in Islandbridge at 4pm on Sunday 22nd July 2012.

The Family of the late Bill Somers unveiled a granit bench to commemorate Bill’s involvement with the club.

This year we especially remember Ambrose Kirwan and Ted Nolan who sadly passed away during the year. May they rest in peace.

08
JAN
2013

WILLIE RYAN IS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE GARDA BOAT CLUB

Chief Superintendent Willie Ryan was elected President of the Garda Boat Club at their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 13th September, to succeed Assistant Commissioner Derrmot Jennings who retired from An Garda Siochana recently. A former Olympic oarsman, Willie started his rowing career at the Club in 1973 and represented An Garda Siochana and Ireland at all the major international regattas with success over the years. He also won 12 Irish Senior championships as well as the Thames Cup in 1975 and the Prince Philip Cup in 1977 and 1979 at Henley Royal Regatta.

 

06
MAY
2012

GARDA CREWS CLASH AT TRINITY REGATTA

Following their success in the preliminary rounds of the novice fours event, Garda ‘A’ met Garda ‘B’ in a mouth watering semi-final at Trinity Regatta on Saturday the 18th of April ’09. Having dispensed with challenges from U.C.D. and the Defence Forces, both crews lined up against each other, with the winning crew advancing to the final. In a very exciting race there was little between the two crews over the body of the course. However, it was Garda ‘B’ who pulled ahead at the finish to win a place in the final against Dublin University. The final went down to the last few strokes with the hosts emerging victorious by just over one second. Afterwards, Club Captain Liam Tobin said “we are very happy with their progress. The crew have improved since our last outing at Neptune regatta. With a bit of hard work we should be well in contention for the race that matters at the National Championships in July”
Garda A – William McConalogue (bow) Ronan Allen, Declan O’Keeffe, Daire MacEoin (stroke) Faye Donnelly (cox)

Garda B – Colm Laffan (bow) Brian Daly, Shane Griffin, Kevin Sheehan (stroke) Eamonn Byrne (cox)

26
JAN
2012

LAUNCH OF BOOK

Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy formally launched a book ‘A History of the Garda Siochana Boat Club 1954 – 2010’  on Friday 26th of November 2010 at a function at the Garda  Boat Clubattended by almost 400 guests.  The 450 page hard back book which contains nearly 700 images was nearly sold out with only a few copies remaining. If anyone would like a copy you should send a cheque for €40 (including postage) payable to the Garda Boat Club with your name and address to The Secretary, Garda Boat Club, Longmeadows, Islandbridge, Dublin 8.

26
JAN
2012

GOOD PERFORMANCE BY GARDA COXED FOUR AT DUBLIN HEAD OF THE RIVER RACE

The Garda senior coxed four: Karl McKenna, Gearoid Duane, Liam Tobin, Damien Kelly withShane Mulvaney (cox)  gave an excellent performance by winning their section of the Dublin Head of the River Race over a distance of 3.7km from Marlborough Street Steps to Islandbridge in a time of 14mins 30.99secs on Saturday 20/3/10. Shandon BC  four came second (!5.17.58)  The Garda novice eight were fifth in their section (14.59.55) Seven novice crews competed. UCD, DUBC, Queens and Commercial finished ahead of Garda followed by UCD B and DUBC B.
The overall winner was UCD (12.46.46)  Neptune won the Intermediate 8 section.