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Leinster Indoor Rowing Competition PHOTOGRAPHS + RESULTS

To everyone who took part in the Leinster Indoor Competition on the 28th November 2015 GSBC would like to say well done and thanks for competing and making it such a great day.

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Leinster Indoor Results


Leinster Indoor Rowing Competition. 28th November 2015

The Leinster Indoor Rowing Competition will be held at the Garda Boat Club on 28th November. Athletes, Rowers and Non Rowers of all shapes and sizes are invited to attend. With categories to suit all competitors, it is a great opportunity to test yourself before the National Indoor Rowing Competition in January 2016. A list of Categories catered for are listed below.


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Also included will be an Emergency Services Challenge between An Garda Síochána, Dublin Fire Brigade, Prison Services & Defence Forces. There will also be prizes for the top Club teams and College Teams. Entry costs €10 Per Person, with a discount of 10% for groups of 10 or more. Entries close at 7pm 23rd November 2015. Entry forms are available by email from




Win for Garda Boat Club at National Irish Championships.

Club Captain Damien Kelly and Ronan Allen finished off the weekend’s rowing at the National Irish Championships in style on Sunday evening by winning the Intermediate Double Sculls Championship. 
The boys qualified in first position from their heat. This gave them the advantage of lane 4 for the final. From the offset of the final, the boys pushed hard to put themselves out in front where they remained to the finish line. While both Waterford and Lee Boat Club tested them at times Ronan and Damien pushed on to the finish line with a time of 6.35.76. Damien and Ronan also competed together in the Senior Double Sculls on Friday and finished second to the experienced Old Collegians Crew of David Neal and Sean Jacob. 


This is the first National Irish Championship win for the Garda Boat Club since 2008. It is fair to say that it was well deserved for Damien and Ronan and testament to the hard work they have put in all year.


Despite the fact that the only win this weekend was by the Men’s Intermediate Double, the Garda colours of azure and white were well represented at the Championships. On Saturday, in weather conditions that could only be described as terrible, Jackie Ryan qualified from her sculling heat in first position. She then went on to qualify in first position from the semi-finals also. In the final of the Women’s Club 1x Jackie battled hard but unfortunately had to settle for second position. Jackie had a strong start and pushed ahead for the first 1500m but as the rowing conditions got extremely choppy Lee Boat Club sculler Cremin pushed through to take the victory. It was an excellent row for Jackie Ryan who did the Garda oarswomen proud on the day.

Saturday also saw Laura Gannon and Sheila Kenny qualify from the heat of the Women’s Intermediate 2x to make the final. Despite the fact that Laura and Sheila had never raced together before the weekend they came together very well and finished in 4th position in the final.

Friday saw the maiden outing of the Women’s Intermediate 8 who had a straight final against some very experienced crews. The women had a strong start and held UCD for the first 500m. UCD then pulled away and the girls battled up the course with NUIG for second position. With the last 300m to go NUIG got out in front and the Garda crew had to settle for 3rd position ahead of the Trinity crew who came in 4th. The girls raced extremely well for a crew who had only a few weeks training done together. It should be noted that the winning crew UCD went on, on Sunday, to claim the Senior 8 Championship also. The women also raced the Intermediate 4 on Sunday morning where they came 4th in the final.


Overall it was an extremely enjoyable weekend of rowing for the Garda Boat Club which was all made possible by the consistent coaching of Willie Ryan. It may have taken 7 years for the club to claim a Championship victory but it is a sign of change for the club and judging by the close results over the weekend, it should be taken as a sign of what is to come for the club. 


The club will be celebrating this Championship win along with the historic achievements of the famous B Crew of ’65 and Thames Cup Crew of ’75 at the Annual BBQ on 7th August and hope that all past and present members will join us on the night. I also must correct the previous email sent out which should have read the Great Garda B crew of 1965 and not 1955 as stated. We will put it down to a typo!


We are Looking forward to seeing you all at the BBQ,




Garda sculler to represent Ireland at Home International Regatta 2015

The Garda Boat Club are delighted to announce that Garda Ronan Allen has been selected to represent Ireland at the Home International Regatta at Stratclyde, Scotland on 25th July 2015.

 Ronan took part in the trials which were held at Cork Regatta on 20th June 2015. In tough conditions on the day Ronan excelled over his competition to secure selection. The previous week, he won in the Mens Inter Double Sculls at Athlone Regatta, adding to his win at Dublin Metropolitian Regatta in the Single Sculls. Ronan also represented the club at the pretegious London Metropolitian Regatta earlier in the season where he performed very well. Ronan is an up and coming sculler who has plenty to offer yet and his selection for the Home International Squad comes as no suprise to all his fellow club mates and coach Willie Ryan. However, before he represents Ireland Ronan will travel with the rest of the Garda Squad to the National Rowing Championships on 10th – 12th July at the National Rowing Centre, to wear the azure and blue of the Garda Boat Club. All support is welcome from past and present club members.

Ronan will represent Ireland in the Mens Double Sculls along with Fionnan Groome of Commercial Boat Club. Best of luck to Ronan and all of the squad at Stratclyde on 25th July 2015.


Captain secures gold at London Met

London Metropolitan Regatta was held at the Olympic Course at Dorney Lake on 30th and 31st May. The Club were delighted to have two Men’s scullers, Club Captain Damien Kelly and Ronan Allen representing the Garda Boat Club at this event. 
The Club are proud to announce that Club Captain Damien Kelly won the Intermediate 2 1x finishing in a strong position ahead of Oliver Dix of Leicester Boat Club. Damien is pictured above, collecting The Freeman Cup, wearing his gear which was kindly sponsored by St Paul’s Garda Credit Union. This is the first overseas win for the Garda Boat Club since Caroline Ryan won the Princess Royal Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 2008.
Ronan Allen finished in third position in his heat of the IM3 1x. This saw him advance to the Repechage where he finished second, narrowly missing a spot in the final of the IM3 1x. This was Ronan’s first overseas event and no doubt the experience will stand to him going forward. 
On the second day of racing, both scullers entered races that were a level higher. Ronan raced on the Intermediate 2 singles and narrowly missed out in qualification for the final. Damien raced in the Intermediate 1 single and was narrowly pushed into third position in the last 100m in what could be only described as very testing conditions. Damien and Ronan joined forces to compete in the Men’s Intermediate 2x in a straight final later in that afternoon. Kelly and Allen raced hard in a neck and neck battle all the way down the course. With a photo finish at the line the Garda Crew were beaten into second by only 0.35 seconds by Aberdeen. Overall it was an excellent weekend for the Garda oarsmen and great to see the azure and blue of the Garda Boat Club at the fore of all competitions.


With the Garda College Students travelling to the club to train and the Garda Women’s crew going so well, it is looking very positive for the future of the club. The next outing is Athlone Regatta on Saturday 13th June 2015.  



Dublin Metropolitan Regatta 2015

Dublin Metropolitian Regatta was held on Blessington Lakes on 23rd May 2015.  After a week of gusting winds and rain showers the Metro Committee were surely thankful when they rose on the morning of the Regatta.  From the first race at 8am the sun shone brightly and the windsock at the finish line barely dared to flicker all day.

The Garda Squad arrived at the lake with intentions of continuing their winning streak and they certainly did not disappoint.  Before lunch, the Garda Women had already secured victory in the Women’s Quad.  The crew of Laura Gannon, Ciara Ward, Liza Galvin, Mary Moore were coxed by Siobhán Frisby.  Notably it was the first medal for Ciara Ward who is one of the new graduates from the Garda College.  Ciara has recently been stationed at Blanchardstown Garda Station and has a bright and promising future ahead of her at the club.

The next win for the Garda Club was a notable victory for Ronan Allen in the Men’s Club 1 single scull.  Ronan has been chomping at the bit for a medal in his recent races and his perseverance finally paid off with his first win in a single scull on a 6 lane course.  With youth on his side, there is no doubt that Ronan will go on to achieve more success in the coming years on the water.  A short time later, the pressure was shifted to Club Captain Damien Kelly not to let the side down in the Men’s Intermediate Single.  Thankfully he managed to keep the winning streak going, finishing a short distance ahead of Declan O Connor of St Michaels to claim victory.
After a short break, the scullers again took to the water in different combinations. Sheila Kenny claimed her first medal in the Women’s Club single scull. In securing this win, this has brought her back level with her fellow oarswoman Jackie Ryan in their healthy rivalry to be the Club’s top female sculler for the season.  Sheila and Jackie joined forces in the Women’s Club Double and went on to claim victory.  Likewise, Damien and Ronan also joined forces in the Men’s Double to secure victory in the Club 1 Double.
Overall it was a great day for the club, in no small part helped along by all the hard work put in by Coach Willie Ryan in the past few months.  It must also be said that it was great to see so many past and present club members coming out to Blessington to support the Club. Your presence at these events does not go unnoticed.
Credit should also be given to the Metro committee who put together a thoroughly enjoyable Regatta.  From parking, slipping, stake boats, umpiring and race times, the whole day ran very smoothly. Great help was provided on the day by Diarmuid O Donovan, Gerry Conway, David Gilmore, Tony Morrissey and Christy O Brien.
London Metropolitian Regatta on the Olympic Course at Dorney Lake takes place this weekend, 30th and 31st of May. The Garda Boat Club are delighted to be represented at this event by Club Captain Damien Kelly and Ronan Allen.




Garda Women secure Club 4+ win at Castlewellan Regatta

Castlewellan Regatta was held at Castlewellan Lake on 9th May 2015. With a change from the Grand League style it was back to the old ways of knockout rounds. Unfortunately a lot of clubs had planned on attending Skibbereen Regatta which was cancelled the previous week. This left a smaller than usual entry for one of the Northern Regatta, with a 6 lane 1500m course. Weather on the day improved as the racing went on but a strong tail wind favoured the lighter crews.


The only win of the day for the Garda Boat Club was yet again secured by the Women’s Club 4+ of Sheila Kenny, Jackie Ryan, Mary Moore, Liza Galvin and Siobhán Frisby. Disappointingly it turned out to be a straight final after a number of crews scratched. However, the Garda Ladies still had to overcome some stiff opposition, two of which were local Queen’s crews. The Garda Women gained a length of a lead coming towards the finish and held it to the line.  


The ladies later split into singles, with Mary Moore making the final of the Club single. Jackie Ryan raced in a higher category in the intermediate single and fared well against tough competition, finishing 3rd.  


Club Captain Damien Kelly faced Sam Mc Keown of Portadown Boat Club yet again in the Intermediate single scull. Disappointingly, it was only the two scullers who ended up entering the event. Kelly fared well against Mc Keown but coming towards the line the local sculler pulled out a lead to have Kelly finish in second.  


Ronan Allen and Daire Mac Eoin competed in the Club Singles with Ronan making it through to the final. Ronan struggled with choppy conditions in the final but raced it all the way to the line. Later in the evening, Daire Mac Eoin and Kevin Sheehan teamed up in the Club Double. After qualifying for the final, they were leading coming towards the 1000m marker. At the 1000m marker, the Sligo crew, coached by ex-Garda Oarsman Tom Colsh began to make a push. Colsh surely used his experience gained in the Garda Boat Club to spur on his crew to pass Kevin and Daire and deservedly take the victory.  


The next outing for the Garda crews is Dublin Metropolitian Regatta which will be held at Blessington Lakes on 23rd May 2015. This is a great opportunity for past and present club members along with family, partners and friends to come along and enjoy the days rowing. If anyone is interested in getting a close up view on the day, there are plenty of spots available for volunteers in launches and umpire boats.


Garda Ladies Capture Silverware at Limerick.

Limerick Regatta was held at O’Brien’s Bridge on 25th April 2015.  The normally sheltered course blew up some challenging conditions throughout the day but the Regatta went ahead none the less.

The only win for the Garda Club was secured, yet again, by the Women’s Intermediate Four of Sheila Kenny, Jackie Ryan, Mary Moore, Liza Galvin and cox Siobhan Frisby.  Despite a strong performance from Athlunkard, the determined Garda Crew took charge of the final from the start. By the time they approached the line, they had enough of a lead to enjoy their victory on the popular four laned course.

Unfortunately, the valiant efforts of the Garda men were not as lucrative. The first on the water was the Mens Inter Single Sculls which saw Club Captain Damien Kelly along with Ronan Allen and Daire Mac Eoin competing in difficult conditions. Both Daire and Ronan faced stiff opposition in their heats which meant that only Damien progressed to the final.  In the final Damien came up against the talented Sam Mc Keown of Portadown Boat Club.  Damien made a good race of it but finished second to Mc Keown.

Following a long delay due to poor weather, the ladies took to the water in the Womens Inter Single Sculls.  Challenging conditions meant that only Jackie Ryan and Shelia Kenny made it to the final.  The local sculler, Alice O Sullivan from St Michaels took the spoils.  However, there was still plenty of competition between both Jackie and Shelia for the top Garda Sculler.  On this occasion Jackie finished ahead of Shelia, but no doubt the battle will continue until National Championships.

In the afternoon, the men took to the water again in the Men’s Senior Single Sculls.  Damien Kelly made it to the final but faced Mc Keown from Portadown once again. Mc Keown took first place and the Garda Sculler finished in third.  Damien Kelly and Ronan Allen teamed up to form the Men’s Intermediate Double.  They qualified from their heats with relative ease and faced stiff opposition in the final.  A very slick crew from Skibbereen took first place but an immense battle was fought out between Garda and the local club St Michaels for second place.  Coming towards the line, the Garda Crew put on one last push to clinch a well deserved second place.

The next outing for the Garda Squad is Queens Regatta which will be held at Castlewellen on 9th May 2015.


History Repeats itself at Trinity Regatta

There was a warm welcome for the sizeable crowd at Trinity Regatta on Saturday 18th April 2015. The winter weather gave way to sun shine and the Garda Crews certainly ‘made hay when the sun shone’. With one or two qualifying races on Friday evening, all Garda crews made it safely through to the main event on Saturday morning. The first on the water was the Women’s Club 4 (Shelia Kenny, Laura Gannon, Mary Moore, Liza Galvin, Siobhan Frisby (Cox)) Ater a strong performance that made it through their first round without any major incident. They went on to have a tougher race in their semi final against Methody College, Belfast. Passing the Garda slip level, the Garda Oarswomen managed to push out a length of a lead which they held to the finish and secured a place in the final. The determined Garda crewe raced UCD in the final and after taking an early lead they pushed home for a fantastic victory. It was a historic moment as they returned to the slip as Pat Gannon met his daughter Laura racing in Garda colours for the first time. Nearly to the day 30 years previously Pat Gannon won his first medal for the Garda Boat Club and then went on to represent the Club and Country at the World Championships and Olympics.

The Garda Men’s Squad raced in single sculls, with Ronan Allen and Club Captain Damien Kelly entered in a number of different events. After making it through the semi finals, it turned out to be an all Garda final in the Men’s Intermediate Single Scull final between Ronan and Damien. Ronan, an up an coming young sculler, clearly didn’t read the script as he pushed the Club Captain to his limits in a tight race all the way down the course. It wasn’t until the Army bend that Damien managed to etch out a lead which he stretched to a narrow one length margin by the finish line.

Damien then went back up the course to compete in the final of the Men’s Senior Single Sculls against Fionnan Groome of Commercial. The two scullers were very close all the way until they met a stiff headwind which Kelly managed to capitilise on. The Garda Sculler finished ahead of Groome by one length to secure the third win for Garda Boat Club of the day. The last race of the day saw Ronan Allen competing in the Club single against Trinity. Somehow not exhausted from his earlier tight race, Allen got a good lead against Trinity and won with clear water behind him to secure the fourth and final win for the Garda Boat Club.

Throughout the day, all the Garda rowers were cheered on by coaches Willie Ryan and Kevin Sheen along with past and present club members. Tea and Coffee was served up by Vivienne Ryan throughout the day along with cakes and sandwiches made by the rowers for some much needed fundraising. It was a great day all round for the Club and encouraging to see so many past and present members supporting the current crop of athletes.

The next event for the Garda Crew is Limerick Regatta on Saturday 25th April 2015, hopefully more silverware will be captured and returned to Islandbridge to add to the ever expanding hoard!