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On Saturday 4th April, the Regatta Season got off to a great start for the Garda Women at Neptune Regatta at Islandbridge.

The preliminary races of the Women’s Single Sculls witnessed a number of great battles and inevitably it wasn’t long before the Garda team mates lined up opposite each other. Jackie Ryan was forced to knock out her fellow Garda Oarswomen Shelia Kenny on her way to victory in the Women’s Club 2 Single Scull. She was also forced to knock out her old team mate, Janet Walshe now rowing with New Ross Boat Club. Jackie rowed in style and cruised to victory later in the morning for her first ever win in the Single Scull. The result was not overly surprising considering the words of advice and encouragement from her sister Caroline who has rowed this stretch on one or two occasions in the past!

Jackie then went on to form part of the women’s quad that had raced so well at Galway HOR and were entered again in the Club Quad for Neptune. Along with Liza Galvin, Mary Moore and Shelia Kenny, they were coxed by Siobhán Frisby. Over the past few weeks Síobhan was lucky enough to get some personal lessons from the well experienced larger than life former cox Tony Morrissey who has been helping out at the club recently. She was also very lucky to have another former club cox Denis Casey present to lecture her on steering before taking to the water. And the pearls of wisdom clearly worked well as Síobhan steered us to victory in the Women’s Club Quad, watched by Club Coaches Willie Ryan and Gerry Conway.

Alas, the Garda Oarsmen fell just short in repeating the success of their female team mates. Blustery conditions for qualifications on Friday night subsided early on Saturday morning when the scullers took to the water. The Men’s sculling team had a number of close races with Club Captain Damien Kelly missing out in the intermediate Single Scull by the narrowest of margins of a bow-ball. Ronan Allen and Daire Mac Eoin also performed well with Daire Mac Eoin making the final in the Club 1 single but was beaten to the line.

Overall it was a great day for the Club and a well run event organised by Neptune Boat Club. It was fantastic to see so many former rowers and club members supporting the current crop of atheletes. Hopefully everyone will be around again for Trinity Regatta on 18th April 2015 for another great day at the Islandbridge. There will also be the Poker Classic on at 8pm after Trinity Regatta which promises to be a great success.


Kelly leads from the front at Galway

On 14th March 2015, newly promoted Sergeant Damien Kelly led by example at the ever popular Galway Head of the River. Competing in the second race of the day Club Captain Damien Kelly negotiated the challenging course on the River Corrib to secure 1st place in the Men’s Intermediate Single Scull. Following some clarification of the race timing, it was confirmed that the he was the overall fastest sculler of the day! This is the first victory at elite level at Galway Head of the River for the Garda Boat Club in a number of years . Damien secured the coveted “Irish Nationwide Trophy”, for the fastest single sculler of the day. One of the last Garda Scullers to hold this trophy was Damien’s current coach Willie Ryan, interestingly he his name is added to the winners list which also includes none other than Sir Steve Redgrave!

As ever, the event was well attended by clubs from across the country. The Garda Mens Intermediate Double Sculls and Womens Quadruple Coxed Quad also comppted with distinction. The Mens Crew of Ronan Allen and Kevin Sheehan raced well on the morning but were outdone by their female club mates. Coxed by the new and improving cox, Siobhan Frisby, the womens crew had a few teeth clenching moments on their way to winning the Women’s Coxed Quad. The crew was, Shelia Kenny, Jackie Ryan, Mary Moore and Liza Galvin.

Overall it was a great day for racing with the Garda Crews making significant progress since their Seville Training Camp. Previous coaches and rowers were on hand on the day in the form of Gerry Conway, Mick Ahern and Caroline Ryan to give words of advice and encouragement. The end of the Head of the River Season was a good day for the club and bodes well for the forthcoming Regatta Season which will start on the 4th April with Neptune Regatta at Islandbridge.


Another Garda Win at Muckross HOR

This weekend, the Garda Boat Club continued it’s success from Neptune HOR in November by securing two 1st place finishes at Muckross HOR.

Towed by their Isuzu sponsored DMax, the Garda Boat Club travelled to the National Rowing Centre on Saturday 6th December.  With inclement weather forecast for later in the day it was an early start for all crews with timers in place from 9am on the course.  With boats rigged and ready to go before the sun broke through the morning mist the Garda Crews were some of the first on the water.

Club Captain Damien Kelly was the first Garda Sculler on the water and covered the course at 28SPM in 12min 5sec which secured him victory in the Men’s Intermediate Single Scull.

During the day the women’s coxed quad also took to the water with their new cox Siobhan Frisby on her maiden race.  Along with two men’s doubles and an array of scullers all fared well in their categories and were not far off the winning pace.

In the last 30 minutes of timing, as the weather began to close in, the Women’s Intermediate Double stroked by Shelia Kenny and backed by by Jackie Ryan crossed the course at 29SPM in a time of 13min 10 sec which gave them their first win together this season.

Boats derigged and on the road back to Dublin by 3pm, it was a good weekend for the club.  Congratulations should be given to Muckross Boat Club for organising and implementing and excellent HOR with military precision.  Well done to all.

For the Garda Squad, they have two more weeks of training with a 6K Test and a Tonnage Test before they get to take a break for Christmas.  Then it is off to Seville for a Winter Training Camp in January.

Everyone is welcome to celebrate the clubs wins this season and remember the great crews of yester year at the Club Christmas Party on Friday 12th December.  Doors will open at 8pm for the Christmas Dinner and then the party will continue well into the night.  All oars people and friends are welcome.









Promising Start at Neptune HOR

[sociallocker]This year’s annual Neptune HOR was held on 8th November at Blessington Lakes.  As the Garda Squad arrived at the lake with their boats towed by their Isuzu DMax the weather was looking ominous for the day.  Wet and windy conditions prevailed for the first Head at 11am.  The Garda crews took to the water in a flotilla of small boats.  The women’s crews were in a Coxed Quad while the men’s crews were broken into singles and doubles.  All crews fared well despite the conditions.  Thankfully the rain eased by the start of the second head.  Again, the Garda Crews competed mainly in small boats.  When the results came in, all oars people were happy with their performance.

Club Captain, Damien Kelly won the Mens Intermediate Single while Ronan Allen and Kevin Sheehan came a very good 3rd in the Senior Doubles.  Both Shelia Kenny and Jackie Ryan performed very well in their first races in the 1x with Shelia securing 4th and Jackie securing 5th, having only recently recovered from injury.  The women’s quad of Mary Moore, Liza Galvin, Marie Geraghty and Shelia Kenny were unlucky to be beaten into second place by a very strong Carlow team.

This is the first outing of this season and bodes well for the Garda Squad to continue their success from last year.  Their next outing will be at the Indoor Rowing Championships on 29th November.



Photos By:Mirel.B





THE 49th DUBLIN SCULLING LADDER 2014/2015 With Photos

The opening Time Trial for the 49th Dublin Sculling Ladder will take place on Saturday, 11 October, 2014.  As usual it will be raced in eight sections, starting on the hour from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Participants must check in with Secretary at the Garda Boat Club half an hour before the first section they wish to race.  They will be issued with a number, which must be worn visibly on the sculler’s back when racing.  Scullers wishing to race more than once should retain their numbers until after their last race.  Numbers should be returned to the Secretary after each sculler’s last race.  Please note that scullers without numbers will not be timed, and that no-one should use a number issued to another sculler.  In the final order scullers who scull more than once will be credited only with their fastest time.

Again we ask all club captains to help with the running of the event by providing responsible people on the bank on bicycles to help to ensure safe and fair racing.  Each club will be responsible for the safety of their own scullers. Junior and inexperienced scullers must be supervised from the bank by members of their own clubs.

Each Section starts from the Wires, just above Trinity Boathouse, and finishes at the end of the towpath at Chapelizod.  Scullers should be reminded that when they have finished racing they must not impede those who started behind them who are still on the course.

Remind your ‘non-scullers’ that they will only learn by doing it, that they will never improve their times more impressively than in their first few months in a scull and that sculling will improve their rowing significantly. Their improved sculling will impress their captain and coaches when selection time comes round. Scullers from outside Dublin are very welcome to race the Time Trial.

The winner wins the Wooden Goblet, the Fastest Woman wins the Yew Goblet and both win the first Tankards of the new season.  There are also prizes for the fastest junior boy and girl. Each club’s top eight scullers score for the team trophy, the Steve Casey Memorial Cup. Last year’s winners are asked to return the trophies cleaned and with the inscriptions up to date.

Good racing to all in this 49th Time Trial.  Results and Presentations in the Garda Boat Club on race day at 6.30 pm.

Racing by Challenge Races will continue in the 49th Dublin Sculling Ladder until the last Saturday in March 2015.



Annual Mass for Deceased Members

we wish to inform you that our Annual Mass for deceased members will be celebrated by the Garda Chaplin, Fr. Joe Kennedy, at our Clubhouse, Islandbridge at 5pm on Sunday 26th October 2014.
The Mass will provide an opportunity to remember all of our deceased members especially Tom Ticher, Sean Kavanagh, John O’Neill and Pat Duffy who passed away this year. May They Rest in Peace.

Deceased members of the Garda Síochána Boat Club

May they Rest in Peace

Tom Buckley

Paddy Carroll

John Cuffe

Bill Curry

Philip Craughwell

Brendan Duane

Pat Duffy

Tom Dunne

Steve Faughnan

Con Flannery

Mick Francis

Eoin Fitzgerald

Seamus Gibbons

Declan Healy

John Hearne

Paddy Hoare

Sean Kavanagh

Padraig Keane

Seamus Keenan

Tom Kelly

Ambrose Kirwan

Dick Leahy

Tom McGrath

John Mee

Mick Moylan

Ted Nolan

Tim O’Brien

Brendan O’Connor

Vivian O’Dea

Joe O’Driscoll

John O’Neill

Bill Quane

John Quill

Tom Rooney

Bill Somers

Tom Ticher

Martin Timlin

Tim Twomey

Donal Ward

Declan White


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Henley Royal Regatta, 2008

Henley Royal Regatta, 2008 ~ Caroline Ryan won the opening round of the Princess Royal Challenge Cup when she beat F.H. Jacob easily (2.30) (4.17) (9.08). In the semifinal she beat A. Labots from Holland, easily (2.55) (5.04) (10.28). In the final Caroline showed characteristic grit in her victory over Mathilde Pauls, a German-born British squad team member. The start of the race was delayed due to thunder and lightning. Once underway, Caroline took the lead which she held to the finish by three and a half lengths (2.32) (4.21) (9.18). Her victory was witnessed by a large Irish contingent led by Club President Dermot Jennings, Captain Brian Hoey and Coaches Willie & Ted Ryan and Brendan Duane. According to The Irish Times:

Caroline Ryan bridged a yawning gap for her country, her club, the Garda Síochána and her family and made history when she won the women’s single sculls title, the Princess Royal Cup at Henley (July 6, 2008) and became the first Irish woman ever to win a trophy at the Royal Regatta. It was the first Irish win in an ‘open’ event at Henley since 1979 when Garda won the Prince Philip Challenge Cup for coxed fours with a crew that included her father Willie and Uncle Ted.

On the 23rd July 2008 a reception was held at Islandbridge to celebrate Caroline’s victory. The plaudits were led by Garda Commissioner Mr. Fachtna Murphy, who said:

I want to congratulate Caroline on creating rowing history by winning the Princess Royal Challenge Cup at Henley … This is an outstanding achievement for Caroline and an honour for her and An Garda Síochána.

Club President Assistant Commissioner Dermot Jennings remarked:

It was a memorable occasion to be present in the Stewards Enclosure at Henley Royal Regatta to witness this great win for the Club and to hear Caroline and Garda cheered on by the crowd.

Winner of the Princess Royal Cup, 2008

Caroline Ryan  

Coaches          Brendan Duane, Ted Ryan and Willie Ryan


Henley Royal Regatta, 1979

Henley Royal Regatta, 1979 ~ In 1979 we had crews competing in the Prince Philip and Thames Challenge Cup. There were six entries for the Prince Philip Challenge Cup. Garda and Kingston R.C. were seeded and received byes to the semifinal. In the opening rounds Tideway Scullers and the University of London won easily from two Dutch crews. In the semifinal, Garda raced Tideway Scullers, who had dead heated with us at Nottingham. Both crews started at a rate of forty-one. With great determination Garda went into the lead by a canvas at the quarter mile mark and increased the lead to half a length at the Barrier (2.09). At Fawley, we lead by one and a half lengths (3.36) and went on to win by one and a quarter lengths (7.39). On the way to the start of the final, University of London were involved in a collision which resulted in the final being delayed for two hours. We were unperturbed by this and when the race eventually got underway, we started at forty against University of London’s thirty-eight. At the Barrier, we lead by one length (2.05) which increased to one and three quarter lengths at the beginning of the enclosures. London University then spurted to forty and reduced the lead. We held out to win by one length at the finish (3.34) (7.37). The Irish Independent (9/7/79) reported:

Willie Ryan got them away sharply rating forty through the first minute and by the quarter mile mark Garda had an advantage of three quarter of a length. While London mounted several attacks, Garda had the race in hand, after a mile they had a lead of one and a half lengths which they stretched as they reached the enclosure. London attacked across the last one hundred yards but all they could do was to nibble back the Irish crews winning thrust.

Winners on the Prince Philip Challenge Cup, 1979

Bow     Ted Ryan                                 (3)        Pat Gannon

(2)        Christy O’Brien                        Str.      Willie Ryan

Cox                 Joe Homan

Coach             Brendan Duane


Henley Royal Regatta, 1977

Henley Royal Regatta, 1977 ~ In 1977, four crews entered for the Prince Philip Challenge Cup. In the first round, racing against the University of California, we were clear at the quarter mile mark and paddled home at twenty-eight to win by one and two thirds of a length (2.10) (3.45) (8.01). In the final against Thames Tradesmen we won comfortably by two and three quarter lengths (2.09) (3.39) (7.35). This was Garda’s first International-class win at Henley Royal Regatta and the first time that an Irish crew won the Prince Philip Challenge Cup.

The Thames Challenge Cup winning crew of 1975 were one of six entries in the Grand Challenge Cup. This was the first Irish entry in the premier event since Trinity in 1893. The University of Washington and Cornell University from the USA got a bye to the second round. In the first heat on Friday, after a false start, we beat Harvard University, USA by a quarter of a length (1.58) (3.20) (7.07). In the semifinal, the University of Washington were leading by three-quarters of a length at the Barrier (1.54). We fought back and were a canvas behind at the mile post. Washington went on to win by half a length (3.12) (6.48). In the final, Washington beat Leander/Thames Tradesmen by one length (1.51) (3.06) (6.27). Willie Ryan remembers rowing in ‘The Grand’:

The race against Harvard was very close, it was stroke for stroke all the way down the course with Garda holding a slight lead to the finish. That race and the race against Washington the next day were the two hardest races of my career. I think the crew were wrecked after the race against Harvard. Harvard had beaten the Washington crew in the American Championships that year and were favourites to win the Grand. I believe that if our race against Harvard hadn’t been so hard we would have won the Grand that year … a big one that got away!

The Irish Times (2/7/77) gave the following account of the race against Harvard:

Garda opened their Henley campaign on a rousing note with a thrilling victory in the Grand Challenge Cup. They held off a series of late spurts by Harvard University to beat the Americans by a quarter of a length.

The Irish Independent (2/7/77) quoted the Harvard cox, Jeffrey Rothstelm, as saying:

We knew they would be fast and felt whoever rowed the better would win. We rowed really well, probably our best this season. But they are a very good crew. Once they came through they just sat on us though we narrowed the gap slightly to the finish.

Winners of the Prince Philip Challenge Cup, 1977

Bow     Willie Ryan                               (3)        Jim Muldoon

(2)        Christy O’Brien                        Str.      Mick Ryan

Cox                 Liam Redmond

Coaches          Brendan Duane and Pat Grace

Grand Challenge Cup 1977

Bow     John Fahy                                 (5)        Frank Moore

(2)        Larry Barron                            (6)        Christy O’Brien

(3)        Willie Ryan                               (7)        Jim Muldoon

(4)        Andy McDonough                    Str.      Mick Ryan

Cox                 Liam Redmond

Coaches          Brendan Duane and Pat Grace