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Irish Senior Double Scull Champions, 1982


On 17th July 1982 the National Championship took place at the 106th Metropolitan Regatta at Blessington Lakes, Wicklow. Christy O’Brien and Willie Ryan teamed up to win the Double Scull title.

Irish Senior Double Scull Champions, 1982

Bow     Willie Ryan

Str.      Christy O’Brien


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Irish Senior Coxless Pair Champions, 1981

On 18th July 1981, the Irish Senior Championship took place at Inniscarra in Cork. The only victory this year came in the coxless pairs where Willie Ryan and Denis Murphy were unbeatable.

Irish Senior Coxless Pair Champions, 1981

Bow     Willie Ryan

Str.      Denis Murphy

Coach                         Brendan Duane

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Irish Senior Coxed IV Champions, 1984

For the third year in a row we retained the Blue Riband for elite coxed IVs (6.59), when we beat Neptune (7.00) by three-quarters of a length, with St. Michael’s finishing in third place (7.12). The Neptune crew included members of An Garda Síochána Jim Cassidy and Eunan Dolan. Based on this victory our crew were selected for the Home International but were unavailable for personal reasons. The Irish Times (14/7/84) reported:

… By the time the enclosure was reached it looked a straight fight between Garda and Neptune. They were virtually locked together going under the bridge. But, Garda put in a sprint over the last 250 metres to win by three-quarters of a length from Neptune …

Irish Senior Coxed IV Champions, 1984

Bow     Ted Ryan                                 (3)        Denis Murphy

(2)        Pat Gannon                              Str.      Willie Ryan

Cox                 Joe Homan

Coach             Brendan Duane

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Irish Senior Coxless Pair Champions, 1978

On 15th July 1978, the Irish Senior Championships took place at the 102nd Metropolitan Regatta, on Blessington Lakes. An unusually dry spell of weather lead to a water shortage that saw the six lane course reduced to 1,800 metres. Christy O’Brien and Willie Ryan put in another commanding display and won the Irish Senior Coxless Pairs.

Irish Senior Coxless Pair Champions, 1978

Bow     Christy O’Brien

Str.      Willie Ryan

Coach                         Jim Muldoon

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Senior Coxless Pairs Champions, 1977

On 16th July 1977, the Irish Senior Championships took place at the 101st Metropolitan Regatta, Blessington. Garda completed a clean sweeep of the senior events when Christy O’Brien and Willie Ryan teamed up to win the coxless pairs by a distance from Lady Victoria with Commercial third.

Senior Coxless Pairs Champions, 1977

Bow     Christy O’Brien

Str.      Willie Ryan

Coaches          Brendan Duane and Pat Grace

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Irish Senior Coxed IV Champions, 1983

The Garda elite IV were unbeaten on Irish water all year and won the Senior IV Championship convincingly, when they beat Neptune ‘A’ by two lengths, with Neptune ‘B’ finishing in third place, St. Michael’s in fourth and Lady Victoria Boat Club in fifth.

Irish Senior Coxed IV Champions, 1983

Bow     Christy O’Brien                        (3)        Willie Ryan

(2)        Ted Ryan                                 Str.      Denis Murphy

Cox                 Joe Homan

Coach             Brendan Duane

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Irish Senior Coxed IV Champions, 1982

On 17th July 1982, we won the Irish Senior IV Championship at the 106th Metropolitan Regatta at Blessington Lakes, Wicklow.

Irish Senior Coxed IV Champions, 1982

Bow     Ted Ryan                                 (3)        Pat Gannon

(2)        Denis Murphy                           Str.      Willie Ryan

Cox                 Joe Homan

Coach             Brendan Duane

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National Championships, 2000

National Championships, 2000 ~ Third in ’98, second in ’99, surely this had to be our year. The Club needed a win. Garda hadn’t won the Senior VIII Championship in seventeen years! A total of nine crews had entered. When Skibbereen and NUIG withdrew, it left seven crews to fight it out for the ‘Big Pot’. We faced Neptune, UCD and a Commercial/Lady Victoria/UCC composite crew (lightweights) in the heat. We raced to qualify coming in third in our heat. The other heat saw Trinity eliminated with the Under 23 Composite and Tribesmen qualifying. Conditions for the final were perfect. The lineup was Garda in lane one, Neptune in lane two, the lightweights in lane three, Tribesmen in lane four and the Under 23 squad in lane five. Graham Tolan recalls the build up to the race:

Before we went on the water Club Captain John Dillon and Coach Brendan Duane ‘circled the wagons’. Team manager Willie Ryan and Club President Peter Fitzgerald offered their words of encouragement. This was it. All the hard work! The sacrifices! It was time to stand up and be counted. As Brendan said, it was time to show whether we were ‘Men or Mice’!

At the 250 metre mark Garda led the field by one foot, a canvas at 500 metre, which was increased to a third of a length ahead of the Under 23 composite at the 1,000 metres. In complete control of the race, our senior crew upped the rate and increased their lead over the second half of the course to win the Championship by over one length, in a time of five minutes forty-seven seconds. Four seconds ahead of the Under 23 composite, the lightweights came third, Tribesmen fourth and Neptune fifth. At last the gap of seventeen years had been bridged. The Garda Síochána Boat Club had got the new millennium off to a fitting startUnder the heading ‘Changing of the Guard’ The Irish Times (17/7/00) reported:

In a fitting end to what had been an outstanding Championship, a powerful Garda crew pulled out all the stops to win the men’s senior eights title at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Wood in Cork. Garda taking their first senior title since 1983, rated 46 to open an early lead over the Irish U 23 eight, who got up to a stunning 48, and held them off to the end with push after push after push as the big crowd roared them home in perfect conditions.

 

Irish Senior VIII Champions, 2000

Bow     Kenny McDonald                     (5)        Declan Quinn

(2)        Donal Keating                          (6)        Graham Tolan

(3)        Ciaran Hoey                             (7)        Tom Colsh

(4)        Brendan Duke                          Str.      Donal Corry

Cox                 Tony Morrissey

Coaches          Brendan Duane, Willie Ryan and Pat Grace

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National Championships, 1983

National Championships, 1983 ~ On 16th July 1983, Garda lined up beside Trinity, Neptune and UCD to compete for the Irish Senior VIII Championship at Coosan Point, Athlone. We got off to a great start and at the 250 metre mark we led the field by half a length. By the 500 metre mark we had extended the lead to one and a quarter lengths with Neptune in second place. As the crews passed the half way mark the experienced Garda crew, striking thirty-nine, extended their lead to one and a half lengths. We completed the second half of the course at a rate of thirty-four and came home winners (5.12), one and a half lengths ahead of Neptune, with UCD third and Trinity fourth. By retaining the title, we recorded our ninth Senior VIII Championship win. Interestingly, Jim Muldoon created his own bit of history when he became the first person to win the title on seven occasions in three different decades. Jim’s first win was in 1968.

Irish Senior VIII Champions, 1983

Bow     Tom Malone                             (5)        Ted Ryan

(2)        Denis Murphy                           (6)        Pat Gannon

(3)        Jim Muldoon                            (7)        Willie Ryan

(4)        Colin Egan                                Str.      Christy O’Brien

Cox                 Joe Homan

Coach             Brendan Duane

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National Championships, 1982

National Championships, 1982 ~ On 17th July 1982, the race for the Irish Senior VIII Championship took place at the 106th Metropolitan Regatta at Blessington Lakes, Wicklow. There was a straight final with Commercial in lane one, Neptune in lane two, Garda in lane three and UCD in lane four. We beat Neptune crew one length, to win our eighth senior title. Such was the wealth of experience in the Garda crew, that Dave Sheedy who was rowing in the two seat, was the only Garda oarsman who had not won a Senior Championship previously. The Irish Independent (18/7/82) reported:

There was more than a tinge of nostalgia as Garda Síochána, welding together their crack Irish Championship winning Elite Coxed Four crew of Friday with some of the club’s ‘Golden Oldies’ added the Irish Elite Eights title to their trophy haul at the concluding stage of Dublin Metropolitan Regatta on Blessington Lake … Garda’s irrepressible combination of experience, power and speed, saw them surge to a length victory over the fancied Neptune with Intermediate Champions UCD three lengths off in third place and gave their number seven man Jim Muldoon the unique distinction of a sixth Irish Eights championship medal over three decades.

Irish Senior VIII Champions, 1982

Bow     John Fahy                                 (5)        Willie Ryan

(2)        Dave Sheedy                            (6)        Pat Gannon

(3)        Ted Ryan                                 (7)        Jim Muldoon

(4)        Denis Murphy                           Str.      Christy O’Brien

Cox                 Joe Homan

Coach             Brendan Duane