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National Championships, 1979


National Championships, 1979 ~ On 14th July 1979, the race for the most prestigious title in Irish Rowing, the Senior VIII Championship, took place in near perfect conditions on Lough Derg. The Garda crew which included the Prince Philip winning IV, came from behind to win our seventh Senior VIII Championship title by a distance of three-quarters of a length from Neptune with Trinity in third place. To finish off a great day, Gerry Conway won the senior single scull event from Lady Elizabeth (Bloomer).

Irish Senior VIII Champions, 1979

Bow     Tom Byrne                               (5)        Ted Ryan

(2)        Des Treacy                               (6)        Christy O’Brien

(3)        John Foley                                (7)        Willie Ryan

(4)        Pat Gannon                              Str.      Denis Murphy

Cox                 John Wallis

Coach             Brendan Duane


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National Championships, 1977

National Championships, 1977 ~ On 16th July 1977, six crews lined up at the start of the 2,000 metre course for the Irish Senior VIII Championship at the 101st Metropolitan Regatta, Blessington. Garda won a close race by three-quarters of a length from a Neptune/Old Collegians/Lady Victoria composite crew, most of whom were members of the national squad. Trinity, winners of the Ladies Plate at Henley, finished third a length further behind. This was the only time in history that a crew with no changes won a second senior championship and it was just rewards for the hard work of Club Captain Bill Somers. The Sunday Independent reported:

Trinity and the composite eight got away more smartly than Garda, however, Garda had got on terms before the 500 metre mark and had a canvas up on the students by halfway. Increasing their rate to thirty-eight, a Garda spurt pulled them into a three quarter of a length lead and although Trinity managed to pull them back a little nearing the 1,500 metres the students were spent when the composite came through to do battle with Garda. Garda, having worn down the challenge of the defending champions, Trinity, the Henley Ladies Plate winners, by the 1,500 metre mark were in no way extended to repulse a late attack by the composite crew … but Garda effortlessly lifted their rate and cruised home.

Irish Senior VIII Champions, 1977

Bow     John Fahy                                 (5)        Willie Ryan

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

(3)        Frank Moore                            (7)        Jim Muldoon

(4)        Andy McDonough                    Str.      Mick Ryan

Cox                 Liam Redmond

Coaches          Brendan Duane and Pat Grace

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National Championships, 1975

National Championships, 1975 ~ On Saturday 19th July 1975, the Irish Senior VIII Championship took place in placid conditions at Coosan Point, Athlone. Raced over 1,900 metres, the Garda VIII put in a convincing performance, winning the final for a second year in a row (5.37), three lengths clear of Trinity with Queen’s in third place. This was our fifth Senior VIII Championship title win. The Irish Press reported:

Barring an accident, the crack Garda crew had to win yesterdays Irish Senior Championship … Trinity had held Garda during the early stages, but by half way Garda had drawn away to a three quarter length lead. Approaching the finish Garda were still striking thirty-six but in the final 100 metres they increased to a staggering forty-four and suddenly forged away from Trinity.

Irish Senior VIII Champions, 1975

Bow     John Fahy                                 (5)        Willie Ryan

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

(3)        Frank Moore                            (7)        Jim Muldoon

(4)        Andy McDonough                    Str.      Mick Ryan

Cox                 Liam Redmond

Coaches          Brendan Duane and Pat Grace

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National Championships, 1974

National Championships, 1974 ~ On 13th July 1974, the scene was set for an epic Irish Senior VIII Championship at Metropolitan Regatta, Blessington. UCD who had the distinction of winning the Ladies Plate at Henley, the first Irish winners since 1903 were the bookies favourites. However, Club Captain Brian Lynch and our senior crew had other ideas. In a pulsating race over 1,700 metres, Garda beat UCD by two lengths to win the title. Our maiden VIII beat Carrick-on-Shannon by a third of a length to win their event. We also beat UCD by one and three quarter lengths to win the Blue Riband and added the Pembroke VIII trophy for good measure. Bob Messenger (14/7/74) reported:

A powerful Garda eight upset the odds by easily beating the UCD crew in the Irish Senior Championship at Metropolitan Regatta on Blessington Lake. UCD were generally rated favourites by virtue of their win in the Ladies Plate at Henley last Sunday. But Garda, coached by Pat Grace, who said after his crew’s win that it merely confirmed that the competition in the Thames Cup is higher than the Ladies Plate…Garda got away to a bad start and UCD led them by half a length after 300 metres. But at the bridge, with about 1,000 metres to row, the Garda oarsmen forged ahead, and with a powerful and determined effort, went further away from UCD as the race progressed. “If it had been a bigger course we would have won by more” said Grace after the race.

Irish Senior VIII Champions, 1974

Bow     John Fahy                                 (5)        Willie Ryan

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

(3)        Frank Moore                            (7)        Jim Muldoon

(4)        Andy McDonough                    Str.      Joe McCartney

Cox                 Liam Redmond

Coaches          Brendan Duane and Pat Grace

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Quadrangular, 2005

Quadrangular, 2005 ~ Caroline Ryan brought the rowing season to a fantastic conclusion by being selected to represent Ireland at the Home International Quadrangular Event in Cardiff. Racing in the women’s single scull competition, she fought off strong opposition from England, Scotland and Wales to win the gold medal.

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Quadrangular, 2003

Quadrangular, 2003 ~ Following a difficult year that saw him troubled with a reoccurring back injury, Kenny McDonald got his just deserts when he represented Ireland at the Home International Quadrangular at the National Rowing Centre Cork. In the race of the day the Irish VIII were beaten into second place by a talented English crew, the verdict was a difference of two feet.

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Quadrangular, 1990

Quadrangular, 1990 ~ On 28th July 1990, the Home International Quadrangular match was held at Nottingham, England. Ted Ryan finished in an admirable second place to England in the final of the men’s open single scull.

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Quadrangular, 1988

Quadrangular, 1988 ~ The year finished at the Home International Event at Blessington where the Garda double scull finished second to England by three lengths with Scotland in third place. Lar Collins racing in the single scull also finished in second place behind England.

Irish Double Scull,  1988

Bow     Pat Ryan

Str.      Ted Ryan

Coach                         Willie Ryan

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Quadrangular, 1984

Quadrangular, 1984 ~ The Home International Quadrangular event was held on 21st July 1984 at Blessington Lakes, Wicklow. Frank Moore and Tom Malone were selected to represent Ireland in the double scull. Despite a gallant performance they finished in third place behind England and Wales

Irish Double Scull,  1984

Bow     Frank Moore

Str.      Tom Malone

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Quadrangular, 1983

Quadrangular, 1983 ~ On 23rd July 1983, our senior IV crew, with Pat Gannon instead of Christy O’Brien, finished off a marvellous season, when they won the Home International Quadrangular at Strathclyde Park, Glasgow. England were second and Scotland finished in third place.

Irish Coxed, 1983

Bow     Pat Gannon                  (3)        Willie Ryan

(2)        Ted Ryan                                 Str.      Denis Murphy

Cox                 Joe Homan

Coach             Brendan Duane