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Quadrangular, 1980


Quadrangular, 1980 ~ Gerry Conway was selected to represent Ireland in the single scull at the Home Internationals at Athlone and finished in fourth place.


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Quadrangular, 1974

Quadrangular, 1974 ~ On 21stJuly 1974, following our success at the National Championships, the Garda VIII were selected by the IARU to represent Ireland at the Quadrangular International at Llandegfedd, Monmouthshire, Wales. In a very exciting race the victorious Garda crew beat England, Scotland and Wales. Christy O’Brien and Joe Homan (Cox) also raced as part of an Irish coxed IV, but unfortunately after hitting the buoys they came second behind England. Despite our win in the VIIIs the overall victory went to England who scored nineteen points, Ireland were second with fifteen, Wales third with nine and Scotland fourth with seven.

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Quadrangular, 1971

Quadrangular, 1971 ~ On 3rd July 1971, Jim Muldoon was selected to represent Ireland in the single scull at the Home Countries International Quadrangular Regatta at Renfrewshire. Despite a promising start Jim finished in third place.

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Quadranglar, 1969

Quadranglar, 1969 ~ On 19th July 1969, we represented Ireland at the Home Countries International Regatta on the river Wye in Monmouth. Our coxless pair competed without success. Our coxed IV underperformed and didn’t win a race. Frustratingly, a third of a length was the greatest distance that they were beaten by, they could have and should have won all three races.

Ireland Coxed IV, 1969

Bow     Mick Drew                               (3)        Jim Muldoon

(2)        Tom Walshe                             Str.      Connie Byrne

Cox                Don Redmond

Ireland Coxless Pair, 1969

Bow     Mick Hayes

Str.      Bill Quane

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Quadrangular, 1968

Quadrangular, 1968 ~ On 20th July 1968, the International Quadrangular Match was held on Irish water for the first time at Metropolitan Regatta. Despite an impressive performance, the Garda VIII, racing in Irish colours, were beaten by England (Quintin B.C.) by one length. In the coxed IV event, England’s Crowland R.C., winners at Henley, proved too strong with Scotland second and Garda third. The Sunday Independent (21/7/68) reported:

Quintin got away to a flying start and were never caught, although the newly crowned Irish Champions, Garda, put in a strenuous effort just after the halfway mark and managed to cut Quintin’s lead to three-quarters of a length. Garda put in a final finishing spurt in a desperate bid to preserve their unbeaten record this year on Irish water, but the English crew had a length to spare at the gun.

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Quadrangular, 1967

Quadrangular, 1967 ~ On 15th July 1967, Club Captain John Mee accompanied our senior IV to the first official Quadrangular International Match at Loch Lomond, Scotland. Racing under the Irish colours with the same crew that won the Metropolitan Grand Challenge Cup, Garda won the coxed IV event when we overcame Scotland in a two boat race. By recording our first international success we helped the Irish team to achieve their first overall victory at this level.

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Quadrangular, 1963

Quadrangular, 1963 ~ On 10th August 1963, Brendan Duane represented Ireland in the single scull at the Home Countries International Quadrangular Match at the Serpentine Regatta in Hyde Park. Over 2,500 competitors raced in 400 boats in 157 races. Despite Brendan’s best efforts the race was won by Twickenham (P. Jennings) in three minutes and fourteen seconds.

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World Champs 2006

World Championships, Eton, 2006 ~ After her performance at Lucerne where she finished in tenth place, Caroline Ryan was selected to represent Ireland at the World Championships in Eton, England. In the heat she again came up against Ekaterina Karsten from Belarus. Caroline had a great race and finished in third place with another personal best time (7.44). The race was won by Karsten with Germany finishing in second place. Unfortunately, by pushing so hard in the race she picked up a stress fracture in her ribs which was to affect her next performance. She continued on valiantly, but unfortunately finished in fourth position which ended a spectacular year for her.

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U 23 World Champs

Under 23 World Championships, 1990 ~ Janette Towey, who was coached by her father Sergeant Gerry Towey from Fermoy Garda Station, won a silver medal at the under 23 World Championships in Ottensheim, Austria. This was the first time that an Irish woman had won a medal at a World Championship event. An unidentified newspaper reported:

Janette Towey, formerly of Fermoy R.C., on her first attempt at the world under 23’s, won a silver medal. Switzerland won the gold, with Janette three seconds behind, followed by Austria.

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World Champs 1982

World Championships, Lucerne ~ The World Championships were held from 22nd to 29th August 1982 at the World famous Rotsee Lakes in Lucerne. The Garda coxed IV were selected, but never really got it together and finished a disappointing tenth. The IARU annual report stated:

This experienced four was inconsistent throughout the year, and neither in its heat nor repechage did it seem in danger of making the vital qualifying places for the final. In the Petite Final they led to halfway but faded in the second half to finish in fourth place (6.32) and tenth overall.

Irish Coxed IV, 1982

Bow     Ted Ryan                                 (3)        Willie Ryan

(2)        Pat Gannon                              Str.      Denis Murphy

Cox                 Joe Homan

Coach             Brendan Duane