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Ciaran Hoey
Club President

Ciaran Hoey is a Detective Inspector based at Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park. Ciaran joined the Boat Club in 1991 and has held the positions of Captain and Treasurer. Ciaran won a Novice Championship in 1991, an Intermediate Championship in 1997 & a Senior Championship in 2000. In 2013 Ciaran was elected Club President.

Willie Ryan
President 2011 - 2013

Having joined the Garda Boat Club in 1973 Willie Ryan won the first of his six Irish Senior VIII Championship titles in 1974. He was a member of the all conquering Garda Elite VIII who won the Thames Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 1975 and the Garda Elite IV that captured the Prince Philip Cup in ’77 & ’79. Willie is a double Olympian having finished seventh in the Coxed IVs at the Montreal Olympics in 1976 and seventh in the Coxless Pairs at the Moscow Olympics in 1980. He was Club Captain in 1982 & ’84 and served as Club President from 2011 to 2013. Having retired from An Garda Síochána he continues his life long association with the Club and can be found on the river bank coaching the next generation of Garda oarsmen.

Dermot Jennings
President 2008 - 2011

A native of Sligo, Dermot Jennings joined An Garda Síochána in 1973 and reached the rank of Assistant Commissioner.  Dermot has a long association with the Garda Boat Club having rowed in the late 1970s. He worked tirelessly on the Committee for a number of years and held the key position of Treasurer in the 1980s. He served as Club President from 2008 until his retirement from An Garda Síochána in 2011.

Peter Fitzgerald
President 1998 - 2008

A native of Tramore, Co. Waterford Peter Fitzgerald joined An Garda Síochána in 1964 and reached the rank of Deputy Commissioner. He joined the Garda Boat Club in 1965 and was a member of the Garda Crew that won the Irish Junior IV & VIII Championships in 1966. Two years later he played a pivotal role in the Garda Senior Crew that won the Irish Senior VIII Championship in 1968, before going on to represent Ireland at the International Quadrangular Event. He served as Club President from 1998 to 2008.

John Mee
President 1994 - 1998

A native of Williamstown, Co. Galway, John Mee joined An Garda Síochána in 1956 and reached the rank of Superintendent. He was introduced to rowing in 1960 and was a member of our Junior VIII Championship winning crew in 1961 and quickly graduated to our Senior Crew. John had the distinction of serving as Captain, Secretary and Treasurer of the Club. He was a former Chairman of Dublin Metropolitan Regatta Council and rowing representative on Coiste Siamsa for many years. He served as Club President from 1994 until 1998.

Ned O Dea
President 1977 - 1994

A native of Kildorrery, Co. Cork, Ned O’Dea joined An Garda Síochána in 1952 and reached the rank of Assistant Commissioner. Ned has been associated with the Garda Boat Club since 1955.  He was a member of our Maiden Championship winning crew of 1956 and rowed with the senior crew for three years. In 1958 he had the distinction of being a member of the first Garda crew that raced at Henley Royal Regatta. He worked tirelessly on the Committee for many years and served as Club President from 1977 until 1994. 

Tim O Brien
President 1957 - 1977

A native of Ardcanaught, Castlemaine, Co. Kerry, Tim O’Brien joined An Garda Síochána on 9th of July 1925 and reached the rank of Chief Superintendent. Having previously rowed with Neptune, Tim was instrumental in the establishment of the Garda Boat Club in 1954 and played a vital role in the Club’s formative years. He served as Club President from 1957 to 1977.

Paddy Carroll
President 1954 - 1957

On the 15th June 1923, Paddy Carroll, registered number 4712, was attested to An Garda Síochána at the Phoenix Park Depot. He rose swiftly through the ranks and was appointed Commissioner in March 1967. A keen sportsman he played Gaelic football, tennis and badminton. He was also an avid boxing fan and was President of the Leinster Council of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association from 1933 to 1942. In 1946 he became Honorary Treasurer of the Olympic Council of Ireland before becoming their Honorary Secretary in 1952. In 1954 he was instrumental in the establishment of the Garda Síochána Boat Club and served as Club President from 1954 to 1957. In 1960 he was selected as Chef de Mission to the Irish Team for the Rome Olympics and was appointed Chairman of Coiste Siamsa in 1962.