Ireland high-performance director makes plea to pospone Irish Championships until after Rio

The Liffey Descent: this year’s fastest individual competitor was Tom Brennan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Neil Fleming and Robin Koenders guide their K2 home with fast winning time of 1:48:32

Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll competing at the 2015 World Rowing Cup III  in Lucerne. Photograph:  Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images

Rowing Ireland chief executive tells meeting that ‘goal in 2016 is to get an Olympic medal’

A motion proposed by the Rowing Ireland board would limit participation in the Irish Championships to those who have “completed two regattas under Rowing Ireland rules”. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Possible change of domestic calender may see Irish championships moved to mid-summer

Irish Championships would be moved to autumn under proposals

Claire Lambe  and Sinéad Jennings: have just qualified the boat and technically others could still take their places. Photograph: Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images

Plenty of plaudits for brothers Paul and Gary O’Donovan who are on their way to Rio

Claire Lambe and Sinead Jennings have secured a place at the Rio Olympics in the women’s double sculls.

2012 London Olympian Sanita Puspure finishes 0.66 seconds away from qualification

Sinead Jennings (pictured) and Claire Lambe have qualified for the Olympic Games after finishing third in the B Final in the women’s double scull at the World Championships in France. Photograph:    Inpho/Getty Images

Men’s and women’s lightweight double sculls secure places through B Finals at World Championships

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure will need to finish in the top three of  Sunday’s B Final at the World Rowing Championship in France   to qualify for the Olympic Games. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish rower goes in B Final at the World Championships on Sunday

Sinéad Jennings and Claire Lambe faced Britain’s Kat Copeland and Charlotte Taylor. Photograph: Getty Images

Good opening day for Irish crews at World Rowing Championships

Claire Lambe and Denise Walsh of Ireland compete in the Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls - Repechage race at last year’s World Championships in Amsterdam. Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

A good campaign could see four Irish boats make it to the 2016 Olympics in Rio

 Aiguebelette lake in eastern France will host the 2015 World Rowing Championships from August 30th  to September 6th. Photo: Jean Pierrre Clatot/Getty

Robert Hendrick and Caoimhe O’Farrell miss out on qualification in Junior Championships

Sanita Puspure: says she is “100 per cent confident”  her coach Don McLachlan has judged her programme so that she will peak at Aiguebelette. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

Restriction of Olympic qualifiers ‘back door’ route means added pressure in World Championships

Some 2,500 rowers to take part in three-day event at Lough Currane, Co Kerry

Helen Hannigan (left) and Lisa Dilleen will represent Ireland in the double sculls at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette in France.

Four boats have the chance to book places at the Olympic Games

Sinead Jennings won silver in the Women’s Lightweight Single Sculls in 2008. Photograph: Inpho/Getty

If she and Claire Lambe finish in the top 11 at Aiguebelette they will have qualified for Rio

Barney Rix (left) and Aaron Johnson, the Portora pair  will represent Ireland at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Szeged in Hungary.

Dervla Forde one of several Irish rowers hoping to repeat last year’s success

The Irish team competing at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria this week.

Liam Keane and Stephen O’Connor qualify for quarter-final of lightweight double sculls

Trinity’s senior eight will be represented at the National Rowing Championships this weekend.

Much at stake for Irish crews at World Cup Regatta in Lucerne

Henley Royal Regatta: Portora Royal School were beaten by one of the best American schoolboy crews, Gonzaga College. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Portora Royal School and Trinity put in impressive performances but fail to shine

Rowers train in the sunshine on the River Thames in Henley-on-Thames, ahead of next weeks Royal Henley regatta.

Three Irish-based crews compete on the first day of the regatta

Rowers train in the sunshine on the River Thames in Henley-on-Thames, ahead of next weeks Royal Henley regatta. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

UCC and Belfast Rowing Club fail to qualify for next week’s regatta

Crews train ahead of racing on the first day of last year’s Henley Royal Regatta at Henley-on-Thames, England. Photograph: Getty Images.

Trinity and Lady Elizabeth only Irish crews straight through to main draws

Paul O’Donovan showed he is indeed peerless in the single sculls: the lightweight (20) beat John Keohane for the first time, and only his brother, Gary, tested him. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

The college crew hope to repeat their victory next month at the Irish Championships

Britain’s Lani Belcher, left, and Hungary’s Renata Csay, centre, pull ahead of Jenny Egan, right, as they approach the line in the the Kayak Single 5000m Women final at the 2015 European Games in Baku. Photo: Kirill Kudryavtse/Getty Images

Irish fortunes were better in the boxing ring

Ireland international rower Paul O’Donovan is entered for Cork Regatta.

Postponement of Skibbereen event leaves noticeable gap in calender

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure made the single sculler A Final at the European Championships in Poznan. Photograph by Nick Bradshaw.

Ireland’s high-performance director criticises attitude of those aiming to reach the top

 Sanita Puspure: took fifth in a race won by Olympic champion Mirka Knapkova of the Czech Republic

Sanita Puspure just .17 of a second off matching bronze medal she won last year in women’s single scull

Sanita Puspure: looks well positioned in her heat to book a place in Sunday’s final. Photograph: William Cherry/Inpho

Lightweight double of Paul and Gary O’Donovan could prove surprise packets in Poznan

Pat O’Leary: made the final cut at the Canoe Sprint World Cup in Duisburg.

Second-place finish in heat sees him qualify for KL3 200 metres final

The weather has taken a kinder turn for crews taking part in the Grand League Regatta in Blessington this weekend. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Busy weekend awaits as Irish crews both at home and abroad

Sinead Jennings (above) and Siobhán McCrohan will shoot it out for the seventh berth in European Championships team. Photograph: Getty Images/Inpho

Trinity seeks chief rowing coach and strong line-up in for Dublin Metropolitan Regatta

Sinead Jennings: will face Siobhán McCrohan in a race to land a spot as Ireland lightweight single sculler at the European Championships. Photo: Inpho/Getty

Significant number of entries from outside Ulster bound for Castlewellan course

Ireland’s Jenny Egan (right) on the podium with her bronze medal at the European Canoe Sprint Championships in Racice, Czech Republic. Photograph: Rene Volfik/EPA

Dublin woman finishes third after tight end to K1 5,000m final in the Czech Republic

Paul O’Donovan of Ireland was fourth in the world in the lightweight single in 2014. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.

Top Ireland lightweight competes at Grand League event in Skibbereen

The Ireland women’s pair of Leonora Kennedy (left) and Monika Dukarska (right), which won gold in Italy, in training.

Senior men’s and women’s eights’ have entries only from Trinity

Elise Maurin who  easily won the women’s senior single sculls at Neptune’s big regatta. Photograph: Getty Images

Men’s senior single sculls went to Ian Hurley of Trinity

Monika Dukarska is in the Irish team for European Championships next month.

Leonora Kennedy and Monika Dukarska team up for Ireland

  The lightweight double sculls pair raised €4,100 with 70 donations in 20 days. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish rowing pair raise funds online to cover regatta entries in Italy and Poland

Helen Hannigan: in the double with Monika Dukarska

Aim this season is to qualify boats for the Olympics through the World Championships

The war memorial in Rangoon in Burma bearing the name of Ciarán Gannon.

Gannon Cup helps recall UCD rower and British medical officer Ciarán J Gannon who was killed in Burma in 1944

 Sanita Puspure: Relished being able to do long sessions on the water on the recent training camp in Varese in Italy. Photograph: William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye

Sanita Puspure fit to take part in final Ireland trial later this month

Photograph: Alan Betson

Injured Sinead Jennings to miss final Ireland trial

Claire Lambe and Denise Walsh of Ireland have been at a training camp at Varese in Italy. Photograph: Getty Images.

Trinity and NUIG to square up at Enniskillen event

Sinéad Jennings injury means the possibility of forming a lightweight double gets kicked forward until the final trial in March

Sinéad Jennings set a world-class mark of 272 on the Wattbike in Limerick. Photograph: Marie-Therese Garvey.

Competition keen for places in lightweight women’s double

 Genevra Stone competing in the women’s single sculls quarter-final  during the London 2012 Olympic Games, at Eton Dorney Rowing Centre. Photo: Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty

Olympian will be part of a huge entry on Saturday week at the University of Limerick

Kotie O’Brien: she does seven training sessions a week, combining it with studying for her Leaving Cert

Young pararower Katie O’Brien seeks new partner to try to compete in Rio

 Sanita Puspure: has been named Afloat Rower of the Year for 2014.  Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

Plan to have three overseas camps has been cut back to just one

 Sanita Puspure, who won bronze in the single sculls at the European Championships, was unable to compete in the trial due to injury. Photograph: Alan Betson

The 28-year-old finishes second behind Sinead Jennings in lightweight single sculls

Franciscus Goutier of the Netherlands (silver), Andrew Campbell Jr of the United States (gold) and Ireland’s Paul O’Donovan of Ireland (bronze) during the medal ceremony of the U-23 lightweight men’s single sculls at the 2013 World Rowing U- 23 Championships in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria.

Men’s lightweight double of Gary and Paul O’Donovan will draw particular scrutiny

Irish international lightweight double rowers Gary and Paul O’Donovan and coach John  Holland.

British-based rowers to make trip to NRC in bid to make Irish team

 Amy Bulman: the University College Cork rower was the fastest woman’s single sculler at the Muckross Head of the River. Photograph:  Inpho

Skibbereen and Lee Rowing Club share honour for pennants won

Paul Giblin (second from left) was diagnosed with refractory Hodgkin’s Lymphona in April 2012.

Former marathon runner says she underestimated level of skill involved in rowing

Turlough Hughes

Irish Sports Council’s decision welcomed by performance director, Morten Espersen

Single sculler Emma Twigg who was honoured at the 2014 World Rowing Awards which were presented at the recent Fisa World Coaches Conference in Rio de Janeiro.

Ireland performance director Morten Espersen honoured by Danish Sports Federation

Mark O’Donovan and Niall Kenny, with coach John Holland. O’Donovan and Kenny were part of the lightweight quadruple which finished 10th at the Fours’ Head of the River in London last weekend.

Wind on Blessington Lakes set to drop off for Head of the River

Sinead Jennings  celebrates winning the silver medal in the Women’s Lightweight Single Sculls at the 2008 Rowing World Cup. Photo:  Inpho

Former world champion aiming to compete in 2016 Olympic Games

 Leitrim Tourism and Leitrim County Council  recently launched the opening of an International standard rowing facility in Lough Rynn, Co. Leitrim. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Top rowers bound for Cork but format restricted due to one day

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure: the rower is one of Ireland’s hopes for Rio 2016. Photograph: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images

Entries up for Saturday’s earlier edition of the Liffey Descent

John Holland:  “In the short term we are going to see is there any possibility of doing a [lightweight] four.” Photograph: Inpho

Success of Sanita Puspure raises question of men’s boats for 2016

 Team Ireland’s Robert Hendrick would have had to finish in the top 30 at Deep Creek to qualify for the semi-finals. Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy / Sportsfile

Sam Curtis, and Patrick Hynes fail to progress from heats of K1

The Irish team which is competing in the World University Championships in France this weekend.

New course at Lough Rinn to be officially opened on October 3rd

Sanita Puspure: “With 250 metres to go, I just went for it. I gave it everything I had in the last 20 strokes. If I’d only started two strokes earlier.” Photograph: Chris Carpenter/The Irish Times

Irish rower lays down marker for 2016 Olympics

Skibbereen man (20) overcomes slow start to book place among top six lightweight scullers in the world

Daniel Sigurjorsson Benet and Omar Aymerich of Spain compete in the lightweight men’s double sculls at the World Rowing Championships at the Bosbaan  in Amsterdam. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Hannigan and Dukarska double also impress in Amsterdam

The Ireland team and coaches prior to departing for the World Rowing championships, which start on the  Bosbaan course outside Amsterdam on Sunday.

Rain and strong winds will make Bosbaan course in Amsterdam even tougher

Ireland’s representative at the Youth Olympic Games, Eimear Lambe, has been in Hong Kong preparing, before moving to the venue of Nanjing in China. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Biggest championships to date with ‘530 crews and just short of 2,700 rowers’

Conor Carmody (left) and David O’Malley celebrate with gold medallists Hungary after taking silver in the double sculls at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Bordeaux last weekend.

Queen’s University has the bulk of the entry with five

High-performance director Morten Espersen believes all seven crews expected to at least make B finals in Amsterdam

The Battleborn crew on arrival in Hawaii yesterday. Photograph:

Gary O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll qualify in their repechage while Paul O’Donovan finishes third in the lightweight single scu(...)

 Paul O’Donovan won his heat in the lightweight men’s single sculls at the World Under-23 Championships in Varese, Italy, yesterday to qualify for the quarter-finals. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Lightweight single sculler Paul O’Donovan also looks set to qualify from his quarter-final

Paul Griffin: competed at the Irish Rowing Championships last week

Midweek trials produce a new women’s double scull combination

Sanita Puspure: “I need to get stronger, there is need for improvement”

Commanding performance by rower fails to mask annoyance at not making A Final

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure: qualified for today’s single sculls semi-final at the World Cup Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.  Photo: Harry How/Getty

Disappointment in women’s pair for Lisa Dilleen and Lenora Kennedy

 Paul O’Donovan: favoured for the men’s senior single title.  Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Final World Cup Regatta in Lucerne along with Irish Rowing Championships taking place

 People gather to watch the boat races at the Henley Royal Regatta   in Henley-on-Thames, England.  Photograph: by Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Anthony English exited the Diamond Sculls to an Australian international

Crews prepare to compete at the Henley Royal Regatta yesterday. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Dave Neale and Eimantas Grigalius have too much power and control for opponents

Sanita Puspure of Ireland:  reached the A Final in Aiguebelette last weekend, where she finished sixth. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images

Just two crews to travel as budgetary constraints make things a ‘little difficult’

Sanita Purspure: took bronze at the recent European Championships. Photograph: Francisco Leong/AFP/GettyImages

Progressive Puspure and Pair ready to move up a level

Sanita Puspure celebrates with her bronze medal with Chantal Achterberg of Netherlands (silver) and Mirka Knapkova of Czech Republic (gold) after the women’s singles sculls in Belgrade. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images.

Podium finish in Belgrade first for Irish rower in Olympic event in eight years

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure returns to championship action in Belgrade today.

Ireland’s Olympian faces a stiff test on her return to championship action in Belgrade today

Catríona Jennings (above) and Sarah Dolan teamed up to win the double sculls at the Metropolitan Regatta.

Championships a first for team in green

Students from Caritas College, Ballyfermot enjoying a rowing workout. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Students are taking rowing in their stride as fitness levels rise and team work develops

Ireland’s Andrzej Jeziersk: aiming  to peak for the European Championships in Germany in July. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

Cork-based Pole just .892 of a second away from claiming a bronze medal at opening World Cup event of the year

The Irish Schools Regatta was for years an adjunct to the University Championships but has now bloomed in to a massive event. Photograph: Inpho

Under-23 single sculls at O’Brien’s Bridge on Sunday features the outstanding junior of the moment, David O’Malley

Sean Jacob:  talented oarsman has been asked to time trial:  Photograph: Getty Images

Overseas flavour to competition as Reading Bluecoat set to take on Portora

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure is one of 17 competitors in the women’s single sculls at the Memorial Paolo d’Aloja regatta in Piediluco, Italy. Photograph: Getty.

Irish University Championships a curtain raiser for popular Skibbereen regatta

 Holly Nixon of Portora beat Commercial’s Eimear Lambe in the women’s club one single sculls at the Neptune Regatta. Photograph: Getty Images

Oxford beats Cambridge by 11 lengths in Boat Race, while Kenny McDonald breaks Irish indoor record

Richard Coakley who won silver at the first World Cup in Sydney, representing Australia,   is unsure about moving back into the Ireland system.

Big numbers for year’s first domestic regatta at Neptune

Claire Lambe (right) is entered in the biggest class in terms of numbers (14) at the World Cup regatta in Sydney next weekend. Photograph: Inpho

UCD triumph over Trinity in Gannon Cup

Galway lightweight to stroke the UCD men’s eight on the Liffey on Sunday morning

Richard Coakley indicated his intention to represent Australia at the World Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Galway and Fermoy cancel scheduled event due to high levels on Corrib and Blackwater

Brothers Richard (bow) and Eugene Coakley may face each other other as the former has declared to compete for Australia. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Claire Lambe will be Ireland’s sole competitor in Sydney in four weeks’ time

Ireland’s Eoin Rheinisch in action during canoe slalom semi-final at London Olympics. photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Three-time Olympic canoeist says World Cup win was career highlight

 Limerick Boat club after its roof was torn off during Wednesday’s violent storm. Photograph: Seán Curtin

Spectacular video of roof of boat house peeling off and flying away in high winds is viewed all over world

Richard Coakley (bow) with his brother Eugene  (stroke).

McLachlan says heavyweights must improve

Philip Cavanagh will head up the Battleborn team in the Great Pacific race in Hawaii next summer.

Entry for tomorrow’s indoor championships in the University of Limerick runs to over 800 competitors

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