Claire Lambe and Sinead Lynch will be competing in the women’s lightweight double in Rio. Photograph: Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images

Lightweight double of Paul and Gary O’Donovan seeded in the top six at Rio

Olympic hopeful Sanita Puspure has been coming into good form during training in Spain. Photograph: EPA.

Focus for Irish crews now turns to international events after impressive weekend at NRC

Shane O’Driscoll (left) and Mark O’Donovan, who will compete at the Irish Rowing Championships. Photograph: Debbie Heaphy.

Cork club set to make history at the Irish Rowing Championships

Liam Jegou: was the fastest qualifier at the under-23 canoe slalom World Championships Krakow in Poland.

Ireland’s other competitors, Robert Hendrick and Jake Cochrane miss out

Members of the public shelter under umbrellas as they watch the Henley Royal Regatta on the Thames in June. Photograph: PA.

Introduction of an under-23 grade is preferred option to keep youth in the fold

Three Irish crews go into action in the Henley Regatta over the next two days.  Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Lady Elizabeth boat club also lost having hit booms early on, missing number of strokes

Gary and Paul O’Donovan: pairs from Germany, Poland, Austria and Britain have all been beaten

O’Donovans face heavy training between now and Olympics as they prepare to pick off more crews

Claire Lambe and Sinead Lynch: retained their composure admirably to win their heat. Photograph: Philipp Schmidli/Getty.

World Cup heat win by Claire Lambe and Sinead Lynch another step up for in-form crew

Paul O’Donovan, who intends to compete in the lightweight single sculls at the World Championships. Photograph: Kaspars Puspurs.

Paul O’Donovan intents to compete in senior lightweight single sculls at Rotterdam event

Jenny Egan on the podium alongside Britain’s Lani Belcher and Italy’s Irene Burgo

Dubliner takes second prize after a tight finish in the 5,000, canoe sprint in Racice

Gary and  Paul O’Donovan finished an honourable fourth in the World Cup in Lucerne. Photograph: Getty

Brothers have chance of winning World Cup series after fourth place finish in Lucerne

Siobhan McCrohan and Claire Lambe: the latter’s injury problems seem in past as she partnered Sinead Lynch to victory in the Bf inal in Lucerne. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland lightweight double pushing into the elite as Ireland women’s lightweight double win B final

Gary and Paul O’Donovan  celebrate victory in the men’s lightweight double scull  win at the European Rowing Championships. Photo: Soren Stache/EPA

European champions hope to avenge earlier defeat to John Smith and James Thompson

Sanita Puspure on her way to a second placed finish during the women’s Single Sculls Final race at the Rowing Olympic Qualification on Lake Rotsee in Lucerne. Photo: EPA

Irish rower comes through Olympic qualification regatta in Lucerne

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure has made it through to the final  of the women’s single sculls at the Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne. Photograph:  Urs Flueeler/ EPA

Irish rower needs to finish in top four on Tuesday to claim Rio place

Sanita Puspure won her heat of the single sculls at the Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho/Photosport

Irish single sculler makes promising start in Switzerland

Sanita Puspure competes at the recent European Championships, where she took a bronze medal.

Sculler chases one of three qualification places on offer at Lucerne

Liam Jegou has the chance to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

20-year-old qualifies for semi-finals at canoe slalom European Championships in Slovakia

Gary (left) and Paul O’Donovan of Ireland celebrate winning the final of the men’s lightweight double scull competition at the European Rowing Championships in Brandenburg last weekend. Photograph: EPA.

Leitrim event has 235 crews entered and is sure to put new rowing course on map

Ireland’s Gary  and Paul O’Donovan celebrate winning the final of the men’s lightweight double scull competition at the European Rowing Championships on Beetzsee Lake in Brandenburg. Photograph: Soeren Stache/EPA

Sanita Puspure digs in to take the bronze medal in the single sculls in Brandenburg

Ireland’s lightweight women’s double of Sinéad Jennings and Claire Lambe. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan

Lightweight duo Paul and Gary O’Donovan included in team bound for Brandenburg

Denise Walsh won a trial to qualify for European Rowing Championships next weekend.

Performance director Morten Espersen feels athletes are leaving sport too early

Paul and Gary O’Donovan with their silver medals at the World Cup Regatta in Varese, Italy.

Medals won at World Cup puts a possible light on future of sport in Ireland

Sanita Puspure won bronze in Italy. Photograph: Inpho

Sanita Purpure, Paul and Gary O’Donovan all get podium places in Varese, Italy

Sinead Jennings and Claire Lambe: The official Fisa preview lists the pair among the ones to watch, and they have been seeded fifth. Photograph: Inpho

Men’s and women’s lightweight doubles can test themselves against some of the world’s best for World Cup in Varese

Brothers Paul and Gary O’Donovan are reported to be in fine physical condition ahead of summer racing.

Weather concerns force organisers to hold whole programme at NRC on Saturday

The Ireland lightweight double of Sinéad Jennings (front) and Claire Lambe, who will be speed tested at the Ireland trial.

Women’s pair and lightweight men’s four seek step towards Olympic qualification

 Siofra Bennett won her sixth Corcoran Cup as UCD completed a double in the annual Colours Races  on the River Liffey in Dublin. Photograph:  Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Good starts pave the way to wins in both the Gannon and Corcoran cups

UCD could break run of wins for rivals in Corcoran Cup

Caoimhe O’Ferrall excelled at the Irish Open at Lucan.

A number of young contenders have put their hands up for selection

Monika Dukarska’s long-term plans are in the singles sculls.

Muckross event falls foul of poor weather forecast

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure still hopes to make it to Rio Olympics. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho.

International season begins in Italy and will go all the way to Rio

Mike Heskin:  served as chief executive of Hockey Ireland for three years. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sport Ireland grant of €400,000 has placed rowing in top 10 of Olympic sports

Catherine McKeon:  “Before the accident I wouldn’t have gone to a gym; I wouldn’t have done that much. But after it I took up rowing and Muay Thai and I started going to a gym. And I think that really helped my recovery.”

Glasnevin woman is now contender despite suffering serious brain injury in Thai crash

The Castleconnell Boat Club’s boathouse was badly flooded this winter.

One of club’s launches involved in tragic incident on flooded river near World’s End

Sinéad Jennings competing on a Wattbike at the Irish Indoor Championships last year. Photograph: Marie-Therese Garvey

Up to 1,000 expected to gather for the Limerick-based test

Rowers Gearoid Towey and Ciarán Lewis in their Atlantic Challenge craft before the dramatic capsize in 2006.

‘I think about it every single day. I do, from time to time, think I am lucky to be here’

Paul O’Donovan (left) and Gary O’Donovan, trained hard in Seville as they prepare to represent Ireland at the Olympic Games. Photograph: Debbie Heaphy.

Well-timed training camp in Seville should stand to Irish crews at Olympics

Paul O’Donovan (left) and Gary O’Donovan, who will represent Ireland at the Olympic Games in Rio. Photograph: Debbie Heaphy.

Lightweight double crew can now look foward to competing in Rio Olympics

Ireland squad member Monika Dukraska is the top name at competing at the provinces indoors championship’s at the University of Limerick. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Rowing Ireland hope to unearth top competitors with new talent identification programme

Sanita Puspure, competes in the Armada Cup in Bern in Switzerland this Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

The lightweight four spent long periods with no coach last season

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

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