Paul and Gary O’Donovan are into the A Final  at the European Rowing Championships in Racice in the Czech Republic. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Inpho

Denise Walsh ensures it’s a fine day for Ireland at European Rowing Championships

Antonio Maurogiovanni has been appointed as the  new high performance director of Rowing Ireland.

Former Italian Olympic rower has been based in Australia as a coach

Gary and Paul O’Donovan came second in their heat of the men’s lightweight double at the European Rowing Championships and now face a repechage in their attempt to make the semi-finals. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Inpho

Denise Walsh impresses in heat win while Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan make final

Ireland’s Gary and Paul  O’Donovan had an excellent 2016. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Crowds expected to turn out for European champions Gary and Paul O’Donovan in Czech Republic

Britain’s Lizzie Broughton tries to catch Ireland’s Jenny Egan in the K1 5,000 metre race at the World Cup in Portugal. Egan took gold and Broughton bronze.  Pic: Balint Vekassy/ICF

30-year-old Ireland paddler follows up on her gold success in same event last year

Margaret Cremen and Aoife Casey (L) took silver at the European Rowing Junior Championships in Krefeld in Germany.

Women’s double secure maiden Irish medal in European Rowing Junior Championships

All four Ireland crews qualified for Sunday’s semi-finals at the European Junior Rowing Championships in Krefeld in Germany. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Women’s double pick of the bunch in Krefeld as they progress straight to Sunday’s final

Jenny Egan of Ireland is into two finals at the World Cup in Portugal. Photograph: Inpho

She is into the final of the K1 200 metres after taking third place in semi-final on Saturday

Ireland’s Gary and Paul O’Donovan will be up against the French pair Jérémie Azou and Pierre Houin who beat them to gold at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Brothers who won silver medal in Brazil up against French double in Czech Republic

Paddy Boyd has been appointed interim chief executive of Canoeing Ireland.

Boyd was chief executive of the Irish Sailing Association for 16 years

NUIG Men’s senior eight were victorious at Lough Rynn.

NUIG rule the waves at Saturday’s Lough Rynn Regatta in Leitrim

Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan celebrate their success in Belgrade. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Inpho

Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan with Denise Walsh will look to follow up on World Cup medals

Ireland’s Gary  and Paul O’Donovan had to settle for fourth in Belgrade. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Inpho

Lightweight duo Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan take gold at World Cup Regatta

Paul and Gary O’Donovan won their semi-final of the lightweight double sculls at the World Cup Regatta in Belgrade. Photo: Getty Images

Sanita Puspure also qualified for the A Final of the women’s single sculls via the repechage

Paul O’Donovan and Gary O’Donovan are into Saturday’s semi-finals in Belgrade. Photograph: Inpho

Paul and Gary win their heat at the first World Cup Regatta in Belgrade on Friday

Lightweight double pair and Olympic medallists  Gary O’Donovan and Paul O’Donovan return to action in the World Cup Regatta in  Serbia. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Olympic silver medallists lead Ireland team in World Cup Regatta in Serbia

Three crews take gold at the British University Regatta

 Sanita Puspure  competing for Ireland  in the Women’s Single Sculls at the Olympic Games in Rio. Photograph:  by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Single sculler looking for a productive year following her Olympic disappointment

The Get Going Get Rowing programme, which brings schoolgirls into rowing, has introduced about  8,000 individuals to the sport already this year. Photo:  Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Seventy schools from all four provinces will compete at O’Brien’s Bridge in Clare

The National Rowing Centre will also be busy this weekend, with a junior women’s sculling camp. Lough Rinn in Leitrim also has a junior camp.

Visitors are bringing a strong crew across town to throw down the gauntlet to hosts

Gary and Paul O’Donovan: the international season ends with the World Championships in Florida in September. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Rowers are not as confident of being in top form for the World Cup in Belgrade in May

Claire Lambe (right) celebrates with the Cambridge crew after winning the Boat Race. Photograph: Getty Images

Sport Ireland’s increased allocation of €525,000 to rowing is much needed

Ireland’s Gary O’Donovan and Paul O’Donovan are to again team up Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan at the Skibbereen Regatta. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Neptune Regatta to get season started at Islandbridge with 368 crews expected

 Gary O’Donovan and Paul O’Donovan: will compete for Ireland at the World Cup Regatta in Belgrade in early May. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Four crews scheduled to compete in the first World Cup Regatta of the season

Eamonn Colclough defeated Kieran Kerr to become president of Rowing Ireland after delivering  forceful speech. Photograph: Getty Images

Mick O’Callaghan accuses board of ‘disgraceful behaviour’ over Espersen departure

Rowing was Ireland’s most successful sport at the Rio Olympics, with Gary and Paul O’Donovan picking up silver. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Former team manager O’Callaghan accuses outgoing board of ‘disgraceful’ behaviour

Gary O’Donovan won the men’s single sculls at the Irish trials in Cork. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Olympic hero makes hay with brother Paul absent due to exams

Calm conditions like this are not expected in London

Organisers believe stretches of Thames might be dangerous with high winds forecast

Sanita Puspure: her ergometer tests this week produced  an outstanding personal best of 6:35.9. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Battle between Kieran Kerr and Eamonn Colclough one feature of a busy weekend

Trinity  novice men’s eight took the Dan Quinn Shield in a fine race which was in the balance down the course. Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

UCD senior women win the Corcoran Cup with plenty to spare

Shane Mulvaney and David O’Malley were part of the UCD crew which won the Corcoran Cup. Photo: Getty Images

The south Dublin college claimed both the Corcoran Cup and the Gannon Cup

UCD’s David O’Malley:  the stroke man, with Shane Mulvaney,  formed the Ireland lightweight pair which finished fourth at the World Under-23 Championships.

Trinity look form crew after winning the Erne Head of the River impressively

Rebecca Esselstein of Oxford (l) and Claire Lambe of Cambridge (r) are weighed in during the women’s crew announcement for the 2017 Cancer Research UK University Boat Races at Francis Crick Institute in London. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

The Irish Olympic rower is studying for a Masters degree at the English university

Monika Dukarska: The single sculler will be the  standout rower at the Kerry Head of the River. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Breda Leader hopes feats of O’Donovans will encourage young people to take up sport

Gary O’Donovan (bow) and Paul O’Donovan will compete for Ireland internationally for the first time this season at the World Cup regatta in Belgrade. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images.

Erne Head of the River attracts biggest ever entry and a very strong field

Morten Espersen:  the high performance director  led Ireland to its first Olympic medal – at Rio 2016.

Positions to be filled include high performance director, president and hon secretary

Paul O’Donovan had 14 seconds to spare over his brother Gary at the Ireland trials in Cork on Saturday. Photograph:   Herman Dingler/Inpho

Sanita Puspure also impresses at National Rowing Centre

The Irish men’s lightweight four at the 2008 Beijing Olympics - Paul Griffin (Stroke), Richard Archibald, Gearoid Towey and Cathal Moynihan (Bow). Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

Event represented Ireland more than any other on the water, replaced by women’s four

Ronan Byrne is in the men’s senior quadruple UCC/Shandon team for the Cork Head of the River.

Impressive turnout expected for Head of the River at Cork marina

Atlantic rower Gavan Hennigan after he set an Irish record for a solo Atlantic ocean row. Photograph: Ben Duffy/PA Wire

High performance director was not willing to work with overseeing committee

Gavan Hennigan has become the fastest Irish solo oarsman to cross the Atlantic.

‘I’m open to possibility of just rowing back, crossing the North Atlantic. We’ll see’

Gavan Hennigan celebrates after arriving at English Harbour in Antigua after rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 49 days, 11 hours and 37 minutes.

Galway man finishes third overall in Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge after crossing in under 50 days

Morten Espersen was high performance director of Rowing Ireland when Gary and Paul O’Donovan won silver at the Rio Olympics. Photo: Inpho

Morten Espersen led the team in Rio which took the first Irish Olympic rowing medal

Old Collegians/guests crew at Islandbridge: James Kelly, Enda Bracken, JB Kelly, Prince Albert, Don Redmond (cox), Sean Drea, Susan Kelly, Ronan Mollumby, Nicholas Kelly, James Murnane.

Health of rowing evident as young guns make their mark at Indoor Championships

Paul and Gary O’Donovan in action at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships. Photograph: Stephen Kiely/Just look at the lens Photography

Records broken at Irish Indoor Rowing Championships, world of hard work returns

A Glenstal Abbey supporter entertains the attendance  at half-time during the Munster Schools Senior Cup clash against St Clement’s at UL. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A pleasure to witness Glenstal and St Clement’s do battle in Munster Senior Cup

Olympic rower Sinéad Lynch is taking a break from the sport this year. Photograph: Inpho.

63 clubs to be represented at annual University of Limerick event

Ireland’s Olympic medal winning brothers, Gary and Paul O’Donovan, have excelled at warm weather training in Seville, Spain. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

High-performance director Morten Espersen gives good report from warm weather training camp

Irish rower Gavan Hennigan in action in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

Gavan Hennigan’s decision to stay south of the most direct route has helped hugely

Gavin Hennigan: “I think I’d be probably more lonely in a crowded bar than I would be out here.”

Determined Irishman remains on schedule to complete epic voyage in 50 days

 Gavan Hennigan aims to join the handful of solo rowers who crossed an ocean in 50 days or fewer

Twenty days into ocean crossing, the Co Galway man is in third place of 12 boats

 Gavan Hennigan hugs  his sister before setting off in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge from the Canaries to Antigua.  Photograph:  Ben Duffy/PA

Galway native sits third of 12 boats having completed one-third of the arduous route

Brothers Gary (bow) and Paul O’Donovan winning an Olympic medal was the highlight of Irish rowing in 2016. Photograph: Getty Images.

Great expectations as young Irish talent start to stake claim at top table

Gary O’Donovan: finished  third in the lightweight rankings and fourth overall at the Ireland Assessment in Cork. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Duo take the top two spots in the single sculls at the Ireland Assessment at Cork’s NRC

Gavan Hennigan: the Galway man on Thursday evening was seventh overall and leading the three solo rowers in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic race to Antigua.

Aoife Feeley and Aifric Keogh take on U-23 duo Amy Mason and Tara Hanlon

 Cormac Folan, Seán Casey, Jonno Devlin and Sean O’Neill compete for Ireland at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Former Olympian stresses need for hard work – but first must resolve contract issue

Dominic Casey has been given a full-time role by Irish rowing after helping Gary and Paul O’Donovan to Olympic silver. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

Dominic Casey gets full-time role after helping O’Donovan brothers to silver in Rio

UCC covered the three-kilometre course in 10 minutes and four seconds at the Muckross head of the river

Queen’s University win Shannon head of the river at Carrick-on-Shannon

There is a good entry for the two heads of the river this Saturday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Commercial are well represented in entry for the National Rowing Centre on Saturday

Rowing underway wintery  sunlight on the River Liffey. Photograph: Alan Betson

Application to Sport Ireland seeks the funding for appointment of two more coaches

Gary and Paul O’Donovan with their coach Dominic Casey. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

O’Donovan brothers’ trainer recognised by governing body Fisa after successful year

A Mayo Clinic Study found that American football players had an increased risk of heart problems. Photograph: EPA

It has been established that endurance athletes develop bigger hearts than normal

Former Ireland junior Holly Nixon is in the top women’s boat, the Leander elite quadruple,  for the Fours Head in London on November 12th. Photograph:  Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Interview panel forwards candidate names for Irish coaching jobs to Rowing Ireland

Polish-born Monika Dukarska will assess her participation with the Irish high-performance programme. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

River Shannon event has almost 400 crews from 20 clubs entered

Monika Dukarska finished   over 26 seconds ahead of Greek international Alexandra Tsiavou to win women’s solo at the World Coastal Rowing Championships in Monaco. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Rower sets sights on Olympic Games in Tokyo after clinching second title in Monaco

Monika Dukarska will be aiming for gold this weekend at the World Coastal Rowing Championships in Monaco. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Gold medallist single sculler Monika Dukarska most likely prospect for success

Ireland high-performance director Morten Espersen.

Olympic success of Irish rowers adds appeal for potential candidates

 Paul and Gary O’Donovan finished first and second in the A Final of the single sculls at  the Irish Open in Cork. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Sanita Puspure claims women’s title while UCD dominate in the pairs

Ireland’s Paul and Gary O’Donovan celebrate winning a silver medal in the men’s lightweight double sculls at the Rio Olympics. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Olympic medalists set guage up against the best of young Irish talent at NRC

Tullamore Time Trial takes place on Saturday

Peter Egan and Mads Brendt Pedersen on their way to winning the men’s K2.

Jenny Egan makes it family affair with K1 win; Tom Brennan takes men’s race

South African marathon canoer Hank McGregor

Marathon canoer who has eight world titles is now ready to conquer Liffey Descent

Claire Lambe, who will study and row at Cambridge, with Sinéad Lynch in Rio. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Coaching team to spearhead Tokyo campaign being finalised

 Ailish Sheehan, who has died after a fall in Poland, was studying for her masters degree in Design and Environment at the University of London, and rowed for the college.

Many tributes paid after Irish woman’s life-support switched off following injury in fall

Mokina Dukarska won gold in the  World University Championships in Poznan. Photograph: Inpho

Kerry rower wins bronze medal at World University Championships in Poznan

Olympic silver medalists Gary and Paul O’Donovan with coach Dominic Casey at Skibbereen Rowing Club. Photo: Michael MacSweeney.

Board of Rowing Ireland must plot a way forward to build on Rio Olympics glory

Don McLachlan: Decision not to renew his contract has upset Sanita Puspure.

New Zealander coached the Ireland participants in Rio Games

 Paul O’Donovan celebrates winning gold at the World Lightweight Single Sculls final in Rotterdam on Saturday. Photograph: Herman Dingler/Inpho

Cork rower leaves rivals in his wake with powerful performance to cap magic month

Ireland’s Paul O’Donovan celebrates winning gold on Saturday morning. Photograph: Herman Dingler/Inpho

He follows up on Olympic silver medal by winning the lightweight single sculls title

Paul O’Donovan with his brother Gary celebrate after the medal ceremony in Rio. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Ireland junior double scull finished ahead of Britain to make it to the semi-finals

Paul O’Donovan won his semi-final at the World Rowing Champioonships in Rotterdam. Photograph: Getty Images

Olympic silver medallist has strong finish at World Championships in Rotterdam

Paul O’Donovan, Sanita Puspure, Claire Lambe, Sinead Jennings, Gary O’Donovan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rio medallist to race for a place in lightweight single final at 3.35pm on Thursday

Paul O’Donovan (R) was successful in his World Championship heats in Rotterdam. Photograph: Inpho

Olympic silver medalist transfers good form into the World Championship singles

Sanita Puspure has already got sights on the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

After medal in Rio it is a trip to Rotterdam and bid to become world champion

Sanita Puspure of Ireland competes in the women’s single sculls C final. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Win leaves 34-year-old 13th overall - completing a regatta where Ireland placed sixth

Ireland’s Paul and Gary O’Donovan celebrate winning a silver medal in the Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls Final at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with father Teddy and brother David O’Donovan. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The West Cork brothers have come a long way from facing rowing club suspensions

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure competes in the Women’s Single Sculls Quarterfinals at the Lagoa Stadium on the fourth day of the Rio Olympic Games, Brazil. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The Irish rower left it too late to make a move in the women’s singles sculls

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure came second hi her women’s single sculls  heat on Saturday. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Irish rower into Tuesday’s quarter-finals after challenging heat at Olympic Games

Ireland’s rower Sinead Lynch helps carry her boat from the water after a training session at Lagoa Stadium ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Photo: Getty Images

Three crews will compete in heats over the opening two days at the Olympic Games

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

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