Sanita Puspure celebrates after winning at the World Rowing Championships. Photo: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan as well as Sanita Puspure and Ronan Byrne have been nominated

  Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll celebrate winning gold at the 2017 World Rowing Championships, in Florida. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Cork race to go ahead while Dublin event organisers to shorten course over water levels

Robert Hendrick has qualified for the Olympics.

The 21-year-old from Kildare had never reached a semi-final at this level before

Ireland’s Philip Doyle and Ronan Byrne celebrate after finishing in second place in the M2x- A Final at the World Championships in Linz. Photo: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

National trials set for this weekend have been cancelled due to bad weather

Neil Fleming and Barry Watkins lead Ronan Foley and Nikolai Thomsen over Lucan weir during the Liffey Descent. Photograph: Liam Gorman

Barry Watkins and Neil Fleming lose out in sprint finish after 32km race

European under-23 medalists Alexander Vyazovkin (Russia), Ronan Byrne (Ireland) and Stefanos Ntouskos Greece).

UCC man produced a blistering final 1,000 metres to pass leader Alexander Vyazovkin of Russia

Ireland’s Ronan Byrne (right) will contest the A final in Greece.

Byrne wins his repechage in the single sculls

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure celebrates after defending her title at the World Rowing Championships in  Ottensheim, Austria. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Philip Doyle and Ronan Byrne earlier took silver in the double scull

Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan were victorious in Austria. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Monika Dukarska and Aileen Crowley the fourth Irish boat to qualify for Tokyo 2020

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure celebrates winning the A semi-final and qualifying for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Photo: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Double of Philip Doyle and Ronan Byrne as well as Sanita Puspure made the grade

Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy of Ireland qualified for the Olympics at the World Rowing Championships. Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Irish lightweight double won their semi-final at World Rowing Championships in Austria

Reigning world champion Sanita Puspure won her quarter-final at the World Championships in Linz, Austria by more than 15 seconds. Photograph:  Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Defending champion wins by over 15 seconds as Irish boats excel in Austria

Lydia Heaphy impresses with semi-final slot at World Championships

Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan missed out on the top two in Austria. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Irish pair of Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll finish outside top two in Austria

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure was an easy winner in her heat at the World Rowing Championships. Photo: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Sanita Puspure was an easy winner with the second fastest time of all eight heats

Jenny Egan missed out on Olympic qualification in Hungary. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Irish paddler finished eighth in her semi-final in Hungary

Jenny Egan remains in the hunt to qualify for the Olympics from the canoe sprint World Championships in Szeged, Hungary. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Canoeist goes in the semi-finals of the K1 500m on Saturday afternoon

Aifric Keogh has been is entered in the bow seat of a women’s four in the Ireland squad for the World Rowing Championships. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Team built around Sanita Puspure and lightweight men’s double of Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy

Fourth and fifth place finishes for men’s coxed four and women’s double crews

Ireland’s lightweight double scull of Rhiannon O’Donoghue and Molly Curry. Photograph: Liam Gorman

The double join the Ireland junior men’s coxed four which qualified for their final

James O’Donovan of the Ireland coxed four which qualified for the A Final in Tokyo. Photo: Liam Gorman

Coxed four took second qualifying spot in their heat, narrowly beaten by China

Rhiannon O’Donoghue and Molly Curry. Photo: Liam Gorman

Molly Curry and Rhiannon O’Donoghue came second to the Netherlands

Holly Davis: the 14-year-old Cork girl,  one of four Ireland crews to win at the Home Internationals, is a remarkable talent

Six Ireland crews, five of them junior women, entered at Corgeno in Italy

Ireland women’s four came second at World U23 Championships in Florida

Ireland’s Miles Taylor, Ryan Ballantine, Hugh Sutton and Eoin Gaffney celebrate their bronze medal. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Britain edge race as Ireland take second medal after men’s bronze on Saturday

Britain take gold after cracking battle at World Under-23 Championships

Ireland’s Miles Taylor, Ryan Ballantine, Hugh Sutton and Eoin Gaffney after winning bronze at the World  Under-23 Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Teenager Holly Davis among gold medal winners at Home Internationals

Women’s lightweight double win tight repechage in Florida

Women’s four and men’s lightweight crews qualify after storms delay action

Eimear Lambe, who stroked the Ireland women’s four at the World Under-23 Championships. Photograph:  Liam Gorman

Crew and their male counterparts have chance to qualify on Thursday

Ireland’s Liam Jegou took bronze at the canoe slalom World Under-23 Championships. Photo: Getty Images

France-based Irishman could have won gold if it wasn’t for a touch on gate 14

Rowers from 25 clubs have been selected to represent Ireland at the Home International regatta. Photograph: Inpho

14-year-old part of squad for Home International regatta in Glasgow on July 27th

UCD on their way to winning the senior eights Championships of Ireland. Pic: Liam Gorman

UCD dominated men’s race at the senior eights

Paul O’Donovan picked up a silver medal in Rotterdam. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy are pipped at the death by Germany

Ireland’s Gary O’Donovan won bronze at the World Cup in Rotterdam. Photo: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy qualified for the final of their lightweight double

Stormy weather in Rotterdam meant the heats were run as time trials. Photo: Inpho

Lightweight double won their first race together in Rotterdam

Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy  cross the line to win the Ireland trial. Photograph: Liam Gorman

Rowing: Spotlight on Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy partnership in Rotterdam

UCD’s four and the Skibbereen pair of Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll missed out in the Henley Regatta on Saturday. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Eight from Dublin one of three Irish crews to exit on penultimate day at Henley Regatta

Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan: got their first Henley campaign off to a winning start. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Irish champions record impressive comeback win over Lyon in Thames Cup

Ireland’s Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan: they  will race in the Silver Goblets. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Ireland performance director names two male crews for World Under-23 Championships, with two women’s crew ‘pre-selected’

The O’Donovan brothers, Paul and Gary, have competed together in this boat, once both were available, since 2015. Phootgraph: Inpho

‘I’ll just have to put in more time and more effort and keep trying to get back in’

Tough draw for Sadhbh O’Connor and Natalie Long against world beating team

Sadhbh O’Connor and Natalie Long progress in the open pairs

Paul and Gary O’Donovan celebrate winning the gold medal at the World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria last year. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan impress as a double at Ireland trial

 Ireland’s Jenny Egan in action in Minsk on Thursday. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Egan finished strongly but misses place on the podium

 Jenny Egan has another  opportunity for a medal in Minsk.

Ronan Foley sets personal best in K1 1,000m

Aileen Crowley and Monika Dukarska were part of a four-strong crew which finished fifth in the B Final in Poland. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Two new crews finish 11th and 12th in Poland before improving in Sunday’s B Finals

Women’s pair and four miss out in competitive semi-finals

Claire Feerick and Eimear Lambe finish second to the USA after losing out to Italian crew

Ireland crews will be in action at  Henley Royal Regatta. Photograph:  Harry Engels/Getty Images

Ireland trials gets underway at the National Rowing Centre on Monday

Gusting winds and heavy rains expected from Saturday afternoon

Molly Curry keeps up her excellent form in the junior 18 single sculls

Liam Jegou competing in the Men C1 Heats Run 1 during the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup at Lee Valley White Water Centre London. Photo: Roland Harrison/Action Plus via Getty Images

Ireland paddler will now head for the World Under-23 Championships in July

Irish canoeist shakes off back injury to make it through in Lee Valley

UCD were the overall and men’s winners at the University Championships, with Trinity taking the Bank of Ireland trophy for women

Trinity to miss Henley Royal Regatta as it prioritises Irish Championships

Aifric Keogh, Sanita Puspure and Monika Dukarska.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rowing: Sanita Puspure’s champion journey; Skibbereen man is World Coach of the Year

Ronan Foley selected ahead of Barry Watkins for European Games

Sanita Puspure took European Championships gold in Switzerland. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Rower holds off stern challenge from home favourite Gmelin to top European podium

Sanita Puspure is into the finals in Switzerland. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Fintan and Jake McCarthy also qualify for A finals after fine showing in Lucerne semis

Sanita Puspure eased to a heat win on the first day of the European Rowing Championships in Lucerne. Photo: Inpho

Pair of Ronan Byrne and Philip Doyle also powered to fine heat wins on day one

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure takes on Vicky Thornley of Britain  in Friday’s heats. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

World champion leads an Ireland team in contention for medals at Lucerne finals

Molly Curry: the Coleraine Grammar School pupil took gold in the Girls’ Championship Single for the Internationals Cup on Saturday at Dorney Lake, Buckinghamshire, England.

Irish crews figure prominently at Dorney Lake

Jenny Egan won silver  in the women’s K1 5,000 metres at the canoe sprint World Cup in Poznan on Sunday. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Canoeist comes home just over half a second behind Ukraine’s Inna Hryshchun

Coleraine Grammar School’s Molly Curry with her trophy after winning the championship single sculls at the National Schools Regatta at Dorney Lake.

Metropolitan Grand League Regatta concludes with two thrilling races at Blessington

Jenny Egan missed out on the final of the women’s K1 500 at the canoe sprint World Cup in Poznan, Poland. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Barry Watkins makes K1 500 semi-final as Jenny Egan misses out after finishing seventh in heat

 Jenny Egan took fifth in her heat of the K1 200m and made it through as one of the fastest finishers outside the top four automatic qualifiers. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Barry Watkins qualifies for semi-final of the K1 1,000m but Ronan Foley misses out

The Metropolitan Regatta takes place on Saturday in Blessington

Rowing: Champions Commercial are down four men for Blessington meeting

Jenny Egan and Ronan Foley will represent Ireland at the World Cup in Poznan. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Egan looking to continue excellent 2018 form while Foley is a rising star of the sport

Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Germany come home to take gold after fantastic battle in Essen

The Irish junior men’s coxed four won their heat in Germany on Saturday morning. Photograph: Inpho

The junior men’s coxed four won their heat to qualify directly along with Germany

Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

520 crews heading to the banks of the River Shannon for Saturday’s event

Rowing is hitting its stride with two more regattas this weekend, including at Trinity.

All eyes on Trinity while big contingent of Irish rowers set off around the continent

Luke O’Keeffe - Conall Harrington in whose garage the record was achieved - and Jimmy Coughlan.

Luke O’Keeffe (17) and Jimmy Coughlan (16) rowed for 52 hours, two minutes and 35 seconds

The UCC  crew of Margaret Cremen, Selma Bouanane, Tara Hanlon and Emily Hegarty took the women’s four in impressive style at the Skibbereen Regatta. Photograph: Liam Gorman

UCC women impress with wins in the eights and fours at Skibbereen Regatta

Gary O’Donovanis glad to be back from a wrist injury he suffered while in New Zealand. Photograph: Inpho

After returning from wrist injury he’s thrilled to be ‘boat fit and race ready’ again

Action from the Liffey City Currach Regatta in 2018.

Crews from Donegal to Kerry are expected to compete in the event

While Ireland rowers  have returned from Italy, the boats have been delayed

Maurogiovanni is frank about his ambition for this year of Olympic qualification of a number of boats with competitive crews

Ireland’s Hannah Craig at the 2012 London Olympic Games where she finished 10th   in the Women’s K1 slalom final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Team which also includes Hannah Craig hopes to qualify boats for Tokyo Games

Single sculls world champion  Sanita Puspure will be in action at the Skibbereen regatta next week. File photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Prospects look better for next week’s Skibbereen event with mouth-watering line-up

Experienced coaches have been questioning whether  big lake regattas are suitable for those below junior 16 level

Wet and windy conditions led to the cancellation of Lough Rinn Regatta for the second year in a row

 Sanita Puspure won gold at the Memorial Paolo d’Aloja in Piediluco, Italy on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Doyle and Byrne take bronze in doubles on Saturday but miss out on medal on Sunday

Sanita Puspure picked up where she left off in Italy. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Puspure takes the A Final at the Memorial Paolo d’Aloja regatta in Piediluco

The Ireland pair of Monika Dukarska and Aifric Keogh, who compete for Ireland in Italy this weekend. Photograph: Liam Gorman

Three of the top Ireland senior crews taste action at the two-day Memorial Paolo d’Aloja in Italy

 Denise Walsh. Photograph: INPHO/Detlev Seyb

Rowing prepares for World Championships in Austria

Philip Doyle and Ronan Byrne at the Ireland Trial on Saturday. Photograph: Liam Gorman

Fionnan Crowley and Andy Harrington beat Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll

Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan. Photo: Inpho

Aifric Keogh and Monika Dukarska were emphatic in their win

Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll on their way to qualifying for the quarter-finals. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/INPHO

Friday’s three-day Ireland Trial will set the tone for a huge year for Irish rowing

Liam Jegou: has come back from a hip injury which necessitated an operation in 2017

French-based paddler has one eye on qualifying for Olympics

The St Michael’s Head of the River rowing event was cancelled due to bad weather

St Michael’s club secretary calls for change to race calendar following latest cancellation

The Trinity senior women’s team celebrating winning the Corcoran Cup. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

UCD take Gannon Cup with Trinity triumphing in Corcoran Cup

UCD (right) and Trinity race in the Gannon Cup in 2018. Photograph: Liam Gorman.

Races return to usual course from O’Connell Bridge to St James’s Gate with forecast gusty wind

Organisers of Erne Head of the River and Cork Head adopt different approaches

Sanita Puspure in action at the Ireland trials in Cork. Photograph: Liam Gorman

World champions sparkle despite testing conditions in Cork

Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan: they  have been vocal in their criticism of not being funded. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Ireland trial to be followed a week later by Erne Head of the River in Enniskillen and the Cork Head at the Marina

Ireland’s Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll won’t receive funding from Sport Ireland this year. Photo: Setlev Seyb/Inpho

Pair were lightweight world champions in 2017 but now Sport Ireland won’t fund them

Ireland’s Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan: they finished 16th in the pair (fourth in the C Final) at last year’s World Championships. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

This is the year when Olympic qualification for boats can be nailed down by good performances at World Championships in Linz

Mark O’Donovan (left) and Shane O’Driscoll are pencilled in to take on David O’Malley and Shane Mulvaney in the High Performance time trials. Photograph: Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images

Formidable line-up of invitations adds to anticipation of National Rowing Centre event

Those who argue for the Irish Championships moving from July to September say it offers the prospect of internationals competing and showcasing the sport

Bounane and Cremen entered as a UCC senior double for the Skibbereen head at the NRC

Sanita Puspure: World gold medalist produced a new Iris record at the Irish Indoor Championships. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Maurogiovanni defends tough junior programme following criticism

Sanita Puspure after setting a new Irish record at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships at  the University of Limerick on Saturday. Photograph: Liam Gorman

World champions take titles at the University of Limerick

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