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

Gary O’Donovan and Paul O’Donovan: Gary is competing in New Zealand (and later  Australia)while Paul will take part in the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships in Limerick. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Gary O’Donovan an absentee having relocated to train and compete in New Zealand

Paul O’Donovan celebrates winning gold in the Men’s Lightweight Sculls Final at the World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam in August 2016. Photograph: Herman Dingler/Inpho

Rowing: World champions Paul O’Donovan and Sanita Puspure will compete in UL event

Winter rowing  on the River Liffey in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Boards of Rowing Ireland and British Rowing have to approve the ambitious plan

 Sanita Puspure celebrates winning the gold medal. Photograph: Inpho/Detlev Seyb

Gold the pearl on the end of a string of sparkling rowing achievements for Ireland

Sanita Puspure celebrates winning the gold medal in the  single sculls final at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in  Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Her success – and that of the O’Donovans – crown a great year for Irish rowing

Three Shandon crews placed in the top six on the provisional results

World champion Sanita Purspure is helping with rowing’s popularity

Head of Shannon and Muckross Head of the River draw record entries

Dominic Casey has been named World Rowing Coach of the Year.

Ireland lightweight coach wins award at gala event in Berlin

Dominic Casey: looks set to become World Coach of the Year

Honour would be a fitting reward for the Skibbereen man’s remarkable record

Saturday’s event cancelled due to forecast high winds

The Neptune junior 8 in action at the Dublin Head of the River on Saturday. Photograph: Liam Gorman

Irish champions divided their resources to finish first and second

Dublin’s  Head of the river on Saturday will be run over a slightly shorter-than-usual course of about a mile and a half from O’Connell Bridge to the Trinity weir. Photograph:  Tom Honan

Total of 21 eights entered in Dublin event on Saturday

Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll: impressed at the Ireland trial last week. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

But clubs unlikely to agree to such a key change to the domestic calendar in 2019

Sanita Puspure has been nominated for the Women’s Crew of the Year award. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Sanita Puspure, the O’Donovan brothers and coach Dominic Casey all finalists in Berlin

Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan  Photograph: INPHO/Detlev Seyb

Dorney posts two outstanding days as rise in overall standard noted

Gary O’Donovan and Paul O’Donovan are set to compete in the Armada Cup in Bern in Switzerland.  Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

O’Donovan brothers set to compete in the Armada Cup in Switzerland

Ireland’s Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan will go off first in the men’s Championship Doubles at the Head of the Charles regatta in Boston on Saturday. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Michelle Carpenter of Rowing Ireland joins steering committee of 20x20 campaign

Cork club Myross on their way to fifth place  in the men’s coxed quadruple

Cork club Myross also take fifth in the men’s coxed quadruple

An Olympic angle for coastal rowing might have seemed a very long shot, but recent developments have changed all that. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish clubs have entered 26 competitors in 19 crews for weekend’s World Championships

Mackey is the training and development officer for the sport and is also a national coach for Kickboxing Ireland

Cork brothers Gary and Paul O’Donovan  won gold in the lightweight double sculls at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Photograph:  Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Medals at the Tokyo Olympics the target for national high performance director

Moira Aston: she will  take up her new  post in December

Meath woman has previously been national competition manager for Athletics Ireland

Fintan McCarthy wins single sculls in first trial of the season

Canoe slalom

Irish canoeist finishes 24th of 30 starters

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure celebrates her gold medal at the World Rowing Championships. Photo: Darko Vojinovic/Reuters

The hugely successful team will be honoured at a special event at the National Rowing Centre

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure celebrates winning the gold medal at the World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Rowing Ireland hopes to honour the Ireland team, including Gary and Paul O’Donovan and Sanita Puspure, at the NRC event

Sanita Puspure celebrates winning the gold medal in Plovdiv. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

World champion has borne bereavements and her sister’s cancer en route to gold

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure after winning gold in  the  single skulls at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Photograph: AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic

Tactic of ‘go out fast and stay in the lead’ pays off at World Championships in Bulgaria

Sanita Puspure celebrates after securing gold in Bulgaria. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Irish rower thrashes field to land her maiden World Rowing Championships medal

The O’Donovan brothers took gold in Bulgaria. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Skibbereen duo secure World Rowing Championships gold medal ahead of Italy

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure celebrates finishing first in her semi-final at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Irish crews set for big weekend at World Championships in Bulgaria

Another impressive day for the Irish at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv

Denise Walsh and Aoife Casey took third in their repechage in Bulgaria on Tuesday. Photograph: Getty Images

Duo finished in third but only two lightweight doubles qualify for A and B semis

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure on the way to winning her heat. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Her winning time was the fastest of the day at the World Rowing Championships

Ireland’s Gary O’Donovan and Paul O’Donovan finish first in the men’s lightweight double sculls heat 5  at the  World  Championships in  Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Photograph:  Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Cork brothers are through to the quarter-finals of the lightweight double sculls in Worlds

Sanita Puspure sweeps into the Championships on a wave of good will and will be seeking a medal. Photograph: Inpho

Skibbereen duo say lightweight doubles will be ‘tighter than ever’ this weekend in Bulgaria

Jenny Egan  took bronze in the K1 5,000 metres at the canoe sprint World Championships in Montemor O Velho just two weeks ago.

Barry Watkins will represent Ireland in the men’s K1 in Portugal

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure  will be a medal contender at the World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria. Photograph: Inpho

David Mannion leaves NUIG to start a job as a lead coach with Tideway Scullers’ in London

Jenny Egan on her way to taking a bronze medal at the canoe sprint World Championships in Portugal. Photograph: Carolyn Cooper.

Paddler took a bronze medal at the canoe marathon World Championships last year

Coastal rowing is a very popular sport in pockets around Ireland. Photograph:  Irish Coastal Rowing

High-performance side of Rowing Ireland focused on the World Championships in just over three weeks

Eliza O’Reilly and Gill McGirr are set for a B Final at the World Junior Championships. Photograph: Liam Gorman

Eliza O’Reilly and Gill McGirr give gutsy semi-final performance but only take fourth

Eliza O’Reilly and Gill McGirr, who qualified for the semi-finals of the World Junior Championships. Photograph: Liam Gorman

The duo from Fermoy qualified for the semi-finals of World Junior Championships

Paul and Gary O’Donovan: won silver medal in the lightweight double at the European Championships in Glasgow.  Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Three other crews destined for repechages after hot day of competition in Racice

The Ireland men’s junior coxed four which qualified directly for their semi-final at the World Junior Championships in Racice in the Czech Republic, with their coach Fran Keane. (L-R) Eoin Finnegan, Conor Mulready, James O’Donovan, Fintan O’Driscoll and Eoin Gaffney.

Ireland junior men’s coxed four have made it into the semi-finals in the Czech Republic

Single sculler Sanita Puspure is a member of the Ireland team for the World Rowing Championships. Photograph: Inpho

A big Ireland rowing team for next month’s World Championships has been named

Gary and Paul O’Donovan with their European Championships silver medals. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Lightweight double pipped by friendly foes Norway at Strathclyde Park on Saturday

The O’Donovan brothers will row for a European Championships gold medal on Sunday. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Norway and Italy look like their main competition for a gold medal in Strathclyde

Ireland’s Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan finished fifth on Friday. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Pair will concentrate on on Saturday’s B Final as will Aoife Casey and Denise Walsh

Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan at the end of their pairs repechage during the European Rowing Championships in Glasgow. Photo: Inpho

Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan the standout Irish crew at Europeans in Glasgow

David O’Malley (centre left) and Shane Mulvaney (centre right) celebrate gold in the lightweight men’s pair at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Poznan. Photograph: FISA Igor Meijer

Ireland couldn’t add to World Under-23 Championships medal tally on Sunday

Ronan Byrne led the way for Ireland on the third day of the World Under-23 Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tara Hanlon and Emily Hegarty failed to make the A final in the women’s event

The lightweight quadruple sculls team of Andrew Goff, Niall Beggan, Miles Taylor and Ryan Ballantine came through in their repechage

Irish rowers chasing medals at World Under-23 Championships in Poland

The Ireland lightweight quadruple lost a battle with the United States for the one A Final place on offer in their heat.

Ireland’s Emily Hegarty and Tara Hanlon see off Spain to secure semi-final qualification

The Ireland women’s team for the Coupe de la Jeunesse, which will be held at the NRC in Cork from Friday to Sunday.

Coupe de la Jeunesse to take place at National Rowing Centre in Cork this weekend

The Ireland eight which won at the Home International Regatta and secured the senior men’s title for the host country. Photograph: Liam Gorman

Women just miss out on making it a double after eights lose out to England

Commercial  on their way to winning the senior eights championship at the National Rowing Centre, from UCD, NUIG/Queen’s and Trinity. Rowers from these crews represent Ireland at the Home International Regatta at the same venue on Saturday. Photograph: Liam Gorman

In-form single sculler to focus on preparing for World Championships in September

Jake Cochrane: through to next round of  World Junior and Under-23 Championships in Ivrea, Italy. Photograph:   Canoe Association of Northern Ireland

Canoeing Ireland advertises chief executive position as Paddy Boyd steps down

Gary O’Donovan and Paul O’Donovan took gold in the World Cup Regatta. Photograph: Alexandra Wey/EPA

Ireland enjoy a fine day on the water in Lucerne as Sanita Puspure wins silver

The rowing teams of Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland and China (bottom to top) in action during the men’s eight at the rowing World Cup. Photograph:  Alexandra Wey/EPA

Paul and Gary O’Donovan and single sculler Sanita Puspure win World Cup semi-finals

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure was among those who qualified through their heats at the Rowing World Cup. Photo: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Sanita Puspure and Paul O’Donovan and Gary O’Donovan won their heats in Lucerne

Gary and Paul O’Donovan were beaten by British heavyweights Angus Groom and Jack Beaumont in the final of the Double Sculls at the Henley Royal Regatta. Photograph: Inpho

Skibbereen duo suffered steering issues in final of the Double Sculls

Spectators gather to watch the rowing at the 2018 Henley Royal Regatta alongside the river Thames. Photograph: PA

The O’Donovans will meet the Britain heavyweight double in the final on Sunday

Spectators gather to watch the rowing during day one of the 2018 Henley Royal Regatta alongside the river Thames. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

Skibbereen double beat Leander crew of Stephen Cox and Irishman Tiernan Oliver

Spectators gather to watch the rowing at Henley Royal Regata. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Trinity lose out to Syracuse University in Temple Cup

Ireland’s  Ronan Foley claimed victory in the canoe marathon European Championships in Croatia.

Kilcullen man wins K1 junior race in Croatia with tactical masterclass

Spectators gather to watch the rowing during day one of the 2018 Henley Royal Regatta alongside the River Thames. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

NUIG coxed four claim thrilling photo finish win on the River Thames

Single sculler Sanita Puspure will lead the Irish team at the World Cup Regatta in Lucerne. Photograph: Inpho

O’Donovan brothers and Sanita Puspure to lead team

World lightweight champion Paul O’Donovan on his way to winning the single sculls at Cork Regatta on Saturday. Photograph: Liam Gorman

In the women’s pairs Skibbereen’s Niamh Casey and Aine McCarthy were clear winners

Event one of the biggest on the Irish rowing calendar

Gary and Paul O’Donovan will make their debut at the Henley Regatta in London at the start of July. Photograph: Inpho

Olympic silver medallists to row in the Double Sculls Challenge Cup at famous regatta

Sanita Puspure: “It is ridiculous that we are trying to find someone to fund the team at the Europeans. We’re one of the top Olympic sports in Ireland.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Funding has not kept up with the rise in the number of top-class Irish rowers

Sanita Puspure took silver in Belgrade. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Fine morning on the water for Ireland as Paul and Gary O’Donovan win bronze

Paul and Gary O’Donovan are through to the lightweight double A final in Belgrade. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Inpho

Sanita Puspure also through to A Final in Serbia after finishing second in semi-final

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure dominated her heat of the single sculls in Belgrade. Photograph: Jeremy Lee-Pool/Getty Images

Sanita Puspure dominated her heat of single sculls on opening day in hot conditions

Sanita Puspure: the single sculler showed terrific form in the Ireland trials and is in action at the World Cup regatta in Belgrade. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Gary O’Donovan and Paul O’Donovan targeting gold in the lightweight double

Eliza O’Reilly and Gill McGirr, who are set to compete at the British National Schools Championships this weekend.

Some of the top juniors in the country will compete at British National Schools’ Regatta

Denise Walsh and Margaret Cremen: they will form a  lightweight double at the   World Cup Regatta in Belgrade

A new heavyweight group has been named to train at the National Rowing Centre

Sanita Puspure secured her place in Ireland side at the trial at the National Rowing Centre. Photograph: Inpho

Lightweight double OF O’Donovan brothers and single sculler Sanita Puspure to compete

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