The forecast of strong winds from the southeast has cast some doubts over this weekend’s action and a final decision will be made on Friday

New Ireland heavyweight coach impressed with tenacity of ‘tough’ rowers here

Ireland’s Paul O’Donovanwon bronze at the New Zealand Championships on Lake Karapiro. Photo: Inpho

It was a successful day for the Irish in New Zealand as they won two medals

The O’Donovan brothers finished fourth in the Premier Double Sculls in New Zealand. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Inpho

UCD rower picks up two medals while Paul and Gary O’Donovan finish fourth

Damian Browne in Antigua after completing his solo row.

Claire Lambe picks out Rio experience as the pinnacle of her career as she retires

Ireland coach Dominic Casey has urged caution in assessing their chances of medals given that they are taking on some of the best in the world - in borrowed boats. Photograph: Inpho

Paul O’Donovan qualified for the A Final of the Premier Single Sculls on Lake Karapiro

Ireland’s Paul O’Donovan competed in the Premier (heavyweight) single in New Zealand. Photograph: Inpho

UCD’s Max Murphy who is competing for Waikato in New Zealand also caught the eye

Hamish Adams, outgoing chief executive, Rowing Ireland: named the  Get Going, Get Rowing programme, which introduces young people to the sport, as a  highlight of his time in charge

Adams proud of his five years in charge as he prepares to join Athletics Ireland

 Paul O’Donovan of the Skibbereen rowing quartet. Photograph: ©INPHO/Mummycooks

Busy days at home and abroad for the four elite oarsmen

Dave McGowan (right) pictured in the Australia heavyweight fours boat at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. Photograph:  Maxim Marmur/AFP/Getty Images

36-year-old competed in 2004 Olympic Games before taking up coaching in the Netherlands

The O’Donovan brothers had to settle for sixth place in the Premier Double Sculls on Lake Karapiro. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Inpho

Four home crews take top four places in the Premier Double Sculls on Lake Karapiro

Paul O’Donovan has reached the final of the heavyweight single sculls in New Zealand. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

23-year-old sculler finishes second in the repechage of the Premier Single Sculls

Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll competed as a heavyweight pair for the first time on foreign waters at the North Island Championships in New Zealand. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan will compete in repechage on Sunday

The double of Gary and Paul O’Donovan will compete as heavyweights in the North Island Championships as they do not need to taper to lightweight this early in the season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paul and Gary O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan all to move up in weight

Sanita Puspure, with Ireland lightweight coach Dominic Casey assisting, competes at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships. Photo: Liam Gorman

McKeown broke his own Irish record, setting a time for the 2,000 metres of five minutes 53 seconds

Antonio Maurogiovanni, who has very firm beliefs about his style of coaching, has run up against opposition from athletes in the high performance system

High Performance Committee chair calls for calm amid criticism over Maurogiovanni

The Relentless crew arriving in English Harbour, Antigua, this morning

Crew from Cork and Dublin completed the Atlantic Challenge in 32 days and 22 hours

 Sanita Puspure:  has an   upcoming disciplinary hearing. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Next on-the-water Ireland high-performance assessment set for February 24th

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure:  she faces disciplinary proceedings because of her tweet in which she expressed her disappointment at the removal of her coach Sean Casey. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Deadline for applications for new coach to replace Sean Casey has been extended

The calm before the storm: Damian Browne celebrates Christmas Day. Photograph: Damian Bowne/Atlantic Row via Facebook

A clutch of medals, and Damian Browne’s dramatic Atlantic Challenge encounter

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

Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll capped off a stellar year with world title

Irish rower Sanita Puspure: “To say I’m not impressed with Rowing Ireland is understatement. I’m let down by my own.” Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sanita Puspure says she has been ‘let down’ after losing her second coach in two years

Kerryman guided crews to fourth, eighth and 16th places at World Championships

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

Top rowers headed for high performance camp at National Rowing Centre in Cork

The flotilla of craft which took to the Liffey for the All-in-a-Row charity event on Saturday. Photograph: Liam Gorman

Charity event aids the RNLI and the Irish Underwater Search and Recovery Unit

 Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll celebrate victory in the lightweight pairs at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

World champions switch from lightweight in order to pursue their Olympics dream

Kilmacabea Rowing Club’s girls U-12 crew taking part in the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships in Wexford. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan,

Decision criticised as a ‘hostile campaign’ by Irish Coastal Rowing Federation

Antonio Maurogiovanni: “I want to have everyone on more or less the same page.”

Antonio Maurogiovanni signals structures in the sport leave ‘opportunity’ for improvement

Gary O’Donovan  and Paul O’Donovan: the two set the same time for 6km as a heavyweight four created from Shandon and St Michael’s rowers

O’Donovan brothers to travel to New Zealand in January to train and compete

The O’Donovan brothers are set for a spell competing and training in New Zealand and Australia. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Inpho

Olympic silver medallists heading to New Zealand before spell in Australia

The UCD eight which won the Junior Championship of Ireland (then an adult grade) in 1947.

Ireland coach Dominic Casey again nominated for World Coach of the Year

 Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll: they  won a World Championship gold in Sarasota,  Florida, six weeks ago. Photograph:  EPA

O’Donovan brothers win special praise from President as he hosted Skibbereen Rowing Club

The Neptune Head of the River at Blessington may not go ahead due to weather conditions

Ireland high performance director sparks debate with call for running in programmes

Ireland canoeists Jenny Egan and Barry Watkins in China.

Irish canoeist took a bronze in the fK1 (racing kayak) women’s race at the World Cup

Ireland’s Claire Lambe and Sinéad Lynch. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Retirement of French man Jeremie Azou opens opportunity for O’Donovans

 Under-12 girls from Kilmacabea rowing club, Co Cork. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Move establishes Rowing Ireland as competitor to Irish Coastal Rowing Federation

The three medallists at the ICF Marathon World Cup in Shaoxing, China: Jenny Egan (L), Anna Adamova Koziskova of the Czech Republic (gold) and Lizzie Broughton of Britain (R).

Anna Adamova Koziskova of the Czech Republic wins gold ahead of Egan in Shaoxing

The Head of the Charles Regatta  in Boston, Massachusetts:    Paul   and Gary O’Donovan came very close to winning the Championship Doubles at the event. Photograph: Maddie Meyer/Getty

Sanita Puspure on Head of the Charles Championship Eights scullers winning team

Paul And Gary O’Donovan team up again to compete in the men’s championship doubles in Boston, along with their friends and rivals Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Head of the Charles Regatta is one of rowing’s biggest events, with 11,000 competing

Ireland’s Monika Dukarska won silver at the World Coastal Rowing Championships. Photo: Inpho

Monika Dukarska of Killorglin came in behind Ukraine’s Diana Dymchenko

Monika Dukarska: the Killorglin rower is the defending champion in the women’s solo; she will compete in heats in Thonon on Friday, with 20 rowers finding their way to Saturday’s final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

Irish Open in Cork cancelled, but World Coastal Rowing Championships to go ahead

Paul O’Donovan: the World Championship gold medalist faces a busy programme in the coming weeks.  Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Three O’Donovans and Shane O’Driscoll bound for Boston’s Head of the Charles Regatta

Sanita Puspure after finishing fourth at the World Championships. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Choppy waters in Florida dont’ help Puspure’s pursuit of world medal

Paul O’Donovan is lifted into the air after winning gold in the men’s singles scull at the World Rowing Championships in Florida. Photo: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

The lightweight men’s singles and doubles wins brought back memories of Lucerne

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

Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll were followed home by Paul O’Donovan

Ireland’s Paul O’Donovan on his way to winning his quarter-final at the  World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Irish rowers both make semi-finals at World Rowing Championships

 Dean Arscott of Team Sandtastic creates sand sculpture in the fan viewing area at  the  World Rowing Championships at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Ireland pair will now compete in C Final at the World Rowing Championships

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure had the second fastest time in the heats of the single sculls at the World Rowing Championships in Florida. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Irish rower looks on course to make final through repechage route

Irish lightweight pair Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll are through to the A Final at the World Championships in Florida after winning their heat. Photograph: Inpho

Irish boats claim three heat wins on opening day of action in Florida

Jenny Egan and Peter Egan win mixed K2, Tom Brennan retains K1 title

Ireland’s Paul O’Donovan celebrates winning gold at the World Championships in Rotterdam. Photograph:  Herman Dingler/Inpho

Hurricane Irma forced ship carrying equipment to be diverted to Houston

Jenny Egan and Peter Egan  at the Irish Marathon Championships this year. They will team up in a mixed K2 at the Liffey Descent on Saturday. Photograph: Mick Feeney.

First outing in race for mixed K2 of Jenny Egan and brother Peter Egan

The Ireland women’s pair of Aileen Crowley and Aifric KeoghKeogh prior to their departure for the World Rowing Championships in Florida.

Paul O’Donovan will compete in lightweight singles in Florida with Gary a reserve

Ireland’s Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll have beaten all before them in the lightweight fours. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Inpho

Paul O’Donovan along with Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan should be favourites in Florida

Gary O’Donovan has been forced out of the lightweight double sculls at the upcoming World Rowing Championships in Florida due to  illness. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Olympic silver medallist has not been able to train due to illness

Jenny Egan (right) celebrates after winning bronze  in the women’s K1 at the Canoe Marathon World Championships in South Africa alongside  gold medallist Lani Belcher of Britain (centre) and Vanda Kiszli (silver). Photograph:   Tim Lubbe.

Irish canoeist wins bronze at the Canoe Marathon World Championships in South Africa

Irish crews experienced another successful  day at the World Masters Regatta in Slovenia.

Neptune pair John Hudson and Gerry Murphy among the crews to claim medals

 Monika Dukarska: should come strongly into the reckoning in the 2018 season. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inphoin September/October are also exempt.

Coach Sean Casey says fielding a crew part of long-term bid for Olympic qualification

Ireland’s Paul O’Donovan and Gary O’Donovan  celebrate winning silver in the Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls at the Rio Olympics. Photograph: MIke Egerton/PA

Ireland performance director aiming to oversee a better system for emerging talent

The lightweight pair of Mark O’Donovan  and Shane O’Driscoll will compete at the  World Rowing Championships in Florida. Photograph:  Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images

Denise Walsh will also be looking to continue fine season in Florida

Ireland’s  Claire Lambe and Sinead Lynch celebrate qualifying for the lightweight double sculls final at  the Olympics in Rio. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Olympic finalist in Rio is fighting fit and has not been resting on her laurels

Aoife Casey and Margaret Cremen finish fourth in their semi-final

Aoife Casey and Margaret Cremen are in action at the World Junior Championships in Trakai in Lithuania.

Skibbereen/Lee double crew competing in World Junior Championships in Lithuania

Ellie O’Reilly and Gill McGirr prepare to receive their gold medal at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Hazewinkel, Belgium. Photograph: Facebook

With just four boats in Coupe de la Jeunesse, Ireland came third in medal table

Ireland’s Georgia O’Brien shows off her gold medal after winning the women’s single sculls at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Belgium.

Great run continues for Irish rowers at international events

Last weekend extended the unbroken sequence of successes for Ireland crews with two medals claimed at the World U-23 Championships. Photograph: Getty Images

Juniors chase more glory at Coupe de la Jeunesse and World Junior Championships

Men’s lightweight pair and quadruples gain podium finishes in Bulgaria

Ireland’s lightweight pair have already qualified for their A Final on Saturday, and the lightweight double could make it three A Finals from three if they make it through their semi-final on Saturday.

World Under-23 Championships in Plovdiv produce fast times in a blistering 32 degrees

Ireland have had an impressive start to the World Under-23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Well run Irish Rowing Championships illustrates high standard of underage talent

Competitors at the European Universities Rowing Championships in Subotica, Serbia

Sam McKeown, Miles Taylor and Chris Beck take bronze medals in Subotica, Serbia

Irish rowers won three bronze medals at the European Universities Rowing Championships. Photograph: Inpho

Sam McKeown and lightweight men’s double Miles Taylor and Chris Beck all take bronze

Gary and Paul O’Donovan were among the beaten Skibbereen crew in the men’s senior eight final at the Irish Rowing Championships. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Inpho

O’Donovan brothers among beaten senior eight crew in spectacular end to competition

Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll won the men’s pairs on day two of the Irish Rowing Championships. Photo: EPA

NUIG continued their excellent week with a fifth title thanks to their women’s novice eight

Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll will be in action for Skibbereen at the Irish Championships Regatta. Photograph: by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

Biggest ever line-up ready for action at Irish Championships Regatta

 Gary  and Paul O’Donovan of Ireland competing in the lightweight  double sculls A final at the World Cup on Lake Rotsee in Lucerne, Switzerland. Photograph: Alexandra Wey/EPA

Ireland finished weekend with two medals from World Cup Regatta

Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll claimed their fourth gold medal of the season by winning the lightweight pair at the World Cup in Lucerne. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Inpho

Skibbereen crew win lightweight pair title in Lucerne; O’Donovan brothers make final

File photo of Gary and Paul O’Donovan. Photograph: Soeren Stache/EPA

Paul and Gary come from behind to win repechage with a late charge

Ireland’s Gary O’Donovan and Paul O’Donovan in action at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Photograph: Inpho

Victory for Cork brothers at final regatta in Lucerne in Switzerland will seal success

 The five-day Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames is now in its 178th year.  Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Commercial senior four cruise into quarter-final while Clonmel juniors pipped

Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Clonmel’s junior four lose out after epic fightback

Racing at Henley Rowing Club  in Henley-on-Thames. Photograph: Jeremy Gaunt/Reuters

Commercial and Trinity are both seeded as prestigious rowing event gets underway

 Denise Walsh: stroked Skibbereen/UCC to dramatic late victory over NUIG in women’s eights final in Cork Regatta at the National Rowing Centre. Photograph: Srdjan/Stevanovic

O’Donovan brothers claim double sculls glory at Cork Grand League Regatta

Ireland’s Paul O’Donovan set a new personal best on Saturday. Photograph: Derman Dingler/Inpho

World champion in lightweight single sculls, was seven seconds short of world record

Ireland’s Gary O’Donovan and Paul O’Donovan: the  Olympic silver medallists could be crowned World Cup series winners at Lucerne in two weeks’ time. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Huge entry for Cork Regatta while further World Cup glory beckons in Lucerne

Ireland’s Paul and  Gary O’Donovan. “I think we are creeping away from the rest of the pack slowly as the races are going on”

Sanita Puspure wins B Final of single sculls at Posnan event

Gary and Paul O’Donovan finished second in Poland. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Inpho

France thwart Irish duo yet again but Skibbereen rowers hold off Poland and China

Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll won their third gold medal on the trot in Poland. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Inpho

Lightweight pair hold off Britain to take top honours at the World Cup Regatta in Poland

Paul O’Donovan and Gary O’Donovan are into the World Cup Regatta final in Poland. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland’s Denise Walsh is into the semi-finals of the World Cup Regatta in Poznan

Gary and Paul O’Donovan with France’s Pierre Houin and Jeremie Azou who beat the Irish pair to the gold medal  in  the lightweight men’s double sculls in  the 2017 European Rowing Championships. Photo: Getty

Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll seek to continue their fine season

Irish rower, Paul Giblin, who has died at the age of 34.

The NUIG rower had been battling refractory Hodgkin’s Lymphona since April 2012

Monika Dukarska with the bronze medal she took at the World University Games in 2016 at Poznan, Poland. She returns to compete there at the World Cup Regatta next weekend.

In-form Polish native returning to Poznan to compete in the single sculls event

Silver medalist Denise Walsh (Ireland) with gold medalist Emma Fredh from Sweden and  and bronze medalist Patricia Merz from Switzerland after the Lightweight Women’s Single Sculls at the   European Championships in Racice, Czech Republic. Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

Double sculls crew heads up a strong Irish entry at Metropolitan Regatta in London

Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll  celebrate on  the podium after winning the Lightweight Men’s Pair final during the  European Rowing Championships in Racice, Czech Republic. Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

Inspirational coach’s crews have a positive mental attitude and remember rowing is fun

Ireland’s medallists at the 2017 European rowing championships at Racice, Czech:  Paul O’Donovan, Gary O’Donovan (Silver medals - lightweight men’s double sculls); Mark O’Donovan, Shane O’Driscoll (Gold medals -lightweight pair) and Denise Walsh (Silver medal - lightweight women’s single sculls). Photograph: Inpho

Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll take gold as club add two silvers at Europeans

Mark O’Donovan (L) and Shane O’Driscoll on the podium after their European success. Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

Gary and Paul O’Donovan dig in to secure silver with Denise Walsh also on podium

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

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