Rowing: Good placings for Irish contenders at the Head of the Charles
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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
Internationals and club crews from Ireland will compete in numbers at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston this weekend. It is a big event run on a time-trial basis, and on Saturday the races come thick and fast for the Irish. They have some good placings in the race order.
Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll go off first in the men’s Championship Doubles, while two races later Gary O’Donovan is set to go off sixth in the men’s Championship Singles. This event has a strong entry: New Zealand’s Robbie Manson, who set the record for the world’s best time in the single, goes off two places before him, while 2016 Olympic silver medallist Damir Martin takes to the water two behind him. In the women’s lightweight single sculls, Orla Hayes will keep the Skibbereen flag flying.
On Sunday, Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll are part of an Irish crew in the Directors’ Challenge men’s quads.
Women rowersMichelle Carpenter
Carpenter was a major player in building up the Get Going Get Rowing programme, which introduces young people to the sport. Their Blitz in Trinity College will draw hundreds of participants this Thursday: last year, 900 people took part.
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Fermoy rowing club is happy with the plan as long as it does not radically lower the level of the river Blackwater. Sean Canney TD has taken over responsibility for the area.