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Emily Hegarty, Fiona Murtagh, Paul O’Donovan, Fintan McCarthy, Aifric Keogh and Eimear Lambe return home with their medals from Tokyo, at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

It was the strangest type of homecoming for Ireland’s triumphant Olympic rowers. There was no phalanx of media or film crews and no expectant crowds (...)

Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan   celebrate their gold medal  victory in the Men’s Double Sculls at the   Sea Forest Waterway, Tokyo. Photograph: Steve McArthur/Inpho

Few of us can ever begin to imagine being stuck in this moment. Olympic champion, Olympic gold medal winner, immortal in your own event and a rare and(...)

Sean O’Brien (left) captain and TJ Ryan, secretary of Skibbereen rowing club. Photograph: Provision

It was a hectic night for Trish O’Donovan McCabe, mother of Olympic gold medal winning rower Paul O’Donovan. The excitement of watching her son and (...)

 Fintan McCarthy (L) and Paul O’Donovan of Ireland pose with their gold medals after winning the Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls final during the Rowing events of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Olympic Gold medalist Paul O’Donovan has said he and his rowing partner Fintan McCarthy are “just here trying to be the best we can be”. The Skibbere(...)

Ireland’s Fintan Mc Carthy and Paul O’Donovan react at the end of the men’s lightweight double sculls semi-final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 28th, 2021. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/ AFP via Getty Images

Trish O’Donovan, mother of Olympic Silver medallists Paul and Gary, normally sets the alarm for the middle of the night rowing heats at the Olympics g(...)

  Ireland’s Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty  pose with their bronze medals after the Women’s Four final   in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph:  Naomi Baker/Getty Images

They were more or less 200 metres from the finishing line when suddenly those fateful words from Aifric Keogh started racing around in my head. God kn(...)

Ireland’s Sanita  Puspure in action during her heat of the women’s single sculls at  Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

There was a ‘so what’ attitude from Sanita Puspure when she came off the saltwater lake at Tokyo’s Olympic track at Sea Forest Waterway on Friday. ‘So(...)

Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan: the lightweight sculls duo are  favourites to take the podium in Tokyo.  Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Paul O’Donovan, grunge rower. A shaman, lean and feral, his look today is paleo-chic. There’s the long dark hair and an unkempt beard, with crystal-cl(...)

Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Fintan McCarthy Age: 24 Event: Lightweight Men’s Double Scull (LM2X) Titles: World Champion 2019, European Champion 2021 Club: Skibbereen RC (...)

 Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty. Photograph:  Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Emily Hegarty Age: 23 Event: Women’s Four Titles: World U23 Championships 2019 silver Club: UCC Rowing Club Another from the prolific Skibbe(...)

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