Three Castles are making waves
BLESSINGTON’S Three Castles Rowing Club are beginning to make a splash in the Irish rowing scene and people are beginning to take notice.
After the club’s incredible success at the national championships, Rowing Ireland identified the talent emerging from the new Wicklow club.
Three out of four of their J18 athletes were selected for the J18 Irish team. Rory Quin, Oisin Clune and Tadgh McKnight where selected to row for the Irish team travelling to Scotland to complete in the Home Countries International Regatta.
All three athletes put in excellent performances, racing against some very tough opposition. Oisin and Rory in the double scull lost their final by 2L to an exceptional English crew from Leander (Leander is one of the most successful rowing clubs in the world and over 200 years n the making and has 125 Olympic medals).
Tagdh put in a strong perfor- mance in the quad but they were beaten by England.
The young Irish athletes learned important lessons in their first event in the green jersey.
Three Castles Rowing Club operates on a shoestring on the Blessington lakes. It has no clubhouse yet but it rents a bay in the Dublin metro boathouse on the lake.
Despite the budget operation, they have achieved what many would regard as impossible.
They are producing top young athletes that are competing with the very best of clubs and their juniors have a promising future.
The club are now recruiting athletic boys born in 2005 and 2003 and girls born in 2003. Limited places.
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The Three Castles Rowing Club members after competing for Ireland.