The pow­er­ful gang from Ring RC trav­elled to the All-Ire­land Coastal Row­ing Cham­pi­onships… and came back as cham­pi­ons.

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pow­er­ful gang from Ring RC trav­elled to the All-Ire­land Coastal Row­ing Cham­pi­onships… and came back as cham­pi­ons.

There was rain, there was wind, there was the com­pe­ti­tion to over­come, and Ring RC were up for the chal­lenge… claim­ing five golds, two sil­vers and two bronzes.

That’s nine sets of medals for an ex­tremely proud club, who prized sec­ond in Ire­land at the All-Ire­lands.

On the Fri­day they won a sil­ver and a bronze, and the weekend was off to a great start. What fol­lowed was even bet­ter, as they won sil­ver in the Cork Yawl race (Mike Mur­phy, Adrian Flem­ing Damien O’Driscoll and Kevin O’Dono­van, coxed by Denise Har­ring­ton). And then a bronze for the Cork Yawl crew of Col­lette O’Dono­van, Kaili Hayes, Jana Sch­warzfeld and Virge Daly, coxed by Rory Cul­li­nane).

And they weren’t fin­ished there, as the se­nior mixed crew of Mike Mur­phy, Ed­die Knowles, Kaili Hayes and Virge Daly (coxed by Denise Har­ring­ton) had a fan­tas­tic race and fin­ished with sil­ver medals.

Then the U21s (Noel Cree­don, Rory Cul­li­nane, Brian O’Dono­van and Jack Wyc­er­ley, coxed by Denise Har­ring­ton) won a fan­tas­tic gold, a marvellous achieve­ment for this young crew.Then another gold came their way as the pre vet mixed (Kevin O’Dono­van, Deirdre Knowles, Jana Sch­warzfeld and Adrian Flem­ing, coxed by Denise Har­ring­ton) crossed the line in first place to mighty cheers.

And more gold as Ring RC pre vet ladies (Col­lette O’Dono­van, Deirdre Knowles, Kaili Hayes and Virge Daly, coxed by Denise Har­ring­ton) took a ter­rific gold, and the U14s (Alee­sha Hurley, Aoife O’Con­nell, Kelly Oforji and Ava Arch­bold, coxed by Denise Har­ring­ton) took a marvellous bronze in stiff com­pe­ti­tion.

And Ring RC’s hot U16s (Mark O’Con­nell, James O’Dono­van, Jack Con­way and Gearoid O’Dono­van, coxed by Padraig Grif­fin) re­mained too strong for the com­pe­ti­tion, hav­ing dom­i­nated all year, and capped a ter­rific sea­son with a fan­tas­tic gold.

More medals flowed as the ju­nior men (Damien O’Driscoll, Mike Mur­phy, Kevin O’Dono­van and Adrian Flem­ing) were cheered across the line to take gold, while the club’s Ciara Deasy won a bronze when she rowed with Gal­ley Flash.

The club is par­tic­u­larly proud also of its U12s (Tom Ryan , Frank Beechi­nor, Dar­ragh Cul­li­nane, Cian Mur­phy, Finn All­man, Jack O’Dono­van, Ciaran Coak­ley and Conor Daly) who rowed with guts, as did the U14s (Sarah Coak­ley, Moyà Knowles, Sinéad Harte and Orla Cal­laghan), U14s Eoin Mur­phy, Gavin O’Dono­van, Conor Ryan, and Adam Craw­ford; U16s Ciara Deasy, Ellen Lawlor, Ciara Fer­gu­son and Kate Cal­laghan; U18 Eve­lyn Mur­phy, Aoife White, Ciara Fer­gu­son and Kate Cal­laghan; U18s Eoin Fahy, Kee­lan Craw­ford, Jack Archi­bold and James O’DonoTHE van; Vets Louise Cul­li­nane, Michelle Ryan, Mary Hol­land (Court­mac RC ) and Jana Sch­warzfeld; vet men Kieran Fer­gu­son, Noel O’Brien, Ger O’Driscoll, and Tony Ly­nam; ju­niors Maeve Mur­phy, Aoife White, Eve­lyn Mur­phy and Jana Sch­warzfeld; and in­ter­me­di­ates Thomas Grif­fin, Padraig Grif­fin, Noel Cree­don and Ed­die Knowles.

They got a tremen­dous home­com­ing, that will be long re­mem­bered. To all who rowed and sup­ported, Ring RC say well done. And so say all of us!

Ring RC row­ers cel­e­brate a fan­tas­tic home­com­ing and in­ter­spersed across the page are the many medal wins.

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