While the All Ireland finals usually heralds the end of the coastal rowing championship calendar, the earlier date this year meant that the crews of the GalleyFlash were back on the water soon after their All-Ireland success.
On Saturday, August 23, the final ‘fun’ regatta of the year was held in Kilmacsimon. Five Galley crews competed in six races on this occasion. The crews were as follows: U12 Beginners: Darragh O’Leary, Brian Carroll, Rory O’Callaghan and Méibh Collins; U14 Mixed: Kevin O’Leary, Rachel Collins, Ciara O’Driscoll and Darragh O’Leary; U16 Mixed and U18 Mixed: Claire McCarthy, Anna Duggan, Aoife O’Keeffe and Rachel Collins; Ladies: Imelda O’Keeffe, Ciara Rahilly, Donna Burke and Julie Harrington; Men (Third): Dave McCarthy, Paul Deasy, Thomas Douglas and Paddy Harrington.
Coxes on the evening were Julie Harrington, Paddy Harrington and Danny Hayes.
Strong winds and stormy weather forced the postponement of the final round of the Celtic Ross sponsored SWCYRA championship in Glandore on Sunday, August 24. The rescheduled date of August 31 brought with it calmer waters and more favourable weather conditions. However, given the fact that it was late in the summer and also clashed with Electric Picnic, a number of rowers were unavailable for selection on this occasion. In spite of this, the crews of the Galley performed very well, winning four races on the day, most notably our Junior Ladies who went out in the Senior Ladies race immediately after their own race and claimed the gold medals in both. The combination of these great results from Glandore and the four previous championship regattas helped in securing many West Cork Championship placings for the crews of the GalleyFlash in recognition of their efforts.
Representing the GalleyFlash on the day and results from Glandore were as follows:
Veteran Ladies (Third): Bernie O’Donovan, Mary Collins, Breeda Hayes, Sheila Hayes and Julie Harrington (Cox).
Senior Mixed (Third) Niamh Hayes, Danny Hayes, Micheál Harrington, Roni Crowley and Zoe Taylor (Cox).
U12 Ladies (Fifth): Áine O’Brien, Ciara O’Driscoll, Méibh Collins, Katie Hayes and Danny Hayes (Cox).
U16 Ladies (Third): Claire McCarthy, Keri Ahern, Anna Duggan, Ruby Sullivan and Danny Hayes (Cox).
U14 (Second): Kevin O’Leary, Rory O’Connor, Gary Lombard, Daniel O’Brien and Fiona Connolly (Cox).
U12 (Fourth): Darragh O’Leary, Brian Carroll, Rory O’Callaghan, Méibh Collins and Fiona Connolly (Cox).
U14 Ladies (Second): Alison Taylor, Laura Ahern, Elise Crowley, Sinead O’Connor and MaryAnn McCarthy (Cox).
Pre Veteran Ladies (Second): Imelda O’Keeffe, Roni Crowley, Donna Burke, Julie Harrington and Niamh Hayes (Cox).
U18 Ladies (First): Claire McCarthy, Eimear O’Keeffe, Fiona Tobin, Zoe Taylor and Fiona Connolly (Cox).
U18 (Third): Shane O’Sullivan, Eimear O’Keeffe, Adam Ahern, Daniel O’Sullivan and Julie Harrington (Cox).
Junior Ladies (First): Niamh Hayes, MaryAnn McCarthy, Donna Burke, Laura Connolly and Julie Harrington (Cox).
Senior Ladies (First): Niamh Hayes, MaryAnn McCarthy, Donna Burke, Laura Connolly and Julie Harrington (Cox).
Intermediate Men (First): Thomas Douglas, Sean Keohane, Mark O’Brien, Paddy Harrington and Niamh Hayes (Cox).
Senior Men (Third): Ger Cullinane, John Harrington, Thomas Douglas, Dave McCarthy & Niamh Hayes (Cox).
The completion of Glandore regatta marked the end of the championship season and secured no less than eleven sets of championship medals for the club. The club’s Junior Ladies, who were crowned All-Ireland champions two weeks ago, claimed the title of South West champions to add to their rowing accolades. Seven crews claimed silver championship medals; U12 Ladies, U14 Ladies, U16 Ladies, U18, U18 Ladies, Pre Veteran Ladies and Intermediate Men. Meanwhile, three further crews claimed bronze medals; Senior Ladies, Senior Men and Senior Mixed.
The club would like to express its thanks to everyone who was involved in any way during the year, rowers and supporters alike.