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Kerry ‘pulled like a dog’ at coastal rowing championships

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That winning feeling: Pat Tangney, cox, Fossa Rowing Club, shows his delight as his crew wins the Junior men’s race in the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championship over the weekend at the Lakeside Centre, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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TO USE the quote made famous by Ireland’s favourite rowers, Olympian silver medallists Gary and Paul O’Donovan, Kerry “pulled like a dog” at the weekend to win a total of eight gold medals, ten silvers and seven bronze medals at the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships.

The championships were hosted by Donegal Bay Rowing Club at Ballyshannon Lakeland Centre, upon which 2700 oarsmen and women descended for the event.

The rowing course and conditions didn’t disappoint the crews who travelled from Mayo, Kerry, Cork, Dublin, Wexford, Wicklow, Antrim, Belfast and Donegal each competing for those coveted medals and trophies.

It was a family affair on the water as Workmen’s Rowing Club, Killarney, under 16, under 18, under 21 ladies crews took gold with trainer/cox Mikey Joe Burns and his daughter Siobhan Burns in stroke.

The Arklow Rowing Club mixed veteran crew took gold, with a crew of two husband-and-wife teams, Susan Doyle and Peter Doyle and Claire and Tom Alexander. Susan and Claire are also sisters and the cox was Sandra Dunbar.

It was Galley Flash, Clonakilty, senior men who took gold in the senior men’s race, Fossa Rowing Club, Killarney took gold in the junior men’s final.

Speaking about the event ICRF PRO Mary B Teahan said: “it was a magical weekend held for the first time in Co Donegal. The organisers hosted one of the best weekend’s coastal Rowing championships ever. The conditions, venue, organisation, level of volunteers and Donegal good will and banter was just incredible. The quality and standard of racing was extremely high, speed and efficiency was the order of the day, for any crew to make it to the final was a huge honour.”

The decision on next year’s venue will be announced in the next few days.
 


 
Pictured above: That winning feeling: Pat Tangney, cox, Fossa Rowing Club, shows his delight as his crew wins the Junior men’s race in the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championship over the weekend at the Lakeside Centre, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal.
PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

RESULTS OF THE 2016 ALL IRELAND COASTAL ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Senior Men

Gold: Galley Flash Co Cork

Silver: Courtmacsherry Co Cork

Bronze: Vartry Co Wicklow

Junior Men

Gold: Fossa Co Kerry

Silver: East Ferry Cork

Bronze: Killurin

Intermediate:

Gold: Vartry Co Wicklow

Silver: Whitegate Co Cork

Bronze: Cairndhu Co Antrim

Senior Ladies

Gold: Myross Co Cork

Silver: Sneem Co Kerry

Bronze: Whitegate Co Cork

Junior Ladies

Gold: Passage West Co Cork

Silver: Workmen Killarney Co Kerry

Bronze: Rushbrooke Co Cork

Intermediate Ladies:
Joint Gold: Fenit Co Kerry

Joint Gold: Whitegate Co Cork

Bronze: Kilmacsimon Co Cork

Veteran Mixed

Gold: Myross

Silver: Workmen

Bronze: Whitegate

Under 16

Gold: East Ferry Co Cork

Silver: Killorglin Co Kerry

Bronze: Rushbrooke Co Cork

Under 14 Girls

Gold: Portmagee Co Kerry

Silver: Passage West Co Cork

Bronze: Callinafercy Co Kerry

Under 18 Ladies

Gold: Workmen Killarney

Silver: Kilmacsimon Co Cork

Bronze: Sneem Co Kerry

Pre-Veteran Men

Gold: Blackrock Co Dublin

Silver: Myross Co Cork

Bronze: Rushbrooke Co Cork

Pre-Veteran Ladies

Gold: Passage West Co Cork

Silver: Fenit Co Kerry

Bronze: Blackrock Co Dublin

Under 12 Girls

Gold: Rosscarbery Co Cork

Silver: Ring Co Cork

Bronze: East Ferry Co Cork

Under 18

Gold: East Ferry Cork

Silver: Sive Caherciveen Co Kerry

Bronze: Killorglin Co Kerry

Under 21 Ladies

Gold: Workmen Killarney

Silver: Sneem Co Kerry

Bronze: East Ferry Co Wexford

Under 14

Gold: Courtmacsherry Co Cork

Silver: Rushbrooke Co Cork

Bronze: Whitegate A Co Cork

Under 16 Girls

Gold: Workmen Killarney

Silver: Cairndhu A Co Antrim

Bronze: Callinafercy Co Kerry

Pre-Veteran Mixed

Gold: Arklow

Silver: Rushbrooke

Bronze: Fenit

Under 12

Gold: Rosscarbery

Silver: Sive

Bronze: East Ferry

Under 21

Gold: Whitegate Co Cork

Silver: Passage West Co Cork

Bronze: Kilmacsimon Co Cork

Senior Mixed

Gold: Cairndhu Co Antrim

Silver: Courtmacsherry Co Cork

Bronze: Myross Co Cork

Veteran Ladies

Gold: D Sneem Co Kerry

Silver: Workmen Killarney

Bronze: Callinafercy Co Kerry

Veteran Men

Gold: Myross Co Cork

Silver: Workmen Killarney

Bronze: Templenoe Co Kerry

Masters Men's

Gold – Templenoe Co Kerry

Silver – Cairndhu Co Antrim

Bronze - Passage West Co Cork

Masters Ladies Final

Gold – Rushbrooke Co Cork

Silver – Callinafercy Co Cork

Bronze – Kilmacsimon Co Cork

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According to the latest residential market review and outlook from leading property advisors
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recorded in 2021.

At a national level (excluding Dublin) the DNG National Price Gauge (NPG)
recorded an increase in the average price of a second hand home of 13.6% last year, a marked
acceleration in the rate of inflation compared to 2020 when prices rose by 1.4%.
At the national level (including Dublin) the overall rate of price increase last year stood at 12.0%. The NPG, which tracks house prices across the country on a half yearly basis, recorded growth of 5.3% in the six months to December 2021, compared to an increase of 7.9% in the first six months of last year.
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Outside the capital the highest average price was found in the Mid-East (€349,259) followed by the South West (€279,844).

Looking at the outlook for the year ahead, the agency forecasts further growth in prices both in
Dublin and nationally, with regional price gains set to outstrip those in the capital where nominal
values are already elevated, and affordability is more challenged.
The agency is forecasting an average uplift in regional markets of 12-13% this year whilst price growth in Dublin will more likely be high single digits, in the order of 6-8%.
The factors underpinning the forecasts include continued strong economic and wage growth, the heightened household savings levels seen in 2020-21, the extension of government initiatives for first time buyers announced in the budget, strong demand from this cohort evident in the mortgage approvals data and the prevailing low interest rate environment.
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in Dublin but across the country.”, said DNG’s Director of Research Paul Murgatroyd said “Price growth was clearly very robust last year across all regions and the factors that drove those increases continue to be evident in the market as we enter 2022. The stock of homes for sale in the second hand market remains very low by historical standards and this, combined with the elevated level of demand, brought about in part by factors linked to changing behaviours throughout the pandemic, will mean further price appreciation will be evident as we progress through the year ahead.”

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Iarnrod Eireann refuses plans for footbridge at railway station

By Sean Moriarty Iarnrod Eireann will not be providing a footbridge to allow pedestrian’s access Killarney Bus Station direct from Killarney Railway Station. Following a motion put forward by Cllr John O’Dongohue last year it was decided that Kerry County Council would write to the railway company about building a footbridge to link the two […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Iarnrod Eireann will not be providing a footbridge to allow pedestrian’s access Killarney Bus Station direct from Killarney Railway Station.

Following a motion put forward by Cllr John O’Dongohue last year it was decided that Kerry County Council would write to the railway company about building a footbridge to link the two public transport hubs.

Currently rail passengers must walk from Killarney station, via the front entrance of the Great Southern Hotel and then walk the entire length of the Outlet Centre before reaching the bus station.

“It’s an anomaly that wouldn’t be tolerated in any other European country,” said Cllr O’Donoghue in November.

Iarnrod Eireann has responded to the letter sent shortly after the November meeting.

In reply the railway company said that in October 2019 it carried out a study which included the possibility of a either an underpass or a footbridge.

The study revealed that passenger would face a short four to five minute walk when trying to access one hub from another.

“Iarnrod Eireann would regard this as scheme as a low priority investment,” said chief executive Jim Meade in the letter.

Cllr Donoghue said the response was “ludicrous” and that he had often witnessed passengers lugging suitcases through the Outlet Centre.

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