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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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Therapy dog begins first day of school

By Michelle Crean A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff. On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county […]

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A four-month-old puppy is the latest addition to school life at one local secondary school and his homework is to help students and staff.

On Wednesday, there was great excitement as therapy dog Zoomer joined the school community at St Brigid’s on New Road – the second post primary school in the county to welcome such a dog.

It’s part of the My Canine Companion (MCC) charity which has a number of therapy dogs in schools across the country.

Deirdre Horgan from MCC paid a visit to schools looking for families for the charity’s socialisation programme. ​​​​​​

Zoomer is a mix of a sheepdog and a poodle and Deirdre’s dog Fifi is his mother.

In May Fifi had 10 puppies all named with the letter ‘z’. Just recently Fossa National School welcomed Zoomer’s sister Zazu to their classrooms, and puppy Zoro went to the CBS in Tralee.

The dogs not only provide comfort and support to pupils and students with Autism but to all in the school.

“There is an increasing body of research to support the benefit of a dog in school,” Ber O’Connor, a teacher in St Brigid’s, said.

Zoomer will be under the guidance of Ms O’Connor and some Transition Year students who will undertake a specific training programme for the therapy dog.

“The dog will be based in different rooms around the school but will have a timetable of interactions. We hope Zoomer settles in well and brings joy to many of our students lives. You can follow all the updates of Zoomer’s life on Instagram by following @zoomersbk or his TikTok account ‘zoomerthepuppy’.

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Brian James secures much sought after award

A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’. Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last […]

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A local business is celebrating receiving a very special accolade – beating off stiff competition from UK and Irish retailers – by taking home the title of ‘Menswear Independent of the Year 2021’.

Brian James, whose business is located on Main Street, secured the award at the internationally acclaimed Drapers Independents Awards in London last week.

The highly respected and sought after Drapers Awards celebrate the very best of independent fashion retail and Brian James saw off exceptionally tough competition from other menswear stores to bring home this much coveted award.

Brian James were announced the winners at a celebratory luncheon in The Hilton London Bankside amongst fashion industry leaders and were presented with the iconic Drapers mannequin bust to much applause.

Commenting that Brian James has been a destination for fashion-conscious shoppers for more than 15 years, the judges praised Brian James’ strong “roster of brands” and said that it “offers an aspirational experience in Killarney”.

“Killarney is an incredible town to trade in – it is a brand in itself, offers the best of everything to those that are lucky to live here and an unbeatable experience for those that visit,” Brian O’Shea, who founded and runs Brian James for the last 15 years, said. “This award recognises Brian James and Killarney as a superior shopping destination town. Brian James and the other superb retailers in Killarney are an important piece of the jigsaw – the Park, the lakes and mountains, the hotels, restaurants and bars… it is the whole picture which guarantees the experience is first class.”

He added that his team are a key element of the experience at Brian James.

“My sincere thanks go to each of the team as without them we could not provide the customer experience and service we aim to ensure each and every time. Brian James’ success is also down to the partnerships we have developed over time with key international brands. On the store itself, of course we have relocated to our new super store on Main Street and more than doubled our floor space. Although it has been great to be able to design and create this stunning space to enhance the customer experience, it also allowed us to add more brands to our menswear mix. This year we will have added Hugo Boss and Eden Park to our familiar brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Gant, Barbour, Bugatti and Farah. The new space also plays host to ladies collections from Tommy Jeans, Calvin Klein, Diesel and Superdry and this is an exciting new element we are really enjoying too!”

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