There was a great response to the appeal to support Sanita in her Olympic bid. As well as donations received from members of Old Collegians, we received donations from current and previous oarsmen and oarswomen from clubs across the country. Sanita is very grateful for everyone’s assistance, and has asked that this message from her be shared.
I wanted to say you all a few words before leaving for London in two days’ time. Firstly I wanted to thank every one of you that have been supporting me since I joined the club, although it was only four years ago so many things have happened and changed. Never in my wildest dreams had I thought that I could qualify for London Olympics in just over three and a half years from having our youngest child and that I would be preparing now for the biggest event in any athletes sporting life. I always had that feeling inside me that I was capable of achieving something more and I did not want to spend the rest of my life thinking, what if?
I was taking one step at the time and the dream kept coming closer and closer and it didn’t look so unrealistic any more. Of course there were times when it was not easy and we had to face some difficulties, but I kept saying – “If you give up on your dreams, what’s the point in doing anything in your life!”. And I guess that’s what kept me going, the Dream.
A lot of what I did and achieved would not be possible without the support from people around me and especially from Old Collegians. I want to thank Phil O’Keeffe for coaching and guiding me back in to competitive rowing, Paul Romeril for helping out with the equipment, Murrough, James, Barry for being there and supporting. There is one man that deserves a very big thanks from me and it’s John O’Keeffe, ever since I joined Old Collegians he is always been there, helping me along the way. I know there are a lot more people that I have not even met but they have been supporting me on this incredible journey and I hope to meet you all one day and thank you.
I will do the best I can in London, I will fight for every place and hopefully make you proud.
Sanita with her Fillippi single scull kindly provided by Paul Romeril
As many readers may know, since its foundation, a core goal of Old Collegians has been to support the growth of rowing in Ireland in general. Whilst the Club’s main focus has always been the support of UCD Boat Club and UCD oarsmen,we also look to support Irish rowing outside the walls of UCD Boathouse when we can.
In recent years, OC has had a small number of elite women scullers and they were joined some years ago by Sanita Puspure. Sanita was born in, and represented Latvia at Under 23 level but had been living in Ireland for many years, where both of her children were born. Having joined OCBC Continue reading →
What a great occasion the Old Collegians Dinner was last November. Rather belatedly, here are some photographs, taken by a photographer provided by UCD. He was given the task of photographing various crews & groups, and didn’t get any shots … Continue reading →
The following obituary written by Kieran Fagan first appeared in the Irish Times on April 21st 2012, and appears on this website with the kind permission of the writer.
Publican extraordinaire who made Harto’s a home from home
THERE ARE Irish pubs and there are Dublin pubs, and there’s Hartigans of Lower Leeson Street. Home from home for thousands of students at University College Dublin, place of celebration, sanctuary and consolation, and purveyor of that very special product, the best pint of Guinness in the very city which gave the world that famous stout.
And behind the bar, Alfie Mulligan, the publican who enjoyed a well-poured pint of Guinness, and who died in his sleep last month aged 90. From farming stock in Co Leitrim Continue reading →
Lord Mayor Andrew Montague starting the 68th Dublin Head of the River Race, on Saturday 24th March, accompained by Pat McBride and John Walsh.
This year’s Dublin Head was a great success. As well as crews from all our neighouring clubs in Islandbridge, we were delighted to welcome crews coming from Belfast Boat Cub, Shannon Rowing Club, Queens University, St. Michael’s Rowing Club & University of Limerick. Great also to see Blackrock College entering two junior crews, one of which took a ‘little dip’ down at the island to cool down after the race.
As is customary, the race was started by the Lord Mayor Andrew Montague, with the assistance of Bill Powderly and his team from the Civil Defence. Men’s Senior VIIIs was won by UCDBC, closely followed by St. Michael’s Rowing Club, and then by a Neptune / Carlow RC composite. Women’s Senior VIIIs was won by a St. Michaels / University of Limerick composite, with wins at various other categories for DUBC (winning Men’s Intermediate VIII and Men’s Novice VIII), Commercial Rowing Club (Men’s Junior 8 and Men’s Senior IV), DULBC (Women’s Intermediate VIII) and Shannon Rowing Club (Women’s Novice VIII).
Thank you! : Old Collegians would like to thank all the clubs who attended, and everyone who volunteered their time and energy to make make event such a success. Thank you also to the Lord Mayor, and to Bill Powderly and his team from the Civil Defence. We hope to see you all again next year!
We are delighted to confirm that the 2011 OCBC Annual Dinner will take place on the night of Friday 25th November 2011 in the Westin Hotel (see above), Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2.
There is a lot to celebrate! 2011 is the 75th Anniversary of the founding of Old Collegians Boat Club. It has been an outstanding year for UCDBC and UCDLBC, with the men winning Senior VIII and Senior IV-, and the women willing Senior VIII. More details and photos here.
Ticket prices to be confirmed, in the meantime, save the date!