Old Collegians Annual Dinner

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!


A couple of photos received from Des Harrold from 1973

Old Collegians competing in 1963 & 1964

Some fine photos of Old Collegians competing in 1963 and 1964. Click on any of the photos below to see a lager image.


Outstanding National Championships for UCD Rowing

UCDBC – Irish National Champion VIII

In a glorious weekend for UCD rowing, the club captured 6 National Titles to make it one of it’s most successful years ever. The trend was set on the first day with a great win in the Intermediate 4+ (Peter Grogan, Colm Pierce, Simon Craven and Emmett Feeley).


This was followed by a brilliant win in the Sen 4- over NUIG/Grainne Mhaoil to reverse the result of the Henley clash a few weeks earlier. (Sean Jacob, Gearoid Duane, Finbar Manning and David Neale).

Not to be outdone, Anthony English finished the day with a great win in the Lwt Sculls. On day 2 the success continued with a fine win by Anthony English in Intermediate Sculls.

Following excellent racing conditions on Thursday and Friday, Saturday saw rain and most notably a strong tailwind, which does not tend to favour big, heavy crews such as UCD.
However, the crew were never deflected from the task at hand. They led from the start and pushed further ahead at 500m opening up a ½ length lead. NUIG slipped back at this stage. At the half way UCD were ¾ of a length in the lead and held this position for the remainder of the race. Queens couldn’t live with UCD’s power and speed and fell back. While NUIG took up the challenge again, they were not able to make much of an impression on UCD who went on to win in a time of 5:39 some 3 seconds ahead of NUIG, 6 seconds ahead of Queens and 29 seconds ahead of Trinity.

The Senior Men’s VIII crew: stroke Tom Doyle, Gearoid Duane, Sean Jacob, Finbar Manning, David Neale, Colm Pierce (captain), Peter Grogan, Simon Craven, cox Jennie Lynch, and coach Pat McDonagh.

the victorious UCBLBC Senior VIII

The Senior Women’s VIII proved to be a tighter race however with the Muckross team coming in closely behind.   This victory closes a particularly successful year for the women’s team. UCD’s Laura Gannon said: “We had three goals this year — colours, the university championships and national championships. To win all three is an amazing achievement and we still can’t believe it.”
The Women’s VIII crew: C Tanner, Karen Joy, Claire Ni Reachtagain, Naomi Fearon, Siofra Bennett, Laura Gannon, Laura Reid, A Gilligan and cox Eoin Craven.

Congratulations to all of the crews and coaches and committee members who have have been building up to this over the last 4 years.

(with thanks to UCD.IE for some of the above text)

1969 Crew Reunion

Padraic O’Neill writes……………

Yes, we had a great day at Islandbridge and in Ryans and Peploes later. We got the eight on the river, paddled up and down a couple of times without losing anybody! Spouses and partners were in attendance and enjoyed the experience.

The shirts looked good!!!



UCDBC & the 1948 London Olympics

Morgan McElligott sent us a nice piece describing the run up to the 1948 Olympic Games and the problems encountered by the Irish Eight to get accepted as an All-Ireland crew. Morgan rowed in the eight along with 4 other UCD oarsmen. The cox was also from UCD. After a lot of politicking, the crew was allowed to row, and rowing became the first sport to participate on an All-Ireland basis in the Olympic Games. Click below to get more …..

2004 UCD and 1948 Olympics

UCD 4+ win in Henley Royal Regatta

36 years after winning for the first time at Henley Royal Regatta, UCD have done it again, with a victory in the Prince Albert Trophy for Student Mens coxed fours. In an event that staged the top University Crews of the World including Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Georgetown and Oxford Brookes, they rowed brilliantly, and in one race rowed down Cambridge from behind.

The boat had previously competed at London Met in the Senior IVs winning one day and was runner-up to Brookes the other. After London Met, Pat McDonagh who is coaching the crew felt that the boat was moving well and expected a good showing at Henley

The crew is Tom Doyle, Finbarr Manning, Colm Pearce, Dave Neale, Jennie Lynch (cox)