Dublin Head of the River Race – March 26th 2016

The river Liffey and O’Connell Bridge in 1916 (picture shows the damage to buildings incurred during the Rising)

The date for the 2016 Dublin Head of the River Race has been confirmed as Easter Saturday, March 26th.

This will be a significant weekend in Dublin, as it will see the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916, a rebellion in which the river Liffey itself played a significant, if grim, part. Crews considering visiting Dublin for our event on this week may be interested to know that there will be many events around the city this weekend, more details of which can be found here.

The Race brings crews through the centre of Dublin, and affords crews a view of the city unseen even by most Dubliners. For more information on the course, please click here.

Entries are limited 30 boats, with Eights being the only boat eligible to compete. Considering the year that it is, we expect all the slots to be taken up early this year.

A small number of boats can be made available to crews from overseas looking to compete – any overseas crews which are interested in participating, are asked to send an email expressing interest to HonSecretary@oldcollegians.ie.


crews gathering for the start of the 2014 Head of the River Race

71st Dublin Head of the River Race – Saturday 7th March

Walton Rowing Club - Dublin HeadUK Masters Crew from Walton Rowing Club from Walton on Thames, racing under the Rosie Hackett Bridge.

The 71st Dublin Head of the River took place on the Liffey on Saturday 7th of March. We would like to congratulate DUBC who won the Head in a time of 14 minutes and 7 seconds. Full results of the Head can be viewed by clicking here for times listed by pennant and here for results listed by overall times.

We welcomed a visiting Masters crew from Walton Rowing Club, the first overseas crew to compete in Dublin Head for some years.

We would like to thank Councillor Mannix Flynn for starting the race. Councillor Flynn is pictured below with Murrough O’Brien, President of Old Collegians Boat Club.



Dublin Head of the River 2014 – Results


crews assembling for the start of the 70th Dublin Head of the River Race

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisín Quinn joined us at the Boardwalk on Bachelor’s Walk, to start the 70th Dublin Head of the River Race on the river Liffey.

This year saw a record 42 boats competing, with crews from all across the country coming to compete.

The 70th Head of the River pennant was shared by Commercial Rowing Club and Dublin University Boat Club, with both crews finishing in a time of 11 mins 39 seconds.

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Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn pictured with James Kelly of the Old Collegians committee

The winners of each of the categories, in order of completion time, were as follows;

Men’s Senior 8 Commercial RC / Dublin University Boat Club 11:39
Men’s Inter 8 Dublin University Boat Club 12:28
Men’s Masters 8 Commercial RC 13:25
Men’s Novice 8 Queens University Belfast Boat Club 13:35
Women’s Senior 8 UCD BC 14:31
Men’s Senior 4 Commercial RC 4X+ 15.00
Men’s Inter 4 Garda Boat Club 15:04
Men’s Junior 8 Blackrock College Rowing Club Jun 15:07
Women’s Inter 8 UCD BC 15:55
Women’s Junior 8 Commercial RC 16: 44
Women’s Novice 8 Garda Boat Club 17:11
Women’s Senior 4 Dublin University Ladies Boat Club (time only) 18: 55
Women’s Inter 4 Commercial RC

To download the full results,click here


And they’re off!


Dublin Head 2013 – Results

Queen's University Belfast Boat Club

Queen’s University Belfast Boat Club approaching Capel Street Bridge

The 69th OCBC Dublin Head sponsored by Romeril Forensic Engineers took place on Easter Saturday, 30th of March.

We had a really nice cool, bright sunny spring day, conditions were good for racing, a little bumpy to Heuston Station but overall good, coupled with a gentle eastern breeze, it was a day for for quick times.

Once again new bridge works meant we had to move the start up to Ha’penny Bridge.

The spring tide made getting over the weir a challenge but the OC lads on hand played a blinder in getting boats over safely and quickly, and 32 boats took part.

The winner of the Senior 8 and the overall Head was a dead heat between a Commercial-based composite and a UCD Senior / Inter crew, with both crews taking away a pennant and sharing the O’Brien Cup.

I understand that the one previous dead-heat in the event was a UCD/DUBC tie in 1953.

Category Winners: (Time – Mins:Secs)


Senior VIII Commercial Comp / UCDBC Dead heat (10:32)
Inter VIII UCDBC (11:02)
Novice VIII DUBC (11:17)
Junior VIII Neptune RC (11:35)
Senior IV+ Commercial ‘B’ (12:35)
Masters IV+ OCBC (13:28)
Novice 4 X DUBC (13:49)

Senior VIII UCDLBC (12:40)
Inter VIII Commercial (12:56)
Novice VIII UCDLBC (13:34)
Junior VIII Commercial (14:00)
Senior IV+ DULBC (14:47)

To view detailed results of the race click here

To view photographs of all of the crews taken from the Millennium Bridge click here.

UCD won the Diana Cooke Trophy for best overall Club.

Huge thanks to the OC members and friends who volunteered.
 Obviously without the volunteers the event cannot happen.

Thanks also to Neptune RC, DUBC and in particular UCDBC. Without the use of UCD facilities, we could not run the event.

 Next year is the 70th Head and we hope to make a big splash (figuratively).
Those of you involved in Clubs overseas might consider a trip home with a crew for that one.

As ever, we’ll need more bodies to help run the event though, no previous experience required – we’ll forward the date to all as soon as we can confirm it with Rowing Ireland.

With best wishes
Murrough O’ Brien
Old Collegians Boat Club

Dublin Head of the River 2012

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).

To download a PDF of result & times, click here for results by category, and here for results sorted by time.

To see photographs of the event, click here


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!

Dublin Head of the River Race

crews gathering before the start of Dublin Head, 2009 (photo: J.McCullough)

The 2012 Dublin Head of the River Race will take place on the 24th of March.

Closing dates for entries is 14th of March.

First raced in 1941, this is the only open competitive rowing race rowed through Dublin City. For more information on the history of the event and the course, click here.

For photographs of the course click here.