Rowing Ireland Homecoming celebration for the Rio Rowers in UCD


Claire Lambe, Sinead Lynch, Murrough O’Brien (OCBC), Paul O’Donovan, Sanita Puspure (photo: UCD Sport)

A great night was had at the Rowing Ireland Homecoming celebration for the Rio Rowers on September 2nd. All 5 Olympians were in attendance, Gary O’Donovan (Skibbereen RC), Paul O’Donovan (UCDBC & Skibbereen RC), Sinead Lynch (St.Michael’s RC) and of course Claire Lambe and Sanita Puspure of Old Collegians Boat Club, Ireland.


Gary and Paul O’Donovan (photo Jim Heney)

The event was hosted by UCD in Belfield with about 250 in attendance including former Olympians Jaye Renehan and Martin Feely of OCBC, Pat Gannon, Sean Drea, Neville Maxwell and Niall O’Toole, plus rowers and friends from all of the Boat Clubs, as well as the University.


Claire Lambe (photo Jim Heney)

Speakers were Professor Andrew Deeks, President of UCD, Con Cronin, President of Rowing Ireland and Murrough O’Brien, President of OCBC. MC on the night was Gerry Murphy of Neptune RC.The 5 Olympians were presented with engraved silver salvers commemorating their achievements by Professor Deeks. OCBC provided the salvers.

Sanita Puspure (photo Jim Heney)

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Old Collegians Annual Dinner & AGM – Friday 20th November 2015

The Morrison Hotel

The Morrison Hotel

Last chance to buy a ticket for the Old Collegians Annual Dinner, taking place at 8pm this Friday 20th November 2015 in The Morrison Hotel, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1.

To buy a ticket, click on the PayPal button below, and please repeat the process for the number of tickets required.



Dinner will be preceded by the 2015 Annual General Meeting will be held in the Strand Street Board Room of the Hotel.

The AGM is open to paid-up members of Old Collegians Boat Club, Ireland.

2015 AGM Agenda
1. Minutes of the 2014 AGM
2. Matters Arising
3. President’s Report
4. Hon. Secretary’s Report
5. Hon Treasurer’s Report
6. Captain’s Report
7. Election of Officers and Committee
8. Old Collegians Membership Policy & Fees
9. Overseas Competition  Notification Requirements
9. Any Other Business

Old Collegians Annual Dinner

The Old Collegians Dinner was held in the Westin Hotel on Westmoreland St on Friday 23rd of November. To coin a phrase popular amongst Club Secretaries reports from a certain vintage, “a great time was had by all”.

Our guests included the first ever Old Collegians Olympian, Sanita Pusure, Eamonn Lannoye and Claire Ní Reachtagain, captains of UCDBC and UCDLBC respectively,
Claire Lambe, UCDLBC’s Silver Medallist World University Championships 2012, national champions 
Dave Neale & Gearoid Duane (UCDBC inter 2x and 1x) and 
Amy Bulman, UCDLBC’s Inter 1X national champion.

It was a great delight to all that Liz Cooke could make it over for the dinner. Great too to see past members of UCDLBC attending in such numbers. Murrough O’Brien was presented with the Hanly Medal for his outstanding contribution to UCD rowing over the past many years.

14th November – Run in the Dark for the Mark Pollock Trust

Many Old Collegians will know of Mark Pollock, who rowed with Trinity College for a number of years in the 1990s. Mark lost his sight as a student, but went on to inspire many, as he strived to take on some of the world’s most daunting endurance challenges.

Tragically in 2010 he fell from a second floor window in Henley on Thames. He broke his back and the damage to his spinal cord left him paralysed.

To support his recovery the Mark Pollock Trust has organised a Run in the Dark event on 14th of November, for more details click here

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.

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!