Masters rowing – Autumn 2022 update

The Club instigated a ‘Return to Rowing’  initiative in August. It provided an opportunity for UCD rowing alumni to get out for recreational paddle or two over a 6 week period. As a result there are now 3 new groups actively rowing, a recent graduate mens group, a Masters mens group and a ladies group. These groups join the 3 groups that have been out rowing for the last number of years and it’s fantastic to now see 6 OCBC crews out on the water. Thanks to the UCD Clubs for support in getting these new crews out. There are already whispers of a trip to the Head of the Charles or similar in 2023…

The Saturday morning “Yellow Boat” organised by Paul Romeril (bow in the above) has been the mainstay of OCBC Masters rowing, first slipping off in January 2004 (photo © Tom Kirby 2022)
When tides allow, crews go below the Islandbridge weir to row through the city out to Poolbeg (photo © Tom Kirby 2022)

Where else would you be at 8am on a Saturday morning? (photo © Tom Kirby 2022)

Suspension of rowing

All OCBC rowing activity is suspended til 29th March. The Boathouse is closed and off limits. OCBC internationals based at the NRC should follow the relevant Rowing Ireland protocols.

Also, the Colours races and Lunch scheduled for Friday 14th have been cancelled.

Do the right thing for the greater good everyone. Keep safe.

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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