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Thursday 5 December 2019

Wexford on Thames for rowers in UK river race

The Rowing Club members who took part in the Great River Race
The Rowing Club members who took part in the Great River Race
Members of the ‘Oarsome Crew’ on the River Thames

Maria Pepper

Four clubs from the Slaney Rowing Association took part in the spectacular Great River Race on the Thames in London.

St. Kearns, Ferrycarrig, Edermine Ferry and Killurin were represented at the the event which attracted 350 boats from all over the world in a colourful spectacle of flag flying, fancy dress and club jerseys.

The annual race consists of 21.6 miles of rowing from the London Docklands in the Isle of Dogs through the centre of London, finishing in the countryside of Ham in Surrey and taking in 28 London bridges along the way.

St. Kearns have taken on the London event 10 times but this was the first time that the four rowing clubs of Wexford participated together, including teenage rowers.

The Haven Hotels in Dunmore East provided sponsorship and shipped rowing boats to London under the care of Joe Carley as well as spnsoring t-shirts.

The race is open to avid racers and leisure rowers of all ages from 10 up to 80, using traditional boats or a traditional-style replica, powered by a minimum of four oars or paddles.

The Wexford crews brought their own Slaney cot which is a replica of the river fishing boat used in Wexford or generations and which was adapted for competitive rowing so that the age-old traditional boat would always remain on the River Slaney.

'It was a great experience for all the rowers to take on this challenge as it is so different to any other', said Gillian Roche of St. Kearns.

'Anyone who has done it always wants to go back to do it again', she said.

Wexford entered three crews of six people in each boat and the first home was

'Oarsome Crew' in 123rd position, followed by 'Wexford Upon Thames' in 166th position and 'Epic Rowing Cheetahs' in 222nd place.

All the rowers received an embossed certificate with the London Coat of Arms.

The St. Kearns members who took part were Gillian Roche, Ingrid Frost, Emily Whelan, Mary Quirke, Joe Daniels; Edermine, Joe Carley senior, Joe Carley junior, Josh Martin, Bernie D'Arcy, Liz Ivers, Paddy Carley and John Murphy; Ferrycarrig, Jody Boyle, Calvin McDonnell, Niall Kent; Killurin, Bernie O'Connor and Jay O'Connor.

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