The Rowing Ireland Podcast
The Rowing Ireland Podcast Women on the Water

The Rowing Ireland Podcast Women on the Water

March 10, 2021

In this episode, we are celebrating women on the water.

Host Niamh Hayes chats to three inspirational women, all of whom are involved in the sport of rowing.

Máire Connolly is a Professor at NUIG. She took up rowing as a medical student in Galway. Her work with the World Health Organisation and UN took her all over the world, and she fell out of the sport as a result. But after moving home some years later, she returned to it as a masters rower. She embraces every opportunity that the sport has given her and chats about why she thinks every woman, no matter what age, should get involved in sport.

17-year-old Alicia Winter has been rowing for two years with Galway RC. She is a para-rower and uses her arms to move the boat and ergometer. She chats about the challenges she faces in the sport, as well as the reasons why she loves it so much and what it has brought to her life.

Nuala Lupton is President of Skibbereen RC, the club with the most national championship titles out of any club in the country. She was also part of the very first Irish women's team that competed at a World Championships in 1975. She chats about how she got into the sport, her progression through the ranks, as well as the equality that has always existed in the club.

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The Rowing Ireland Podcast Episode Eleven

The Rowing Ireland Podcast Episode Eleven

December 14, 2020

In Episode Eleven of The Rowing Ireland Podcast, host Niamh Hayes chats to high-performance athlete, Eimear Lambe, about her recent success at the European Rowing Championships, where her love of the sport came from, how a time away from the sport made her connection to it even stronger, and her Olympic experience in 2014.

Niamh also chats to ROWfit's Joe Cantillon about how he had to adapt and go virtual with indoor rowing competitions this year, and he spills the beans on the upcoming Irish Indoor Rowing Championships.

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The Rowing Ireland Podcast Episode Ten

The Rowing Ireland Podcast Episode Ten

November 30, 2020

In Episode Ten of The Rowing Ireland Podcast, host Niamh Hayes chats to high-performance athlete, Aifric Keogh.

Aifric is one of seven rowers who is currently part of Rowing Ireland's heavyweight women's sweep squad. She recently won a bronze medal at the European Rowing Championships in the women's four - her very first international medal.

Although she is one of the original members of the squad, there were a number of times during her rowing career when she believed she wasn't good enough.

Aifric fills us in on how she got into rowing first day, overcoming the doubts, the challenges of preparing for an event during a pandemic, and her focus for the coming months.

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The Rowing Ireland Podcast Episode Nine

The Rowing Ireland Podcast Episode Nine

November 9, 2020

In Episode Nine of The Rowing Ireland Podcast, host Niamh Hayes chats to two of Rowing Ireland’s up and coming athletes who both have already achieved tremendous success in their rowing careers.

Skibbereen rowing club is known for producing top class athletes and they have done it again in the form of Lydia Heaphy. The 22-year-old won a gold medal at the European Rowing U23 Championships in the lightweight women’s pair in September. She then went on to row in the lightweight women’s single scull at the senior championships, winning the B final.

Hugh Sutton also represented Ireland at the European Rowing Under 23 Championships in September, finishing 5th in the A final of the lightweight men’s quad.

He had a hugely successful year last year, winning a bronze medal at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships, and then going on to finish 8th at the senior championships.

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The Rowing Ireland Podcast Episode Eight

The Rowing Ireland Podcast Episode Eight

October 26, 2020

In Episode Eight of The Rowing Ireland Podcast, Niamh Hayes meets two high-performance athletes who are just back from representing their country on the international stage.

Aileen Crowley finished 3rd in the women's four at the European Rowing Championships and also qualified the women's pair for the Olympics at last year's World Rowing Championships.

Tara Hanlon finished 3rd in the women's pair at the European Rowing U23 Championships & 5th at the European Rowing Championships.

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The Rowing Ireland Podcast Episode Seven

The Rowing Ireland Podcast Episode Seven

October 6, 2020

The 2020 Irish Offshore Rowing Championships were held on September 26th and 27th in Portmagee, County Kerry.

With seven categories being ran over the weekend, there were heats in four of these and three straight finals on the Saturday, while four finals were held on the Sunday.

Host Niamh Hayes met with the organisers, coaches and competitors that were in Portmagee for the event.

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The Rowing Ireland Podcast Episode Six

The Rowing Ireland Podcast Episode Six

July 20, 2020

In Episode Six of The Rowing Ireland Podcast, host Niamh Hayes chats to four-time world champion and Olympic silver medallist, Paul O'Donovan. Paul talks about starting rowing at the age of seven, training with Skibbereen Rowing Club, winning an Olympic medal alongside his brother Gary and his preparation for Tokyo 2021.

Niamh also chats to former League of Ireland footballer Seán Prunty, who is the Business Development Manager of Kinetica Sports. Seán chats about his sporting days, as well as the importance of good nutrition for athletes of all levels.

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The Rowing Ireland Podcast Episode Five

The Rowing Ireland Podcast Episode Five

July 13, 2020

Episode Five is full of world champions! First of all, host Niamh Hayes chats to Fintan McCarthy, who alongside Paul O'Donovan, won the lightweight mens double sculls at last year's World Rowing Championships. Fintan talks about how he got into the sport, what it was like winning the world champs and how he is targeting Tokyo 2021.

This is followed by the person who became Ireland's very first world rowing champion back in 1991 - Niall O'Toole. Niall chats about becoming the country's first full-time rower, how he structured his training at a time when there was nobody to gauge off, and he has some helpful advice for athletes who have another year to go until the Olympics.

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The Rowing Ireland Podcast Episode Four

The Rowing Ireland Podcast Episode Four

July 6, 2020

In Episode Four of The Rowing Ireland Podcast, host Niamh Hayes is joined by high-performance athlete Monika Dukarska who tells her story about moving to Ireland from Poland as a teenager, how she got into rowing, the highs and lows of her sporting career, the moment she qualified a boat for the Olympics and becoming a world champion in coastal rowing. Niamh also chats to David Hussey about coastal and offshore rowing in Ireland and the upcoming Irish Championships.

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The Rowing Ireland Podcast Episode Three

The Rowing Ireland Podcast Episode Three

June 29, 2020

Episode Three of The Rowing Ireland Podcast features an interview with Katie O'Brien.

Katie finished third at the 2019 World Rowing Championships in the women's single scull PR2 event. Katie tells her story about growing up with Spina Bifida, how she got into rowing and what she needs to be able to compete at next year's Olympics.

Rowing Ireland's Nutritionist, Leanne Varley, also joins the podcast to chat about how rowers can stay healthy and look after themselves as they start to return to rowing now that restrictions around sport have been lifted.

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