Huge crowd out for regatta races

Published 02/08/2014 | 00:00

Workmen’s Rowing Club members Ciara Browne, Annie O'Donoghue, Aisling Doyle, Lauren McCarthy, Kayla McCarthy, Roisin Doherty, Ryan O'Neill and John Greene at the Kenmare Regatta on Sunday.
Workmen’s Rowing Club members Ciara Browne, Annie O'Donoghue, Aisling Doyle, Lauren McCarthy, Kayla McCarthy, Roisin Doherty, Ryan O'Neill and John Greene at the Kenmare Regatta on Sunday.

THRONGS of spectators and four participating rowing clubs made the annual Kenmare Regatta on Sunday the biggest in the history of the event.

Organisers were blown away by the response as up to 600 locals and visitors came down to take in all the action from the pier in the gig-rowing regatta.

And how the action unfolded over the course of the afternoon as some of the fittest rowers from Killarney to Castletownbere went head-to-head.

"We couldn't get over the turnout to be honest, it made for a fantastic day in our biggest regatta yet," Chairperson of the Kenmare Rowing and Boat Club David Hanley told The Kerryman.

"Four clubs took part; the Workmen's Rowing Club and the Flesk Valley Rowing Club from Killarney, Castletownbere Rowing Club and Kenmare Rowing and Boat Club, making for a great afternoon's racing," David said.

Local RC and COI clerics blessed the boats before the action kicked off. But it wasn't all about breakneck competition on the day as a number of other events helped make for a diverse and fun programme.

Not least a duck chase that involved the youngsters swimming from the pier chasing Julia the Duck. Julia's wings were clipped, so she was forced to go at full steam on a paddle that gave all the young swimmers a run for their money. Meanwhile, leading Ireland rowing talent Leonie Hamilton (whose father comes from Tralee and mother from Kenmare) demonstrated her powers in a special display that impressed everyone gathered.

Kerryman

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