Thursday 23 October 2014

'Oxbridge' clash nears

Published 10/07/2013 | 15:02

Pull hard . . . Killarney Rowing Clubs and friends launching the 'Tug O' War' charity event in association with Killarney Rowing Festival, where clubs from Killarney and South Kerry will take on Oxford and Cambridge Boat Clubs, all proceeds go to Brendan Heffernan's Mercy Hospital Oncology Unit Fund and The Palliative Care Unit at Kerry General Hospital. Included at launch are Lauren McCarthy, Ryan O'Neill, Shauna Courtney, Mairead Joy, Alan Lyne, Chairman Muckross RC, Ciara Browne, Jacob Kamubi, Áine O'Sullivan, Mikey Joe Burns, Workmen's RC, Charlie Joy, John Greene, Donal O'Sullivan, David Leen, and Michael O'Donoghue. Photo by Valerie O'Sullivan

THE world's most famous rowing rivals are bracing themselves for the Killarney Rowing Festival and it's fast approaching.

THE world's most famous rowing rivals are bracing themselves for the Killarney Rowing Festival and it's fast approaching.

The big day is Sunday, July 28, and Oxford and Cambridge will be the showcase event in what already promises to be some top quality rowing at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club.

Killarney Rowing Festival was initiated to help celebrate the oldest regatta in the world - the Killarney Regatta which is now in its 228th year - as well as the wonderful rowing tradition on the Lakes of Killarney.

The event also coincides with The Gathering and will involve Muckross Rowing Club, Flesk Valley RC, Workmen's RC, Commercials RC, St Brendan's RC and Fossa RC.

"It is one of those classic events for Killarney, the perfect location and a wonderful way to celebrate our rowing tradition of 228 years of Killarney Regattas," Festival Director Andrew Wharton states.

"The Killarney people know the importance of the heritage, history and, of course, the friendly rivalry that binds us all together and so Oxford and Cambridge will definitely be having a fantastic time in Killarney," he adds.

A day of fun and celebration, the festival will see Oxford and Cambridge competing with the Irish Universities, while Killarney Rowing Clubs will take on the world's greatest rivals for the famous Lakes of Killarney 'Salter's Cup' which was won the famous Casey Brothers of Sneem on three occasions in the 1920s and 30s. Noel, Stephen and Paddy Casey will be on hand to present the prestigious cup.

The opening ceremony is 11.45am with Festival Chairperson Mary B Teahan, followed by the first race at noon. There are 11 races in total, including U14/U16, boys and boys, open races, intermediate and senior races, in both Killarney sixes and coastal boats.

"It's so exciting for Killarney - this is a unique celebration and to see 18 rowing clubs on the Lakes of Killarney will be some spectacle," Mary states.

A top spectacle on the day will be the site of 100 south Kerry men rowing the Seine Boat Race, unique to South Kerry, while another highlight will be the Charity 'Tug O' War' competition, refereed by Henry Clifton, one of the greats in rowing.

Clubs and organisations are encouraged to enter teams for two great charities - Brendan Heffernan's Mercy Hospital Oncology Unit Fund and The Palliative Care Unit Kerry General Hospital.


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