Sunday 16 June 2019

Moonlit row for charity

David Looby

St Kearns Rowing Club did a very special moonlight row in memory of two club members.

Five boats, a kayak and safety boat carrying over 30 people made their way from St Kearns shore, rowing in darkness through Saltmills Bridge and on up to Tintern Bridge just beside Tintern Abbey in memory of Eppie Frost and Brendan Lavery.

According to Helen Mason, Club PRO: 'It was a lovely, calm evening and all the sounds were intensified around us as it carried through the water in the moonlit night sky. From the bridge, we could hear the most wonderful music played for us especially by the Codd family of Clonmines. It drifted across the still water with the most haunting acoustics.'

Two floating lanterns were lit by members of Eppie and Brendan's families.

'It was truly a magical experience for all of us,' Helen said. St Kearns Rowing Club would like to thank members of Killurin Rowing Club and the Timber Frame Company who joined them for the row.'

More than €400 was raised which will be donated to Wexford Marine Watch.

St Kearns Rowing Club train every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7.30 p.m. on St Kearns Shore, Saltmills.

Helen said: 'If you are interested in getting some exercise in a fun and inclusive environment come along and give it a go. Just bring a pair of old runners that will get wet and sports clothes. You don't need to be a swimmer as lifejackets are always worn and supplied by the club. Rowing is great exercise, gets you out in the fresh air, is very social and is suitable for anyone from ages 10 years to 60 years+.'

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