Saturday 19 October 2019

New rowing club skiff launched

Fr Pat O’Rourke blessing the St Manntan V
Fr Pat O’Rourke blessing the St Manntan V

Wicklow Rowing Club officially launched their new skiff on Saturday following a blessing ceremony at the North Pier.

Only a few weeks ago Wicklow welcomed the new lifeboat, the Jack and Annie Slater. On Sunday it was the turn to welcome another new addition to Wicklow's water.

The St Manntan V was constructed by master boat builder Louis Hunkin of W.C. Hunkin and Sons Fowey, who have been builders of traditional boats since 1912.

Maurice Hunkin and his son Louis built gigs together for approximately twenty years until Maurice's retirement in 2013, with Louis continuing with the family tradition.

The efforts of Louis were complimented by the sign writing skills of Doug Murray.

At the ceremony Master of Ceremonies, Robert Dunne, paid tribute to all who contributed to funding for the new boat and to Louis for all his efforts.

Funding was also sourced through the Sports Capital Grants Scheme run by the Department of Sports and Tourism.

Also in attendance were Health Minister Simon Harris and Councillors Irene Winters, Gail Dunne and Mary Kavanagh.

Special guest of honour was the president of Rowing Ireland, Eamonn Colclough, who performed the official naming service for the vessel and had the honour of breaking a bottle of champagne over the skiff as she was launched.

The blessing ceremony was carried out by Fr Pat O'Rourke and Rev Jack Kinkead.

Wicklow People