Pride, excitement and a little nostalgia were all evident on Friday night in the Lee boathouse when a large group of family, friends, club members and athletes witnessed the naming of 6 Filippi quads and doubles for men and women who have given years of service and dedication to Lee Rowing Club.

Teresita O’Callaghan, Katherine Davis, Finbarr Noonan, who dedicated his boat to his late daughter, Laura, Jack Cogan, Xavier Donovan and Donal Cronin were all honoured by the Club by having their names emblazoned on the bows of the distinctive boats. The recipients were accompanied by their proud families, some who had travelled from as far away as Australia for the ceremony.

Rowing Ireland Chief Executive, Hamish Adams, spoke about the commitment and dedication that was necessary for anyone involved in the sport which has achieved a much higher profile in Ireland owing to the success of Irish crews at the Olympic Games and in recent European Championships. He commended the work that was being done in Lee Rowing Club with junior members and congratulated the Club on its rapid development and recent successes.

The Club looks forward to further success nationally and internationally, and this fleet of boats coupled with the commitment of athletes and coaches should see plenty of that!