Welcome to the Pack
The early years were characterised by men's and women's crews that lacked real cohesion. Until 1997 the club lacked any equipment of its own. Any oarspeople within the University were forced to compete for other clubs. The club relied on the generosity of these clubs to send crews to the Inter-University event and compete in the colours of ULRC.
However, in the 1996/1997 season ULRC established itself as the most active club in University. That season, the Men's Novice Eight Crew competing for Shannon Rowing Club accumulated a total of fourteen victories and achieved the honoured position of coming second at the Irish National Rowing Championships. The victories accumulated that season, in particular the victory at the Intervarsities in the colours of ULRC gave huge momentum to the future success of the club.
During the 1997/1998 season ULRC hosted the Irish National University Championships and successfully raised enough money to purchase the first boat ever owned by the University of Limerick Rowing Club. For the first time in its brief history, this boat, that is still used by the club to this day, allowed active oarspeople within the University to compete in the colours of ULRC in all rowing events on the Irish Rowing calendar.
All of this work was consistently aimed at making ULRC a fully autonomous and respected rowing club.
To date, hard work and determination has seen members of ULRC have the privilege of competing in the "Head of the Charles Regatta" in Boston. Club members raised enough money to compete in this prestigious event. The publicity this event creates for the Club and University was substantial and in conjunction with other work that the club was involved in 1998/1999, ULRC was awarded "Club of the Year".
In 2000 the Club celebrated the phenomenal successes of the UL Novice Men's Crew 1999/2000, which had twenty-three wins including the Men's Novice Eight and Four category at the Irish National Rowing Championships. This was the first occasion that ULRC ever sent a crew to compete in the Irish National Rowing Championships.
Over these past few years the club has steadily concentrated on building up its resources such as boats, training ergometers, and a much needed coaching launch. presently the Club owns seven boats (two eight's,three four's, one pair and one single) and the Club is extremely proud of its large number of members comprised of existing and new rowers.
Many of these rowers are now produced solely within the confines of the Club. Until 1997, without the hard work and commitment of the members of this club, this task, as simple as it may appear to any Rowing Club, could not have been achieved in the University of Limerick.
Having tasted success, ULRC is now committed to it, and looks forward to the day of producing our first senior oars-person.
ULRC's Mission Statement:
To be a fully autonomous and successful rowing club, dedicated to the promotion and education of competitive rowing
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