University of Limerick Rowing Club


Welcome to the University of Limerick Rowing Club

University of Limerick Rowing Club is dedicated to its members and the University of Limerick Students Union. ULRC is known as a highly competitive rowing club on the outskirts of the campus and has a huge state of the art facility. All are welcome to the University of Limerick Rowing Club so come down and give rowing a try.

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ULRC Annual Club Dinner 2016

Great night at the Savoy Hotel for the Annual dinner. A great night was had by all who attended and it was especially nice to see so many past and present UL rowers attend the dinner. 

Huge thanks to the club committee for organizing the night.


2016 Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship

Patrick Corley is the recipient of the 2016 Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship. Patrick is a second year Electronic and Computer Engineering Student who started rowing in September 2015 and has represented UL in many events over the past year including Intervarsity Championships and National Championships.

Patrick also represented UL as part of the men's eight at the Boston HOCR event in 2016.

Patrick would like to continue to develop as a rower and represent UL at intermediate and senior level over the next few years.

Provincial Indoor Championships 2016

Great turnout of UL rowers at this year's Provincial Indoor Rowing Championships at the UL Arena. Plenty of medals won all around. Bring on IIRC 2017!

Photos from the day can be seen here.

Castleconnell Head 2016

Great atmosphere at Castleconnell Head this year. Our novice rowers finally got the opportunity to compete in this first big event.

Well done to all rowers participating in the Head of the River and the Bulls and Bears. 

Bring on the next one!


Boston Head of The Charles 2016

Well done to all UL rowers who took part in this year's Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston this September. 

One men's eight and one women's eight headed stateside to represent UL in what is regarded as one of the biggest events in rowing. 

The Head of the Charles is a 5km race on the Charles river  in Boston, MA. Many well-known rowers entered this year's race including Gary and Paul O'Donovan, Irish Olympic silver medalists.

Both the men and women's crews had been in training of the event for months and performed very well in their respective races against the likes of the big US rowing clubs like MIT and Harvard University.

We hope to send more crews over to this event in future to give newcomers and experienced rowers the opportunity to train towards and compete in the HOCR.


ULRC Crews (Bow - Stroke)


Patrick Corley

Sean Fitzgerald

Luke Ryan

Stephen Spillane

Gerard Barlow

Alan Murtagh

Conor Doorley

Conor Carmody

Cox: Sarah Lynch


Kathryn Mulryan

Niamh Barton

Claudia O'Donoghue

Courtney Reich

Kate Marsden

Jessica O'Keefe

Roisin Cahill

Sandra O'Malley


Welcome Back!

The UL Rowing Club kindly welcomes back all existing members and new members who have signed up to row with us this September. We've seen record numbers of new recruits with over 200 joining up and hopefully they're here to stay! Adjacent to this paragraph is our promotional video for September 2016 which was used at the UL Recruitment Drive.

Thanks to everyone who signed up, let's make this the greatest year for ULRC yet!

                       Irish Championships 2016

Well done to all UL rowers who took part in the 2016 National Championships at the National Rowing Centre in Cork last weekend. UL had a great turnout this year in comparison with other years, which is great sign of the club’s development.

Sean Fitzgerald raced a single skull in the Mens Club 1X heat D against Queens, Workmans, Commercial and Killorglin, coming fourth ahead of Queen’s University. Unfortunately Sean did not qualify for his final in what was a very close and competitive race.

Kate Marsden also raced a single skull in the Womens Club 1X heat F against Queens, Skibbereen and Commercial. Kate came in fourth missing out on a place in the final but putting in a great performance in a nail biting race nonetheless.

Well done to Courtney Reich who raced a single skull in the Womens Club 1X heat A, coming second and qualifying for her semi-final against UCC, Queens, Carlow, Castleconnell and Lee Valley. Unfortunately Courtney missed out on a place in the final.

Patrick Moynagh, Tommy Bolger, David McElwaine, Patrick Corley and Fiona Roberts (cox) of the Mens Novice 4X+ crew put in a good fight against both Queen’s University crews in the first 1000m of their final but unfortunately the course got the better of them on the day, finishing fourth behind QUBBC B, QUBBC A and Neptune.

Well done to Kate Marsden and Courtney Reich who competed and came fourth in the Womens Intermediate 2X Heat A against DULBC, Belfast, NUIG, Castleconnell and Lee. The ladies raced very well in what is a very competitive division but unfortunately did not make their final.

A huge thanks to all Coaches and supporters who put in countless hours with our rowers all year long to allow them to compete at Champs.

University Championships and Skiberreen Regatta 2016

University Championships:

First off were the heats for the women Club 4+ at 10am. They qualified in third place for the final joining a tough crowd with QUBLBC, DULBC A, UCCRC and DULBC B. Next, the mens Novice 8+ just missed out for a place in the final but put in a great effort for the crew’s first ever race. The womens novice 4x+ came an impressive 2nd in their straight final, missing out on first to DIT. At 12.10 the womens Club 8+ placed 3rd in their straight final, good placing for a crew with experienced and novice rowers. After a quick change of boats the womens club 4+ placed 4th in the final. After lunch, the men were in action for the afternoon. The recently formed mens Club 4+ and inter 4+ placed 3rd and 4th in their straight finals respectively. The mens Inter 2X placed third in a straight final. At 14.40 the mens novice 4X+ finished 1st with distance in their heat. Unfortunately in the last race of the day at the final, there was a rocky start which led to the boat crossing lanes and getting disqualified. 

Skiberreen regatta: 

The weather held off for Saturday and most races ran to plan throughout a very busy day. The previous days racing experience certainly showed as the Womens novice 4X+ with Caity Corrigan (S), Claudia O’Donoghue, Kathryn Mulryan and Julianna Duffy (B) coxed by Mary Therese Collins took 1st in the womens novice quad. Well done ladies, we are looking forward to seeing a lot more racing from you all. Full results for the days racing are available on Rowing Ireland. 

Well rowed all crews and thanks again to all the coaches for your time and support.


2015 Paddy Dooley  Scholarship

Alan Murtagh is this year’s recipient of the Paddy Dooley Scholarship. Alan attended St. Marys College in Galway where he started rowing in 2007 and has had a strong interest in the sport since then.

Alan represented Ireland at the Junior Home International Regatta in Cardiff in 2012 and hopes to make the senior squads in the near future.

 Also in the photograph are Sandra O’Malley, UL Rowing Club Captain and UL President Professor Don Barry.

An Focal Publication

Recently, following the Castleconnell Head race here in Limerick our Public Relations Officer - Patrick Corley described his first few weeks as a novice crew member in the University of Limerick Rowing Club in An Focal, the student newspaper.
We were only delighted to play host to our fellow rowers from An Garda College Rowing club based in Templemore earlier this week for some technical land training in our state of the art indoor rowing tank. Hope to see you all back again real soon. Thanks to Cian Egan UL Alumni and member of the group for arranging through our PRO and Captain.

The girls from Cork Boat Club and Presentation College Cork enjoying a session in our state of the art rowing tank. Many thanks to all for the visit, you are all more than welcome to visit again soon. The men from UCD were also down but unfortunately they were a little camera shy :-). We the University of Limerick Rowing Club really enjoyed all of your visits and we would love to have you all again soon. 

This is Annely, she came to us for just a short visit. she is the sports development officer from the University Of Lapland. Annely was given a tour of our prestigious boat club and was presented with a club t-shirt after she thoroughly enjoyed herself in the only indoor rowing tank in the country. Thank you Annely for joining us we had as much fun as you. 

Congratulations to David Quinlan 

David was the recipient of the 2014 Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship.

Huge thanks to Athlunkard Boat Club who had their junior and novice women down last weekend to use the tank Athlunkard will now be down on a more continual basis now to use our facilities Thanks Again Athlunkard  

Thank you to the Irish junior squads who had a training camp in both the University Of Limerick Rowing club and Castleconnel Rowing Club over the past few days. Your are all very welcome again to use facilities in UL and again thank you all. 
For usage of our facilities please see the "Our Boat House" page for more details