Club profiles: Rowing


NUI Galway Boat Club is one of the most successful clubs in the University and indeed in Irish rowing. In the last decade, we have captured numerous National Championship titles in the Mens Senior 4+ and 4- categories, in addition to Seniors 8's, Inter 8's, 4's, Novice 8's and Novice 4's.

This past season saw the club take home 6 championship titles, and we placed second in a further 6 events. This places NUIGBC miles ahead of the competition on a national scale.

Furthermore, NUIGBC athletes Clíodhna Nolan and Bríon O'Rourke raced for Ireland at the Rowing U23 World Championships in Sarasota, Florida this past July. Incredibly, they came 4th and 7th respectively.

The 2013/2014 season (2013/2014) was the most successful in the club’s history with a record number of eight championship victories including the blue riband events in men’s and women's rowing in Ireland – the Senior Eights. Notably, it was also the most successful season of any previous women’s squad with five championships wins including a clean sweep for the women's sweep events with wins in the senior eight, four and pair.

Our members have also represented Ireland on an International levels at various events, most notably Alan Martin, Cormac Folan and James Wall who were members of Ireland's Heavyweight 4- over the past few seasons, racing in World Cup Regattas. Alan Martin and Cormac Folan, along with two other Irish rowers, qualified the boat for the Beijing Olympics at the World Championships in Munich in 2007. Cormac Folan managed to retain his seat and raced in the Olympics in 2008.

2014 saw NUIG students Aifric Keogh, Kevin Neville, Robert O'Callaghan, Richard Bennett along with Fionnán McQuillan-Tolan, Emily Tormey, Lisa Dilleen and Barbra O Brien who are members of our alumni club Gráinne Mhaol travel with coaches Sean Carolan and David Mannion (head coach) to represent Ireland at the U23 World Championships and Senior World Championships. 2015 saw NUIG student Liam Keane represent Ireland at the U23 World Championships and in 2016 NUIG student Daniel Buckley represented Ireland at the U23 World Championships.


2016 Irish National Rowing Championships

Men's Senior 4- 1st. The men's senior 4- set a new course record by 7 seconds

Men's Intermediate 4+ - 1st. This was the third year in a row that NUIG won this event

Men's Club 4+ - 1st. This was the first time the club won this event since it was introduced in 2014.

Women's Intermediate 1x - 1st

2015 Irish National Rowing Championships

Men's Senior 4- 1st

Men's Intermediate 4+ - 1st

Women's Intermediate 4+ - 1st

Women's Club 4+ - 1st

2015 - Winners of the Galway Sports Stars 'Club of the Year Award'



Men's Club 8+ - 1st

Men's Intermediate 8+ - 1st

Men's Intermediate 4+ - 1st

Wylie Cup winners. This was the first time in nine years that NUIG Boat Club won this cup.