Write-up by Angela Blackwell
It was extremely dark and quiet around the city as we headed up to the club at 3:30am, passing only a few cars full of people taking part in the various Darkness Into Light walks around Cork and surrounding suburbs. We lifted 2 boats out and dressed them in twinkling fairy lights, hoping to bring a smile to the faces of those taking part in the UCC walk as they made their way along the Banks of the Lee Walkway as this year we wouldn't have the depth in the river to make it all the way up to the pedestrian bridge.
Our 2 boats and a couple of local kayakers set out from the club around 4:15am and watched the sun start to peak over the horizon as we made our way up through the Port of Cork before arriving at the Mercy Hospital, the flow was quite strong so we took turns paddling a little to keep the boats from floating back downriver.
It was lovely to see hundreds of people walking past and taking part to support Pieta House and the fantastic work they do to support those affected by suicide and self-harm.
Naomhoga Chorcai hosted another great Currach Regatta in September!
A massive thanks to all the crews who travelled from Kerry, Clare, Galway and Dublin and participated; to Naomhoga Chorcai members’ support and all the hard work and preparation to make it all happen, míle buiochas in no particular order:
- Susanne’s vision to host it, and her hard work and management skills at making following orders seem like fun!
- John, Hammy etc for the fantastic fund-raiser céilí and Sharon’s amazing drive for raffle prizes in February
- Mónica for the great poster and t-shirt designs
- Collette, Elaine on the food stall and all the generous NC sandwich makers and bakers for providing a great spread to keep everyone on-site and fueled on the day
- Ray, Seanie, Tom and Eoin for towing and use of the Clare league currachs
- The Idle Hour for hosting the music and dancing afterwards
- Carey's Tool Hire and Union Chandlery for sponsorship
- and many others who made it all happen!
Looking forward to 2019!
Antoinette O'Brian, who raced a family crew in a three hand racer this with husband Bob and Daughter Amy.
First Time captain, husband on stroke, first time O2C daughter in middle first time O2C. Starting off so many things in my head. remember the gates, take it easy at the start, don't get tangled at the start etc. etc. Not a great start, we got in a tangle, half back from Roches point realised why the rowing was just so hard, my oars were upside down and I was the captain. Could not see the gate at cobh, nearly killed a kyaker, twice. Amy wanted to give up at cobh but she dug deep and she found it from somewhere and she went on to row like hell, she never let up. Bob I don't know how he managed it but he kept it on a line. What an achievement I am so trilled and so proud of Amy and Bob. And to our Support team Michael for bringing us to the race, Kate for dropping collecting and bringing us home late and Naomhoga Chorcai who gave us the opportunity to 'live a dream' Thank you
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