Superb turn-out for Head of the Shannon

Carrick Rowing Club hosted over 160 crews from around the country in our annual Head of the River on Saturday last.

Carrick Rowing Club hosted over 160 crews from around the country in our annual Head of the River on Saturday last.

The cold, clam, dry day presented the athletes with excellent conditions allowing many to aim for very fast times over the 3.8km course. The Head was run as two trials, in the morning and afternoon, with a large number of different categories. 

The supporters who turned out on the Boardwalk were offered competitive racing from some of the fastest and most experienced crews in the country. They also witnessed a number of wins for Carrick RC athletes.

The men’s novice quad of Enda Molloy, William Clinton, Mark Lavin, Stephen Carty and Ryan Goldrick made a brilliant debut with a win in their category. Niamh Murray and Cheralyn Mulvey were winners in the Junior 18 Women’s double and Alice Kelly and Laureen Gannon won the Junior 16 Women’s double.

In the Men’s category, Oisin Griffin and Dara Hartigan won the Novice scull and Junior 16 scull respectively. Congratulations to all the Carrick winners and to everyone else who raced on the day. Times for all crews are available to view on the Carrick RC facebook page or on our website

A thank you from the committee to everyone who helped organise and run the head. We could never hope to run such a successful event without the support of members past and present, parents, friends and the people of Carrick. Rumour has it that Jackie, Geraldine, Catherine, Marrion and Patricia will shortly be setting up a catering company after their heroic work on Saturday, feeding hundreds of people from early morning.

Thanks to Emerald Star for generously lending us a number of cruisers in which to man the course and to Leitrim Civil Defence for ensuring the safety of everyone on the river. Training now continues apace for the final Head of the year in Galway on March 16, before we enter regatta season in April.

In other news, Carrick RC’s Winter newsletter is available to download from our website also. This will bring you up to date on all the activity around the club over the past few months.

Finally, salsa dancing continues in the club room every Wednesday evening from 7.30. This room located in the centre of town is available for hire in the evenings and would be especially suited to music or language lessons for small groups. If interested please email