St Michael’s Rowing Club was honoured with a mayoral reception on the evening of November 20 at City Hall, Limerick.
The reception was held in recognition of the clubs success in 2018, which culminated in a victory at the National Championships, selections for Irish Crews and on a club member winning gold in the World U23 Rowing Championship.
Speaking at the reception Mayor of Limerick City and County Council James Collins said: “It’s a club with a very proud history and a great record in success and what we want to do this evening is to honour the club for the role that they have played throughout the years. But also we wanted to recognise the achievements of the club in 2018.”
President of St Michaels Rowing Club John O’Sullivan said: “We are particularly proud of our athletes and I’d just like to say like all modern sports now it’s very much a team effort.”
Also in attendance was Councillor Kieran O’Hanlon who is a lifelong member of the club and said: “I have had great years here [at St Michaels Rowing Club] and I know what it means. I know the dedication, commitment, and time that all of you have to put in, in order to achieve success on the water.
“It’s changed times now. There were no ladies when I was down there and I’m delighted now that ladies are involved in the sport and rightly so,” he added.
St Michael’s Rowing Club, who are based in the city, welcome men and women of all ages and paths of life.
Councillors Elenora Hogan, Frankie Daly, and Jerry O’Dea were also present to congratulate the club.
To conclude the reception the club was awarded a mayoral scroll as an accolade for all their achievements and growing success.
St Michaels Rowing Club was founded in 1901 since then it has expanded and now has 200 active members. Some of the clubs hallmarks in time include winning three World Championships and have rowed Olympic Regattas.