Connect with us
Limerick Regatta 2023 Limerick Regatta 2023

Sport

Limerick Regatta returns with weekend packed full of racing this April 22

Published

on

Limerick Regatta is one of the biggest events in the rowing calendar and it’s uniquely hosted by the 6 rowing clubs of the city

Limerick Regatta, one of Ireland’s longest-running sporting events, returns this Saturday, April 22 for a weekend packed full of racing

Limerick Regatta is one of the biggest events in the rowing calendar and it's uniquely hosted by the 6 rowing clubs of the city!
Limerick Regatta is one of the biggest events in the rowing calendar and it’s uniquely hosted by the 6 rowing clubs of the city!

Limerick Regatta returns to the O’Briensbridge 4 laned, 1,400-metre course for 2 days of packed racing on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, including a Master Rowing event on Sunday.

Hosted by Limerick’s 6 clubs: Athlunkard, Castleconnell, Limerick, Shannon, St Michael’s and UL, the regatta is now celebrating over 150 years of racing, making it one of Ireland’s longest-running sporting events. 

This year the organising committee have designed a new approach to improve the labour-intensive process of laying down 4 lanes of buoys to mark the course.


advertisement



The Limerick Regatta has invested heavily in a number of areas including new stakeboats; life jackets; a traffic light starting system, making it the only event in Ireland to have it; commissioning a winners medal design showing Limerick city landmarks; and most recently a new results app making it easier for everyone to keep up to date on races and results.

Winter months see crews train and race over long distances but from April to July it’s the fast and furious regatta season. Crews from all over the country will take part in Saturday’s schedule seeing a race every 4 minutes from 9am until 6pm.

Sunday’s schedule sees a different event with a Master Regatta running over 1,000 metres. Masters rowing is on the rise and many former junior and senior rowers are returning to the sport. Limerick Regatta has created a day 2 event to meet with growing demand for Master specific racing. Local crews will be out in force having kicked off their season and the regatta will be a great chance for crews to check out their rivals on a home stretch of the Shannon.

Limerick regatta
Limerick Regatta is one of the biggest events in the rowing calendar and it’s uniquely hosted by the 6 rowing clubs of the city

The organising committee, led by Chairperson Roger Kiely (Athlunkard BC) are looking forward to welcoming visit crews as well hoping for some home wins for the local clubs. A traffic and parking management plan will be in place and the committee wanted to thank the village of O’Briensbridge for their ongoing support and partnership in running the rowing events. The committee request that everyone drives and parks with care and attention so that locals and regatta visitors can all enjoy the picturesque village of O’Briensbridge.

Celebrating more than 150 years of the regatta, the Regatta Committee recently made the historic and unique rowing trophies available to The People’s Museum of Limerick, where they are proudly on display showcasing Limerick claim of being the Sporting Capital of the country. 

Find out more here.
Read more sports stories here.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.