Pres has a proud history and a strong tradition in rowing and runs a very competitive and successful program for all students from January in 1st Year all the way through to 6th year. Students will have the option of doing both rowing and rugby in 1st and 2nd year.

The schools crews have grown in strength over the past number of years to where it is now regarded as one of the top rowing schools in the country. Since 2001 the schools crews have won 5 national club championships, 11 Irish schools titles and have had 30 of our Pres rowing students represent and medal for Ireland at underage level right up to and including Junior European Championship standard. Our students frequently achieve rowing scholarships to third level institutions as a result of their success in the sport with the school.

As a member of Rowing Ireland, Pres is an affiliated rowing club and as a result competes directly against clubs and schools from all over Cork, Munster and Ireland meaning that it is not possible to row for your school and a commercial club. It is hoped that any student wishing to row does so for their school whether it is just to sample the sport or go on to compete at the highest levels both nationally and internationally.

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Presentation College has a long history in rowing stretching back as far as 1890 when many students raced for clubs within the city. In 1986 Presentation College formally registered to become an affiliated member of Rowing Ireland for the first time as Presentation College Rowing Club and began rowing out of Shandon Boat Club. The first equipment used by the school was bought second-hand from Dungarvan Rowing Club. In its existence to date the club has been a tenant of both Cork Boat Club and Lee Rowing Club before returning to Shandon Boat Club.

The club has now won five national titles and each year has been successful at regional and national regattas at all junior levels.

The school also boasts many students who go on to successfully represent senior clubs around the country and abroad.


On October 26th 2011 PBCRC celebrated its 25th anniversary.

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2016-2017 Season

Irish Rowing Championships - July 2017 (CHAMPIONS 2017)

The school won a fantastic national title when David Higgins won the Club Scull championship event in some style at the Irish Rowing Championships held at the NRC, Farran Woods (14-16 July). David, a 5th Year student, has represented the school at all levels from J14 right through to J18. He has shown great dedication and loyalty to the sport and to the school and has finally got his deserved reward.

David won his heat to secure one of only two spots to progress to the semi-final and then went onto win his semi- final in style to secure his place in the final as the fastest qualifier. The final proved the tightest of the three races but after a tough battle down the course David went on to win by 3 seconds to claim the national title. This was a fantastic achievement coming home in 1st place out of a total of 41 scullers.
This is the schools 6th national club title since 2002 and a great source of pride for all involved in the sport in Pres and testament to all the hard work done by many over the years. Well done to David and his family, his team of coaches and all our supporters and friends.



              Group Photo-June 2017 (Members of the Pres Rowing Squads)


Cork City Regatta – June 2017

Winners of the J16 coxed Four at Cork City Regatta held at the National Rowing Centre, Farran Woods. Well done to Sam, Darragh, Jack, Peter and cox Cian on a great performance.



Easter Training Camp, Gavirate, Italy.

22 of our students travelled to Italy over their Easter holidays for an intensive training camp. They stayed at the Australian Institutes European Training Centre in Gavirate. This is a high performance centre used by the Australian international rowing crews and cyclists when competing in Europe. The students completed up-to 3 training sessions per day both on the water and in the gym at the centre and in their down time used the facilities study zones to prepare for their upcoming state exams! All students benefited hugely from the experience and it is one that will help prepare them for the upcoming season and seasons ahead



Skibbereen Regatta - April 2017

This was the first regatta of the rowing season and was a good way to prepare our student athletes for their training camp in Italy. There was two full days of racing with strong performances in the J16 Eight, winning the B final in their category, and the J16 Four (2nd place). Again our 1st years got their first taste of regatta racing with three 1st year quads entered for the event.

Irish Schools Regatta- April 2017

This was the schools largest entry to date in this event and the day produced some memorable races most notably the Schools Senior Eight event. This is the blue riband event in Irish rowing and our crew put in a superb performance to finish in silver medal position. The result was even more impressive when you consider that 3 of this crew were made up of 3rd year rowers. St Josephs from Galway finished in 1st place and a tightly contested fight for 2nd saw Pres ‘pip’ Colaiste Iognaid, Galway to the line with CBC Cork finishing further back in 4th position.



St Michaels Head of the River – March 2017

This rescheduled event, held in O’ Brien’s Bridge, was another successful day for the school with lots of racing and strong performances but had the added distinction of our 1st Years taking part in their first competitive event. The selected crews performed very well and the experience gained will stand to them in the years ahead.

Cork Head of the River – February 2017

Cork Head of the River was held on the Marina and once again proved a very successful event for the Pres rowers. The schools crews won the J16 Eight, the J16 Four, the J15 Eight and the Club Four events. The athletes then had the added bonus of having their prizes presented by Olympians Gary O’ Donovan and Sanita Purspure.



Irish Indoor Rowing Championships (January 2017)

The first event of the New Year was a trip to UL for the national indoors. A large group travelled for what was an excellent event. It was also a compulsory for all out athletes hoping to gain Irish selection later in the season. Great results overall with the standouts being the wins in the Second Year team relay and the senior team relay. Jamie Falsey picked up gold and Darragh Murphy silver in the individual J15 event.



Muckross head of (December, 2016)

Head season began with a lot of our crews getting some valuable early season racing and fitness testing. Some great results were recorded on the day with the highlight being our senior students winning the Club 4 event.


Interprovincial Indoor Rowing Championships (November 2016)

The regional erg test held in UL again this year proved a very competitive event and our students put in some very strong performances throughout the day. The second year team of Jack Murphy, Jacques Mattieu, Peter Higgins and Sam Crean won the team relay event in their category. Jack Murphy and Jack Mattiu both also won Gold and bronze in their respective categories.


Skibbereen Head of the River (November, 2016)

The first head of the new season started with a run of great results recorded over the day. The Head of the River was held on the Marina in Cork over the 4k course. There was wins in the club 4, J184, J182-, J164, club 2- and J168 making this a hugely successful day out the schools crews.

Presentation of awards for 2015/16 Season

Well done to Patrick Kennelly (Oarsman of the Year) and Cormac O’ Connell (Clubman of the Year) for their excellent achievements throughout the year and their commitment and dedication to the sport within the school. Well done.

Group Photo 2016


2015/2016 Rowing Season


Cork Regatta

This proved to be one of the most successful days out of the season with three superb wins in J18 Four, the J16 Four and the J15 Quad.

National Championships

Made the A final in J18 Four by winning semi-final and finished in 4th place in final. Our J18 Pair won their semi and also made the A final and also finished in 4th place agonisingly close to a medal with only 4 seconds between 1st and 4th position Our J14 quad finished 2nd, J15 Quad 3rd and J15 eight 3rd. All promising results for our younger athletes in the development towards J18 level

Home Internationals in Cardiff

The year finished off with Alan O’ Keeffe and Patrick Kennelly representing their country and their school with distinction at the Home Internationals in Cardiff (July) and the Coupe de la Jeunesse (European Cup) in Poland (August) respectively.


Athlone Regatta – saw Wins in the J18 2- and 2nd place in the J18 Four


London Metropolitan Regatta

The J18 squad travelled to Dorney Lake in London for London Metropolitan Regatta to gain some high class racing experience on the 2012 Olympic course– Our J18 Four finished in a very impressive 2nd place in the IM3 Four event, competing against a number of university students in the event.


Lough Rynn Regatta in Leitrim 17th May, 2016

The schools crews travelled to Leitrim to row on the newly developed course recently build on Lough Rynn picking up a fantastic win in the J18 Four and second places in the J15 Eight and J16 Four.


Irish Schools Champions 2016


 The school won its 12th national schools title in great in style by winning the U23 Pairs event at the schools regatta held in Limerick recently. The pair of Patrick Kennelly and Alan O’ Keeffe (both 5th Year) put in a commanding performance that saw them lead the race from the start and finish very strongly over crews from Ard Scoil Ris, Coleraine Grammar School and Methodist College Belfast.

Strong rows from our J15 and J16 squads showed some of the talent being developed for future successes at this level. Strong performances in the J15 eights, fours and quads, all finishing in second place, showed some of this potential during the day.

The J16 and J18 fours also rowed strongly to come home in third and fourth place respectively. Our J14 quad also performed admirably finishing in second place in what was their first ever race. Well done to all crews and their coaches on a great days racing.

Skibbereen Regatta - April 2016

The 2016 regatta season kicked off with Skibbereen Regatta. The school had over 30 of its students competing across all grades from J14 right through to J18. The crews all put in fantastic performances and gained valuable racing experience for the busy season ahead. There were wins in the J18 pair (Patrick Kennelly and Alan O’ Keeffe) and the J16 Four (Tom Murphy, Ben Corcoran, Jack Murphy, Tom Walsh and Alex Guerin).

The J15 quad of Sam Crean, Liam Rooke, Omar Elbastawisi and Peter Higgins rowed well in their event to come home in second place in what was a very competitive field. A number of other second years performed at higher grades gaining valuable racing experience which will stand to this talented squad in the years ahead.

First Year Easter Rowing Camp

This year’s rowing camp proved very successful with great weather and a great turnout the students enjoyed the expert coaching of Ms Hennessy and her team. The crews got to a lot of training done and got to improve their technique over the four days of the camp. The camp also incorporated the national ‘Get going, get rowing’ initiative which saw students learn how to row effectively on the indoor rowing machine before completing a 2 min test in which all students successfully earned either a gold, silver or bronze cert for their efforts.
After all their hard work the students got to finish off the camp with a well-deserved Easter egg hunt!

It is hoped that the skills and technique learned over the camp will stand to the students as they row and compete for their school in the years to come.

Rowing Ireland Squad Trials – March 2016

Well done to Patrick Kennelly and Alan O’ Keefe who performed extremely at the Rowing Ireland Irish squad trials at the NRC March 19 and 20. The two fifth tear students competed in the J18 pairs and were the fastest pair out of 21 in the time-trial and finished a very impressive third in the A final resulting them being invited back for a training camp and further testing in Galway the week after. We wish them both the best of luck in their attempts to become the next in a long line of Pres rowers selected to represent their country.

Cork Head of the River – February 2016

There was plenty of racing for the schools crews at Cork Head of the River held on the Marina recently. The school had a very successful days rowing, most notably, winning the J18 Pair, the J18 Four and the J15 Quad events. Well done to all who competed on the day.


Munster Representation at The Irish Indoor Rowing Championships, UL Sports Arena, 23 January 2016.


There was a very Strong Pres representation on Munster relay teams for the National Indoor Rowing Championships. Eight of our student rowers were selected across the various age groups. They were Ricky Sung (second year) who was selected on the J14 team, Michael Spence (second year) selected on the J15 team, Ben Corcoran, Tom Murphy (third year) and Tom Walsh (fourth year) who were selected on the J16 team and finally Alan O’ Keeffe, Jack O’ Donovan and Patrick Kennelly (fifth year) who made up three of the four J18 Munster team.

Well done to our eight Pres rowers who as part of a very strong Munster squad each picked up a medal in their respective age category. The Munster team won four out of five boys titles on the day.

Well done also to our Fourth Year team of Harry Scannell, Tom Walsh, Conor O’ Donovan and David Higgins who recorded an impressive victory in their event. Congrats also to our second year team of Jacques Mattieu, Sam Crean, Jack Murphy and Peter Higgins who finished second in their event. Well done to all teams and all those who recorded great individual performances. Some of our athletes will now go on to Irish trials on the back of their performances at this event.

2014/2015 Rowing Season

National Schools Regatta 2015 – 26 April 2015 - Senior Fours Champions!

It proved to be another successful National Schools Regatta for the schools rowing squads. The senior schools (U23) crew of Stroke: Shaun O’ Connell, 3. David Keohane, 2. Brian Keohane, Bow Alan O’ Keeffe and cox Cormac O’ Connell picked up the schools tenth national schools title by winning the coveted coxed fours title for the third time.

After finishing second to Bish, Galway in the heat (with Portora, Enniskillen and Ard Scoil, Limerick, in third and fourth) to qualify for the final the crew put in a fantastic performance to go out and win the final by over one and a half lengths over Bish with CBC Cork and CAI Coleraine further back the field.

Other results of note were our senior eight crew qualifying for the final by beating Blackrock, Dublin and finishing well to take third place. Our Junior 16 eight and Junior 15 Four also recorded impressive third place finishes in their respective events.

Our young Junior 15 Eight showed their potential for future success by putting in a great display to take second place behind Bish from Galway and ahead of Portora Royal School from Enniskillen.

Training Camp Aix Les Bains, France – Easter 2015

The school travelled to Aix Les Bains, France to take part in an Easter training camp on Lac du Bourget, Frances largest inland lake in. The crews had three training sessions per day, (two for exam classes who had a structured and supervised study session as part of their day), which included water sessions, land based sessions in the gym, sessions on the ergs (rowing machines) and in the French clubs indoor rowing tank, which allowed them to practice technical aspect of their sport indoors!

Galway Head of the River – 14 March 2015 – J18 Quad wins on the Corrib

The school travelled to Galway on St Patrick’s weekend for one of the biggest winter competitions of the season. It proved another successful weekend as the J18 Quad of Shaun O’ Connell, Alan O’ Keeffe, Patrick Kenelly and Luke Guerin won the prestigious J18 Quad event with over six seconds to spare on the next nearest crew. Our J15 Eight and Quads put in some very promising performances at J16 level as they continue their development. Our J16 Quad also finished second in what was a strong field.

St Michaels Head of the River – 21 February 2015 – Success for Pres in Limerick

The second head race of the year proved very successful indeed. The school won the Junior 18 Quad, the Junior 18 Four, the Junior 16 Four and the Intermediate Double Scull. There were also two very close second place finishes with the Intermediate Pair only missing out by 3 seconds and the Junior 16 quad 7 seconds off first place but a very convincing second out of 17 crews.

Cork Head of the River – 07 February 2015 – Senior Eight Winners

The first major event of the 2015 head season got under way on the Marina with Cork Head of the River. The schools crews used the event to get some early season preparation done and look at some potential crews for later in the year.
The highlight of the Day was winning the Denis MacSweeny trophy as the fastest overall crew on the day. Pres joined Shandon Boat Club to form a composite senior eight that with five junior 18’s in the boat proved to be the strongest crew on the day coming away with the coveted trophy and beating a number of senior and university crews in the process.

Presentation College Rowing Club Win Senior Schools Team Relay Event at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships 2015 – January 2015

The Irish Indoors were held in the UL Sports Campus on Saturday 24 January and proved to be a successful start to the new season for Pres athletes. The highlight of the day was the team of Brian Keohane, David Keohane, Shaun O' Connell and Alan O' Keeffe winning the senior schools relay event. The Team had to complete 2000 metres in the quickest time possible. They completed the task in a fantastic time of 05:38 beating schools from Galway, Enniskillen, Limerick and Dublin.

There were also a number of very promising results across the day from our younger students including; the fourth and second year teams both finishing second in their team relay events, Tom Murphy finished fourth out of 22 in the Junior 15 individual event with three more in the top 10 (Ben Corcoran 6th, Kevin Jansson 7th and Eoghan Mathers 9th).

In the Junior 14 individual event Mel Holohan was best placed Pres athlete coming in in 5th place out of nearly 30 entrants. Misha O' Flynn did well to make the top 10 in the same event finishing 9th.

Well done to all who took part in the event and for all the great performances.


2013/2014 Rowing Season

Rowing – International Representation

After already representing Ireland at the European Rowing Championships in Hazelwinkel, Belgium in April, Brian and David Keohane (5th Year) were once again selected to represent Ireland this time at The Coupe de la Jeunesse in Libourne, France from 1st – 3rd August.

Only 17 Irish athletes were selected for this event and the Keohane brothers were selected in their club boat, the Junior 18 pair in which they had recently won the Irish national championships for the school.
In a strong category which boasted strong rowing nations such as Italy, France and GB the ‘ Pres’ pair qualified comfortably for the final with crews from Poland and GB trailing. In the final they put in a fantastic performance in tough conditions to secure a superb bronze medal.

This is a first medal for Pres rowers at this level and a very proud achievement for the school. Well done to Brian and David, their fellow squad members and their family who have all put in a lot of work in helping to achieve these goals.

Pres win at the National Rowing Championships 2014.


Congratulations to Brian and David Keohane Junior Pair who won Gold at the National Rowing Championships 2014 which took place over three days from the 11th to the 13th of July 2014 at the National Rowing Centre. This is the schools fifth national title and a great achievement for the crew and the for the school.



(L-R) Fran Keane Head Coach, Brian Keohane, David Keohane and Brian O Keeffe Coach

In the Junior 18 Four Michael Grufferty, David Keohane, Martin Keohane, Brian Keohane and Tom Cregan who won Silver, they were involved in the best race of the day narrowly missing out on gold by 0.2 of a second and a photo finish was needed to decide the winner. A silver medal is a fantastic achievement for this crew and the school which is the top level of Junior Rowing in Ireland.

(L-R) Michael Grufferty, David Keohane, Martin Keohane, Brian Keohane and Tom Cregan

Cork Regatta – June 2014

The last regatta before the National Championships proved to be a great success with wins in the J18 pair and J18B double scull. The J18 four finished second in their event and the J18 eight had a good row finishing third. There was good rowing from the J16 and 15 quads in their respective events and the J14 squads are continuing to improve as the season goes on. Best of luck to all crews in the National Championships.


Athlone Regatta – June 2014

The school travelled to Athlone to take part in the regatta there and came away with silverware in the J18 pair event which saw Brian and David Keohane win the event over Portora school. The J18 four narrowly missed out on gold losing the final by only two feet.


London Metropolitan Regatta May 2014

The school once again travelled to London Dorney, this time to participate in the two day metro regatta Crews participated in the Im3 and Im2 fours performing well to make the final in the Im3 event and after making the final in the Im2 category finishing a very respectful fourth against British university crews.
The Im1 pair won their heat well to make the final where they finished third with Cambridge winning the event outright.

International Representation – European Championships – Belgium – May 2014

After a tough trialling process Brian and David Keohane were selected to represent Ireland at the Junior European Championships in Belgium on 25 May. The pair finished the last trials as the fastest pair in the country with 15 seconds to spare over the next fastest pair.

This is a great achievement for the two fifth year students and a first for the school to have athletes selected for this event. Depending on performance at this event they will represent Ireland again in August either in France or Germany.
Well done to the pairs of Tom Cregan and Shaun O Connell and Michael Grufferty and Andrew McCarthy who performed well in trials and narrowly missed out on selection.

Brian and David have now been selected to again represent Ireland, this time at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in France in August.


National Schools Champions – April 2014

The U23 Pair

Brian and David Keohane had a convincing win in the U23 pair’s event beating Ard Scoil (Limerick), St Josephs College (Bish) (Galway), Blackrock College (Dublin) and Colaiste Iognaid (Galway)

The Junior 16 Eight

The eight recorded a great victory by beating the physically bigger Blackrock College, Dublin crew by a number of lengths over the 1500 metres course. This is the first major win for this group of athletes and is a sign of the potential within the squad for the future.


The Junior 16 Four

Four members of the victorious eight crew recorded the double by also winning the fours event. They won well beating St Josephs (Bish) from Galway in the final.


The Junior 15 Four

Not to be outdone by the more senior crews the Junior 15 Four showed the potential that is also in this squad by beating a crew from St. Josephs (Bish) Galway in the final. They crew showed a lot of composure to maintain a strong lead throughout the race.



The Junior 15 quad and Junior 18 eight both recorded good third place performances. Well done to all who took part on the day.


2012/13 Rowing Season

National Schools Champions 2013

The National Schools Regatta which took place in Farran Woods at the end of June proved to be a very successful day for the school with Pres picking up two titles on the day. Twin brothers David Keohane and Brian Keohane took gold in the open pair’s event with Andrew McCarthy and Michael McGrath picking up an impressive win in the open double sculls. Well done to both crews on a fantastic achievement.



Belfast University Boat Race 2013

The school was invited to compete in the inaugural Schools Boat race which was held as part of the annual Queens University-Trinity College Dublin Boat race.

The school was invited alongside four northern schools; Portora, MCB, RBAI and CAI along with Blackrock College Dublin to participate in a six school race held on the river Lagan in Belfast. After a great days’ racing Pres was narrowly beaten into second place by Portora Royal School from Enniskillen.



Four Pres RC athletes were selected to represent their country this summer and took part in the European Championships of junior rowing at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Lucerne, Switzerland in August. This is the highest number of athletes selected in one year from the schools rowing team and the first time that there have been athletes selected at European level so a number of records have been set this past season.

Brian Keohane and David Keohane were selected to represent Ireland in the J18 coxless four and eight and David Twomey achieved the great honour of being selected as cox to both the men’s and women’s eights at the Coupe.


Kevin Keohane had the distinction of being selected to represent Ireland at the Home International Regatta in Nottingham in July and then being drafted into the Coupe squad as a very late injury replacement for one of the original crew members. This resulted in three Pres brothers rowing for Ireland in the Fours event in Lucerne. A very proud day for themselves, their family and the school.




Cork Sculling Ladder (Sept 2012 – March 2013)

The annual Cork Sculling Ladder which starts in September finished up at the end of March with the school picking up an impressive hat-trick of wins. The competition, which saw over 120 single ‘scullers’ from all over Munster take part in the event over the winter months finished up with wins in the Junior 16 (Brian Keohane), Junior 15 (Martin O’ Farrell) and Junior 14 (Tom Cregan) categories. Well done to the three winners who recently received their awards at a presentation held in Cork Constitution R.F.C.


      Back Row L-R Brian O Keeffe Fran Keane Front Row L-R Tom Cregan, Martin O Farrell and Brian Keohane

Galway head of the River (March 2013)

In March the school travelled to race on the River Corrib in Galway in a 4.3km time trial. The Pres crews finished second in the junior 18 eights and Junior 18 fours and our eight was fifth fastest boat out of over 200 that raced on the day. Single sculler Kevin Keohane also finished second in his category and after being out injured for a number of months put in a fine display.

Cork Head of the River (February 2013)

The first event of the 2013 winter season was Cork Head of the river, held on The Marina in February. After a tough day of competition the schools crews came out on top in the Junior 18 Eight and Junior 18 Four events. The eight was also the second fastest crew of the day beating a number of senior, intermediate and novice crews in the process and the Junior 18 4- was fastest four of the day. The Junior 15 Eight rowed very well to finish second in their category.

Irish Trials

Four of our students have been invited back for the third stage of Irish squad trials. Brian and David Keohane, Tom Cregan and Kevin Keohane have been invited back for the next stage in the selection process after excellent performances in earlier events. These athletes hope to be selected for the Home International regatta, to be held in Nottingham and the Coupe to be held in Switzerland.

                                 L-R John Higgins, David Twomey and Brian Keohane

John Higgins and Brian Keohane were selected as one of the fastest pairs at the recent Castleconnel Head of the river to participate in the ‘Bulls and Bears’ race which sees the eight fastest pairs race in two eights for the title. John and Brian were selected in the bears crew which went on to record a great victory in a very exciting race. David Twomey had the honour of also being selected to cox the winning crew.From 

                                L-R Brian Keohane, John Higgins, Niall Crowley, David Keohane, Tom Cregan

The five Pres students, who recently represented the school, at national trials in Newry. Brian, David, Tom and Kevin will all progress on to the next trial in mid-February.


The new batch of Pres rowers are given their first lesson on the banks of the River Lee recently.

There was a good turn-out from first year students interested in getting involved in rowing when they began their training at Shandon Boat Club on the Marina. Under the watchful eye of their experienced coaches it is hoped that these students will develop into future national and international champions.


2011/12 Rowing Season

Kevin Keohane and Niall Crowley went on to represent Ireland at the Home International Regatta in Cardiff in July. They put in a lot of hard work to get selected for this event and were rewarded by being selected in the Irish Junior 18 Eight and Four.


Thomas Cregan had a successful season picking up a fantastic win in the Cork Sculling Ladder and following this up by winning the Junior 15 sculls event at the National Championships held at the National Rowing Centre in Farran in July.



Wallingford Regatta (Dorney Lake) 06-May

The school again visited Dorney Lake, the home of the 2012 Olympics, this year to attend Wallingford regatta. This is the biggest one day regatta to be held in England and is on the grounds of Eton College and is to be the venue of this year’s Olympic rowing.
The Pres crews put in a number of fine performances most noteworthy being the junior four, competing at intermediate two level. This crew having qualified from the heats put in a solid performance to finish third in a final which included a number of university crews.


Irish Junior Selection

Well done to Kevin Keohane and Niall Crowley who have been selected to represent Ireland in the Home Internationals which are to be held in Cardiff in July. After a long trialling process which started back in November the pair got the rewards for all their hard work by being selected in the Irish Junior 18 eight and four. They also had the distinction of being the top Junior 17 pair in the country throughout the trials.
Well done also to Brian Keohane and David Twomey who got to the final trial in April but narrowly missed out on selection, however the experience will stand to both as they are both underage again.

Sculling Ladder

Thomas Cregan won this year’s Cork sculling Ladder at Under 13 level. Well done Tom. He was presented with his prize by guest speaker on the night former Pres, Munster and Ireland rugby player Mick O’ Driscoll.

Skibbereen Regatta (15 April, 2012)

Following a tough days racing the day before the schools crews put in another fine performance again winning the Junior 18 coxed four, this time with Jack Healy replacing Brian Keohane who was selected in the J16 crews. The Junior 15 quad of Andrew McCarthy, Sean O’ Connell, Thomas Cregan and Seamus Sweeney continued to impress with another fine display to finish second.

National Schools Regatta (14 April, 2012) – Pres win J18 Coxed Four Title

The school had a very successful outing at this year’s National Schools regatta winning the Junior 18 coxed four. The crew of Colm Keena, Kevin Keohane, Niall Crowley, Brian Keohane and David Twomey successfully defended the title which was won for the first time by the school at last year’s event. They put in a commanding performance to finish a comfortable three lengths ahead of The Bish from Galway. There was also a number of excellent performances from the J18 eight and pair and the Junior 15 quad how all finished second in their respective events.

Pres win the double at Galway Head of the River (10 March, 2012)

This winters ‘Head of the river’ season has proved to be one of the most successful for the Cork City schools rowing crews. The school has picked up impressive wins at Muckross, Cork, Limerick and most recently Galway heads of the river respectively. A total of thirteen pennants have been achieved this season.
There has been wins across all grades from Junior 15, Junior 16 and to the most impressive wins coming at Junior 18 level. The Junior 18 squad have been unbeaten in the coxed four and coxless boats since the 10 December culminating in an impressive double win in Galway Head on 10 March which saw them beat the fancied ‘Bish’ school club on their home waters in the four and then complete the double by beating Carlow Rowing Club in the Coxless Quad.

Irish Rowing Trials - February, 2012.

L-R Niall Crowley, Kevin Keohane, and Brian Keohane at the recent Irish Rowing Trials

Cork Head of the River 2012

The school picked up wins in the Junior 18 Quad, Junior 18 four and Junior 18 Pair as well as a great win in the Junior 15 Quad. The Junior 18 Quad also had the honour of being the fastest Junior Boat on the day and being third overall out of over 300 boats. Well done to all.

St Michaels Head of the River (Limerick) 28/01/2012

Pres had another successful at the most recent winter competition in limerick on Saturday last. The school picked up two very impressive wins in the Junior 18 quad and Junior 18 four putting in fine performances to record times close to senior crews competing on the day. Well done to Colm Keena, Kevin Keohane, Niall Crowley, Brian Keohane, Seamus O’ Donovan and Shane Geurin who made up these crews.
The Junior 18 pair and Junior 15 quad also recorded good results finishing second in their respective categories. The next outing will be Cork Head of the River on February 18.

Presentation College Rowing Club Fastest Junior club at Muckross Head of the River

The Pres J18 quad of Colm Keena, Kevin Keohane, Niall Crowley and Brian Keohane were the fastest junior crew of the day at the 4000m time trial at Farren Woods on 10 December.
The school had a very successful day also winning the Junior 18 double scull, the Junior 16 eight and Junior 16 quad and the Junior 15 Oct.

The 2011 Regatta season was a successful one for Pres and the club has over 40 active members at all age levels.
Kevin Neville and John Griffin were once again in the medals in the Junior Mens Pairs at the National Championships in Innicarra Lake in July and were subsequently chosen to represent Ireland at Senior Mens level at the Home International Regatta in Glasgow, competing in fours and eights.
David Colemen was selected to cox the Junior mens eights and fours picking up a Gold Medal in the Fours Event (PHOTO)  

The School also picked up wins at the National Schools Championships winning the J18 Four and Pair Events.

These rowers together with David Keohane and Niall Crowley represented Munster at an Interprovincial Regatta held in Limerick in September. (PHOTO)
Training has commenced for the 2012 season in September and new beginners will be welcomed in January 2012.
A huge gratitude goes to all the coaches for their dedication, commitment and talent.

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With over 50 pupils in regular training at present rowing provides a valuable outlet for students and contributes enormously to the sporting ethos of the college.

Students can take up rowing after Christmas in first year and go on to represent the school at all levels from Junior 14 to Junior 18 level.

The club rows on the river Lee and is based out of Shandon Boat Club on the Marina. Training takes place on Saturday and Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. Land training tales place in the schools gym nad weights room on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Training Times

Beginners/J14 (1st Years take up rowing after Christmas)

J14 (First Years)





Tuesday 15.30 - 16.45 School Gym Circuits/Cores
Thursday 15.30 - 16.45 School Gym Circuits/Cores
Saturday 8.45 - 11.15 Shandon Boat Club Rowing
Sunday 8.45 - 11.15 Shandon Boat Club Rowing


J15(Second Years)





Tuesday 15.30 - 16.45 School Gym Circuits/Cores
Wednesday* 14.00 - 16.30 Shandon Boat Club Rowing
Thursday 15.30 - 16.45 School Gym Circuits/Cores
Saturday 11.30 - 14.30 Shandon Boat Club Rowing
Sunday 10.30 - 13.30 Shandon Boat Club Rowing


J16 (Third Years)





Monday 7-8am or 15.30-16.45 School Weights Room or School Gym Rowing Machines
Tuesday 15.30 - 16.45 School Erg Room or School Gym Circuits/Cores
Wednesday* 14.00 - 16.30 Shandon Boat Club Rowing
Thursday  7-8am or 15.30-16.45 School Weights Room or School Gym Circuits/Cores
Saturday 07.30 - 12.30 Shandon Boat Club Rowing
Sunday 08.30 - 12.00 Shandon Boat Club Rowing

J18 (Fourth, Fith and Sixth Years)





Monday 07.00 - 08.15 School Weights Room Weights
Tuesday 15.30 - 16.45 School Erg Room Erg
Wednesday* 14.00 - 16.30 Shandon Boat Club Rowing
Thursday 07.00 - 08.15 School Weights Room Weights
Saturday 07.30 - 12.30 Shandon Boat Club Rowing
Sunday 08.30 - 12.00 Shandon Boat Club Rowing


  • *Wednesday sessions will be in the school gym before Christmas and will be on the water at Shandon Boat Club after Christmas.
  • Wednesday sessions before Christmas will run from 13.00-15.00 approx.
  • A bus will be available to bring students from the school to Shandon and back for the Wednesday sessions after Christmas and cost will depend on numbers availing of the service.
  • All students are encouraged to make use of the schools afterschool study facility when finished training or while waiting for collection.
  • The Training timetable is a standard timetable and subject to change depending on numbers of athletes in each group, available places and the development of the athletes throughout the season. Certain restrictions and changes may be necessary as a result.


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Senior Coxed Fours -
Schools Champions of Ireland 2012

F. Keane (coach), N. Crowley (2), B. Keohane (Bow),
D. Twomey (cox), C. Keena (stk), K. Keohane (3)

Senior Coxed Four School Champions of Ireland - 2011
K. Neville (stk), J. Griffin (3), K. Keohane (2),
S. O’ Sullivan (bow), D. Coleman (cox)

Senior Pairs - Schools Champions of Ireland 2011
J. Griffin (bow), K. Neville (stk)

Junior 18 Pairs  -  Champions of Ireland 2010
B. O’ Keeffe (coach), J. Griffin (bow), K. Neville (stk), F. Keane (coach)

Junior 18 Pairs - Champions of Ireland 2006
G. Sheehan (bow), G. Sheehan (stk)

Junior 18 Double Sculls - Champions of Ireland 2002
R. Cronin (stk), B. Morgan (bow)

Junior 18 Sculls - Champion of Ireland 2002
R. Cronin

Munster Representatives - 2011
J. Griffin, K. Neville, D. Coleman, K. Keohane, N. Crowley

Home International Regatta, Cardiff - 2012
N. Crowley, K. Keohane

Home International regatta, Glasgow - 2011
J. Griffin, D. Coleman, K. Neville
Result: D. Coleman Gold in J18 Coxed Four

Junior 18 Pairs Irish National Championships - 2011
Bronze Medallists

K. Neville (stk), J. Griffin (bow)

Home International Regatta, Cork - 2010
D. Coleman

International Regatta, Cork - 2010
F. Keane (coach), J. Griffin (bow), K. Neville (stk), B. O’ Keeffe
Result: Gold in J18 Pair

Home International Regatta, Nottingham - 2009
P. Higgins (5th from left), F Keane, coach (far right)
Result: Gold in J18 Coxed Four

Junior 18 Coxed Four Irish National Championships - 
2009 - Bronze Medallists

P. Higgins, B. Marshall, J. Crean, J. Griffin, G. O’ Connell

Home International Regatta Cork 2007
Mark Callanan

Home International Regatta, Glasgow - 2006
G. Sheehan, G. Sheehan

Home International Regatta, Cardiff - 2005
G. Sheehan, G. Sheehan

Home International Regatta, Nottingham - 2004
B. Morgan

Home International Regatta, Cork - 2003
B. Morgan
Result: Gold in J18 Quad

Home International Regatta, Glasgow - 2002
R. Cronin (stk), B. Morgan (2)
Result: Gold in J18 Quad

Home International Regatta, Nottingham - 2001
M. Maguire, G. Neff (coach), R. Cronin, P. Williams
Result: P. Williams, Gold in Coxless Four

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