St. Michael’s Rowing Club was founded in Dún Laoghaire Harbour in the early 1920’s. Today, the club consists of over 100 members from complete beginners to experienced rowers, and with all abilities and backgrounds.
In common with our sister clubs on the East Coast of Ireland, we practice coastal rowing in traditional skiffs, unique to this part of the world. With fixed seats, wooden oars, and clinker-built boats, the sport as we know it differs significantly from our freshwater ‘Olympic style’ cousins.
Training and members
Based in Dún Laoghaire harbour, you’ll find we combine all the positive aspects of team sport, seamanship, fitness, competitive competition, and the great outdoors. We cater for men, women and children, from Under-12s to veterans, and with all levels of aspiration, from the recreational to the serious athlete. We compete in sprint races on the East Coast regatta circuit as well as longer events further afield.
Our crews train Monday to Friday from March to September, from 6pm to sundown. We have 5 traditional wooden boats, the Dunleary (1972), the Eileen (1981), the St. Michael (1999), the Dún Laoghaire (2014), and the Naomh Micheál (2015).
During the summer months our crews compete on the East Coast regatta circuit from Skerries to Arklow, with racing available from Under-12s to veterans. There are races for mens, ladies, boys, girls, mixed, and novice crews. Our Home Regatta at the back of the West Pier is a great spectacle.
We also participate in long distance rowing races such as the biennial Celtic Challenge, which is a gruelling 150km crossing from Arklow to Aberystwyth in Wales, our own Hobblers’ Challenge from Dun Laoghaire to the Kish Lighthouse and back, and the annual All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships.
Recreational and Social
Many of our members choose not to partake in the cut and thrust of racing, and prefer just getting out on the water in and around Dún Laoghaire. The club also has an active year-round social aspect, with our good friends at McKenna’s always happy to help with our celebrations.