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ESB and Rowing Ireland team up for Festival of Rowing


  • Three major events to take place in Inniscarra Reservoir in the coming weeks, including the 2018 Coupe de la Jeunesse
  • Up to 750 athletes and their support teams from 13 countries to compete on two-day event on Inniscarra Reservoir in Cork for this prestigious junior regatta
  • Irish Rowing Championships and the Home International Regatta also on festival programme

Issued: 10 July 2018

FARRAN, CO CORK - ESB has proudly teamed up with Rowing Ireland to support a series of prestigious rowing regattas on Inniscarra Reservoir taking place later this month.

Taking place from 27 to 29 July, the 2018 Coupe de la Jeunesse will attract the most talented young rowers from 13 countries across Europe. Up to 750 rowers and their support teams are expected in the Cork area for this high-profile event on the international rowing calendar. The event is open to rowers who are 18 years or under.

The Festival of Rowing programme also includes the Irish Rowing Championships taking place this weekend (13 to 15 July) as well as the Home International Regatta which takes place on 21 July.

Rowing Ireland CEO Michelle Carpenter says: “We are delighted with the ESB support of our exciting Festival of Rowing which commences this weekend with the biggest ever Irish Rowing Championships. The relationship between the ESB and Rowing Ireland has been pivotal and we are delighted to have them support our celebration of Irish and international rowing talent here at our High Performance home in Inniscarra.”

Frank Barry, Plant Manager at ESB’s Lee Stations adds: “In what is a milestone month for the rowing community, ESB is delighted to support Rowing Ireland in their hosting of these three upcoming regattas on Inniscarra Reservoir. This support builds on our long-standing relationship with the rowing community. In 2011, ESB entered a 25 year lease with Rowing Ireland which has facilitated development of world-class infrastructure at the National Rowing Centre. As such, the facilities at Farran provide a fitting backdrop as we welcome the international athletes for the 2018 Coupe de la Jeunesse in particular. On behalf of ESB, I wish all participants the very best of luck in these prestigious events.”

With the festival positively promoting Cork and Ireland as destinations for the international rowing community, Cork County Council and Fáilte Ireland are also providing support for the events.


About Rowing Ireland:
Rowing Ireland is the national governing body for the sport of rowing across the island of Ireland, north and south. The organisation was founded in Dublin as the Irish Amateur Rowing Union on February 3rd, 1899.

The organisation currently has almost 4,000 registered racing members in more than 70 clubs and universities around the country, with the overall rowing community estimated to be at two or three times this number.
The National Governing Body’s funding of €730,000 per annum derives primarily from Sport Ireland and Sport NI grants with core funding related to numbers participating and high performance funding based on potential for Olympic and World Championship placement.

Most of the work of Rowing Ireland is done by volunteers in the clubs and on RI committees and working groups. There is a small staff of eight personnel based in the National Rowing Centre in Farran Wood, near Coachford, Co. Cork, where the CEO, High Performance Director and two high performance coaches are based. There are also regional development coaches in Limerick, Galway, Dublin and Belfast.

About ESB:
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ESB contributes over €2billion annually to the Irish economy through dividends, investments, taxes and jobs. ESB provides significant employment both directly, with 7,600 employees, and indirectly through contractors and service providers. Read more here,