St. Michaels R.C. Head of the River Time Trial 2017

This Saturday, February 25th, sees the peak of Rowing Ireland’s winter calendar with St. Michaels Head of the River taking place in O’Briensbridge, Co. Clare.

The Head of the River, now in it’s 36th year, has moved from a date in December to February to reduce the risk of adverse weather. You might think that the weather has not been great so far this year but in rowing terms we are flood free.
The non tidal course starts at Worlds End in Castleconnell with crews tracing 3.2 kilometres to the finish just in front of the bridge at O’Briensbridge.

This stretch of the Shannon provides many view points and spectators can park their cars in both villages and enjoy a stroll along the majestic Shannon to see the crews off the start and winding up for the finish line.

Over 375 crews from all over the country will compete in what is regarded as a major indicator of how the 2017 winter training has gone for clubs and crews.

A number of crews who competed last week at the first national trails of 2017 (at the National Rowing Centre in Inniscarra and also in Lough Rynn in Leitrim) will be racing on Saturday.

These will include the successful winning St. Michael’s crews of Tom McKeon and Dylan O’Byrne who placed 1st in the Men’s Junior 18 2-, Ben McKeon and Colm Garvey who placed 1st in the Men’s U3 2- as well as Declan O’Connor who placed 4th behind Olympic heroes The Donovan Brothers.

Local crews from Athlunkard Boat Club, Castleconnell Boat Club, Shannon Rowing Club, University of Limerick and of course the hosts St. Michael’s will be competing.

Over 100 volunteers will be ensuring the smooth running of the time trial including St. Michael’s Olympic Finalist Sinead Lynch. Sinead is looking forward to seeing the event from the other side but knowing Sinead she will also be closely watching the Women’s Senior event times.

St. Michael’s award winning Catering Core will be providing much needed hot food for competitors but will also have teas, coffees and pastries for those coming along to see the racing.
More information on the event can be found at and also on St. Michaels R.C. Facebook page.

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Raffaele Rocca