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O'Donovan duo lead Irish team

Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018 5:08pm

Brothers Paul and Gary O'Donovan are among the rowers chosen on the 2018 Senior Irish team who will represent Ireland at World Rowing Cup I in July.

Cork-based athletes Mark O'Donovan, Shane O'Driscoll and Sanita Puspure are also included in the team which was announced this week following the selection process which was carried out at national trials on Inniscarra Lake, concluding last weekend.

World Rowing Cup I is the first in a series of three World Cup events which take place ahead of the European and World Rowing Championships, held in August and September respectively.

Announcing the teams, Rowing Ireland High Performance Director, Antonio Maurogiovanni, said: “We are very excited about the selection of the crews and are delighted the announce the teams today at the National Rowing Centre which is Rowing Ireland’s world class training facility.

“A lot of hard work has been done already by these athletes and coaches and now we are ready to step into the second phase of preparation to make these boats as competitive as possible for the international events.”

Rowing Ireland also announced plans to host two international regattas in Cork this summer - the Home International Regatta and the Coupe de la Jeunesse which will take place at the National Rowing Centre in July. These events will form part of Rowing Ireland’s inaugural international ‘Festival of Rowing’, which commences on 13 July with the annual Irish Rowing Championships. The festival is expected to bring thousands of visitors and up to 30,000 bed nights to Cork.

The senior team gannounced is as follows:

Lightweight Men’s Double Scull – Gary and Paul O’Donovan

Lightweight Women’s Double Scull – Denise Walsh and Margaret Cremen

Women’s Single Scull – Sanita Puspure

Women’s Pair – Emily Hegarty and Aifric Keogh

Women’s Double Scull – Monika Dukarska and Aileen Crowley

Men’s Pair – Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll

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