NUIG Women's squad is a reasonably young club, but one which is gaining more success year on year. NUIG BC is undoubtedly the top dogs in Irish women's rowing, cleaning up at the University championships 2018 saw the women's squad win 7 of 9 races entered. They had a whirlwind of a season in 2017/18 where they saw success at London Met as well as at the Irish Championships where they won the senior 4- and inter 8+. Last season also saw the squad travel to Henley women's regatta where every athlete took part, one crew gaining entry to the final of the development 4+. The 1st VIII were just shy of a qualification spot for HRR against tough competition from international U23 crews from GB, Netherlands and Australia.
HALL OF FAME
Men's Senior 8+
Men's Senior 4-/+
Men's Intermediate 8+
Men's Club 8+
Snr 4+ Snr 4-
2001 2002 2010
2002 2003 2012
2003 2004 2013
2004 2005 2014
2005 2006 2015
2006 2007 2016
Men's Inter 4+
Men's Club 4+
Men's Senior 2-/2x
Snr 2- Snr 2x
Men's Intermediate 2-
Women's Senior 8+
Women's Intermediate 8+
Women's Senior 4-
Women's 2- / 2x
Women's Intermediate 4+
Women's Intermediate 2x / 1x
Women's Club 8+
Women's Club 4+
Women's Novice 8+ / 4x+
1982 2011 2019
2017 . 2017
Why NUIG BC?
Most successful club in the university
NUIG BC is the most successful club in the university, claiming over 90 Irish championships whilst picking up medals from home & abroad on both the domestic and international scene.
NUIG BC has a long history of developing athletes to u23 standard athletes, for example in 2014 NUIG and alumni club Gráinne Mhaol sent 8 athletes and 2 coaches to the u23 world championships, following on from that in 2015 Liam Keane was sent to the u23 world championships in the Lightweight 1x.
In 2016 we saw Daniel Buckley race the m4x at the u23 WC. 2017 saw 10 NUIG athletes receiving Irish caps racing at the Home Internationals, it also saw alumni club athlete Fionnan Tolan race in the M2- at the Senior World Championships in Sarasota, Florida. Micheal Farrell and Conor Flynn represented the university in the LM2- at the Home Internationals 2018.
2019 showed a promising future for the university with 9 athletes invited to the February trials and 5 at the final trials in June. 3 NUIG athletes were selected to compete att the U23 World Championships in Sarasota, Florida. Brion O'Rourke and Eoin Finnegan competed in the BM4+ coming 7th in the World and Clíodhna Nolan in the BLW2x where she placed 4th in the world, having 2 years left at U23s. Lisa Murphy was selected to compete at U23 European Championships which will take place in September. After an outstanding National Championships, NUIG BC also saw 7 athletes be selected to compete at the Home Internationals Regatta.
Studies & Rowing
The link between high performance sport and academic achievement are undeniable. Athletes in the club are constantly achieving high marks in their respective courses, such as Tom Dillon who was awarded the Medtronic prize for top student in mechanical engineering as well as representing his country as a lightweight Athlete at the Homes internationals in 2017.
The programme at NUIG BC is tailored to enable students to excel both at their university studies and also in their rowing career. Head coach Ciro Prisco has carefully organised the programme so it provides the athletes with a balanced lifestyle. A usual day consists of training in the morning before 9 am lectures commence and in the evening with training times ranging from 4.30-8 giving the athletes some time between lectures and training to relax.
NUIG BC sits on the doorstep of the river Corrib and lough Corrib where we have a 5km stretch of river which enters into the lake where we have endless amounts of water to row on.
The clubhouse is fortunate enough to sit on the south side of campus, a 5-minute walk from the centre of the campus
Unlike most clubs in the schools/universities in the country NUIG BC is fortunate enough to have all their facilities based on their doorstep. The gym/erg room which the athletes are based most days of the week is located at the club at the south side of campus along with the boat sheds. We also have access to a high-performance gym nearing the north-side of campus, being just a ten-minute walk from the clubhouse. The athletes are fortunate enough to leave their respective buildings to which they are based in during the day for there studies and be at the club within ten minutes.
Here in NUIG BC, we seek to harbour a strong sense of community within the club. One such way we look to achieve this is with our annual charity regatta, the Aylings Royal Challenge Cup, the highlight of rowing social calendar, attracts superstar athletes from all over the globe. All proceeds from this event go towards Bone marrow Leukemia trust. The inspiration for this event is from the untimely death of
a former NUIG BC member named Paul Giblin who passed away in 2017 from Hodgkins Lymphoma. (the website for which can be found at https://aylingsroyalchallenge.com/ )
We take pride in being a united club, having one club for both men and women. Many rowing clubs have a long tradition of keeping the men and women crews separate. At NUI Galway we take pride in keeping both crews training as one, this really enhances the togetherness and unity of the club.
At NUIG BC we also accommodate for recreational and masters rowers. This is through our sister alumni club Grainne Mhaol. There is a strong masters rowing program coached by Dan Buckley. The masters' crew compete nationally at domestic regattas throughout the year and also internationally at the World Masters Regatta.
The recreational rowers are led by Jen Cunningham and spins are organised weekly to suit those taking part. This group serves to increase the overall involvement in the sport and enhancing community engagement of the club. Both the masters and recreational rowers share our facilities and equipment. These groups engage with our club to create a balanced club and community environment.
Gráinne Mhaol - Alumni Club
Gráinne Mhaol rowing club, sister club to NUIG Boat Club was set up to cater for Alumni, masters, NUI staff and students under the careful eye of Jen Cunningham. Jen started both recreational and masters programmes in 2013. These programmes have now developed into an active masters program. Jen Cunningham managed the planning of both masters and recreational with Dan Buckley (Head Coach of the master's program) and the recreational program coached by NUIG BC athletes. These programmes are aimed at alumni, staff and mature/postgraduate students. Masters athletes have competed at the National Rowing Centres and the World Rowing Masters Championships along with numerous domestic regattas, whilst the Recreational crews have completed the Paris 30 Bridges, the Venice Vogolonga and the Lago D'Ieso 110 tour.
Head Coach of NUIGBC, Ciro Prisco originally from Naples, former Italian international, moved from ex-club Newcastle University Boat Club where he was Head Coach of the Lightweight and Novice programmes. Now in NUIGBC, he looks over-all squads novice to senior with the help of volunteer coaches. Ciro has a strong history of winning as a coach, he has coached 2 crews to two Prince Albert wins at HRR, BUCS medals, and more noticeably international crews on the World stages.
Jen Cunningham has been in charge of Alumni club to NUIGBC, Gráinne Mhaol, leading the masters and recreational crews, which she has been in charge since its establishment in 2012. Along with this responsibility, Jen is also the Development Officer in NUIGBC for the past 5 years. Some of Jen's duties include mentoring the student club, strategic planning with the coaching team, developing alumni initiatives and in-charge of scholarship applications.
Jen is also the liaison between NUIG Boat Club and the sports unit inside the university.