Interest in Currach rowing is growing in the Newry area with Currach's being a regular sight on Newry Canal. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

With renewed interest in Currach Rowing throughout the Newry area and beyond it has been announced that the 9th Irish International Currach Championships will be held in Warrenpoint on Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th of August. A number of local teams will be competing along with teams from the USA, Albany will as usual be leading the U.S entry and they hope to see back teams from Annapolis, Milwalkee, Philadelphia and Boston as well as University College London to join Oxford, Cambridge & Trinity in the University category.

The Irish participation continues to grow and the organisers look forward to see the return of the regular teams from Counties Wexford, Donegal, and Clare. Each year they have new entries and enquiries from Teams from all over Ireland.

Almost all of the competitors in recent years have had little prior experience in Currach Rowing, the U.S teams row a different style of Currach, The University teams row Skulls and other teams row a different type of boat completely, While the standards continues to grow and the competition intense, the Irish International Championships consists of competitors who are basically novices or relatively newcomers to Currach Rowing. An idea of the standard is shown in amateur video of the 2011 & 2012 Championships here or on YouTube. 

The organisers have extended an invitation to any other Rowing or Boating club or relative new members of existing Currach clubs who might be interested in participating in this year’s event. The spirit and success of the event over the years has been the relative inexperience of most competitors who give it their all and are as likely to win their category as any other.

There is an Introduction to Currach Rowing Summer Scheme for young people being organised by Newry & Mourne District Council on the water and it will also allow those who wish an opportunity to practise Heats will held on Saturday 10th with the Finals on Sunday 11th.

The Categories are Male & Female Singles & Doubles, Male & Female Doubles, Male & Female Threes and mixed threes (tide permitting). On Sunday the last two categories will be the Varsity and International races.

The weekend begins with a BBQ for those who arrive on Friday, and as part of the Cultural aspect of the Championships we will be holding a simple Poc Fada in Kilbroney Park where all our visitors can participate. 

Saturday is the day for Registration and heats. A BBQ is available for competitors refreshment (Sat & Sun) and the evening is one of traditional music, a session and light refreshments. 

Sunday is finals day followed by a Presentation Dinner & Entertainment in the Balmoral Hotel. 

Registration is £10.00stg, €12.00, $15.00. this includes Entry Fee, BBQ, evening meal and Championship T-shirt. 

The Irish International Currach Championships are sponsored by Newry & Mourne District Council. Further details, and photos & videos of past Championships are available on our Facebook page at: 9th Irish International Currach Championships.

The event organiser, Tom McCann can be contacted at: or Mob: 07718 1020820 Home Ph: 028417 72203

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