Skibbereen celebrates another historic rowing achievement with their “Super Six” arriving home to West Cork with medals galore!
Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan led the day with the first medal for Skibbereen – a gold! and no doubt inspiring the success that was to come.
Denise Walsh kept the medals coming with a super race to finish in silver position topped with a fantastic surge at the end to secure a well deserved first European Championship medal.
Our Olympic heroes Gary and Paul O’Donovan certainly didn’t rest on their laurels with another fantastic performance and nail biting finish securing another silver for Skibbereen.
So what it is that makes this little corner of West Cork such a hotbed for rowing talent – steak, spuds, a drop of whiskey or lucky Penney’s socks? Or is it the dedicated coaching teams down through the years, the Ilen river on the doorstep, a super club set up that drives a great attitude and determined, hard working rowers who want to achieve of their best?
At one stage yesterday Skibbereen led the medals table at the European Championship and ended by finishing 6th ahead of GB and Russia – what an achievement! and all led by Ireland rowing coach, our own Dominic Casey.
Mark O’Donovan certainly summed it up as he put it, “ah Jesus Christ, we’re a great club altogether” and who are we to disagree?