THE newest addition to Skibbereen Rowing Club’s formidable arsenal – a men’s lightweight double scull christened Skibb Lions – has been tipped to be a roaring success.
The impressive new boat was launched at the clubhouse last weekend where club members gathered with members of Skibbereen Lions Club, with the latter raising a significant percentage of the boat’s €16,000 overall cost.
Skibbereen Lions Club held a very successful fundraiser, An Evening with Gary & Paul, for Skibbereen Rowing Club at the West Cork Hotel in February and money raised on the night went towards the club purchasing this top-class double scull from Italian manufacturers, Filippi.
According to Ireland and Skibbereen coach Dominic Casey, this new boat, Skibb Lions (named in honour of the local Lions’ club), is up there with the best of them, is strong and rigid, made of carbon fibre and will be generally used for racing.
At the launch, talented local rowing brothers Jake and Fintan McCarthy gave the new boat the thumbs up.
‘On behalf of the club we’re delighted to take ownership of the new training boat and pleased to welcome members of Skibbereen Lions to our rowing club today,’ Skibbereen Rowing Club Captain Sean O’Brien said at the official launch.
‘We’d like to thank them for a great fundraising night at The West Cork Hotel back in February and for contributing to the on-going success of the club.’
Liam O’Donovan, President of Skibbereen Lions Club, replied, ‘Everyone at Skibbereen Lions Club is thrilled to know that the boat has been christened ‘Skibb Lions’ and she’s a real beauty.
We hope that the new boat helps contribute to many, many more years of rowing success and we congratulate you and everyone involved with this special rowing club.’