Ministers congratulate Irish rowers on success

Friday 29 September 2017

Shane Ross, TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport and Brendan Griffin, TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, congratulated the Irish rowing team on their success at the World Rowing Championships in Florida today.

Minister Ross said: “I am delighted to congratulate the Irish rowing team who performed so well at the World Rowing Championships today.  In particular, I want to commend Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll and Paul O’Donovan for their phenomenal success in winning gold medals and Denise Walsh on reaching another major final. These achievements are a tribute to the hard work, commitment and dedication of the rowers to reach the highest levels in their sport. Their performances at these Championships will provide further encouragement and inspiration to many young rowers throughout Ireland who aspire to represent their country.

I also wish to acknowledge the world class services of the Sport Ireland Institute which supports Irish Sports to reach world podiums by driving excellence in high performance.” 

Mark and Shane's win today adds to their gold win in the lightweight men’s pair at the European Rowing Championships and at the three World Cup regattas already this year.   Paul has today retained his world title in the lightweight men’s single sculls after winning gold at these championships last year.

Minister Griffin said: "I am delighted to congratulate Mark, Shane and Paul on their fantastic gold medal winning performances and Denise on reaching another major final. Irish Rowing has been on an upward curve in recent years, particularly since Gary and Paul O’Donovan’s silver medal at the Olympics in Rio last year and today’s performances further enhance Ireland’s growing reputation in the sport.

Minister Griffin added, “I would also like to wish Sanita Puspure the very best of luck in her women’s single sculls final on Sunday and hopefully Sanita can add to our medal haul."

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