Bish take six titles at Irish schools regatta

The Bish crew which won the Junior 15 4+ national title, from left: Oisin Fogarty, Luke Fahy (cox), Damir Nurzhanov, Kyle Guest and Michael Farrell.
The Bish crew which won the Junior 15 4+ national title, from left: Oisin Fogarty, Luke Fahy (cox), Damir Nurzhanov, Kyle Guest and Michael Farrell.

St Joseph’s College (the Bish) claimed six titles at the Irish School’s Rowing Championships, which were held in O’Brien’s Bridge in Clare at the weekend.

There were 407 entries from 71 schools around the country, a big increase on the previous year which saw 300 crews from 45 schools.

The Bish was named as Best Overall School due to its impressive title haul, and was presented with the Victor Lodorum Trophy as a result.

Crews form the school claimed national titles in the Men’s Junior 16 8+, the Men’s Junior 15 8+, the Men’s Junior 15 4+, the Men’s Junior 14 4X+, the Men’s Junior 14 1x, and the Men’ s Junior 14 2X.

They also claimed silver medals in the Men’s U-23 8+, the Men’s U-23 4+ and the Men’s U-23 2- races, which was rowed at U-23 level.

The U-23 8+ race was in fact the race of the weekend with the Bish just running out of water as they  were closing down fast on Portora, who are the current Irish Champions. A mere half boat length separated the two crews, with Portora crossing the line just 1.5 seconds ahead of the Bish