New boats named in honour of NUIG rowers

At NUI Galway boat christening ceremony were: (l-r) 2021 Olympic bronze medallist Fiona Murtagh, NUIG President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Marcia O'Donoghue, 2020 European Championship gold medallist Cliodhna Nolan, Olive Byrne O'Dea, and NUI Galway rowing coach, Ciro Prisco.

At NUI Galway boat christening ceremony were: (l-r) 2021 Olympic bronze medallist Fiona Murtagh, NUIG President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Marcia O'Donoghue, 2020 European Championship gold medallist Cliodhna Nolan, Olive Byrne O'Dea, and NUI Galway rowing coach, Ciro Prisco.

NUI Galway has boosted its rowing club with four new boats named in honour of alumni and current student athletes who have made significant contributions to its success.

The alumni honoured are Chris O’Dea and the late Dr Donagh O’Donoghue, both of whom are former rowers with Coláiste Iognáid and NUI Galway Boat Club. And the students honoured are world-class medal winning athletes Cliodhna Nolan, who won gold at the 2020 European Championships, and Fiona Murtagh, who won bronze at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

NUI Galway president Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, says all four are "first class ambassadors".

“We are delighted to be able to recognise and honour the commitment and dedication of Donagh, Chris, Fiona and Cliodhna to our rowing and sporting successes in such a unique and appropriate way.

“They are all first-class ambassadors for our university and our values, not least excellence. In many ways, NUI Galway’s success and achievements are made possible thanks to the support, encouragement and endeavours of our students and our alumni.”

The club's head coach, Ciro Prisco, says a boat naming ceremony is a fitting opportunity to acknowledge the college's alumni and athletes who played vital parts in making the boat club a success.

“The commitment, support and ambition of Chris O’Dea and Dr O’Donoghue played an important role in establishing a high-performance rowing coach position at the university. Their foresight has allowed for the development of a pathway for student athletes to achieve their dreams and compete at the highest levels.

In addition, he says, the student athletes bring international successes while embodying the values of the club, and are role models for other students and athletes.

 

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