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Homecoming celebrations for Skibbereen’s Olympic medalists to be low-key

2021-07-31 08:38:29


IT IS A case of “wait and see” in relation to homecoming celebrations in Skibbereen, Co Cork for Tokyo rowing gold medallists Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy and bronze medallist Emily Hegarty as Covid places a dampener on the same old festivities which encompass Olympic wins.

Sue McCarthy, mom of Fintan, says “everybody will do no matter they’ll” to congratulate the rowers throughout the confines of the Covid security laws.

“Clearly in the meanwhile restrictions stop doing something enormous however we’ll see what we will do and we’ll do the perfect we presumably can. We’ll simply have to attend and see.”

The households of the rowers have been separated from their family members for a number of months at this level because the athletes attended a coaching camp previous to the fortnight in Toyko.

Paul and Fintan scooped the gold medal within the 1.45am race within the light-weight double sculls in Tokyo on Thursday and are anticipated to return to Eire tomorrow. 

Emily Hegarty, who can be a member of Skibbereen Rowing Membership and lives in the identical parish because the gold medallists, gained a bronze medals within the girls’s coxless 4 race simply 24 hours earlier than her male counterparts took to the water.

In 2016 following the Rio Olympics then silver medallists Gary and Paul O’Donovan acquired a rapturous reception once they flew in to Cork Airport. Greater than 10,000 folks thronged the streets of Skibbereen to welcome the duo again residence.

(R to L) Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty have a good time with their bronze medals

Supply: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Paul and Gary (proper) O’Donovan wave to the group throughout a homecoming parade in Skibbereen, 2016

Supply: PA

In the meantime, Eire appears to be like set to grow to be accustomed to Olympic success emanating from  in West Cork as officers say they’ve extra up and coming rowers who will in all probability add to the medal roster within the coming years.

Tokyo Gold medallists Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy are members of the membership as is bronze medallist Emily Hegarty.

TJ Ryan, Secretary of Skibbereen Rowing Membership, says they hope to have comparable achievements sooner or later with younger rowers who’re studying their expertise underneath coach Dominic Casey.

What has occurred is superb. We have now potential athletes right here. We have now one within the underneath 23 squad, and we’ve got had two chosen previously week for the Irish junior squad so the pathways following by are there. There are a great deal of youngsters beginning.

“There’s a large gang out on the water there. The long run is vivid. We simply must preserve the amenities and gear in place to maintain these athletes going ahead.”

Ryan says it’s a case of “taking part in it by ear” to see what could be performed to congratulate their rowers.

The coach on the membership, Dominic Casey, was chosen because the Coach of the Yr on the World Rowing Championships in 2018 having been a power within the sport for many years.

He has guided Gary and Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy to Olympic and World Championship wins and has been nominated for World Rowing Coach of the 12 months on a number of events.

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Sean O’Brien, Captain of the Membership, says that Dominic Casey is a power to be reckoned with when it comes to coaching native rowers.

“We have now an honest boat home and that took plenty of onerous work. The one essential factor is Dominic Casey. He’s the principle distinction between Skibbereen Rowing and different rowing golf equipment. Others are good don’t get me fallacious however Dominic is nice. He at all times had concepts earlier than different folks. And I might give it [all the credit] to Dominic Casey.”

Congratulatory messages proceed to pour in for the rowers. Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross, has written to Paul O’Donovan, Fintan McCarthy and Emily Hegarty thanking them for lifting the spirits of the Irish folks throughout the pandemic. All three are from Aughadown Parish which is close to Skibbereen.

Bishop Gavin additionally extends his congratulations to their households and to Skibbereen Rowing Membership and UCC Rowing Membership for the half they’ve performed on this success.

“We learn within the Gospels how the Lord and His disciples usually ventured onto the Sea of Galilee of their boats. Typically instances whereas seated in one of many boats, Jesus introduced a message of hope and pleasure to those that listened. You’ve got additionally introduced us nice pleasure out of your boats in Tokyo by your dedication to your sport and your year-round dedication,” mentioned Bishop Gavin. 

“Particularly on this 12 months when so many individuals have confronted challenges from the pandemic, we’re all grateful for the sunshine you’ve got splashed in our route together with your oars and your spirit. Wishing you congratulations and each blessing!”



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