It has been a fantastic couple of days for Team Ireland at the Olympic Games and UCC students & graduates to the fore.
We have to start the day by reminding ourselves exactly what our students and graduates have achieved thus far:
UCC student Paul O Donovan won GOLD in the men’s Lightweight double sculls this morning with UCC Graduate Fintan McCarthy along side him. This is Irelands first gold medal in Rowing at an Olympic Games.
29 July 2021; Fintan McCarthy, left, and Paul O’Donovan of Ireland celebrate with their gold medals after winning the Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls final at the Sea Forest Waterway during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Also this morning current students Aoife Casey & Margaret Cremen came 2nd in their “B” Lightweight Double Sculls Final to claim 8th place overall at the Games. A fantastic achievement for such a young crew.
UCC student Lydia Heaphy was reserve for this crew
Yesterday UCC student Emily Hegarty won BRONZE in the Women’s Four along side UCC graduate Aifric Keogh and team mates Eimear Lambe & Fiona Murtagh. They became the first Irish Women’s crew to win a medal at an Olympic Games.
28 July 2021; Ireland rowers, from left, Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty celebrate on the podium with their bronze medals after finishing 3rd place in the Women’s Four final at the Sea Forest Waterway during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
UCC student Tara Hanlon was reserve for this crew.
Yesterday UCC student Ronan Byrne came 10th overall in the Men’s Double Sculls following their performance in the “B” Final along side Philip Doyle.
All our students and graduates have performed extremely well in the water in the past week and have done themselves, their families, clubs and UCC proud.
A big well done to all
Our attention will now turn to athletics and UCC graduates Louise Shanahan who will compete in the 800m, Phil Healy who will compete in the 200m, 400, & mixed relay and Aoife Cooke in the Marathon