Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Oxford and Cambridge join regatta

Oxford and Cambridge Boat Clubs race with six other local teams in The Killarney Rowing Festival

Historic rowing rivals Oxford and Cambridge have taken part in the world's oldest traditional regatta in Killarney.

The famous boat clubs joined the six local teams on Lough Lein for the event, now in its 228th year.

Declan Murphy from Failte Ireland, which helped organise the regatta as part of The Gathering, said it was a real spectacle that honoured the renowned setting of the Killarney lakes.

"It is a magnificent event, tying in the history, heritage, culture and tradition of rowing and tourism which has such a long association with the town and its people," Mr Murphy said.

The Oxford and Cambridge crews visited Muckross Rowing Club - the oldest club in Ireland.

Muckross is home to the famous Queen's barge, which was built especially for Queen Victoria's historical trip to Killarney in 1861.

The teams were also taken on a boat trip around Killarney's famous lakes. Tobias Garnett, of Cambridge Boat Club, said it was almost unbelievable that Killarney was home to six clubs with world-class oarsmen and women.

Giles Varday, of Oxford Boat Club, added: "Both crews were honoured and privileged to have been invited to such a beautiful part of Ireland. It was marvellous to see such a strong and vibrant tradition and passion for rowing with all the clubs in Killarney."

The six local teams that took part in the regatta included Muckross, Flesk Valley, Workmen's, Commercials, St Brendan's and Fossa rowing clubs.

The locals emerged victorious at the annual regatta, with Muckross Rowing Club winning the race. Fossa came in second, followed by Cambridge in third place.

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