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Carlow Rowing Club

The earliest record of Carlow Rowing Club dates back to 1860 which refers to their inaugural regatta held in 1859. In March 1869, it was decided that the Club would be organised properly where regular meetings were held, rules were drawn up and a fixed subscription fee was put in place, although the fee did not come into play until 1948. Blue with diagonal stripes was the chosen colour for the teams’ uniforms. There is no information available as to why and when the colours changed to dark green which remain the colours of the club to this day. The first captain, Mr. F. Barnes was elected in April 1869. In 1878 the crew of William Hade, Edward Rodgers, Harold Richardson, Joseph Hare and Richard Wilson had the honour of winning the Slaney amateur and Islandbridge Regattas, the first victories recorded for a Carlow crew.

At over 150 years old the Carlow Regatta boasts one of the oldest and best attended regattas nationwide with teams travelling from all over the country to compete. Other events that are held by Carlow Rowing Club are Head of the Barrow, where members of the rowing club compete against each other to win the title. Carlow Rowing Club also travels to regattas and various events across the country. The rowing teams make for a pleasant sight in Carlow Town where they practice almost every evening.