Irish rowers took home seven medals from the to the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Libourne, France this weekend.
Out of seven Irish crews, five finished on the podium with one gold, four silver and two bronze garnered from the two-day international event.
Saturday started well with a bronze for the men’s pair of Cork twins David and Brian Keohane. That was followed swiftly by a silver for Limerick men David O’Malley and Connor Carmody.
Later in the day the women’s double of Jasmine English and Eimear Lambe fought hard to take bronze medal, with Italy in first and Switzerland second.
And Saturday ended well for the Irish with the sister pair of Derval and Oisin Forde taking silver.
Sunday started off brightly with five of the seven crews making finals.
This time the Keohane brothers narrowly lost out on a medal by taking fourth place.
Ireland’s spirit was soon lifted with a silver medal, again in the double of David O’Malley and Connor Carmody.
The quad four of Colm Hennessey, Eoghan Whittle, Patrick Munnelly and Andrew Goff were delighted to get through to the A final after winning the B final yesterday and then exceeded expectations when storming home in the last 500m to win by a length and take gold.
The day finished with a seventh medal, this time silver for the Forde sisters.
Ireland team and results:
Women’s 2x: Eimear Lambe & Jasmine English Bronze
Women’s 4x: Kirstie Turner, Aoife O’Keeffe, Claire Beechinor, Emily Hegarty (Coach Jer Field) First B final/Second B final
Women’s pair: Derval and Oisin Forde (Coach Moncho Ferrer) Silver x 2
Women’s scull: Erin Barry (Coach John Armstrong) pulled due to illness
Men’s pair: Brian and David Keohane (coach Fran Keane) Bronze
Men’s double: David O’Malley and Connor Carmody (coach Pat McInerney) Silver x 2
Men’s quad: Colm Hennessey, Eoghan Whittle, Patrick Munnelly, Andrew Goff (coaches Alan Penkert and David O’Donovan) Gold
Head coach: Pat McInerney
Team Manager: Michelle Carpenter