The Irish men’s heavyweight four and lightweight four have both won bronze medals in the second leg of the Rowing World Cup in Munich today.

The men’s heavyweight four of Cormac Folan, Sean Jacob, Sean Casey and Alan Martin put in a superb performance to claim the medal, behind the high profile British four in first and the Italian crew in second.

It is a remarkable achievement for the Irish crew which was only formed eight weeks ago.

Speaking after the medal ceremony coach Harald Jarhling said: “Ireland has not won a medal at this level in well over 25 years, these guys have been very willing to learn and work hard, have progressed very well over the last few weeks. We must remember this is only their second International regatta together, it is just the start.”

The lightweight four, inspired by the success of their team mates, also took bronze on a remarkable day for the Irish. France took gold with Germany just snatching silver on the line just 2 tenths of a second ahead of the Irish four of Eugene Coakley, Timmy Harnedy, Richard Archibald and Paul Griffin.

The aim for this four was to make the final so they will be particularly pleased to better that by taking home a medal.

The women’s lightweight double (LW2x) of Niamh NiCheilleacher and Heather Boyle impressively won the ‘B’ final, with four seconds to spare over the British twosome in second. This means they finished in seventh overall, a significant improvement on 11th overall in Eton three weeks ago.