The first day of the Irish Rowing championships were held today at the National Rowing Centre, Cork.

In the Men’s Senior Four a two boat race between Grainne Mhaol (Galway) and Old Collegians (UCD), was a tight race until the last 500m with Grainne Mhaol ramping it up to win by just over a length.

In the Men’s Intermediate Coxed four Carlow Rowing Club led up until the 1700m mark with NUIG putting in a push in the last 300m to come home with a win by a length.

In the Men’s Club Eight UCD led all the way to a convincing finish with a two-length advantage over Skibbereen.

In the coveted Men’s Junior Scull David O’Malley (St Michaels, Limerick) beat fellow city man Conor Carmody of Shannon by two lengths, reversing last year’s result.

Followed by the men’s Junior 8+ where Portora (Enniskillen) had another tight race with St. Joseph’s who were chasing their Third Champisionship.

Portora came through in the end to beat St. Joseph’s by over a length.

The final two races of the day concluded with the Men’s Lightweight scull, where Justin Ryan from UCC beat Skibbereen Harnedy by five seconds, and the Women’s Intermediate eight.

In a terrific race with neck-and-neck competition throughout the full 2000m, UCD came home to beat NUIG in the final stages by less than .60 of a second.

Meanwhile at World Cup three in Lucerne, Olympian and European Bronze medalist Sanita Puspure is through to the semi-final of the Women’s scull.

While the Women’s pair who drew a very tough heat will go through to the repechage.