Posted: 13/05/2019

Minister Madigan Announces Waterways Ireland and Rowing Ireland Strategic Partnership.

Sharon Lavin Minister Madigan and Michelle Carpenter

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, has announced the Waterways Ireland and Rowing Ireland Strategic Partnership during the Get Going Get Rowing #Blitzit – Festival of Rowing on Grand Canal Dock on 9 May. The Partnership will seek to promote rowing programmes and clubs on the over 1000km of inland waterways managed by Waterways Ireland.  

This partnership will see a range of Rowing Ireland programmes including Row for Life, the Get Going Get Rowing schools programme and Transition Year Rowing Coach programme, avail of Waterways Ireland facilities and sites to help promote improved levels of fitness, health and wellness across all ages in a fun and sociable environment.

Minister Madigan TD, said "I am delighted that today's event highlights the Strategic Partnership between Waterways Ireland and Rowing Ireland and their efforts to promote the use of Ireland's waterways to promote health and well being. I wish to commend the two organisations for their efforts in this regard"

Waterways Ireland, which is under the aegis of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has seen a huge increase in the number of recreational users on and along all the waterways in recent years and there is now even more opportunity for people to try new recreational activities. This partnership allows Waterways Ireland and Rowing Ireland to join forces in promoting the health and well-being and social opportunities that are available through rowing in the great outdoors. We look forward to growing this partnership.

Sharon Lavin, Head of Marketing and Communications, Waterways Ireland said - "Waterways Ireland are delighted to launch our strategic partnership with Rowing Ireland. For Waterways Ireland partnerships are an ideal opportunity to encourage people to see inland waterways as a fitness and recreational opportunity for them. through working at a strategic level with Rowing Ireland, further  programmes will be developed and people young and old will learn skills to help them stay fit and healthy for life."

Speaking at the event Rowing Ireland CEO, Michelle Carpenter said "Waterways Ireland are key partners for Rowing Ireland and we are delighted to launch our partnership. Our Get Going…Get Rowing programme, that has engaged 30,000 individual students in 2018 is key to transitioning those from our school's programme to on the water rowing and activity on the water for life and our clubs. These values are significant elements of our strategic plan and we are thrilled to work hand in hand with our partners in Waterways Ireland". 

Waterways Ireland manages, maintains, develops and promotes over 1000km inland navigable waterways principally for recreational purposes. A key focus of Waterways Ireland is inspiring more people to discover and enjoy recreational activities on the inland waterways, and to explore these rich environment and heritage attractions.

Rowing Ireland is the National Governing Body for the sport in Ireland and is a member of the Olympic Federation of Ireland with 80 affiliated clubs. Rowing Ireland have over 4,500 licenced racing members (56% male to 44% female) nationwide and this number continues to grow each year. Rowing Ireland is currently ranked second in the World in Olympic Classes. The 2018 season produced fantastic results for Rowing Ireland with over fifteen high performance athletes competing over four major competitions winning seven medals.
Rowing is a diverse sport and everyone is welcomed and encouraged to participate

Further information on rowing programmes  can be found at and

Photo: Sharon Lavin WI, Minister Madigan TD and Michelle Carpenter RI.

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