Athlone Boat Club

Founded 1837

Co. Westmeath

Ending 2021-Newsletter

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A message from our club President -Paul Donovan:  

“With the end of 2021 being a difficult one for many of our members we now look to 2022 with hope and encouragement as we step ever closer to the full completion of the new club development. We would like to thank all businesses and individuals who supported us in 2021 and we look forward to working with you all in the future. I would personally like to thank each member of the committee, coaching team, parents and our rowers for the massive support provided in 2021. I would also like to mention the development committee who at the end of 2021 handed over the new development to the current committee to carry on the great work which they created with our fantastic new club development”. 

Recap on Rowing in November and December 2021:

Well done to all our Jrs who put on a fantastic display at the Irish Provinces IRC in November, 2021 this was held in the University of Limerick Sports Arena.  

Congratulations to Edward Cleary on winning his 1000mtr event. Great performance by Anna O’Grady taking 1st place in her category and Sarah Rockett 1st & 2nd in her group, Adam Kenny taking 3rd in his event. Finally, Martin O'Grady won the Jnr 18 event on the day. 

Please see full article below by the Westmeath Independent:

Currently, the club continues to use Coosan Point as the main training base and will keep all members updated on the current development. We will hope to release an “open day” date for 2022...stay tuned to our 2022 news letters for more details. We do have an exciting end of 2021 clip located on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram which gives an amazing first look at the new club house development. Anyone that would like a copy please contact

A recap on the end of 2021 Draws and winners:  

In November we held a Christmas Hamper Bonus Ball. This was heavily backed with tickets being sold-out extremely fast, thank you to everyone who supported. The winner was AnnaMaria Carroll who’s family have supported our bonus ball draws every month.

In December we held our annual Christmas raffle with exciting prizes and the winners were: 

1st Prize -One Night at the Moyvalley Golf Resort-Aine Bracken
2nd Prize- €250- Paula Murphy  
3rd Prize -Packed Christmas Hamper -Carmel and Aidan Hegarty. 

Aidan and Carmel Hegarty have gifted the packed hamper back to the club to use as a bonus ball prize in the coming months. Thank you to them both, what a lovely gesture.  

The end of the year also seen the final number of club development draws take place. See link below to winners, the last and final draw will take place at the end of January, 2022.

Rio Boat Naming Rights Draw

In December the Rio Boat Naming Rights Draw was held and the winner was a well known figure from around Athlone. See full story below

New Club Development Update

In November and December we seen massive work take place with internal painting of the club being completed by Joe Pyke & Son. We also started the first stages of the raking system for our fleet of boats, completion of the 2nd floor carpet installation and external work by our caretaker. 

Getting involved

If you are interested in supporting Athlone Boat Club please contact our Club President Paul Donovan. The club needs support with many different areas such as fundraising and driving safety launches to name a few. We would encourage all members interested in providing any support to reach out. 

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