WHO WE ARE
St. Michael’s Rowing Club has been at the heart of Dun Láoghaire since the 1920s. Today we are a vibrant and thriving club that row and race traditional wooden rowing boats (clinker built east coast skiffs). Skiff rowing in Dún Laoghaire, in common with other East Coast Rowing Clubs, was passed on to us from the hobblers of old who used to pilot boats in Dún Laoghaire Harbour and all around the east coast. The tradition is honoured today through the many skiff regattas along the coast during the summer months.
Our boats are stored in the Coal Harbour (we currently have a fleet of 7 boats: 6 skiffs and 1 one-design boat). We train almost year-round: November to March (off season) and April to end of September (in season). The number of training sessions varies, with an average of 62 training sessions per week in high season.
We participate in over 15 well established competitions on a yearly basis, with numerous prizes won every year. Our club has both an adult and a youth rowing section coming from all over Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area including Sandyford, Ballybrack, Shankill and other.
The age spread is considerable, with youngest rowers at 9 years old all the way up to our veterans in their 60s, with more than 17 nationalities represented. We enable the local community to enjoy the physical and mental benefits of an all-body water sport while exploring Dublin Bay and providing the most affordable membership rates.
Furthermore, we keep local rowing heritage alive and, for the last century, pass on the tradition to new generations
We understand the importance of giving back to the community and as such we are environmentally aware and actively involved in cleaning the local coastline through various initiatives. We also support local charities – we fundraised over €9,000 for the DLR RNLI in 2019 through the Celtic Challenge.