Socials – Shannon Rowing Club 150th year Gala

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Hanna Gilligan Moya Kenny Lauren Tully

SHANNON Rowing Club celebrated its 150 year anniversary with a special 1906 themed Gala Dinner.
The club has held a range of events throughout this year to mark this significant anniversary, culminating in the gala dinner last Saturday evening at The Savoy Hotel.  This occasion celebrated the achievements of the club and past members over the last 150 years and was attended by past presidents and captains.
Presentations to the club on the evening from members were World Gold Medals from winners such as Brian Collins, Ken McDonald and  Feargal O’Callaghan. Shannon Rowing Club’s newest Irish oarswomen Megan Tully and Megan Carmody presented their Irish home international jersey to club president Dorothy Quinn. Special guests include the club’s oldest active member, past president Noel Clancy.
Meanwhile guests enjoyed a taste of history as they dined on the same menu that featured at the gala dinner back in 1906. There were speeches from Mayor of Metropolitan District Michael Hourigan, president Con Cronin from Rowing Ireland, captain Noel Cunneen. The history of Shannon Rowing Club was given by the club’s trustee, Tony Wallace.
Speaking at the dinner, Dorothy Quinn said: “I’m honoured to be club president on such an important year for the club. We’ve had a great year promoting the club and we’re delighted with the growth in membership. Shannon Rowing Club is such an important part of Limerick’s history and it is great to see that rowing remains popular amongst the younger generations. We are looking forwards to the building of our clubhouse in Annacotty in 2016/ 17 and welcoming in new members.”
Other highlights included music from Limerick City Big Band and later many club members went back to Shannon Rowing Club to finish the evening in style!