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Social Rowing

Sligo Rowing Club since being set up in 2006, has year on year continued to grow and promote the sport of rowing in the county of Sligo with significant success and having won national honours at the home countries regatta. Over the years the club has hosted several regattas and head of the river events bringing many people from the Irish rowing fraternity to Doorly Park whilst showcasing the sport to the Sligo public.


In 2017 Sligo Rowing Club made the decision to facilitate leisure rowing for people who wished to enjoy the experience of rowing for leisure whilst not having to commit to the extensive training programs and high fitness levels required for competitive rowing. The club, therefore, made the decision to purchase two touring leisure quads. The leisure boats are heavier, higher, wider and deeper and are inherently more stable in the water and are therefore ideal boats for not only senior leisure rowers but also junior rowers who have started in the sport

Since then Leisure Rowing under the guidance of Ray Murtagh, Kevin Connolly and Cora Hackett has grown in popularity with the club holding frequent Learn to Row Programs throughout the year where people for a nominal fee can try out the sport for a 6 week period after which they can then decide if they wish to join the club. Leisure Boat Races are also periodically scheduled at nearby regattas should participants wish to race.


Did you always want to try rowing? Now you can!

Learn to Row Programme, is an initiative by Sligo Rowing Club together with Rowing Ireland, Sport Ireland, Sligo Sports & Recreational Partnership, and Ciste na gCuntas Díomhaoin. Our Learn to Row programs is a great way to be introduced to the basics of the sport in a fun, engaging, safe environment.



Coach Cora Hackett giving instruction on the Learn to row Program

Ariel view of learn to row program

For information or to book a place contact Ray on 0834273080 or email 

   Social Rowing  Coaches

Ray Murtagh


Kevin Connolly

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