History

Wicklow Rowing Club was established in 1956 but the history of competitive rowing in the town goes much further back.

“The racing of skiffs in Wicklow predates the annual Wicklow Regatta Festival, they were introduced to help the local fishermen and sailors in a period of extreme poverty when catches were small and work was scarce.

This was the only way in which these proud men would accept the charitable donations, they raced for the cash prizes. The races were later included as a part of the first Regatta in 1878 and have remained so ever since.”

Stan J. O’Reilly

Over the years this family club has trained countless local adults and children in this traditional sport.

The club has competed in innumerable east coast regattas, All Ireland competitions, and other races. The awards and cups are too many to list here.

Find more information on the history of Wicklow Rowing Club here