NUIG rowing boats named in honour of alumni and current students

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Pictured at NUI Galway Boat Christening Ceremony were (l-r) Cliodhna Nolan, 2020 Gold European Championship and Fiona Murtagh, 2021 Olympic Bronze Medal Tokyo. Photo: Mike Shaughnessy

NUI Galway has unveiled four new rowing boats named in honour of alumni and current student athletes who have contributed to the success and development of the team.

The alumni honoured are Chris O’Dea and the late Dr Donagh O’Donoghue – both former rowers with Coláiste Iognáid and NUI Galway Boat Club.

The students honoured with the naming are world-class medal winning athletes Cliodhna Nolan, who won gold at the 2020 European Championships, and Fiona Murtagh, who won bronze at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President of NUI Galway, said they are delighted to recognise and honour the commitment and dedication of Donagh, Chris, Fiona and Cliodhna.

“They are all first-class ambassadors for our University and our values, not least excellence,” said Professor Ó hÓgartaigh.

“In many ways, NUI Galway’s success and achievements are made possible thanks to the support, encouragement and endeavours of our students and our alumni.”

Ciro Prisco, Head Coach of NUI Galway Rowing, said that a boat naming ceremony is a fitting opportunity to acknowledge alumni and athletes who played vital parts in making the NUI Galway Boat Club a success.

“The commitment, support and ambition of Chris O’Dea and Dr O’Donoghue played an important role in establishing a High-Performance Rowing Coach position at the University,” said Ciro.

“Their foresight has allowed for the development of a pathway for student athletes to achieve their dreams and compete at the highest levels.

“On top of that, our student athletes bring international successes while they fully embody the values or our club and stand as role models for other students and athletes.”