The blessing of Dalkey Rowing Club’s new rowing skiff Deilginis (pictured), took place on Saturday, April 6.

Club members, invited guests and locals from across the wider Dalkey community gathered on the sunny afternoon at Coliemore Harbour to mark the occasion.

Hand built over many months by local carpenter, Terrence Keogh the traditional racing skiff’s name is derived from the Irish language term for Dalkey.

Keogh is a retired woodwork teacher and says he has been involved in rowing for over 40 years.

‘Deilginis’ is the second vessel he has crafted for the club after building ‘The Coliemore’ in 2015.

The organisation applied for funding for the skiff through the 2017 Sports Capital Programme and combined with money raised from fundraising events and contributions from sponsors, allowed the Dublin Bay club to invest in the boat.

With the latest addition, the club now has four traditional skiffs.

These are ‘The Old Malachy’, built in 1953 and still used today, the ‘New Malachy’, and ‘The Coliemore’.

Reverend Bruce Hayes from St Patrick’s Church blessed the boat before long-term member Paul Cunningham gave the main speech.

“Well done to all at Dalkey Rowing Club today. A super addition to the fleet,” says local electoral candidate Justin Moylan, who was in attendance.

“Delighted to attend the launch and blessing of the Dalkey Rowing Club’s newest, beautiful skiff,” councillor Cormac Devlin said.

“We wish them many happy and safe years in the water in Deilginis.

“We look forward to attending their upcoming open days and would encourage members of the public to attend.”

“Fair dues to you Terry, fabulous achievement and a wonderful legacy and example to all the young rowers of Dalkey. Well done again,” says local Harry Roberts.

Dalkey Rowing Club is entering its 85th year and the club and sport are both very much entrenched in tradition.

Although the rowing club was not officially established until 1934, there is evidence of regattas taking place in Dalkey as early as 1878.

East coast rowing clubs now stretch all the way from Skerries down to Arklow and compete throughout the summer season.

The club will be hosting an open day for children and adults over the coming weeks. For more information, please see their Facebook page.