73rd Colours Boat Race sees Trinity and UCD  go head-to-head 

by Gazette Reporter
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 The 73rd Colours Boat Race between Trinity  and UCD  takes place on Saturday March 25 from 12:30pm.

The colours boat race sees Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin go head-to-head again on the Liffey, racing from O’ Connell Bridge to St. James’ Gate. Watch the high tempo start at O’ Connell Bridge, the mid-course battle at Four Courts or the sprint for the line at the dedicated viewing area at St. James’ Gate on Victoria Quay.

The annual colours boat race began in 1947 and comprises of the Gannon Cup for the senior men’s 8+, the Corcoran Cup for the senior women’s 8+, the Dan Quinn Shield for the novice men’s 8+ and the Sally Moorehead for the novice women’s 8+. The event offers a unique spectacle on the river Liffey with each race consisting of two 60ft racing boats, each with eight rowers and a coxswain.

For the first time, all four clubs will be captained by women in the colours boat race series, with Isabel Doyle and Shauna Fitzsimons as the first female captains of TCD’s and UCD’S men’s boat clubs. Ahead of the event, Isabel Doyle, Captain of Dublin University Boat Club commented, “Colours is one of the premier dates in the Irish rowing calendar and has a great historical significance. It represents some of the highest level of amateur sport and competition in Ireland, fittingly taking place through the heart of our capital city.”

Alicia O’ Neill, Captain of Dublin University Ladies Boat Club commented: “Colours is one of the highlights of our rowing season. It’s the only race where we can row down the Liffey through the heart of Dublin City Centre and where spectators can watch the race from start to finish. Both our senior and novice squads are more than ready to race, and we are looking forward to the 25th of March to showcase the very best of DULBC. UCD are one of our biggest rivals and we are eager to go out and challenge them and hopefully claim the bragging rights for the year!”

Ellie Scott, Captain of UCD Women’s Boat Club commented, “I am really excited to be racing once again in The Colours Boat Races. It is always an honour to represent your college while racing through the centre of Dublin.”

Shauna Fitzsimons, Captain of UCD Men’s Boat Club commented, “It’s always a special race, remembering one of our great Captains Ciaran Gannon and we’re delighted so many of his family are able to make the trip to Dublin this year to join us for this historic boat race.”

Colours Boat Race Schedule, Saturday, 25th March 2023:

12:30pm – Sally Moorehead Trophy

1:00pm – Dan Quinn Shield

1:30pm – Corcoran Cup

2:00pm – Gannon Cup

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