Carlow Rowing Club Trivia

  • Carlow Rowing Club is one of the oldest rowing clubs in Ireland, with the first record of a regatta  as early as 1859.
  • In July 18th, 1860. Sir John Acton the M.P. for the Borough of Carlow presented a cup as a prize for the regatta (which was named after himself). The cup has since mysteriously disappeared and has never been recovered.
  • In 1861, a prize fund of £34 and ten shillings was offered as prize money. This was a large amount of money at the time. So large infact that the regatta ran at a large loss and had to be abandoned. It was not held again until 1864 when they offered much less prize money and ran a reduced number of races.
  • In 1868 the regatta tookA miniature kayak paddle won by M. F. Barnes at the Carlow Regatta of 1868. Source: Carlow Museum. place at Cloydagh Pool, a few miles south of Carlow town. The list of prizes was impressive and included two cups called the Carlow Challenge and Acton Cup, two gold rings, a breast pin for scullers, and a silver paddle awarded to winners of a canoe race (a race was won by Mr. F. Barnes who was the first captain of the Carlow Rowing Club)
  • In march 1869, rules were drawn up and the annual membership fee was fixed at one sovereign (21 shillings).The first reference to the annual procession of boats from the boathouse to the milestone was recorded this year, and the Carlow Rowing Club acquired their premises beside the River Barrow, the location they are at today.


Official Rowing Club 1869

This article taken from the Carlow Post 20th March 1869:

“We have heard with considerable satisfaction that the gentlemen who have for some years catered for the public amusement by sustaining an annual regatta, have organized a Rowing Club. Amongst the benefits to be derived there-from we look on a “Champion” prize intended to be competed for by members of clubs situated on the Barrow, as not the least as, though its means, we may, before many years, be able to send a “Barrow” crew to successfully some of the prizes at the “Metropolitan” or other regattas. The want of a Boat-house has been long felt by boat owners, and we are informed the committee appointed for general purposes, have had their attention especially directed to this subject. – We are not at present in a position to enter more fully into the subject, but hope ere long to present the Club to the public in a more perfect working form – as yet we can only wish its promoters every success.”



  • In 1884 recorded a membership of 95.


  • In 1892 the Barrow Navigation Company  introduced Bye Laws, which stated that rowing boats were liable to a “lockage charge of 1d per boat and 4d if propelled by steam or towed from the banks”. The club protested to the Board of Trade, claiming these bye laws interfered with long established rights. The Board of Trade found in favor of the club and the bye laws were disallowed.
  • The clubs colors were originally blue and white.