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CORBALLY RIVER PEOPLE & LIMERICK'S ABBEY FISHERMEN

ROUND THE PARISH MARATHON BOAT RACE

ABBEY FISHERMEN
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
INNURES AND DRAWS
THE BATTLE OF THE TAIL RACE
RIVER POEMS
CORBALLY
CURRAGHGOWER 1951
CORBALLY REGATTA 1952
CORBALLY REGATTA 1953/54
ABBEY REGATTA 1977/78
MARATHON BOAT RACE
SAND COTS
RELAXING ON THE RIVER
LINKS

The marathon boat race around the Parish in the early 1950's was organised by the Corbally Boat Club. The starting point for this marathon boat race was Thomond Weir, from there the crews would paddle to the Island point, they would then change over to oars and row to the Abbey slip in the Sandmall where they would change over to poles and get ready to pole over the Curraghgower Falls at low tide. CURRAGHGOWER 1951

MARATHON BOAT RACE ROUND THE PARISH TROPHY
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WINNERS OF THIS TROPHY WERE:       
 
1951- Corbally - William Lysaght, Seanie Gilligan, Larry Kinsella
1954  -  Corbally - William Lysaght, Dom Sheehan, Bob Kinsella  
(1950's results incomplete)
1977 - Abbey - A. McNamara, J. McManus, P. McNamara
1978 - Plassey - D. Gallagher, S. Hartigan, J. Sheehan
1979 - Plassey - K. Hannon, P. Clifford, S. Sheehan
1980 - Plassey - Mick Lowe, Kevin, Hannon, Joe Sheehan
1981- Plassey - Mick, Lowe, Kevin, Hannon, Joe Sheehan
1982 - Plassey - R. Clifford, Kevin Hannon, Joe Sheehan
1983  - Plassey - Pat Lysaght, Kevin Hannon, Joe Sheehan
1984  - Plassey - Pat Lysaght, Kevin Hannon, Joe Sheehan
1986  - Plassey - Pat Lysaght, Kevin Hannon, Joe Sheehan
 

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("Limerick Leaders" account of the Marathon Race 1954)
MARATHON BOAT RACE
WAS A THRILLER
   Hundreds of spectators gathered at the Thomond Weir on Tuesday for the start of the Marathon Boat Race round the Parish. The event was organised by the Corbally Boating Club.
   Four boats lined up for the start and at the word "go, from Mr. Matthew O'Brien of Athlunkard Boat Club the boats picked up great speed. There was a great "set to" then as all were anxious to reach the Abbey River in the lead. Mick Hayes and crew set a rapid pace and at Newfound, had four or five lengths to spare.
    The spectators, most of them on bicycles, and the rest running, gave vocal support along the Island Bank, excitement ran high nearing Athlunkard Boat Club as the other crews were challenging and trying to make up the leeway. There was a traffic jam on O'Dwyer Bridge, the road being blocked by spectators.
    Going down the Sandmall, the pacemakeers held on to their lead, and, approaching the rough water and rapids, the contestants could be seen changing positions in preparation for the assault on Curraghgower Falls. First crew to attempt to conquer the Falls was Hayes, Gallagher and Kiely and they were soon joined by Sheehan, Kinsella and Lysaght and both crews took possession of the narrow passage at Geary's side.
STALEMATE
    A stalemate developed here as neither crew would give way to the other. In the meantime, the other crews were sizing up the situation and Duhig's crew elected to try the centre of the Falls, an impossible task - they very soon swamped. It was very plain at this stage that all the competitors were very tired after rowing 3 miles and many thought that the Falls would remain unconquered. By now the excitement on the shore was terrific, each side egging on their respective crews.
    The Corbally crew, Sheehan, Lysaght and Kinsella cut across to the Strand side where they were soon joined by the other Corbally crew of Hogan, Shannessy and Cowhey. A rare tussel developed here, boats swamping, men being thrown headlong into the water, poles breaking. Again positions changed and, finally, after several unsuccessful attempts Nay Lysaght's crew got over to the cheers of the crowd.
    The winning crews were just crossing the line at Thomond Bridge when the second Corbally crew succeeded in getting over the Falls.
Results: 1. B. Kinsella, D. Sheehan, W. Lysaght.; 2. M. Hogan, T. Shannessy, D. Cowhey.