Snapshot, Waterford Regatta, July 1901

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Where: 3, Rocklands, Waterford, X91 D92K, Ireland

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When: 18 July 1901

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On a day when Irish women and men compete for Olympic glory in rowing it seems appropriate to post an image of a regatta. Taken in Waterford it shows a coxed four with the stripes of the DUBC (Trinity) club leading into the enclosure. Best wishes to Sinead and Clare and to the O'Donovans!

And an exciting day for Irish rowing it was today!

Somewhat exciting inputs also today from ofarrl in helping pinpoint this image, and guliolopez in sourcing a detailed write-up on the event which is captured here by Poole. Based on this write-up, it seems very likely that what we see here is the Dublin University Boat Club beating the team from Commercial BC in the Suir Challenge Cup. Though perhaps in circumstances not without controversy.....

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: 18 July 1901


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    • 12/Aug/2016 07:34:09

    Very appropriate - I love the candid interviews from the O'Donovan brothers. Good luck to both crews.

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    • 12/Aug/2016 08:03:31

    yes very pertinent!

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    • 12/Aug/2016 11:01:28

    Very timely indeed! Best of luck to today's rowers. I might take a look at the the newspaper archives tonight to see if I can find anything on this particular regatta. The Munster Express has a note that the winning junior fours team included one L. P. Ridgeway:

    L. P. Ridgeway was part of a winning Junior Fours crew in 1901. The team won many trophies and on one occasion each crew member was presented with a rose bowl. Nothing more was heard of this story until 2003, when a Reverent Ridgeway from South Africa contacted the club. This man was the son of L. P. Ridgeway and had in his possession the rose bowl, which was now 103 years old. The Reverent Ridgeway is now in the process of presenting the rose bowl to the Waterford Boat Club

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    Melinda Young Stuart

    • 12/Aug/2016 13:42:01

    My very adult son rows. It's a wonderful sport and it's not only for the young. Great view.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 12/Aug/2016 15:02:50

    Indeed [[email protected]] - Congrats to the O'Donovan's from Skibbereen. And also to Lambe and Lynch for their amazing journey to their final! One wonders if the rowers of 1901 had similar schteaks for breakfast and winning strategy :) Looking forward to hearing if [[email protected]] can find anything in the newspaper archives. In the meantime can anyone offer a Streeview or OSI snippet to help us map this one?

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    • 12/Aug/2016 21:10:43

    OK. So I found the following from the Saturday Herald of 20 July 1901, covering the Regatta - which was held on the previous Thursday 18 July . The reporter isn't exactly glowing about the way the event was organised - not least the choice of musical accompaniment (there are almost as many column inches afforded to the review of how the events were run as were afforded to the events themselves). Anyway, if the crew pictured are indeed the Dublin University Boat Club, then Poole's image may be capturing the "Suir Challenge Cup". Which the reporter confirms was won by the Dublin team. Though there are some complaints (excuses?) that wash from an unwelcome steamlaunch impeded their opponents. (No immediate evidence of a big wash in the Poole photo though?). Thankfully no such issues in today's Rio events :)[email protected]/28940270995/

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 12/Aug/2016 21:38:57

    Brilliant - Thanks [[email protected]] for confirming the location, and [[email protected]] for the contemporary "write up" on the Regatta. One wonders if the writer's thoughts on the preparations and execution were influenced by the lack of "even a small table" to write up his notes :) Map, description, date and tags all updated.

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 13/Aug/2016 09:22:26

    Nice work guliolopez At least there were no reports of ticket touts. So what might the "recent events" have been that made "God Save the King" unacceptable to the (presumably mostly Establishment) clientele in 1901?

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    • 13/Aug/2016 17:55:38

    [[email protected]/] It seems there was a lot of anger among Irish Nationalists and catholics towards the soon to be King Edward VII. His coronation oath was seen as wantonly insulting, as the nationalist M.P. for Waterford, John Redmond, described it. He also managed to cause anger by declining to visit Ireland during his coronation year. Waterford boat club as far as I know had many nationalist members. One of its founders was Major Purcell O'Gorman a Nationalist member of Parliament. Another member was Cornelius "Banquo" Redmond who was proprietor and editor of the Waterford News, a newspaper with strong nationalist leanings.

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 13/Aug/2016 18:03:34

    Thanks Paul.

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    • 12/Sep/2016 18:13:24

    Interesting that the DUBC cox is wearing his senior blazer, the design of this blazer remains unchanged today and is still worn by senior colours on social and formal occasions, although not for racing.