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Trinity College and UCD Go Head-to-Head in Colours Boat Race on the Liffey

15th March 2022
The 72nd Colours Boat Race will see Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin go head-to-head on the Liffey

The 72nd Colours Boat Rowing Race between Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin will take place on Friday, 18th March for the first time in three years.

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 with live commentary.

Tom Stevens, Dublin University Boat Club (DUBC), captain commented, "It is fantastic to be back racing for Gannon Cup and the Dan Quinn shield, particularly after such a long gap since the last time this event has been run. The colours race is such a unique event. Racing through the city is incredibly exciting and a huge privilege. It feels like sitting in a fish bowl on the start line with all of the faces looking down at you off of O'Connell Bridge. We are very excited to get out there and race on the 18th March."

Alicia O' Neill, Dublin University Ladies Boat Club (DULBC) captain commented, "Colours is certainly 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. We have been waiting since 2019 to race so the excitement is like no other. Both our senior and novice squads are more than ready to race and we are looking forward to the 18th 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."

Colours Boat Race Schedule, Friday 18th March:

  • 10:00am – Sally Moorhead Trophy
  • 10:30am – Dan Quinn Shield
  • 11:00am – Corcoran Cup
  • 11:30am – Gannon Cup

The coin toss for the 2022 Colours Boat Races took place on the Sunday, 27th February at the dining hall of Trinity College Dublin, overseen by Trinity Alumni and motivational speaker Mark Pollock. Dublin University Boat Club lost the toss and will take the south station for the Gannon Cup and the Dan Quinn shield. Dublin University Ladies Boat Club won their coin toss and chose to race on the south station for the Corcoran Cup and the Sally Moorhead Trophy.

Published in Rowing, River Liffey
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