Ireland finished up at the 2023 World Rowing Championships with four medals and seven crews qualified for Paris 2024.

This is the most crews that Ireland have secured at the World Championships Qualification, with just four crews having qualified at this event in the Tokyo cycle.

For the crews that didn’t qualify, there’s still a chance next May at the Final Qualification Regatta.

Philip Doyle and Daire Lynch got the job done on Sunday in the men’s double taking home the bronze medals. It was a strong start for all the crews with Doyle and Lynch at the back of the pack for the first 1000 metres with less than four seconds between all six crews.

It was an incredibly tight race with the crew from the Netherlands making an early push to lead out the pack. Doyle and Lynch began their push for the finish getting themselves into bronze position ahead of the Italian double in the third quarter.

Racing right to the line with the Croatian double, Ireland pushed it to the limit in their final sprint but ran out of water coming in just one second behind the Sinkovic’s.

On Saturday Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy kept their title of Lightweight Men’s Double Scull World Champions for another year with another dominant performance to take the gold medals.

The Swiss went out strong in the first half of the race taking a length on the rest of the crews, but McCarthy and O’Donovan went into the second half fighting and showed their strength crossing the line ahead of Switzerland and Italy. This makes it their third consecutive World Championship win.

Enniskillen’s Nathan Timoney and Ross Corrigan secured another medal for Ireland with a bronze in the Men’s pair.

Taking the lead for the first half of the race, Timoney and Corrigan made their move early, taking the Swiss and Great Britain by surprise. Favourites for the gold medal Tom George and Ollie Wynne-Griffith from GB came back into it in the third quarter and went down to the line with Timoney and Corrigan for second place after Switzerland took the lead. Ireland just missed out on the surge and had to settle for the bronze medal.

Aoife Casey and Margaret Cremen also qualified the Lightweight Women’s Double for Paris 2024.

Nerves were high before they took to the water as it was just one boat in the B final to get the golden ticket. Casey and Cremen looked cool, calm and collected as they showed the world their incredible quality and stamina throughout the entire race.

It was a tough battle against the French and the Polish doubles but it was Ireland who came through at the end, finishing with clear water over the field. They finish up their World Championships as seventh in the world and qualified boat for next year.

Alison Bergin and Zoe Hyde were up next in the women’s double. They stayed at the top of the pack throughout the race, settling at a rate of 37 strokes per minute. Going back and forth with the New Zealand double for fourth position Bergin and Hyde managed to cross the line ahead of them to take fourth, only missing out on the podium by a second and a half.

This new young double have really made their mark in this category this week and are definitely a crew to look out for in the future. Having only spent six weeks together there’s a lot more to come from Bergin and Hyde.

This historic week for Rowing Ireland has seen incredible racing, this team is on the up and all eyes are on Paris next year.

Full credit off the water as well to Rowing Ireland Communications Officer Clara O’Brien who was diligent in updating media back home about the performances and will be an important part of the team travelling with Team Ireland to the Paris Games next summer.