Ciarán Gannon was born in Co. Galway, having passed through Clongowes Wood College, entered University College, Dublin, in October 1933. He at once joined the College Boat Club and, in 1934, was a member of the Maiden VIII, which that year was
Gannon was an enthusiastic oarsman and he loved the sport for its own sake. He was loyal to his club and he showed it by the manner in which he consistently gave of his best as a maiden, then as a junior, and finally, as a senior oarsman.
In 1937, he was elected Club Captain and in that capacity he showed his fitness in the field of rowing as a coach as well as oarsman, but also as an administrator. He threw all his energies into his work and during his captaincy, to which he was re-elected in 1938, UCD Boat Club achieved a very high level of success. For the first time, the Club won the Wylie Cup and the Leander and Metropolitan Cups.
Ciarán Gannon graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 1939 and shortly afterwards went to England, where he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps with the rank of Captain. He served for a time in Egypt and then in India, going subsequently to Burma, where he was killed in 1944.
In recognition of his services to rowing generally and particularly to University College Dublin Boat Club, as well as in a tribute to his fine character and personality, his former associates and friends decided to perpetuate his memory by bringing to fruition the long contemplated and cherished plan for an annual race between UCD and Trinity. For this race, a perpetual challenge trophy, to be known as the Gannon Memorial Cup, was presented.
Our Movember campaign has raised over €3000 so far!
Moustaches have been grown and hundreds of kilometres moved, but we aren’t finished just yet with a week to go 💪
Thank you very much for all the donations thus far, and if you’d like to contribute click the link below 🔗
ie.movember.com/team/2267960 ... See MoreSee Less
UCD Virtual Open Day is underway 💪🏼 find us at the Sports & Scholarships desk from 10am-4pm.
Don't miss our 'Row at UCD' webinars at 1pm (with Olympian & former UCD Ad Astra scholar Claire Lambe!) and 3pm - more info and signup at ucdbc.ie ... See MoreSee Less
3 months ago
The club is truly shocked and saddened with the passing of Jonathan Devitt.
Johnny made an enormous contribution to the club, not least as Captain in 2002 and 2003. He created foundations that the club still builds on today and it was fitting that he received a Centenary Medal in recognition of this in 2017.
We offer our most sincere condolences to his wife Caroline, his family, his crew mates and all who knew him.
Ad Astra. ... See MoreSee Less