STICKING TOGETHER: Members of Muckross Rowing Club are in a very unique position, as they can train in doubles on Lough Lein. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

By Sean Moriarty


Social distancing is not a problem on the lakes of Killarney with members of Muckross Rowing Club in a very unique position – with five sets of sisters – allowing them to train in doubles to comply with COVID-19 outdoor restrictions.


While the majority of sporting activities are slowly getting back to normal after the national shutdown they are still the subject of many previously unheard of rules and regulations.

Until very recently, members of the one household were allowed exercise together but at the pandemic related restrictions continue to ease, that is no longer the case.

With correct social-distancing in place, the sets of sisters could train together with the help of sisters Áine and Shona O’Sullivan in the safety boat.

“When the first set of restrictions were lifted for Phases 1 and 2, it was only possible for either single training or members of the same household train as doubles,” club PRO Tim O’Shea explained to the Killarney Advertiser. “It also shows how the great tradition of rowing in Killarney continues to be handed down through families.”

Sisters included are Martha and Maeve Doolan, Caolfhionn and Eimear Doyle, Evie and Lynn Fahy and Sorcha, Liadh and Eimear Beazley.

Among the club’s coaches is John Beazley, father of Sorcha, Liadh and Eimear Beazley.