Disappointment as Limerick rower misses out on Olympic medal

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Disappointment as Limerick rower misses out on Olympic medal

Supporters, friends and family members watching the Olympic Final which was shown on a big screen at St Michael's Rowing Club [Picture: Adrian Butler]

MEMBERS of St Michael’s Rowing club have paid tribute to rower Sinead Lynch following her appearance in the Olympic Final in Rio

The 39-year-old and her partner Claire Lambe finished sixth in the lightweight double sculls which was won by the Netherlands.

There were fantastic scenes at the St Michael’s clubhouse at O’Callaghan Strand this afternoon as club members, supporters and members of the Lynch family gathered to watch the final on a giant screen.

Sinead Lynch’s three young children – Molly, Clodagh and Hannah –  and their aupair, Nerea Dominguez, were amongst those at the clubhouse as the drama unfolded in Brazil.

Tom Larkin, president of St Michael’s, said the club is looking forward to welcoming Sinead home following the Olympics.

“It is very disappointing but I am delighted and elated that Sinead made it to the final. She got her dream and followed it and to qualify for an Olympic final it’s just suberb, it’s a great achievement,” he said in the immediate aftermath of the final.

Sinead’s husband, Sam Lynch, rowed in the 1996 and 2004 Olympics.

His mother, Geraldine, says everyone is proud of Sinead’s achievments in Rio. “Her achievement in getting to the final of an Olympic Games is awesome,” she said.

St Michael’s club member Alice O’Sullivan, said the achievement of Sinead and Claire combined with the silver medal won by brothers, Gary and Paul O’Donovan, is a major boost for rowing in Ireland.

”It’s massive, it’s absolutely huge and Limerick is massively proud and Rowing Ireland is massively proud. It took London 2012 to get rowing on the map in the UK but I think Rio 2016 is going to get rowing on the map here,” she said.