Night Kayak Fundraiser – 20/04/2018

A night kayak event was organised in Whitegate, Co. Cork to raise funds to send a very seriously ill local teenager, Aaron McMahon, to the U.S.A to receive medical treatment.

The people of East Cork and from further afield turned out to support Aaron on the evening of 20th April. There was a great atmosphere on the pier and in the water as young and old took to the water in all types of crafts.

As the sunset approached and as the water began to fill with happy paddlers it was evident that the people of East Cork are determined to send this young lad to the States. Well done one and all.

Click here to see a gallery of images from the shoot.

- Eileen Upton


Fort2Fort Cycle – 20/03/2016

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The Fort 2 Fort charity cycle sportif took place last Sunday, March 20th 2016. This event was a unique challenge for all levels of cyclists, which began at the Trabolgan Holiday Village outside Whitegate at 10am and ended at Fort Camden in Cross haven. A total of 402 cyclists took part in this challenging event which saw cyclists of all abilities participate in the 60km, 85km and 125km routes. The routes covered the full loop of Cork Harbour crossing the River Lee by the Cross River Ferry outside Cobh and finishing at Fort Camden for both the 60km and 85km distances. The challenge of the 125km was  a return trip to Whitegate.

Now in its fifth year, the purpose of the cycle was to raise funds for the Mercy Hospital Foundation, Mercy Cancer Care Centre, Lions Club of Cork and Camden Fort Meagher Restoration fund. ECCG was on hand again to record this fun event.

Click here to see a gallery of images from the shoot. Enjoy!

 - Noelle Lowney

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The Blue Light Regatta – Whitegate 13/09/15

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A rowing event of a different kind, The Blue Light Regatta took place in Whitegate, East Cork on Sunday 13/09/15. This is the second year that this Regatta was held which saw teams from An Garda Síochána, Phillips 66 fire team, the Port of Cork, the Army/Air Corps, National Ambulance Service, First Responders, local businesses and clubs take part in a series of challenging coastal rowing races. The Regatta was a major fund raising event in aid of the East Cork Rapid Response, the voluntary group that provides a Pre-Hospital Emergency Service for the East Cork Community. A full programme of races was on the card which comprised the following categories:

  • Novice Ladies - winners: Ballinacurra team
  • Inter Firm Race - winners: O'Riordan Pumps
  • Schools and Universities Race - winners: St. Colmans
  • Hospitality Race - winners: Schooner Bar, Ballycotton
  • Clubs & Gyms Race - winners: Mulls Gym
  • Battle of Ballinacurra Race - winners: Ballinacurra team
  • The Blue Light Boat Race - Ladies - winners: Composite Garda/ECRR/ Airport Police
  • The Blue Light Boat Race - Gents - winners: Army/Air Corps

The event was hosted at the club facility of Whitegate Rowing Club with the main sponsors of the event being the Port Of Cork.

Blue Light Regatta Jim Curtin-2 After many weeks of hard training, the various crews gathered for the first race of the day, which commenced at 3.30pm, to compete in coastal rowing boats with a crew of 4 per boat and Cox and battle it out over a 1500m course in order to claim the title of Blue Light Regatta Champions 2015.

Blue Light NLowneyThe Battle of Ballinacurra was one of the highlights of the day which saw the Ballinacurra walkers/running group compete throughout most of the races on offer in the regatta programme. This group were given their own race where they competed in mixed crews against each other with the winning team being crowned the Ultimate Champions of Ballinacurra!

Blue Light NLowney-14The Special guest at this event was Sean Coleman who recently won 2 silver medals in swimming at the Special Olympics world games 2015.

Enthusiasts from all over the East Cork area gathered in support of this worthwhile cause to cheer on the crews taking part in the event.

Blue Light Regatta EUpton-32ECCG was on hand to capture the event from different vantage points around the village including Sawmills Pier, the Whitegate RC clubhouse, the strand and on the water. A fantastic event for a very worthy charity, it was enjoyed by everyone in attendance and, as heavy rain fell in the surrounding areas, Whitegate stayed dry! Maybe the volume of the cheering crowds drifting across the water convinced the weather Gods to give the place a miss? Who knows?Blue Light Regatta Denis Barry-84

Click here to see our full gallery of images. Enjoy!

- Noelle Lowney


Whitegate Regatta – 14/6/15

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On a bright sunny afternoon on Sunday June 14th 2015, the annual rowing championship regatta, rescheduled from May, took place in Whitegate, East Cork. The Whitegate Rowing Club, a member of the Coastal Rowing Association, were the hosts for the event and member clubs from the region travelled to the village to participate in this very competitive championship event. Some of the well known rowing clubs that took part were Blackrock, East Ferry and Cobh Fisherman’s as well as the local Whitegate club.

Enthusiasts from East and West Cork gathered to cheer on the crews from the various clubs. There were 19 races in total on the day with crews ranging from mixed vets, under12’s, 14’s and 21’s, senior and junior men and women, intermediate men and women and other categories.

ECCG were on hand to capture the event from start to finish from different vantage points around the village including Sawmills Pier, the Whitegate clubhouse and strand.  A fantastic regatta, with glorious weather on the day, was enjoyed by both rowing supporters and ourselves alike.

See the gallery of images from the event here. Enjoy!

- Noelle Lowney



Whitegate Regatta – 8/6/14

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ECCG Group enjoying a coffee outside Day's Eurospar, Whitegate

We had a great day out in Whitegate at the Rowing Championship Regatta on Sunday 8th June. The weather was ideal, blue skies and sunshine! As Napoleon said ‘An army can’t march on an empty stomach’. So we all met up at the deli in Eurospar and when the tanks were full, we went to work.

After the group shot was taken, we headed for the Sawmills Pier, one of 3 piers in
Whitegate which were built to bring coal from Wales in years gone by. There were 20 races in all, so things had to move along while the tide was still in. The highlight of the day was the inaugural Blue Light Boat Race .This was a two race event, men's and ladies. It was contested by crews from the various emergency services and Defence Forces including the Air Corps, Army, HSE Ambulance Service, Fire Service, East Cork Rapid Response, Coast Guard, Gardai, Phillips 66 Fire Team and the Port of Cork.

The event was being sponsored by the Port of Cork. The event was a joint fundraiser between the East Cork Rapid Response Group and Whitegate RC. The race was won by ‘The combined Armed Forces’.

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All aboard!

We got the boat out for the last couple of hours, this gave us a great chance to get up close to the rowers and compose better shots. Joe took over the helm, Bill was on ‘look out’ while Finbarr, Noelle and myself concentrated on the job at hand!

Things came to an end around 4.30 and we retired ourselves after a very enjoyable day.

- Kevin Day

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