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Compass Informatics – Sponsored boat hits the Corrib waters

  • Gearoid O'Riain
  • Apr 25, 2018

Compass Informatics has provided sponsorship support to Cumann Rámhaíochta Choláiste na Coiribe (CRCC), Galway’s Irish language and ever-growing rowing club. This very welcome sponsorship enabled the club to buy a brand new four person racing boat, giving a 25% increase in training capacity and setting them up for growth and national titles.

Announcing the support, Gearóid Ó Riain, MD Compass Informatics said, “There are important aspects of what CRCC is doing that we’d very much to support and that build on supports we have provided to other organisations over recent years.  We recognise the importance of youth team sport, of community-based and volunteer-reliant clubs, the richness that comes with using the Irish language as its teanga labhartha, while the Club’s Galway base recognises the longstanding links between Compass Informatics and organisations such as the Marine Institute in Galway and the West.”

Compass already employs over ten skilled staff in Galway as part of a fifty-plus company team in Ireland – a company team that will now faithfully follow the development of the CRCC and its dedicated rowers and volunteers.

CRCC coach Mícheál Ó Marcacháin noted “CRCC has grown from 5 members in 2010 to over 40 young people training every weekend from September to July. As a very successful start-up club we have been hamstrung by a lack of equipment to such an extent that we have been unable to accept new members this year; but this very generous sponsorship from Compass Informatics will allow us to cater for even more members. The club aims to provide an opportunity for students to socialise as Gaeilge outside the school setting in a fun and healthy environment. With the generous support of our voluntary coaches and committee and the other rowing clubs in Galway (Coláiste Iognáid and N.U.I.G. in particular) the club is rapidly becoming one of the best junior clubs in the country, winning many races including the Men’s Junior 16 coxed quad at the national championships in July 2017. This new, top quality racing boat will allow our dedicated crews who train up to 8 times per week throughout the winter and even more during the summer to perform even better at regattas around the country”.

The new boat, a coxless quad, is named after the soldier, cyclist and champion rower, Paul Giblin, who tragically passed away in 2017 after a long battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Paul held 19 national titles and was a record breaker and winner at the famous Henley Regatta. With the blessing of Paul’s wife, Cate, and family, the boat will bear his name in Irish. Paul’s sister Annie coaches with CRCC.

The boat was launched on the river Corrib on Friday 13th April in the presence of members of Paul’s family, and was blessed by the Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora, Brendan O’Kelly.

The new boat sponsored by Compass Informatics for the CRCC Club hits the water.

About Compass Informatics

Dublin-based Compass Informatics combines GIS, location analytics and technologies, to create information insights and provide decision-support solutions focused on natural resources, planning, environment, and transportation. The company provides high quality, professional data services and software platforms to the Irish, UK and global markets.

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About Cumann Rámhaíochta Choláiste na Coiribe

The new boat has been named after Pól Ó Gioballáin, and the launch event was attended by his family and his wife, Cate.

Cumann Rámhaíochta Choláiste na Coiribe is a vibrant young Irish Language Rowing Club (Olympic style), based on the River Corrib in Galway. The Club was set up in 2010 by teachers and students of Coláiste na Coiribe Irish language secondary school and has grown steadily with dedicated support from parents and coaches.

www.facebook.com/CRCCGaillimh

crcholaistenacoiribe@gmail.com

 

 

Gaeilge

Sheol Cumann Rámhaíochta Choláiste na Coiribe (CRCC) bád rámhaíochta nua ar an Aoine, an 13ú Aibreán ó Clubtheach Cumann Rámhaíochta Choláiste Iognáíd ar bhruach na Coiribe, i searmannas speisialta ina raibh i láthair easpag Ghaillimh, Chill Mac Duach agus Chill Fhionnúrach, Breandán ó Ceallaigh, le beannú a chuir ar an mbád.

Club members at Cumann Rámhaíochta Choláiste na Coiribe (CRCC ), Galway’s Irish language and ever-growing rowing club.

Tá urraíocht flaithiúil faighte ag an gCumann Rámhaíochta ó Compass Informatics, an comhlacht anailís agus teicneolaíocht eolais, a sheas costas an bád nua a cheannach. Dar le Gearóid Ó Riain, Príomh Stiúrthóir Compass Informatics, bhí tábhacht ar leith le tréithe áiraithe an Chumann agus iad ag déanamh socraithe urraíocht a thabhairt don Chumann seo: spórt don Óige, tacaíocht na cóitseailaithe agus obair dheonach na tuistí, agus an Ghaeilge a bheith mar teanga labhartha an Chumann. Chomh maith le sin, treisíonn sé an ceangal idir Compass Informatics agus Iarthar na hÉireann, go h-áirithe anois go bhfuil deichniúr ón 50 duine baill foirne an chomhlacht lonnaithe agus ag feidhmiú i nGaillimh.

Do mhínigh Mícheál Ó Marcacháín, coitseálaí CRCC, gur bunaíodh an Cumann le cúigear baill sa mbliain 2010 ach anois tá ós cionn 40 daoine óga ag traenáil go rialta ó Meán Fómhair go Iúil. Ceal a dhóthain báid, ní raibh an Cumann in ann an baillríocht a mhéadú i mbliana ach anois leis an urraíocht fíor-flaithiúl ó Compass Informatics beidh méadú ar líon na mbaill. Is aidhm é ag an gCumann seans a thabhairt do scoláirí Choláiste na Coiribe am a chaitheamh le chéile ag úsáid an Ghaeilge labhartha taobh amuigh den scoil agus taitneamh a bhaint ó imeachtaí spórt.

Tá baill an Chumann agus na tuistí fíór bhuíoch don tacaíocht ó Chumainn Rámhaíochta eile (Coláíste Iognáíd agus NUIG ach go h-áirithe). Is mór an chabhair a thugann tacaíocht na cóitseanna agus obair dheonach na tuistí chomh maith, le go mbíonn na scoláirí in ann freastáil ar traenáíl suas go 9 n-uaire sa seachtain, rud a chabhrigh go mór don Cumann tíocht chun cinn mar ceann de na cumann ramhaíochta Sóiséaraigh is fearr sa tír.

Ainmníodh an bád ‘Pól Ó Gioballáín’ i ndílchuimhne Paul Giblin, saighdiúr, sár-ramhadóir agus sár rothaí, a bhásaigh anuraidh taréis bheith ag strachaint le Hodgkins lymphoma le roint mhaith blianta. Bhí bean chéile, Cate, agus muintir Paul i láthair ag an ócáid chomh maith agus an t-Easpag ag beannú an bád.

 

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