The Result of Portrun Regatta – A Great Success. From the pages of the“Roscommon Journal” 23 August 1913By Albert Siggins.
On last Friday, 15th August, the annual Regatta at Portrun came off under the happiestof circumstances. The weather was all that could be desired and if the Committeespecially interviewed the ‘weather clerk’ on the occasion they could not secure morefavourable weather conditions. The scenery around Portrun is of a very commandingcharacter. The Shannon wends its way through “headlands green and hills between andmany a hedgerow through” and beautiful landscapes on either sides greet the view. Theattendance on this occasion was extremely large and representative and the large crowd present spent a most pleasant days outing. Each event was well contested and prizes of a very valuable character were awarded the victors. All the arrangements in connectionwith the fixture were made in a thoroughly up-to-date manner and pleased bothspectator and competitors.The following are the results;First Race won by Paddy McDermott, Anomora and Patrick Kelly, Cloonlour: first prize £1.Owen Brennan, Clooniskert and George Seggins, Crith; 2
prize 5s.Second Race – Owen Brennan, Clooniskert and George Seggins, Cruit …..
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Third Race (an old man’s race) – Malachy Fallon, Ballyglass; 1
prize, £1.Thos Kennedy, Tubberegue, 2
prize, 5s.Fourth Race, a double scull – Paddy McDermott, Animore and Patk. Kelly, Cloonlour;1
prize £1.Geo Seggins, Crith and Patk. Hanly, Black Islands; 2
prize, 5s.Fifth Race, (swimming race after a duck), won by Patk. Hanly, Black Islands; prize,10s.Sixth (a punt chase) won by Tom Walsh, Quaker Island; prize, £1.Boy’s Foot Race (under 10); 150 yards – Patt Brannon, Claunch; 1
. prize 7s 6d.John Leonard, Mountplunkett; 2
prize, 2s 6d.
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Anthony McDermott in Portrun in the1960’s.
Times move on, places change, but in our mind they stay the same forever.