Pictured are from left: Paul Gleeson, Tori Holmes, Eamonn Kavanagh and Peter Kavanagh.
It carried Eamonn and Peter Kavanagh, the first Irish people ever to row an ocean, across the Atlantic in 1997 and when Limerick man Paul Gleeson and his Canadian girlfriend Tori Holmes took on the same challenge in 2005 they used the same craft. The rowboat, Christina, has twice traversed the Atlantic and has now finally come to rest in the University Arena at UL. Christina was bought by Irish Life Investment Managers and generously donated to the University of Limerick on the 26th of May 2008.
The only three Irish people ever to have rowed the Atlantic Ocean, Eamonn and Peter Kavanagh and Paul Gleeson as well as Gerry Keenan, CEO of Irish Life Investment Managers were at UL today to watch the Christina being hoisted to its display position in the University Arena. The boat will remain suspended from the Arena roof just above the indoor running track, where all who pass through the University Arena on a daily basis, as well as members of the public can view it.
Speaking from the launch of the display at UL today, David Mahedy, Director of the University Arena said that UL was very grateful to Irish Life Investment Managers for recognising the tremendous strength of spirit of those who rowed Christina across the Atlantic by allowing UL to display the craft, which will now inspire all who view it. "We have tremendous athletes in Ireland and we need to celebrate their achievements. Displaying the Christina will give people an idea of the test of endurance these rowers undertook and the incredible courage it must have taken to complete their journey. Christina will have pride of place at the University Arena and will complement the Hartman Collection of sports memorabilia already on display here," said Mr Mahedy.
Eamonn Kavanagh, Paul Gleeson and Peter Kavanagh , the only three Irish people ever to row the Atlantic with the row boat, 'Christina' which carried them accross.