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How a group of women began rowing on Galway’s River Corrib to aid their recovery from breast cancer


by IMAGE
27th Oct 2021

Photo: Ruth Connolly

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Robin Winkels, Eva Brady, Amanda Dempsey, Yvonne O’Callahan and Carol Nash

Named Row for Recovery, the group, varying from experienced to total novice, are using the River Corrib to move beyond their cancer diagnosis. Maygen Bazemore meets them to discover that the benefits far exceed the physical nature of the sport

“We didn’t know what we were doing, but we knew we wanted to do something to get back physically to where we’d been before cancer,” says Carol Nash, one of the founding members of Row to Recovery. “Row to Recovery, based at the River Corrib in Galway, is a survivorship rowing programme for women battling breast cancer. The programme, which started in November 2013, offers a unique opportunity for recoverees to meet and row twice...

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