Olympic Gold for Paul

29 Jul 2021
L-R Olympic Gold Medal Winners, Fintan McCarthy & Quercus Scholar, Paul O'Donovan

In the wee hours of the morning on July 29th, 2021, Quercus Scholar, Paul O'Donovan, and his partner, Fintan McCarthy, broke history by winning Ireland's first ever rowing Gold. 

In a real edge of the seat final, Germany started down the course like bats out of hell and stayed in front for three quarters of the race. However, Paul & Fintan stuck to their game-plan and lowered the hammer in the final quarter to out row the Germans to gold. The race finished with Ireland in Gold, Germany in Silver & Italy in Bronze. 

Paul, who has been a Quercus Scholar since 2018, studies Graduate Entry Medicine and Fintan is a Graduate of Physiology. We congratulate them both heartily and thank them for making it a summer to remember. 

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