'For around a hundred years, the Cork rowing regatta was one of the biggest sporting events in the city's calendar," says Jim Kennedy, oarsman in the Lee Rowing Club's team which won the regatta in 1976, stops paddling to gesture up at the grassy banks above us.
"Thousands of people would line the marina, running and cycling along beside the boats, and there'd be bookies up there taking bets and brass bands playing at the finish...
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