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Inaugural Collen Trophy presented at Dun Laoghaire Regatta

July 17, 2017

(L-R) Pam Collen (Collen Construction), Guy & Jackie Kilroy (Overall winner of the Water Wag Class within the Classic section of the 2017 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, Royal Irish Yacht Club), Neil Collen (Collen Construction), Martin McCarthy (Vice Commodore of the National Yacht Club)


Over its 200 year history, Collen has built upon strong family values and prides itself in balancing Company interests with those of its employees and the wider community. Sharing a bi-centenary with Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Collen is proud to be one of the main sponsors of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

In the 1960’s Collen built a temporary car ferry terminal at Dun Laoghaire Harbour and later in the 1970’s designed and built a concrete deck platform and slip to accommodate dinghy sailing, as well as undertaking a major refurbishment at the Royal Irish Yacht Clubhouse. Over the years other repair contracts were carried out to the harbour structure.

The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, Ireland’s biggest sailing event, took place from Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th July 2017.  The event marked an exciting four days of racing in Dublin Bay with a fantastic festival atmosphere across the waterfront and Dun Laoghaire town as the four Dun Laoghaire waterfront yacht clubs come together for the biennial event; Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, National Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club and Royal St. George Yacht Club.

There was plenty of action out on the water with over 2,500 participants, 475 boats competing in 35 different classes of boats, large and small, old and new, racing on seven race course areas over the four days of the regatta. The quality of sailing was extremely high with some of the country’s top-class sailors taking part including Olympic silver medallist Annalise Murphy. The event attracted yachts from the Netherlands, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, England and all four provinces of Ireland.

The Collen Cup is a new perpetual trophy which has been in the Collen family since 1907 and was awarded to the overall winner of the Water Wag Class within the Classic section of this and subsequent Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regattas.

The Water Wag is the oldest one design dinghy in existence, having been devised in 1886 and formalised as a one design class in Ireland in 1887.

Pamela Collen presented the Trophy, on this, the 207th year of the Collen family’s Construction business and the 200th anniversary of the Dun Laoghaire construction commencement. The overall winner of the Water Wag Class within the Classic Section of the 2017 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta was Guy & Jackie Kilroy of the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

The Collen Family has had a long association with The Royal Irish Yacht Club.  Lyal Collen who married Euphemia Adelaide Falkiner (a daughter of past Commodore Dr. Ninian Falkiner) was an active member throughout his life. The Collen Cup is in honour of Euphemia Adelaide Collen (nee Falkiner), mother of Neil Collen, current Chairman of the firm, who sailed in the Water Wag fleet on Shindilla in the 1950s and 1960s.