Who is Eimear Lambe? From UCD lecture halls to winning Olympic gold at Tokyo 2020

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Eimear Lambe is from Cabra in Dublin and rows for the Old Collegians Boat Club.

Eimear started rowing in 2012 and studied Commerce (International) with German in UCD and she eventually rowed her way to Olympic victory with Aifric Keogh, Emily Hegarty and Fiona Murphy.

The team were the first female athletes to win an Olympic medal in rowing for Ireland by placing third in Women’s Four final on July 28, 2021.

The athletes will chat to host Ryan Turbidy about what they have been getting up to since they arrived back from Japan with the medals around their necks.

Eimear already has a number of medals under her belt – which she can now add her Olympic bronze to.

Ireland’s Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty celebrate with their four bronze medals


Alongside her W4- teammates, Eimear won a silver medal in the 2019 World U23 Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida.

The Dublin native first competed internationally at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in 2014 and raced at the Youth Olympic Games in the same year.

She won Bronze at the 2020 European Rowing Championships in the W4- and went on to win Silver at the 2021 European Rowing Championships in Varese.

The 23-year-old was part of the crew that qualified the W4- at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne.

And then she went on to win a Bronze Medal in the Women’s Four at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, making history with Aifric, Emily and Fiona in winning Irish rowing’s first women’s Olympic Medal.

Her sisters success

The sports star is not the only member in her family to achieve Olympic success – Eimear’s sister is none other than rowing champion Claire Lambe.

Claire competed in Rio 2016, and while she did not bring home a medal, she did reach the finals at the Women’s lightweight double sculls with her partner Sinead Jennings.

Claire retired in 2018 and is now part of RTE’s coverage of rowing at the Sea Forest Waterway.

Eimear says her big sister served as a massive inspiration to her heading into Tokyo 2020 and her achievements at Rio 2016 gave her the confidence to believe she too could perform well at the Olympics.

Ireland’s Emily Hegarty, Fiona Murtagh, Eimear Lambe and Aifric Keogh celebrate after winning the bronze

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