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Paul O’Donovan

Paul O’Donovan

Irish Rower and Olympic Gold Medallist

Paul is one of the world’s most well-known rowers. Paul comes from Skibbereen and has been rowing since 2001 with his brother Gary. Paul is currently studying Medicine in UCC and rows for UCC Rowing Club.

Paul is one of Ireland’s greatest athletes. He won the silver medal, alongside his brother Gary, at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and has since won four consecutive gold medals at the World Rowing Championships; in the Lightweight Single Scull in 2016 and 2017, and in 2018 and 2019 in the Lightweight Double with Gary (2018) and Fintan McCarthy (2019). Paul and Gary also won gold at the 2017 European Championships in the Lightweight Double.

Paul won Gold alongside Fintan McCarthy at the 2021 European Rowing Championships in Varese. In the 2021 Rowing World Cup II, Paul won a gold medal with Fintan McCarthy in the Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls, held in Lucerne, Switzerland.

The Skibbereen native made history at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo when he and Fintan McCarthy won Ireland’s first ever rowing gold medal winning the Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls A Final. The pair set a world’s best time of 6:05:33.

Paul has a calm and humorous personality with a unique and entertaining speaking strategy making him a great option for speaking engagements.


  • Sports
  • Resilience
  • Teamwork
  • Performance

To book Paul O Donovan for your event, contact Front Row Speakers on +353 1 485 3991 or email [email protected]