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Swimmers Ready to Race in Gwangju

Ireland’s senior swimmers will be in competitive action this weekend as the 10-strong team begin racing at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea. The team, who will race from July 4th – 11th, is led by 2011 World University Games medalist Fiona Doyle. The 23 year old has risen through the ranks to become one of Ireland’s top swimmers in recent years, all while completing five years studying Kinesiology at the University of Calgary in Canada. Doyle, who [...]

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Irish team of six announced for Paralympic Swimming World Championships

Paralympics Ireland has announced a strong team of six to compete at the Paralympic Swimming (IPC) World Championships set to take place in Glasgow from July 13th – 19th. The team, which is sponsored by Allianz, is made up of four previous Paralympians and two newcomers. Double Paralympians (Beijing 2008 & London 2012) Darragh McDonald and Ellen Keane are joined by fellow London Paralympians James Scully and Jonathan McGrath. Competing in their first World Championships are teenagers Ailbhe Kelly and [...]

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Swimming in Limerick Ends On a High

Press Release  Day 4 Day 4 of the Irish Age Group Division 2s gave spectators just as much excitement as the previous 3 days, with lots of fast swimming and tight finishes. Our first gold medal of the day went to Anna Campbell of Larne winning the 10 & Under 400 Freestyle in a time of 5.38.60. This was followed up with gold medals for Sorcha Kearney (Bluefin), Grace Corbett (Fermoy) and Caroline Ryan (Ennis) in the three remaining age groups, Caroline [...]

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Young Swimmers Raise the Roof at UL for Day 3 of IAG Division 2

Day 3 continued in the same great atmosphere at Swim Ireland’s Irish Age Group Division 2 Championships. The days sessions kicked off in exciting style with the Boys 12 - 13 400m Freestyle seeing a great head to head swim between Portmarknock’s Horens Groz Gallis and the NAC’s James O’Reilly.  Completing the podium was Harry Cunningham of Mullingar Jets. The second event of the day saw another exciting finish in the Girls 15-18 age group of the 100m Butterfly. Ennis’ Aoife Deane was victorious touching in a time of 1:13.44, just ahead of Clonmel’s Katelyn Owens finishing in 1:13.83. Third place in the event [...]

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Swimmers Close Out European Games with Two Irish Records

Irish swimmers ended their European Games campaign on a high this afternoon closing out the Games with a new Irish Junior Record in the men’s Medley Relay and a semi-final and second Irish Record of the week from Emma Reid in the 50m Butterfly. Reid topped off an impressive week at the pools securing a place in the 50m Butterfly semi-final with a 28.16 second swim to progress from the heats. The 16 year old Ards swimmer had already made [...]

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MONA MCSHARRY TO BE THE IRISH FLAG BEARER AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE EUROPEAN GAMES

The Olympic Council of Ireland has chosen 14 year old Mona McSharry from Co. Sligo as the Irish flag bearer at the Closing Ceremony in Baku’s National Stadium tomorrow (Sun June 28). Mona, who swims with Ballyshannon S.C., is the youngest member of Team Ireland and will join flag bearers from 50 nations at what is expected to be a spectacular Closing Event extravaganza in Azerbaijan. Mona commented: “I’m very excited and honoured to be the flag bearer”. She follows [...]

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Great Atmosphere as Young Swimmers Impress on Day 2 of Age Group Championships

Press Release - Irish Age Groups Division Day 2 – 26th June 2015 Competition continued in a great atmosphere today at Swim Irelands Irish Age Group Division 2 Championships  UL Sport today. The four day competition sees over 500 swimmers aged 9-18 compete over 4 days of competition. The 400m Individual Medley was the first final of the day with Ballina’s Alannah Canavan picking up the first Gold medal on offer. Zoe Kilpatrick (Banbridge) cruised to victory in 6:11.81 ahead of Katie Delaney of Claremorris (6:16.04) in the Girls 11-12 400m IM.  Tom O’Sullivan of Galway was [...]

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Brown & Moore Swim Best Times in Baku

Despite a number of personal best swims from Irish swimmers at the European Games in Baku, there was no progression to the Finals on day four of the competition in the Azeri capital. Danielle Hill was the highest placed Irish swimmer this morning as she finished 21st overall in the 100m Backstroke, she missed out on a place in the semi-final by just .6 of a second. Hill was over a second off her Irish junior record time of 1:03.72 [...]

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Irish Age Group Div 2 Champs 2015 Kick Off in Limerick

Irish Age Group Division 2 Championships Kick Off in Limerick Press Release 512 swimmers from 78 clubs across Ireland along with parents and coaches have descended on the wonderful facilities at UL Arena to compete in Swim Ireland’s Irish Age Groups Division II 2015. With a hectic programme in store across four days of action  The first day of competition saw swimmers compete in the distance events of 1,500m and 800m Freestyle. Sundays Well’s Kitty Irwin won the first event of the evening taking Gold in the Girls 10 and under 800m Freestyle [...]

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Ireland 6th in European Final in Irish Record; Reid Sets Butterfly Record

A final, two semi-finals, two Irish Junior Records and a World Junior Championships qualification saw Ireland’s swimmers complete their best day so far at the Baku Aquatics Centre on day three of competition at the European Games in Azerbaijan. Ireland’s quartet of Danielle Hill, Mona McSharry, Emma Reid and Rachel Bethel qualified for the 4x100m Medley Relay in 8th place this morning in a time of 4:19.56. However, they put in a stellar performance in tonight’s Final to set a [...]

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