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Office Closure

The Swim Ireland Office is closed today, Monday 30th May and will re-open tomorrow, Tuesday 31st May at 9am. Apologies for an inconvenience.

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The Late, Late Show – Masters Medal Tally Moves to 19!

As the sun emerged from behind the clouds on Saturday morning so did the crowds for day 4 of the European Masters Swimming Championships.  Huge numbers turned out to support team mates and loved ones leading to long delays for spectators hoping to see some of the action inside the London Aquatic Centre. 200m backstroke was the first event on the schedule for swimmers, with Liz Cosgrave and Norma Cahill the best of the Irish, both placing 5th in their [...]

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Swim Ireland Announce New High Performance Strategy

Swim Ireland announced at its Annual General Meeting today details of a new framework and structures for their High Performance Programme that will commence post the Rio Olympic Games. The revised framework sets out a vision of a long-term, systemic approach to achieving consistent medal success at Olympic and World level. The framework is centred on the people within the system – athletes, coaches, support staff and administrators – and focuses on developing a culture of personal excellence that builds [...]

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Doyle, Ferguson Collect Athlete of the Year Awards

Olympic Games qualifier Fiona Doyle and Larne’s Conor Ferguson were tonight named Senior & Junior Performance Athletes of the Year at the Swim Ireland Annual Awards at the Titanic Centre, Belfast.  Doyle, who qualified for the Olympic Games in July last year, had an outstanding year in 2015 and won the award based on her performances in particular at the World University Games where she won 50m Breaststroke silver and 100m Breaststroke Bronze, as well as qualifying for the Games. [...]

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Rob Genest adds gold to Irish Masters medal collection

46 swimmers took to the water in the London Aquatics centre for day 3 of the individual events – 200m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 100m breaststroke and 400m freestyle (men only).  LEN and the competition organisers appear to have taken some of the feedback on board from angry and frustrated competitors from the first two days as there was a significant improvement in communication to swimmers though social media and at the facility by day 3. 9 hardy souls, otherwise known [...]

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Irish swimmers add to medal tally and records continue to fall

The Irish contingency doubled in sized on day 2 with over 60 swimmers taking to the water over the course of the day in 3 individual and 1 relay event. It was the turn of the men to take over the Olympic pool this morning in the first event of the day – 200m freestyle.  Rob Genest continued his good form winning silver and claiming another Irish record, all before 10am!  Rob promptly took himself home for a good rest [...]

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4 medals, 1 Irish record but the hunt for gold is still on

Day 1 kicked off with a mixture of nervous anticipation, excitement and a lot of queueing for our Masters swimmers.  200IM and 800m Freestyle took place for both men and women with 30 swimmers taking to the water throughout the course of the day. Mixed performances for swimmers in the first event of the day 200IM, Kieran Kelleher claimed the first medal of the meet with a bronze in the men’s 65-69 age group and a top 10 finish for [...]

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Masters Ready for European Challenge

A large team of 138 swimmers, 1 diver and their many supporters will be a sea of bright green as they take over the London Aquatic Centre for the European Masters Aquatics Championships from Wednesday 25th – Sunday 29th May.  Every region of Ireland and age groups from 25 to 75 will be represented with a strong entry across all events on offer. The Irish are part of a 10,000 strong entry with 25,000 swims schedule across the 5 day [...]

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Ireland 7th with another Irish Record in European Final

Ireland’s 400m Medley Relay Team put in an impressive performance in tonight’s final at the European Championships as they took almost a second off the Irish record they had set in this morning’s heats. The quartet of Olympic Games qualifiers Shane Ryan and Nicholas Quinn with Brendan Hyland and Curtis Coulter had clocked 3:38.40 in the morning heats to progress in 7th place. Faster performances from all four in the final saw them break that record in 3 minutes 37.48 [...]

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Ireland relay through to European final in record time

Ireland will have a team in the 400m Medley Relay European Final tonight as the quartet of Shane Ryan, Nicholas Quinn, Brendan Hyland and Curtis Coulter set a new Irish record to progress in 7th place. A solid start in the Backstroke from Shane Ryan saw the team placed second after the first 100 metres, taking over on the Breaststroke leg Nicholas Quinn swam 1:01.33 to hit 4th at the halfway mark. Brendan Hyland on Butterfly and Curtis Coulter on [...]

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