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Dingley Wins Bronze at British Diving Cup

Irish divers Oliver Dingley, Jack Ffrench and Natasha MacManus were in action at the British National Diving Cup this past weekend, with Dingley and MacManus in their final preparation stages for the Rio 2016 Olympic qualifier in February. All three divers were in action on Day 1 in the 1m . Dingley was the only Irish diver to make a final but Ffrench came very close finishing in 10th place overall. Dingley went on to claim Bronze in that Final [...]

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How to get half a million more people taking regular exercise

€5.5M ring-fenced for Plan in 2016 Swim Ireland CEO Sarah Keane was in attendance yesterday as the Government launched Ireland’s first ever National Physical Activity Plan which aims to get at least half a million more Irish people taking regular exercise within ten years. The plan was launched in Ballybough Community, Youth & Fitness Centre in Dublin by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Paschal Donohoe, Minister of State for Mental Health, Primary Care and Social Care [...]

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TV Presenter Laura Woods takes the Plunge for the New Year with the Swim for a Mile Challenge

David Wallace switches from the pitch to the pool to take the Swim for a Mile Challenge Laura Woods, TV3 presenter, David Wallace, former Irish international rugby player, Matt Cooper, Today FM’s The Last Word presenter and Melanie Nocher, retired Olympic swimmer were on hand today to launch Swim Ireland’s third ‘Swim for a Mile Challenge.’ Woods, Wallace and Cooper will be taking part in the challenge which involves 12 weeks of training to reach their ultimate goal of swimming [...]

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FINA Meets with USADA & USA Swimming

In its ongoing efforts to promote the integrity of Sport and protect the rights of clean athletes, FINA met today in Lausanne (SUI) with USADA (US Anti-Doping Agency) CEO Travis T. Tygart and Science Director Dr. Matthew Fedoruk, and USA Swimming representative Jim Wood for a very productive discussion on this topic. The agenda included items such as the WADA and FINA protocols on anti-doping programmes, communication with National Federations and Athletes, strategies on Athlete Biological Passport, and specific testing [...]

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

The Swim Ireland Offices will close on Wed 23rd December and reopen on Monday 4th January. In the event of an emergency, please text or call 086-8560672 or 086-0247766 and leave a message. We wish all our members and their families a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year

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Fiona Doyle named Sportswomen.ie Sportswoman of the Year

With the Irish Times and RTE running their sports awards over the weekend, sportswomen.ie ran it’s own poll amongst it’s followers to see who their Irish Sports Woman of the Year 2015 was. With a list of 32 athletes  and with an option to chose your own, there were another 50 names added to the hat, even Conor McGregor got a mention ! It was turning into a four horse race between early leader Lauren Bradshaw (kickboxing), Jenny Egan (kayaker), [...]

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Sport Ireland Publish Changing the Game

Sport Ireland today published a new book “Changing the Game” which celebrates over a decade of sporting excellence and elite achievement. Its captivating images demonstrate what it really takes to compete at the highest level. Changing the Games showcases some of Ireland’s elite sportswomen who have excelled across a multitude of sports and continue to be an inspiration to young people across the country. The book features Irish swimmers Fiona Doyle, Sycerika McMahon, Grainne Murphy, Antoinette Neamt and Ellen Keane. [...]

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Senior Swimmers Set for Amsterdam Cup

Six of Ireland’s senior swimmers travel to Holland today for the Amsterdam Swim Cup. The Cup is the first Dutch qualifying meet for the Olympic Games in Rio 2016, the best swimmers from the Netherlands will participate alongside over 200 high level international competitors from 16 other countries. Brendan Hyland, Andrew Meegan, Jordan Sloan, Nicholas Quinn, Dan Sweeney and Shane Ryan (representing NAC) will be competing in the long course event from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th December. Brian O’Sullivan [...]

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Irish Junior Records fall at curtain call of Irish Short Course Nationals

After a thrilling first two days to the Championship the final day of competition at Lagan Valley Leisureplex had a lot to live up but certainly didn’t disappoint. A further four Irish records were to tumble over the course of the day. Of those two Irish junior records were set by Gerry Quinn of Longford SC and Mona McSharry of Marlins SC, Ballyshannon. The relay events continued to provide outstanding entertainment as two Irish senior records were broken. The first [...]

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Records Tumble on Day 2 of Irish Championships

Irish swimmers were in record breaking form on the second night of competition at the Irish Short Course Swimming Championships in Lisburn. Danielle Hill and Gerry Quinn broke Irish Junior records, UCD continued their great form with a second club relay record while Ards ladies joined the party with a relay record of their own. Hill was the first record breaker of the day when she won the 200m Backstroke Final. The Larne swimmer knocked seven tenths of a second [...]

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