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Ireland Claim Gold and Silver on Day 1 of Paralympic Swimming World Championships

12th August 2013 Darragh McDonald and Bethany Firth were Ireland’s first medal winners on the first day of competition at the Paralympic Swimming World Championships in Montreal Canada today. Wexford’s McDonald blasted the field in the 400m Freestyle S6 Final with a comprehensive win, almost 20 seconds ahead of second place Nelson Crispin of Colombia. The Paralympic Champion and new World Champion led from the 100 metre mark and clocked a time of 5:19.23 to take Gold with Crispin finishing [...]

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McDonald and Firth advance to Finals on Day 1 of Paralympic Swimming World Championships in Canada

12th August 2013 Darragh McDonald and Bethany Firth will both be in Finals action on the first day of competition at the Paralympic Swimming World Championships in Montreal, Canada. McDonald will be first up in the Final of the 400m Freestyle S6; an event he won Gold in at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The 19 year old has the fastest time going into the race of 4:55.56, a personal best from the Games that should he swim again, he [...]

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Irish Swimmers Depart for IPC Swimming World Championships in Canada

9th August 2013 London 2012 Paralympic Gold Medalists Darragh McDonald and Bethany Firth will head up a six strong team of swimmers who will compete at the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) Swimming World Championships at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal, Canada starting on Monday next 12th August and will run to the 19th August. Darragh McDonald will be hoping to defend his 400m Freestyle title which he won in London on the first day of the Championships; the 19 year [...]

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World Police & Fire Games 2013

Bangor Aurora was a hive of activity during the weekend of the 2nd to 4th August, as it hosted the indoor swimming events of the World Police & Fire Games. The international multi-sports event is held every 2 years and is open to serving and retired police, fire, prison and border security officers. The mission of the games is to create community interaction and awareness, educate children on the benefits of sport, and develop camaraderie between members of the emergency [...]

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Barry Murphy Wins Bronze at FINA World Cup in Eindhoven

7th August 2013 Irish swimmer Barry Murphy has won a Bronze Medal at the FINA Swimming World Cup in Eindhoven. 27 year old Murphy, who has just returned from the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, was the third fastest qualifier from this morning heats in a new Irish Record time of 26.54. The Dubliner bettered this time in the Final to secure Bronze and set another Irish Record of 26.40. South Africa’s Roland Schoeman was the Gold medallist in [...]

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Doyle 14th in Breaststroke Semi-Final as World Championships come to a Close

3rd August 2013 Fiona Doyle has finished 14th overall in the 50m Breaststroke semi-final at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona. The 21 year old was unable to better her Irish Record of 30.93 set earlier today, finishing 7th in her heat in 31.52 seconds. Speaking after the event Doyle said “It would have been nice to have snook into the 50 (Breaststroke) final but the last 4 months I’ve taken 1.2 seconds off my 50 Breaststroke, it would have [...]

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Meegan, Hyland & Coulter Smash Irish Records at US Open

31st July 2013 Ireland’s swimmers got off to great start at the US Open in Irvine, California yesterday with three new National  records from the 12 strong team. Brendan Hyland was first up in the 200m Butterfly, his main event. The 18 year old made it out of the morning heats and into the afternoon B final in a time of 1:59.98, just outside his Irish Record of 1:59.92 set at the European Junior Swimming Championships in July 2012. Hyland [...]

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Ireland represented at US Open

Twelve Irish swimmers will represent Ireland at the US Open in Irvine, California, starting today. The 12 strong team includes Irish record holders Shauna O’Brien, Bethany Carson, Curtis Coulter, Michael Dawson, Brendan Hyland and World University Games finalist Andrew Meegan. Competition begins today (Tuesday) an will continue to Saturday 3rd August. Daily reports and updates can be found in the Press section of the Swim Ireland website or through our Facebook and Twitter sites. Results and live streaming can be [...]

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Doyle 11th in World Championship Semi-Final

29th July 2013 Fiona Doyle has finished 11th overall  in the 100m Breaststroke at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Doyle was the 12th fastest qualifier going into the final in a time of 1:07.88 and swam a faster time of 1:07.81 in the semi-final to place 7th but was just off her best time of 1:07.66 which won her a Silver medal at the World University Games earlier this month. “It wasn’t as good as I was [...]

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Irish Swimmers Gear Up for World Championships in Barcelona

26th July 2013 Three of Ireland’s top swimmers are gearing up for the FINA World Swimming Championships  in Barcelona starting this Sunday (28th July). The team of Barry Murphy, Fiona Doyle and Sycerika McMahon are already based in Barcelona ahead of the first day of racing at the Palau Sant Jordi, one of the main venues for the 1992 Olympic Games. Sycerika McMahon will be the first Irish swimmer in action when she takes to the pool on Day 1 [...]

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