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Irish Team Selected for Celtic Tri Nations

Swim Ireland are pleased to announce the Irish Team selected for the Celtic Tri Nations 2013. Selection was made by the National Performance Director, Peter Banks. The selection criteria has been based on the fastest swimmer in each Olympic event available for selection from the period of July 1st 2012 to March 1st 2013. Each nation can have a maximum of 10 male and 10 female representatives. In the case where the fastest swimmer was unavailable to accept their place [...]

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GB Under 19′s join Cathal Brugha at training camp

Jérôme Read brought his Great Britain U19 Team to town last weekend to join Cathal Brugha in an intensive training camp which was based at three local venues, Bangor Aurora, Lagan Valley LeisurePlex and Falls Leisure Centre.  Over three days Brughas senior players were exposed to strenuous training drills and tactical analysis led by the Great Britain Head Coach Jérôme Read, who has also been acting as Cathal Brugha Water Polo consultant since the beginning of this season. The Great Britain [...]

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Swim Ireland host American Swimming Coaches in Dublin

There is a real buzz in the Irish swimming coaching fraternity this week as Swim Ireland finish the last minute preparations for their new venture and partnership with the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA).  This project has been in the making for a number of months and is finally kicking off this week starting with a coaching conference in Dublin starting on Friday 5th April and running all day Saturday and Sunday.  The event has been kindly sponsored by FINIS [...]

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Swim Ireland Annual Report

The Swim Ireland AGM and Congress will take place on Saturday 13th April at the Galway Bay Hotel. We are delighted to announce that our main Congress Speaker on the day will be Gerry Duffy of “32 Marathons in 32 Days” fame. A copy of the   is now available to download.  

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Olympic Gold Medallist Gergely Kiss Visits Water Polo Under 14 Cup

Young Water Polo players in Ireland were delighted this month when 3 time Olympic Gold Medallist and World Champion Gergely Kiss from Hungary visited them at the Irish Water Polo Association Under 14 Cup in Galway.  The Hungarian Idol brought along his medals and got into the pool to give the players and spectators some tips. Congratulations to Corrib WPC who were the Gold Medal winners on the day. Under 14 Cup Results Semi – Finals Clontarf 6—9  Drogheda St Vincents 6— [...]

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Minister Ring Announces Irish Sports Council Funding Plans for 2013

An investment package of €33 million for Irish sport in 2013 by the Irish Sports Council has been announced today by Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring. This money includes €19.3 million for National Governing Bodies of sport, €5.1 million for Local Sports Partnerships and €8.6 million for high performance sport. The funding is split across 3 areas including core grant, high performance and women in sport.  In 2013 Swim Ireland has taken a cut across all [...]

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Swim Ireland endorse the Cork Performance Squad based in Brookfield Leisure Centre in Cork City

At a meeting in late February 2013 between Peter Banks, Swim Ireland National Performance Director and Cork Performance Squad organisers and coaches Richard Cassidy, Tom Cross and Deirdre Cunningham, it was agreed that this squad would now work under the Swim Ireland Performance umbrella and henceforth be known as the Swim Ireland-Cork Performance Squad.  This group, which was most recently designated the Cork Regional Performance Squad, was started at Christmas 2011 with the aim of improving the standard of Cork [...]

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Deaf Village Ireland Launches Premises

Deaf Village Ireland (DVI), an all-inclusive state-of-the-art community facility officially opened its doors on Ratoath Road, Cabra yesterday (Monday 04.03.13). DVI aims to facilitate and support members of the Deaf community nationally to encourage inclusivity and the local community and communication between the two groups. This is aided by the bi-lingual approach taken, whereby Irish Sign Language (ISL) and spoken English are the two primary languages present and both are used constantly. At 11.30, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, [...]

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CEO Addresses European Sports Conference

Swim Ireland’s Chief Executive Officer Sarah Keane was yesterday (7th March) a guest speaker at a European Sports Conference, hosted by Ireland as part of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Conference, which was held in Dublin Castle was attended by representaives from all over Europe and Ireland and included speakers such as Minister Michael Ring, Derek McGrath, CEO of the European Rugby Cup, Prof Stefan Szymanski, Professor of Sports Management at the University of [...]

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9th Place finish for Chris Bryan in Israel

Chris Bryan has finished 9th at his first Open Water Competition of 2013.  The Swim Ireland Limerick Performance Centre swimmer travelled to Eilat, Israel last week with new coach Lars Humer for the 3rd leg of the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup Series. Germany’s Christian Reichert was the winner on the day in 1:53.29, he beat off teammate Thomas Lurz (1:53.34) and USA’s Alexander Meyer (1:53.36) to claim Gold. Frenchman Romain Beraud (1:53.58) who had won the first two legs of [...]

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