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Swim Ireland and The Walt Disney Company have come together to offer Swim Ireland members the chance to see Disney Pixar’s FINDING DORY before it opens in cinemas!

Finding Dory is the long awaited sequel to the much loved Finding Nemo and it reunites everyone’s favourite forgetful blue tang Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past.  It’s been thirteen years since Finding Nemo and in that time Michael Phelps has won 22 Olympic Medals! To celebrate swimming and the release of Finding Dory, The Walt Disney Company and Swim Ireland are offering one lucky club the opportunity to win for [...]

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Olympic Council announce Swimming & Diving selections for Rio Games

With just 50 days to go to the start of Rio 2016, the Olympic Council of Ireland today announced the Swim Ireland athletes that will represent Ireland at the Games. Fiona Doyle, Shane Ryan and Nicholas Quinn will represent Ireland in Swimming while Oliver Dingley will be Ireland’s sole competitor in Diving, all four are first time Olympians. Fiona Doyle reached the FINA A Qualifying Standard for the Games when she won Bronze in the 100m Breaststroke at the World [...]

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Chris Bryan Seeks Olympic Qualification

Ireland’s Chris Bryan will have his only opportunity to qualify for the Olympic Games this Sunday as he takes to the water in Portugal for the Marathon Swimming Olympic Qualification event. There are 71 male athletes from 43 countries entered into the 10 kilometre event at Sado Bay, Setubal. Twelve swimmers have already qualified for marathon swimming at the Games through placings at the World Championships in Kazan in 2015. There are a further 14 places available this weekend with [...]

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International Challenge at the 25th Anniversary 2016 Lough Erne Swim

The Lough Erne Swim Championship turns 25 on the  29th July this year with an international roster of swimmers challenging for the title. Coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of the organising body, the International Long Distance Swimming Association (IDLSA), 2016 marks a double celebration of excellence and international records. In 2016 Anna-Carin Nordin, from Sweden, the first woman to complete the Oceans 7 challenge will be taking on the 25km distance. Colleen Blair from Scotland who holds the record for completing [...]

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Paralympics Ireland marks 100 Days to Rio with launch of new App

Paralympics Ireland today marked 100 days to the Paralympic Games in Rio this September with the unveiling of their brand new app. The app, which comes just three months after the launch of their highly-acclaimed ‘More Than Sport’ marketing campaign, will allow sports lovers across the globe to follow the progress of the Irish Paralympic team on the road to Rio. Sports fan will receive notifications of medal wins live from the sidelines in Brazil, along with interviews and snippets [...]

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Sarah Keane Speaks at Federation of Irish Sport Conference

Swim Ireland CEO Sarah Keane, President of the Olympic Council of Ireland Pat Hickey, Dublin Senior Football Manager Jim Gavin, Director of the Irish Institute of Sport Gary Keegan and Director of Human Resources at the Irish Defence Forces Training Camp Lt. Col. Mark Prendergast all spoke at the Federation of Irish Sport Conference on Thursday last week. The FIS Annual Conference – the only of its kind in Ireland – brought together NGBs and LSPs, along with leaders in government and business, to share ideas, [...]

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Irish masters bring 25 medals home from European Championships

Over five long days in the London Aquatic Centre over 130 Irish swimmers and 1 diver took the water and between them racked up a total of 24 medals and 31 Irish records.  For many this was their first experience of international competition, a baptism of fire for them as it was the biggest entry of recent European Masters Championships with over 10,000 competitors.  There was some criticism of the management of the event in the opening days but steps [...]

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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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