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Ellen Keane Wins Bronze to bring Ireland’s Medal Tally to Five in Canada

Ellen Keane has brought Ireland’s medal tally to five at the Paralympic Swimming World Championship in Canada following a fantastic swim in the 100m Breaststroke SB8 Final to claim Bronze. Keane, who has been swimming competitively since the age of 13 picked up her first major medal on day four of the Championships meaning Ireland have won medals on every day of competition in Montreal so far. Swimming in Lane 5 the 18 year old had a great start turning [...]

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Firth Wins 100m Backstroke Silver

Bethany Firth has picked up her second Silver medal on day three of the Paralympic Swimming World Championships in Montreal, Canada. Firth, who won Silver in the 200m Freestyle on Monday claimed her second medal in the Final of the 100m Backstroke S14 touching in 1:07.41. 17 year old Firth from Seaforde County Down is the current Paralympic Champion in the event but was beaten to the World Championship title by Marlou van der Kirk of the Netherlands who swam [...]

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Scully Takes Bronze at Paralympic Swimming World Championships

13th August 2013 The medal count continued to rise for Ireland in Montreal Canada today, with James Scully winning Bronze at the Paralympic Swimming World Championships. Scully picked up his first ever International medal in the Final of the 200m Freestyle S6 with a swim of 2 minutes and 58 seconds. He went into the Final in the Bronze medal position in a time of 3:00.17 following this morning heats, the 19 year old then improved this time and maintained [...]

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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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