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Ian Daly Swim A Mile With A Smile 2016 – 16th/17th April 2016

Ian Daly Swim A Mile With A Smile

Some of last years swimmers of the Ian Daly Swim A Mile With A Smile event at the NAC

The Ian Daly Swim A Mile With A Smile will take place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of April at the National Aquactics centre in Blanchardstown from 11am till 3pm each day. As some of you may already be aware, this is a charity swim in memory of Ian Daly by his parents Brian and Laura in aid of Barretstown Camp and Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin.

You can read more about the event below:


Recently cheques for €34,200 were presented to Barretstown camp and Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin by Brian & Laura Daly. The funds raised were the result of their annual ‘Ian Daly Swim A Mile With A Smile’. 2015 was the 12th year of the swim and as a result of the funds raised this year the swim has reached a significant milestone. In the 12 years since the charity swim was started the event has raised over €500,000. These funds have been divided equally between Barretstown and Crumlin Children’s Hospital and has allowed them to maintain their services for seriously ill children.

The sponsored swim was started by Brian and Laura Daly in memory of their son, Ian, who died in 2003, aged 11, as a result of a particularly aggressive brain tumor. Ian was diagnosed in January 2002, when he was nine years old and was treated in Crumlin hospital. He received great care there and over the next 15 months he gradually grew stronger and was even able to return to school briefly. Sadly Ian died on the 24th July 2003.

Ian was a very enthusiastic swimmer and a member of the Viking swimming club in Palmerstown, Dublin. While in remission from his cancer Ian had the idea to hold a sponsored swim to raise funds for other sick children. Ian wanted to start the swim himself but sadly Ian relapsed before the event took place. However the club ran the event on his behalf in early Summer 2003. The swim was a fantastic success and Ian was very proud that his idea was such a great success.

On July 24th that year Laura & Brian and their family were devastated after the death of their young son, Ian, who had fought so courageously to overcome his illness. To honour his memory and keep his name alive they wanted to create an event that would allow people remember him. As the sponsored swim was Ian’s idea they felt it would be fitting to continue the swim theme. They wanted the event to reflect the challenge Ian and other seriously ill children face and how they do this [for the most part] with a smile on their face. So they decided to challenge swimmers to be sponsored to swim a mile, either on their own or as part of a group. Hence they called the swim the ‘Ian Daly Swim A Mile With A Smile’.

In April of each year the swim takes place in the National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown. They have proved to be great hosts each year. However a lot of swimmers around Ireland also complete the swim in their local pool. Some schools have also incorporated the swim into their Transition Year programme.

Sadly Ian never made it to Barretstown. However his family attended the Barretstown Bereavement camps. These camps allow bereaved families to meet and talk with each other in a safe environment about what they are going through, how to deal with the journey of grief and how it affects their family. They also take part in some of the usual Barretstown activities which show families that it is okay to smile and not to feel guilty doing that. The camps really helped Ian’s family to learn to live again after his death

We look forward to this year’s event which will take place on Sat / Sun 16th /17th April 2016. More details can be found closer to the date on the event website www.swimamile.ie. If anyone is interested in taking on the challenge and taking part in next year’s event they can email Brian & Laura on info@swimamile.ie. There is also a training plan on the event website to help you build up to the swim.

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