January 25, 2021

Swim Ireland and Swim Ulster have together decided to postpone the McCullagh International that was due to be held in Bangor Aurora in late February.

This decision was not taken lightly, but given the current environment that we find ourselves in, we feel that we could not run this event as we would wish.

This is unfortunate for all swimmers that were hoping to take part, but everyone’s health and safety is paramount to both Swim Ireland and Swim Ulster.

However, we do hope to run this competition in some format in the last quarter of 2021 - if an appropriate environment is in place at that time.

We thank you all for your continued support around our pool competitions and will always update you as soon as we are in a position to do so.


About McCullagh International

The McCullagh International is an international pool swimming competition, which is traditionally the first major pool event of the year on the island of Ireland. In 2020 the event attracted Ireland's best, as well as the likes of World Champion Adam Peaty, due to a change in format.

The format went against tradition by running finals in the morning and heats in the evening, a format which is set to be adopted at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.

Hopefully the McCullagh International will return soon and continue to innovate, entertain and excite.

Find out more about Swim Ireland Competitions.