February 24, 2021

We are delighted to now reveal the full line-up of presenters for Swim Ireland's Smartest Family, which begins on Friday, February 26!

Hosting the qualifying rounds for Connacht and Leinster will be Ireland's 800m and 1500m National Record-Holder, Grainne Murphy, an Olympian from County Wexford, who is also Swim Ireland's Get Ireland Swimming National Co-ordinator.

And her partner in crime will be Connacht stalwart Mary Dunne, winner of the ‘Outstanding Contribution’ Award at the Federation of Ireland's 2019 Volunteers in Sport Awards, and a proud member of Ballina Dolphins Swimming Club's committee.

On Saturday night, Munster and Ulster will be in the hot-seat, and sharing the microphone will be two of our High Performance team's finest!

Hailing from Lisburn, National Centre Dublin assistant coach Bethany Carson will no doubt be rooting for all the Ulster clubs, alongside Tokyo 2020 hopeful Brendan Hyland, a true Dub, with enough wit to entertain the wisdom out of anyone!

There is still time to register your family to play Swim Ireland's Smartest Family. Entries cost only €10 and our top prize, won by the winner of the Grand Final, is €1,000 to spend at Center Parcs Ireland.

Get ready for some banter, brainteasers and plenty of craic as our hosts lead you through the rounds of our Regional Qualifiers, and crown the champions of Connacht, Ulster, Leinster and Munster!

How does it work?

Regional qualifiers will take place on 26th and 27th February.

The top 10 families in each region will go through to the Swim Ireland Smartest Family National Final on Friday 5th March @ 7pm, which will be streamed live on Swim Ireland's YouTube Channel.

So even if you don’t make it through you can cheer on your club and region!

The entry fee is €10 per family, with all funds going towards some exciting prizes, including spot prizes at each of the regional qualifiers.

So even if you don’t win, you’re still in with a chance of a great prize!

There is a limit of only 200 families per region so don’t delay in getting signed up. Just sign up under one family member HERE - we will capture your family info during registration.

Each quiz will run for a maximum of 60 minutes with 30 questions, to suit an audience of mixed ages, i.e., cartoon characters, social media personalities and current affairs.

Regional Qualifiers


  • 1st place - €1,000 Center Parcs voucher
  • 2nd place - €500 Swimkit voucher and Swim Kapes
  • 3rd place - €250 Tayto Park Voucher

Spot prizes on each of the regional quiz nights

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

  • This is an ALL ages family quiz, at least one member of your team must be under 18 years of age.
  • At least one member of team must be a Swim Ireland club member.
  • There is no minimum or maximum limit to the number of team members per family, but you must be living in the same household.
  • When entering you will be asked to set a team name, this should be your family name combined with club name (i.e., NolanAsgardSC) as this will be displayed on screen during quiz and used to confirm Regional qualifiers.
  • The event will be hosted on Swim Ireland’s Zoom Platform.
  • The National Final will be live streamed on Swim Ireland YouTube Channel. By entering this competition, you are giving permission for your team to be filmed and/or photographed for the event described above. Any photographs and/or part of the video may be used in accordance with the Swim Ireland Filming and Photography Policy.
  • Results of each Regional Qualifier and National Final will be published on Swim Ireland website and social media pages. Participants will be identified by their family name and club.
  • Participating teams will be required to have a webcam turned on for the duration of the quiz.
  • Teams must sign in at least 5 minutes prior to the quiz start time, no latecomers will be permitted.
  • Each question will have a 20 second time limit for teams to answer, you gain more points for a quicker response.
  • In the event that regional qualifiers are unable to attend the National Final they will forfeit their place and teams from that region placed 11th onwards will be offered their place in the final.
  • Any form of cheating is not permitted, included but not limited to googling answers, phoning friends, asking the audience etc. Any team or team member found to have cheated will lead to the team being excluded and any prizes forfeited.
  • The use of bad language is not permitted verbally or in writing.
  • Quiz Master’s decision is final.
  • Swim Ireland staff and their immediate families are not permitted to take part in this competition.
  • Prizes are subject to change without prior notice. Any change to prizes will be of a similar value and type.
  • There will be no refunds of entry fees.