February 06, 2019

Swim Ireland are delighted to receive confirmation of funding from Sport Ireland for 2019. We are pleased to welcome an overall increase for Swim Ireland in the investment from the government in 2019, the first increase in ten years.

Key NEW Projects for Swim Ireland in 2019

Get Ireland Swimming

  • Develop and implement a Get Ireland Swimming Strategy for Swim Ireland. Continue to roll out our community programmes expanding to different areas across the country.  


  • Continue to support our performance athletes on the Road to Tokyo, aim to qualify a first ever Male Relay and first Female Diver for the Tokyo Games.
  • Appoint Swim Ireland athletes in ambassadorial roles to support our wider membership and programmes. The athletes will be appointed in ambassadorial roles that will cover Membership Initiatives, Community Programmes, Youth Development, Performance and Education.


  • Create a series of online club and athlete support modules together with Leaving Certificate support resources. We would also seek to pilot a partnership with some of the wider sporting community (NGBs & LSPs) to provide them with access to our on-line resources.

The publication of the National Sports Policy in 2018 was significant for the sports sector and has opened the way for increased and strategic investment over the period of the policy. It is clear from today’s announcement that government is already fulfilling some of the priorities outlined in the plan.

For the first time the funding process for 2019 was completed in December 2018 and we were formally notified of the investment being received in December (usually February), this made for a much easier planning process across the organisation for 2019.

Carding, and high-performance funding of €774,000 has been awarded for 2019 and 2020. This provides greater certainty up to Tokyo 2020 and is a major step towards multi annual funding.    

Swim Ireland would like to thank Sport Ireland, Minister Shane Ross and Minister Brendan Griffin for their continued support. 

Full Sport Ireland investment in Swim Ireland for 2019:

Core: €910,000 (€827,000 2018)

Performance: €630,000 (€560,000 2018)

Carding:  €144,000

Dormant Accounts Funding: €100,000

Get Ireland Swimming and Women in Sport Funding for 2019 are TBC.

Total Sport Ireland Allocation to Swim Ireland: €1,784,000


The full Sport Ireland Announcement is available HERE.