Newsletter #11
Vol. 2019

Welcome to the December edition of the Swim Ireland Newsletter. There's lots to catch up on this month with many events happening across the disciplines; In conjunction with Swim Ireland, the NAC hosted both the Celtic Masters Championships and the Irish Open Diving Championships, the U19 Water Polo Cup took place in UL Sport and in Open Water 6 inductees were announced into the 2020 Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

We have exciting news on our Women in Sport Coach Mentor Programme; we announce details of the 2020 Annual Club Days and a date has been set for the launch of the 2020 Swim for a Mile Challenge!

In December we look forward to the European and Irish Short Course Swimming Championships, with our biggest ever international team competing in Glasgow this week! Our Christmas Cracker Gala takes place on December 8th and we are delighted this year to open our Christmas Shop with lots of stocking fillers for sale.

Read on to find out more!

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European SC Championships
National Relay Teams

Clubs And Community
Swim Ireland X-Mas Shop
Women in Sport Coach/Mentor Programme
2020 Club Days
Swim for a Mile 2020

Irish Open Diving Championships

Open Water
Inductions into 2020 Hall of Fame Announced

Water Polo
U19 Irish Cup
U13 National Teams Selection

Youth Development
Vetting Information





Best of luck to our team of 19 swimmers who will compete at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow from December 4th - 8th!

You can follow all of the action LIVE on the RTE Player or by following our social media channels across the five days of action.

With the 2019 Irish National SC Championships almost upon us (12th - 15th December at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin), both senior and junior National relay teams will perform in exhibition swims during the finals sessions across each of the four days.

Each Olympic relay will be put under the microscope across the four finals sessions, with some longstanding Irish National Records up for grabs, as many of these National Team relays have not been contested in a 25m pool for many years, with one such National record still standing from 1991.

Team lists and further information are available

Swim Ireland Christmas Gift Shop is now Open!! Click HERE and search “Christmas” in Events and Courses.

Swim Ireland shop will be open during the following dates:
Christmas Cracker Gala Sunday 8th December 10am-3pm
Irish SC Nationals Thursday 12th -  Sunday 15th December 8am-11am daily
Shop is located in the spectators area of the competition pool underneath the scoreboard.
WIS Coaching & Mentoring Programme
The Women in Sport (WIS) Coaching & Mentoring Programme launched by Swim Ireland in 2018, funded by Sport Ireland aims to address the lack of female coaching across Irish aquatics. Since its launch, 44 candidates have completed coaching qualifications (level 1 and 2) across a number of disciplines.
For the upcoming year, we have identified several coaching courses across Ireland, where WIS spaces will be available. Each course involves a blend of online training and classroom / pool elements. Spaces are distributed via an application process, with successful candidates receiving a discounted course fee and post course mentorship. Find out more information about these upcoming courses and application here!

The annual Club Days for 2020 are now open for bookings to all club committee members, coaches and volunteers.
This year we will be holding 5 club days around the country from January-March with three interactive workshops planned in the following:
  • Fundraising and Grants
  • Club Meetings
  • Annual Planning
Attendance is free, with 2 CPD points available to coaches.
Book your place HERE now 

National Centre Dublin athlete, World University Games Gold Medalist, European SC & World SC Bronze Medalist, Ten Time Irish Record Holder and Rio Olympian Shane Ryan hosts a Master Class on Starts and Turns at the NAC on Sunday 15th December! 

Full information available HERE.

It’s that time of year again - Swim For a Mile (SFAM) is returning for another year, to get people across Ireland back into the water! The 12-week training programme written by Swim Ireland, enables adults and children (from 12 years old) who can swim a little, to swim a mile!

The challenge commences at the end of January 2020 with registration opening December 10th 2019 via
Swimmers can choose to follow the programme on their own or join in on one of our SFAM training groups at a participating pool. At the end of the 12 weeks, participants have the chance to complete a timed mile (or half mile) in an official Swim For A Mile challenge event.

Not interested in participating yourself? SFAM can also work as a club fundraiser, university event, TY students and learn to swim school groups! Contact Bethany via for further information.

Swim Ireland’s 2019 Irish Open Diving Championships took place at the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th November with 200 divers from Ireland, the UK, Europe and the US competing.

With preparation continuing for Ireland’s Performance divers ahead of qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games at the Diving World Cup in April, Oliver Dingley, Clare Cryan, Tanya Watson and Ciara McGing all put in impressive performances. Shamrock DC and Diving Academy Norther Ireland divers were also in great form picking up a number of medals.

Further information and full competition results are available

Congratulations to the six nominees announced this week for the Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.   

Conor Gunn (Swimmer) 
Owen O’Keefe (Swimmer)
Colm O’Neill (Swimmer) 
Fergal Somerville (Swimmer) 
Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim (Organisation) 
Imelda Lynch (Crew) 

More complete biographies for these and previous Honourees can be found HERE

The Induction Ceremony will be held on 29th February in Kinsale, Co. Cork in conjunction with the ILDSA Awards – register for the lunch/ceremony for 10 Euro HERE.

There was a great weekend of Water Polo at the Under 19 National Cup which took place in UL Sport from the 22nd – 24th November. Fourteen teams, eight boys and six girls, travelled to Munster to take part in the first National Cup of the 2019/2020 season. St Vincent's girls took the crown beating Diamonds WPC in the final 12-6. This was closely followed by a very tight encounter between Corrib WPC and Drogheda WPC in the boy’s final which saw the Galway men coming out on top beating the wee county natives 3-2, to win the cup for only the fourth time in the club’s history. The National Water Polo Committee would like to extend its thanks to our officials, team staff, athletes and parents as well as all the staff in UL Sport as without their support none of this would be possible.

Congratulations to the Ireland Water Polo U14 Girls who won silver at the Inter Regionals in Walsall at the weekend after a penalty shoot out in the final. Well done girls on a brilliant weekend.

Girls Team Erin Branigan, Bangor Barracudas, Shauna Kenny, St Vincents WPC, Aoife Nash, Tribes WPC, Lucy Boyle, North Dublin, Aoife Bundschu, Tribes WPC, Scarlett Urry, Bangor Barracudas, Cait Crosbie, Clonard WPC, Ella Langhave, Clontarf SC, Siobhan McGurk, Diamonds WPC, Lucy Kelly, St Vincents WPC, Aine Hennessy, St Vincents WPC, Lily Crudden, Tribes WPC, Rachel Corcoran, Tribes WPC

Next up the U13 Boys National Team will compete in Walsall from 6th - 8th December. Congratulations to all players who have been selected for the travelling team.

Boys Team Paschal Ayres, St Vincents WPC, Ross Brennan, North Dublin, Fionn Byrne, St Vincents WPC, Sean Clarke, Corrib WPC, Cormac Creagh, Cú Chulainn, Padraig Cunningham Smyth, Corrib WPC, Cian Donohoe, Corrib WPC, Thomas Francis,St Vincents WPC, Enda McGurk, Cathal Brugha, Peter Murchan, Cathal Brugha, Ethan Noonan, St Vincents WPC, Charlie O'Kane, Cathal Brugha, Colm Shaughnessy, Corrib WPC
Two pieces of information regarding vetting applications:
1.Vetting applications and Christmas To ensure vetting applications are processed prior to our Christmas break please ensure any application form is with us by 17th December.  This applies to both National Vetting Bureau applications sent to Swim Ireland, ISHQ, Blanchardstown and Access NI applications sent to Swim Ulster, Bangor Aurora, Bangor.

2. Important change to identification documents for vetting We have been advised that the Public Services Card (Ireland) as a means of identification for vetting purposes is no longer being accepted by Access NI or the National Vetting Bureau.  We have withdrawn the Public Services Card (Ireland) from the list of acceptable ID on our vetting application forms.  
Applications we receive from now onwards using the Public Services Card (Ireland) for identification will have to be returned to the applicant for an alternative identification.     
New NVB application form
New Access NI application form here
As a reminder: Applicants aged 16/17 years old requires parent/carer consent
If you have any queries or questions about vetting please contact or your Club Support Officer.  

Upcoming Events

LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships, Glasgow, Scotland, 4th - 8th December
Christmas Cracker Gala, NAC, Dublin, 8th December
Irish Short Course Championships, NAC, Dublin, 12th - 15th December

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