Newsletter #2
Vol. 2020

Welcome to the February 2020 edition of the Swim Ireland Newsletter! Since we last spoke in January, everything has kicked off!

In this month's Newsletter, the Performance teams continue their build-up to Olympic Trials (April 1-5) with the McCullagh International taking place February 20th - 23rd, while we also hear from the first of 2020's Club Days, the latest on Swim for a Mile and Get Ireland Swimming.

Our disciplines have been busy with great success for our U17 water polo players in Manchester and Sheffield, an International Ice Mile Swim took place in Clontarf while a number of Irish Masters Records fell at home and abroad.

We also have information on upcoming education courses including Blended Level 1 and Level 2 Teaching and Coaching Courses, how your club can get involved in our Learn to Swim and upcoming regional AGMs.

Read on to catch up on all of the latest news.

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2020 Competition Season Kicks Off

McCullagh International - 3 weeks to go!

Clubs And Community
Regional AGMs
Swim for a Mile
New Club - Alsaa Swim Club
Get Ireland Swimming In Schools
New Aqua Fit In Coolock

2020 Club Days

Youth Development

CCO Forums

Water Polo
Brugha & Corrib Claim U17 Cups
Ireland Girls & Boys Take Inter-Regional Cups


Swimming Clubs' Learn to Swim Progamme
Upcoming Level 1/2 Swimming Teacher and Coach Courses

Open Water
8th Eastern Bay Invitational Ice Mile

Records Broken at Home and Abroad

Upcoming Events


Our National Swimming Squads started their 2020 Long Course season at the Challenge International de Geneve and Flanders Cup while our Performance Divers kicked off the 2020 competition season at the British Diving Championships and Eindhoven Cup. Click HERE for updates on a fantastic start to 2020 for the squads. 

There's less than three weeks to go to the McCullagh International in Bangor with a stellar line up of Ireland and Britain's top stars competing. We are delighted to announce that the event will be live streamed through Swim Ireland Youtube, so make sure to follow us HERE so you can watch the four days of competition. More info HERE.
A reminder to all that your Annual General Meetings  will be taking place in the coming weeks. These meetings are a perfect opportunity for members to contribute and have your say in how the Region is being run.  It is also an opportunity to acknowledge and respect the work of the volunteers who put in countless hours on behalf of all clubs in the Region and we would encourage you all to go along and see for yourself the amount of work that is undertaken on your behalf.

There is a lot of work going on (at Regional and National level) that you may not be aware of and this is the perfect opportunity to hear about it. The Connacht meeting is on Wednesday 12 February and the Ulster meeting on Saturday 15 February. Hot on their heels will be Munster (Tuesday 3 March) and  Leinster (Wednesday 4 March). The Water Polo AGM will take place on Saturday 21 March.

Swim For a Mile season is underway with over 1,000 people already booked into a 2020 Event.

We have 29 fantastic event venues confirmed so far for the 2020 Challenge, see event schedule here.

In addition to our event venues, we have a list of super training venues, delivering 12 weeks of coached sessions to help you prepare for the big day! You can see a full list of 2020 training pools here:

Training has kicked off in most participating pools but there is still time to get started! Training with friends can be more fun, and help you stay motivated! See if there is a pool near you and join one of our SFAM training groups!

Last year, raised over €14,000 for Temple Street Children’s University Hospital Foundation. We are continuing to support Temple Street, with 10% of all SFAM registration fees going to the amazing work that they do! 

We also encourage all of our participants to further their fundraising efforts by campaigning themselves. Please share the IDonate link to help even further.
Please give a warm welcome to the Alsaa Swim Club, a new club based at the Alsaa swimming pool in Dublin Airport!

Although young, it benefits from Swim Ireland Level 3 Coach and Tutor Paolo Di Paola, and has a Learn to Swim Programme for younger children. For further information please email: or visit  

Alsaa has already officially entered the Irish swimming scene with 3 swimmers competing in the Leinster Long Course Qualifying Meet in January 2020, two of which qualified for National Division 2.

The Get Ireland Swimming schools Learn to Swim Programme has just started back after a Christmas break, with a huge number of participants taking part across the country.

Through the partnership of Swim Ireland, Ireland Active, Local Sports Partnerships, Primary Schools and local swimming pools this programme, aimed at 3rd and 4th class primary school students, gives children the opportunity to develop the lifelong skill of swimming, while becoming confident in the water.

For more information on getting your school swimming contact Grainne on
Interested in Aqua Fit?
Swim Ireland are delighted to be rolling out an Aqua Fit programme as part of the North East Inner City, Dublin City Sports and Wellbeing Partnership.

This is a 10-week fitness programme, providing Aqua Fit classes for men and women that aim to increase their fitness, while having fun.

Aqua Fit is suitable for non-swimmers and is one of the most effective ways to get fit, lose weight, strengthen muscles and increase flexibility. Classes run on Tuesday afternoons in Coolock from 2-3pm 

Club Days 2020 Underway - There's One Near You Soon
The Clubs and Community team delivered the first of our annual Club Days to 32 volunteers from 16 clubs on Saturday, January 25th. Held at Irish Sport HQ in Dublins, we hosted three workshops:
  1. Fundraising and Grants – How to apply for grants, attract sponsors and innovative fundraising ideas
  2. Club Meetings – How to run an AGM/ EGM and committee meetings
  3. Annual Planning – How to plan. Why plan? Who is involved? 
There are four more Club Days planned in February and March. Book your place HERE now 
  • Saturday, February 15th – Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn
  • Sunday, February 16th – Radisson Hotel, Athlone 
  • Sunday, March 1st – The Hoban Hotel, Kilkenny 
  • Saturday, March 14th – Absolute Hotel, Limerick
Thanks to the following clubs who were represented:
Alsaa SC Cormorant SC Curragh Swim Team
Kells SC Lir SC Mullingar Jets SC
NAC SC NAC Masters Otter SC
Shamrock Diving St. Vincent’s WPC Terenure SC
Titans SC Viking SC Wexford SC
Wicklow SC    
Don’t forget to book your place at the first Club Children's Officer Forums for 2020.  This is a valuable opportunity for you to pick up extra information to help you in your role, plus get to meet other CCOs in your region and your Regional Children’s Officer.  If you have a question, or an idea you would like to see covered at the CCO Forum, please email Kate @
Dates and Venues

Leinster: 10th February at 6.30pm in Irish Sport HQ
Ulster: 11th February at 6.30pm in the Lisburn Island Centre, Lisburn
Connacht: 13th February at 7pm venue: Mac William Park, Claremorris
Munster: 15th February at 10am in the Absolute Hotel, Limerick

Booking available HERE


Does your Swimming Club run a Learn to Swim Programme?

If your Swimming Club runs a Learn to Swim Programme, have you ever thought about implementing the Swim Ireland Learn to Swim Programme? 

Running a Learn to Swim programme is a great opportunity to get children excited about swimming and introduce children to your club. 

With the Swim Ireland Learn to Swim Framework,  you will be given a clear structure and pathway for development that is based on research into the most effective ways of learning to swim.

You will also get passports and stickers for every child in the programme, and annual training for all your teachers.  Your club will receive a CPD in how to deliver the programme, and a CPD each year afterwards included in the price.  You can also benefit from our expert advise on optimising capacity and effective programming, to help with reducing waiting lists and making the most of your programme.

If you want to find out more, contact Joni Harding on +353 86 853 3129 or email:

Leander Swimming Club, The Curragh Swim Club and Infinity Swim Club are just three Swim Ireland Clubs running the Learn To Swim programme.

Education courses currently available for bookings in February and March via GoMembership Events.

We have the following Level 1 & Level 2 courses running in February and March.
Level 1 Blended Assistant Swimming Teacher
Blended Assistant Swimming Teacher    14 – Feb                 Lagan Valley, Lisburn
Blended Assistant Swimming Teacher    18 – Feb                 Coral Leisure, Arklow
Blended Assistant Swimming Teacher    06 – March             Infinity, Newry
Level 2 Blended Swimming Teacher
Blended Swimming Teacher                      14 – Feb              Shannon Leisure Centre
Blended Swimming Teacher                       13 - March          Mayfield Sports Complex
Level 1 Blended Assistant Swimming Coach
Blended Assistant Swimming Coach         28 - Feb               Mayfield Sports Complex
Blended Assistant Swimming Coach         28 – Feb              Coleraine Leisure Centre .
Level 2 Blended Swimming Coach
Blended Swimming Coach                         14 - March           Active Ennis, Ennis 
Blended Swimming Coach                        20 – March           Mayfield Sports Complex

Above: Swim Ireland Tutors Johanna Tilley-Rock and Fran Ronan with Robbie English, who recently completed his Level 1 Assistant Swimming Coach qualification at the The Apex, New Ross.

Left: Tilley-Rock with Eoghan Ashe, who recently completed his Level 1 Assistant Swimming Teacher qualification at The Curragh Swim Club.

Water Polo's new year kicked off with the first cup competition of 2020 and a first outing in the new pool in Lisnasharragh, Belfast. The U17 Cup took place from 17th - 19th January with a total of sixteen teams, eight boys and eight girls, taking part over the three-day tournament.

The Cathal Brugha girls took the crown in their home city beating Diamonds WPC 10-4 in the final. This was closely followed by a very tight encounter in the boys final where Corrib WPC came out on top beating Clontarf SC 10-9. 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 Lisnasharragh as without their support none of this would be possible.
January also saw the first of our International Tournaments for 2020, the U17 Girls Inter-Regional Championships in Manchester, UK. The team travelled from 24th - 26th January, topping their group and were crowned Division One Champions.

The Irish girls won all four of their matches and scored a total of 50 goals on their way to winning the title. Eva Ramsey was the top goal scorer, contributing 16 goals, followed closely by Ellen Loane on 13 goals.

Congratulations to all players and team staff who took part in the event and a special mention to MVP Maria McGuigan and Amelia Urry who won MVG.

Alice Corcoran, Tribes WPC, Scarlett Hewitt, Diamonds WPC, Kate Hynes, St Vincent's WPC, Ellen Loane, Diamonds WPC, Maria McGuigan, Cathal Brugha, Meabh McGurk , Diamonds WPC, Penny Nicholson, Bangor Barracudas, Niamh O’Connor, Cathal Brugha, Eva Ramsey, Cathal Brugha, Anna Reilly, Bangor Barracudas, Oliwia Smialek, Tribes WPC, Ciara Williams, St Vincent's WPC, Amelia Urry, Bangor Barracudas

The final water polo competition of the month saw the U17 Irish National Boys Team travel to Sheffield, UK from 31st January – 2nd February for the Inter-Regional Championships. The boys followed in the footsteps of the U17 Girls the previous week winning all five matches to top the group and run home Division 2 winners beating South West 7-5 in the final.

Congratulations to all our players and team staff who took part in the event and to Philippe Tracey who was Irish MVP, top goal scorer of the tournament and Division 2 MVP.

Hugh Murphy, Clonard,  Eoin Donnelly, Cathal Brugha, Milo Kenny, North Dublin, Caolan Crosbie, Clonard
Jack Magill, Clonard, Angus Cardoso, Clontarf SC, Ethan Hauer, Clontarf SC, Fearghal Creagh, Cú Chulainn, Rhys Commons, Corrib WPC, Philippe Tracey, Clontarf SC, Cal Rohan, North Dublin, Ciaran Dunne, St Vincents WPC, Mark Hanley, North Dublin
Eastern Bay Swim Team hosted the 8th Eastern Bay Invitational (N)Ice Mile last Saturday at the Clontarf Baths in Dublin. 

Some 23 swimmers from Limerick Masters, NAC Masters, Dublin Swimming Club, Sligo Masters, Sandycove Island, Coman's Roscommon, City Of Derry, Atlantic Masters and South End Rowing Club took on the 7C water to swim 40 lengths of the 40 metre pool.

All swimmers were successful, averaging just over 30 minutes or 2 miles per hour. The event also had the largest attendance in its eight years. For more information and the results,
click here.
Our Masters swimmers have set new records in every gala so far in 2020, most notably at the SSE LC Masters in Crawley.

They set no fewer than 10 new Irish Masters Records there, while more fell at home in Monaghan at the Sliabh Beagh Gala.

Next up is the Limerick Masters LC Gala on March 7th, with all eyes already on the European Masters Championships in Budapest in May.

For more of the latest Irish Masters news, you can sign up to the newsletter on or email


Upcoming Events

9th, Irish Minor Schools, NAC, Dublin
15th, Ulster Club Day, Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn
16th, Connacht Club Day, Radisson Hotel, Athlone
20th – 23rd, McCullagh International, Bangor, Co. Down
1st, Leinster Club Day, Hoban Hotel, Kilkenny 
6th-7th, Irish Open LC Masters Championships, UL Sport, Limerick
14th, Munster Club Day, Absolut Hotel, Limerick                           
1st – 5th, Irish Open Swimming Championships, NAC, Dublin
(2020 Olympic & Paralympic Trials)

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