Newsletter #11
Vol. 2018

Welcome to the November edition of the Swim Ireland Newsletter.

It's been yet another historic month for Swim Ireland as we celebrated 125 years of the organisation and Clare Cryan won a first ever international Diving medal.

Our awards were a huge success celebrating a fantastic year of swimming, diving and water polo while recognising those that work behind the scenes as well. We were also delighted to welcome new Swim Ireland President Declan Harte and thank past President Maggie Purcell for her hard work and dedication to the role throughout the past year.

In water polo, St. Vincent's completed the U19 Cup double while our Masters swimmers impressed at the Celtic Masters at the NAC.

We're looking forward to an exciting month in December as the year comes to a close with Irish SC Nationals, World SC Championships and our famous Christmas Cracker Gala coming up soon!

Click through to read about all of this and more.

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Clare Cryan Wins a First International Diving Medal for Ireland
Clubs And Community
Swim Ireland Awards
Swim for a Mile 2019

Water Polo
Vincent's Complete U19 Cup Double
Celtic Masters
Team Depart for World SC Championships
Development and Trainability Squads
Ireland Active Conference
Swim Ireland Swim Schools
Upcoming Courses

Youth Development
Club Youth Awards
Upcoming Events

A message from new Swim Ireland President Declan Harte
It is a great honour to be elected your President and it will be my privilege to serve all our members for the coming year to the best of my ability. Swimming, as we all know has multiple health benefits and is a cradle to grave sport. I have been involved from a young age, in club swimming, water-polo, lifesaving, masters and sea swimming and train and compete regularly to this day. I also currently coach my club, NAC Masters, and the Garda Swimming Club.

My role as your ambassador will be to spread the word to “Get Ireland Swimming”, to increase our membership base and I have a particular interest in trying to keep our young swimmers in the sport. I would like to be a President for all the aquatic disciplines. If you would like me to attend an event please contact Carmel Tooher, with a reasonable bit of notice and I will do my best to oblige. I am quite happy to travel the length and breadth of our island either by bus/train/car/motorbike and I hope to meet as many of you as possible during the year.
New Swim Ireland E-Mails
Please note that Swim Ireland e-mail addresses have now changed from roles to staff names e.g. an e-mail that was previously now goes by Membership Adminstrator Sarah Kelly's name - A full list of staff e-mails are available HERE.

Ireland's Clare Cryan won a first ever international diving medal for Ireland at the FINA Grand Prix in Singapore in November. A superb performance from Clare saw her progress easily from prelims into the semi-final and then from the semi-final to the final where the 24-year-old won SILVER in a fantastic PB breaking 300 points for the first time in 300.75!

2018 Swim Ireland Awards
The 2018 Swim Ireland Awards took place at the Falls Hotel Ennistymon on Saturday last 24th November. We were delighted to celebrate 125 years of Irish swimming at the awards, recognising athletes, clubs, coaches and volunteers. We inducted 6 deserving individuals into our Hall of Fame and our President, Maggie Purcell, passed over the chain of office to incoming President Declan Harte. Check out the full list of award winneres HERE, photos are available HERE.
The Swim for a Mile (SFAM) Challenge returns to pools across Ireland for 2019! The 2018 event ran as our biggest challenge to date, with 30 events and 37 SFAM training pools. This year is set to be another great challenge!

Registrations open in mid-December, with an early bird rate of €25 lasting until the new year. The 2019 training programme will run for 12 weeks, commencing January 7th across all our SFAM pools! The event is open to those aged 12 years and over, that can swim two lengths of a 25m pool comfortably. The programme starts with basic swimming techniques and concepts, slowly building along with your confidence, to bring you to the mile come April!
Sign–up and registration is done via, once signed up you will be able to download your FREE weekly training programme from January 7th.

After sign-up you can register for the timed event in a pool near you! Once registered for an event you will have access to expert led technique clinics, which take place in January, February and March, helping you prepare for the mile!

Check out the NAC’s SFAM Event from last year!
If you have any questions about the challenge, please contact:
Bethany on or +353 16872110
Congratulations to St Vincent's Water Polo Club who completed an U19 Cup Double as both the Ladies and Men won Gold at the tournament in UL Sport on November 25th.

Semi-Final & Final Results: 
Girls SF1 Tribes 7-6 Diamonds
Girls SF2 St Vincents 16-8 Clontarf
Boys SF1 Clonard 6-9 Drogheda
Boys SF2 Corrib 9-9 (11-13 after pens) St Vincents
Girls Final  Tribes 2-8 St Vincents
Boys Final  Drogheda 6-6 (6-9 after pens) St Vincents

The Celtic Masters Short Course Championships took place at the National Aquatic Centre on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November.  The event is hosted annually by Aer Lingus Masters and NAC Masters.  This year the competition was split over two days, allowing for an increased number of events with over 250 swimmers from Ireland, the UK and Europe competing.

One of the highlights of the weekend was a European Record for Elizabeth Cosgrave, Trojan SC in the 50m Backstroke (60-64 years).  There were 29 individual Irish records set with Charlotte Reid, Aer Lingus Masters (35-39); Adrian O Connor, New Ross (45-49); Norma Cahill, Ennis (50-54); Elizabeth Cosgrave Trojan (60-64) and Kieran Kelleher Sandycove Island (70-74) each setting multiple records.  In the relay events there were 10 records set, with Kilkenny SC dominating the 120+ Age Group, setting 6 records.

Kilkenny SC were crowned Best Irish Club while Guildford City were Best Overseas Club.
Swim Ireland president Maggie Purcell was in attendance on Sunday to present tokens of recognition to swimmers who won medals at the European Masters Championships, held in Slovenia, September 2018.  Aer Lingus Masters swimmers Peter Conway, Vivian Mongey, Dymphna Morris, Agnieszcka Wysocka and Charlotte Reid, along with Liz Cosgrave (Trojan SC), John Cunningham (Limerick Masters) and Marie Keane (Comans SC) were each presented with personalised Swimkit swimming bags.

Swim Ireland Masters committee chairman Harry Harbison launched the Masters Strategic Plan 2018-2022 with copies available for all swimmers at the event.

World SC Championships

The 2018 World SC Championships take place in Hangzhou, China from 11th - 16th December. Ireland will be represented by a team of five athletes including European Bronze medalist Shane Ryan, World Youth Olympic Games medalist Niamh Coyne and Irish record holders Brendan Hyland, Conor Ferguson and Darragh Greene.

Make sure to follow us on social media @swimireland for updates across the five days of competition.
National Centre (Dublin) Development Pathway Squad
Led and delivered by international coach Mark Lappin, Leinster’s Regional Pathway Development Coach, sessions will be available in long course format at the National Aquatic Centre each Thursday morning from 0530 – 0730 (from Thursday 10th January 2019). 
National Centre (Limerick) Trainability Squad
Led and delivered NCL Development Pathway Coach Mark Fellner, sessions will be available in long course format at the UL Arena each Thursday morning from 0530 – 0730 (from Thursday 10th January 2019) (Saturday session FULL)

Primarily focused on technical development, kicking and aerobic capacity development, Mark Lapin and Mark Fellner will bring their extensive coaching knowledge to any athlete who wishes to sign up to the programme as a beneficial supplement to the coaching they receive within their home programmes.

Registration is now open for the above squads for January to June 2019. Further information on the squad, and details of how to book can be found
HERE for Dublin and HERE for Limerick.

National Centre (Limerick) Backstroke Skills Clinic

The Backstroke edition of the National Centre (Limerick) Stroke and Skills Clinics will take place on Saturday 22nd December. Further information can be found HERE 
Ireland Active Conference 2018
Swim Ireland Education were delighted to attend the Ireland Active Conference, held at Druid’s Glen in County Wicklow on 16th November.  We enjoyed speaking to operators from across the country and showing off our new Mermaid and Shark tails (Monofins) and giving a demo of our Blended Level 1 and Level 2 Teaching courses.

To find out how to book onto a Monofin or Blended course, please contact the Education Team on +353 1625 1200.
Become a Swim Ireland affiliated Swim School
Partner with us and you will receive;
  • Complete Learn to Swim Framework from age 3 upwards
  • CPD Year 1: Learn to Swim Programme (6 hours)
  • Support from Swim Ireland to implement the programme and increase capacity
  • Choice of CPD for each subsequent year for all teachers
  • Passports and stickers for all swimmers (based on number of swimmers in programme)
  • Branded pop up banner or outdoor banner for facility/club
  • Access to branded flyers and posters to edit and print
  • Quality Assurance visits
  • Support with teacher personal development
  • Member rates on education courses for all teachers
  •  €500 off the cost of Swim Ireland Tutor Course for eligible candidates
Contact Joni Harding for information on how to run the programme in your club or facility!
T: +353868533129

Education courses currently available for bookings in November and December via GoMembership Events.
We have the following Level 1 running in December and January.
Level 1 Blended Assistant Swimming Teacher
Blended Assistant Swimming Teacher     07-Dec    
              Crystal Sport and Leisure Centre
Blended Assistant Swimming Teacher     11-Jan                   National Aquatic Centre
Level 1 Blended Assistant Swimming Coach
Blended Assistant Swimming Coach         14-Dec 
                Finn Valley Leisure Centre
Blended Assistant Swimming Coach         11-Jan                   National Aquatic Centre
Blended Assistant Swimming Coach         11-Jan                   Ennis Leisure Complex
Level 1 Standard Assistant Swimming Teacher
Standard Assistant Swimming Teacher    04-Jan
                   Shannon Leisure Centre
Standard Assistant Swimming Teacher    18-Jan                   Spin Leisure Centre


Club Youth Awards - Registration OPEN

Encourage your Club to participate in rewarding young people for their EFFORT, being a ROLE MODEL, TEAM WORK and HELPING.
For more information contact

Upcoming Events

Irish Short Course National Championships - 6th - 9th December, Lisburn, Co. Down
World Short Course Championships, 11th - 16th December, Hangzhou, China
Swim for a Mile Launches, 12th December, Nationwide
Christmas Cracker Gala - 16th December, National Aquatic Centre, Dublin


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