Newsletter #3
Vol. 2019

Welcome to the April edition of the Swim Ireland Newsletter. We've had a lot going on over the past four weeks but most notably we were delighted with an extremely successful 2019 Irish Open Swimming Championships last week! We hosted our inaugural Baby Swimming Conference and signed up to a new partnership with the Irish Down Syndrome Sport Association. Our Swim Ireland AGM, Irish Senior Water Polo Cup and National Youth Conference are fast approaching. Plus details are now available for our 2019 Performance Coaching and  #WePlay Inspiring Girls in Sport Conferences.

Catch up on all of this month's news by scrolling through or clicking on the links below.


Irish Open Swimming Championships 2019
Performance Coaching Conference

Youth Development
National Youth Conference

Clubs And Community
Swim Ireland AGM
Irish Down Syndrome Sporting Organisation Partnership
Dublin & Limerick Performance Centre Easter Clinics
#WePlay Inspiring Girls in Sport Conference

Water Polo
U17 Girls at EU Nations
U17 Boys Selected for EU Nations

Irish Senior Cups

Ice Swimmers Take Home 13 Medals


Baby Swimming Conference
Upcoming Courses

Open Water
Atlantic Lifeboat Swim

Upcoming Events


Ireland's premier swimming event, the 'Irish Open Swimming Championships' took place last with over 400 swimmers from 68 clubs in action. A hugely successful 5 days saw 7 Championship Records, 6 Irish Senior Records and 3 Irish Junior Records, over 20 consideration times for Summer International Meets and a huge number of lifetime best swims. Congratulations to National Centre Dublibn's Darragh Greene who won 'Swimmer of the Meet' after his record breaking performance in the 200m Breaststroke. You can catch up on each day of action at 

Swim Ireland are pleased to announce our second annual Performance Coaching Conference will take place in Dublin on Friday 17th & Saturday 18th May 2019

Alongside Swim Ireland Performance Team Members Jon Rudd, Ben Higson, John Szaranek and Paul Talty, we have exciting practical and/or lecture hall based workshops from some of the world's leading practitioners, including:

  • Arilson Soares de Silva - World Record breaking coach to Andrii Govorov
  • Steven Tigg - coach of World Champion Duncan Scott
  • Craig Lord - the world most renowned swimming journalist and activist for clean sport
  • Wayne Goldsmith - world leading swimming psychologist from Australia

The full timetable, and some background on each of the speakers can be found HERE

To book a place at the Conference click HERE

We are delighted to announce our National Youth Conference is NOW OPEN for registration. Places are limited to 100 young people age 13+ book early to avoid disappointment. There is a €10 charge and all attendees will receive a t-shirt. Speakers to be announced in the coming week. "Fast Food", "Fearless Speaking" and "Being Well Being" are the workshops on offer :) with other interactive activities on the day too .... This is a great opportunity for our young people to learn new skills, share experiences with your peers and hear keynotes on RESILIENCE and LEADERSHIP from experienced speakers and athletes. Any queries contact

The Swim Ireland Annual General Meeting (AGM) is fast approaching and will be held on Saturday 13th April 2019, in the Campus Conference Centre, Irish Sport HQ. The day begins with registration at 9.30am and while  there is a formal aspect to the day, it is also a great opportunity for members to inform themselves and give their views. After the formal presentation of the Financial Statements and Annual Reports a panel consisting of the CEO, Performance Director, Membership Manager, Director of Education and others will be available to answer any questions. A copy of the Agenda and relevant documentation can be accessed here.
Swim Ireland is delighted to announce that we have recently signed the Irish Down Syndrome Sporting Organisation (IDSSO) as an affiliate member of our organisation. As part of this partnership we will work closely with the IDSSO in the development and promotion of their performance swimming programme. To kick start the partnership we were pleased to host the IDSSO at the Irish Open Swimming Championships. This event gave these swimmers the opportunity to swim in Ireland’s biggest swimming arena, the National Aquatic Centre where 17 swimmers take to the blocks in 11 events. This event marks the beginning of a long-lasting partnership, providing young people with Down Syndrome the opportunity to develop and compete in swimming. We look forward to working with these athletes in the future.
The IDSSO are always looking for volunteers for several projects in particular developing their website, so if you are interested please contact Áine Yap at
The Special Olympics World Summer Games were held in Abu Dhabi 14th - 21st March with the swimming competition taking place in the Hamden Sport Complex, Dubai.  Ireland were represented by nine swimmers from Eastern region, Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Connacht. 

The team included Coolmine SC swimmer Jack McFadden who three gold medals in the 100m & 200m breaststroke, and Aisling Beacom from Wicklow SC who won a gold medal in 800m freestyle and a bronze in the open water event. Viking SC coach Alan McCormack was part of the team staff delegation at the competition.

All nine swimmers won medals at the event with a total 13 medals across all swimming events, adding to Ireland’s total medal haul of 75 medals. Comngratulations to all of the athletes on a fantastic Games!

National Centre (Dublin) are proud to announce our first ever ‘Introduction to National Centre Life’ Camp which will run at the National Aquatic Centre and on the National Sport Campus in Abbotstown from Monday 15th April – Friday 19th April 2019. 

This is an opportunity to experience the Daily Performance Environment similar to that of a full time NCD athlete and all that goes with being a performance swimmer under the tutelage of Swim Ireland’s Performance department.

Further information for this camp, along with booking details and a full timetable can be found HERE

On Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th April 2019 the Freestyle and Individual Medley Skills, Drills and Technique Clinics will take place in National Centre Limerick. More information on these clinics and how to book can be found HERE

Swim Ireland's #WePlay Inspiring Girls in Sport Conference returns this July to the Sport Ireland, National Sports Campus! The day runs from 10.00 to 17:00 and is open to ALL ages from ALL sports! Whether you are an athlete, parent of an athlete, coach, official or spectator this is an event you will not want to miss!

Ireland's elite athletes and sporting professionals will take to the stage for panel discussions around their sporting journeys, the challenges they faced and how they overcame them. Educational talks will take place focusing on getting the most out of sport and leading a healthy lifestyle. Motivational speeches will also be included from inspiring athletes, that will not disappoint!

Tickets now available

The Under 17 Girls National team traveled to play in the EU Nations Tournament in Brno, Czech Republic from the 22nd - 24th March. The team selected for the tournament was as follows:
Ruth Somers, North Dublin WPC, Cliona Colvin, St Vincents WPC, Erin Kindlon, St Vincents WPC, Katie Hynes, St Vincents WPC, Keri Noonan, St Vincents WPC, Meabh McGurk, Diamonds WPC, Ellen Loane, Diamonds WPC, Eva Ramsey, Cathal Brugha WPC, Penny Nicholson, Bangor Barracudas WPC, Oliwia Smialek, Tribes WPC, Alannah Blacoe, Tribes WPC, Elle Joyce, Clontarf SC  
The competition got off to a tough start with a loss against Germany, 18-12. In Game 2 girls back on track with a great 14-1 win against the Czech Republic I.
 The second day of the competition began with a very hard-hitting game against a strong South African team just back from competition in America with the team losing 26-8. The girls had a break in the afternoon before taking on Wales in the penultimate match which ended in a penalty shootout. The match finished 4-4.  Wales went on to take a narrow win, 7-6 on penalties.
The final day of the tournament began and ended with a match against Czech Republic I. The match saw an impressive win for the Irish ladies coming out on top, 17-9.

The next competition for our National Teams will see our Under 17 Boys travel to Brno, Czech Republic in April in the next round of the EU Nations Tournaments. Congratulations to the following boys who have made the National Under 17 team for the upcoming trip:
Caolan Crosbie, Clonard WPC, Conal Mervyn, Clonard WPC, Elliot Manks, Clontarf SC, Phillipe Tracey, Clontarf SC, Adam Murphy, Corrib WPC, Alex Naughton, Corrib WPC, Fearghal Creagh, Cú Chulainn WPC, Ciaran Cope, North Dublin WPC, Finn Hanley, North Dublin WPC, Fergal Kirby, Sandycove SC
Alex San Emeterio, St Vincents WPC, Marius Sandu, St Vincents WPC, Sam O'Dwyer, St Vincents WPC  
The Irish Senior Cups competitions for Men and Women will be played over three days in the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin on Thursday 25th, Friday 26th and Saturday 27th of April 2019.  Eight men's teams and six women's teams will contest for the highly sough after cups across the three days!

We are delighted that the final day of action (semi-finals and finals) will be streamed this year, so make sure to subscribe to our YouTube where you can watch all the action.

Full schedule available
93 swimmers from 22 countries took part in the third ever International Ice Swimming Association World Championship which was held in a temporary 25m swimming pool carved out of Murmansk’s frozen Lake Semenovskoe. The event, which took place between March 14th - 17th, also saw Murmansk host the first ever Arctic Cup in which Ireland claimed eight medals.

A team of 12 Irish swimmers travelled to Russia, eight taking part in the World Championships and ten in the Arctic Cup. Between the two competitions, a total of 400 swimmers from 33 countries competed in freezing water temperatures of 0℃ in Murmansk, the largest city north of the Arctic Circle. The Arctic Cup featured six individual events of shorter distances for both men and women.

In the 1000m event Dublin SC swimmer Ciara Doran finished 2nd female in 13:06.39 while John Ryan (Limerick Masters) was best of the Irish men finishing 19th in 15:34.35. Glenalbyn Masters swimmer Patricia Heffernan, who won gold in her age category for the Arctic Cup 500m Freestyle, received a special award for being the first deaf swimmer to complete an ice swim at 0℃.
Swim Ireland were delighted to welcome 120 delegates from Ireland and the UK to listen and learn from industry experts in baby and pre-school swimming at our first ever Baby Swimming Conference.  The key note speaker, Ulrike Faerch and author of Happy Babies Swim was a huge hit.  Ulrike is an advocate for a positive, gentle and child-led approach to baby swimming and this methodology was reinforced by our speakers from Water Babies, Hannah Smith, Group Associate Director and Steve Franks, CEO.  The day included a talk from Swim England, Head of Learn to Swim, who gave us some practical advise on what to do in the pool to create a sensory experience for babies.  The day was a huge success and a great basis for the launch of Swim Ireland’s new Pre-school qualification and Baby Swimming Framework later in 2019! 
To find out more about Baby Swimming qualifications and the Learn to Swim Programme please contact Joni Harding, +353868533129
Education Courses Update (April 2019)
With Easter fast approaching why not take your aquatic skills to the next level and ‘Egg-cel’ your aquatics career by enrolling in one of our teaching or coaching courses and obtain an internationally recognised qualification in teaching or coaching swimming.
We have the following courses available for bookings this April 2019.

Level 1 courses:                                                                  Start date            Venue
EV000693 - Blended Assistant Swimming Teacher              12-April           
     Aurora, Bangor
EV000759 – Blended Assistant Swimming Teacher             15-April                SPIN, Newbridge
EV000678 – Blended Assistant Swimming Teacher             29-April                Joey Dunlop, Ballymoney
Level 2 courses:                                                                   Start date            Venue
EV000717 – Blended Water Polo Coach                               12-April  
             Falls and Infinity
EV000718 – Blended Swimming Coach                                15-April               Coral Leisure, Arklow

As always, our courses are bookable through your Swim Ireland profile and via our GoMembership course booking system.
Terms and Conditions and Prerequisites apply!


On Saturday June 15th 2019 Atlantic Masters Swimming Club will be running a swim event at Rinville Pier in Oranmore called the “Atlantic Lifeboat Swim” in aid of the RNLI lifeboat Station in Galway and the Local Rescue Services.
There will be two swim events on the day, a novelty 250m swim and the main event of a 2km open water swim in Rinville Harbour. The swim is open to all Swim Ireland members.The main focus, in addition to fundraising, is to promote safety in the water for all people as we all share the same water, this is paramount to Atlantic Masters SC. Further information is available HERE.

Upcoming Events

Swim for a Mile Events, 2nd - 30th April, Nationwide
Swim Ireland AGM, Saturday 13th April, Campus Conference Centre, Dublin
Irish Senior Cup, 25th - 27th April, NAC, Dublin
National Youth Development Conference, 4th May, National Sports Campus
Water Polo U15 Cup, 4th - 6th May, Galway
Water Polo U13 Cup, 18th - 19th May, Dublin

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