Newsletter #3
Vol. 2020

Welcome to the March 2020 edition of the Swim Ireland Newsletter! It comes to you off the back of an incredible McCullagh International at the Bangor Aurora, and less than FOUR WEEKS before the start of the 2020 Irish Open Swimming Championships - our Olympic and Paralympic Trials.

Tickets will go on sale for the Irish Open THIS WEEK, and we have launched commemorative merchandise, which is also now on sale!

In this month's newsletter, we also have the latest on the 2020 #WePlay Conference, details of Easter Stroke Development Clinics at our two National Centres, and the latest on Swim For A Mile - the first event is right around the corner!

We also have information on the 20x20 Club Charter, and details of upcoming education courses, including Blended Level 2 Teaching and Coaching Courses, and face-to-face CPD courses in Cork, Dublin and Monaghan.

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

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Irish Open 2020 Tickets 
Easter Stroke Dev Clinics - Limerick
30 Irish medals at McCullagh

Clubs And Community
#WePlay Conference - Save The Date!
Swim for a Mile - 5 Weeks To Go!
Why not volunteer at SFAM 2020?

2020 Club Day

Youth Development

CCO Forums
Gaisce Partnership

Water Polo
Cathal Brugha win Brother Philip Cup 2020
New Head Coach for National Team
U17 Girls Team For EU Nations Tournament


Women In Sport Coaching Courses
Latest face-to-face CPD opportunities
Upcoming Level 2 Swimming Teacher and Coach Courses

Open Water
ILDSA Awards

European Masters Registration

Upcoming Events


General admission tickets for the 2020 Irish Open Swimming Championships - Ireland's Olympic & Paralympic Swimming Trials, will go on sale on at 10am this Friday morning.

This is your chance to watch Ireland's Olympic and Paralympic athletes LIVE as they put their Tokyo 2020 dreams to the test at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin. Latest info

Irish Open Commemorative Top ON SALE!
Get your Irish Open Open top for just €30! All swimmers names will be printed on the back, as per entries, and collection is at the NAC between April 1-4.

Event programme also on sale at €6, with limited stock of both online until Sunday, March 26. ORDER NOW Search 'Merchandise' in Events & Courses.

National Centres (Limerick & Dublin) Stroke Development Series THIS Easter

Over the Easter Holidays, the National Centre coaches in Dublin and Limerick are running a series of stroke development clinics.  Each clinic has a different stroke focus, providing something for everyone!

The clinics will aid swimmers in improving their strokes for the latter stages of the 2019/2020 season, ultimately helping to progress their swimming! All sessions are designed and delivered by National Centre  Coaches, potentially with assistance from National Centre athletes.

Click here for more information on DUBLIN series or click here for more information on LIMERICK series!

Irish swimmers left McCullagh International 2020 with 30 senior individual medals, the likes of 2016 Olympic Champion Adam Peaty and Commonwealth Games Golds Duncan Scott and Aimee Willmott also helping make it a weekend to remember at the Bangor Aurora.

You can read full reports on the
Swim Ireland website, and watch every session back in full via Swim Ireland's YouTube Channel.

#WePlay Inspiring Girls in Sport Conference

Save the date! This fantastic one day conference for athletes, coaches, parents and supporters alike is back on Tuesday June 30!

The #WePlay stage has been graced by Olympic, World and European Champions in previous years, and with the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games right around the corner, this year is set to be the best yet!

As always Swim Ireland will be putting on buses from each region to travel to the Sport Ireland Campus in Dublin for the event.

“Proud to be Me” is the ongoing theme of the conference, with panel discussions from Ireland's elite athletes and leading sport practitioners along with motivational and inspirational speeches.

Body image, mental and physical resilience, nutrition, balancing training and getting the most out of your sport will all be discussed on the day with an opportunity to meet your sporting heroes in between! Trust us, this is a day you do not want to miss! Tickets are €20 and go on sale NOW via

Pledge Your Support for Women in Swimming
The 20x20 initiative has launched a new Club Charter aimed at helping sports clubs show their support for women and girls in sport.

As a proud member of the 20x20 movement, championing women and girls in sport and physical activity in Ireland, Swim Ireland supports the Club Charter, and encourages all aquatic clubs to sign up.

To do so, all your club committee needs to do is download the 20x20 Club Charter, read it, fill in your club details and set out a plan to fulfil the promises you make by signing it. To find out more CLICK HERE, or visit

Don't forget to book your SFAM swim!
Our first Swim For a Mile (SFAM) event of 2020 is just over five weeks away! With 1,500 people entered into events so far, we cannot wait to see our SFAM’ers progress over these next few weeks of training!

Over 40 pools are participating in the challenge, holding coached sessions for those hoping to increase their water confidence, swimming ability and fitness.

Each SFAM event is set in a fun-filled, relaxed and encouraging environment, providing a super opportunity to get in and complete the mile (or half mile) at your own pace, with the support of our SFAM team and your local pool community!

There is still time to book your SFAM Challenge! Check out our participating pools and event schedule at
Don't want to swim, but still want to get involved?

We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help out at these event days, roles include time keeping, lap counting and encouraging participants, if you are interested
please email
Club Days 2020 - LAST CHANCE
The Clubs and Community team have just one more 2020 Club Day to deliver in Limerick on Saturday, March 14. 

So far, more than 100 volunteers from more than 50 clubs have taken part in Club Days in Athlone, Lisburn, Kilkenny & Dublin. 

As part of the 2020 Club Days, club volunteers are sharing fundraising ideas, which will be compiled and shared with clubs who have attended - there are over 100 innovative ideas from three workshops already!
There is just one more chance to attend a 2020 Club Day:
  • Saturday, March 14th – Absolute Hotel, Limerick - FIVE PLACES LEFT
TO BOOK: Go to, Events and Courses page, search “Club Day”.
Thanks to the following clubs who have been represented at 2020 Club Days so far:
Alliance ASC Cormorant SC Olympia ASC
Alsaa SC Curragh Swim Team Otter SC
Ards ASC Donegall ASC Portadown ASC
Athlone SC Enniskillen Lakelanders ASC Shamrock Diving
Athlone WPC Galway SC Sliabh Beagh ASC
Ballina Dolphins SC Kells SC Sligo SC
Ballinasloe SC Kilkenny SC St. Fiacc’s SC
Ballymoney ASC Laois Marlins SC St. Vincent’s WPC
Banbridge ASC Leander ASC Templemore ASC
Bangor ASC Lecale ASC Terenure SC
Bluefin SC Lir SC Titans SC
Carrick Fins Lisburn City ASC Trident SC
Cathal Brugha AWPC Lurgan ASC Tuam Masters SC
City of Belfast ASC Mid-Ulster ASC Viking SC
Claremorris SC Mullingar Jets SC Waterford Crystal SC
Clonmel SC NAC Masters Westport SC
Coleraine ASC NAC SC Wexford SC
Comans SC Newry & Mourne ASC Wicklow SC
Three successful CCO Forums were held in Leinster, Ulster and Connacht.  Unfortunately due to the weather conditions, the Munster CCO forum has been rescheduled to Tuesday 10th March 2020 in Mallow GAA Complex, Mallow starting at 7pm.  All Club Children’s Officers (CCOs), existing or would-be CCOs are welcome to attend.  Booking is available here 

Sticking to the same theme the dates for the next CCO Forums have been set; book your place now by clicking on the link:

Get the dates into your diary now – looking forward to seeing all the CCOs.  

Swim Ireland is proud to become a partner of the Gaisce Award, a direct challenge from the President of Ireland to young people aged 15-25 to dream big and realise their potential.

This means that a lot of your activities in  our organisation is recognised by Gaisce as a relevant activity that counts towards achieving a Gaisce Award. Find out more Click Here.


Are you interested in attending a face-to-face CPD course? There are courses organised for Cork, Dublin and Monaghan between now and the end of April including how to deal with challenging behaviour and analysing strokes and skills. For further information, please see our Education Calendar or contact Paul on

Education courses currently available for bookings in March, April and May via GoMembership Events.

We have the following Level 1 & Level 2 courses running in March, April and May:
Level 2 Blended Swimming Teacher
Blended Swimming Teacher                       13 - March         
Mayfield Sports Complex
Blended Swimming Teacher                        17 – May            Mardyke, Cork
Level 2 Blended Swimming Coach
Blended Swimming Coach                         14 - March           
Active Ennis, Ennis 
Blended Swimming Coach                        20 – March         
Mayfield Sports Complex
Since the start of January, we have delivered 9 Level 1 courses for 122 learners and 5 Level 2 courses for 49 learners. We will be rolling out more courses this year, Level 1 & 2 – Teaching & Coaching, if you wish to organise and host a course please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, please email for more information.

Upcoming Women In Sport 2020 Coaching Courses:
Please note, where courses are marked "fully booked", that does not apply to WIS applicants.

Level 2 Swimming Coach:
March 20th Mayfield Sports Complex - course information
April 17th NAC, Dublin – course information

Level 1 Water Polo Coach
April 18-20th NAC, Dublin – course information
Level 2 Water Polo Coach:
May 15th Belfast – course information

Level 1 Assistant Diving Coach:

Cathal Brugha and North Dublin Senior Men
The penultimate weekend in February saw seven senior men’s teams travel to UL Sport to take part in a changed format for the Brother Philip Cup 2020.

The tournament ran in cup weekend style in a full size 30 x 20m pitch, emulating the Irish Senior Cup layout. The competition ran for a full day on Saturday, with the 5th/6th and 3rd/4th place matches, as well as the final taking place on the Sunday morning.

Sandycove SC finished fifth, beating Half Moon, 10-9. St Vincents WPC finished third, beating Corrib WPC, 8-2.
North Dublin and Cathal Brugha fought out the final, with the Ulster men coming out on top with 13-11.

The competition and the changed format was a success and a vital part of the preparation process for the upcoming Irish Senior Cup in Bangor, 23
rd – 25th April 2020.

Ireland Water Polo would like to say a special thank you to our Tournament Director, Ian Hanrahan, Delegate, Conor Sheridan and their team of officials and to all players, coaches and clubs for participating and embracing the new format.
New Ireland Water Polo National Head Coach
Ireland Water Polo are delighted to announce the appointment of new National Head Coach Goran Sablic.

Goran is currently the Irish Junior Girls and Men’s Senior Coach, recently leading the team to fourth in the FINA Challengers Trophy in Singapore.

The National Committee would like to take this opportunity to wish Goran all the best in his new role and we are looking forward to working closely with him to improve Irish Water Polo. For more information
click here.
Irish U17 Girls National Team
The U17 Girls National Team has been selected for the upcoming EU Nations Tournament in Brno Czech Republic, 13th – 15th March 2020. Congratulations to all players, parents, coaches, and clubs involved.

Girls Team
Meabh McGurk Diamonds WPC, Sophie Hayman St Vincent WPC, Ellen Loane Diamonds WPC, Niamh O’Connor, Cathal Brugha, Cara O'Kane Cathal Brugha, Maria McGuigan Cathal Brugha, Ciara McKee Cathal Brugha, Eva Ramsey Cathal Brugha, Oliwia Smialek Tribes WPC, Ciara Williams St Vincent WPC,
Kate Hynes St Vincent WPC, Anna Reilly Bangor Barracudas, Amelia Urry Bangor Barracudas.
[L-R: Connor Gunn, Rachael Lee, Tom Healy, Carol Cashell and Owen O'Keefe]
Ireland's five fastest ever English Channel solo crossings were among the swims recognised at the 12th Irish Long Distance Swimming Association Awards, held at the Trident Hotel in Kinsale last month.
Hosted by Sandycove Island Swimmers, the awards included the 2019 Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductions (pictured right), Guinness World Record presentations, and a gathering of Ireland's 2005 North Channel and English Channel swimmers.

Read more by Clicking Here
Good luck to all the Masters swimmers competing at the Irish Open LC Masters Championships in Limerick this weekend. Don't forget too that entries are now open for the 2020 LEN European Masters Championships in Budapest this May. To register click here.

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

Upcoming Events

6th-7th, Irish Open LC Masters Championships, UL Sport, Limerick
10th, Munster CCO Forum, Mallow GAA Complex
14th, Munster Club Day, Absolut Hotel, Limerick                           
1st – 5th, Irish Open Swimming Championships, NAC, Dublin
(2020 Olympic & Paralympic Trials)
23rd-25th, Irish Senior Water Polo Cup, Bangor 

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