Happy New Year

A belated happy new year to the Masters community and we are at the start of a busy 2018 season commencing next week with Sliabh Beagh. Entries are closed but the psych sheet is available [ here ].

You have till the 31st of Jan to get your entries in for Limerick. Full details are available [ here ]. Please note that some events are now filled and all events are being tracked at that link.

Also taking entries at the moment are Ennis [ details here ] and Sunday’s Well [ details here ].

Novice Gala

We regret to announce St. Fiacc’s SC will not be holding the novice gala on the 10th December next due to circumstances beyond their control. All entrants will be fully refunded.

The Master’s committee would like to thank St Fiacc’s for endeavouring to launch the novice program.

Celtic Masters and Mallow

The Celtic Masters and Mallow both have revised dates this year.

Celtics: 19th Nov (Afters in the Bell Blanchardstown)

Mallow: 9th Dec (Afters in The Arches Mallow)

The Celtic Masters closes for applications on Wed 1st Nov and the programme cam be downloaded [ here ]

Edit: Tuesday 24th October

The Mallow Masters application can be downloaded [ here ]

World Record Relay Attempt (Sept 29th NAC)

Swim Ireland are attempting to write 100 of us into the Guinness Book of Records.

It’s the 100 x 50m mixed Freestyle and the target is 55 minutes.

That means if you can do 50 free in less than 33 seconds and you can raise at least €100 for charity – you are needed.


Full details [ here ]


UPDATE: 100 Irish swimmers made their way into the Guinness book of records this night in a time of 46:38.03. Thats an average of 27.98 / 50m . . .

(AND!!! there were a few masters involved)

Development Squad 2018

The Masters development squad is now open for applications for the 2017-2018 season.  Please read the attached criteria and complete the online form, link to form is HERE

The entry requirements remain the same, 860 points.  There is a link within the criteria document and online form to work out your points.

The closing date for applications is 5pm Friday 15th September.  Successful applicants will be notified of development squad training sessions by the end of September.

Upcoming Galas

There are 3 galas scheduled between now and Christmas on the Irish calendar.

The first is the Dublin Masters gala, which can be applied for with this form and viewed here.  The Dublin gala is on the afternoon of Sunday September 24th in Balrothery (Tallaght). Please note that the 3 events of 200m Backstroke / Breaststroke and Butterfly have been added to the programme.

The second is the NAC Celtic Masters Gala which is due to take place on November 19th

And Mallow Masters are due to take place on December the 2nd.


International galas of note coming up are

Luxembourg Open

Scottish Open 1500

Note from Jeff (a review of Budapest)

Hi everyone,
So, how was Budapest? For me it was a great holiday with swimming as the excuse.
I can only do Backstroke now so I had three swims and four days off to tour (More tiring than swimming).The competition was split between two facilities, one being the fabulous one built especially for the FINA World Championships (The young ones) and the others was an older outdoor facility. Each had two 50m pools and two warm up pools!!!!
The organisers split the age groups and events so I had a 200 Back and 50 Back in the outdoor pool and the 100 Back in the Main Pool and I was with the older, more mature, ladies and gentlemen. (The oldest were in the 95 – 99 age group). With so much space each day’s swimming finished by lunchtime, though the 8 o’clock start meant no breakfast a few days.
The Swim Ireland Masters Committee arranged for all our competitors to have two Budapest hats and a fluorescent green polo shirt. The shirt was bit bright in the Irish gloom but once we got into the Hungarian sun it was perfect for what we needed. We could spot an Irish swimmer a mile off!
Because of the different locations and age groups it was impossible to follow every swimmer but Dymphna Morris kept us up to date on Twitter and there was a Whats App group.
With the world’s best there medals were hard to get. FINA used to give top 10 medals but this year it was reduced to top 6. I’ve attached the Swimming and Open Water results. You can search for IRL and see how everyone did but a quick scan suggests the medal winners were
Dymphna Morris 55-59 – Open Water SILVER; 200 IM 5th; 800 Free 4th; 400 Free 5th; 200 Free 6th:
Fiona Kinsella 30-34 – 200 Free 5th:
Dan Golden 65-69 – 50 Fly GOLD; 50 Free 5th; 100 Free 5th
John Cunningham 45-49 – 100 Free 6th; 50 Fly BRONZE; 100 Fly SILVER:
(Sincere apologies if I’ve missed anyone!!)
We arrived in Budapest just in time to watch the ladies water polo team from Donegal Diamonds play their last match. This is the first time that a water polo team from Ireland has entered the Worlds  – and they won a BRONZE medal.
As I mentioned before –  the locations of future ‘Majors’ are – (As always subject to change!!)
2018 Europeans – Kranj (Slovenia)
2019 Worlds – Gwanju (Korea)
2020 Europeans – Budapest ( Hungary)
2021 Worlds – Fukuoka (Japan)
2023 Worlds – Doha (Qatar)
Time to start saving??

World Masters Championships 2017 (Budapest)

We have 51 swimmers and our first international Masters polo team travelling to Hungary in 2 weeks time.

The water polo is from 7th to 13th August

The open water is at Balatonfured from 10 to 12th August

The pool swimming is from 14th to 20th August


The transport details are on the following link


Transport is free ONCE you have obtained your accreditation

Accreditation is at the Duna Arena (The main pool complex) [directions here]

The train station which serves from Budapest to Balatonfured is [here]


The internet is littered with caution about the taxi services in Budapest !!!!!


Useful Links

Open water starting schedule

Open water start lists

Water Polo rosters

Swimming psyche sheets

Live Streaming



Swim Ireland Masters Decathlon

After the success of the inaugural Swim Ireland Masters Decathlon in 2016, the Irish Masters swimming committee are planning to run it again during 2017. This is a true test of versatility and endurance for a Masters swimmer as each person must show they can swim a wide range of events. So how will it work?

To be eligible for consideration, you should complete in all the different stroke events and the distance freestyle and individual medley events.

For a full ranking based on 10 events, you must swim in 10 different events and the highest points (using the age adjusted Italian formula) from each of these will be used to calculate your overall score.

Points will be calculated from your top score in EACH of the six stroke groups:

  • Freestyle sprint (50m, 100m 200m)
  • Freestyle distance (400m, 800m, 1500m)
  • Backstroke (50m, 100m 200m)
  • Breastroke (50m, 100m 200m)
  • Butterfly (50m, 100m 200m)
  • Individual Medley (100m, 200m, 400m)

And your second highest score from four of these groups in a different event to your top scores. Points will only count from a maximum of two events from each of the stroke groups.

You should calculate your points using the age adjusted Italian formula and include these points on the application form. All claims will be verified by the Swim Ireland Masters committee.

Each swim you select to be included in the ranking can be either long course or short course but not both for the same event.

The competition will run from January 1st 2017 to December 31st 2017. This means that you can include any swim completed in that period. Once the year is over, you should select your 10 best swims in each of the categories as per the above rules and include the details on the application form.

There is no entry fee required.

Prizes will be awarded to the top individual swimmers (male and female) with the most points from the 10 chosen events.

To enter the Decathlon, please complete the application form below and send a signed hard copy for the attention of Aisling McKeever to Swim Ireland, Irish Sports HQ, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 on or before close of business on 31st January 2018.

You may also email a scanned form to Aisling at LSO@swimireland.ie