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

Who said swimming galas had to be boring?

See below for the organizers:

Dear Masters Swimmers, we are here once again organizing our INTERNATIONAL MASTERS MEET “Città di Firenze” in Florence.

The meet will be held at the “Paolo Costoli” swimming complex: Viale Paoli – Florence Italy

This is an outdoor pool long course (50 meter) with 10 lanes in the middle of a big park, with a 25 meter pool with 9 lanes continually available for training and warm-up (plus a kids pool). The temperature of the water will be 26/27°c (80/81 degrees Fahrenheit), timing will be automatic touch-pads. Big parking area will be available in front of the pool.

For more information click here and entry forms can be found here

Masters Coaches Clinic

The Master’s Committee have organised a coaches clinic with Swim Ireland High Performance coach Lars Humer who is based in the University of Limerick.  Lars is a coach with a proven track record and we are grateful to him that he has agreed to take this clinic for us.  This clinic is recommended for coaches working with masters swimmers.  Masters swimmers with an interest in the topics on offer are also welcome to attend.


All information can be found here.

Master’s Relay Meet plus Training Day

SWIM IRELAND MASTERS are proud to present a Master’s Relay Meet plus Training Day to be held on Saturday 8th April 2017.

The event will be held during the downtime of the Swim Ireland National Long Course Championships in the National Aquatic Centre between approximately 12.30 (registration at 12 noon) and 3.45pm (depending on the times of the SI gala). Swim Ireland are facilitating the use of the pool to Master swimmers and without this assistance it would not be possible to run the event.

This event will give Club teams a great opportunity to practise relay racing and/or set Provincial and National relay records and will give individuals the opportunity to train in a Long Course session.

The event is open to ALL current registered Masters Swimmers. You do not have to compete as part of a relay team to partake in the training session or novelty relay.

The relay events are for Men, Ladies and Mixed teams; 4 X 50m Medley (max. 2 heats, 20 teams), 4 X 50m Freestyle (max. 2 heats, 20 teams) and 4 X 200m Freestyle (max. 1 heat, 10 teams). The novelty relay will be open to all individual entrants and teams will be drawn by lots.

A draft programme of the relays and training session is attached here.

Age groups for relays:- 76 – 99 years, 100 – 119 years, 120 – 159 years, 160 – 199 years etc. and upwards in 40 year intervals. Age at 31st December and all competitors must be 19 years or over on the day of the swim and must be a current member of an affiliated club.

The early bird entry fee is €5.00 per individual and the closing date for receipt of entries is Thursday 21st April 2016. Relay team entries are free of charge but all relay participants must submit an individual entry by Thursday 30th March 2017 to avail of the early bird fee.

We don’t need payment up front but we do need to know if you are attending and entering teams so we need your entry forms before 30th March. DON’T send payment but pay on the day.

Late entries for Individuals for the training session will be accepted on the day but at an increased fee of €6.00.