Swim Ireland Awards

On Friday 27th May 2016, Swim Ireland will present our sixth annual awards evening.  We are delighted to announce that the Awards will take place in the iconic Titanic Suite at the Titanic Centre in Belfast.

The 2016 Awards night will celebrate and honour the fantastic work and the outstanding accomplishments of our athletes, coaches and volunteers throughout the year and we will induct a deserving member of the aquatic community into the Swim Ireland Hall of Fame.

Nominations are now OPEN for the 2016 Awards and we would like to encourage all clubs to put forward their deserving members across all categories. We will accept nominations to Friday 15th April 2016. Click here to nominate now.

All members of the aquatic community are invited to purchase tickets at a cost of €55(£45) by ordering ticket(s) from the Swim Ireland online shop or by calling the Swim Ireland office on (01) 6251138.

Ulster Masters 17/04/2016


Meet Information

Meet Date Venue Closing datefor Entries / Payment
Ulster Masters Championships 17thApril 2016 Newry Swimming Pool 21stMarch 2016(Paper entries)

25thMarch 2016(Hytekentries)


Events :  All events will be run as Heat Declared Winner events.  Swimmers will be seeded according to their entry times but results will be categorised into their age groups.  All individual events will be Mixed events but results posted will be as Male and Female with the exception of the Mixed Relay.


*Event 22 – Mixed 1500m Freestyle will be limited to 2 heats – entries will be accepted on a First Come First Served basis – we cannot accept NTs for this event.


Individual Events Age Groups : The Ulster Masters Championships are open to any Masters Swimmer who is 19 or over on 31st December 2016.  This is in line with our general Meet Conditions

19-24 yrs,  25-29 yrs, 30-34 yrs, 35-39 yrs, 40-44 yrs, 45-49 yrs, 50-54 yrs, 55-59 yrs, 60-64 yrs, 65-69 yrs, 70-74 yrs, 75-79 yrs, 80 yrs and older


Relay Events Age Groups : The accumulative age of all 4 swimmers must exceed the minimum indicated below – 76-99 yrs, 100-119 yrs, 120-159 yrs, 160-199 yrs etc – and upwards in 40 year intervals

Mixed relays must be 2 males, 2 females

Ulster Masters Entry Form 2016

Ulster Masters Meet Info 2016

European Masters Update?

The European Masters are now requesting you choose 3 events. If you have more than 3 and do not make a decision by the 15th of March then they will choose 3 for you?? See below.


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Limerick Masters Gala Update

Saturday Morning:

Limerick will start earlier than planned!

Registration will commence at 7.15

Warm up will be from 7.45 to 8.25.
First Heat of the 400m freestyle will commence at 08.30. 

Note the earlier start time.

Sundays Well Masters Report and Results

Sundays Well Swim Club Masters Open Gala Feb 20th 2016 

The Sundays Well Masters Gala was held in the Gus Healy Pool, Douglas on Saturday 20th February 2016.

A great buzz was evident around the pool, as the thrill of competition crept up on all the entrants, and the atmosphere was electric from the onset.

SWSC Masters as the host club had a very strong team of 52 members competing on the day. There was a large competitive entry from Cork Masters, with near neighbors Mallow Masters, Cork Tri Club, Brookfield Masters and Sandycove SC also entering teams on the day.

The gala was also very well supported by regulars from, Limerick, Ennis, Clonmel

Masters, Aer Lingus, NAC, Dublin SC, Swim4life, Killarney, Kingdom Masters and Galway Bay Clubs. We were particularly pleased with the strong entries from the Dublin clubs, and Lisburn City SC in the North, all travelling the long distance to compete in the premier Masters event in Cork.

We had a number of Munster & National records broken today – These records are currently going through the application process and will be verified by Swim Ireland Masters in due course.

There were some great individual swims on the day – too many to mention but particular note must go to the team relay events, which appropriately took place at the end of the gala.

Sundays Well Masters won the Men’s 159-200 yrs. 200mts medley relay with Denis Galland, Tommy Lee, Joe McAvoy and Tom Lynch blitzing home to pip Cork Masters at the post in a thrilling finish to kick-start the relay events!

Sandycove Masters won their age group in the women’s 400mts Freestyle Relay in a great time of 4.15.18 with the Cashell sisters in great form in this event!

Clonmel Masters won their relay age group in the female 200 free also – a great result for them in a very competitive event!

The day was topped off with the mixed Canon relay event, (where the fastest men and women in each age group form one team together), with a hugely competitive & exciting final, resulting in a scintillating win by Cork Masters ahead of Sundays Well.

Finally, an eclectic group, comprising of all the clubs and competitors, retired to the South County Bar in Douglas for the famous SWSC Masters relay prize giving ceremony, where a great night was had by all!

Rumor has it that some elite (and even a few inactive) members of SWSC Masters, continued into the small hours of the morning, all in the name of swimming of course  

A fitting end to a great day of competition.

Frank Lynch, SWSC Masters Gala Organizer saidThis year’s gala was a huge success!  I want to particularly thank The Edge Sports and all our sponsors for their backing, and to all the gala committee headed by Margot Powell, our gala referee and officials, callstewards, timekeepers and volunteers on the day.  Thanks also to everyone who assisted in the leadup & in pulling the entire event together with me.  It was great to see all the clubs from near & far, with many friends & rivals competing in the true spirit of the Masters.  The success of the event rubber stamped its place as one of the premier galas on the Masters Circuit.  Well done to each & every competitor and many thanks again to all

We look forward to all your support again next year – onwards and upwards for the SWSC Masters!!

Frank Lynch 



Master Gala 20 Feb 2016 Full Report

Update on European Masters

Following the communication on Thursday 11th February regarding entries for the Arena European Masters Championships, LEN and the LOC wish to share the following update.

Entries from 38 different countries across Europe for swimming reached the 14,000 individual race entries target in 50 hours, this is unprecedented with the previous record entry being 12,849 in Eindhoven in 2013 which took over six weeks to be achieved. This demonstrates the increased popularity of swimming across Europe.

It is clear that a great many Masters athletes still want to enter these Championships. Following feedback from the community, LEN and the LOC agreed to review the planned operations for the Championships to identify any changes that would enable more entries to be accepted.

In order to accommodate additional athletes, LEN have agreed that entries will re-open but a limit of three events per person will be in place (entries made previously will not be affected). The system is currently being updated to enable additional entries to be made. LEN anticipate that the system will be ready and entries will open on Thursday 18th February after midday. LEN and the LOC will issue a communication when the system is fully open for swimming entries, including relays.

Until entries close the detailed schedule of events each day will not be known. If the numbers increase significantly over than 15,000, both 50m pools in the London Aquatics Centre will have to be utilised for competition (whilst ensuring that there is warm up capacity at specific times in the day). LEN will issue the final programme once start lists have been confirmed.

LEN and the LOC understand the great lengths to which the Masters community have gone to ahead of the Championships – training for the competition and booking flights and accommodation– and we thank you for your patience as we reviewed the situation. Diving and synchronised swimming entries remain open for athletes to enter.