Welcome to the new home for Leinster Open Sea Swimming. This site will be used to post information regarding summer sea swims, results, pictures and ways to get involved with the community. If you would like information on how to participate in our summer sea programme, please consult the Basics section of this site.
-The Leinster Open Sea Committee
The Open Sea Committee would like to offer its condolences to the family and friends of Anthony Kennett who died last Friday 29 November. Anthony won the Liffey Swim in 1943. Anthony received a special commemorative medal from the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn at this year’s Liffey Swim.
The Leinster Region of Swim Ireland passed the following motion at the EGM last Saturday:
“That the region would fully subsume / integrate into Swim Ireland and that the outcome of the EGM is not binding on the Leinster Open Sea Committee, who on behalf of Swim Ireland runs Open Sea and Open Water races in Leinster and that Committee are empowered to make their own decision on the matter of integration or incorporation as a separate entity.”
The Leinster Open Sea Committee would like to thank the Leinster Region Management Committee who hosted the EGM and to all delegates who attended the EGM.
The Open Sea Committee will conduct a review of both options and we will then put our findings to a meeting of the clubs.
The clubs will then decide if the Open Sea Committee either subsume into Swim Ireland or incorporates.
We wish our colleagues in Leinster Swimming every continued success in 2014 when they integrate into Swim Ireland.
Thank you for your support.
Leinster Open Sea Committee
Fergus Barron passed away on October 7, 2013. For many years he was our club patron. Fergus was born in Ennis Co. Clare in 1928. He was involved in swimming in Ennis in the early years before moving to Dublin and joining Dublin SC in the 50s. Some time later he became club coach and was also a founding member of the masters swimming movement in Ireland. His commitment to the club never ceased and many members of DSC remember his activeness and contribution fondly.
A quote from DSC member Sandra Trappe sums up Fergus and his impact on many people. “From way back to the days of Tara street baths and Iveagh Baths, Fergus was instrumental in getting me and other young people to try all disciplines of swimming. In Blackrock baths, a typical training session could include diving from the springboards, races of all distances, water polo, synchronised swimming for all age groups within the baths, followed by an open water swim to the “pole” and back to the baths.
Fergus was great at including everyone and encouraging all of us to have fun. At the drop of a hat, and after a few phone calls to the “country” he would organise busloads of young swimmers to go places through out Ireland in order to experience open-water swimming. He didn’t think twice about packing 8 – 10 young people in the back of his car to drive us to galas. It was great fun and because of him, everyone made friends very easily.”
Fergus published a book”Swimming for a Century IASA 1893 – 1993″ which serves as a great reference point for the development of swimming in Ireland. Fergus was also a past president of The Irish Amateur Swimming Association.
We’ll miss him.
Dublin Swimming Club
Gary Ftzgerald (Half Moon) started swimming at 9.16am from the Kish Lighthous into the Forty Foot. At 11.24 he was just passing south of the Beaufort Buoy. He completed the swim in a time of 4 hours 30 minutes and 25 seconds landing close to the Forty Foot.
Official Observer’s Report
Gary Fitzgerald’s facebook page
Cyril Smith of Trinity College Dublin and Niall O’Sullivan will be appearing on Talking History on Newstalk this Sunday 29 September at 8.45pm