Celtic Masters Info

For those of you planning on attending the Celtic Masters Gala. Please see the message below from Declan Harte:
“Registration and t-shirt collection will be upstairs on the Concourse under the scoreboard from 8.30am. Swimmers are asked to park their cars at the far end of the car park. Anybody who wants to go to The Bell, Blanchardstown for hot food must book and pay in advance if they didn’t do so on their entry form. Food will be served at 6.30pm.”
Good luck to all competing.

Session Plans – Masters Swimming

Hi Folks

Over the coming few weeks I will be posting more “articles” that are a bit more general than specific pieces of information.

The first thing I would like to draw you attention to, is a link that one of our committee members brought to my attention, for ye, our lovely readers.

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Training can be tough enough without having to think up a session too.  This link brings you to the speedo website, where you can select specific requirements to help plan your session. Happy swimming!

If you would like to bring something to my attention, that you think would be of interest to our readers, you can email me on irishmastersswimming@gmail.com




Reminder – Mallow Masters


Saturday 26th November 2016 – Mallow Swimming Complex

The 8th running of the Mallow Masters Gala on Saturday the 26th November 2016.

Time: Session 1 Warm Up 09.00am (split warm up see below note)* with 10.00am Start

Session 2 Warm Up 13.45pm with 14.15pm Start

The information that you need to register can be found by clicking on the link below:


And naturally enough, swimmers might be hungry/thirsty after, so you can see details of the after party by also following the link below.

After Party



Irish Masters News

Just a few bits to notify you on.

Firstly, as per my earlier post regarding the Mallow Masters Gala, there has been an updated calendar released, which can be found, on the Upcoming Gala’s page, that you can go to by clicking here.

Also, the most up to date records for the Irish Masters and Leinster have been added and you can see them here.

Finally, Swim Ireland are holding an EGM and Congress this Saturday 8th Oct in Irish Sport HQ . The EGM is to confirm changes to the make-up of certain Committees. Details of the EGM and Congress are on the Swim Ireland website



Swim Ireland Masters Decathlon

The Irish Masters swimming committee are planning to run a swimming decathlon (ten events) on an experimental basis during 2016. This will be 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.

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 2016 to December 31st 2016. 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 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 relevant application form and send a signed hard copy for the attention of Aisling McKeever at

Swim Ireland, Irish Sports HQ, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 on or before close of business on 31st January 2017.

You may also email a scanned form (which is attached here) to Aisling at LSO@swimireland.ie