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??