Swimming

  • Almost 150 swimmers will take the plunge today for the Galway Bay Swim.

    It'll start from Auginish in County Clare and competitors will swim around 13 kilometres to Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill.

    The money raised will go towards the Cancer Care West charity.

    Galway Bay Swim Founder Kevin Thornton says Blackrock will be the best vantage point for spectators.

  •  There’s no money available to complete the running tracks and football fields that were announced  by government  six years ago, to be located adjacent to the new swimming pool in Castlebar.

    That was confirmed yesterday by the Manager of Castlebar Municipal District John McHale in response to a question from Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne .

     Mr McHale told the councillor it would take 4 million euro to complete the development with the running tracks and football fields, and he said the money simply is not available to the local authority.

    He confirmed that the new multi euro million swimming pool for the county town is expected to be opened to the public sometime between June and August of this year.

    The date for opening was to be June.

    Councillor Kilcoyne told Midwest News editor Teresa O’Malley that it’s not good enough. Announcements, he says, were made with great fanfare by An Taoiseach in Castlebar 6 years ago, and now it appears there was not enough money allocated for the developments.

  • The numbers of people who died by drowning in Ireland are almost as high as those fatally injured in road collisions – but there are a number of water safety measures people can take to protect themselves if they’re going swimming in the sea, rivers or lakes, or undertaking water sports.

    That’s according to Irish Water Safety deputy Chief Executive Roger Sweeney, who says some 133 people die by drowning in Ireland each year – which equates to 11 people per month.

    He’s warning of the dangers of cold shock and hypothermia, as well as strong currents in rivers and streams, and is advising people to swim within their ability.

  • Mona McSharry has secured her place in the semi-finals of the 50 metres Breaststroke at the European Championships in Glasgow.

    The 17 year old from Sligo finished third in her heat in a time of 31.09 seconds, which was 10th fastest overall.

    She will be back in the water for the semi finals this evening.