Nicholas Quinn

  • The father of an Irish Olympian has died tragically in a hiking accident in mountains near Strasbourg in eastern France.

    60-year old John Quinn, father of Irish Olympian swimmer Nicholas Quinn, lost his footing and fell some distance while hiking with friends on Saturday.

    A native of Waterford, John Quinn – who lived previously in Castlebar - has been living in Strasbourg for the past 5 years, where he worked in the EU.

    His wife Mary (nee Sheridan), a native of Turlough Road, Castlebar and their two sons and daughter were in Scotland at the weekend when they heard about the tragedy.

    Nicholas Quinn, who swam for Ireland in the 2016 Olympics, is currently swimming and studying for an MSc in Performance Psychology at the University of Edinburgh.

    The family flew to Strasbourg immediately on hearing news of the tragedy.

    No funeral arrangements are yet available, but it’s understood Mr Quinn’s remains will be flown back to Ireland.

    It’s believed he was with a group of 8 walkers when he fell in the Vosges mountains near Strasbourg.

    A medical rescue team arrived at the scene by helicopter but were unable to save him.

    John Quinn worked with Boston Scientific in Galway before taking up a position with the EU in Strasbourg, and has taken part in the Castlebar International Walking Festival for the past thirty years.

    At the start of this afternoon’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council, condolences were extended to the Quinn family following the tragic accident. 


  • Coronavirus countermeasures are the "top priority" for organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

    IOC president Thomas Bach has reiterated their "full commitment" to making sure this summer's rescheduled Games are safe for athletes and the Japanese people.

    He's also confirmed countries are making "good progress" in vaccinating competitors, but that having a Covid-19 jab won't be mandatory.

    Mayo swimmer and Olympic hopeful Nicholas Quinn has been telling Midwest Sport that he would like to think that he will be vaccinated before the games.


    Castlebar swimmer Nicholas Quinn will go in chase of his qualification time for the Tokyo Olympics this evening as he competes in the finals of the men’s 200m breaststroke at the Irish National Team Trials in the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin.

    Quinn, who previously represented Ireland at the 2016 Games in Rio, finished third in his semi-final on Friday evening in a time of 2:12.54, having previously swam 2:15.64 in the preliminaries on Friday morning.

    Meanwhile, Sligo’s Mona McSharry will have a chance to qualify for a second event in Tokyo this evening in the women’s 200m breaststroke final.


  • Olympic Swimmer Nicholas Quinn says it was a relief that the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year.

    The Castlebar man says from an athlete’s point of view it was great to have the clarity.

    Quinn who is based in Edinburgh told Sunday Sport today that he hasn’t been in the pool for eight weeks now with the restrictions but still has a strict training routine.

    The 26-year-old had always viewed 2020 as a "marker to see where I'm at and potentially call it a day after that".

    The postponement pushes that eventuality back one year.

    Nicholas says one of the nicest things he got from the Rio Olympics was the reaction and support he got from Castlebar and Mayo.


    You can listen to the full interview between Nicholas & Michael D. by accessing the link below.


  • Four Irish swimmers clocked up the Olympic qualifying time during the Irish National Team Trials in Dublin yesterday.

    Mona McSharry starred once again as the Sligo swimmer, along with Daniel Wiffen (800m Freestyle), Shane Ryan (100m Backstroke) and Darragh Greene (100m Breaststroke) had all gone under the FINA Olympic Consideration Time (OCT) in the morning heats.

    McSharry and Greene were both under that time again McSharry lowered her newly minted Irish Record knocking .68 seconds off her morning’s time of 1:06.97.

    The final of the 100m breaststroke takes place this evening – and is being streamed live on the RTÉ Player.

    Mayo's Nicholas Quinn is also vying for a qualification spot.

    Mona McSharry is due to swim in the 200 metres backstroke event on Friday.

  • Swim Ireland has announced 38 swimmers who will form three cohorts of national squads for the 2020/21 season, including Castlebar natives Cillian Melly and Nicholas Quinn.

    The new season will see a change to the structure of Swim Ireland's national squad programme as the performance team plan for the commencement of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games cycle whilst keeping a firm eye on the successful completion of the 2020 (+1) Tokyo Olympics cycle.