• 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.

  • Last Saturday 27th July and Sunday 28th of July Ballina Swimming Club had 2 swimmers, Eamon Doherty and Luca Duggan take part in the 2019 Irish Summer National Championships which was held in the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin.

    With over 960 athletes and 124 clubs taken part from around Ireland and other countries like Canada, Lithuania, Denmark and more...both boys swam in the 100m and 200m backstroke events, swimming the best they have to date both lads achieved two personal best times each.

    Swimming a 1.11.61/1.10.70 consecutively in the 100m event and a 2.38.41/2.35.52 consecutively in the 200m backstroke event.

    Both lads swam out of their skin finishing in great position overall especially this only being Lucas second year attending this meet and Eamon’s first year.

    Eamon and Luca did themselves, family and club proud and deserve the great swimming s they achieved after all their hard work and dedication all year through.

  • The Claremorris Swim Team competed in the Cranny Memorial Swimming Championships on Saturday in the University of Limerick Sports Arena.

    Congratulations to Lauren Fraine on achieving Division 1 time in 200 Breaststroke and took Gold in 50 & 100 Breaststroke.

    Congratulations to Jayke Morris on Gold in 100 freestyle, bronze in 50 Breaststroke and 50 Freestyle.

    Jack Delaney on achieving Division 1 time in 200 Backstroke.

    Lisa Henry took Silver in 200 Individual Medley and 200 ButterFly.

    Megan Kilgallen secured Gold in 100 & 200 Backstroke & Bronze in 50 Breast stroke.

    Michael McNamara took Bronze in 50 Backstroke, while Sorcha Treanor obtained silver in 100 ButterFly.

  •  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.

  • 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.


  • After winning bronze in the 50 metres breast stroke yesterday, Sligo's Mona McSharry competes in the heat’s of the women's 100 metres individual medley at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow today.

  • The new date, for the long awaited opening of the new 25 meter swimming pool in Castlebar, is now the middle of next month.

    That was confirmed by council management at yesterday’s monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District.

    The opening of the new facility had been postponed on numerous occasions over the past number of months, and the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District, Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne again asked at yesterday’s meeting if there was an opening date.

    He was told the pool is due to open to the public from mid February.

    The news was welcomed by the Cathaoirleach and councillors present.

  • 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.



  • 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 again narrowly missed out on a medal in Buenos Aires last night.

    The Sligo swimmer finished just 7-hundredths of a second off bronze in the women's 50-metre freestyle.

  • 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.

  • Dublin’s Niamh Coyne has taken the silver medal in the women’s 100m breaststroke at the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games with a time of 1:08.90.

    Sligo’s Mona McSharry finished just out of the medals in fourth place with a time of 1:08.97. Mona was first to turn at halfway, just missing out on a medal in the closing meters.

    While Galway gymnast Emma Slevin has qualified for two more finals today following a phenomenal performance on the balance beam, netting her a fourth place with a 12.433. This means that she has not only qualified for the balance beam final, but also for the all-around finals which take place on Friday 12 October.


  • Mona McSharry says it's a "dream come true" to have booked her place at this summer's Olympics.

    The Tennessee-based Sligo swimmer was among a quartet to achieve qualifying times for Tokyo at this week's National Team Trials in Dublin.

    McSharry shaved more than half a second off her own Irish record in the 100-metres breaststroke and she's hoping to qualify in the 200-metres too.

  • The Irish men's and women's 4x100m freestyle relay teams both set new national record at the LEN European Aquatics Championships in Budapest.

    The women's quartet of Sligo's Mona McSharry, Danielle Hill, Victoria Catterson and Erin Riordan finished fifth in their heat in a time of swam 3:44.37, lowering the record set in 2009 by almost three seconds.

    In the men’s event, Jack McMillan, Jordan Sloan, Shane Ryan and Max McCusker came home in 3:16.88secs, bettering the time that was set by McMillan, Sloan, Ryan and Robbie Powell at the 2019 World Championships.

    Neither relay team has advanced to tonight’s final, but both have advanced their chances of qualifying for Olympics.

  • 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.

  • Mona McSharry finished seventh in the final of the 100-metre breaststroke at the European Aquatics Championships this evening.

    The Sligo swimmer posted a time of 1-minute-6-point-5-8 seconds.


  • Ireland will have three athletes in the pool at this evening's European Short Course Swimming Championship semi-finals.

    Sligo's Mona McSharry progressed as joint eighth of sixteen qualifiers in the 100 metres breaststroke.

    Longford star Darragh Greene squeezed into the men's 50 metres breaststroke semi-finals, placing 15th.

    Also through is Danielle Hill - the multiple Irish record holder from Belfast broke the minute mark in the 100 metres backstroke for the first time in her career.

    Castlebar’s Cillian Melly is also among the 19 strong Irish team competing.

  • Sligo’s Mona McSharry has been included in Swim Ireland’s team of 19 for the LEN European Short Course Championships in Glasgow from 4-8 December.

    Eleven senior and eight junior athletes have been selected for the event, with all team members then travelling on to compete in the Irish Short Course Championships from the 12-15 December.

    The selection policy allowed for both a senior and junior cohort to be selected to the championships, with selections made from individual's performances in their identified summer benchmark meet in relation to the IOC’s 2020 Olympic qualifying time.


    Sligo swimmer Mona McSharry narrowly missed out on a medal at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires last night.

    The world junior champion finished just a fifth-of-a-second down on bronze in the 50-metre breaststroke final.

    She will return to the pool this afternoon for the heats of the 100-metre breaststroke.