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Congratulations Sean…. YOU ESCAPED!

Congratulations to one of our Masters swimmers Sean McCabe.
Early Saturday and Sunday morning of last weekend in San Francisco Sean competed in the infamous Escape From Alcatraz Aquathon & Triathlon!! 

For over 40 years, triathletes from around the globe descend on San Francisco for the chance to attempt a feat once thought impossible – ESCAPE from Alcatraz. Entering it’s 40th year, Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon attracts World Champions, Olympic Medalists and the best amateur triathletes from 50 states and over 50 countries around the World.  They put their endurance and adventurous spirit to the test as they take on San Francisco’s legendary Bay, steep hills, and rugged terrain. Consistently ranked as a must-do event among triathletes, this race draws thousands each summer to find out who has what it takes to ESCAPE!

Saturday Morning 5.5.22


On Saturday morning Sean decided to have a little warm up ahead of the BIG Escape and competed Escape from Alcatraz Aquathon – which consisted of a swim 750 meters & a run 5 kilometers.

Sunday Morning 6.5.22


The BIG One – The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon features a 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the shores of the St. Francis Yacht Club, a grueling 18-mile bike ride, and a demanding 8-mile run through the trails of the Golden Gate Recreational Area.  Set against the natural beauty of San Francisco, this thrilling triathlon is a real-life postcard through the City by the Bay.

Once Again CONGRATULATIONS Sean, what is next!!!

Swim Ulster Long Course Championships 2022

This past weekend was a busy one for some of our members. Undoubtedly Darragh Hughes was the star of the weekend, swimming in 6 events, making six finals, all pb times, ending up twice on the finishers podium, it was not a shabby weekends swimming by Darragh by any stretch. Darragh got a bronze in 100Br and a silver in 50Br, 5th in 100Fr, 5th in 50Fr and 5th in 50Fly. Well done to him.

Swimmers who attended this meet along with Darragh were Aoibhin MacCinna, Rebekah Gillis, Maddie Smith, Sean Greenan, Ben Duffy and Sean McConnon. Adam Lynch had also qualified but had to pull out due to injury which was a great disappointment for Adam as he was highly seeded in this meet and would have done well.

We had some great pbs at this gala, an example would be Darragh taking over 3.5seconds off his previous best time in 100Br to win him the Bronze medal. Both Sean Greenan and Ben Duffy took 2seconds off their previous 100Fly times. We had many finalists throughout the weekend, Sean Greenan and Sean McConnon both made a final on their first Ulster LC champs gala. Aoibhín had a great gala. She came 4th in the final of the 200Back and 8th in the 100Back final. Rebekah had a great race in the 50Back finishing in 4th place in the finals. Maddie swam 200Br and finished 10th qualifying for the finals.

Coach Pearse was in attendance all weekend to encourage the swimmers, to give advice and feedback, help with warm ups and we thank him for his efforts.


Masters Duo at Ironman Championships 2022


Congratulations to Masters Club Member JP McAree who did exceptionally well at the World Ironman Championships in Utah, U.S.A yesterday.  JP was the 2nd Irish competitor home in his category finishing 41st out of 336 competitors, completing the epic event in a brilliant time of 10 hours 47 minutes.
JP did tremendously well to qualify for this event & then represent Ireland with distinction at this level.
St George, Utah, U.S.A.
▪JP McAree ~Finish time: 10:47:53 [41st M40]
-3.8k Swim: 1:16:39
-180k Cycle: 5:41:00
-42k Run: 3:37:09


Congratulations to Masters Club Member Sean McCabe who put in an exceptional performance at the Half-Ironman event in Mallorca today to finish top 50 in his age category.  Sean completed the epic event in a brilliant time of 5 hours 26 minutes.
▪Sean McCabe ~Finish time: 5:26:51 [49th M50]
1.9k Swim: 34:00
90k Cycle: 3:03:25
21k Run: 1:34:54


Swim Ireland Announce €300K Grants to 48 Clubs

In December 2021, the Government approved an additional investment programme to support the sports sector from the impact of COVID-19. This included a Sports Club Resilience Fund to support clubs who had been impacted throughout the pandemic. Swim Ireland was fortunate to receive a total of €300k from Sport Ireland to support the clubs under this scheme.

In February Swim Ireland devised and prepared a funding application process which was checked with Sport Ireland and released to clubs. Clubs were provided with support via the Clubs and Community team through phone calls and webinars.

In total Swim Ireland received applications from 48 clubs across their network of clubs in the Republic of Ireland. Swim Ireland said “It was evident from the standard of applications that clubs spent considerable time in preparing detailed applications, educational training plans and supporting documentation”.

Swim Ireland were pleased to say that they have concluded the extensive review process and were happy to announce that they have awarded all 48 Clubs funding ranging from a total of €1500 up to €13k.   It is great to see that the funding will go to support clubs across all disciplines from swimming, masters, water polo and open water.

Speaking on this announcement Swim Ireland Head of Clubs, Community and Competitions Adam Cox said: “Having seen the impact of COVID on clubs, in particular membership numbers, running costs and loss of experienced volunteers, I am excited to be able to help them get back on their feet. This funding will have a real impact and alleviate some of the pressures many of our clubs are facing”.  We are grateful to the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and Sport Ireland for this funding and are very appreciative to be in a situation to provide support to clubs to help them rebuild.”

We are delighted to have received €13,000 and extremely appreciative.

THANK YOU SWIM IRELAND, this grant will help so much with the running of our club.

We are delighted!!!