Irish Age Groups and Summer Open Championships 2017

This gala was held in the National Aquatic Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin from Wednesday 19 to Sunday 23 July 2017. Six Sliabh Beagh swimmers entered the gala. These swimmers produced some excellent swims and a few below par swims.

In competition at this level there is no sympathy. Any flaw or weakness is exposed. Swimmers are asked many questions by their opponents and mistakes are punished severely.

Our swimmers in general performed very well. PB’s were produced by 5 of our six swimmers and final places secured by 3. No medals were collected but in fairness we were not expecting any on this occasion. As this is an age group event with many overseas swimmers in attendance and when you factor in the two (2) year age range, you need to at the top of your game to be in the medals.

For us (swimmers, coaches and parents), this was a stepping stone in these swimmer’s development. It was a positive outcome and most importantly if the feedback and work is applied next season, the results expected will be more PB’s and some medals.

Attending were Ciaran Deasy (1 final place), John Donnolly 1 final place and 1 PB), Megan McShane (2 pb’s), Kyle Crean McKenna (1 PB and 1 Reserve Final place), Faolain Campbell (1 PB), Leon Campbell (1 Reserve Final Place and 1 PB).

The summer break has officially begun for all in the club. We hope everyone has a great five (5) weeks of rest, relaxation and recuperation. Enjoy!!!

The club coaches and officers will meet up before August is done to discuss the 2017 / 2018 training, competition and travel plans. We will see you all before mid-September.  


The Club would like to sincerely thank Scotstown Pharmacy and Mary and Ciaran Coyle for their sponsorship. This has enabled the club to develop and invest in the future of our swimmers. We look forward to a continued partnership in the upcoming season.

Free Class For The Community July 2017   

The club hosted a series of four (4) free classes in Monaghan Leisure Centre on the 11, 13, 18 and 20 July 2017. Club teachers and coaches organised the content and gave great attention to all swimmers who came along. The aim of the classes was to offer an opportunity to learner swimmers to work under our specific way of teaching and focus on the 8 Core Aquatic Skills of swimming. The older swimmers also got a feel for some of the land training we do with our swimmers in classes and all were given a demonstration on the basic skills by one of our teachers on the last day of the series.

We hope everyone who attended enjoyed the experience and hopefully some will join our club in September and go on the improve or excel their swim skills in the future.

We would like to thank Ita, Nathan, Colin, Emily, Jamie and Peter for their time and skills.

In total 72 swimmers registered for the classes.


We would like to thank Coral Leisure for giving us the opportunity to deliver these classes. We also would like to acknowledge Monaghan Sports Partnership who worked with us in this programme.

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