Sizzling sunshine and the crystal clear waters of the river Shannon in the heart of Limerick city greeted some of Ireland’s top swimmers for the launch of the Thomond Swim 2013 which will take place on Saturday 20th July at 4.15 pm.
Publish Date: Thursday 20th June 2013
Sizzling sunshine and the crystal clear waters of the river Shannon in the heart of Limerick city greeted some of Ireland’s top swimmers for the launch of the Thomond Swim 2013.
Mayor of Limerick, Cllr. Gerry McLoughlin joined a host of Ireland’s top swimmers including Olympian and European silver medallist Gráinne Murphy on the banks of the river Shannon to launch the scenic swim taking place on Saturday 20th July at 4.15 pm.
Another top swimmer in attendance was Bernard Cahill, gold, silver and bronze medallist in the Life Saving World Championships in Adelaide in 2012. He and Gráinne are based at Swim Ireland’s High Performance Centre at the University of Limerick.
Chris Bryan, representing Ireland in the 10k open water event at the world championships in Spain this July, was the fastest male in the Thomond Swim in 2012.
“Having lived and trained in the 'Riverside City' for the past number of years I am delighted to be a part of such a quality, well supported event. It's a tough and hardy swim so it's great that at least once a year Limerick can boast and showcase the quality and strength of its home bred competitors down the largest river in Ireland, running through the very heart of its city,” said Chris.
Ned Denison of the Sandycove Island Swimming Club was the winner of the Thomond Cup in 2012 and has strong praise for the event. "This is a must swim for 2013, for me and many others! I would urge as many swimmers as possible to take part in the Thomond Swim 2013," explained Ned.
The 1.8km swim will start at St Michael’s Boat Club slipway, head up past O’Callaghan and Clancy Strand, turn near the Thomond Bridge and finish back at St Michael’s Boat Club slipway.
The Thomond Swim is growing more popular every year and this year is a qualifier for the Harbour & Liffey swims in Dublin. Following the swim on July 20th, there will be a prize giving ceremony at Shannon Rowing Club.
Along with the support of Swim Ireland’s high performance swimmers, Limerick Masters Swimming Club is aiming to make the Thomond Swim the premier open water event in Ireland. The club has a very impressive track record and its annual national long course gala has welcomed visitors from all over Europe and the U.S. in recent years.
The swim takes in the visually stunning backdrop of Limerick City along with many historical sites including Kings John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone.
Club PRO, John Garrett said the route is a lot of history to take in over the course of an 1800m swim.
"It is a magnificent swim where competitors will be assured of a warm sporting welcome at a time when Limerick is also preparing to celebrate its status as National City of Culture 2014," said John.
The swim is expected to take around 40 minutes with prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd home male and female swimmer and for the fastest male and female swimmer. With the addition of wetsuit swimmers taking part since 2012, there will also be prizes for first home male and female in wetsuits. Monies raised from the Thomond Swim will be donated to Limerick Marine Search and Rescue.
For further details and registration visit www.limerickmasters.com.