County Swimming 2023

The St Francis Credit Union Clare Community Games County swimming event took place on Friday 21st April in Ennis Swimming Pool.  There was a large number of participants from throughout the county and the winners go forward to the National Community Games swimming finals in Lough Lannagh Leisure Complex, Castlebar, on Saturday 13th May.  Many thanks to the event co-ordinator Niamh O'Connor and event director Clare McGrath and their team of assistants: - Margaret Purcell, Pamela McGrath & Patrick O'Grady (referees/officials); Alison Dean (recorder); Claire McEnery (director of timekeepers) and the Ennis Swim Club committee and coaches who were on hand to ensure the smooth running of the event.  Thanks also to the Ennis Swimming Pool staff for their assistance.  Full results are listed below.

 Girls Results

Girls u10 25m Free Style

  1. Emily Glynn - Shannon
  2. Cara Cox - Killanena-Flagmount
  3. Aoibhinn Fawl - Doora-Barefield
  4. Cara McCullagh - Ennis-St-Johns

Girls u10 25m Backstroke

  1. Heidi Hughes Shannon
  2. Aoibheann McCarthy - Ennis-St-Johns
  3. Sadie O'Reilly - Sixmilebridge-Kilmurry
  4. Arwen Gavin - Ennistymon-Lahinch-Liscannor

Girls u12 50m Freestyle

  1. Sadhbh McGeehan - Quin-Clooney
  2. Emily Rice - Ennistymon-Lahinch-Liscannor
  3. Charley Tess Duggan - Ennis-St-Johns
  4. Sammi O'Donoghue - Newmarket-on-Fergus

Girls u12 50m Backstroke

  1. Lillian O'Reilly - Sixmilebridge-Kilmurry
  2. Aoife Moore - Doora-Barefield
  3. Ally-May Considine - Ennis-St-Johns
  4. Eden Considine - Ennis-St-Johns

Girls u12 50m Breaststroke

  1. Saoirse Flynn - Doora-Barefield
  2. Lexie Dunne - Ennis-St-Johns
  3. Hayley Blount - Ennistymon-Lahinch-Liscannor
  4. Clodagh Quinlan - Quin-Clooney

Girls u14 50m Freestyle

  1. Nicole McInerney - Cratloe
  2. Hannah Boyce - Cratloe
  3. Muireann Migacz - Shannon
  4. Chloe Kirby - Shannon

Girls u14 50m Backstroke

  1. Laoise Moore - Doora-Barefield
  2. Orla Blake - Doora-Barefield
  3. Lauren Egan - Cratloe
  4. Alice Crean - Ennis-St-Johns

Girls u14 50m Breaststroke

  1. Evie O'Malley - Newmarket-on-Fergus
  2. Courtney Flynn - Doora-Barefield
  3. Kate Kearney - Cratloe
  4. Aimee Finn - Ennis-St-Johns

Girls u14 50m butterfly

  1. Leah O'Connor - Doora-Barefield
  2. Sally Fennell - Doora-Barefield

Girls u16 50m Freestyle

  1. Mollie Foley - Ennistymon-Lahinch-Liscannor
  2. Ingrid Murphy - Doora-Barefield
  3. Maedbh Lahiffe - Doora-Barefield
  4. Rebecca Healy - Sixmilebridge-Kilmurry

Girls u16 50m Backstroke

  1. Sarah Cosgrove - Doora-Barefield
  2. Lianda McGuire - Quin-Clooney
  3. Aisling O'Connor - Ennis-St-Johns
  4. Ellen O'Connell - Doora-Barefield

Girls u16 50m Breaststroke

  1. Mia Holly - Doora-Barefield
  2. Noelle O'Connor - Ennis-St-Johns
  3. Gabriella Flynn - Doora-Barefield
  4. Amelia Thomas - Ennistymon-Lahinch-Liscannor

Girls u16 50m butterfly

  1. Roisin Hogan - Doora-Barefield
  2. Lucy Crean - Ennis-St-Johns
  3. Leah O Connell - Doora-Barefield

Girls 10-13 100m Freestyle Relay

  1. Cratloe: Hannah Boyce, Lauren Egan, Kate Kearney, Nicole McInerney.
  2. Doora Barefield: Orla Blake, Saoirse Flynn, Katie Lahiffe, Aoife Moore, Imogen Murphy, Ella Johnston.
  3. Newmarket-on-Fergus: Emily Casey, Ruth Curley, Sammi O’Donoghue, Evie O’Malley, Lily Mae Kilker, Hannah McNamara.
  4. Ennis St Johns: Eden Considine, Lexie Dunne, Aimee Finn, Alannah McCullagh, Alice Crean.

Girls 13-16 200m Medley Relay

  1. Doora Barefield: Sarah Cosgrove, Roisin Hogan, Mia Holly, Maedbh Lahiffe, Ingrid Murphy, Leah O’Connor.
Boys Results

Boys u10 25m Freestyle

  • 1. Adam O'Dea - Newmarket-on-Fergus
  • 2. Tola Rice - Ennistymon-Lahinch-Liscannor and Cathal Rogers - Milton-Malbay (joint second)
  • 4. Daithi O Grady - Sixmilebridge-Kilmurry

Boys u10 25m Backstroke

  1. Dylan O’Toole - Quin-Clooney
  2. Rob Sheedy - Newmarket-on-Fergus
  3. Sam Crean - Ennis-St-Johns
  4. Finn Benedict Twomey - Sixmilebridge-Kilmurry

Boys u12 50m Freestyle

  1. Fionn McGuire - Quin-Clooney
  2. Donnacha Donnellan - Newmarket-on-Fergus
  3. Matthew Murphy - Sixmilebridge-Kilmurry
  4. Dylan Keogh - Newmarket-on-Fergus

Boys u12 50m Backstroke

  1. Odhran O Toole - Quin-Clooney
  2. Joe Fennell - Doora-Barefield
  3. Rian Bastic - Doora-Barefield and Oran Underwood - Ennistymon-Lahinch-Liscannor (joint third).

Boys u12 50m Breaststroke

  1. Conor Keogh - Newmarket-on-Fergus
  2. Enda Conway - Ennis-St-Johns
  3. Colm Hourigan - Shannon
  4. Oisin McCarthy - Shannon

Boys u14 50m Freestyle

  1. Odhran Donnellan - Newmarket-on-Fergus
  2. Fionn Carolan - Doora-Barefield
  3. Jack Reddin - Cratloe
  4. Eoghan Corry - Doora-Barefield

Boys u14 50m Backstroke

  1. James Laverick - Doora-Barefield
  2. Dan Holly - Doora-Barefield
  3. Michael Tarrant - Milton-Malbay
  4. Seamus McGuire - Quin-Clooney

Boys u14 50m Breaststroke

  1. Sean Conway - Ennis-St-Johns
  2. Cian Brennan - Newmarket-on-Fergus
  3. Evan Murphy - Sixmilebridge-Kilmurry
  4. Feidhlim Ward - Doora-Barefield

Boys u14 50m Butterfly

  1. Sam Liddane - Ennis-St-Johns
  2. Cathal Downey - Cratloe

Boys u16 50 Freestyle

  1. Gerard Griffin - Ennis-St-Johns
  2. Levente Eros - Shannon
  3. Aodan Flannery - Newmarket-on-Fergus

Boys u16 Breaststroke

  1. Luka Pantic - Ennis-St-Johns
  2. Hugh O'Donnell - Newmarket-on-Fergus
  3. Evan Madigan - Sixmilebridge-Kilmurry

Boys 10-13 100m Freestyle Relay

  1. Cratloe: Cathal Downey, Cian Finn, Jack Reddin, Joshua Tuohy, Cathal Boyce.
  2. Newmarket-on-Fergus: Donnacha Donnellan, Jack Hickey, Conor Keogh, Dylan Keogh, Colin O’Dea.
  3. Ennis St Johns: Enda Conway, Cillian McCullagh, Paddy Quinn, John Cleary.
  4. Doora Barefield: Rian Bastic, Mason Cassidy, Colm Donnellan, Joe Fennell, David Lahiff, Conor Murphy.

Boys 14-16 200m Medley Relay

  1. Ennis St Johns: Sean Conway, Gerard Griffin, Sam Liddane, Luka Pantic, Sean Finn.
  2. Doora Barefield: Fionn Carolan, Diarmuid Corry, Eoghan Corry, Dan Holly, James Laverick.

Important Information about County Swimming Competition

  • Date: Friday 21st April 2023
  • Time: registration at 5:10 pm staggered as per age groups below
  • Venue: Ennis Swimming Pool
  • Event Coordinator: Alison Deane/Niamh O’Connor
  • The National Finals will be held on May 13th in Castlebar, Co Mayo
  • Entry Fee: €3 per child. Please note there will be no handling of monies on the day.  All monies must be collected by area secretary and forwarded to Triona, Clare Treasurer
SIgn in and registration

Under 10 swimmers should sign in at 5:10 and will be the only ones allowed down to change initially. Be ready to swim by 5:25pm. Parents can come down to help swimmers change but should go back upstairs and watch from the balcony. Swimmers should sit along the wall by the edge of the pool opposite the gallery. Once the heats for each event are completed the finalists will be announced and they should stay down on deck. (Swimmers should have a towel/robie/drink they wait for the finals)

U12 swimmers and U13 relay teams may register at 5:20 and enter changing area from 5:30.

U14/16 and U16 relay teams register at 5:45.

We will need help to run this event so we would ask areas with more than 5 swimmers to send 2 volunteer timekeepers down to the deck at 5pm. Please email your Volunteer names to the County Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by thursday evening

Order of Events
  • 25m Under 10 - Heats and finals
  • 50m events :
  • Under 12 - Heats and Finals (where required)
  • U13 relay Heats and Finals
  • Under 14 Heats and Finals (where required)
  • Under 16 – Straight Finals followed by u16 Relay Finals.
Important Notices
  • Late entries not accepted and no entries on the day.
  • The taking of photographs and video are not permitted under any circumstances within the building
  • Each participant should bring a bottle of water, a towel and dry tops for pool side
  • All participants will be required to sign in before the event starts
  • For safety reasons at this busy event please do not use shampoo/conditioner/shower gel on pool bank.
  • Chief Ref/Event Director – Clare McGrath
  • Referees/Officials – Margret Purcell, Pamela McGrath and Patrick O’Grady.
  • Recorders – Alison Deane
  • Director of Timekeepers – Claire McEnery
  • Marshalling – Sinead McGeehan plus one
  • Timekeepers – Swim club committee plus areas volunteers
  • Results – Clare Community Games plus volunteers
  • Medals – Clare Community Games

Starts will be permitted from the block, from the bank or in the water holding the bank at this event

Swimmers aged 12 years and younger (age as defined in the meet conditions) will not be permitted to compete at this meet in a tech suit. A tech suit is defined as any male or female swimsuit manufactured using fabric with water-repellant properties or using any bonded or taped seams regardless of its fabric. Swimmers aged 12 yrs and Under will be disqualified if officials observe such a swimmer competing in a tech suit.

Rules, Event Type: Individual and Swim squad/Relay, as per Nationals

Rules of Swim Ireland to apply except where amended by Community Games rules.

1. Races will be judged on touching the finish wall.

2. In the breaststroke & butterfly races, the touch shall be made with both hands separated and simultaneously.

3. In the squad, the incoming swimmer must “Touch” before outgoing swimmer leaves the block.

4. The start in Freestyle, Breaststroke, Butterfly races at the National Festival shall be with a dive. After a short whistle- blow a number of times in quick succession (typically 4 times), swimmers must be ready for the swim. On the long whistle from the referee the swimmers shall step onto the blocks and remain there. On the starter's command "take your marks", they shall immediately take up a starting position with at least one foot at the front of the blocks. When all swimmers are stationary, the starter shall give the starting signal and the starting signal will sound. This can be an electronic buzzer/beep or hand signal or whistle.

5. The start in Backstroke and Medley Relay races shall be from the water. At the referee's first long whistle, the swimmers shall immediately enter the water. At the Referee's second long whistle the swimmers shall return without undue delay to the starting position. When all swimmers have assumed their starting positions, the starter shall give the command "take your marks". When all swimmers are stationary, the starter shall give the starting signal.

6. Swimmers must stay in the water at the end of a race until they are given official permission to leave.

7.Technological equipment can be used at the National Festival to assist finish judges in the determination of placings at the finish of all swimming events.

8. Any swimmer starting before the starting signal has been given, shall be disqualified, except in the individual UNDER 10Boys and Girls events. If the starting signal sounds before the disqualification is declared, the race shall continue and the swimmer or swimmers shall be disqualified upon completion of the race. If the disqualification is declared before the starting signal, the signal shall not be given, but the remaining swimmers shall be called back and start again. The Referee repeats the starting procedure beginning with the long whistle (the second one for backstroke) as per SW2.1.5.

Once a panel has been submitted for a squad no alteration or addition can be made. A member of the panel may compete and swim any leg of the squad at any stage of the competition. No competitor may swim two legs of the squad.

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Official Sponsor

Please support our sponsors, your local credit union: St Francis Credit Union. Head Office: Friars Walk, Ennis, Co. Clare. Tel: 065-6828305, with branches in Shannon, Lissycasey, Clarecastle, Newmarket on Fergus, Sixmilebridge, Tulla, Kildysart and Kilmihil.

Opening Hours (Ennis): Mon: 10-1, Tue: 1:30-5, Thu: 10-5, Fri: 1-6:30, Sat: 9:30-1:45

Clare Community Games is affiliated with Community Games.
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Community Games is an independent voluntary organisation which operates through the local community to provide an opportunity for young people (6 to 16 years) to experience a wide range of sporting and cultural activities before concentrating and specialising in those most suitable and attractive to them. To get involved, contact your local area representative or contact the County Secretary to find out more.

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