Press Release Friday 26th August 2022


Killarney Swimming Club are delighted to be awarded €1,200 funding from the Community Activities
Fund (CAF), which is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development.


Elaine O’Donoghue, PRO said “Similar to many other voluntary clubs, we have suffered disruption
and financial challenges during the Covid 19 pandemic. This funding is very welcome and will greatly
help with the significant operating costs of running a swimming club. This year, 2022, is a very
significant, as it marks the 10th anniversary of the club’s foundation. We would like to thank the
Department of Rural and Community Development for providing the funding, and Kerry County
Council/Kerry Local Community Development Committee who administered the fund locally”.


Killarney Swimming Club is a competitive club offering instruction, training and competition for
young people of all ages and varied abilities, in a positive team environment. As well as the huge
health and fitness benefits of swimming, our young people learn important life skills such as; water
safety, commitment, leading a healthy lifestyle, mental wellbeing, and resilience.


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National Division 2 in UL Sports Arena

What a fantastic few days it’s been for our swimmers! We are extremely proud of Ella and Ian!

Ella Cremin took the Gold Medal in the 13-year-old category in the Girls 100m Backstroke yesterday.

On Friday Ella came second in the Girls 200m IM bringing home a silver medal.

Ella also won Gold in the Girls 50M Freestyle.

Ian Coffey had fantastic swims and two PBs in the 200M Freestyle and 100M Breaststroke.

Well done Ella & Ian!

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Vacancy for Head Coach Position in Killarney Swimming Club

Killarney SC are looking to recruit the right person to fill the position of Head Coach within the club. The Club was formed in 2012 and affiliated to Swim Ireland as a competitive Swimming Club and based in the Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre. The Club currently have 55 swimmers of various strengths, making up 3 Squads – Senior 1, Senior 2 and the Junior squad.

Job Spec Killarney SC Head Coach:  

6-10 coaching sessions per week

Responsibility for organising and setting programs for each squad within the club

Responsibility for coordinating and organising coaching structure within each squad.

Availability for Galas.

Reporting to: Club Management Committee 

Payment: Can be negotiated.

Qualifications Required (essential): 

• Minimum of Swim Ireland level 2 coaching certification 

• Up to date Swim Ireland / Sport Ireland safeguarding level 1 certification 

• Up to date Garda vetting through Swim Ireland 

• Current Swim Ireland coaches licence 

• Up to date CPD points (6)

Other qualifications desired (not essential): 

• Level 2 Swim teacher certification 

• Strength & Conditioning Certification (CSCS, UKSCA) 

Skills required: 

Organisation 

Leadership 

Adaptability 

Enthusiasm

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Excellent time management skills 

Committed to a Team Ethos

Athlete centred coaching approach 

Skills desired: 

• Knowledge of programming and creating swim training plans (microcycles – macrocycles) 

• Familiarity with Hytek software.
Please email interest or any questions/queries to club Secretary Lynne o Neill at killarneyswimmingclub@gmail.com by closing date 24th June.

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Kingdom Invitational Gala

Killarney Swimming Club had a fantastic weekend in Tralee on 23rd and 24th April at the Kingdom Invitational Gala. It was a great to have our younger swimmers get involved in this gala, who knocked time off PBs and also received some medals.

On Saturday, Alison Butler and Ella Cremin from Senior 1 competed. Alison had a brilliant race and took gold in the 100IM, knocking 6 secs off her PB.  Ella took silver in the 200 backstroke. From the other squads, Sarah Quirke took gold, Daniel Bourke took silver and Antoni Waberski took bronze, all in the 100IM.

On Sunday Sean O’Brien took gold in the 50m breaststroke and Sean Tomlinson took Bronze in the 50m Freestyle.

Ian Coffey came away with two silver medals, one in the 50M backstroke and the other in the 200IM

Alison Butler took bronze in the 100M FLY and Ross Bowell took bronze in the 200IM

Daniel Bourke took bronze in the 50M breaststroke

Ella Cremin came away with 6 medals over the weekend, bronze in the 50M free, silver in the 200M backstroke and a whopping four gold medals; 100M backstroke, 50M FLY, 50M breaststroke and 200IM.

Sunday also saw loads of our swimmers take time off their PBs. Well done to everyone involved in the gala especially those who worked so hard to make sure that the day ran smoothly.

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6th March 2022 notes

Photo courtesy of Sara O’Connor
Back row:- John Edwards (Club Head Coach) Samantha O’Connor (Club Secretary), Kevin Griffin (Down Syndrome Kerry), Paul Cremin, Geraldine Mackey (Club Treasurer), Denise Casey (Club Chairperson), Brendan McCarthy, Lynne O Neill
Front row:- Conor Griffin, Cathal Griffin, Orlaith Mackey and  Mary Clare McCarthy

On Thursday evening last, Killarney Swimming Club was delighted to present a cheque for €1,456.00 to Kevin Griffin, on behalf of Down Syndrome Kerry.   All of the money was raised by the Club through it’s “31-day-Challenge”, which took place in January 2020, during lockdown.  Each Club member was encouraged to be active each day of that terrible January and to save one euro a day for our chosen charity – DS Kerry.  As expected, Club members rose to the challenge with gusto.

Thanking the Club for its efforts, Kevin Griffin said the money would be used to subsidise services for children with DS such as speech and language, occupational therapy and early intervention.

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26th November 2021 notes

Well done to our swimmers who took part in the Munster Short Course Championships in UL recently.  This was the first opportunity for our swimmers to participate in competitive swimming in a very long time, so it was anticipated with relish.

Congratulations to Alison Butler, Meabh Doolan and Peter O’Doherty on some fantastic times across all strokes and particular congratulations to Ian Coffey who notched up a sub 1 minute time in the 100 metres freestyle (59.93 seconds) – only the second time that has been done in club history, the last person being Alan O’Shea all those years ago. Ian is definitely one to watch for the future! 

Thanks to our Team Manager on the day, Emir Coffey, who kept everything running smoothly, and to all parents for travelling and lending support.

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23rd March 2021 notes

Congratulations to Antoni Waberski from our C Squad who has won our training hat competition with a wonderful design, full of movement and colour, which can be seen below. This design will now go into production and our new training hat will be given to every club swimmer when we eventually get back into the pool.

Killarney Swimming Club’s new training cap designed by Antoni Waberski from C Squad
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30th December 2020 notes

Cathal O’Brien, Head Coach of Killarney Swimming Club, recently hung up his flip-flops and the club marked the occasion with a special presentation.

Cathal has been involved with the Club since it was established in 2012, attending the early meetings organised by Mike O’Sullivan as, just like everyone else, he was anxious to have his children involved in swimming as a competitive sport. 

But, Cathal being Cathal, he wasn’t content with sitting back.  He quickly volunteered to take on a coaching role, attaining both levels 1 & 2 coaching qualifications.  Initially our C squad coach, in no time his swimmers were putting pressure on both B and A squads.  Cathal would also move on to coach B and A squads in the Club.  Cathal’s deep interest, dedication and training skills were an enormous asset, pushing us not only as a club but also resulting in many swimmers stretching themselves beyond their personal targets to proudly represent Killarney at county, provincial and national level.

Cathal was peerless at diving training in Tralee and elite training in Limerick and was a permanent fixture at most galas over the years.  His kind and thoughtful words to the swimmers, given in person after each race, brought many a smile to a glum face.   

Killarney Swimming Club wants to say a heartfelt “thank you” to Cathal for the hours and hours of dedication given to our swimmers and children over the years. He will be sorely missed in the Club, and both Committee and members wish Cathal the very best for the future.

Presentation to Cathal O’Brien, Head Coach, Killarney Swimming Club.
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20th October 2020 notes

Letter from Swim Ireland to all members

Dear Members,

You will all be aware now of the Government announcement in the Republic of Ireland last night to move to Level 5 from midnight tomorrow Wednesday 21st October for the next six weeks (until December 1st).

This was a very significant announcement on many levels and has meant that for the next 6 weeks our sport has, for almost all of us, effectively been stopped. Despite how devastating this is, we remind ourselves that it is only for a temporary period and we are glad to see that our Performance athletes (definition to follow) can continue as can those who are still comfortable to swim in the outdoors (and of course who live within 5km of the sea).

Whilst it is terribly disappointing news that pools in ROI are closed during this period, we wanted to assure you that we have been relentless in our efforts to represent our sport, our Clubs and the sector since the beginning of this pandemic and particularly over the past few weeks. In collaboration with Ireland Active, we have been working on your behalf to represent our sport and all involved, seek appropriate funding supports, make the case for pools to remain open, emphasise the work and commitment of our community to implement everything required of them in relation to public health measures and of course all the benefits of our sport for those involved.  

We have written directly to the Taoiseach on more than one occasion, met with the Minister of State for Gaeltacht and Sport Jack Chambers individually and as part of the Covid 19 Sport Monitoring Group, were part of a representation group with the Federation of Irish Sport who presented to the Oireachtas Committee and have had numerous engagements with Sport Ireland and the Department of Sport.

We also pledge that we will continue to make representation on behalf of members and facilities and if there is a loosening of restrictions in the coming weeks, please be assured that we will be pushing for facilities to re-open at the earliest possible time.

Some key points from the information received last night, with detailed notes at the end of this document:

Level 5

·         Swimming Pools are closed

·         Performance Swimming/Diving – A definition of who these athletes are and how this works is currently being sought from Sport Ireland and will be very much focused on the Tokyo 2021 Olympic and Paralympic Games

·         Club Swimming/Water Polo/Diving – Non-contact training can take place for school aged children, outdoors in pods of 15 and within 5k of participants’ homes

We reiterate that we know this is a difficult time for the aquatic community and we will work to support and guide you through it. Some of the supports that will be available over the coming weeks include:

  • Swimming Pool Fund announced yesterday. Details available HERE.
  • We will continue to work with clubs individually and help you develop your plans for the future
  • We are working on our new Athlete/Club support programme to keep members engaged during pool closures and whilst they have no access to swimming pools
  • Revision again of our Competition format for Swimming & Water Polo (to be ready to go once we move into lower levels which allow for competition)
  • Moving to increase provision again for online learning opportunities including webinars and CPDs for Clubs, Facilities, Teachers and Coaches
  • Club Resilience Grant to support Clubs if we are successful in our Sport Ireland application (due end October)

Despite all the challenges, we as a community have managed to get through a full lockdown before and we will do so again. We urge you to try and keep positive and know that we will come out of this, our sport will continue and there are brighter days ahead.

As always, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need support of guidance.

Swim Ireland Team

Key Points for: Republic of Ireland Level 5

‘Living & Swimming with COVID-19’ Level 5 – Republic of Ireland 

Performance Swimming/Diving – Key points: 

·                     Training may continue for a group of athletes which will be defined in association with Sport Ireland.    Where training for this group can take place will also become clear to us

·                      Performance athletes, staff, coaches, and practitioners may travel to train 

·                      Performance specific competition may still take place with protective measures in place 

Club Activities (All disciplines) – Key points: 

·                     Facilities are closed therefore no indoor pool/land-based training can take place 

·                     Competitions cannot take place 

·                     Non-contact training can take place for school aged children, outdoors in pods of 15

·                     All other training should be individual only

·                     Travel – stay in your county within 5k of home

Swimming Lessons 

·                     Facilities are closed therefore no lessons can take place 

Education

  • Online learning to continue
  • Facilities are closed therefore practical sessions cannot take place

Regards

Damien Fitzpatrick

Munster Support Officer

+353 (0)86 0619452

Please note that Swim Ireland staff continue to work remotely at this time. Staff are accessible by e-mail and mobile phone only and do not have access to the office.

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6th of October 2020 notes

Letter from Swim Ireland to all clubs

Dear Club Secretary,

As you are aware the Irish Government announced last night that all counties in the Republic of Ireland will move to Level 3 from midnight tonight (Tuesday 6 October 2020) for a period of three weeks.  As with all announcements we endeavour to provide you, our club volunteers with the information you require in a timely manner.

Clubs and members should adhere to Government guidance and follow the Swim Ireland ‘Living and Swimming with COVID-19’ Framework – our plan for the next 6-9 months which has been approved by the DTTAS/Sport Ireland Return to Sport Expert Group. We have seen Dublin and Donegal clubs continue to operate confidently under Level 3 restrictions in recent weeks which gives us great assurance in our club’s abilities to adapt to such requirements.  Whilst moving into Level 3 does bring with it a need to reduce numbers in lanes, we are thankful to Sport Ireland that we have been classified as an individual sport and can continue to operate our club activities. We would encourage clubs to support their athletes who unable to travel to club sessions in communicating with them and coaching them by virtual means if possible and clubs/coaches should also consider how they can collaborate with other clubs to access pool time in other locations.

As always, it is important to communicate and work closely with your facility to ensure you are both clear on all current protocols. Please remember that we are in this together and should support each other wherever possible in the interests of our sport and all of our members

The main points to note are as follows:

  • Training – training may continue, as laid out in the ‘Living and Swimming with COVID-19’ Framework for your discipline
    • Please note for club activities the following updated numbers for the Republic of Ireland
      • 50m Pool – up to 6 individual athletes per lane
      • 25m Pool – up to 5 individual athletes per lane
      • 20m Pool – up to 4 individual athletes per lane
  • Domestic travel – you should not travel outside your county unless for essential work or education purposes. Exceptions have been laid out in the Framework and in correspondence sent to clubs on Friday 2nd October
    • Swimmers who are 16 years of age or over (age as of 31/12/2020) who have qualified for the 2020 Irish National Winter Championships, the 2021 Irish Open Championships and/or the 2021 Irish Summer National Championships may travel between counties for the purposes of training
    • Water Polo players who are 16 years of age or over, who are named by clubs as part of a 15-person squad who will compete in Division 1 or Division 2 matches may travel between counties for the purposes of training. Please see exception note for those attending education/ essential work at the bottom of this email
  • Travel between Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland – athletes should not travel from Northern Ireland into the Republic of Ireland (or vice versa) for the purposes of training. Exceptions to this have been laid out in the Framework and above
  • Competitions – A review is taking place of the virtual meet structure and updated guidance will issue on Wednesday – (7th October 2020)

Education & Essential Worker Exceptions

Other than those athletes deemed to be at Senior National level (see above and/or the Framework for definitions/guidance), those athletes who live in one county may not travel to train with a club in another county.  The following exceptions apply:

Athletes who are travelling from one county to another county for full time education/as an essential worker and are attending an organised club training session directly before or afterwards (e.g. attending school/essential work in another county from 9.00am-4.00pm and travelling directly to facility for training at 5.00pm, or alternatively training at 5.00am-7.00am and travelling directly to essential work/school afterwards)

Notes:

  • Athletes leaving one county to another county after education/essential work may not return to that county for training purposes
  • Athletes should not remain in a county that they have travelled to for unnecessary prolonged periods of time
  • Athletes may not travel to train with a club in another county on a non-education/essential workday (with this being Saturdays and Sundays in most cases)

Regards

Damien Fitzpatrick

Munster Support Officer

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